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#TBT Series: What Was It Like To Be At The First Ever DEMF/Movement In 2000?

Each year at the end of May, thousands of fans descend on Detroit’s Hart Plaza to experience Movement Electronic Music Festival. As most attendees of Movement may know, the festival’s history goes as far back as the year 2000, when the celebration was first called Detroit Electronic Music Festival, or DEMF for short. The annual electronic music event changed named two other times, going simply as Movement in 2003-2004 and as Fuse-In in 2005 before being taken over by Paxahau under the current name.

But what was it like to be in Hart Plaza during the event’s freshman year sixteen years ago? The first DEMF was a landmark celebration that brought visitors from all over the world to celebrate techno in the city that gave birth to the genre. At the time, the City of Detroit injected serious money into DEMF, working with pioneers of techno to put on a weekend festival that went down with few hitches, no reported crime and plenty of injected tourism for the Motor City.

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Celebrate Black History Month with These Iconic DJ’s

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Note: Originally published in February of 2016, this article is being republished as applicable still in 2017, in honor of the amazing never-ending list of iconic DJs that have graced our scene with their illustrious art and careers.

Since the beginning of time there have been countless individuals who helped shape the music landscape. In honor of Black History Month, we took some time to honor some of the most iconic DJ’s of recent times:

*Artists are listed in alphabetical order

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5 Performances Not To Miss During Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary

Awakenings Gashouder 2017

The legendary Awakenings is celebrating its 20th anniversary with five massive parties spanning from Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16 2017.

To commemorate this massive event, Awakenings has partnered with Monumental Productions and, Amsterdam based publisher, Mary Go Wild to produce an anniversary book for the occasion.

Most importantly and for the first time ever, the event will feature a day party on Saturday, April 15th from 11 am to 10 pm with heavy hitters Joris Voorn, Ben Klock, Adam Beyer, Jeff Mills and Chris Liebing all performing.

The remainder of the events take place during the night from Thursday to Sunday with the likes of Nina Kraviz, Pan-Pot, Sven Väth, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Bart Skils, 2000 and One, Marcel Dettmann, Dave Clarke, DJ Billy Nasty, DJ Rush, Kölsch, Len Faki, Luciano, Seth Troxler, and Ricardo Villalobos all scheduled to play at Amsterdam’s revered Gashouder venue.

Weekend tickets are sold out, but single days are still available. We suggest you act fast, as this will sell out.

Who Not To Miss

Sven Väth – April 13
The German mastermind that is Papa Sven has been a long-time friend of and performer at Awakenings. Thanks to his signature vinyl-only performances, upbeat techno tracks and funky synths, he’s sure to keep the crowd dancing throughout his entire set.

Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann – April 14
These two gentlemen have been at the top of techno lists around the world and rightfully so. Their dynamic b2b sets ooze characteristic Berghain pounding techno with thrilling twists and turns throughout, making them our standout back-to-back choice for Awakenings’ 20 Year Anniversary celebration.

Jeff Mills – April 15 (Day) 
A space wizard with endless talents, Jeff Mills is one of the most well-seasoned techno producers and DJs to roam this earth. His sets are known to incorporate cosmic synths and spacial sounds, providing timeless and out-of-this-world techno inspired emotions.

Dave Clarke – April 15 (Night)
Another Awakenings and veteran techno producer, Dave Clarke will bring the heat with heavy drums and a signature old school sound that blends techno and electro with effortless precision. The Amsterdam-based UK producer debuted with his first release in 1990 and yet remains at the forefront of today’s underground with good reason: his penchant for quality music above all else.

Ricardo Villalobos – April 16
Unnecessarily talented, Ricardo Villalobos is known to be the king of eclectic mixes, from spiraling sounds with deep bass to spirit-liberating techno. As an Awakenings veteran and one of the most sought-after talents in the world, there is no doubt that he will not disappoint for the festival’s 20th Anniversary.

Full Timetable Awakenings - 20 years

April 13th – Night

22:00 – 00:30 Dimitri & Remy Unger
00:30 – 02:30 Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson
02:30 – 04:30 Sven Väth
04:30 – 06:30 Pan-Pot
06:30 – 08:30 Nina Kraviz

April 14th – Night

22:00 – 01:30 Bart Skils & 2000 and One
01:30 – 05:00 Adam Beyer & Joseph Capriati
05:00 – 08:30 Ben Klock & MARCEL DETTMANN

April 15th – Day

11:00 – 13:00 Kabale und Liebe (Dj/Producer)
13:00 – 15:00 Joris Voorn
15:00 – 16:30 Ben Klock
16:30 – 18:30 Adam Beyer
18:30 – 20:15 Jeff Mills
20:15 – 22:00 Chris Liebing

April 15th – Night

23:30 – 02:00 DJ Billy Nasty
02:00 – 03:45 DJ Rush
03:45 – 05:30 Dave Clarke
05:30 – 07:15 Chris Liebing
07:15 – 09:00 Jeff Mills

April 16th – Night

22:00 – 00:00 Lauhaus
00:00 – 01:45 Luciano
01:45 – 03:30 Seth Troxler
03:30 – 05:15 Ricardo Villalobos
05:15 – 07:15 Joris Voorn & Kölsch
07:15 – 09:00 Len Faki

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Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Derrick May Are Planning a Belleville Three Tour for 2017

Belleville Three in action at Awakenings 2010, Amsterdam

Belleville Three in action at Awakenings 2010, Amsterdam

A look back at the history of techno inevitably takes us to Detroit, but also to nearby suburban Belleville High School, on the outskirts of the Motor City. It was in Belleville that Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Derrick May united to influence their generation, and countless following it, with the hypnotic sounds of techno.

While the three continued on to have successful solo careers as producers and DJs, they also performed together as a trio best known as the Belleville Three. The last show to see them billed together dates back to 2010, when they played Awakenings in Amsterdam.

In a recent interview with We Got This Covered, Saunderson opened up about a planned reunion for the three techno pioneers, “What I can say for the future is that we’re working on a tour now, for all three of us as the Belleville Three. We’re gonna try to kick it off next year, and it’s gonna start out with DJing and evolve into a much bigger thing, too.”

While nothing more is known about the project, it remains exciting to discover that the three techno icons are working on future plans together. It appears that on top of the tour hinted at by Saunderson, the Belleville Three may further pursue other endeavors in the spectrum of techno. Could it be that recording studio time is on the cards in their imminent future? Only time will tell.

Movement To Touch Down In Croatia This Summer

Movement Croatia

Movement is expanding to the promised land of Croatia, dubbed by many as the new Ibiza following recent years of festival and party expansion.

Movement Croatia is set to debut this coming July with a large roster of techno and house talent that includes the likes of Sven Väth, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Derrick May, Octave One, Steve Rachmad, Robert Hood, Nina Kraviz, Dave Clarke and Margaret Dygas.

The Movement name has been expanding over the years, taking over the Detroit festivities in 2006 and establishing an Italian version in the northern city of Turin just over nine years ago. 2015 saw the Detroit festival touch down in Puerto Rico for a special Caribbean getaway, with the Italian version of the brand visiting Croatia for a smaller club edition last summer that now turns out was the stepping stone for the festival set to launch this July.

Tisno, 2013

Tisno, 2013

In the last few years, Croatia’s new-found status as a hot spot for electronic music festivities has seen the country benefit from thousands making the pilgrimage over the summer months. Movement Croatia will occur at The Garden Tisno, a 2,500 capacity outdoor venue that has also been home to Sunwave Croatia, Electric Elephant and Love International Festival.

Movement Croatia will offer three stages of indoor and outdoor beachside programming, as well as boat parties, with  a variety of accommodation options that range from air-conditioned apartments to camping and airstream trailers. Individual stages will be hosted by:

Movement Torino Music Festival
Circoloco
Lola ED vs Half Baked
Яeturn powered by Solid-AM
Sunday Breakfast Zurich

For more information and tickets visit Movement Croatia’s Official Website, the Official FB Event and the RA Event.

 

Derrick May performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Derrick May DSOWith a mix of one part techno and one part symphony, Derrick May performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to make “symphonic fusion” on Friday night at the Chene Park Amphitheater in Detroit. May, one of The Belleville Three and godfathers of Detroit Techno had some of his productions put to life by conductor Dzijan Emin and the DSO. Six of Derrick May’s original classic productions were performed including “Icon”, “Kaotic Harmony”, “Hand Over Hand” and “Strings of Life”. Adding to the incredible ambiance, the event was set to a breathtaking thunderstorm over the Detroit River. (source: freep.com)

Recently, Pete Tong performed with the Heritage Orchestra across the pond in London with a similar spectacular result. We hope this trend of blending electronic music and orchestrated arrangements continues and we can all sit back and enjoy the show.

Check out some video of Derrick May and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra:

Field Trip Series: CLASH at Ageha, Tokyo

Clash-Final-Ageha
Detroit techno icons, Derrick May and Jeff Mills, are set to take on the final Clash at Ageha of 2014 Saturday December 20th. The monthly underground series at Ageha will get a taste of Detroit Techno with heavy support by Japan’s electronic music kingpin Ken Ishii, Bass Work Recordings’ Sugiurumn, A.Mochi of Figure (Len Faki’s label), Q’hey of Reboot Japan, and more. Japan has been raking in top global house and techno artists all year long and next month’s Clash will put a nice touch to ending 2014 with something to remember for a very long time. Full event details can be found here.