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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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Q&A: North-London Based Producer Saytek Releases “Doppelganger’ EP on KMS Records

 Saytek is one of the rising stars of techno’s new breed to grace the mighty KMS label as they celebrate their 30th year reign.

In the past, Saytek’s releases have catalogued for labels the likes of Soma, Bedrock, My Favorite Robot and fabric. Returning with a tasty batch of live jams on Kevin Saunderson’s imprint, Doppelganger EP is already being championed by the likes of Joseph Capriati, Sven Väth, Marco Carola, B Traits and more! Two insanely well-built slices of techno, ‘Doppelganger (Live)’ and ‘Revolutionize (Live)’ are filled with atmospheric textures, dark stabs and thumping kick drums — the perfect combination of dance floor-ready components that make this two-tracker a well-received EP.

With the EP already available on Beatport, 6AM checked in with the man and his machines

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5 Performances Not To Miss During Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary

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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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The Saunderson Brothers: The Detroit and Chicago Connection

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Dantiez and Damarii Saunderson, known together as The Saunderson Brothers, have a heavy family tradition to uphold when it comes to electronic music. Sons of legendary techno creator and house elevator Kevin Saunderson, the brothers have been heavily influenced by their father’s legacy as well as that of their home city of Detroit and its profound musical heritage.

Last year the duo put on an impressive performance at Movement Festival’s Made In Detroit stage, a well deserved gig that came hot in the heels of releases on KMS Records and a selection of high-profile remixes including a hot one for MK (Marc Kinchen).

Tonight they are performing in Chicago at Debonair Social Club for Obscure002, an event series put on by collective of music enthusiasts that aim to disrupt the city’s status quo by bringing a unique flavor of nightlife to Chicago. I talked with them briefly about the influence of both Chicago House and Detroit Techno, as well as their relationship with Chicago where they lived in the past.

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The Best Thanksgiving Parties of 2016

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With one of the biggest party weekends coming up, Black Wednesday, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday,  we want to suggest some of the best events nationwide (in alphabetic order).

DeepSouth

Atlanta, Deep South presents Mike Servito & Gay Marvine at the Heretic, 11/26

Atlanta-based promoter DEEP SOUTH brings Mike Servito from Brooklyn and Gay Marvine from San Francisco for their Saturday after Thanksgiving celebration. The party is scheduled through 3am.

Ticket link here. $10 + fees. 21+

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Brooklyn, Blkmarket Membership with Apollonia at TBA, 11/26

Seems like Dan, Dyed, and Shonky are making their rounds through the US this weekend as they are booked for an extended set with Brooklyn-based Blkmarket Membership. Residents Taimur & Fahad will be on opening duties. The party is scheduled through 9am!

Ticket link here. $30 + fees. 21+

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Chicago, Black Wednesday with Derrick Carter at Smartbar, 11/23

Derrick Carter kicks things off  Black Wednesday with an all-night set to celebrate at Smartbar. The party is scheduled through 4am.

Ticket link here. $12 + fees. 21+

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Chicago, Black Friday with Apollonia at the Mid, 11/25

Friday night Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, and Shonky will take the decks at the Mid for a night of great music. The party is scheduled through 4am.

Ticket link here. $12.50 + fees. 21+

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Detroit, Paxahau presents: Josh Wink at TV Lounge, 11/26

Detroit-based Paxahau brings Josh Wink for an all-night set on Saturday after Thanksgiving. In the Side Room you can expect Dru Ruiz and Shady P.

Ticket link here. $10 + fees. 21+

Spanksgiving

Houston, Spanksgiving with Kolsch at Boondocks, 11/23

Kolsch will headline the Spanksgiving party by Kinda Super Disco in Houston for Black Wednesday. Beforehand a b2b set by, residents, James Reed and Josh Dupont. The party is scheduled through 2am; we suggest early arrival!

Ticket link here. $10 + fees. 21+

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Los Angeles, Do Not Sit On The Furniture at Clinic Wednesday, 11/23 

Underrated Presents is hosting a Do Not Sit On The Furniture showcase for their weekly Clinic Wednesday Party series at Couture in Hollywood, with Behrouz, Oceanvs Orientalis and Tara Brooks all scheduled to play. The party is scheduled to run until 4am.

Ticket link here. $15 + fees. 21+

RHONDAVOUS

Los Angeles, Rhondavous at Union, 11/23 

RHONDA INTL brings DJ Harvey, Seth Troxler, Kevin Saunderson, Radio Slave, Trus’me, Chris Cruse, DIRTYDAVE, Goddollars, and PARADISE for their Black Wednesday celebration at Union. The party is scheduled through 4am.

Ticket link here. $30 + fees. 21+

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Los Angeles, Droid Behavior – Interface 55 / 14 Years at TBA, 11/26

The LA techno promoter will throw their 55th Interface event that is set to take place in a TBA location the Saturday after Thanksgiving and will feature Drumcell, Truncate, Raiz, DJ Hyperactive, Subversive, and Dean Paul. The party is scheduled through 7am!

Ticket link here. $20 + fees. 21+

 

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Miami, Thanksgiving Eve with Praslesh at Treehouse Miami, 11/23

UN_MUTE Events brings Raresh, Praslea, Roustam, and Christian AB for their Black Wednesday festivities at Treehouse Miami. The party is scheduled through 5am.

Ticket link here. $10 + fees. 21+

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Philadelphia, A Decade of Dubfire at Rumor, 11/23

Rumor Nightclub has booked Dubfire and Carlo Lio for their Black Wednesday celebration. They will also feature an all new Martin Audio sound system featuring their newly developed CCD technology. The party is scheduled through 2:30am.

Ticket link here. $15 + fees. $35 + fees for open bar between 10pm-12am.

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San Francisco, 15 Years of Dax presents at Mezzanine, 11/26

Dax presents will be celebrating 15 years the Saturday of Thanksgiving. Dax Lee, owner and promoter head of Dax, will be on the decks prior to Seth Troxler for the event at Mezzanine.

Ticket link here. $20 + fees. 21+

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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.

Video: Kevin Saunderson & Matthew Dear Collecting Samples

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“Ford moves people with cars. I move people with music” – Kevin Saunderson

Inspiration can strike in many forms. In the industry rich city of Detroit, Kevin Saunderson grabs his Zoom H4N and ventures into the Ford Assembly Plant to embrace the machines and technology. The process of collecting sounds is complete…the result? Well now we’ll just have to wait and see what the Detroit mastermind comes up with.

Just like Kevin Saunderson in the Ford Assembly Plant, Matthew Dear embarked on a similar sonic journey at one of the General Electric factories. Tuning in to the frequencies and energy of the environment, these artists are able to interpret sounds and translate that into music that is widely appreciated throughout the world.

Take a look at the two videos below to see the process behind two techno visionaries taking the music directly to it’s core.