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Paradigm Presents Announces Dixon b2b Seth Troxler Open-To-Close Movement After-Party

The Paradigm Presents crew is taking over Leland City Club once more this coming Movement Detroit weekend, with a special edition of their Motorcity Madness series taking place on Sunday, May 28th.

For the occasion, the upstairs section of the historic venue will be taken over entirely by two heavyweights of the techno and house music scene. The artists in question? None other than Detroit-raised Seth Troxler and Innervisions boss Dixon.

The two will join forces for a never-done-before back-t0-back set from club opening time until the music cuts off in the early hours of the morning. Knowing how Detroit gets down during Movement weekend this will be the perfect opportunity for those with enough energy to waltz into a cab and make it on time for Old Miami’s doors opening at 7AM for the iconic Need I Say More day party.

Tickets are available via Ticketfly.

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Underground Stage Movement

Ten “Undercard” Acts You Should Check Out During Movement Detroit 2017

Photo by Amin KO Beydoun

Movement Electronic Music Festival, or Movement for short, is no doubt the biggest North American underground dance music focused festival. Celebrating 11 years under the current name and direction of Paxahau, Movement returns to Detroit’s Hart Plaza this coming Memorial Day Weekend with a packed lineup of house, tech house, techno and more.

While the headliners and bigger names on the roster draw the most attention, naturally, Paxahau did a great job in filling out the lineups’ “undercard” section with a good array of talent spanning several genres. It also appears that they reverted to their old formula of featuring three days of techno at the Underground Stage, although that will not be confirmed until set times are out in the weeks to come.

So, if you’re heading to Detroit this coming May (and you should be, here is where you can buy tickets) why not look beyond Carl Cox, Adam Beyer and Seth Troxler? Branch out and explore some new names, some of which don’t tour the U.S. often or are local to the Detroit and could be a welcome surprise to your festival weekend. In our personal opinion the Movement lineup’s undercard section includes names worthy of being above the “fold”, such as Coyu, Francesca Lombardo, drumcell, Adam X & Perc, Rebekah, etc, so we will not focus on those, but will try to provide some other acts you may have not heard of that will be worth checking out. Bear in mind that this list will be read by Movement veterans and debutants alike, so please be understanding if you happen to be one of the former and are familiar with acts we have chosen. It is also no coincidence that a large number of them are Detroit-born, or Detroit-bred, giving further weight to the quality of each artist selected.

Below are our 10 “undercard” recommendations from this year’s Movement festival lineup, listed in alphabetical order.

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Photo by Felicia Garcia @Fixationphotography

CRSSD Festival – Crossing Over From The Main Stage

Guest post by Saxe Coulson

Although many European brands have managed to curate festivals that feature all house and techno artists, it seems as if the United States is still a bit behind. Awakenings did not take place again in New York this year and Time Warp hasn’t continued past its 2014 and 2015 editions either. Woogie Weekend is also not going to be taking place again this year and neither is the smaller Freeform Festival in Pennsylvania.

Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit contains 90% house and techno acts, and has grown in size every year with more and more after-parties taking place and more brands and sponsors coming on board. This is partly due to the festival being located in Detroit, the birthplace of techno, the long-running history and quality of the festival itself and its after-parties, and the chance to see artists that normally don’t come to the United States. Detroit has been playing homage to techno since the ‘80s and Movement Festival is a highly acclaimed and widely celebrated event that draws visitors from all over the country and beyond.

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Movement Phase 2

Discover Movement Detroit’s 2017 Lineup With This Comprehensive Playlist

 

Yesterday Movement Electronic Music Festival released its Phase 2 lineup, adding over 40 artists to an already extensive roster of talent.

The lineup now features over 120 acts, with headlining sets by Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and deadmau5 as testpilot. While some of the bigger names are known to most who love techno and house, the lineup also features up-and-comers and festival debuts that some may not be accustomed to.

With that in mind, we have compiled a comprehensive playlist of live sets and mix recordings from every electronic artist on the lineup, a total of 163 hours of music from 120 separate acts.

Enjoy it below:

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Movement Detroit Releases Phase 2 Lineup featuring deadmau5 (as testpilot), Richie Hawtin, Mind Against and DVS1

 

The Phase 2 lineup for Movement Detroit is now out, adding the last two headliners for the weekend as well as a flurry of other top-tier techno and house talent.

Richie Hawtin will be taking over the headlining slot on Saturday, while deadmau5 will be returning to Detroit’s Hart Plaza with a special Testpilot performance on Sunday, with the already-announced Carl Cox on Monday night completing a trifecta of headliners for the Main Stage.

Other new names include DVS1, Ben Sims b2b Truncate, Octave One (Live), Sterac, Rebekah (hybrid set) and Asher Perkins on the techno side, as well as Seth Troxler, Mind Against, Cajmere, Red Axes, Honey Dijon and more. See below for the full lineup and head over to Movement’s official website for tickets.

Movement Phase 2

 

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Movement Detroit Drops Phase I Lineup for 2017 featuring Carl Cox, Function, The Belleville Three and more

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Movement Electronic Music Festival, the United States’ most anticipated techno and house focused festival, has just dropped its Phase I lineup for 2017.

This coming year’s roster will featuring Carl Cox on headlining duty on Monday night, with the remaining two headliners scheduled to be revealed when Phase II comes out. Other techno highlights include The Belleville Three, Function, Drumcell Recondite, Adam X, Perc and Robert Hood (Live). The house music front will be represented by Jamie Jones, Dixon, Dusky and many more.

See below for the full lineup:

Movement 2017 lineup

Thank You Movement

Movement Detroit Releases Official Recap Vid and Announces Special 1-Day Appreciation Sale for 2017

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It hasn’t even been two weeks since I left Detroit and penned my Editorial, and Paxahau has gone ahead releasing the Official Movement Recap Video followed by a very special announcement for 2017.

As a token of appreciation, the festival will be conducting a very special 1-Day Sale on Friday, June 17th from Noon until Midnight EST, allowing dance music fans access to limited quantities of $100 GA tickets and $200 VIP tickets for next year’s 11th Edition of Movement!

To purchase your tickets, go to: http://bit.ly/movement17thanks
Enter the code: DETROIT2017 (code will be active on June 17 at noon).

Read the full statement from Paxahau and Movement here: http://bit.ly/movement17thankyou

Watch the full Recap Video below:

Pineapple KoPhoto Vogue

Q&A: An Interview with Movement’s Pineapple Man

Photo by KoPhotoVogue

Photo by KoPhotoVogue

If you attended Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit this year, it is more than likely that you either spotted or heard of the Pineapple Man.

During the festival weekend, and the days following it, Facebook became alive with sightings of the Pineapple Man. Countless videos, photos and even memes were posted celebrating the exotic fruit held aloft by a man donning a blue scarf. Hundreds sang his praises, while also wondering just how he managed to hold the large piece of fruit up in the sky for so long throughout the three days.

Despite the many questions, one thing was clear: the pineapple made people smile, enhancing their festival experience in a way no other fruit has possibly ever done before. In a sea of techno black, the tropical fruit added color and united people both at the festival and in social media groups in the days following the weekend.

I had the chance to get to know a little about Perry Finley, aka the Pineapple Man or Guy, with a quick chat following the fest. Despite having the pineapple well over his head for approximately 20-24 hours over the weekend, he assured me that his arm was completely fine ahead of our talk! You can now follow the Pineapple in action via Facebook!

I spotted you at Movement several times, first in the RenCen hotel lobby I think, then of course at the festival. How could I not? You were everywhere! Is this the first festival where you made an appearance as the Pineapple Man?

The pineapple has served as a loyal companion at a few festivals. Gratifly 2014 – a small Burner gathering in South Carolina that is no longer happening – was the first event at which I began toting my succulent associate. Since then my commitment has escalated with this past Envision and Movement really taking it to the next level.

Why pineapple? Why not mango, or a melon?

Mangos are a dime a dozen and melons are too pretentious.

One of the many Pineapple memes posted on FB. Credit: Adam Dannewitz

One of the many Pineapple memes posted on FB. Credit: Adam Dannewitz

What is the significance of the pineapple?

First I have to stress that the pineapple was never about me. It was about everyone else. There are a few reasons:

  • Pineapples are a universal symbol of hospitality. Everyone is just looking to find their niche, and music festivals feel like “home” for many people.
  • The sacred geometry present within the fruit’s structure is fascinating. Without diving too far down the rabbit hole, it’s a reminder that we are all connected and every gesture ripples way beyond the source.
  • It’s an awesome way to meet people. Some of my closest relationships have stemmed from carrying around a pineapple. If nothing else, it’s a great conversation starter and shows you don’t take yourself too serious.
  • Portable and recognizable.
  • High nutrition density.
  • Delicious.
  • Pineapples like techno too.

Was there a point where you almost gave up and thought to yourself, “Man, holding this pineapple up all day just isn’t worth it!” If so, what kept you going?

Nope. That pretty little pina was like a lightning rod throughout the weekend. Every smile, laugh, and gesture channeled that positive energy right into my arm and kept that pineapple pumping at all times.

I like to draw parallels between commitment to holding up the pineapple and commitment to any thing else in life. Consistency is key in any pursuit. From a social standpoint, Movement was like a blank canvas and the pineapple was my medium. Walking in on the first day I was thoroughly intrigued at the idea of what would happen if I just held this thing over my head every feasible moment while inside the venue.

Within a few hours I had people calling me “Pineapple Guy”. Groups were using me as a landmark to find their friends, the DJs were getting a kick out of it mid-performance, and – above all else – it was making people smile; that’s really what it’s all about.

It was truly mesmerizing to watch the impact of the pineapple spread over course of the weekend. We all possess the ability to change the world, one pineapple at a time.

Photo by Dave Eckblad

Photo by Dave Eckblad

Do you eat pineapples or do you consider it a sacred fruit that must not be consumed?

Pineapple is a staple of my daily diet. It’s the fruit that keeps on giving. At the end of the festival, we cut it up and everyone in our crew shared some.

How long did you train your shoulder for, prior to the festival?

I do my best to maintain a daily yoga practice. Without that there would be no pineapple. You’d be surprised how conducive the skeletal system is to hoisting that bad boy over your head. Once you get your arm in the proper alignment, the shoulder just kind of falls into the socket and there’s not really much muscle fatigue.

Dave Eckblad

Photo by Dave Eckblad

Did you expect your antics to ever go viral?

Definitely not. I anticipated a positive response but never expected it to cross into other festival groups on Facebook (apparently it has been blowing up within the Holy Ship! communities) or to be turned into a meme. I guess I can cross that one off my bucket list.

What was your favorite encounter that stemmed from carrying the pineapple?

I had a guy come up to me and we engaged in the typical small talk. He insisted on buying me a drink and ran off to one of the vendors. Unfortunately, our crew was migrating and I had to run. I told his friends that I couldn’t wait around but to thank their friend again for the offer.

At least 2 hours pass and this guy comes up to me at an entirely different stage and gave me the drink. He found the pineapple. It was the same drink. He carried it around the entire time. That single gesture made the entire thing worth it. Pretty sure it was a pineapple vodka too.

Was it your first time at Movement?

Indeed it was, and it will not be my last. I thought I was pretty music-savvy beforehand but, after attending Movement, I feel like I’ve been lied to my entire life.

Photo by Paul Es

Photo by Paul Es

Who were some of your favorite acts?

Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Get Real, Chris Liebing, and DJ Tennis in no specific order.

Though not technically the festival, Carl Craig’s Q&A session at the Detroit Institute of Music Education leading up to Movement was something special. That instilled a heightened level of appreciation in me and allowed me to experience the festival in an entirely different context.

What was your favorite after-party?

Paradigm Presents No. 19 vs. Visionquest on Sunday. That Kenny Glasgow b2b Lee Curtiss set had me feeling some type of way, although they wouldn’t let me bring in the pineapple. I had to hide it in a bush on the side of the venue. Thankfully it was still there when we got out.

Blank Code & Oktave at The Works on Friday was up there too.

Perry Finley and his beloved pineapple

Perry Finley and his beloved pineapple

Are you planning to come back next year? If so, who would you like to see booked?

Absolutey. I’m a big fan of Tube & Berger’s label Kittball Records. Anyone from that roster would be a treat. Otherwise, I’m content. Movement is one of those festivals where you can walk to any stage at any time and be exposed to quality music. Paxahau does an incredible job booking talent.

Where can we expect to see the Pineapple next?

Symbiosis (Northern California) is the next one for sure. Elements (Brooklyn), Shambhala (Vancouver, BC), Imagine Festival (Atlanta), Suwannee Hulaween (Florida), Groove Cruise Miami, CRSSD (San Diego), Ultra Music Festival (Miami), Envision (Costa Rica), and Movement next year are also on the radar.

Of course, you can expect to see the pineapple pop up throughout the South Florida/Miami scene all year.

 

Thank you Perry, I appreciate your time and commitment to improving people’s festival experience, as well as the strength of your arm and shoulder. I look forward to next year, and seeing the Pineapple raised in the Detroit sky once more!

 

Jeff Mills closing out the Underground Stage in 2014

Editorial: Movement, Please Put Techno Back on the Underground Stage for Three Days

Jeff Mills closing out the Underground Stage in 2014

Jeff Mills closing out the Underground Stage in 2014

There is no way I could begin this article without a preface: I love techno. I love the type of techno that keeps me dancing for 31 hours straight inside Berghain, the type of techno that makes people hide and non-believers twitch, the type of techno that used to fill the Underground Stage at Movement for three days straight every Memorial Day Weekend.

When this year’s lineup came out, I felt a little piece of my techno soul ripped from inside me, stomped on and fed to the masses. It was immediately clear, without the need of a detailed schedule, that the 10th Year Anniversary of the festival would no longer feature the same type of programming the dark dungeon that is commonly referred to as the Underground (how convenient!) Stage had been showcasing previous years. The schedule of course confirmed my worst fears: Day 1 still maintained an element of those sounds I loved, while Day 2 and 3 were to feature an OWSLA (gasp!) and Acid Showcase respectively.

Project 313 playing the Underground Stage. Photo courtesy of Movement

Project 313 playing the Underground Stage. Photo courtesy of Movement

I wasn’t alone in my concern. Hundreds of others who found solace in the cramped pit that sits below Hart Plaza cried in complaint, “Where is the techno?” Others didn’t quite understand, “But Adam Beyer and Joseph Capriati are on the lineup!” they quickly pointed out, swiftly adding that several Detroit Techno legends were also present on the bill. Granted, Stacey Pullen, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Carl Craig were all booked to play, but that was not the techno I was clamoring for. The point was clearly lost to those who had either never been to Movement before or couldn’t immediately differentiate between the sound the aforementioned artists produce and play, and the much-different, no-holds-barred and experimental experiences the Underground Stage used to provide in years past.

Alas, to Movement I still went. And at Movement I still had a tremendous amount of fun. And how could you not? Paxahau still did an excellent job in providing a full lineup of international and local talent, and the various parties surrounding the major event were still, as they are every year, the perfect complementary addition to what is always going to be one of the best techno and house experiences in the continental United States.

At this very second, I know that some of you reading this are already disagreeing with me or calling me a techno elitist. Please bear in mind that music is a subjective thing and this is simply nothing more than my personal opinion born out of my personal music preferences. This past weekend in Detroit was incredibly fun and highlighted some very important names in our scene, and I am not in any way trying to minimize the good time tens of thousands who ventured into Hart Plaza had over the space of those three days.

But allow me to give some examples. 2015’s lineup hosted the likes of Paula Temple, Developer, Cell Injection, Regis, Steffi, Rødhäd, Marcel Dettmann, Sterac and Ben Sims at the Underground Stage. The year before, it was the turn of techno stalwarts Jeff Mills, Brian Sinhaji, Monoloc, Zeitgeber (Lucy & Speedy J), Function, Robert Hood, Dustin Zahn and Adam X, just to name a few. This year Paxahau gave an entire day’s stage to Interdimensional Transmission, but unfortunately it was on the very same day as the Underground Stage’s day programming for techno that featured Project 313, Andrei Morant, Kyle Geiger, Jay Denham, Scuba and Len Faki.

Regardless, I would be amiss, if not an outright liar, if I didn’t simply state that Movement was anything short of an amazing time. But I did find myself wandering from stage to stage more often than any other time in the past, hoping to find something to fill the void created by the lack of a techno Underground Stage on days 2 and 3.

Luckily, that techno came in the way of the several pre and after-parties that peppered the city of Detroit throughout the long Movement weekend. On Friday night, right before the festival’s beginning, Chicago’s Oktave came together with Detroit’s Blank Code to welcome the festival with a line-up that showcased Function, drumcell, Israel Vines, Anthony Parasole and Jeff Deringer – the first of a series of nights at The Works that would feature quality techno throughout the whole weekend. On Sunday it was the turn of Droid Behavior to team up with Blank Code for an Interface/Scene party that billed Perc, Adam X, Cassegrain and a tour-de-force set by Headless Horseman. Rounding off the weekend at the Corktown venue was a collaboration between Dirty Epic and Apothic for their yearly Anthology shenanigans, with Max Cooper, Truncate and Cell Injection (as Surprise Guests) on the bill.

Adam X playing the Interface/Scene after-party at The Works. Photo courtesy of Blank Code Detroit via FB

Adam X at the Interface/Scene after-party. Photo courtesy of Blank Code Detroit via Facebook

Elsewhere, on Saturday, Paradigm Presents organized an entirely techno-focused room at Leland City Club, devoting the basement to the harder sounds of Klectitik Records boss Jason Patrick, Len Faki and Ali Tiefschwarz. The dirty, dripping-wet and grungy chamber beneath the former splendid downtown Leland Hotel became the house of industrial techno that night, quenching the thirst of the many who clamored for more of the genre following the first day at the festival.

But that was not all. While I did not attend, a selection of amazing parties such as Tresor 25, No Way Beck, Ain’t No Party Like A Detroit Party, and more, did a fantastic job in bringing the techno to Detroit by underscoring and valuing artists that not only represent the past and present of Detroit’s techno future, but rather the entire history and current relevance of the genre throughout the world. Names such as Speedy J, Octave One, Regis, Dasha Rush, Mike Parker, Silent Servant, Carlos Souffront, BMG all had playing time, rounding off a complete Movement experience that featured plenty of diverse techno, but mostly outside of the festival confines.

At the end of the day, Movement will forever remain my favorite music weekend of the entire calendar year. Even though this year the festival featured little of what I was mainly looking for, it still gave me a lot of other music I enjoyed. In particular, sets by Âme, John Digweed, Honey Soundsystem, The Black Madonna, Stacey Pullen, Heidi, La Fleur and Guti were all a great time, especially when coupled with the camaraderie and atmosphere only Detroit and its festival crowd can ever provide.

Please bear with me. I know Paxahau and Movement are more than worthy of thanks for all the music the Motor City hosts during the festival weekend. Without techno there would be no Movement, and without Movement I would never have this much fun every year on Memorial Day Weekend. While I don’t believe in song requests, I do think a personal line-up request can’t hurt here: Movement, please put techno back on the Underground Stage for three days next year. Or any other stage for that matter, as three days of non-stop techno are always better than one day!

If you do, I will love you so much more than I already do.

RBMA Live from Detroit

Stream Movement Detroit 2016 Live Throughout the Weekend

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Not going to Detroit for Movement?

Don’t fret, while we cannot bring you to Hart Plaza with us, we can conveniently tell you how you can bring Hart Plaza to the comfort of your home or office!

First up, you will be able to stream BE-AT.TV live throughout the entire weekend. Below is the list of stages and sets that will be streamed, as well as a direct link to each broadcast and an embedded player for each! Read more