#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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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:
Enter the code: DETROIT2017 (code will be active on June 17 at noon).

Read the full statement from Paxahau and Movement here:

Watch the full Recap Video below:

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.

Listen to 6AM’s Comprehensive Movement Detroit 2016 Playlist

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Techno and house and house fans rejoice!

With Movement’s 10th Anniversary just around the corner, 70+ day and after-parties to choose from and a plethora of artist playing the festival across three days and six stages, we decided that it’s time for the music to do the talking.

It’s likely that even the most seasoned of electronic music veteran is familiar with the more than 125 artists playing the festival this year, and it is for that reason that we decided to compile a special Movement Detroit 2016 Artist Playlist on SoundCloud for your use.

We scoured the entire SoundCloud platform for live sets and mixes from each artist playing in Hart Plaza on Memorial Day Weekend. We tried to post the most recent or telling piece of music compilation we could find for each name, in order to give listeners a fairly up-to-date understanding of the artist’s sound and what to expect from them in Detroit.

The result is a 119 track compilation incorporating over 165 hours of music organized in alphabetical order. Please be understanding that not every artist featured on the lineup had recent live sets or mixes available on the SoundCloud platform, while others had none at all.

We hope you enjoy it. Share the article with other friends making their pilgrimage to Detroit – music is love, and sharing is caring!

Oh and don’t forget to enter our contest for 2 GA tickets to the fest!

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Win 2 GA Weekend Passes to Movement Detroit 2016!

Photo courtesy of Movement Electronic Music Festival

Photo courtesy of Movement Electronic Music Festival

We have teamed up with Paxahau and Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit to give a lucky 6AM follower 2 GA Weekend Passes for Movement Detroit taking place May 28-30, 2016 at Hart Plaza.

This year’s Movement marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the techno gathering under Paxahau – one of the most respected and anticipated weekends of the entire year for techno, house and electronic music fans in the United States and beyond.

This year’s lineup is the festival’s biggest yet, bringing together popular names, iconic Detroit techno acts and newcomers alike. Over a four day period, Detroit will also play host to more than fifty separate day and after-parties spanning a wide variety of music genres and settings. Ensure you visit our City Travel Guide for Detroit when planning your trip.

For a chance to win our contest, simply follow the instructions in the widget below. The winner will be selected and announced on Wednesday 25th of May. See you in Detroit!

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Your Complete Party Guide to Movement Detroit 2016

Photo by Bryan Mitchell

Photo by Bryan Mitchell

Movement Detroit is just around the corner, and this year the Motor City is peppered with more parties than ever. We have decided to save you the time and effort by grouping them all in one comprehensive guide to help you choose and plan your weekend with ease.

The list is sorted in order by day, with events displayed alphabetically. While most are after-parties, there are a few day parties too which are clearly marked to avoid confusion. The 6AM staff combed through the entire list and selected favorites that we recommend based on years of experience traveling to Detroit for Movement weekend.

Please be aware that some lineups are still TBD and some parties are altogether still yet to be announced. We will be updating this list daily to ensure it’s complete for your use. When preparing for your trip to Detroit, ensure you also take a look at our expansive City Travel Guide for tips on how to get the most out of your stay. Read more

Movement Detroit Releases Stage Info and Set Times for 2016


This coming May, Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit is celebrating 10 years of life at the core of the birth city of techno with a line-up that brings together legends of the famed genre, popular up-and-comers in the underground world, current house favorites from across the globe and a small roster of signature eclectic acts.

This year, those making the pilgrimage to Detroit will be witnessing the first ever Kraftwerk 3D performance at Hart Plaza, with Modeselektor and Dubfire’s Hybrid show both set to complete the headlining spots at the festivals’ main stage over the weekend. Paxahau has also decided to change things around a little, adding different sounds to an Underground Stage that is usually chock-block full of hard techno, also placing Richie Hawtin’s PLAYdifferentlyShowcase at the Beatport stage by the Detroit River – with Richie closing out the night with a two-hour set – and inaugurating the first-ever Acid House devoted stage at the festival with the likes of DJ Pierre, Boys Noize and Nina Kraviz all set to perform.

The stage programme and set times are now out, allowing attendees to plan their entire Memorial Day Weekend with as much ease as possible. While there’s bound to be plenty of conflicts with Phase I and Phase II lineups of such size, there is no doubt that as always the entire weekend will be filled with top-notch music and amazing performances.

Check out the release below and make sure you also check out our Detroit City Travel Guide to ready yourself for the trip. The guide is complete with recommendations that cover travel, accommodation, food and other activities to do while in the Motor City.



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Movement Detroit Comes Out Strong With Phase 2 Release

Movement Detroit released its Phase 1 lineup earlier this year, announcing the festival debut of German techno giant group Kraftwerk who will be landing in Hart Plaza with their famous 3D set-up.

Alongside them, a list of who’s who of today’s dance music scene with focus on house and Detroit techno. Names such as Carl Craig, Chris Liebing, Eddie Fowlkes, Maceo Plex, Stacey Pullen and Tale of Us are all coming back to what is certainly recognized by many as a yearly must-attend underground house and techno event.

Today, Paxahau has unveiled the festival’s Phase 2 roster, adding more talent to an already filled selection of artists:


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Movement Detroit Teases First Act to Play in 2016


Movement Electronic Music Festival is celebrating its 10th Year Anniversary this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, and rumor has it the line-up will be a special one for the occasion. Read more

Put Your Hands Up for Movement Detroit 2016

detroit-movement2013-stage_joe_gallIt’s that time of year again when presales go on at the height of the morning and there are another seven months to go before Detroit Electronic Music Festival, a.k.a. Movement, comes around again. Next year’s festival is sure to be a treat as Movement is celebrating its ten-year anniversary. We are speculating a possible marathon set featuring our Detroit techno pioneers as special guests or maybe some wild back-to-back sets from world-class talent. Reminiscing on who played this past year, we are expecting 2016 to raise the bar even higher. Read more