Movement Guide 2011
Keep on moving, with our critics' picks for all three days
Published: May 25, 2011
Metro Times arts & culture editor Travis R. Wright went to his first rave when he was just 14. DEMF, Fuse-In, Movement — no matter the name, he's never missed a summer electronic music festival in Detroit. Wright pens features and reviews about music and musicians for local and national media, such as SPIN.
2-4 p.m.: Chuck Daniels & Mike Servito (Made in Detroit Stage)
After spending Thursday night with Malik Alston, Craig Huckaby, Pirahnahead and Doc Link at Pulse, we'll spend all day Friday bouncing back and forth between Funk Night (Elzhi and Will Sessions) at the Majestic, the all-day onslaught at Bookie's, and Exodus, where Stacey Pullen, Radio Slave, and Catz & Dogz play with Paul Randolph. But we'll be far from tired. We'll make it to Hart Plaza early for a back-to-back sets from Detroit sons Daniels and Servito.
4-4:30 p.m.: Spacetime Continuum (Movement Stage)
Minimal enough for the middle of the day, Continuum offers cerebral yet non-obtrusive electronic ephemera. So, you could chill here, or ...
4:30-5 p.m.: Ambivalent (Beatport)
... if you're feeling like stepping up your beats-per-minute but still want to keep it psychedelic, dig the heady beats of Ambivalent. You'll also find shade. And Dutch girls.
5-5:30 p.m.: Metro Area (Vitaminwater Stage)
With the sun high in the sky, what's needed now is some funky, jazzy electro house, so it's off to make the day's first trip to the Vitaminwater stage for Brooklyn's finest house team, Metro Area. Poppers and lockers will love this shit.
5:30 p.m.: Hudson Mohawke (Red Bull Stage)
Coming up through turntablism, this Warp Records artist bends and breaks R&B, world, rap and techno into something big, slick and totally danceable.
6 p.m.: Take a break. Grab something to eat. Buy a Detroit Hustles Harder T-shirt. Check out the C.A.M.P. art installations. Drink some water.
6:15 to 8 p.m.: Daedalus followed by Dam Funk & Master Blazter (Red Bull Stage)
The adventurous L.A. producer Daedalus creates audio collages using various electronic genres. Stick around for the the cheeky funk singer and synth maestro Dam-Funk performing with his breakin hi-hats, Moog, vocoder and key-tar outfit, Master Blazter.
8-9 p.m.: Visionquest (Made in Detroit Stage)
Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves are a bunch of young, ex-pat Detroiters who formed a collective called Visionquest. You can't go wrong.
9:30-10 p.m.: Venetian Snares (Movement Stage)
Aaron Funk is a one of a kind artist. Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, and recording under Venetian Snares, this breakcore innovator likes to fuck with time signatures ... and your mind.
10-10:30 p.m.: Goldie, feat. Armanni Reign (Red Bull Music Academy Stage)
The Bond actor, visual artist and DJ Goldie is one of the most easily recognized faces in electronic music. He drops a barrage of jungle and drum 'n' bass that tends to make people freak out.
10:30-11 p.m.: Felix Da Housecat (Vitaminwater Stage)
Carrying the torch for Chicago House, Felix da Housecat is no stranger to Detroit. Drop in on the party for a hot minute.
11 p.m.-midnight: Richie Hawtin (Beatport Stage)
After last year's set, there's no telling what Hawtin will do. Playing the smaller Beatport stage will ensure a crazed, intimate crowd. Too much to handle? Head over to the Movement Stage for the audio-visual assault of Monolake Surround.
Detroit-based Michelle Hermann is better known to dance heads as Punisher, a project name she's used since she was a kid spinning hard techno in high school. She's still a kid, never stops dancing, and is launching a new dubby, housy aka called Elora this weekend. We asked her to give us the lowdown of where she'll be.
If you are still up from the night before, I Love You But I've Chosen Techno will still be rocking at the Works. I'll be playing on the patio as Elora.
When that breaks up, let's say around 10 a.m., it might be time for cat nap, hydration and a smoothie!
2-3:30 p.m.: I'm off to Hart Plaza to see Sammy Dee (Vitaminwater Stage) and to catch nospectacle w/ Marcus Guentner (live) underground on the Torino Stage. That's 2-4 p.m.
3-4:30 p.m.: Space Dimension Controller performs live on the Red Bull Stage, but I also want to catch Echospace, also live, on the Torino Stage, 4-5 p.m. I love seeing more live performers on the lineup this year.
4:30-6 p.m.: Definitely Livio & Roby, DJs from Eastern Europe who still play tons of vinyl. That's on the Beatport Stage.
5-7 p.m.: I really want to see Margaret Dygas on the Vitaminwater Stage. She might be the world's hottest DJ right now. Totally awesome.
6-8 p.m.: The Soul Clap guys on the Red Bull Stage; but I'll be at the Vitaminwater Stage at 7 p.m. to see the "mystery guest" — Ricardo Villalobos!
7:30-9 p.m.: Somehow I need to get to Beatport Stage to see Martin Buttrich live. He's so underrated, so good.
9-10 p.m.: Then it's Guti live on the Beatport Stage.
10 p.m.-midnight: And Loco Dice also at Beatport.
11-MIDNIGHT: I'm going to squeeze in Carl Craig's live project 69 at the Vitaminwater Stage.
Then it's off to more afterparties. I'm playing at Suggestive Behavior at the Majestic — it'll be a Punisher vs. Elora set — and then to unwind and keep dancing at Too Far gone No Way Back at Bohemian Home. Fun!
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