[FESTIVAL PREVIEW] TEN MUST-SEE ACTS AT MOVEMENT 2016

[FESTIVAL PREVIEW] TEN MUST-SEE ACTS AT MOVEMENT 2016

[FESTIVAL PREVIEW] TEN MUST-SEE ACTS AT MOVEMENT 2016

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival, taking place Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30 inside the city’s Hart Plaza. We couldn’t be more excited to join in on the fun, but with so many artists and DJ’s performing it’s hard to choose who to see and who to skip. Well, we’ve decided to solve at least a little bit of the problem for you and we give you ten acts you absolutely shouldn’t miss!

 

Maceo Plex

Although, as he is continuing work on his second studio album, Solar, aside from a couple of decent remixes with Shall Ocin, we haven’t heard much from the US-bred and Barcelona-based techno superstar this year; but don’t be fooled-he is still not one to miss! Last year he set the main stage on fire and this year is bound to be no exception as he is the last act to grace the main stage before the highly publicized Kraftwerk 3-D performance. Expect to hear some crowd-pleasing favorites such as last year’s Solar Detroit and Solitary Daze, and hopefully, some unreleased new material, as well!

 

Four Tet

London-based electronic and post-rock musician Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet makes his festival debut this year over at the Red Bull Music Academy stage Saturday night. Known for his eclectic and elaborate style of laid back electronica the multi-talented musician smoothly glides through and combines multiple genres such jazz, hip hop, techno, trip hop, and world music, to name a few. Get ready for a rich journey into a sonic wonderland that is sure to be one of the most talked about sets of the weekend!

 

SCUBA

In 2007 British-born musician Paul Rose, aka Scuba decided to relocate to Berlin in order to align himself more with the city’s world-renowned techno scene and restart his creative process (and boy, are we glad he did!). Rose, who initially primarily produced dubstep is now a veteran producer, DJ, remixer and album artist who was a former resident at Berghain, which explains his deeply dark and at times, eclectic sound. Fans of hard-driving, pulsating, German techno you’re in for a treat!

 

Âme

German duo Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann also known as Âme (pronounced “Ahm”) met back in 2001 while bonding over Chicago house and Detroit techno, amongst a multitude of other genres and styles. Constantly striving to create new sounds while drawing on influences encompassing all of dance music’s history they are always out of their comfort zone thus, allowing for extraordinary results. Since they are members of A Critical Mass, a live project that finds them, alongside Dixon and Schwarz, reworking each other’s songs in real-time, expect their debut Movement set to be one of the most exciting and interesting highlights of the entire festival!

 

Tale of Us

Italian, German-based “odd couple” Carmine and Matteo Milleri met at the SAE Institute in Milan while studying music but soon realized that it simply wasn’t for them. Today, while running their Life and Death label along with Thugfucker and another Movement artist DJ Tennis they are amongst some of the most in-demand electronic artists in the world. Not intimated or ruined by their enormous success the duo carefully select their releases and ensure that whatever they do “feels right.” They will showcase their dramatic and emotional sound dubbed as “romantic techno” on Sunday over at the Beatport stage. Should you miss their set in favor of RZA or Dubfire who play simultaneously on different stages, be sure to check them out at the official Movement after party over at the Detroit Masonic Temple, Monday night.

 

Alex Metric

Progressive deep house is making a huge come back this year and what better way to step away from the underground for a just a little bit and witness the multi-talented and genre-defying skills of Brit Alex Metric? Ironically playing the Underground stage Saturday as part of the OWSLA records showcase the remix king is bound to have a little bit of something for everyone, especially for fans of simpler and more catchy melodies.

 

MATADOR

Dublin native Gavin Lynch, better known as Matador has quickly risen to the top of the techno world with his smart, melodic, and varied productions. Loved by peers such as Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, Kolsch, and fans alike, the Best Live Performer Ibiza 2014 is sure to please the crowds for the second year in a row over at the main stage as he will, no doubt, showcase tunes off of his excellent freshly released debut album, Rukus.

 

Anja Schneider

Germany’s Anja Schneider started out as an on-air radio personality who became so successful and liked that she was able to launch an international DJ career, as a result. Her charismatic and warm personality undoubtedly transfers over to her work as she is known for delivering warm sets that encompass house, deep house, indie dance, and of course, techno. Catch her set over at the main stage late afternoon/early evening on Sunday.

 

Nina Kravitz

Russian DJ, singer, and seductress Nina Kravitz produces music that rivals her beauty. Don’t miss this professional dentist (no, that’s not a joke) and трип (pronounced ‘trip’) records founder close out the Underground stage on Monday night as she brings her Siberian brand of emotional, honest, and at times, sexy techno to your ears. See for yourself that yes, you can have it all: the looks, the brain, and the talent!

 

Joseph Capriati

Over the course of the last ten years, Italy’s Joseph Capriati has with certainty become of the one of the globe’s favorite techno DJ’s. Gaining the love and respect of fans and peers alike while still in his 20’s is no easy feat in a world dominated by veterans with decades of experience under their belts. Whether seeing him in a small club, a giant warehouse, or a festival stage one thing is always clear: he loves what he’s doing. Will he be able to replicate as great of a crowd reaction as he did last year at the Beatport stage? Come see for yourself but we have no doubts!

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