Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival 2011 – Part I
Sven Vath, Fat Boy Slim and Adam Beyer absolutely destroyed their respective stages. Festival organizers, Paxahau Productions of Detroit, presented an all-out feast for the senses over all three days, demonstrating in triumphant fashion that the city’s well established techno sub-culture still rings as fresh today as it did in 2000, Movement’s rookie year.
I Love Detroit Michigan got off to an early start at The Fillmore Detroit, the night before the festival’s opening, with an official, Paxahau sponsored pre-party featuring American mash-up master, DJ Z-Trip, and English dub-step superstar, Rusko. We were only slightly disappointed when recognized grandmaster Z-Trip took the stage FIRST and delivered a set seemingly tailored to appeal to Rusko’s mostly 17-to-20-year-old dub-step fan base.
A mere two hours within the festival grounds on opening day, May 28th, and we were already confidently declaring Movement’s continued ownership of the ‘Best People Watching in the World, Hands Down’ title.
First-day standouts included longtime Detroit mainstay Brian Gillespie on the Red Bull Music Academy stage as part of the “Electrbounce Presents” line-up. Rains early in the evening forced our departure, but I Love Detroit Michigan heard through the grapevine that Windsor’s most famous son, the near-mythic Richard Michael Hawtin, stopped just short of literally burning the Beatport stage to the forking ground.
Mothership recording artist, Tanner Ross, and Freude-Am-Tanzen recording artist, Robag Wruhme. Party organizers were stunned and humbled when Detroit First Wave techno royalty Juan Atkins and Eddie “Flashin’” Fowlkes arrived at their door around 2:30 in morning, looking to take in the freakshow right alongside the general public. ~I♥DM