Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival 2011 – Part II
Dirtybird recording artist Justin Martin and Swedish techno luminary Adam Beyer on the Beatport stage, and festival headliner, England’s Fat Boy Slim aka Norman Cook, on the Vitamin Water main stage. Slim’s crowd-hyping set included presumably previously unheard remixes of Cee-Lo’s now ubiquitous “F**k You”, Robin S’s house classic, “Show Me Love”, and concluded unexpectedly but fittingly with Johan Strauss’s “Blue Danube Waltz”.
We can’t say enough about the quality work done by Paxahau Event Productions since they took the reins of the city’s premier annual music festival back in 2006. Though wonderful events in their own right, Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival, from 2000 to 2005, was continually marred by what can only be interpreted as a lack of technical expertise in developing the main stage sound quality. We here at I Love Detroit Michigan don’t claim to be experts, but we know this much: ineffective monitoring can very easily render an otherwise world class DJ completely incapable of seamless beat-matching on an arena sized stage, and that’s what seemed to happen time and time again back in the day. Ask Beyer. Ask Jeff Mills. Ask Rolando. Even Richie. We’re just sayin’. Anyway, it’s never been an issue while the festival’s been in Paxahau’s dexterous hands, and for that we salute them and say, Movement 2011: nothing less than an 11 on the 10 scale. ~I♥DM