Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival 2011 – Part II

Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival 2011 – Part II

The threat of rain added to the electric atmosphere during exceptional second-night, main stage performances by German techno pioneer Sven Vath, and festival creative director, Carl Craig, live as ”69”. Fortunately it never materialized. Craig’s surprising interpolations of Hawtin’s techno standard, “Spastik”, turned ears throughout Hart Plaza. Our second night after-hours entertainment included a visit to the visually stellar “Full Throttle”, held at McCarthy’s Pub on Fort Street, featuring Ann Arbor based junglists DJ Sinistarr & MC Teddy.

Third day lack-of-sleep yawns were stifled by the likes of 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”.

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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

Dale Carlson

Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.