Friendships born of techno are friendships that last. It’s a true statement that applies to casual listeners as well as two of the most prominent techno artists working today: Charlotte de Witte and Chris Liebing.
Ever since these two announced they were working on a track together at the end of 2018, they have never been apart for too long. The following March, the pair played back-to-back during Miami Music Week, and their set was broadcast as a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Then a few months later, they were booked to play together again at an official Movement Detroit after party. Now, they will soon play as a duo again at Insomniac‘s upcoming Halloween festival, Escape: Psycho Circus.
All of these collaborative encounters indicate that these two share a specific chemistry as artists, catalyzed by their time in the studio. Now the fruit of their labor is finally available to the public in the form of their Liquid Slow EP, out now on de Witte’s KNTXT imprint.
For those who haven’t seen de Witte and Liebing on the decks together, this EP makes their chemistry immediately clear. De Witte is known for her ability to revolve a set around tinges of acid, and Liebing is a champion of all things deceptively heavy. This EP is the middle-ground between those two descriptors.
Memorial Day Weekend is a special time for Detroit, and dance music at large. It sees fans from all over the world converge upon the Motor City to celebrate the genre born there: techno. Movement is the centerpiece of the celebration. For over twenty years now, the family-friendly festival has grown become one of the most well-known and beloved in the world, hosting the world’s best selectors and legacy acts to take the decks behind its multiple stages.
Over time, Movement has expanded its palette to celebrate not just techno, but the city’s place in history as a whole. Its Redbull stage welcomes hip-hop, for example, while a wide range of house producers also make their rounds at the Midwest institution. One such legend in the house realm is MK—a Detroit native himself and a Movement regular. Per his usual modus operandi, the stalwart put together a high-charged two hours that left audience members with no choice but to dance. It’s a journey through house music past-and-present, with some tech hints mixed in—a proper showing for the weekend.
Enjoy our exclusive recording of this set and relive the festival if in attendance.
With Memorial Weekend fast approaching, Detroit’s beloved Movement Festival will enter its 21st year in the running, bringing forth yet another relentless wave of excitement in its showcase of diverse musical talent. Originally surfacing as a free event, Movement has grown from its beginnings into a nationwide landmark whose dedication to housing premier electronic music attracts music-lovers from all over the spectrum. In recent years, Movement has expanded immensely from its techno and house roots with its polarizing shifts in programming. This year’s lineup undeniably juxtaposes the underground mainstays with new blood, welcoming the likes of FISHER, Chris Lake, and Charlotte de Witte with local legends like Stacey Pullen, Carl Craig, and Octave One.
Encompassing over two decades of performances, curated stages, and transformative industry shifts, Movement has no shortage of monumental highlights that have been captured. As dance music prepares for Movement 2019, look back on Movement’s journey through the last ten years with the Dancing Astronaut team as we chronicle some of the best moments of the historic techno and house gathering.
2008: deadmau5, Beatport Stage
Racking up an attendance of 75,000 (up 30,000 from the previous year), Movement cemented itself as one of the most important electronic festivals nationwide in 2008. Right at the onset of deadmau5‘ peak touring period, Movement hosted the original helmet-wearing DJ on Saturday, May 24 at its Beatport Stage. Just two studio albums into his now-extensive discography, Deadmau5 made his Movement debut in the early stages of his career, spinning to a packed crowd that received his performance amicably.
2009: Carl Cox, Main Stage
Dance music titan Carl Cox brought the house down in a two-hour set at the-then Vitamin Water Main Stage, closing out a list of heavy-hitters from Day One. Already eight years deep into his yearly Space Ibiza residence and five years into his Carl Cox & Friends curated stage concept, the acid house veteran and his legendary party-throwing skills catered to new ears and techno-lovers alike.
2010: Plastikman, Main Stage
Marking Richie Hawtin‘s first Plastikman show in Detroit since 1994, the techno trailblazer returned under his Plastikman moniker to deliver an incredible main stage performance on Saturday, May 29 for the tenth anniversary of Movement Festival since its inception in 2000.
2011: Skrillex, Red Bull Music Academy Stage
Making his Movement debut on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage, Skrillex closed out Day 1 on Saturday, May 28 to what many will remember as one of the best sets of the festival. On the cusp of his seminal “Bangarang” release and coming off the success of his 2010 Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites album, the dubstep producer graced the humble, but notoriously diverse Red Bull stage in the midst of his blossoming career.
2012: Public Enemy and special guest Ice-T, Main Stage
Breaking its attendance record again with 107,343 fans coming out in 2012, Movement dipped its feet into hip-hop programming, bringing rap legends Public Enemy to the main stage. The performance given by the “Fight the Power” rappers has remained one of the most unforgettable pinnacles of Movement and spoken to the festival’s ability to curate acts that stray from the traditional techno and house genres while maintaining appeal to the Movement audience.
2013: Nina Kraviz, Underground Stage
Since her breakthrough in 2009, Nina Kraviz has been a frequent performer at Movement throughout the years and continued to bring her hypnotic style of music back to Detroit. The Siberian DJ closed out the Underground Stage on Day One of Movement 2013 to a massive crowd. The timing of Kraviz’s appearance also coincided with the release of her divisive Resident Advisor interview and the subsequent controversy.
2014: J.Phlip, Beatport Stage
Both a special night for J.Phlip and spectators alike, the Dirtybird staple stepped on the decks to celebrate her birthday and simultaneously closed out Movement’s final day on the Beatport Stage as a last minute fill-in for Boys Noize.
2015: Dog Blood, Movement Stage
Seeing Skrillex’s return four years later performing under Dog Blood with co-producer Boys Noize, Movement undeniably paid tribute to the rise of burgeoning talent in Skrillex’s graduation to a densely-packed main stage performance. Up until then, Movement had avoided slotting cross-over acts for main stage; however, the praised reception to Dog Blood proved an unlikely payoff that would continue to play an influence in Movement’s ever-expanding roster.
2016: Kraftwerk, Movement Stage
Movement 2016 not only celebrated its tenth anniversary relaunching under Paxahau Events, but also capitalized on its place as a leading festival by landing Kraftwerk — one of the most influential forces in modern electronic music and undeniably the most prolific booking of Movement in recent years. The German pioneers made their debut Movement appearance and captivated fans with their 3-D visual performance, solidifying their position as both innovators and improvisational artists.
2017: Richie Hawtin, Movement Stage
Electronic mainstay Richie Hawtin brought his new audiovisual show CLOSE – Spontaneity & Synchronicity to Detroit for a surreal 75-minute experience combining elements of DJ and live performance. The minimalist techno-champion presented his latest project Day One during his headlining slot on the main stage. The following nights saw Testpilot and Carl Cox as headliners.
2018: Claude VonStroke, Movement Stage
With the Dirtybird brand showing up consistently as a strong presence at Movement, it was only a matter of time before Claude VonStroke got his distinguished spotlight. The head Dirtybird chief closed out Movement’s main stage for the first time in 2018 before heading off on a world tour to Tomorrowland, Shambhala, Dirtybird Campout, and more. VonStroke also released a live mix album of his Movement set Claude VonStroke: Live in Detroit, paying homage to the city where he grew up.
Movement Detroit has announced their set times and stages for the 2019 edition of the festival, held over May 25-27 at the Hart Plaza. With years of cementing their presence into the city’s growing electronic and hip-hop scene, the upcoming event presents a hard-hitting selection of techno, accompanied by ear-pleasing commercial additions to the lineup.
Attendees can witness artist sets over the course of three-day event, spanning from a two-hour set from the scene’s latest powerhouse Amelie Lens, to a late Monday evening gathering with Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet‘s joint project, Get Real. Most notably, the second day of the festival features a special live pop-up performance from Circle of Live, incorporating the collaborative efforts of four unique artists over their event series.
Following suit from previous years, the festival will return with their familiar five stages to support the variety of artists, named as the Movement, Red Bull Presents, Stargate, Underground, and the Pyramid stage.
Single day and weekend passes are available for purchase here.
Another installment of Detroit’s beloved three-day event brings forth Movement Festival’s ever-expanding roster in its most diverse coverage to date. Spanning city pioneers from Carl Craig, MK, Stacey Pullen to relatively mainstream DJs like Fisher, GRiZ, Disclosure, and a plethora of underground, the 2019 lineup has no shortage of techno and house talent from the powerhouses to emerging. Marking its 21st year in the running, Movement has transformed from its roots as a celebratory ode to the birthplace of techno to an amalgamation of the finest electronic acts currently energizing the scene. Year after year, a growing number of attendees make the pilgrimage to hear and see for themselves both the pillars of artistry living in Detroit and the culmination of culture, history and legendary music—all that reside in none other than the soul and essence of Movement.
Thirty years of on-and-off regrouping has not stopped iconic English band Orbital from simultaneously creating awe-inspiring techno and captivating crowds internationally with their live performances. Standing alongside The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy as some of the most influential electronic acts of the past decades, Orbital latest reunion brought their ninth studio album Monsters Exist and a reignited spark for dance music. Now, Orbital makes their highly anticipated debut performance at Movement 2019.
Armed with an early penchant for techno and a bleeding passion for the DJ art, ANNA has come a long way from her quaint beginnings in São Paulo municipality Amparo as the daughter of a club owner. Although spinning for the entirety of her professional career, her foray into production saw its trial-and-error phases right until her 2018 release “Hidden Beauties” hit the techno world with a magnitude that kept the track at no.1 on Beatport’s techno charts for four months. All eyes are on ANNA as she continues to capitalize on her rising momentum. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness an electrifying set by one of the biggest emerging acts yet.
When it comes to playing a crowd, DJ Nobu listens to nobody. Rooted in punk and hardcore but masterful in his command of diverse genres, the Chiba-born DJ has infected dance floors with his precise curation of eclectic tracks, disrupting the underground scene in places like Tokyo, Berlin and Movement’s home city—Detroit. Unconventionality is DJ Nobu’s brand, and it repeatedly draws in listeners who yearn to hear his hypnotic style of storytelling. The Future Terror parties founder will grace the Sunday lineup at Movement’s Underground Stage.
As undefined as the lines of identity within her Korean-American culture are equal to that of her floating blend of hip-hop, dream pop and house, Brooklyn-based producer Yaeji has established herself as a contender for one of the most distinct music voices in the past few years. Her second EP, EP2, quickly won her the spotlight with a mellow rendition of Drake’s “Passionfruit” and fan-favorite “Raingurl,” highlighting her forté of producing lush beats in conjunction with performing a signature whisper-rap mix of Korean and English. Groovy yet dream-inducing, Yaeji’s sound reflects the expansion of Movement in programming ever-experimental territories of house.
Undeniably one of the most prolific hip-hop producers of the past decades, Madlib will top off Movement day three in a long-awaited return. With a discography so extensive that it easily risks drowning the common man, Madlib and his work span the mainstream appeal of albums like The Life of Pablo to the rarities of exclusive releases, underground artists, and high-profile collaborations under pseudonyms Madvillian and Jaylib. An aficionado of jazz, expert sampler, and decades of experience condensed into the musical prowess of one man, Madlib will not disappoint.
There are a few names in Detroit techno that all enthusiasts know and Robert Hood is one of them. Working closely with Jeff Mills in the creation of Underground Resistance (and possibly minimal techno as a whole), Hood has a penchant for collaborations and side projects. Perhaps his most intriguing is Floorplan, the soulful, disco-leaning project started with his daughter, Lyric Hood. With two generations of techno playing together on one stage, Floorplan is a must-see set this Memorial Day weekend.
A duo of house-music heavyweights, Get Real fuses the Green Velvet’s techy sound with Claude VonStroke’s wonky style. With just two songs under the Get Real name, this set is sure to bring out the funkiest Dirtybird tracks, Detroit techno classics, and deep cuts from Green Velvet’s 20-plus years in the industry. With Detroit repping a strong Dirtybird fanbase, this set is sure to be a full-on party.
Shigeto is one of the most exciting names to come out of Detroit in the past 10 years. A Ghostly signee, his dabbling in textured downtempo work garnered attention before his dance-oriented album, The New Monday. From his live band performances to his no-nonsense DJ sets, Shigeto has become a mainstay of Movement. Continuing to dive deeper into techno in his own work and with his label, Portage Garage Sounds, Shigeto’s developmental trajectory has been fascinating to watch.
For those who don’t know Reggie Watts, the idea of James Corden’s band leader playing Movement might seem out of place. However, Watts’ fascination with analog gear and looping technology fits quite well with the live house and techno acts that populate the Movement lineup. Teaming up with Austrian producer John Tejada, the duo have been making waves with just a few performances of their live show, featuring vocals from Watts and live programming from both.
Coming in from New York City, Justin Cudmore is truly Brooklyn’s master of acid and funky techno. A mainstay at The Bunker parties, which take over Brooklyn’s darkest nightclubs, Justin Cudmore is returning to his Midwestern roots with his second Movement performance. Cudmore’s set will provide the opportunity to hear the best of both New York and the Midwest from some of the most intriguing emerging talent on the lineup.
Movement Detroit is fully prepared for its Hart Plaza takeover on May 25-27. The family-friendly jewel of the American underground celebrated its 20th birthday in summer of 2018, and will be continuing the celebration in fine fashion for its upcoming iteration with a diverse, all-star lineup. With names like Charlotte de Witte, LSD (Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell, Function), Orbital, and Get Real locked in and the main stages unveiled, the final piece of the festival has been unveiled: showcases.
May 25 sees Movement institution Detroit Love return to its home of the Stargate stage and featuring legacy talent like Carl Craig, Seth Troxler, Stacey Pullen, and Octave One to name a few. Sebastian Mullaert will be hosting a special Circle of Live performance alongside VRIL, Mathew Johnson, and Amp Fiddler on May 26, while Richie Hawtin will also be bringing along a strong cast of friends to join him at his PLAYdifferently takeover of the Pyramid stage. Finally, Ghostly International will be curating the Redbull stage once more with Audion, Shigeto, and more.
The latest DAGood Morning Mix features house music duo Golf Clap, who recently stopped by the Mixmag Lab for a 90-minute set. Included in Dancing Astronaut‘s “Ones To Watch” list for 2019, the Detroit-based DJs created an eclectic atmosphere at this “post-work unwind” in Los Angeles.
Presented by Mixmag and newly formed artist discovery/video streaming hub WAV, The Lab is a weekly party/live stream featuring some of the hottest DJs behind the decks. Past guests include Redlight, The Martinez Brothers, and Andrew Rayel in the LA and NYC Mixmag offices. For LA’s latest installment, Golf Clap dug deep with some of today’s greatest house tunes, dishing out a Noizu remix of Valentino Khan‘s “Lick It,” an insanely complex Chris Lake mashup, their own collaboration with Dillon Nathaniel on “Bossa Nova,” and more.
The pair will head to Australia for back-to-back shows at Proud Mary’s and Oxford Underground Feb. 16, gearing up for a highly anticipated techno set at Movement Detroit in May.
Jam-packed with VIP edits and deep cuts, VonStroke went all out, bringing the fans in his hometown some of the weekend’s most dynamic house and techno. From originals like “Grenade,” his industrial collaboration with EPROM and his previously unreleased, “Maharaja” to Wyatt Marshall’s techno remix of the classic “Who’s Afraid of Detroit,” Claude VonStroke has put together 85 minutes of the grooviest dance-floor tunes. With the album consisting of the DJs continuous mix along with 13 individual, unmixed tracks, the Dirtybird boss has blessed us all with this massive offering of house and techno bliss.
On the afternoon before his debut headlining performance at Detroit’s annual Movement Festival, Claude VonStroke took to Twitter to excitedly deem the opportunity a “dream come true,” as well as a “major bucket list set.”
The combination of VonStroke having made almost a dozen appearances at Movement before eclipsing a headliner seat, as well as growing up in Detroit himself, “where it all started,” he says, opened the door for an unprecedented offering: a live mix album–a first for both VonStroke and his distinguished brainchild, Dirtybird Records.
The live-set-turned-album, Claude VonStroke Live From Detroit, endured four months of meticulous curation before VonStroke hit the Movement stage with nearly 150 pre-cleared tracks loaded in his DJ cannon.
“My set is very much an old-school style DJ set, all music no-one’s heard before, special versions, secret edits, all the stuff I’ve been saving just for this performance,” VonStroke says.
VonStroke accrued multiple VIP edits from within the tightly woven Dirtybird family, an unreleased VonStroke track, “Maharaja,” as well as a brand new remix of his iconic and highly applicable track, “Who’s Afraid Of Detroit?” from Wyatt Marshall.
Formerly known as Elevator Musik, Marshall turns the timeless, tech-house track into a more overt techno display, leaving the echoing, water drop-like synth melody intact over his robust, driving bassline.
The album is to be released June 15 exclusively through Apple Music.