Road to Movement Detroit: the years 2008-2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Ultra Music Festival unveils awe inducing 2019 RESISTANCE lineup for Miami iteration

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Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has proven its RESISTANCE brand to be a well-oiled industrial machine that unceasingly manufactures some of the finest house and techno lineups in the modern festival circuit. The revelations of its 2019 lineup continues this process. For its 2019 edition, Ultra Miami will present the RESISTANCE concept in an unprecedented manner, devoting a considerable portion of the Virginia Key festival grounds to what UMF organizers have newly dubbed “RESISTANCE island.”

Given the artists who grace Ultra Miami’s 2019 RESISTANCE lineup, “island” is indeed an apt descriptor. UMF crafts an underground paradise of electronic sorts via live sets from Maceo Plex, Black Coffee, Sasha | John Digweed, Richie Hawtin, and Charlotte de Witte. Adam Beyer and Cirez D will link up for another installment in their mythical back-to-back format series. Eric Prydz, however, won’t be the only producer appearing under an alias–deadmau5 notably figures among the RESISTANCE lineup as Testpilot. deadmau5′ Testpilot set flanks his headlining set as deadmau5. The mau5trap label head’s headlining set that will be the platform of deadmau5’s worldwide debut of his Cube 3.0.

In the midst of RESISTANCE’s luster gleams a back-to-back Carl Cox set. Ultra maintains the mystery for now, as festival organizers currently conceal of the name of Cox’s back-to-back partner behind the decks, which Ultra will expectedly declare at a later date. Ultra Music Festival will record its inaugural edition at its new home of Virginia Key from March 29-31.

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Richie Hawtin confirms new music from his Plastikman alias is on the way

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Fans of Richie Hawtin‘s more introverted and mysterious Plastikman alias got some huge news this week, with the techno giant confirming to fans via Twitter they can expect a new LP and tour from the project in 2019.

Hawtin told a fan in a response he’d have to wait for his current CLOSE live tour to wrap before his alias truly resurfaced, so it may be some time before we get a glimpse of the next Plastikman era. Still, it’s exciting news from a side of Hawtin the dance music scene has been missing since 2014’s EX live album. The Plastikman alias first surfaced in 1993 and has since been the moniker of multiple EPs and albums, but the alter ego has been less active in the past several years. New Plastikman means new wonderfully weird and experimental tunes from one of techno’s preeminent minds, and fans should keep their eyes and ears peeled as 2019 nears.

Diplo, Richie Hawtin, and more bring their sounds to budding producers with Sounds Originals

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Aspiring producers hoping to create music sound like the producers who inspire them, look no further than Sounds.com‘s newest residency series Sounds Originals. The site launched in 2018 as a subscription-based platform for loops and samples created by Native Instruments. Through Sounds Originals, the site is partnering with industry veterans Diplo, Richie Hawtin, Junkie XL, Robot Koch, and Catnapp, giving subscribers access to their unique sonic identities through multiple downloadable sample packs. The Sounds Originals partners will also participate in a variety of user-centric activities. The launch of the series marks the next step in realizing the company’s vision of democratizing creative tools so anyone can freely express their musical ideas.

Diplo is the first artist to launch his Sounds Originals partnership, and the first of multiple Diplo packs, titled Diplo Drops are available October 12. The artist spoke about the partnership, saying “I’ve worked with many different artists, musicians, and talented people in my life and have learned that great music is born from great sound. I’m excited to hear what music makers will create with my original sounds. I hope to inspire them and give them some building blocks for making something new.”

Sounds.com subscribers now have exclusive access to a collection of Diplo’s one-shot samples, vocals, vocal stabs, and synth textures – all in a bass and dance style. Those looking to get involved can find more information on Sounds Originals here.

Richie Hawtin announces the return of CLOSE to North America

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Techno visionary Richie Hawtin is a titan of touring. Whether it’s DJing famed Ibiza clubs or a festival set on the beaches of Croatia, the minimal mastermind is always ready to put on an impressive show. Hawtin took things to the next level in 2017 with the debut of his audio-visual production, CLOSE, at Coachella last year. Now Richie Hawtin has announced the only 2018 North American date of the highly coveted performance, coming to New York City this winter.

The show will be hosted by OUTPOST Events at Avant Gardner, the large-scale, multi-room Brooklyn venue that has been providing some of the strongest house and techno lineups in the city. Hawtin will set up shop in the spacious Great Hall, which boasts 15,000 square feet of space and a seriously destructive sound system. Featuring elaborate, improvised sets that have been praised as a groundbreaking testament to Hawtin’s live performance skills, this show is poised to be one of the most anticipated events of the year. Supporting acts for the show have not yet been announced, but tickets are available from Avant Gardner now.

Richie Hawtin breaks down the mechanics of his CLOSE live show in new video

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In a new video posted online, Richie Hawtin walks through the setup to his lauded audiovisual performance, known as CLOSE. The veteran Canadian electronic figurehead first debuted his technological masterpiece at Coachella in 2017. His unique stage rig, accompanied by hypnotizing visuals, and and on-the-fly sound design and improvised arrangements has been a catalyst for some of his most memorable outings to date.

Each of his improvised performance carries the objective of exploring the relationship between human creativity and the technologies that foster creative expression. CLOSE is about experimenting, allowing Hawtin to go with the flow, and direct the show according to how he feels — a true improvisational act in the electronic space from one of the greats. Hawtin is bringing his explorative CLOSE show to Glasgow’s O2 Academy on October 11 and The Roundhouse in London on October 12.

RESISTANCE At World’s Largest Club in Ibiza, PRIVILEGE, Announces 2018 Summer Lineup

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Ibiza, Spain—On the brink of their 2018 season, the White Isle has been all over the Electronic World News for their rift with banning Airbnb and renting out homes in certain areas of the island and the government goal of closing clubs at 2 am. But we are staying positive knowing that the Electronic Music

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RESISTANCE Announces Lineup For Privilege Ibiza 2018 Campaign

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Ibiza, Spain—On the brink of their 2018 season, the White Isle has been all over the Electronic World News for their rift with banning Airbnb and renting out homes in certain areas of the island and the government goal of closing clubs at 2am. But we are staying positive knowing that the Electronic Music Capital

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These Are 10 Of The Best Boiler Room Sets Of All Time

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Boiler Room, the global online music broadcasting platform is best known for broadcasting the underground. Whether you’re looking to sit back and watch hours of techno, acid, or house music, Boiler Room has got you covered. Since its beginnings in March 2010 by Blaise Bellville, Boiler Room has made quite the name for itself. “Whether

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45 artists have been revealed as part of Sonus Festival’s 2018 lineup

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As part of Sonus Festival‘s Phase One lineup, the Pag Island, Croatia beachside affair has revealed 45 names for its 2018 edition. Among the festival’s rising stars include Charlotte de Witte, Binh, Peggy Gou and Amelie Lens, while veterans Adam Beyer, Dixon, Maceo Plex, and Richie Hawtin are set to return to the fest’s scintillating beaches.

Sonus Festival’s sixth event will take place August 19–23, and offers attendees a range of activities including water sports and boat parties. Best known as one of the summer season’s top destinations, Sonus pairs unrivaled talent with a stunning, five-day programming specially curated with the house and techno music fan in mind.

Stay tuned to Dancing Astronaut as Sonus Festival unveils its second phase lineup in the coming months.

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Learn more about Sonus Festival and purchase tickets here.