Movement 2017: Daily highlights for Detroit’s electronic music festivalClick here to view original web page at www.bangerrecords.com
With more than 110 performances across six stages during Movement, figuring out whom and what you want to see — and at what stage you want to hang out at — is always one of the festival’s biggest challenges.
Held annually at Detroit’s Hart Plaza, the electronic music festival pays tribute to the Motor City’s rich dance music landscape and also pulls in elements of hip-hop, jazz and funk.
Ahead of the party, we’ve gathered 12 artists to look out for and why you should catch their sets. Don’t forget to prepare your best dancing shoes, because this year’s roster will keep you on your feet all weekend long.
For a set that’ll make you groove, one from a true pioneer of Detroit house music, head to Alton Miller’s Saturday afternoon slot. Miller, who often dances in the DJ booth as hard as the crowd before him, is known to drop pure dance floor funk and soul. He was also a founder of the iconic Music Institute in Detroit, recognized as the first techno club in the world. This isn’t a set to ease you into the evening, but to dance your heart out to early on. 3-4 p.m., Made in Detroit Stage
Bring your dancing shoes, because Stacey Pullen plays nothing but hot, hot heat. Coming up in the second wave of Detroit techno, Pullen fills the dance floor every time he plays in his hometown. Why? Because nothing is off-limits in his music selection, which covers everything from rare disco to techno to house, and seamlessly, at that. 7:30-9 p.m., Star Gate Presented by Thump
The Belleville Three
A rare union of Detroit techno royalty: Juan Atkins (the originator), Kevin Saunderson (the elevator) and Derrick May (the innovator) will come together for a performance that is anything and everything Detroit techno, considering the three created the style of music. This isn’t to be missed, because who knows when they’ll next play together as one. 9-10:30 p.m., Movement Main Stage
Robert Hood (live)
Robert Hood (a licensed and ordained minister) will take you to church with his gospel-fueled style. Another Detroit techno pioneer, Hood is known to play fast and hard, even when he leans minimal techno — just check his take on Sister Sledge’s “The Greatest Dancer,” which is sped up to mind-warping degrees. Go for the bass-heavy beats, stay for the dance floor detonators that tend to sneak into Hood’s sets. 11 p.m.-midnight, Pyramid Stage
For the man who owns more than 80,000 records, DJ Psycho will gather a last-minute selection right before every set and make it work— well. It’s not uncommon to hear Nine Inch Nails, Tool and Public Enemy make their way into sets by Psycho, who is a jack of all trades when it comes to vinyl. You’ll get Detroit techno, you’ll get classic hip-hop, you might even get AC/DC. No matter the music, we promise you’ll dance the entire time. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Made in Detroit Stage
Fashion and electronic music fuse into one, thanks to Honey Dijon. A Chicago native influenced by the city’s house music culture, the transgender artist has helped raise awareness for gender issues in club culture through her work in both the music and fashion worlds. Whether she’s playing an Alexander Wang fashion show or a gritty underground club, Dijon has a forward-thinking style that showcases new and innovative sounds. 5:30-7 p.m., Red Bull Music Academy Stage
It’s time for the "Percolator". Cajmere, the name behind that classic dance music jam, is the alter-ego of Green Velvet (a.k.a. Curtis Jones), who helped define the early ‘00s club sound. His style – so funky and wacky and catchy that you’ll have his tracks stuck in your head for days – always results in a fun and entertaining live set. 7-8:30 p.m., Star Gate Presented by Thump
Testpilot is the techno alter-ego of EDM giant Deadmau5, who will step away from the more mainstream sound that defined him (and put away his trademark mouse head) to embrace a minimal style of playing. He's only played once before as Testpilot (in a back-to-back set with techno artist Richie Hawtin in 2013), so this will be his first truly solo performance under the moniker. We can’t wait to hear what it sounds like. 10:30 p.m.-midnight, Movement Main Stage
The U.K.’s disco, garage and house sound was shaped in part by DJ Harvey, who mixes hip-hop and rock beats into dance music. He's playing a whopping three hours at Movement, and his sets can go from chill to high-energy, which works well with an afternoon slot. The wild child of dance music, Harvey is known as much for his larger-than-life personality as his genre-transcending style. 2-5 p.m., Star Gate Presented by Thump
Take a jazzy evening break with Thundercat, an accomplished jazz bassist and producer who has worked with the likes of rapper Kendrick Lamar and neo-soul queen Erykah Badu. This is sure to be one of those soul-soothing sets, a nice break in-between dancing to house and techno. Groovy, funky and deep, Thundercat’s sound is a truly one-of-a-kind — hear his bass licks just once, and next time you’ll be able to pick him out instantly. 8-9 p.m., Red Bull Music Academy Stage
Carl Craig Presents Versus Synthesizer Ensemble
Craig’s latest project, the Versus Synthesizer Ensemble blends classic orchestration with techno. One of the most future-leaning Detroit techno pioneers, he’s always cooking up new ways to further evolve the sound. Alongside a handful of musicians and arranger Francesco Tristano, Craig and company will provide both a classic feel and modern sonic experience, all tying back to the roots of Detroit techno. 8:55-9:55 p.m., Movement Main Stage
Prepare to hear bass like you’ve never heard bass before. The German techno DJ-producer has a sound that’s designed for the deepest, darkest warehouse party, the bass strong enough to send waves throughout your entire body. At the Pyramid Stage, you’ll be able to experience Liebing’s musical waterfront right at the edge of the picturesque Detroit River. 10 p.m.-midnight, Pyramid Stage
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Sun. through Mon.
Hart Plaza, Detroit
$80 and up