Season Opener: Movement Electronic Music Festival

May 24th-26th

By: Brandon & Bethany Phrost

It’s no wonder Movement made #8 on Rolling Stones list of “Summer 2014’s Must-See Music Festivals,” with the combination of their phenomenal lineup highlighted by Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, John Digweed, Stacey Pullen and the exciting new addition of a sixth stage, The Silent Disco. There will be five other stages the Moog stage, Beatport, Made in Detoit, Underground, and the Red Bull Music Academy stage.

Day one is composed of heavy hitters such as Green Velvet, Claude Von Stroke, Stacey Pullen, and Chris Leibing. On Memorial Day, Pete Tong, Dantiez Saunderson, the Detroit Techno Militia, Flosstradamus, and Carl Craig among others are bringing the beats. In the mix are longtime staples Kevin Saunderson and Richie Hawtin who headlined as far back as the seed of Movement, the very first Detroit electronic event, the World Party in 1994.

HEAR magazine had the pleasure of talking with Detroit legend and inspiration DJ Psycho aka Dezi Magby, who will be throwing down on three vinyl turntables the 2nd day of Movement on the Made in Detroit stage from 4:00-5:00 pm. This year marks his 33rd year as a DJ and his third year in a row as the winner of the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Hip Hop DJ. Psycho is the CEO and Founder at Convergent Sound Recording and Thrill Sergeant at Detroit Techno Militia. He will be releasing a record collaboration later this year called the New Electro World Order. He explains, “You have to produce records otherwise you are just spinning your wheels, literally.”

One of the best parts of Movement is the surrounding festival enhanced nightlife. Friday the 23rd is the 18th Bang Tech 12 Anniversary party at Bookies Bar N’ Grille from 3:00 pm-2:00 am and free as always. That same night, Fedde le Grande, father of the iconic classic “Put Your Hands Up for Detroit,” will be throwing down at Elektricity. Watch for the Koncrete Jungle and Ghostly after parties. Or check out the Works, The TV Bar, Motor City Winery, The Old Miami, or Club Bleu to a name a few.

Since 2000 the Detroit tradition has been banging, progressive, and most of all soulful Techno at the annual Paxahau Movement Festival Memorial Day Weekend held in the heart of Detroit, Hart Plaza Saturday May 24th through the 26th.  Come support your local city and get down to the worlds best electronic music. We will see you there.

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