By: Amanda Corredine
As far as music, innovation, and creativity, there’s no place in the world that has what Detroit has. Now in its 15th year, Movement (once known as DEMF) brings artists and fans together in celebration of music located on the sacred grounds of the city that gave the world techno.
The Memorial Day weekend tradition is a time when the Motor City is most alive. It’s a time when the city once lost among the social struggles and musical triumphs, finds itself again. The people continue to come back each year because they’re glad to be a part of something that wants to move forward. If you can’t look at Detroit for what it is, you’ll miss the soul and the heart that make it much more than anything you could ever see.
So for Movement Electronic Music Festival 2014. We’ve gone through the lineup and chose five artists you won’t want to miss.
Mastering every aspect of the game, Maceo Plex can do no wrong. Spain-based producer Eric Estornel performed arguably the best set of Movement last year under his Maetrik moniker, the darker side of his musical persona. Since his transition to deeper sounds, Maceo has released several hot tracks and started his own Ellum Audio label. His latest release on the label – and one of the top tracks from Miami WMC this year – has already become an anthem. ‘Conjure Bass’ drives with percussions and a dominating bass, just as the title suggests. Another recent release, ‘Crossfade (Maceo Plex Mix)’ by GusGus has been destroying dance floors. The vocals give it crossover appeal, making the track an unstoppable festival weapon.
tINI was discovered in 2003 when she opened for Loco Dice, a significant moment that would later lead her to a global scale. In 2008, she joined Desolat and the Artist Alife family. Crafting her own approach to DJing, her hard work has made her one of Germany’s most admired female techno artists. She expresses the underground music with high energy and an infinite spirit. After years of following Desolat kingpin Loco Dice’s shoes, tINI has finally created a name for herself apart from the label. This emergence comes from the inception of her ‘tINI & The Gang’ Ibiza residency at Sirocco beach, which began in 2012. Although Desolat will always be home base for tINI, expect to see her name more frequently as a headliner apart from the label. She has had several high profile releases, including her remarkable ‘Room 305’ track on the 5 Years Desolat compilation.
When it comes to technical prowess behind the decks, few can touch Martin Buttrich. Having been the silent studio partner of Timo Maas for years, Buttrich remains something of a mystery. In 2007, Buttrich founded the Desolat label with Loco Dice, one of his most notable successes. Initially, he preferred to stay out of the spotlight, producing records for other artists since 1998, including a Grammy nomination. However, just two years ago he decided to take a different direction, releasing productions under his own name on labels such as Cocoon, Planet E, and Four:Twenty. This recent change of heart will take him away from DJ/producer projects and more towards newer production opportunities. He has been known to mix flawlessly during his live performance, delivering intricate drum loops and different styles of techno.
The number one artist on Resident Advisor right now, Dixon started making sound waves in 2007. The German-based DJ spent several years shaping his style in Berlin. He founded electronic music label Innervisions in 2005 alongside duo Âme. Dixon’s sets are a great mix of emotion, hooks, and dance-oriented tracks, bringing a variation of trance back into popularity. Having made an art out of fashioning unmatched dance floor experiences, one thing is certain – the man never fails to deliver.
Zurich native duo Adriatique joins the forces of two guys named Adrian. They met in 2008 at a club in Germany and eventually decided to start producing together. Part of Solomun’s Diynamic label, these guys are some of the brightest on the list. They mix different styles to make their sets intensive and unique. The pair likes to use unusual instruments – both electronic and organic. There’s no saying what their performance will bring, but expect a harmonious sound that will hit some affirming highs.