By Johnny Kassab | @johnnykassab
Electronic Music was everywhere throughout Detroit last weekend for the yearly Movement festival. Some people may know this under a different name, as this festival was interchangeably called D.E.M.F. (Detroit Electronic Music Festival) and TechFest. I believe the name-change was good for the event, as The Movement sounds more welcoming to non-EDM heads than DEMF and TechFest.
Kenny Kott and I here at WXOU got the chance to experience The Movement Saturday-Monday, and boy do I have a lot to talk to you guys about. There were tons of great artists ranging from synth, to rap, and even had a few trance artists sprinkled throughout. Although I wasn’t able to stay for the entire day Saturday-Monday, I did get to check out a majority of the artists.
The first thing that caught my eye when entering The Movement was the size; there were 6 different stages, each with their own audience and simultaneously playing music. Each stage had a different sponsor, thus having different sounds for each stage. I am not typically a techno kind of person, so you can tell from some of my pictures that I stuck around hip-hop stages more than others.
Riff Raff and Lil Debbie aren’t exactly what I’d call ‘quality’ hip-hop, but the way they can move
the crowd really impressed me. Throughout Riff Raff‘s set, he played a lot of music from his upcoming release Neon Icon which features big name Detroit artist Mike Posner as well as Childish Gambino and many others. Lil Debbie played some of her famous songs and kept everyone bouncing the entire time, even taught us how to bake a cake!
Following Riff Raff & Lil Debbie’s set was New York’s own Action Bronson, wearing flip flops per usual. Action Bronson was one of my favorites on the entire lineup, so getting close to him was a necessity. Inbetween each song, as you can see from the pictures below, he flexed for the camera and gave us a few Instagram worthy poses. Despite Action Bronson taking the longest to come out on stage, one fan even compared it to how long the Wu Tang Clan takes, I think he was one of the best rappers to see live. His live performance sounded pretty close to the quality
of his albums, and you don’t see an artist like that very often. Sure, he’s sweaty. Sure, he’s winded. But, damn, did he put on a great show for his fans.
To take the stage after Bronsolino was the amazing Just Blaze. Now, before The Movement, I had never seen a producer perform live without an accompanying rapper. I also had never seen a big artist front row. Thanks to The Movement, I can say I’ve done both! Just Blaze played all sorts of Kanye, Jay Z, and DMX remixes as well as originals. I honestly forgot that he produced Public Service Announcement and all I needed was the beat to remind me. I was so close to Just Blaze (front row!), you can see how into his set he really gets.
This was all just on the first day, mind you. There were great acts all throughout the Sunday and Monday as well, it almost seemed like it wasn’t going to end while you were there. Below are some pictures of the other portions of the festival that you couldn’t find on stages. Along with the great music was a great atmosphere. There were hoolahoopers, huge crowds, guys twirling ribbons, and some peaks
at which you could chill.
I think that The Movement did a very good job at making it comfortable and clean as far as festivals go. Another plus, along with the sick Detroit electronic music, was the availability of food. Oh, wow. The food. They had all kinds of foods, I didn’t even know where to start when lunchtime came around.
Kenny Kott and I talked about our experience at The Movement on the air earlier last week, which you can listen to by clicking play below.