Festival season is fast approaching, and with each lineup announcement it seems the hype over North American dubstep and glitch hop is subsiding to make way for an increasing number of trap artists. But that’s not the case at Movement, Detroit’s annual electronic music conference that takes place just a weekend after Together this May. This is partly because Detroit has always been a vibrant cultural hub for music.
It spawned Motown and boasts a first-rate hip hop scene. It was arguably the rock and roll hub of the 1970’s. Yet what Detroit really does best is techno, a genre born and bred of the city, and this year’s lineup reflects that. An impressive number of Detroit techno and Chicago house veterans like Alton Miller, Moodymann, and Al Ester will be making appearances alongside newly established house innovators like T. Williams, Nicolas Jaar, and Totally Extinct Enormous Dinosaurs, and Canadian-born, Detroit-raised techno icon Richie Hawtin is bringing his highly-regarded skills back to the city for what should be an incredible set.
For the beat heads, globetrotting experimentalist Onra and Brainfeeder-affiliated Tokimonsta will be performing, and for those who want some more electronic-tinged hip hop, Paper Diamond and Gramatik, both Pretty Lights Music affiliates, were announced as part of the Phase II lineup. Dubstep pioneers Mala and The Bug were both announced in Phase I, along with dance music maven Paco Osuna of Hawtin’s M_nus records. And how could we discuss Movement’s 2013 lineup without mentioning Boston’s own Soul Clap and Together’s featured artist Slam?
Few festivals practice such an expansive approach to curation, spanning not just genre but history. Movement seems intent on balancing the fresh, young talent with the more experienced artists that witnessed electronic music’s vanguard. It is this approach that keeps them going strong year after year, that has earned them such a positive reputation (#1 in New York Post’s “10 Outstanding Music Festivals, “Best Niche Festival” by Rolling Stone), that prevents Movement from becoming a drug-fueled frenzy like Camp Bisco or the now-extinct (for that very reason) Starscape. It may not be as household of a name as Bonnaroo or Coachella, but it’s probably better that way, providing a sanctuary for dance music fans to just love dance music.
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