Tuesday, May 29, 2012

3 Dicks and 1 Deck

Thursday, May 24, 2012

DEMF Weekend Afterparty Recommendations

With so many afterparties listed on movementafterparties.com, do you know how to pick and choose which ones to go to? Are you wishing you had a clone? I've been in this position before and it's kinda overwhelming, especially if it's your first year going to Detroit during Movement festival.

Here are my recommendations; parties I'm really looking forward to, parties guaranteed to have great TECHNO and the ones that are just hard to pass up because they're what Detroit techno is all about: celebrating its sound, its talent and its roots.

Friday May 25th

Bang Tech 12 Sixteenth Anniversary Party @ Bookies Bar & Grill
2208 Cass Ave, Detroit. 3pm - 2 am
Our friends from the Detroit Techno Militia are throwing their annual anniversary party for their booking agency Bang Tech 12 to start the DEMF weekend in style: with some no-bullshit techno. With a huge lineup of DJs (a lot of Detroit locals and it also includes several names from states like Ohio, Indiana, Florida and Tennessee), this friendly bunch makes it even more friendly: it's free. If you have seen Seoul and Linder at the festival in 2010 or the DTM 5x5 last year, you know the Militia won't fuck around.
You can find more info about the Bang Tech party HERE.

Smart Bar Movement Opening BBQ @ TV Bar
2548 Grand River Ave, Detroit. 10 pm - 4 am
Chicago's Smart Bar is bringing in Detroit exclusives Prosumer and Orchard Lounge to play with Kate Simko along with local Detroit talent. I'm recommending this, well, because Prosumer is playing and he is not to be missed.
Info & tickets HERE.

Saturday May 26th

CLR @ Elysium Lounge
625 Shelby St, Detroit. 10 pm - 4 am
Chris Liebing. Speedy J. Tommy Four Seven. Drumcell. If these names alone don't get a reaction from you, there's something wrong with you.
Info & tickets HERE.

Beretta Music: Ten Years of Techno @ The Works
1846 Michigan Ave, Detroit. 10 pm - 6 am
Detroit label Beretta Music is celebrating their ten-year anniversary in style with names like Aril Brikha, Reference (Luke Hess & Brian Kage), Omar-S and Ryan Crosson. Plus you can't go wrong with anything Detroit-based when there.
Tickets and info HERE.

Soul Skate 2012 @ Northland Roller Skating Center
22311 W8 Mile Road, Detroit. 11 pm - 5 am
Kenny Dixon Jr's (aka Moodymann) annual roller skating party is always fun. Seriously, techno and skating? SOLD.
Tickets HERE

Sunday May 27th

KMS 25 - Tribute to Detroit @ St Andrew's Hall
431 East Congress St, Detroit. 10 pm - 4 am
Kevin Saunderson put together what that looks to be the most anticipated party for the weekend. With all four creators of techno on one stage PLUS Ben Sims and Carl Craig's 69 live show, the lineup also includes Detroit Techno allstars like Blake Baxter, Stacey Pullen, Buzz Goree, Mike Huckaby and Kenny Larkin just to name a few to be spread out in three floors. This one is the NOT-TO-BE-MISSED party.
Tickets and info HERE.

Interface 36 - Scene 04 @ The Works
1846 Michigan Ave, Detroit. 10 pm - 7 am
Blank Code and Droid are teaming up to have some of the most serious techno this weekend. With acts like DVS1, Cell Injection (Drumcell + Audio Injection), Raiz, Luis Flores, Kyle Geiger and Project 313, this is the go-to party for the deeper, harder techno heads. Do not miss Corbin Davis! Got a chance to check him out this past weekend and he blew my mind.
Info HERE.

Shit Show 3 @ Waterfalls
673 Franklin Street, Detroit. 7 am - 7 pm
They're back for their third year of non-stop debauchery. Lineup includes Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Ryan Crosson, Daniel Bell, Deetron and Three, among many others.
Tickets and info HERE.

Monday May 28th

Need I Say More VII @ Old Miami
3930 Cass Ave, Detroit. 7 am - 7 pm
What to say about this party? Presented by Visionquest, this has always been the highlight of DEMF weekend. Lineup is not announced, there are no presales (you pay at the door, $10 all day) and it's guaranteed to have great talent. Maya Jane Coles and D'Julz are said to play according from their tour dates. Get there early, it gets PACKED. Expect long lines.
Info HERE.

Movement Official Closing Party @ Elysium Lounge
625 Shelby St, Detroit. 11 pm.
The official closing party presented by Paxahau will have Marco Carola on decks all night. It's free with a VIP wristband, otherwise it's $5 at the door. Yes, you got it right: Marco Carola for $5. Enough said. Usually the closing party ends around 3 am.

Midnight Jack @ The Works
1846 Michigan Ave, Detroit. 10 pm - 5 am
Buzz Goree is presenting his Mixworks 11-year anniversary with a label showcase that includes some of the best talent from Detroit. Rolando, Tim Baker & HD Substance as District 909, Dru Ruiz and of course, Buzz Goree will all be playing. Also one of our NY boys, Craft (Daniele Ciocio) will be sharing the decks with such inspiring Detroit artists. Craft has become one of the top up-and-coming artists from New York City and has an upcoming vinyl EP release on Mixworks which includes a remix by Mr Goree. Make sure you check him out!
Info and link for tickets HERE.

Decibel 2012 Alert!

A note from Decibel Festival

In 2003, I founded Decibel Festival with the mission to redefine underground electronic music and visual art as a unified performance medium, while establishing the Pacific Northwest as a vital hub for electronic music culture in the United States. At the time, "laptop performance" was still shrouded in mystery and most electronic music performance consisted of turntables, CDJs, and a mixer. Electronic music in America had receded from the rave boom back to small communities of loyalists caring more about the music itself than its potential to generate revenue or fan base. This has been the community that has supported Decibel from day one and I'm thrilled they are still at the heart of Decibel today. 

Fast forward to 10 years and electronic music is pervasive in nearly every facet of mainstream American culture and we continue to have mixed emotions regarding this surge. As avid supporters, performers, producers, and fans of electronic music for over 20 years, we can't help but feel nostalgic for a time when underground warehouse parties and independent record stores were the predominant outlet for electronic music discovery.

As much as the digital age has brought many advantages, it's important to remember how we got here and what it means. It's a balance between technology and creativity; innovation and nostalgia; popularity and obscurity. With each year I hope to build a program that encompasses all of these elements while retaining the integrity of a festival known for pushing the boundaries of both art and science. 

Looking at our continued growth from our inaugural festival of 2,500 attendees in 2004 to 23,000+ attendees in 2011, I am faced with the challenge of assembling a compelling program that captures our past, present, and future. Although we're only mid-way through announcing this year's line-up, I believe that 2012 will be our most ambitious program. Based on the initial list of artists below we already have our most diverse program to date. This includes a strong international presence with 19 countries represented as well as 25% of the line-up featuring female artists, which is a historically high number based on other electronic music festivals. In addition, Decibel is continuing to embrace a wide spectrum of genres, venues, and activities designed to entertain, educate, and inspire attendees regardless of age or background. 2012 festival pass holders will be treated to 34 audio/visual showcases, an outdoor event, a three-day conference, and a film festival. In addition, Decibel will be co-curating and co-producing eight after-parties and five boat-parties, none of which will conflict with the festival schedule. As you begin to look at what we have in store this year, I encourage you all to dig deep into our new website and explore a festival filled with discovery, decadence, beauty, emotion, and unbridled entertainment start to finish.

Much more to come. Hope to see you in September! 

Sean Patrick Horton

The past few years we have taken an "artist a day" approach to unveiling the festival program. This year we'll be announcing the first half of the line-up on May 24rd (60 artists out of 120), with the second half of the line-up coming on June 27th. In addition offering some immediate gratification, we hope to reward those who purchase passes early with a discounted rate (25% off through June 26th). As for the dB Conference, the individuals showcases, film festival, after-parties and boat-parties; we'll be announcing the entire program on July 11th. 

Tier 2 passes still available!
But not for long - Get them now 25% off 

Decibel 2012 Venues
The Paramount Theatre : 911 Pine St / Showbox SoDo : 1700 1st Avenue South / Showbox at The Market : 1426 1st Ave / Neumos : 925 E. Pike St / The Nordstrom Recital Hall : 200 University St / The Crocodile : 2202 2nd Ave / Broadway Performance Hall : 1625 Broadway / Melrose Market Studios : 1532 Minor St / The Baltic Room : 1207 Pine St  / Re-Bar : 1114 Howell St / The Triple Door : 216 Union St / Barboza : 925 E. Pike St / The Islander Cruise Ship : 1611 Fairview Ave E + MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED 

Check out our 2012 partners

FREE Movement Guide by Beats Me

BeatsMe has launched its FREE Movement mobile event guide. In addition to line-ups, bios and set times for every Movement performance, it includes all official and unofficial after-party, the ability to check-in and chat live. Go to mobile.beatsme.fm on any smart phone.

Don’t have a ticket? We'll be announcing ONE lucky winner to receive a PAIR of VIP Passes on Friday at 6PM EST. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to come meet us in person to pick up the passes. 

For you chance to win simply:
1.    Create a profile on BeatsMe.
2.    Follow us on Twitter and/or like us on Facebook.
3.    Tweet or share this and tag @beatsmefm.

BeatsMe is a new mobile application, event guide and social media platform for live music that allows DJs, producers and fans to connect and interact in real-time. By broadcasting DJ’s set lists live to our app, we offer a powerful new channel for immediate and enduring attribution, promotion and sales.

We are excited to say that we are official sponsors of the KMS Records 25thAnniversary party on Sunday and that Kevin Saunderson himself will be using BeatsMe live on the Main Stage at the Movement festival Monday night. Additionally, we are partnering with DJs at multiple events across Detroit including, Girls Gone Vinyl and Shit Show.

For more information visit beatsme.fm.