Movement Electronic Music Festival – Keeping A History Alive
Winter in the North can be harsh. Winter in Detroit can last upwards of six months, or what feels like more (depending on El Niño patterns). When people are cooped up in their homes for so long, cabin fever sets in fast. For music lovers, one of the proven methods of curing cabin fever is dance. Movement Electronic Music Festival aims to keep the history of dance and techno music, born in Detroit, alive and kicking into Summer.
Taking the place of Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF), Movement holds the same sentiment of the history of techno and house music that came from the city. Many of those who helped make the techno music scene what it is today have a simple explanation as to why Detroit was the perfect breeding ground for dance music – “There wasn’t anything else to do.”
First-hand accounts claim that the underground dance scene emerged as high-school kids searched for something to do during the weekends. Clubs and those who threw parties didn’t want to pay for a full band to come play their events. DJs gained momentum as a cheap way to entertain the masses. Kids were starving for a good time, so the more upbeat the music, the more that would come dance. As with kids in the resurgence of the electronic scene today, they just wanted to party.
As the parties grew, the venues started to get packed and then techno went national. These beats were something new, no one had heard that kind of music before. Techno had been born, and its ever-evolving nature is something that will continue to change, as trends have their natural ebb and flow. Come celebrate Movement Electronic Music Festival’s 10-year anniversary as techno lovers tip their hats to Detroit for bringing them a genre of music which we – and all those with cabin fever – will never forget.
Held at Paxahau in Hart Plaza in Detroit on May 28-30, this year’s phase one lineup includes Get Real, Richie Hawtin, Art Department, Boys Noize, J.Phlip, Maceo Plex, Justin Martin and a ton more.