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Detroit Electronic Music Festival Announces Initial Lineup

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , on February 26, 2011 by worldromper

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Movement Lineup by Stage (DETROIT BITCHES)

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , on May 14, 2010 by worldromper

Thanks to Emmy @ for this!

Ctrl_Alt_Dlt: Seattle Techno *NEW MIX*

Posted in Artists, LISTEN TO THIS with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by worldromper

I LOVE techno, just so you know. I use the word ‘love’ loosely and for many things like blimps, porch swings and melted cheese but with techno, it is more like an addiction. A delicious, seductive addiction from which I have no desire to unchain myself from. Ever.

Ctrl_Alt_Dlt is my favorite techno DJ in Seattle and plays the smoothest minimal techno sets ever, animals with glowing eyes that creep up behind you in the night and bite your sweaty neck- and you LOVE it.

Chris handed me this mix, which was simply labeled “Seattle Techno” at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. It quickly became the soundtrack of my weekend, providing bumping accompaniment in the rental car as I bounced from party to club to bar to hotel room in the realm of the afterhour. 

Download Seattle Techno here.


1. You Got My – [a]pendics shuffle
2. Fir – Jeff Samuel
3. Usui – So Inagawa
4. Ticket – Channel X
5. Mullet is in Da House – Luci
6. Die a Little – Mikael Stavostrand
7. Sweep the Leg – Tony Rohr
8. Sometimes – Ulysse
9. Inside Ways feat. Dop – Varoslav
10. The Wasps From Tunisia and The Silver Piggy – Mark August
11. Mas Lines feat. Lisa Fabian – [a]pendics shuffle
12. On and On – Monoroom Remix – Chelonis R. Jones, El Carlitto
13. What You Want – Barem Remix – Miskate
14. Minimum 23 – Josh Wink
15. Fox in a Box Original Mix 2008 Re-Edit – UND

Touch the Lion: Detroit Electronic Music Festival Roars

Posted in Festivals, From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2009 by worldromper

Vitamin Water Main Stage

I am back home sweet home in LA after a whirlwind trip to Detroit for Movement aka DEMF aka the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, and I am inspired anew to make shit happen; to create for myself a solid place in the international electronic music community and spend my days promoting the music that I love and the artists who make it. I really love you guys.

My people are the most beautiful people on earth. They are the most colorful, the loudest, the happiest; they have the most fun, smile the widest, laugh the most. They dress like freaks, they dye their hair blue and green, they live for music and dancing and parties. They are young, they are beautiful, they are my people. 

Red Bull Stage; FlyLo's crowd

Red Bull Stage; FlyLo's crowd

One of the best parts of DEMF for me was running into old friends on random dance floors and hanging out with brand new friends, strangers one minute and confidantes the next, openly sharing their differing opinions on electronic music from perspectives grown all over the globe.

I arrived at the party late and left early; not my usual MO but hey sometimes you gotta get in where you fit in. Detroit is awesome. Bear in mind I visited this Great American City on what was probably the best weekend of the year, but nonetheless was a bit mesmerized by the grand architecture around the downtown area and Hart Plaza, the wide open urban park where the festival was held. The modern art sculptures, massive fountains (even if they didn’t work) and slick buildings that dominate the downtown neighborhood make you glaze over the fact that a great deal of the rest of Detroit is completely ghettorific.

Beatport Stage

Beatport Stage

I arrived in the city Saturday evening with my friend Skandar and we whizzed right into the city in a rental car. Several people told me that I did not need a car in Detroit, which was true, but DAMN it was nice. I like to be in control of my transportation and not have to beg rides or wait for cabs to get to where I want to be. I was very thankful during the festival to have my own ride, especially for the afterparties. Parking was not a problem, and I never had to pay for a space. It was actually kind of weird not to pay for parking; adapted to life in LA, I would jump out of the car in a parking lot and look for an attendant to pay before realizing that parking was free. Noice.

My hotel was about half mile from the festival and like every hotel I went into, it was pretty goddamned swank. Apparently even raver kids can afford nice hotel rooms in Detroit. Next time however I will opt for a room in the GM building’s Marriott; I wound up partying there each night anyway and the view over the festival and city from some rooms was epic. 



Along with paying for parking, I am also used to West Coast festivals and parties and Detroit was a little change for me. This is a city festival and all the urban rats crawl out for it; candy ravers from the Canadian suburbs and techno heads from the Midwest and EDM freaks from all over the world. DEMF lacked that distinct burning flavor you taste at every West Coast festival. This is not to say that the handmade clothes-wearing feather-giving fur-loving neo hippies weren’t represented; rather they were just usurped by large numbers of ravers with LED pacifiers, blue fuzzy backpacks and candy to the armpits. I saw a lot of gas masks too- the pacifiers of the 21st century, perhaps?

This festival had a harder edge to it, you could feel the proximity of the East Coast and the take-no-shit people it breeds rather than the plethora of pussies over here out west. Please don’t take offense- the West Coast is my home and I love it more than any place on earth- but the two ocean-snuggling sides of the US breed a very different ethos into the people that are made there, and the blunt take-no-shit thing is slightly refreshing. Add that to the completely unique Detroit vibe, and you get a fresh asphalt slap to the face. Slap me again.

Dope Ass City

Dope Ass City

All the people of the city I encountered seemed very grateful to the festival and the electronic community it attracted, a strange sensation as most places consider my people loud nuisances who have too much fun and need to settle down and drop out of life already. The cops were chill; I even saw one playing with a glow stick, however I would never, never fuck with a Detroit cop. Ever. I also signed a pledge to recycle while I was in Detroit (uh, why wouldn’t I?).

DEMF had four stages, the giant main Vitamin Water Stage, the underground dark and dirty Made in Detroit Stage, the side techno-heavy Beatport Stage, and my favorite: the Red Bull Stage. This last stage was right next to the river, had terraced concrete steps for seating, and showcased all the weird, new, and upcoming genres of EDM, aka the music I love.

Glitch Mob Slays

Glitch Mob Slays

My arrival Saturday night coincided with the Glitch Mob taking the stage; shit was packed and although I wanted to be up front, I wanted to dance even more and so only stayed in the packed floor close to the DJs for a bit before moving up to the stairs for a better view and more room for my flailing arms. 

Where was Kraddy? Not in Detroit. Boreta, edIT and OOah slammed it with their Lemur pads tilted towards the crowd and their beats slanted towards the dark side. It was awesome seeing so many people being exposed to this new genre of music for what was no doubt the first time, and loving it.

Glitch Mob crowd- notice the Fun Noodle

Glitch Mob crowd- notice the Fun Noodle

The visuals were kind of weak, amounting most of the time to the image of a hopped-up Red Bull image over a Glitch Mob logo. Throughout the festival the only minor disappointment were the visuals; they seemed not to rise to the level of the music and were largely absent or unnoticed, unless you count the light shows from the candy kids or the LED petticoats. I did not see one laser. Where the hell is Slick Rick when you need him?

What's Up Detroit!

What's Up Detroit!

You guys know I love the Glitch Mob; their sets are fun and funky and it is always a nasty good time to watch the boys perform. Some of their new stuff seems to be a bit heavier and darker, less bouncy and riotous, but the crowd loved their bass waves and went nuts, as usual.

THE BEST THING about music festivals is wondering around to all the stages and checking out all the beats and discovering artists you had not known before. DEMF ended every evening at midnight at which point the afterparties took over, and I am saving those stories for when I write the real shit that goes down. It’s gonna be a novel, not a blog post and don’t worry, I will change all of your names.

Shitty Photo of Octave One @ Made in Detroit underground stage

Shitty Photo of Octave One @ Made in Detroit underground stage

Sunday afternoon I dragged my ass out of bed to Greektown for a gyro and on over to the festival where I stumbled upon my favorite act of the party, Octave One, who was playing super heady, bangin’ techno on the Made in Detroit stage. Did someone say underground?

That night I went to about eight afterparties, official and impromptu, thought I did miss the boat party which I heard was superbomb from the people who shelled out fifty bucks for the ticket (TAKE A GOOD HARD LOOK AT THE MOTHERFUCKING BOAT!).

GM Building, Main Stage Crowd

GM Building, Main Stage Crowd

The biggest challenge at DEMF was figuring out which afterparty to go to, there were about ten million, all with fat lineups of stellar talent. But that is part of the fun, really, bouncing around Detroit and meeting up with people and popping in and out of hotel rooms and clubs and bars and trying to keep up with your head and find your friends.

Monday was another gorgeous day and I arrived back in festieland just in time for Flying Lotus’ set, a rich amalgamation of hip hop, IDM, dubstep, glitch, a

The Portal

The Portal

little drum and bass and a lot of future sound. I felt so happy and proud to be from the same city as Flying Lotus who was being goofy on the mic and had quite possibly inhaled prior to his set. He cut it short which sucked, but the music he did deliver was brain-bending and body moving. Take my hand, and I will lead you on the pathway to the future of music. I cannot explain how much I love Flying Lotus, or what his music does to my brain, or the new ways it moves my body, or how much fun it is to dance to his wonky beats. It is epic. He is a portal.



FlyLo’s crowd was thick but cleared out right after when people realized that Benga had missed his flight and would not be performing. Lame. People were straight fiending for dubstep at that festival, frothing at the mouth and shit. Like I said Flying Lotus weaved in a bit of dubstep but besides that, the new and popular genre was wildly underrepresented at the festival. So too was drum and bass with only one scheduled set, which the performing MC was a bit upset about (a pissed-off drum and bass head, wow how weird).



Of course the festival was techno-thick which this addict did not mind. If you are a techno fiend and did not go to Detroit then you need to have your fucking head examined. Start saving up for next year. Now. The motherland pulsed for three days straight with the unrelenting aural penetration that is techno music. So good.

Sunrise my last morning in Detroit found me high in the hotel room of new friends whom we had given a ride home from an afterparty in exchange for a smoke out, and as the city’s hues rose to a golden peach over the river and Hart Plaza, I felt a warm smile come to rest on my heart, a feeling of love for my people that is not going away any time soon.

Sunrise, Detroit. Hart Plaza below.

Sunrise, Detroit from GM Building/Marriott Hotel. Hart Plaza below.

DEMF fucking rocks, it is everything you expect it would be layered over with a gritty no-shit-taking realness, herds of crazy kids and a ridiculous amount of the finest electronic music in the world, all set in an epic city whose continuing deterioration only portends that of its parent country. Things are changing in the world. Detroit’s GM is declaring bankruptcy today; scary for sure but change breeds new ideas, new outlooks, and new music. And something tells me that my people will always be there, dancing for hours deep into the night, waving fun noodles and shaking asses, befriending strangers and touching the lion.

See you guys next year. I LOVE DETROIT!!!

My photos are kind of lame because I have a shitty camera and kind of suck as a photographer. You know who can write AND click the shutter? Donte Parks. Check out his Flickr stream here for some great pics of DEMF.

Detroit Movement Time Slots Announced

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2009 by worldromper


Vitamin Water Stage:

2-3:30PM Mieka du Franx
3:30-5PM Drumcell – live
5-7PM Steve Bug
7-9PM Francois K
9-12AM Carl Cox

Beatport Stage:

12-2PM Liz Copeland
2-4PM Nikola Baytala
4-5:30PM Heidi
5:30-7PM Damian Lazarus
7-9PM Adam Beyer
9-11PM Marco Carola

Made In Detroit Stage:

1-3PM Stacey Hale
3-430PM Shaun Reeves
4:30-7:30PM Mike Clark, Delano Smith & Norm Talley
730-9PM Rick Wade
9-11PM Mike Huckaby

Red Bull Music Academy:

2-3:30PM The Sight Below – live
3:30-5:30PM Lusine – live
5:30-6:30PM Kate Simko – live
6:30-7:30PM Kevin Reynolds – live
7:30-9PM Ryan Elliott
9-10PM Exchange Bureau – live
10-11PM Krazy Baldhead – live
11-12PM The Glitch Mob – live



Vitamin Water Main Stage:

2-330PM Minx
330-5PM Al Ester
5-630PM Osunlade
6:30-7:30PM Innervisions live: a critical mass – live
7:30-9PM Dennis Ferrer
9-12AM Loco Dice vs. Luciano

Beatport Stage:

12-2PM Chloe Harris
2-4PM Frankie Vega
4-6PM Nic Fanciulli
6-8PM Tiefschwarz
8-10PM Wighnomy Bros
10-11PM Guy Gerber – live

Made In Detroit Stage:

430 West & Friends present “Techno City”
2-4PM Monty Luke
4-5:30PM Will Web
5:30-7:30PM Jay Denham
7:30-8:30PM Octave One – live
8:30-930PM Marc “MK” Kinchen & Scotty Deep – live
930-11PM Anthony Rother – live

Red Bull Music Academy:

2-6PM DJ Omega, DJ Godfather DJ Deeon, Starski & Clutch, DJ Slugo, DJ Dick
6-7:30PM Mark “8en” Moss
7:30-8:30PM Neil Landstrumm – live
8:30-10PM RJD2
10p-11:30PM Z-Trip



Vitamin Water Main Stage:

2:30-4PM Luke Hess – live
4-5:30PM Quentin Harris
5:30-7PM Carl Craig
7-8PM Los Hermanos – live
8-10PM Kevin Saunderson
10-12AM Derrick May

Beatport Stage:

12-2PM Clark Warner
2-3:30PM Anthony Attalla
3:30-5PM Adultnapper
5-6:30PM Ellen Allien
6:30-8PM Tiga
8-9:30PM Bad Boy Bill
9:30-11PM Benny Benassi

Made In Detroit Stage:

2-3:30PM Craig Gonzalez
3:30-5PM Lee Curtiss
5-6:30PM Seth Troxler
6:30-8PM Seoul vs Linder 2×4
8-9:30PM Buzz Goree
9:30-11PM Audion – live

Red Bull Music Academy:

2-3:30PM Kero – live
3:30-5PM Flying Lotus – live
5-6:30PM Benga
6:30-7:30PM Afrika Bambaataa
7:30-9PM Busy P
9-11PM Bassnectar


MUSIC FESTIVALS: Traveling to the Beats on a Budget

Posted in Events, Festivals, Lists, Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by worldromper

DEMF. Mutek. Coachella. Decibel. Earthdance. Esthetic Evolution. Prosperity. High Sierra.  Photosynthesis. Joshua Tree. Shambhala. Operation Apex. Bobolink. Harmony. Sonic Bloom. Emerge-N-See. Hempfest. Burning Man!

FestivalWith so many bad-ass music festivals right outside your door, up and down the West Coast, across our beautiful country and around the globe, it is enough to put a music-loving freak in a deliciously lingering state of euphoria!

Combining my love of travel and dancing makes me happier than a hippie in a hot tub: a rainbow of music varieties, friends from all over the world, lots of screaming and laughing and Tecate, campsites with shag carpet and clubs with lasers- I live for music and art festivals and want to go to every single one!

FestivalBut how do you get to all these festivals when money is tight? And when isn’t it? Most people are stretching their budgets and cutting back these days. Maybe you’re broke. Maybe you’re hella broke. Maybe you were laid off from your job writing for a website and decided the best course of action in this lame economy was to relocate across the country and try to make it as a freelance music writer.

Either way, you still want to party your rocks off, right? Here are some tips to help you get to those music festivals, whether you want to go to a city party requiring flights and hotels or outdoor festies with tents and dogs. Or both. LIFE IS SHORT, people, and if we are lucky we will all be old and wrinkly before we know it. Don’t let the summer pass without getting down proper like you know you want to. 

Festival1. PLAN AHEAD. Buying presale tickets will save you cash at almost every festival, and if you are flying anywhere, purchasing domestic air tickets at least one month in advance is highly recommended. Planning on DEMF or another Memorial Weekend festival? Buy your air tickets and book your hotel room yesterday.

2. PICK AND CHOOSE. This part sucks. I want to go to every festival, every weekend, every year! But in order to get to the parties you really want to go to, you have to pass up some of the festivals you aren’t too keen on. Having trouble deciding? Do what I do, and go where the good music is. Compare the lineups, and see which artists are really gonna do it for you. Factor in distance, make a decision, and stick to it.

3. GO WITH FRIENDS. This part rocks! When you share expenses like hotel rooms, food and gas, it becomes cheaper for everybody. Pack your cars and hotel rooms full of friends and you will save money! Are you the only one of your tribe intent on getting to Shambhala but you live in San Diego? Hop online and meet new people who want to carpool and save money as much as you. They are out there.

Festival4. STAY THE WHOLE TIME. It seems counter-intuitive, but since a big part of festie expensive is travel and pass-type tickets, the longer you can stay, the better value it will be.

5. DON’T BUY EXTRA SHIT. Yeah yeah, I know you want a cute new outfit for the dance floor or a swank-ass pimp tent that all your friends can hotbox, but you don’t NEED this stuff. What you already own will work, and no one is even gonna notice that new purple skirt when you are dripping sweat in the club. Ever returned from a campout with a cooler full of food you didn’t eat? Yeah. You have. Don’t buy shit you don’t need.

Camp Don't Be Jealous6. FESTIVAL IN YOUR TOWN? Offer to let people stay with you. They get a deal, you get a unique experience waking up to Heinz from Berlin on your couch, and when you head to Germany you will have a place to stay as well. Again: Google is your friend, and check out as well.

7. FLYING TO A FESTIVAL? Book ahead, at least a month for domestic travel. Check sites like Kayak, Mobissimo or Sidestep to compare prices, and when you get ready to purchase your tickets, CLEAR THE COOKIES on your internet browser. If you don’t, Zeut Hoops!travel websites will remember you have already been there and jack up the price of your ticket. Once you find the lowest price, then book directly with the airline’s website for the best protection in case some bullshit comes up. If you are checking luggage, read the airline’s baggage allowance- some domestic airlines are charging $15 per bag. You may be better off with another airline whose ticket price is $10 more.

8. EAT CHEAP. When you travel it is easy to become tired or rushed and opt for a pricey meal or snack at an airport lounge or crappy restaurant close to the festival. Plan ahead. Bring granola bars if you get hungry and ornery like me, and know that there ain’t NO shame in PB&J- that’s one more show you get to hear!

Festival9. DRINK CHEAP. AKA: PBR & Tecate. Or get your buzz on with your own bottle of vodka BEFORE you’re in the venue where drinks are eight bucks a pop. Sneak in a flask and order a lemonade- bartenders will often give free refills!

10. JUST DO IT. The awesome thing about money is that it’s printed on paper that comes out of machines mounted on walls and you trade this colored paper for life experiences! What a freaking deal! Your bills will be there next month. The supersweet festival of your dreams with you on the dance floor surrounded by your friends, face hurting from smiling so much, a growth-inducing experience that becomes part of you as a person? Not so much. Quit worrying and buy your damn tickets already.


Helen Keller

See you on the dance floor!


Posted in Events, Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by worldromper


Did you just scream it in your head? Or out loud, if you are me?

I’m even more twitchy and excited than usual this morning because I just booked tickets to go to the Detroit Electronic Music Festival aka Movement over Memorial Day weekend! Not only am I stoked about the travel, Michigan being one of the five U.S. states I have never been to, but CHECK OUT these peeps, lots of fatty artists and can I say: it’s going to be West Coast heavy all up in Motor City!

Flying Lotus

Glitch Mob


The Sight Below


Carl Craig


Derrick May

Ellen Allien



…and HEAPS more! Check out the whole lineup and find out more information on DEMF tickets right here.

Then book your tickets and get ready to party with Shilo. IT IS ON.