Detroit—In short, Movement was massive.
The 12th annual festival, held this past May 28-30 at Detroit’s Hart Plaza, set a record by drawing 99,282 fans, according to organizer Paxahau.
Additionally, Movement served as the launch event for the America’s Best DJ Summer Tour presented by Pioneer DJ and DJ Times. We maintained a dedicated booth pushing the magazine, the promotion and its sponsors—of course, we took votes for the nine ABDJ-nominated jocks. They included Felix Da Housecat, Green Velvet, Kerri Chandler, Skrillex, Soul Clap and Victor Calderone—plus current Detroit-area jocks Carl Craig (performing as 69), Claude Young and DJ Godfather. A few highlights:
*At the Red Bull Music Academy stage, Skrillex continued his path of destruction. For a one-hour set, you’ll rarely see such a crazed audience—a madhouse from first note to last crushing beat. The set was full of recent staples—“Scary Monsters,” “My Name Is Skrillex,” his singalong remix of Benassi’s “Cinema”—but the lurching, waving, crowd-surfing masses devoured it all, screaming for more at the set’s end. Quite simply, no other DJ in the world elicits such enthusiasm right now.
*Also at RBMA stage, ghetto-tech maven DJ Godfather rocked an Electrobounce party that saw mad scratching over some quaking beats and bawdy rhymes that had many audience members getting in touch with their inner stripper.
*Rocking the vinyl, Soul Clap’s RBMA stage set was a study in groove—deep, deep groove—and the audience responded with shaking booties and hands in the air.
*On the Vitamin Water main stage, Green Velvet climaxed his thrilling set with a smashing, strobing version of his classic, “Flash,” which saw him exit the stage doing a hysterically mechanical robot dance.
*As Fatboy Slim kicked it on the main stage, Claude Young dropped a liberating set at the Made in Detroit stage with some sweet garage vocals over a slew of taut, techno beats.
What’s next? Two more ABDJ Tourstops are on tap for the weekend. On Friday, June 3, at San Francisco’s Ruby Skye, Spundae co-presents ABDJ noms BT & Porter Robinson—a killer double bill.
Then on Saturday, June 4, it’s the Starscape festival at Baltimore’s Ft. Armistead Park. Stand back, we’ll see 11—count ’em, 11—ABDJ nominees perform. They include: Steve Aoki, Bassnectar, Dieselboy, Charles Feelgood, Donald Glaude, Hot Pink Delorean, Klever, Skrillex, Star Eyes (from Trouble & Bass crew), Tittsworth and TOKiMONSTA.
Surely, this’ll be a head-start to one crazy summer.