We have the first day of the festival here and gone, and it was a good kick off indeed. I was a little pissed at first when I had to wait in the VIP line to get my “credentials” for an hour. The Paxahau staff at the table checking people in seemed very overwhelmed and misinformed causing frustration. The VIP in general is not worth the $150. The private bathrooms are not private, the water was not working, and no trash can to throw your diseased filled paper towel in. The free drinks at the bar were weak as fuck. I am a bartender and know how to pour drinks. They filled big dixie’s with a half an inch of alcohol and about 6 inches of mixer. The massage area is nice but hardly worth $150. The only good thing about VIP is that you can hear what is going on at the main stage wherever you are at within the VIP area.
After my poor experience in VIP, I wandered out in front of the main stage to see Steve Bug. He was ripping it apart. I love how this dude crosses the lines between techno, tech house, and minimal. Sometimes minimal is not enough for me, but the tracks “The Bug” plays are on the hyper side of the genre for sure. The crowd was loving it and my attitude was definitely changed by his electric performance. For being the first music I had heard at the festival, I was very pleased and exicted to see what will come from the rest.
After “The Bug” I headed to the Beatport stage to check out Adam Beyer. Adam Beyer is one of my favorite DJs and I play some of the same tracks he uses also. Drumcode is boss when it comes to techno in my humble opinion. Of course Adam was tearing it up with his signature sound, but it was too predictable of a set. Being “DEMF” and all I like to see things that are not familiar. Francois K was playing at the same time on the main stage so I was going back between the two and loving both. Francois K was banging some techno and provided something a bit different to stimulate my Detroit influenced brain.
I was very excited when I heard Carl Cox would be performing this year. I have not seen him in Detroit for ever. I know Carl Cox is a superstar european DJ and his tracks can be borderline “trancy”, so I was slightly scared about what he would be playing. The whole time though he was just banging some hard techno, with occasional catchy melodies coming in and out. For being in Detroit for the first time in while, he did us proper. I love how he is always bouncing and smiling while he is spinning. His energy and explosiveness is unmatched. One of my friends had not heard much from him. After words he told me Carl Cox destroyed his brain. No drugs present.
There could not have been a better act then the Glitch Mob to end off an almost perfect first day of the Movement festival. After hearing some techno being banged for the last 6 hours or so, it was nice for a change up. Glitch Mob’s using of micro chopped samples, superb mixing, and phat ass bass riffs was simply amazing. As an avid hip-hop fan also, I was very motivated. There “glitch” sound makes you feel like your brain is being reprogrammed with a software update, that will change the way you look at electronic based hip-hop like music.
After the festival we hit up the Bohemian National Home for a Blank Artist’s party. Osborn was mixing it up nicely with his original techno style fusing Acid, House, Funk, and old-school Pop. The dark atmosphere in the room made it for a classically nostalgic Detroit party. The Bells beer and $10 cover was also nice. Over all the first day was a blast, and I cannot wait for the rest of the weekend. The quote of day goes to wilderness, “There’s nothing like weed butter to make you feel like your wearing a hat when your not wearing a hat”.