Nothing beats a nice day in the beautiful city of Detroit, and you definitely can’t go wrong with a good Techno festival. Put the two together and you have yourself a mad fresh combination of chaos. The first day of Movement 2014 has already passed and as I contemplate the day, I’m left feeling pretty satisfied. Not overly satisfied in a ‘that was the tightest shit ever’ kind of way, but in a ‘comfortable zen, okay how things are’ kind of way. There were some good points to the day as well as one very bad one that I will get into a lil later. To me though, I have to say there really wasn’t anything that blew me away or was groundbreaking. Not that it has to be like that, but I wouldn’t mind having my brain explode from some next level shit. Is that too much to ask?
I mean I guess it is the first day. I’ve seen better starts to the festival, and also have seen much worse. The best word to describe this year’s start would have to be “safe”. Except for the girl I saw taken out on a stretcher, she wasn’t playing it safe and obviously did not read our article on 15 ways to survive Movement.
Los Hermanos kicked off the day for me and I am always down with any variation of the Underground Resistance crew. A live techno band. Get outta here! It’s not something you see all the time, unless you’re from Detroit, and in the days of using minimal amounts of gear, it is good to see instruments played by live musicians. These guys represent classic Detroit to me and you can just feel the energy of the city radiating from their sounds and stage presence. Another well done set by The Brothers.
Next I headed over to the Beatport stage to check out Justin Martin who always tears it up. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea and Detroiters can be a little jaded about things not being underground enough or just mad that people who like Rihanna also are into Justin Martin. No denying this guys talent though. He mixes well and his production is original while still staying true to House music roots at the same time. He played most of his classics and had the crowd happy and bouncing the whole time. Don’t go!
After Justin I was wandering around, meeting up with friends, shooting the hooblah and fidgeting with the whatsawhat while trying to stay awake during Metro Area’s set. They weren’t bad, just a lil slow. I had the fire in me to see something crazy so I then made the unfortunately horrible decision to go see what Riff Raff is all about. I heard his songs and had seen his videos and knew he was completely ridiculous but still gave him a little bit of credit. He’s kinda original and has his own “flow” if you wanna call it that. When I saw him live though on this day, I can now say that this dude is fucking horrible. Really really horrible. He was just playing his tracks with vocals and all while lip-syncing the whole time. Every once in a while he would back up his own pre-recorded vocals and Lil Slutty just stood there looking dumb as hell. I’m really not trying to be a dick here, but I love me some Hip-Hop equally as much as my love for Techno. In Detroit we have some badass fucking Hip-Hop. From Dilla, to Black Milk, to Royce 5’9″, Danny Brown, Guilty Simpson, Elzhi, OneBeLo, and Audiological. Detroit holds it down on some Hip-Hop. It seems like everyone raps in Detroit. I fucking rap myself (Macom on Swoll). This dude Riff Raff and Lil Slutty could be destroyed lyrically by 13 year old kids that live down the street from me. Do they think this is a fucking game? They think they can dress up like assholes and treat Hip-Hop like it’s a parody. Fuck them!
Good thing Action Bronson came on after and at least actually rapped. I really like this guy. It wasn’t a flawless set by any means but it was cool. He has a great attitude and is very photogenic. I could take pictures of this dude all day. I could have done without the Ghostface Killah singing badly over R&B songs thing though. But he is fun, and I’m not sure but it appears that he spilled a little bit of sauce from Slows on his shirt.
I didn’t spend enough time as I would have liked at the Underground Stage, but I was down there to check a little of Black Asteroid’s set and it was pretty damn killer. I heard from some friends that the Techno on this stage was seriously on point. From Alstadt Echo to Brian Sanhaji, Techno fans were treated right in the underground. I will be spending more time there over the weekend for sure.
The last thing I saw before snaggin some Slow’s mac and cheese and bouncin to an after-party was DJ Marky. He was killing it. Drum and bass done proper with turntablist tricks to go with it. At one point he was holding a turntable upside down and scratching. This was seriously the best thing all day and the closest thing to amazing I saw. I didn’t even remember to take pictures of him because I was too concerned with getting the fuck down, and got down I did.
Despite some small issues, overall it was good start to the festival weekend. Even if all the music sucked, which it didn’t, just seeing all the people you don’t see regularly and hanging out in the city during a beautiful day is plenty for me. I love my Detroit people, and for me that is what this festival is really about.