Metro Times arts & culture editor Travis R. Wright went to his first rave when he was just 14. DEMF, Fuse-In, Movement — no matter the name, he's never missed a summer electronic music festival in Detroit. Wright pens features and reviews about music and musicians for local and national media, such as SPIN.
2-4 p.m.: Chuck Daniels & Mike Servito (Made in Detroit Stage)
After spending Thursday night with Malik Alston, Craig Huckaby, Pirahnahead and Doc Link at Pulse, we'll spend all day Friday bouncing back and forth between Funk Night (Elzhi and Will Sessions) at the Majestic, the all-day onslaught at Bookie's, and Exodus, where Stacey Pullen, Radio Slave, and Catz & Dogz play with Paul Randolph. But we'll be far from tired. We'll make it to Hart Plaza early for a back-to-back sets from Detroit sons Daniels and Servito.
4-4:30 p.m.: Spacetime Continuum (Movement Stage)
Minimal enough for the middle of the day, Continuum offers cerebral yet non-obtrusive electronic ephemera. So, you could chill here, or ...
4:30-5 p.m.: Ambivalent (Beatport)
... if you're feeling like stepping up your beats-per-minute but still want to keep it psychedelic, dig the heady beats of Ambivalent. You'll also find shade. And Dutch girls.
5-5:30 p.m.: Metro Area (Vitaminwater Stage)
With the sun high in the sky, what's needed now is some funky, jazzy electro house, so it's off to make the day's first trip to the Vitaminwater stage for Brooklyn's finest house team, Metro Area. Poppers and lockers will love this shit.
5:30 p.m.: Hudson Mohawke (Red Bull Stage)
Coming up through turntablism, this Warp Records artist bends and breaks R&B, world, rap and techno into something big, slick and totally danceable.
6 p.m.: Take a break. Grab something to eat. Buy a Detroit Hustles Harder T-shirt. Check out the C.A.M.P. art installations. Drink some water.
6:15 to 8 p.m.: Daedalus followed by Dam Funk & Master Blazter (Red Bull Stage)
The adventurous L.A. producer Daedalus creates audio collages using various electronic genres. Stick around for the the cheeky funk singer and synth maestro Dam-Funk performing with his breakin hi-hats, Moog, vocoder and key-tar outfit, Master Blazter.
8-9 p.m.: Visionquest (Made in Detroit Stage)
Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves are a bunch of young, ex-pat Detroiters who formed a collective called Visionquest. You can't go wrong.
9:30-10 p.m.: Venetian Snares (Movement Stage)
Aaron Funk is a one of a kind artist. Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, and recording under Venetian Snares, this breakcore innovator likes to fuck with time signatures ... and your mind.
10-10:30 p.m.: Goldie, feat. Armanni Reign (Red Bull Music Academy Stage)
The Bond actor, visual artist and DJ Goldie is one of the most easily recognized faces in electronic music. He drops a barrage of jungle and drum 'n' bass that tends to make people freak out.
10:30-11 p.m.: Felix Da Housecat (Vitaminwater Stage)
Carrying the torch for Chicago House, Felix da Housecat is no stranger to Detroit. Drop in on the party for a hot minute.
11 p.m.-midnight: Richie Hawtin (Beatport Stage)
After last year's set, there's no telling what Hawtin will do. Playing the smaller Beatport stage will ensure a crazed, intimate crowd. Too much to handle? Head over to the Movement Stage for the audio-visual assault of Monolake Surround.
Detroit-based Michelle Hermann is better known to dance heads as Punisher, a project name she's used since she was a kid spinning hard techno in high school. She's still a kid, never stops dancing, and is launching a new dubby, housy aka called Elora this weekend. We asked her to give us the lowdown of where she'll be.
If you are still up from the night before, I Love You But I've Chosen Techno will still be rocking at the Works. I'll be playing on the patio as Elora.
When that breaks up, let's say around 10 a.m., it might be time for cat nap, hydration and a smoothie!
2-3:30 p.m.: I'm off to Hart Plaza to see Sammy Dee (Vitaminwater Stage) and to catch nospectacle w/ Marcus Guentner (live) underground on the Torino Stage. That's 2-4 p.m.
3-4:30 p.m.: Space Dimension Controller performs live on the Red Bull Stage, but I also want to catch Echospace, also live, on the Torino Stage, 4-5 p.m. I love seeing more live performers on the lineup this year.
4:30-6 p.m.: Definitely Livio & Roby, DJs from Eastern Europe who still play tons of vinyl. That's on the Beatport Stage.
5-7 p.m.: I really want to see Margaret Dygas on the Vitaminwater Stage. She might be the world's hottest DJ right now. Totally awesome.
6-8 p.m.: The Soul Clap guys on the Red Bull Stage; but I'll be at the Vitaminwater Stage at 7 p.m. to see the "mystery guest" — Ricardo Villalobos!
7:30-9 p.m.: Somehow I need to get to Beatport Stage to see Martin Buttrich live. He's so underrated, so good.
9-10 p.m.: Then it's Guti live on the Beatport Stage.
10 p.m.-midnight: And Loco Dice also at Beatport.
11-MIDNIGHT: I'm going to squeeze in Carl Craig's live project 69 at the Vitaminwater Stage.
Then it's off to more afterparties. I'm playing at Suggestive Behavior at the Majestic — it'll be a Punisher vs. Elora set — and then to unwind and keep dancing at Too Far gone No Way Back at Bohemian Home. Fun!
Detroiter Mike Rubin is a writer living in Brooklyn. His work appears in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Daily Swarm and MTV Hive. He was a senior contributing writer at SPIN and his work has been published in Rolling Stone, GQ and the Village Voice. Since 1987 he has been one of the editors of Motorbooty, a Detroit-based, independently published satirical journal described as "the only good fanzine in America" and "the Spy of the rock world."
Noon-2 p.m.: If I weren't sound asleep, recovering from Too Far Gone/No Way Back, annually the best afterparty of Movement weekend in my opinion, I'd check out DJ sets by former Minusian Clark Warner (Beatport Stage) and current Ectomorphian Erika Sherman (Made in Detroit Stage). Or, if I were really ambitious, I'd go on Wheelhouse Detroit's "Techno in the 313" historical bike tour (noon-3 p.m.), but having doubtless stayed up past the break of dawn, the only thing I'll be riding at this hour is a REM cycle.
2-4 p.m.: OK, time to greet the day and groggily make my way to Hart Plaza for Day 3 of the Techno Triathalon.
4-5:30 p.m.: Pearson Sound/Ramadanman (Red Bull Stage): Prolific Hessle Audio co-founder David Kennedy is so restless he can't settle on which of his pseudonyms he'll DJ under, but expect the UK dubstep stalwart to evoke the fidgety grooves of his excellent recent Fabric 56 mix.
5-6 p.m.: Dirtbombs live (Vitaminwater Stage): Mick Collins' rock-as-repertory project souped up "Cosmic Cars" in the garage for Party Store, their tribute to hometown dance floor pioneers like Cybotron, a Number of Names and Inner City. Sparks will potentially fly as the band takes its guitar arrangements of Detroit electronic classics on a test drive for the first time ever onstage.
6-7:30 p.m.: Art Department (Beatport Stage): What if Morrissey had come of age in a post-Chicago-house Madchester? This Toronto duo's sultry grooves and Johnny Glasgow's sullen vocals propose one possible answer on their impressive debut album The Drawing Board (which includes "Without You," Resident Advisor's top single of 2010).
7-8:30 p.m.: Scuba (Red Bull Stage) More top-notch UK dubstep, this time from Paul Rose, founder of the Hotflush label (home to Joy Orbison and Mount Kimbie).
8:30-9:30 p.m.: Little Dragon live (Red Bull Stage): The bewitching vocals of Yukimi Nagano are at the center of this Gothenburg, Sweden, group, who dabble in downtempo, jazz, and neo-soul. They'll preview material from their upcoming Ritual Union.
9:30-11 p.m.: Claude Young (Made in Detroit Stage): After living abroad since 1995 (in London, Glasgow, and now Tokyo), one of Techno City's most gifted turntable titans returns home to school a new generation of Detroiters. It would be "Impolite to Refuse" this rare opportunity to see him conduct this master class.
10:30 p.m.-midnight: Flying Lotus live (Red Bull Stage): The psychedelic visionary at the center of Los Angeles' fertile beat scene, Alice Coltrane's nephew Steven Ellison brings the festival to a fittingly cathartic climax with his futuristic take on free jazz.
Midnight-sunrise: After recharging my batteries with some late-night food, it's time to drain them all the way down to empty at "Shit Show 2" (TV Bar, 2548 Grand River Ave.). A deliriously overstuffed lineup — including NYC's Metro Area, Banff, Alberta's Eddie C, and a couple of beloved Detroit expats, Recloose (New Zealand) and Mike Servito (New York) — is slated to spin all night (barring any unwelcome visits by the DPD), leaving me just enough time to grab my suitcase and head for the airport once the sun comes up. If you're at Detroit Metro on Tuesday, say hello; I'll be the guy with the slipmat-sized circles under my eyes.
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