Your guide to the 2019 Movement Electronic Music Festival

May 22, 2019 at 1:00 am
Your guide to the 2019 Movement Electronic Music Festival
Courtesy of Paxahau

A holiday for electronic music fans the world over, Movement Electronic Music Festival returns to Detroit's Hart Plaza, with all sorts of pre-parties and after-parties sprinkled throughout the week. It's the long-running fest's 19th year as a Memorial Day Weekend tradition, and 13th year under the management of party promoters Paxahau — an institution at this point, and a well-oiled machine at that, too. Other highlights include homegrown label Ghostly International, which is celebrating two decades by curating the entire Red Bull Presents Stage on Monday.

As always, there's a lot to take in, and this year boasts one of the fest's most eclectic, diverse lineups yet. That's both in terms of the elasticity of what "electronic dance music" can mean (it's not all four-on-the-floor dance beats, although you'll find plenty of that, too) as well as the performers themselves, many of whom are shaking the perception of electronic dance music as a white male bro thing — and helping to redefine the genre in the process. (Of course, real heads already know all about techno and house music's Black roots.)

To break it all down, we've got a taste of all of the artists you'll find across the stages at this year's fest. It's impossible to see them all, so let this guide help you plan the perfect party weekend. Because Movement is an outdoor festival, the schedule is subject to change, depending on the weather; follow @movementdetroit on social media for the latest updates.—Lee DeVito

Movement Electronic Music Festival is from Saturday, May 25-Monday, May 27 at hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit; see for the full schedule. Tickets start at $99 for day passes and $199 for weekend passes.

Al Ester b2b Earl "Mixxin" McKinney

Saturday, Stargate Stage, 2-4 p.m.

It's hard to find two DJs that get more excited to play the next record than these two veterans behind the decks. Brothers in the Sonic Natives collective, Ester and McKinney continue to excite crowds everywhere they go with banging, soulful house laced sets strongly rooted in disco. —Vincent Patricola

Amelie Lens

Saturday, Movement Stage, 8-10:10 p.m.

Lens has only been in the game since 2014 but has turned a club residency at Belgium's Labyrinth Club into a reputation. This year found the 28-year-old producer dropping her Basiel EP, which shows off her evolving brand of techno. —Jerilyn Jordan

Andrea Ghita

Sunday, Stargate Stage, 2-3 p.m.

Detroit-based Andrea Ghita is taking a break from sharing the deck with her sister as part of the Ghita Sisters to kickoff the Stargate Stage solo. The 24-year-old's sound, while heavily influenced by the pulse of kick-drum beats, is evolving into a deep-dive exploration of the underground techno that came before her for a fresh spin. —Jerilyn Jordan


Sunday, Pyramid Stage, 4-6 p.m.

It's hard for Brazilian DJ and producer ANNA to top her 2018, but she's damn well going to try. Last year, she landed her contribution to Kompakt's Speicher series at no. 1 on Beatport's techno chart four months in a row and was named the breakthrough artist of the year at DJ Mag's Top 100 Award — both of which are well deserved. —Jerilyn Jordan

Art Department

Saturday, Pyramid Stage, 5:30-7 p.m.

Jonny White is Art Department — a rare electronic act that has transcended the underground with synth-driven genre-bending mixes. Formed in 2009, Art Department originated as a collaboration with fellow Canadian visionary Kenny Glasgow. —Jerilyn Jordan

Asher Perkins & Rex Sepulveda

Sunday, Pyramid Stage, 2-4 p.m.

These two fellas definitely know electronic music and how to move a crowd. Both are seasoned producers that spend quite a bit of time recording studio with the goal of putting you into another reality. Their tracks usually nod to the darker, bouncy minimal side of things, but anything can happen from ambient to techno. All you have to know is that you're in good hands. —Vincent Patricola


Sunday, Stargate Stage, 3-4:30 p.m.

"Ataxia" refers to a loss of control of bodily movements, which is apt considering this party hearty Detroit team's brand of house and techno. Local fans might know the duo, made up of Ted Krisko and Eric Rickers, from residencies at TV Lounge and Marble Bar; beyond our fair burg, they have also performed at Burning Man, Moogfest, SXSW, WMC, and BPM. —Lee DeVito

Audion (live)

Monday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 8-9 p.m.

Michigan's Matthew Dear is always a welcome sight at any festival or club around the world, but there's always something special when he spins in Hart Plaza. As Audion, he plays a quirky, clicky and minimal techno style, but with a harder edge and a house-y bump in the rear guaranteed to keep you grooving into the wee hours. —Vincent Patricola

Brian Kage

Saturday, Resident Advisor Underground Stage, 3-5 p.m.

When Michigander Recordings label head (and so very much more) Brian Kage steps behind the decks, expect a journey into his world of Detroit techno. In addition to putting tracks on his own label, he's working on a release on Omar-S' label FXHE, as well as an entirely new synthwave band project called Escape Driver. —Vincent Patricola

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Carl Craig Saturday, Stargate Stage, 9-11 p.m.

Carl Craig

Saturday, Stargate Stage, 9-11 p.m.

It could be argued that there would be no Movement if not for Detroit electronic visionary Carl Craig. As the co-founder of the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Craig was also the festival's acting artistic director. —Jerilyn Jordan

Channel Tres

Sunday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Growing up in Compton and L.A., Channel Tres's blend of house, West Coast hip-hop, and funk results in a sound that is all his own, earning him a spot on the Godmode label (along with other bold acts like Shamir and Yaeji). See why Iggy Pop and Elton John are fans of his deep, soulful vocals. —Lee DeVito

Charlotte De Witte

Sunday, Movement Stage, 8-10 p.m.

Both in the studio and behind the deck, 26-year-old Charlotte de Witte has proven why her music is being blasted across dance floors around the world. The Belgian DJ started out under the DJ moniker Raving George in an attempt to disguise her gender so that her selector skills would be the sole factor for which she was judged. That all stopped in 2015 when de Witte started using her name to brand her dark and hard-hitting techno. —Jerilyn Jordan

Chris Lake

Monday, Movement Stage, 7-8:30 p.m.

This British producer has been on the scene for more than a decade, earning a following for his contemporary take on house with a penchant for recording live instrumentation on his tracks. On Friday, he releases his single "Stay With Me," which has already been gaining traction on the internet, with fans posting videos of his Coachella performance on Instagram and Twitter. —Lee DeVito

Chris Liebing

Sunday, Pyramid Stage, 8-10 p.m.

A German DJ known for his fast and hard techno sets, Liebing switched things up a bit with his latest Mute Records release, Burn Slow, which explored more melodic sounds including synthpop and spoken word poetry featuring special guests from beyond the world of electronic music like Cold Cave and Gary Numan. —Lee DeVito


Monday, Red Bull presents Stage, 3-4 p.m.

Cindy Li broke away from her upbringing studying classical music at a conservatory to dive into electronic music wholeheartedly. As Ciel, Li has cultivated a following in her hometown of Toronto thanks to her dreamy sets inspired in part by shoegaze music and marijuana, as well as her commitment to boosting other women in the scene through throwing events and her radio show Work in Progress. —Lee DeVito

Circle of Live

Sunday, Tito's River Garden, 3-9 p.m.

This should be interesting: a six-hour performance featuring Detroit's Amp Fiddler along with European DJs and producers Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert, and Vril, "which aims to detach itself from the habitual routines of dance music, to allow the weird and wonderful elements of collaborative performance to truly come to life." We're sure Amp Fiddler, a longtime Parliament-Funkadelic collaborator, will bring plenty of funk to the table. —Lee DeVito

Craig Gonzalez

Sunday, Resident Advisor Stage, 2-3:30 p.m.

Gonzalez can be described as a DJ's DJ, strongly versed in every style of music from classic hip-hop to techno and everything in between. He's the newest addition to Brendan Gillen's Interdimensional Transmissions sub-label Eye Teeth, and recently made a label mix for Detroit Electronic Quarterly music magazine. His set will be unpredictable, as can be expected, in the very best of ways and will set the tone for a fun party in Hart Plaza. —Vincent Patricola

Dabrye + Kadence

Monday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Tadd Mullinix — or Dabrye, the alter ego that he created in the late '90s — is an Ann Arbor native who looked to the Detroit hip-hop scene as inspiration for his work. Dabrye uses electronic tones and a hip-hop touch to create an early 2000s aesthetic, one that redefines Detroit dance music. —Amanda Sinishtaj

Danny Brown

Sunday, Red Bull Presents, 10:30-11:30 p.m.

For Detroit hip-hop heads, Danny Brown needs no introduction. A recurring Movement performer in recent years, Brown's spot on the lineup is well-deserved: Check out the lush, experimental production on his last record, 2016's Atrocity Exhibition. (He reportedly racked up $70,000 worth of fees to clear the samples on it — totally worth it, though!) His next record, U Know What I'm Sayin?, reportedly features production work from A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip. —Lee DeVito

Danny Daze

Monday, Stargate Stage, 5-6:30 p.m.

Daniel Gomez, aka Danny Daze, is known to mix electro, techno, Italo Disco, and '80s synth pop into his sets. He attributes his eclectic tastes to his hometown of Miami: "Most of my influences come from the melting pot that is Miami," he told Electronic Groove last year. "One second you're listening to salsa, the next minute you're listening to Booty Bass." —Lee DeVito

Detroit Techno Militia 2x4

Monday, Resident Advisor Stage, 4:30-6 p.m.

DJ Seoul and T. Linder are going to hit you with the 2x4 techno assault (meaning two DJ mixers and four turntables). It will be an all-vinyl mix and the boys will layer the smack, proving that you can be hard, aggressive, and funky all at the same time. —Vincent Patricola

Disclosure (DJ set)

Saturday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 10 p.m.-midnight

Disclosure, which make its return to the stage after a two-year hiatus, consists of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence of London, England. Currently headlining a 2019 tour, the two have made their mark on the electronic music industry, with their debut and sophomore albums Settle and Charcoal peaking number one on the UK albums chart. —Amanda Sinishtaj

DJ Bone

Monday, Resident Advisor Satge, 8-9:30 p.m.

After more than two decades in Detroit's techno scene, DJ Bone (née Eric Dulan) has earned a reputation for his experimental production, calling to mind fellow Detroit acts like Jeff Mills or Drexicya. Under the name Differ–Ent, Dulan pushed boundaries even further with a series of outside-of-the-box (or outside-of-the-dancefloor) releases. —Lee DeVito

DJ Godfather

Sunday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 5-6 p.m.

Godfather started producing music at the age of 17 for his first Miami Bass-style group Bass Association. With the buzz of a few singles that were played on three Detroit radio stations, Godfather made his first solo record at the age of 18. He is one of the founders of the ghetto-tech style of music, with more than 250 releases on the labels Databass, Twilight 76, D.E.T. Only, Juke Trax, and more. Don't miss the scratch-filled, booty-shaking, speaker-shredding, party-rocking Godfather. —Vincent Patricola

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DJ Holographic Saturday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 3:30-5 p.m.

DJ Holographic

Saturday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 3:30-5 p.m.

Detroit-born one-woman funk machine DJ Holographic (aka Ariel Catalina) has performed at high school proms and international electronic clubs — and, as of recently, has become a Movement staple. Having grown up in the scene, DJ Holographic infuses her mixes with Motown, hip-hop, and nu-disco for well-rounded, otherworldly house energy. —Jerilyn Jordan

DJ Minx

Sunday, Stargate Stage, 6-7:30 p.m.

Starting as an engineer and host of "Deep Space Radio," an electronic music show on Detroit's WGPR, DJ Minx has had her fair share of time in the music industry. In 2001, she established her own record label, "Women on Wax Recordings," which became a platform for her to share her own productions and help local talent. Claiming a spot in Mixmag's "20 Women Who Shaped the History of Dance Music," Minx has certainly made her mark and will continue to shape Detroit's dance music scene. —Amanda Sinishtaj

DJ Nobu

Monday, Resident Adviser Underground Stage, 9:30-11 p.m.

DJ Nobu has become a bit of a self-described cult figure for those who have religiously followed him over his decade-spanning career. He is known as a DJ with no fixed style, but rather an ability to pull from a wide breadth of literature and create one-of-a-kind sounds. —Alexander Harring

DJ T-1000

Sunday, Movement Stage, 6:30-8 p.m.

Alan Oldham plays in front of his home crowd for his third appearance at the festival. Expect 128-130 BPM wall-shaking techno, and look out for his track "I Told 'em I Was From Detroit" with Scan 7 and DJ Stingray remixes releasing in June on Suspected Records (Cologne). When he's not performing or in the studio, he's furthering his visual art. His new exhibit, Massive Dynamic, is up now at Elevate Berlin record shop. —Vincent Patricola

DJ Tennis

Monday, Pyramid Stage, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

With two decades working behind the scenes developing an Italian booking agency solely devoted to electronic music and as a talent scout (on top of managing punk bands and organising a left-field music event), Manfredi Romano — also known as DJ Tennis — was uniquely positioned to enter the electronic music scene when he made his debut in 2010. Romano consistently draws upon post-rock icons like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tortoise, and Fugazi during production. —Alexander Harring

DM Nation

Sunday, Red Bull presents Stage, 3-5 p.m.

DM Nation is an omnivorous duo made up of producers Skywlkr and Black Noi$e, whose collective resume includes varied stints such as playing bass in a hardcore band (Black Noi$e) and beat-making for Danny Brown, ZelooperZ, Lucki, and others (Skywlker). —Lee DeVito

Dubfire b3b with Nicole Moudaber and Paco Osuna b3b

Sunday, Movement Stage, 10 p.m.-midnight

This group is composed of Nicole Moudaber, one of the most passionately followed DJ-producers in the world; Paco Osuna, a DJ with more than 20 years of making electronic music under his belt; and, of course, the well-known DJ Dubfire. All three are known for their imaginations for mixing and tonal diversity, making them each industry leaders in their own right. —Alexander Harring


Sunday, Stargate Stage, 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Fresh off a Grammy nomination and No. 1 dance record on Billboard for "Losing it," Fisher is someone to watch. We expect his strong basslines and deep grooves will catapult him into further industry success as he launches his own record label, Catch and Release. —Alexander Harring

FJAAK (live)

Monday, Resident Advisor Stage, 7-8 p.m.

FJAAK's first foray into electronic music was organizing illegal raves in the Berlin area, which prompted their own techno series. The duo is known for combining high-energy sounds with sophisticated tones and ambient-techno textures; after time learning from titans 50Weapons bosses Modeselektor, Fjaak released a sequence of five EPs while simultaneously touring the world in 2014. They then went on to release their first full-length album, then earlier this year came back with another. —Alexander Harring

Floorplan (live)

Monday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 9:15-10:15 p.m.

The father-daughter duo of Robert and Lyric Hood are fusing gospel into their disco, funk, and soul music. —Alexander Harring

Get Real (Green Velvet & Claud VonStroke)

Monday, Movement Stage, 8:30-10:25 p.m.

Nothing is better than when two major players combine forces, which is the case for Get Real — the newish project from Chicago's Green Velvet and Detroit's own Claude VonStroke. VonStroke, who has closed out Movement, hosted the Dirtybird Campout Festival and has been voted America's DJ in 2016. He developed the trippy future funk of Get Real when he first toured with Green Velvet in 2015. —Jerilyn Jordan

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Golf Clap, Monday, Movement Stage, 4-5:30 p.m.

Golf Clap

Monday, Movement Stage, 4-5:30 p.m.

A duo made up of Hugh Cleal and Bryan Jones, Golf Clap have been making music together since 2013, establishing themselves in Detroit with their dancefloor-ready house sound and Country Club Disco label — and becoming favorites at festivals around the world. —Lee DeVito


Monday, Movement Stage, 10:45 p.m.-midnight

Metro Detroit native Grant Kwiecinski is better known as GRiZ, an innovative producer with a self-described "future funk" sound. Check out his smoldering-hot live saxophone-playing, always a showstopper. —Lee DeVito

Gucci Mane

Sunday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 9:15-10:15 p.m.

Gucci Mane does not rest on his laurels. While he has been widely regarded in the past as one of the most gifted rappers of his generation, he took his success to new levels over the past year, creating the album Everybody Looking in just six days; it premiered at No. 1 on the Soundscan/Billboard Top Current Albums chart. —Alexander Harring

Heathered Pearls

Monday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 2-3 p.m.

The story of Heathered Pearls is a techno American dream: Polish-born Brooklynite Jakub Alexander was raised to love music by his mother, discovering techno as a teenager living in metro Detroit and going on to create his own vision of the genre he first stumbled upon in the Motor City. Loyal, his 2012 debut, is likened to ocean waves at night because of its melodic tune played on a loop. His second album, Body Complex, transforms Loyal's soft texture into a driving work. —Alexander Harring


Monday, StarGate Stage, 8-9:30 p.m.

Heidi has set the tone for the new house and techno music generation through her large-scale performances at the Exit and Global Gathering festivals, in addition to Movement. —Alexander Harring

Heiko Laux

Sunday, Resident Advisor Underground Stage, 8-9:30 p.m.

Laux founded Kanzleramt, Germany's premier techno label, in 1994 to challenge traditional expectations of techno music and change the brand of contemporary techno. He himself is a prime example of his label's success in the past quarter century, traveling the world since Kanzleramt's 20th anniversary in 2014 to showcase his label's works. Now, he's ready to show what he's been working on to the world in Detroit. —Alexander Harring


Saturday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 8:30-10 p.m.

Herbert — also known as Doctor Rockit, Radio Boy, Mr. Vertigo, Transformer, and Wishmountain — is known for his club anthems and remixes. Herbert uses everyday sounds in his electronic music, garnering him a reputation as one of Britain's most independent minded music producers and for blurring the line between what electronic music is and is not. —Alexander Harring

Hot Since 82

Monday, StarGate Stage, 9:30-11 p.m.

Hot Since 82's formal education in the art of DJing began at 17, playing 12-13- hour sets each Sunday at a club in his hometown. The club he played — in large part to him — became the number one afterparty destination for clubbers far and wide. With his expectations set and goals in mind, he has been unstoppable since, garnering acclaim across the board, partaking in four North and South American tours and numerous more electrifying Ibiza performances. —Alexander Harring

J Phlip.

Monday, Stargate, 6:30-8 p.m.

If you're going to use the term "acid booty bass," it better damn well be in reference to Jessica Phillipe, aka DJ J. Phlip. The engineer-turned-DirtyBird crew-turned solo world traveler has bounced between her Chicago roots and San Francisco, closing out stages in Beatport and Movement with her infectious and improvisational acid house blends. —Jerilyn Jordan

John Acquaviva

Sunday, Movement Stage, 5-6:30 p.m.

From his involvement with techno titan Richie Hawtin to the noteworthy Plus 8 Records, the Italian-Canadian artist is known for wearing many hats within the industry. Yet all this is secondary to his true love of performing, which can be seen in his 2016 seven-hour set alongside Daniel Miller at the world-renowned Berghain nightclub in Berlin and the soundtrack curation for Ibiza's iconic nightclub Space closing. —Alexander Harring

Josh Wink

Saturday, Movement Stage, 6-8 p.m.

In the late 1980s and early '90s, when the U.S. was just beginning its relationship with rave culture, Wink already had records made and many years of experience as a DJ. A DJ, label owner, producer, remixer, and actual artist himself, Wink became one of the first DJ-producers to achieve mainstream success in 1995 with the release of "Don't Laugh," "I'm Ready," and "Higher State of Consciousness," which topped charts worldwide and made him a European star — and he hasn't stopped changing the industry and achieving new levels of success since. —Alexander Harring

Justin Cudmore

Monday, Stargate Stage, 3:30-5 p.m.

Growing up in central Illinois, Cudmore found his love for music amid the never-ending expanses of land in his school band as a percussionist and, while his classmates were exploring pop music, he was mixing CDs of disco compilations, testing new-age beats, and DJing college parties. After moving to Chicago and then New York, he became exposed to the techno scene, ultimately finding his niche in industrial dance music. Through his use of snaking acid lines, whip-smart drums, and offbeat rave melodies — all of which have come to define his sound — Cudmore's unique blend of techno and house has resonated with audiences across the world. —Alexander Harring

Kenny Larkin (live)

Saturday, StarGate Stage, 4-5 p.m.

A Detroit native, Kenny Larkin has been a leader in the area's techno industry for as long as anyone can remember. After a 14-year hiatus, his second album, Keys, Strings and Tambourines, garnered similar acclaim as one of the most influential albums of 2008, according to Resident Advisor. And with Larkin touring the globe as part of the 25 Years of Detroit Techno celebrations and releasing more albums under the Titan label Planet E, his momentum has not slowed since. —Alexander Harring

Kevin Saunderson b2b and the Saunderson Brothers

Sunday, Stargate Stage, 10:30 p.m.-midnight

It's a family affair. Kevin Saunderson is credited as being one of the originators of techno music, forming "the Belleville Three" along with Derrick May and Juan Atkins, he has served as the event's producer over the years, and curates an annual ORIGINS showcase during the festival. He's still lighting up dance floors, occasionally performing with his two oldest sons, Dantiez and DaMarii Saunderson. If there's a DJ gene, these guys must have it. —Lee DeVito

Loco Dice

Saturday, Pyramid Stage, 10 p.m.-midnight

Loco Dice attributes his musical influences primarily to hearing soul and funk in the kitchen, and on holidays with his mother in Tunisia during which he experienced North African and Middle Eastern folk music. The music he creates, however, transcends any one label: the music is a mixture of sounds and reflective atmospheres, underlined with solid grooves. It is neither techno nor house — it falls in the uncharted territory between the two. —Alexander Harring

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Loren Monday, Pyramid Stage, 3-5 p.m.


Monday, Pyramid Stage, 3-5 p.m.

A TV Lounge resident, Loren pulls from what could only be described as industrial analog. The Lake Orion native is influenced by imported underground sounds from the likes of Europe, minimal sounds, Chicago house, and Detroit techno. —Alexander Harring


Saturday, Resident Advisor Underground Stage, 10-11:30 p.m.

This trio is made up of Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell, and David Sumner, aka Function. The aptly named group debuted in 2017 with the trippy, psychedelic "Process" on the Ostgut Ton label. —Lee DeVito


Monday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 6:15-7:45 p.m.

Known professionally as Madlib, Otis Jackson Jr. has plenty of clout in both the electronic music and hip-hop worlds, describing himself as "a DJ first, producer second, and MC last." The prolific producer and rapper was picked up by the influential label Stones Throw Records, and has collaborated with the likes of MF DOOM and J Dilla. —Lee DeVito

Marie Davidson

Saturday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 5-6 p.m.

One half of the electronic music duo Essaie Pas, French-Canadian Marie Davidson has drawn praise as a spoken-word poet and electronic artist, performing in both English and French. Her 2016 solo record, Adieux au Dancefloor, expertly turning a critical eye toward EDM club culture, themes that recur on her latest, Working Class Woman. —Lee DeVito

Mathew Jonson (live)

Monday, Pyramid, 5-6:30 p.m.

A Canadian-born, Berlin-based producer and performer, Jonson is known for his penchant for analog synths, injecting a live, improvisational element to his sets. —Lee DeVito

Maya Jane Coles

Saturday, Pyramid Stage, 7-8:30 p.m.

This London-based, British-Japanese DJ and producer quickly established herself with her unique take on house and techno (getting a big boost when Nicki Minaj sampled her 2010 hit "What They Say" in 2014's "Truffle Butter") and becoming a festival favorite. —Lee DeVito


Saturday, Movement Stage, 4-6 p.m.

Manuel Gonzales, aka MGUN, is predicted to be oozing with sexiness. The vinyl aficionado, known for making mild to wild electronic music on labels such as FIT, Don't Be Afraid, Wild Oats, and Trilogy Tapes, has an extremely wide variety in his record bag. There are no boundaries and no fear as he will undoubtedly challenge your music memory banks, but you'll enjoy every second of it. —Vincent Patricola

Mr. Joshooa

Saturday, Pyramid Stage, 2-4 p.m.

Even though he's the busiest man behind the scenes managing TV Lounge, Mr. Joshooa is nothing short of stellar whether he's on the turntables or making tracks. He'll navigate a funky trail filled with anything from sludge (a genre he helped create), to minimal techno, to house. Check out his tracks on his label My Baby and more strong tracks are coming on K7, 20/20 Vision and Mule Musiq. Be prepared to get weird in the best of ways. —Vincent Patricola

Marc Kinchen

Monday, Movement Stage, 5:30-7 p.m.

In the early '90s, Marc Kinchen's (aka MK) remix of "Push the Feeling On" was a timeless mega hit for all of dance music — in clubs, on radio mix shows, house parties you name it. Putting it simply, his music successfully blends his Detroit underground roots with tasteful pop sensibilities. He's worked with many pop stars like Will Smith, Celine Dion, Betty Boo, Jody Watley, and Pitbull to name a few. He also hit the charts under the name 4thMeasure Men with the track "4 You" and our hearts forever with MK's "Love Changes," "Burning," and "Always." —Vincent Patricola


Sunday, Pyramid Stage, 6-8 p.m.

Nastia was born in Ukraine in a small village with no musical education or any opportunity to obtain it. But after just a few years, Nastia became one of the most well-known DJs in her country. She now tours as a DJ, promoter, label owner, and producer, and is currently on her 2019 Australian tour, playing multiple shows in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth. —Amanda Sinishtaj

Neil Landstrumm

Saturday, Resident Advisory Underground Stage, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

As a poster boy for the hardware-driven so-called "wonky techno" movement, Landstrumm has never been a slave to any one sound. On his latest release, Shitting Diamonds on Jupiter, the Scottish DJ and producer dives into synth-based music. —Lee DeVito


Sunday, Resident Advisory Underground Stage, 5-6:30 p.m.

Raised in small town Indiana on '80s synthpop and punk rock, Noncompliant earned a reputation as DJ Shiva in the Midwest barnyard raves and warehouse techno parties scene. —Lee DeVito

Norm Talley

Sunday, Stargate Stage, 4:30-6 p.m.

With roots deeply planted in Detroit's electronic music community, Norm is the truest of talent traveling the globe on the regular. Locally, you can catch him live at MotorCity Wine the second Sunday of every month. He records on his label Upstairs Asylum Recordings but has several releases on Omar-S's label FXHE, Landed, People of Earth, Out of The Box, and many others. —Vincent Patricola

Octave One (live)

Saturday, Stargate Stage, 5-6 p.m.

Detroit born-and-bred brothers Lenny and Lawrence Burden of Octave One know how to whip up a techno frenzy, with their complex rig of sequencers, synthesizers, and Midi controllers. —Amanda Sinishtaj

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Orbital, Saturday, Movement Stage, 10:30 p.m.-midnight

Orbital (live)

Saturday, Movement Stage, 10:30 p.m.-midnight

Here's a real treat — pioneering UK dance music duo and crossover act Orbital, which headlines Movement's opening night. Made up of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll, it's the UK '90s rave scene vets' first performance in Detroit Techno City in nearly 20 years, and first performing at Movement. —Lee DeVito

Oscar Mulero

Sunday, Resident Adviser Underground Stage, 9:30-11 p.m.

Since the late '80s, when electronic music evolved, Mulero evolved with it. His finger always on the pulse, he is bringing his brand of new audiovisual performance style to life. —Alexander Harring

Patrick Topping

Sunday, Stargate Stage, 7:30-9 p.m.

Topping is well-known for his remixes — some favorites include Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa's "One Kiss" and Yousef's "For The Terraces" — as well as his collaborations with Velvet Green and a summer hit called "Forget" that topped charts in Ibiza. Following the recent finale of his acclaimed Motion event series, the British producer's goal is to take his artistry to the next level in 2019. —Alexander Harring

Remote Viewing Party

Monday, Resident Advisor Underground Stage, 3-4:30 p.m.

Longtime TV Lounge residents Mike Petrack and Aran Daniels, aka Remote Viewing Party, are ready to throw down another unforgettable techno and electro set for Movement. The duo have releases on distinctive labels such as Planet E, DEQ Music Magazine, My Baby, and How To Kill. Strap on your seatbelt. —Vincent Patricola

Richie Hawtin

Sunday, Pyramid Stage, 10 p.m.-midnight

Richie Hawtin is a performing artist of many talents, one of them being, of course, performing. On top of being electronic musician Plastikman, Hawtin is also the mind behind Plus8 and MINUS Records, the labels that help to groom of talented artists such as Speedy J and Gaiser. Hawtin is unstoppable and constantly surprises his audience with new creative outlets. —Amanda Sinishtaj

Ryan Crosson b2b Shaun Reeves

Saturday, Pyramid Stage, 4-5:30 p.m.

Both Detroit natives, Crosson and Reeves have split their time between the Motor City and Europe, forming the collective and label Visionquest Records and pushing forward their cerebral and spiritual brands of dance music. —Lee DeVito

Ryan Elliott

Sunday, Resident Advisor Underground Stage, 6:30-8 p.m.

Ryan Elliott emerged from the Ghostly International camp in Ann Arbor and has deservedly shaped a nice career for himself in the electronic music realm. He's played seemingly everything from Boiler Room sets to most of the great festivals all around the world. He's been there, done that, and done it well. But he's far from done, thank goodness. —Vincent Patricola

Sam Austins

Sunday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 8-9 p.m.

It's been a wild ride for Austins, Detroit's 22 year-old alt-rap wunderkind. It's in his blood: the son of the Four Tops' Harold "Spike" Bonhart, Austins has forged a promising career in his own right with his brooding brand of hip-hop. After earning a Metro Times "artist to watch" designation in 2018, Austins went on to sell out his debut headlining show at El Club last year, and has already shared the stage with the likes of Post Malone, Pusha T, and Danny Brown. —Lee DeVito

Seth Troxler

Saturday, Stargate Stage, 7:30-9 p.m.

Seth is a monster force in electronic music, not only because he was voted No. 1 DJ in the World (2013, Resident Advisor's 'Top 100 DJs' poll), but because his passion for music and life come out in a fun way throughout his DJ sets. It's a homecoming for Troxler; Detroit is the place where he has been buying records since he was 14, helped found the label Visionquest, played basement parties and clubs, saw his idols play, and launched his superstar career. In June, be sure to check out the new album he just finished on R&S records called Lost Souls of Saturn. —Vincent Patricola

Sheefy McFly

Sunday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 6-6:30 p.m.

A regular Detroit Renaissance Man, McFly (real name Tashif Turner) is everywhere. As a visual artist, his colorful work appears on murals throughout the city and in gallery shows, remixing references like Keith Haring or cartoons. McFly applies the same creative spirit to his sonic work, having previously curated the regular hip-hop showcase called The Air Up There, which put eclectic Detroit rappers all on the same bill — or the time when he made a Detroit jit banger by sampling a Bop It. —Lee DeVito

Shigeto (live)

Monday, Red Bull presents Stage, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

As Shigeto, Michigan native Zach Saginaw is known to blend ambient music, hip-hop, jazz, funk, and folk on his projects, which are at home both on the dance floor or in an art gallery. Expect the self-taught jazz drummer to hop behind the drum kit at some point, too — adding a level of physicality to his set that is a welcome addition in a dance music world dominated by DJs who just press "play." —Lee DeVito

Soul Clap

Saturday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 7-8:30 p.m.

We want the funk. This Boston duo has made a name for themselves by blending a diverse set of influences including electro-funk, pop, disco, house, and everything in between. Movement fans know them from their acclaimed House of EFUNK afterparties for the last five years. —Lee DeVito

Soul Goodman

Sunday, Movement Stage, 4-5 p.m.

This lawyer-turned-musician combines the music skills he learned from playing piano and violin as a kid with his adult love of house and techno. Since making the switch, Goodman has performed at stages and clubs in Detroit, Chicago, Miami, New York, Mexico, Canada, Romania, and Lebanon. —Lee DeVito

Stacey Pullen

Saturday, Stargate, 6-7:30 p.m.

For more than 20 years, Detroit innovator Stacey Pullen has been concocting his interpretation of an array of influences and is one of the pillars of techno. Pullen pulls from fellow Detroit techno greats the Belleville Three, whom he worked under, and his style has been compared to that of jazz legend Herbie Hancock, which is how Pullen has managed to create a complex transportive and spiritual house aesthetic. —Alexander Harring

Stephan Bodzin (live)

Monday, Pyramid Stage, 10:30 p.m.-midnight

The son of a German experimental musician, the classically trained Bodzin injects his own brand of techno with the same boundary-pushing sensibility.—Lee DeVito


Saturday, Resident Advisor Underground Stage, 8:30-10 p.m.

Amsterdam's electronic music pioneer Steve Rachmad, better known as Sterac, appears on labels such as Klockworks, Afterlife, Mote Evolver, Indigo Aer, and Delsin. As his busy schedule takes him all around the world in cities like Detroit, Belgium, Barcelona, Ibiza, and more, not only is he constantly traveling to share his work, but he continues to be one of the most sought-after remixers around the globe. —Amanda Sinishtaj

Tale of Us

Monday, Pyramid, 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Making its 2011 debut on Detroit's very own Visionquest label, the Berlin-based pair have experimented with techno on different levels. With serene and classical tones in their sonically cohesive 2017 LP Endless and a spacey, night-club feel on their "North Star" single, the two use their mutual love for music and European background to create something out of the ordinary. —Amanda Sinishtaj

The Advent (live)

Monday, Resident Advisor Underground Stage, 6-7 p.m.

Cisco Ferreira, better known as the Advent, is a London-based techno artist. Since his college days, the Advent has been adamant about working in the music industry, landing a position as an assistant sound engineer straight out of college. In 1994, he signed a record deal with Colin McBean for 12 EPs and three albums, the beginning of a collaboration that would set the bar for underground electronic music. —Amanda Sinishtaj

Tin Man (live)

Saturday, Resident Advisor Underground Stage, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Johannes Auvinen, better known as Tin Man, is on a journey to create a new sound palette for techno music. His 2018 album Acid Acid Acid explores shifting patterns and sounds, injecting new life into the genre. —Amanda Sinishtaj


Saturday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 2-3:30 p.m.

Making his Movement debut, TYLR_'s set will drift between soulful house and techno and he will be debuting a number of his own tracks fresh out of his lab. They will reflect the parties and people he has experienced while playing the underground party scene. The BAK D0R and BLDG01 resident DJ's set is one not to be missed. —Vincent Patricola

click to enlarge Yaeji  Monday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 10:30-11:45 p.m. - Courtesy of Paxahau
Courtesy of Paxahau
Yaeji Monday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 10:30-11:45 p.m.


Saturday, Resident Advisor Underground Stage, 5-6:30 p.m.

As Umfang, Brooklyn, New York-based producer and DJ Emma Olson is disrupting the world of electronic music, forging her own sparse sound that embraces ambience and silence. She is also the co-founder of the Discowoman collective, which boosts female and non-binary artists and with her monthly showcase, Technofeminism. —Lee DeVito

Virgil Abloh

Saturday, Pyramid Stage, 8:30-10 p.m.

It makes sense that someone who received their master's degree in architecture and is the artistic director for luxury fashion giant Louis Vuitton's menswear would have a fresh take on structuring hip-hop beats. Behind the decks, Abloh channels his various outputs to make sexy, high-energy mixes that incorporate a rolling blend of rock and trap. —Jerilyn Jordan


Sunday, Resident Advisor Underground Stage, 3:30-5 p.m.

Ariana Paoletti, better known as Volvox, is no stranger to the international music scene. Before becoming a DJ, Ariana was an assistant to a fashion stylist, where she learned how to art direct and take her visual aesthetics seriously. Her cyber-futuristic sound reflects her personal style, which is what sets Volvox apart from most. —Amanda Sinishtaj


Saturday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 6-7 p.m.

Made up of beat-boxer, comedian, and musician Reggie Watts and DJ-producer John Tejada, Wjatta (pronounced wa-Ha-ta) recently released its debut album, Casual High Technology, described as "electronic dance music with its roots in Detroit techno, Chicago house, '70s funk, and New York hip hop." Expect more of the innovative live sample looping Watts perfected over the years, paired with Tejada's tight production. —Lee DeVito


Monday, Stargate Stage, 2-3:30 p.m.

Terri "Whodat" has been an uplifting factor in the party scene from Detroit to Berlin and beyond. Her set will consist of what she calls "smooth party grooves," and she's not afraid to play anything. Classic R&B, funk, soul, boogie... it will be righteously delivered at the Stargate Stage in a style that will raise your spirits, make you turn your head and say "Whodat?" —Vincent Patricola


Monday, Red Bull Presents Stage, 10:30-11:45 p.m.

The DJ, singer, rapper, producer, and visual artist Kathy Yaeji stands out from the rest of the pack. With lyrics in both English and Korean, her track "Last Breath" is a surreal skewering of the beauty industry, featuring a smart video shot in the style of a YouTube makeup tutorial. In her hometown of New York City, she started a "Curry in No Hurry" meetup, where her musician friends could share a meal and as well as new tracks, and partnered with a local Korean restaurant to re-create that feeling with her live shows. It's no wonder, really, that Pitchfork dubbed her "house music's most exciting new voice" in 2017. She is. —Lee DeVito

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