Moby used to play in a hardcore punk band called the Vatican Commandos, and then a post-punk band called AWOL. That all seems a long way away from the vegan, skinny DJ and producer we know and love today — the man who has had more songs appear on TV advertisements that any character on AMC’s Mad Men. His Play album in ’99 was a worldwide smash, spawning a whole string of hit singles. He hasn’t reached those commercial heights since, but he’s still hella big with the dance crowd. He’s performing as DJ this year — who knows what we’ll get.
Over in England, John Digweed is one of those names synonymous with electronic music (along with the likes of Pete Tong), even if you’re not a student of the scene. He had his own show on the radio for a while, but it was his work with Sasha as Northern Exposure in the ’90s that really showcased exactly what this supremely talented Brit could do. As the Movement website spells out, “Digweed is both solid and durable with unyielding precision. His sinuous DJ-ing and production sound has become its own convincing dance ethic.” True enough.
One of the second wave of Detroit techno producers/DJs, Craig was a disciple of the Saunderson/May/Atkins triumvirate and, at one point, was the producer of this festival. Craig is not an artist who likes to rest on his laurels and bask in his successes. Rather, he continually reinvents himself (often using a string of pseudonyms), challenging both himself and his listeners. “I have a very special career,” he told festival organizers. “When I feel that I’m tired of going on the road I can go in the studio. When I’m tired of concentrating on the studio I can go on the road. I can work with concert pianists, jazz musicians or rock guys. Very few people have that range of interests. Very few people juggle a career that they choose specifically.”
This is going to be interesting. Phantasmagoria certainly fits under the “electronic”
umbrella, but the band has generally been seen performing at festivals like the Blowout, Ferndale DIY, etc. Fortunately, this is a band blessed with genuine quality and an incredible crossover sound. We can only imagine that the average Movement attendee will fall in love with them as much as we have. The sound is chilled, and therefore perfect for noon on a Monday. Grab a beer, find a spot to lie down and soak it all in.
Kraviz is apparently the name on everyone’s lips in both the house and techno scenes; the hottest property with the freshest sound. She has a look that recalls Kate Moss before she got all nasty, and she has the talent to back it up. After spending her childhood in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, Nina moved to Moscow where she was introduced to the world of electronic music. February 2012 saw her release her debut, self-titled album and harvest rave reviews. Now she’s coming to Detroit and we get to see firsthand what all the fuss is about.