Movement 2012 has come to a close, and for the astonishing 13th year in a row, Detroit’s Hart Plaza was packed with dance music fans from across the globe. Some came on a pilgrimage to honor and experience the original Detroit techno sound in the place of its birth, while many others simply descended from the suburbs to have a good time. The festival did its best to buck the trends, declining bookings from EDM superstars like Skrillex, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and Tiësto (who dominate every other major festival line-up) in favor of a carefully curated balance of dance music history and the next wave of innovators. And like we have been every year since the beginning, URB was there to sweat it out with the Midwest faithful. Who was fantastic and what missed the mark? Read on after the jump to find out.
Before mega events like Ultra Fest, EDC and Electric Zoo turned EDM into big business (again), a little upstart festival called Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) denied all of the odds and brought the sounds of techno and house to the struggling metropolis for all to enjoy. Now in it’s 13th year, the gathering renamed Movement continues to buck the trends by offering a unique overview of global electronic music that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Our performer picks for 2012 aren’t all of the biggest names on the line-up, but give yourself a chance to catch something you won’t find on every other event listing in the world.
Perennial favorite Mark Farina has rocked many a dance floor, but for a generation of party kids, his contributions to the after party are just as significant. The DJs Mushroom Jazz series was the soundtrack to many the “morning after,” and virtually became it’s own genre of downtempo, acid jazz, trip-hop and other slow and soulful beats. Don’t miss this rare public performance of tunes the SF legend usually reserves for private playing. (Saturday, Main Stage, 3-5) …MORE