CLR is back in Detroit for the 3rd year in a row and hosting yet another official Movement Festival afterparty. This year we move to a new location, the legendary Saint Andrew's Hall, where label head Chris Liebing will be joined by a top notch lineup of guests including Marcel Dettmann, Radio Slave, Drumcell, Tommy Four Seven, Bryan Kasenic and CLR's visual artist OKTAform.
Leading up to the event, CLR will be releasing a series of short interviews with each of the artists. Next up is Drumcell...
How would you describe the essence of what Detroit stands for?
Detroit is the foundation and beginning of everything I personally hold dear, and it's laid out the path a lot of us follow today.
There is something about the history of the city and the history of the music that is a bit romantic. I first traveled to Detroit for the festival in 2001 along with the members of Raíz (Vidal & Vangelis Vargas) and for me, coming from a city that had a little to nonexistent techno scene, it was the first time I was able to see almost every DJ and producer that I admired in only 3 days. At that time the Detroit history museum had an exhibit on the history of techno and something just clicked with me. It really gave us all the inspiration to go back to LA and start a grassroots movement in order to build our techno community in LA into something significant. 12 years later, we've done just that, and I don’t think any of it would have been possible without our pilgrimage to Detroit in 2001. Since 2001 I have not missed one year of the festival ever.
What sets this festival apart from the rest?
Well it is one of the only festivals in the US that has a big focus on techno. The festival also reaches other genres obviously, but we would all be fooling ourselves if we didn’t admit that the core of the Movment festival is techno. In the US we suffer from a plague of promoters who put on massive festivals booking “EDM” DJs. It just seems like the focus is on force-feeding tasteless electronic music to a mass of people who really couldn't care less about the music. Some of the other festivals in the US feel a bit more like a carnival with rides for the kids and are less about the music. Movement Festival seems to just have more heart and soul. People are there because of the music and their love for it… its one of the very few electronic music festivals in the United States that people from all over the world travel to.
Your team programmed Monday´s Underground stage, how did that come about and how did you decide on the artists to program?
Paxahau approached the Droid and Blank Code team to put together a lineup focusing on US artists that we felt were contributing to the techno scene in a big way. We all made a list of DJs and producers that had a profound impact on us personally. Unfortunately there are only so many time slots and there are many more people we would have loved to get on that lineup. I'm certain that with the success of the underground stage on Monday we will be able to do this again and again, giving us the chance to showcase more North American-based artists who have really inspired us all.
How do you feel about playing in a historic venue like the Saint Andrew’s Hall for the CLR night, and do you have any memories of prior experiences in this venue?
I am actually really exited for this gig. Over the last 12 years I have been to St. Andrew's hall many times to experience many of my fav DJs and producers perform… one stand out show in particular was seing Chris Liebing and Speedy J doing a Collabs set in 2004. At the time I didn’t know Chris or Jochem and was just trying to get my record label off the ground.
After the show was over I waited at the side of the stage for an hour for the perfect time to shake their hands and pass them one of my records. I still remember which record it was: Droid.02 CELL SYSTEM E.P.
Not sure if they had ever listened to the record, and I'm POSITIVE chris does not remember meeting me, but it sure is funny how things turn out in life.
Your album is coming out soon on CLR, will you be playing a few of the tracks during your set?
Yes, I definitely plan on showcasing a few of the tracks at the festival and afterparty this year. It's been a project I've been dying to share with everyone for awhile now, and it's rewarding to get the opportunity to finally do that.
Saturday, May 25th 2013
Saint Andrew's Hall
431 E Congress St Detroit, MI 48226
**Just minutes away from the Movement Festival grounds**
10 pm – 4 am | 18+
Early Bird $20 SOLD OUT | 2nd Release $25 SOLD OUT | 3rd Release $30 - on sale now on RA: www.residentadvisor.net/clr