by Movement Correspondent Reisa Shanaman
As we celebrate 10 years of bringing Movement to Detroit each May, the festival feels more and more like a family reunion—just substitute “Disco Vest Dude” for your crazy Aunt Sally and Slow’s To Go for her world-famous tuna casserole. From the production team behind the scenes to the artists up on stage, everyone who passes through the gates is a valued member of the extended Movement clan. There are those who have long been joining us from near and far, and those who will be making their first trip to our Techno mecca in just a few weeks’ time. We are thrilled to introduce a few such performers who will be making their Movement debut at our 2016 edition, and know you will help them feel welcome in Hart Plaza, the musical home we all share.
The German-born Schneider moved to Berlin in the early ’90s and, after producing content for KissFM, was given the reins to her own program on Fritz Radio, Dance Under the Blue Moon. Now the city’s longest-running underground dance music show, she’s been rocking the Berlin airwaves with it since 2000. As a result of the show, Schneider was receiving countless unreleased demos, which led her to start her own label, mobilee records, in 2004. “In the end, the music must be quality and make you dance. It doesn’t matter what kind it is,” she has said of the imprint’s output. Considered, “[one of] the greatest minds in dance music at the moment” by NOISEY, Schneider has said, “Without Kraftwerk I would never have discovered Detroit, which I still love the most and will never ever forget.” How fitting that her first performance at our fair festival coincides with theirs.
Where to even begin with the Canadian-born, London-based Dan Snaith (aka Caribou, Daphni and Manitoba)? He has been called a genius by TimeOut London, his band supported Radiohead on their 2012 tour and his most recent album, Your Love was nominated for a Grammy last year. Equally as inspiring as his music is his mind; a Mathematics PhD, he’s more the nerdy professor type than the cool DJ guy, and he really doesn’t care. In fact, “I kind of embrace it,” he said in a 2014 interview. “A lot of the people that are covered by dance music media are very much image, image, image all the time. And I do everything I can to not participate in that.” As he once laid out to The Guardian, Snaith was incredibly inspired after first hearing Richie Hawtin’s early Plastikman records. “That’s when I got into recording because I realised those records were made really cheaply. I bought a basic synthesizer and I used my dad’s computer to start making music that owed something to techno and something to Yes. That makes it sound like the world’s worst musical combination, but it was a start.” According to Stereogum, “Snaith can evoke feelings of startling vulnerability and fear, excitement and romance, over arrangements that can be close and intimate before swelling to booming dance-inducing climaxes — and he’ll often accomplish all that in a single song.” NOISEY has written that he produces, “music that is meticulously layered, remarkably earnest, and blindingly luminous.” He will be performing live with his band, which is made up of guitarist Ryan Smith, drummer Brad Weber and bassist John Schmersal.
Raised between the States and Italy, Manfredi Romano, aka DJ Tennis, now splits his time between Miami and Berlin, running the wildly successful Life and Death record label with Greg Oreck of Thugfucker and Tale of Us’ Matteo Milleri. Named Resident Advisor’s “Label of the Month for August 2012,” Ibiza-Voice once described it as, “An imprint that takes joy in its unique, unconventional and slightly eccentric approach.” The same sentiment can certainly be applied to Tennis’ own style both in the studio and behind the turntables. As he expressed in an interview with Deep House Amsterdam, “My record collection goes from disco to techno and from house to funk. Being a good DJ to me is not just about the technical skills, but also about entertaining.” He has captivated crowds from Panorama Bar in Berlin to the dusty playa of Burning Man. He once told Electronic Beats, “It’s very important to deliver emotions, or to stimulate emotions . . . there is a difference between communicating with somebody than only transmitting. And that’s what I am trying to do. We try to communicate. We try to absorb the vibe wherever we go . . . and the emotions, and then we try to give them back.” We can’t wait to converse and connect with his mesmerizing, melancholic acoustics as they wash across the Beatport Stage.
Eddie C’s bio concludes with a matter-of-fact “the guy hardly needs an introduction,” and we couldn’t agree more. Canadian by birth, after a decade-long stint in the Alberta mountains, Eddie now hails Berlin as home, but has referred to Detroit as his “favorite city” in multiple interviews. No stranger to Motown, his itinerary boasts enough visits in recent years that he’s considered an honorary resident DJ at Detroit’s own TV Lounge; his local visits usually extend long enough to treat attendees of Slow Jams, a weekly Monday soirée, to an extra special appearance. Once described as Canada’s “downbeat disco don,” he DJs exclusively on vinyl—which he’s been collecting for decades—and claims to “live in dance music fantasy land.” Crafting on-the-fly edits Resident Advisor has called “worthy of Ron Hardy,” we recommend packing a spacesuit in your suitcase, as this Canuck’s cosmic sounds are sure to send you into orbit.
Another vinyl-only DJ, Hito was born and raised in Himeji, a city on the west side of Japan. “I left home in 1999. I already had a feeling that my type of personality is usually killed by a Japanese kind of society, so instinctively I decided to leave Japan,” she said in a recent interview with 6am-group. Hito moved to Berlin and, although becoming a DJ was not her intention, “[It] was just an extension of my journey,” she explains. There, she was introduced by mutual friends to Richie Hawtin. He made her the resident DJ of his ENTER.Sake concept in 2012, allowing her to merge the music and cultures of her native Japan and adopted Berlin. Fabric London has referred to “the dark and deep realms of techno that backbone her sound.” “I really like the moment when we all become one through music,” she has poetically expressed.
This DJ and party promotion quartet based in San Francisco has been making a sumptuous splash on the electronic music circuit for the better part of the last decade. Since members Jacob Sperber, Robert Yang, Josh Cheon and Detroit native Jason Kendig all maintain diverse musical inclinations, their sound remains delightfully eclectic. SF Weekly says, “Think sleazy disco, deep and dirty house, and some heady techno to keep things interesting.” As founding member Jacob Sperber offered to XLR8R in 2014, “The Honey sound is sexual, vocals are melancholic, lyrics are leftfield and tongue-in-cheek, and everything has a thick and commanding kick drum.” Cheon quixotically qualifies it as, “’Divas to the dancefloor, please.’” Having held a 2015 residency at Chicago’s Smart Bar and thrown years worth of parties Resident Advisor regards as being “as wild as they were musically credible,” it’s no wonder Red Bull Music Academy have called them “One of San Francisco’s most beloved DJ crews.” We’re confident they’ll soon be one of yours, as well.
This Dutch DJ was formerly an intern for Innervisions, resident DJ and talent booker of the now-shuttered, world-renowned club Trouw in Amsterdam, as well as label manager of Life & Death; given all these impressive roles, it’s safe to say Jobse has had a hand ushering in the melodic and deeply emotive brand of electronic music that has been sweeping over dance floors in Europe and, more recently, the States. The experiences have been equally influential for him; as Trouw once wrote, “There’s a sense of fun to everything he approaches and a very discernible knowledge of the music and the audience that could only have been the product of first hand experience.” Although Resident Advisor claims that “A few eyebrows may have been raised when Job Jobse snuck into our Top DJs of 2014 list,” ours were not amongst them.
A resident DJ at Berlin’s famed club Watergate, the Berlin-based DJ, producer and owner of Power Plant Records won the 2015 P3 Gold award in the category of “Dance Act of the Year,” her home country of Sweden’s equivalent to the Grammys. After earning a master’s in pharmaceutical science and working in the field, she took a three-month leave of absence in search of inspiration in Berlin. That was nearly a decade ago, and she hasn’t returned to it since. “Growing up I had a secret dream of being a DJ. I was a music nerd trying to convince my friends to listen to the mix tapes I recorded for them, enjoying finding new music and playing it for other people,” she admitted in a 2014 interview. Now living that dream every day, the self-described “music nerd,” has said, “one of the most special things about being a DJ, you have all these moments when you connect with people on the dance floor and you can see that you’re on the same journey.”