It’s been a few short weeks and my heart is still racing from Movement Detroit. Held in the Heart of Detroit’s downtown just along the Detroit River, Movement is easily one of the largest events to ever happen in this city. Tens of Thousands pour through the gates of Detroit’s Hart Plaza each of the three days of the festival… And at they end of the night – They all file out.
Since its inception in 2000, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) has evolved into a masterpiece of international presence. Hosting over 100 DJs from around the world, the event – now titled Movement – boasts nearly 100k attendees over three days.
Six major stages are positioned in Hart Plaza, three of which are sponsored by Thump, Beatport and Redbull respectively. The giant Movement Stage is positioned naturally within the plaza’s primary amphitheater and was home to acts like Art Department, Loco Dice, Dogblood, Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, and DJ Snoopadelic (yes, that’s Snoop Dogg). The Beatport stage was positioned just along the river and was home to Catz n Dogz, Soul Clap, Ataxia, Dubfire, Maya Jane Cole, and Nicole Maudober. My personal favorite stage was the Redbull Music Acadamy stage which was home to Method Man, Disclosure, Hudson Mowhawke, Danny Brown, People Under The Stairs, Jets, Ben UFO, Brodinkski and Squarepusher. Oh my gosh… This lineup was simply insane.
Considering Detroit is known around the world as the birthplace of Techno, it’s only right that Thump Magazine (the music channel for Vice Mag) would sponsor the “Made In Detroit” Stage. Each day this stage held space for day long showcases. The Ghostly International Showcase which closed with Matthew Dear was easily one of the highlights of the festival. On the final Day, my mind was blown as the festival drew to a close and I found myself in the presence of Kevin Saunderson & Derrick May performing “Hi-Tech Soul”. Two live production audio engineers with the addition of a live percussionist reminded me of the true essence of music. It was enormous to see live drums played along side an electronic performance of this magnitude.
Beyond the Festival itself, the entire city seemed to open its doors to host after parties, mimosa brunch events and other extracurriculars. We found our way to into the TV Lounge for Soul Clap, City Club for Maceo Plex and Skream, and of course the infamous Old Miami for Seth Troxler’s Need I Say More IX day party. Wow… I don’t think anyone slept all weekend.
All around, Movement proved to be far beyond the scope of imagination. I will surely be headed back next year for another round of high potency shenanigans. Thanks for the Motor City…
DETROIT HUSTLES HARDER.
All photos are the work of Ms. Ally Cat aka Allison Roberton. Strictly film. Thank you!
The Ganjaology team recently returned from an enlivening journey down the blessed coast, where we traveled to Oakdale, CA to participate in one of the summer’s most inspiring events – Symbiosis Gathering. For those that are not familiar, Symbiosis Events is a production team which hosts gatherings around the world focused on music, art, healing and collaboration: all necessary elements which will launch us into our new collective paradigm.
From the larger-than-life art installations, to the live painting and stunning galleries… From the the variety of workshops, dance classes, and theatre performances to the magnificent marketplace of fashion and food… From the perfectly tuned sound systems to the astounding musical talent which kept us moving through the night – Symbiosis Gathering was a glance into our freely floating cloud-based foundations of the future.
With respect to the music… (breath) Wow. Words cannot describe the level of talent represented at Symbiosis this year. Six major sound stages were on the scene with superior sound systems to carry us through the weekend. Each stage had it’s own flavor, hosting many artists, all of whom were top notch in their respective fields.
To highlight, The Juke Shack was a favorite with the team, hosting artists like Max Ulis, Shawna, Ana Sia, Pumpkin, Samo Soundboy, Sabo, Brodinski, T. Williams and Popof. Surrounded with water on all sides, The Empire of Love held space for Lapalux, Vibesquade, Christian Martin, Love and Light, Delachaux, and more. Maybe the largest of the stages was The Big Island which was home to some of the biggest acts including STS9, and Poliça, plus performances by Vau De Vire Society, Sambadrop, Saul Williams, Shakti Bliss, Odesza, and Pyronauts.
The Pantheon was one of the most magical of all the stages with it’s jaw dropping design, mixing the future with the ancient. Artists represented here include Thriftworks, Kilowatts, Desert Dwellers, Kalya Scintilla, Ott, Kyrstyn Pixton, Dakini, Bird of Prey, and The Human Experience, plus workshops on bass mantra, mycology, comedy, slam poetry, Qi Gong, and the sought after class with Claire Thompson & Freq Nasty, Yoga of Bass.
For a more relaxing environment in which participants could experience both live and digital music alike, The Living Room zone was a meeting place for participants who wanted to have a coffee, grab a slice and just kick back before heading from the camping zone into the main festival arena. The homies Lafa Taylor and Nico Luminous performed here to close things out Monday morning.
Last but not least, my personal favorite stage was The Cove. With two side by side platforms for the performers, this stage was literally TWO GOOD! The audience was setup with a large grassy hill which fed into a sandy dancefloor beside a beautiful beach. The stage was packed with insatiable sounds all weekend, but Saturday night was certainly a scene to remember. The lineup, in order, starting at dusk included Bluetech, Starslinger, Cashmere Cat, Lunice, RL Grime, BOGL vs. Dials, Danny Corn, The Librarian, and Random Rab to set the morning off right. Others to perform here were Gaudi, The Coup, Mr. Carmack, Phaeleh, Shpongle, El Papachango, Dirtwire, Sidecar Tommy, Emancipator, Plantrae, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Chet Faker, Ryan Hemsworth, Mount Kimbie, Laura Low, Secret Bass Guest – Mimosa, and the digital dancefloor don An-Ten-Nae who dropped strictly bangers. God bless great music.
All in all, the gathering was a huge success. Those that made it out will continue to spread the word about the symbiotic breath that we shared this weekend. We are moving, stretching, pulsing and perspiring with newly found energy to build, to collaborate and to create. Symbiosis Gathering was an opportunity for the many levels of participants to engage in this new space and to put forth what he or she could muster to add to the already incredible alchemical production of idea into matter. From the organizers, volunteers, musicians, and vendors to the the sound techs, the production crew, and the ticket holding festival participants; everyone had a hand in making Symbiosis Gathering the cornucopia of creativity that it was.
We are standing at the edge of a sparkling sea of creation. In our hands are the stones that will ripple our very souls into the future. Use your imagination. Hold your base. Define your stone…
Big thanks to The Confluence Group and all the photographers who’s works are represented here. Scroll over each image to see the name of the photographer. Photographers include Zipporah Lomax, Setareh Vatan, Samantha Rhea Lawson, Piak Boonlert, and Mario Covic. Also, catch more footage of the gathering by The Confluence Group here. Thanks![vimeo http://vimeo.com/75804580 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75432727 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75820660 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75818588 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75430003 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75428198 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75426041 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75425261 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75806751 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″]