Maceo Plex's Starring Role at Detroit's Movement Fest Bodes Well for Dallas Techno
BY WANZ DOVER
Detroit is the birthplace of techno, and each Memorial Day weekend fans from around the world flock to Detroit's Movement Festival, or Detroit Electronic Music Festival. This year, Dallas music was on display.
Crowds of well over 100,000 congregated in Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit for six stages of music from noon to midnight, and then bounced around afterparties each night. The more commercial EDM sounds are in short supply during the weekend, in favor of a more purist house and techno vibe. For any true-blue dance music fan, Movement is America's annual musical mecca.
Texas was all over the place in Detroit this year. JT Donaldson dropped a set at the Cosmic Disco party, Austin’s Bill Converse made an appearance at the infamous bunker party hot on the heels of his own debut album from this past spring on the boutique electronic label Dark Entries. '90s Texas techno legend Andrei Morant made his debut at the festival's underground stage after turning heads (and blowing minds) at top-tier afterparties the past few years.
But in and amongst the headliners, there was an artist who hails from right here in Dallas. Those headliners were some big names, too, including Borderlands — a new project by Detroit techno founder Juan Atkins and the godfather of German techno Moritz Von Oswald — and German dance music pioneers Kraftwerk. Right alongside them was Maceo Plex.