Red Bull Music Academy’s Stage during Detroit’s annual electronic music festival, Movement once again infused a new energy and sound into this weekend tradition. Despite rain, the event drew more than 99,000 festival-goers topping the charts in Movement’s overall attendance. Artists that performed on Red Bull Music Academy’s Stage brought ground-shattering sounds from avant-garde, offshoot genres like drum ‘n’ bass, hip-hop, funk and dubstep while the Detroit crowd provided intense energy, proving a lasting impression to the event.
“It’s all about individual expression, taking in the crowd and taking it wherever they want it to go,” explains one of Saturday’s performers Matt Clarke.
"When we play Detroit, we want to go big," says Keith Tucker, of Sunday’s headliner, AUX 88. And the group didn't disappoint — costume changes, dancers, live vocals and a wall of equipment made for a diverse walkthrough of Detroit's finest contributions to electronic music. The crowd couldn't agree more.
"We want the audience with us the whole way through," continues Tucker. "It's all about interacting with our fans." Mission accomplished.
In its fourth year partnering with Movement, the Academy’s presence brings electronic music fans something new to revel in while returning the favor to burgeoning performers with a unique, energetic vibe. Past performers to the stage have included Kid Sister, Cool Kids, A-Trak and Bassnectar. The Academy has not let fans down with this year’s surprising showcase of artists such as Skrillex, Goldie, Soul Clap, Ana Sia, Space Dimension Controller, Dam-Funk and Matt Clarke. Day 3 will conclude the weekend with Flying Lotus and Little Dragon among many others.
A Weekend Packed with Sounds of Funk, Dubstep and More
DJ Godfather kicked off the Red Bull Music Academy Stage and per usual, the crowd flocked to hear the sounds of the Detroit crew in full force.
“It was like 1984 all over again,” exclaimed Godfather following his set.
Dubstep performer Hudson Mohawke took the stage next followed by Daedelus, one of today’s cornerstones of new sound that incorporated a deep jazz. Well-known around the electronic music industry, Daedelus worked his music on stage and proved his nickname — “mad professor” — true.
“I make a slightly odd love affair with electronic sound,” explained Daedelus, describing his rich style.
Saturday’s additional talent included the sounds of Dam-Funk & Master Blazter performing with a full band to go along with sounds of modern soul and sharp electro-funk to usher in the evening. Detroit’s own Matt Clarke kept the crowd moving with lasers, lighting and bass while Goldie ft. Armanni Reign brought back his roots of rave and jungle drum and bass. Skrillex closed the first night drawing in his legions of fans so tight, they only had room to yell for more long after the set was over.
Sunday Funk Day
An admitted synth obsessive, Com Truise kicked off the Red Bull Music Academy stage yesterday bringing an experimental and bottom heavy style he calls “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk.” Following his set was the techno-funk sounds of Space Dimension Controller with low-slung, funky beats and addictive melodies to get the afternoon party really started with a continued electric energy from the West Coast’s future sound pioneer, Ana Sia. DJ aficionados and dance music duo Soul Clap followed by Eliot Lipp transitioned the day portion of the party into a memorable evening, but the tuned-in crowd turned things up for Beardyman, founder of Low End Theory, Gaslamp Killer and AUX 88.
I felt like the Red Bull Music Academy stage was the most up-to-date, rare, not-playing-it-safe-at-all stages.
“I felt like the Red Bull Music Academy stage was the most up-to-date, rare, not-playing-it-safe-at-all stages,” explained Gaslamp, “and that’s the kind of stage I want to play on. Whoever’s willing to take a risk and to feature obscure avant-garde art – that’s what I want to be involved with and that’s exactly what Red Bull Music Academy is all about.”
Starting off as a local DJ after growing up in San Diego’s Gaslamp District, Killer’s career highlight began to kick off in 2009 after performing across US ponds at Sónar, one of the world’s most prestigious electronic music festivals. The vibe in Detroit, however, supplied a different, unique kind of love in return.
“The crowd,” he continues, “was Detroit at its finest. It was everything Detroit had to offer and I’m thoroughly satisfied. The Red Bull Music Academy stage put me at the perfect place at the perfect time for the perfect crowd.”
With a mission of bringing together musicians, DJs and producers from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds to exchange ideas about music and their knowledge of how life in the industry works, it has helped emerging, innovative talent get their wings including many of the acts that will be seen on the Academy stage throughout the weekend.
Since 1998, the Red Bull Music Academy has provided a platform for visionary up & coming artists from around the globe, stimulating their creativity and expanding their knowledge at its travelling complex of music studios and program of events. Red Bull Music Academy annual program heads to Madrid from October 23 - November 25, 2011 where it will plant roots at the multi-disciplinary arts complex Matadero Madrid, building studios and collaborating on events to leave a long-lasting legacy.
Red Bull Music Academy will host stages at music festivals around the world including Sónar in Barcelona. Visit www.redbullmusicacademy.com to learn more about the Red Bull Music Academy. Explore sonic highlights at Red Bull Music Academy Radio which features a bevy of exclusive live recording, interviews, mixes and documentary-style feature shows comprised of content from more than 50 countries from around the globe.
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