10 Acts To Catch At Movement 2022
May 12, 2022
Ana Monroy Yglesias
7 min read
The legendary Detroit electronic music festival, Movement, returns May 28 – 30 to Hart Plaza, so we've selected some of the acts to catch from the stacked lineup of dance talent.
Movement, the legendary Detroit techno and house festival, is finally back, bringing the beat to Hart Plaza at the end of the month. Since 2000, the fest has celebrated the best of underground dance music talent and played an essential role in promoting the culture stateside.
The long-awaited Movement 2022 lineup announcement brought excitement to the scene, and soon we'll get to experience the stellar music and lovely Midwestern hospitality together, IRL.
While it's literally impossible to narrow down the Movement 2022 lineup to a short, concise list of must-sees because it's such a standout booking with so many acts we want to see, here is an incomplete list of the artists we highly recommend you check out.
Movement happens May 28-30, 2022, at Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan. Tickets for Movement are available now via the Movement Detroit website.
Jeff Mills is one of the architects of Detroit techno and has continued to shape, innovate, and deconstruct its sound with his visionary approach to electronic music and DJing. His music is otherworldly, bold, dark, and utterly entrancing. His nickname, The Wizard, becomes clear when witnessing his mastery behind the decks, helming multiple turntables.
Carl Craig / James Murphy B2B Carl Craig
Carl Craig is another of Detroit techno's forefathers, helping keep the genre and its hometown alive and thriving. At the last Movement in 2019, the city celebrated his contributions with the Spirit of Detroit Award, after which he took the crowd on a banging house and techno journey. You can catch him at the fest for a solo set, a captivating B2B with LCD System frontman James Murphy, and at his stacked Detroit Love official Movement afterparty.
Kevin Saunderson is one of the other heads on Detroit techno's version of Mount Rushmore, with (to name just one project) his eternally classic tracks as Inner City introducing the world to some of the underground dance sounds back in 1989. He's had a profound impact on the scene with his many projects and KMS imprint. In 2021, he revived his impactful, experimental techno E-Dancer alias with the Re:Generate remix album of 1998 classic Heavenly. He served up two E-Dancer shows in 2021 and 2019, and his live set this Movement is a must-see. His sons, Dantiez (who helped him revive Inner City) and Damarii Saunderson, will also play at the fest and keep the Detroit family energy strong.
Stacey Hotwaxx Hale
Known as the Godmother of House Music, Stacey Hotwaxx Hale is one of Detroit's OGs and underappreciated gems. She's been bringing four-on-the-floor joy to Motor City clubs since 1989 (she was a key player on Detroit's lively radio and still slays the airwaves) and to hot spots around the globe for almost as long. For as long as she's had a platform, she's intentionally made space for the next generation, teaching DJ and production classes at the Detroit Institute of Music Education and the Girls Rock Detroit summer camp. Catch her at Movement to get down to some hothouse and pay the queen some respect!
DJ Minx is another Detroit pioneer that made waves in the Detroit club scene and radio since the early '90s. She's always been an advocate for women in music, with the Women on Wax DJ collective and label that she founded in 1996 and the Sheometry Festival she and Hale started in 2019 to showcase yet-to-be-discovered women artists. Her productions and DJ sets are joyful, upbeat, and rooted in house and techno, so you better catch her vibe!
One of our 2022 10 Rising Black Artists You Should Know, DJ Holographic, represents the young bloods of Detroit, keeping the scene vibrant and the vibes flowing. Celebrated by OGs like Craig, who tapped her for the 2021 Detroit Love Vol. 5 compilation album on his Planet E Communications, she serves up a joyful blend of house, disco, and techno straight from her heart. She's a joy to watch behind the decks, and a true purveyor of positive vibes, so you'll feel the sun shining on you, regardless of the time of day.
Another 2022 Rising Black Artist, Detroit-born, Atlanta-based DJ, producer, and music journalist Ash Lauryn is all about supporting and uplifting Black artists and music in everything she does. She started the Underground & Black platform when she saw a void of representation for Black millennial electronic producers and will be returning with its annual Movement party. Her sound is rooted in the rhythms and creativity of her hometown and her deep love for house music, and her Movement set is sure to be pure energy, grooves, and vibes.
Do we really need to remind you to check out Seth Troxler?! The loveable class clown of the underground grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and immersed himself in the rich techno scene there as a teen, putting out his debut track "Moment" with the legendary Omar S at 17. His personality shines through in his tracks and DJ sets. They're fun, upbeat, wacky, and rooted in the house and techno he grew up on.
Eris Drew B2B Octo Octa
Eris Drew and Octo Octa are one of the reigning power couples of dance music, period. Witnessing them combine their talent, good vibes, and love of funky, feel-good house on stage in the sacred art form known as B2B is pure joy and a surefire way to get your body grooving.
Soul Clap w/ Amp Fiddler
Formed in Boston in 2001 by close friends Charlie Levine and Eli Goldstein, Soul Clap serves up funky rhythms rooted in their wide-ranging love of house, disco, drum and bass, jungle, and anything funkdifed. Amp Fiddler is a true Detroit legend, a singer, songwriter, producer and keyboardist whose worked with Prince, George Clinton, Too Short, Moodymann and J Dilla, to name a few. Soul Clap plus Amp Fiddler equals pure funk and soul, and we're stoked to witness this powerhouse matchup IRL.
New Yorkers voted wrong in the last election because Louie Vega is the real mayor of New York. The GRAMMY-winning soulful house artist has produced and remixed far too many classics to mention, as part of Masters At Work with Kenny Dope and under his own name. If you have a soul, I'm sure you'll want to get lost in the rhythm of his sun-soaked blend of Latin drums and percussion, classic house, Afro-house, gospel house, and more.