This Memorial Day weekend Detroit was met with its historical three day dance party right in the heart of the city. Movement Electronic Music Festival brought over 100,000 people from all over the world, packed Heart Plaza, and enjoyed music, dancing, and fun.
We had a chance to sit down with some of the musicians that took the main stage. They shared their love for music, what’s next on their agenda, and some little known secrets.
First up Detroit’s own DJ Gabi
Starting classical music at a young age DJ Gabi has always had a passion for music now at 26 she took the main stage at Heart Plaza and packed the house. “I filled the bowl. People came out danced and had a great time” she says excitedly. She thanks her mom for teaching her classical piano ten years ago. “I come from a long line of musicians. I am a vocalist and I can also play the saxophone,” she says. Her influence comes from her emotion. “I pull from that and bring it out into the crowd,” she explains. This is one of the highlights of being a woman DJ. “As a female you bring a bit more sexiness and soulfulness,” says the Paxahau resident DJ. “There is an advantage and pressure of being a woman in the business.”
Next on Gabi’s schedule is a show in Toronto.
This duo met in high school in Canada. Fate would have it years later that they reconnect in Brooklyn. They both were pursuing their music while looking to play on their terms. “We were bored with what we were doing at the time we reconnected and the rest is history,” says Jimmy Vallance.
The reconnection created a friendship and band. “We were stoked to make music and work with someone else. I open a door and he walked through it. Or he opens a door and I walk through it.” The perfect harmony was formed. They started to go to parties and worked their way up in the music scene. “We were always considered the black sheep but we always tend to win people over. We have been patient and people have been patient with us,” says Tom Howie. They won over Detroit and we are looking forward to their album that will debut this fall.
All the way from Berlin, Oliver Dollar came to Detroit and loved every minute of it. His interest in DJing started with his cousin. “He gave me my first record. This was in the mid-90s and trance was really big. I was so amazed by it. I continued collecting records, and I also worked at a record store,” he reminisces.
He remembers coming to America 10 years ago. Oliver Dollar is starting his new record label called Industry Standard and Detroit’s own Chuck Daniels is on his label. With traveling all over the world and starting a record label, something we were surprised to learn about Oliver Dollar is he “was a chef back in the day and loves to cook.”