Preview: Movement Official Opening Preparty & Flying Circus Detroit

Movement Electronic Music Festival kicks off in a big way this Friday with a showcase party featuring artists from Life and Death and Visionquest. With a star-studded lineup, this is looking like one of the premier parties of the entire weekend. Besides featuring Life and Death’s first ever live performance, it also has a B2B set with Ryan Crosson and Matt Tolfrey; you won’t be seeing either of those anywhere else in Detroit this upcoming weekend. Mr. Tolfrey will also be at Flying Circus Sunday evening, a party involving Chicago’s very own SpyBar. We caught up with him recently to discuss his latest release with Kate Simko entitled Take It Easy, his plans for Movement and the rest of the year, and what people should expect from his B2B set with Ryan Crosson.

Friday, May 25th at 9 p.m.

Life and Death, Visionquest Official Movement Preparty

Talent: Matt Tolfrey vs Ryan Crosson, Life and Death (first live performance ever), Clockwork, Thugfucker, Bill Patrick, Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves
Venue: Elysium Lounge
Address: 625 Shelby St., Detroit MI, 48226
Time: Doors at 9 p.m.
Presented by: Movement
Tickets: First 100 are $10, Second 100 are $15, then price goes to $20
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 21+



You just put out a release with Kate Simko, how did that come about?

Kate and her husband Brian have always been lovely enough to house me in Chicago when I am on tour, so I have known them for a long time. I was staying with them for nearlly a week last year, and I suggested to Kate that we check out her studio. This led to us showing each other different stuff we had been working on, which then lead to us starting a track together. It was very organic and we have a lot of the same tastes in music, so the project was a lot of fun.

You are playing Movement’s Official Opening Party with Ryan Crosson, what should people expect from that?

Ryan and I have DJ’d together B2B on a number of occasions now so we’re hoping it continues to be as special. We are both seen as the ‘organisers’ or ‘safe bets’ from our peers, so when we tag we like to have as much fun as possible and show people what we’re really about.

What sets Movement apart from other US music festivals? Why is it so special to you?

I have been very close to the Visionquest boys ever since they moved to Europe, so it is always nice for me to come back to their home town and see what it has to offer. And as you can imagine, they like to show off about it. Obviously Detroit has its huge heritage, but what it has to offer musically now is just as exciting. This will be my 4th year attending the festival in a row, and it has not disappointed me yet. The vibe is great, it’s amazing to see families out enjoying themselves next to candy ravers, old skool Detroit peeps, and even wide eyed Brits who are attending for the first time.

Which after party are you looking forward to most all weekend at Movement?

I know I am playing at the Flying Circus party on the Sunday evening, but I am most looking forward to it for sure as the venue is monstrous. I was told last year that Richie Hawtin used to do his Kontrol parties at City Club so it definitely added a more intriguing vibe to the place. The guys from SpyBar are involved again, and we all know they throw a good party.

What are your upcoming summer plans?

I have my first Ibiza residency at Sankeys over there so I am looking forward to getting my teeth sunk into that. I am attending Burning Man for the first time at the end of August which I am really excited about, then I am in the USA for the whole of September afterwards as part of my album tour. My debut album Word Of Mouth is coming out on Leftroom Records at the end of September so it will be a nice end to hopefully a successful and fun summer.

Sunday, May 27th at 10 p.m.

Flying Circus

Talent: Guy Gerber, Audiofly, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, Matt Tolfrey, Bill Patrick, Droog, Dino Gardiakos, Garrett B.
Venue: City Club
Address: 400 Bagley, Detroit, 48226
Time: 10 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Presented by: Flying Circus and Spybar
Admission & Tix: $15-$30, Tix
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 21+


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Jeremy Frazier is the editor-in-chief of Soundfuse.