By Mwanza Dover
Over the month of May, Detroit's world-famous Movement Electronic Music Festival is holding pre-parties building up to their annual Memorial Day weekend blowout. Local promoter Source 20/20 is behind the Dallas edition of official pre-parties at The Green Elephant this coming Saturday.
Featured on the bill is a roster of a few of Dallas' most famed dance music exports Convextion, Brett Johnson and Demarkus Lewis. All are local legends that have traditionally received far more attention across the globe than in their home town. This show is a rare treat to catch them all under the same roof in their hometown.
Convextion's self-titled album charted at No. 17 for tastemaker electronic music website Resident Advisor's top 100 albums of the decade, and his music is still heard in the sets of Detroit Techno pioneers Juan Atkins and Derrick May. Known for a deep sub-aquatic, Shoegaze-styled techno sound, his records are widely regarded as must-have holy-grail vinyl for deep Techno nerds everywhere and often go for large sums of money on the online vinyl market. Convextion will be flying in tomorrow from Berlin's, where he's performing tonight at the legendary Tresor night club.
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Brett Johnson and Demarkus Lewis have been representing Dallas-born House music in the international House music scene for over a decade as well as playing all over the world. They both have huge discographies with releases on some of the most highly regarded House labels in the world: Johnson on Derrick Carter's Classic label and, more recently on Detroit buzz label Visionquest; and Lewis on labels like seminal Detroit deep house label Moods & Grooves and his own Grin Trax imprint.
Project 313 will Headline the Main Room and represent the lone out-of-town act tomorrow night. Their brand of dark post-apocalyptic Techno is more akin to music associated with the infamous post-industrial Berlin scene than their home base of Detroit. In 2007 they launched Blank Code, a Techno label, podcast and event promoter. They co-sponsor the annual Interface party with the Los Angeles based Droid behavior crew which has become an after-hours staple at Movement festival over the past few years.
The bill is rounded out by local Techno faves Ill76, James Kelley and Dragonlazer to make this a standout night of authentic Techno and House music that is rarely seen in this part of the country. For House and Techno fans that can't make the trek to Detroit at the end of the month, this Saturday's bill is a world class substitute without the expensive plane ticket.
MOVEMENT OFFICIAL PRE-PARTY takes place this Saturday, May 3, at 9 p.m. at the Green Elephant, 5627 Dyer St. Tickets available here.