Rave Olympics – DEMF/Detroit
06.13.08 | No Comments

I spent the two long weekends at electronic music festivals. The first was the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) and the following week I went to Montreal for Mutek. The line ups at both were excellent and though it was really exhausting I had an amazing time. I can barely sum up the weekends in words or pictures.

Here is a list of my favorite performances, moments, and memories from Detroit in no particular order, even though Alex Smoke was my favorite performer:

  • Alex Smoke live
  • DBX -live (even though his secret gig at Bunker was better)
  • enjoying Derek Plaslaiko’s set with all my friends from NYC
  • meeting Egyptian Lover in my hotel elevator
    (their shirts were so totally insane, I am so mad at myself for not taking their photo)
  • hearing Heartthrob play live while laying on the grass outside
  • feeling like I was at a goth club (age 19) while listening to Kill Memory Crash play live
  • being blown away by Par Grindvik live
  • melting at the beauty of Scott Pagano’s gorgeous visuals during Speedy J’s live set
  • Mathias Kaden live
  • John Selway‘s 45 surprise minute fill in DJ set
  • The Accelerate After Party with Dan Bell, Zip and Sammy Dee
  • Hanging out with Bruno Pronsato making bad jokes
  • Dethlab’s amazing acid warehouse party:
    Too Far Gone… presented by Dethlab with Adult, Perspects, Dethlab, Cowboy Mark (tagteam DJ set), Motor (DJ set)
    No Way Back presented by Interdimensional Transmissions
    Derek Plaslaiko, Mike Servito, BMG of Ectomorph, Patrick Russell, Carlos Souffront
  • meeting G.O.D. at the acid party
  • Finally eating at Slow’s BBQ and not bing disappointed.
  • And it was a true highlight to finally not stay at a crappy hotel.

My friend Andy wrote an excellent article on his experiences at Detroit based on the music and architecture: http://www.avclub.com/content/blog/detroit_electronic_music_festival

Random photos (not a faithful documentation of the weekend) by Seze

Detroit patches pants dude.

Kate Simko performing an excellent set

We may be getting older but we are still having fun!

My super stylish buddies Bethany & Doyle of Dethlab hosted the best party
of the weekend “Too Far Gone… No Way Back” at their warehouse studio space.

Phases of the moon wall at Slows BBQ outdoor seating area

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