DETROIT - When the beat drops in downtown Detroit, even the people in Windsor can hear it.
Tens of thousands of electronic dance music enthusiasts will descend on Hart Plaza to see over 100 local and international artists perform Memorial Day weekend at the 2016 Movement Electronic Music Festival.
The annual festival kicked off Saturday with crowd-pleasing shows by 31 different artists including Detroit natives Juan Atkins, Carl Craig and Seth Troxler, and headliner German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk.
Across six stages in Hart Plaza, some of the best DJs will perform drawing electronic music fans from all over the world.
Mayor Mike Duggan proclaimed May 23-30 to be Detroit Techno Week on Monday signing a certificate of recognition and setting the tone for the week leading up to one of the world’s most recognized electronic music festivals.
“I encourage all to come out and celebrate the festivities as it creates local and international awareness of Detroit’s rising creative culture,” Duggan said.
But prior to the festival's existence, Detroit is where techno music was born and it started with the "Belleville Three."
Kevin Saunderson, 52, moved to Belleville, Mich. at the age of nine from Brooklyn, New York, and attended Belleville High School where he met Derrick May, 52, and Juan Atkins, 53.
They are widely considered the creators of Detroit techno.
As teenagers, the Belleville Three were fans of local radio DJ Charles “The Electrifying Mojo” Johnson and synthesizer-driven bands like Kraftwerk, who performed Saturday on the Movement Main Stage.
Atkins began recording with Cybotron in 1981 and working with May on sets as Deep Space, taking them to The Electric Mojo who played them on the air.
Saunderson studied telecommunications and played football at Eastern Michigan University before joining Atkins and May in their music careers.
Listen to Kevin Saunderson Deep Space Radio in 2014 below:
More recently, Atkins taught classes at the Detroit Institute of Music Education. He did an interview last summer on Live in the D and talked about his class, Spin Masters 101: DJ Crash Course.
Just weeks later, May discussed his teaming up with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a concert in Chene Park on Live in the D.
May collaborated with conductor and music director Dzijan Emin to transcribe May's collective works into musical notation for orchestra.
Both interviews are available below:
Atkins performed with Mortiz Von Oswald presenting their collaborative project Borderland on Saturday on the Movement Main Stage. Saunderson will be playing Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on the Made In Detroit stage, closing the concert for the weekend.
Detroit has hosted the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Hart Plaza every Memorial Day weekend since 2000. It was known then as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, or DEMF.
The first year was a major success with performances by each of the Belleville Three as well as The Roots, Mos Def, Richie Hawtin and the Detroit Grand Pubahs.
Ford Motor Company was sponsor of the 2001 event, renamed the Focus Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Just weeks before the festival, artistic director and local legend Carl Craig was fired causing controversy.
In 2003, May took over and the festival became Movement.
For a brief year, the festival was called Fuse-In. Local 4's coverage of the 2005 event shows the festival in its infancy and includes a short interview with Saunderson. It was the first year the festival didn't have free admission, charging $10 for day passes and $25 for the weekend.
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