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Monday, May 26, 2008

DEMF Day Two: Put Your Hands Up for Detroit

posted by on May 26 at 11:05 AM

lcg_250.jpgI spent most of DEMF Day Two in a bit of a daze, enjoying the music, but content to just sit and rest my aching feet. After a wonderful breakfast of chicken and waffles, I made it to Hart Plaza just in time to hear the end of Konrad Black’s set and the beginning of Heartthrob. It was only about four in the afternoon at that point, and people were already in party mode at the Beatport stage thanks to that one-two punch.

I left there in order to catch Seattle’s own Lawnchair Generals on the main stage. They represented us quite nicely, mixing little homages to Detroit techno in their set. Nice work, and despite being able to see them at home, I still stuck around for the better part of an hour, watching the Detroit crowd experience how we do things in the 206.

After brief stops by the other stages, I had to catch the tail end of Paco Osuna’s set. Chain-smoking while he DJs, it’s hard to tell if he’s even enjoying himself, but I’ll be damned if he didn’t slay the crowd once again. I hope Decibel can bring him in. He was followed by M_nus’ princess, Magda, but she’s bored me enough over time that I didn’t feel compelled to stick around.

Superstar DJ Benny Benassi had no shortage of hero-worship up on the Pioneer stage. That space was filled to the brim with what a friend calls “guido ravers,” with Benassi having to make multiple calls for the crowd to move back. I was not into his brand of electrohouse, but I’m not going to fault the kids for their good time. They didn’t annoy me until later.

My good time came shortly after at the underground stage, where Kenny Larkin prevailed despite technical issues, throwing down the most “Detroit” set I’d heard all festival. He shrugged off the audio cutting out during mixes, and instead jumped around, with a little bit of house, a little bit of electro, and plenty of Techno (with a capital T). Lovely.

Carl Craig and Underground Resistance’s aural destruction after the jump.

c2_250.jpgBoth Richie Hawtin and Mark Farina had their respective audiences on lock, but after Larkin I was in a holding pattern until Carl Craig’s live set. He opened his set with a message of love and peace, and while the crowd clapped for his message, many near the front didn’t take his words to heart, as Benassi’s guido ravers crowd-surfed and got into fistfights. Yes, crowd surfing and fighting during Carl Craig, who was meandering through signature pieces from his discography, not playing heavy metal. Not even the fighting deterred me from my spot right at the front, and despite all the mayhem, there was nowhere I would have rather been.

The Detroit love continued at the Underground Resistance afterparty. Things were running late apparently, since the entire bill played after 1am. The Aquanauts were a confusing experimental rock duo, and I spent their set wondering if it was a joke, ultimately deciding I cared more about food than them. Came back just in time for Mark Flash, who I’m convinced eats weaker DJs for breakfast. He started out at a normal techno pace, then suddenly cranked it and finished out his set in true, bangin’ form. It was hard to make the body keep up, but I, and the rest of the club did as best we could. Not even Suburban Knight was enough to keep me there after that.

Alright, time for more of the same, but different.

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1

Carl Craig is rad.I caught him in a NYC club last fall.

Posted by J9 | May 27, 2008 7:47 AM
2

there were all of 6 people at the UR afterparty.

Posted by holz | June 1, 2008 1:52 AM

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