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Ferndale, MI

Jason Huvaere

Movement is more than a decade old now. Do you have a long-term strategy or philosophy to make sure that it remains a vital and cutting-edge scene?
Now that technology is advancing, we're seeing more and more styles of electronic music. We're going to continue to pay homage to Detroit but we're also going to seek and promote artists that are really digging into where this music goes from a creative and innovative standpoint.

Electronic music in Detroit is often associated with the city's ruins. Have you considered holding a concert event similar to Movement at a place like the Packard Plant?
We spent years doing events in warehouses and the Packard Plant. The reason it doesn't occur anymore is because it was part of an underground culture that hasn't existed since 1995. Those days are never coming back. It is impossible to get a venue that has been decrepit or abandoned in the proper licensing realm. You can't get an occupancy permit for them or up to code or insurance. Those are the things we work with now. We love the idea of working with those venues but we want to keep our patrons safe.

Remove the safety and permit obstacles, does the local leadership exist now that would allow such an event to happen?
The current leadership understands and appreciates this music much more today than it did 15 years ago.

Has Movement gotten the kind of community buy-in you need to become a globally recognized festival?
We are a globally recognized festival, and it's become more and more relevant over time. Our job is to maintain that relevance and make people say, 'Wow!' when they come to Hart Plaza. Having an outdoor festival in the middle of downtown in a place like Hart Plaza is rare. I find the community support enhances Movement every single year. There was a time when a project like this couldn't even be discussed or it fell on deaf ears. That is a lot different now.

It's been argued that there is no city on Earth like Detroit when it comes to producing innovative music. Yet Austin and Nashville are known as music cities. What are they doing right that we aren't?
It's just a population and financial thing. If we had a bigger financial budget to put toward recording studios that was created from income of another 1-2 million people that lived here, it would be a different story. Nashville has a great reputation because it has the best recording studios.

So, it's more about macro economic forces?
Yes. If Detroit had a larger population it would give anybody a great run.

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