Girl Power in Detroit: Part 1
This year’s Movement lineup has no shortage of heavy hitters. It’s even more apparent when you consider the exceptional depth of talent by the female and non-binary musicians booked for the festival. In a genre that is largely a meritocracy, it’s inspiring to see these individuals rise to the top. While you’d do well to catch any of them, here are three favorites to get you pumped for Movement weekend. We’ll be back next week with more profiles of who not to miss.
Cassy was born in England, raised in Austria, and is half Barbadian. Her diverse upbringing and exposure to music at a young age left a unique mark on her approach to techno. She grabbed the attention of peers like Miss Kittin, Acid Maria, Ricardo Villalobos, Mathew Jonson, and Luciano. Soon following that, she landed a weekly residency at Berlin’s Panorama Bar.
When you see signings on labels such as Perlon, Aus Music, Ostgut Ton, and Desolat - it should be no surprise that Cassy is widely respected as both a producer and DJ. Her sets bridge the gap between playfully danceable and darkly aggressive. Our favorite recent set from Cassy is courtesy of Boiler Room, where she went back to back with Mobilee boss and fellow techno queen Anja Schneider. Listen here.
Anna’s steady ascent as a producer and DJ began for her as a teenager. Her father owned a club in her native Brazil, and she soon wanted to try her own hand at the decks. A move to Sao Paulo, subsequent releases on well-respected labels like Tronic, Terminal M, and Diynamic and even remixes for major acts like Gorgon City and Nervo cemented her success further. A move to Barcelona in 2015 combined with major support from Matador, Chris Liebing, Richie Hawtin, Pig & Dan, and Christian Smith; ANNA was suddenly everywhere in 2016, and deservedly so.
Aside from Movement, 2017 has seen her booked at major festivals like Ultra and Awakenings as well. Her deftly-constructed deep tech house offerings show serious long-term promise, chief among them the Haze Moon EP (which respective legends Marc Houle and Matador have offered the remix treatment to), and a killer remix for Reboot of “Pollo Al Sillao.” Our favorite set of hers is a live one recorded at Warung Beach Club in Brazil; give it a listen.
Anyone who has ever seen Heidi knows they’re in for an incredibly fun time. She comes from a place where you know she’s spent some serious time grooving as a clubgoer; it significantly advances her ability to read a crowd and select the appropriate tracks. If this weren’t enough, her BBC Radio 1 residency, co-founding of legendary London record shop Phonica, and legendary Jackathon parties definitely ought to inspire you to make your way to the Stargate stage on Saturday afternoon.
Equally inspiring is Heidi’s brutal continent-crossing tour schedule. Did we mention her commitment to supporting her fellow women-in-arms? Her first EP for Get Physical featured an all-girl cast with the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Miss Kittin, and tINI), and this summer you’ll find her going back-to-back with the Black Madonna at her XOYO residency in London. Her 2014 Essential Mix provides a good look of what to expect from her.