2011 marks the 12th year for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (D.E.M.F), which brought 34,820 lovers of all things beat driven to downtown Detroit on the 1st day.
While the festival boasted an all star line up of 25+ acts across 5 stages with the likes of Felix da Housecat, Carl Craig, Loco Dice, Soulclap & Fatboy Slim, the special guest seemed to be the schizophrenic spring weather.
The 1st two days of the festival were packed with rain, thunderstorm & tornado warnings. The rain was no big deal because I even put my camera up to dance as Tortured Soul performed on the Vitamin Water stage.
The tornado warnings became another story when many saw the swirling clouds above the Detroit River as people scattered to the four corners to avoid being raptured…
On the last day of the festival, the Gods smiled upon D.E.M.F with sun, 90º & gentle breezes.
Weather aside, the festival was nothing short the best thing on earth for an electronic music fanatic, especially for me; a true house music lover. I enjoy a little techno but house is my thing…
Some of the festival highlights outside of the ubiquitous after parties, club/candy kids & weed smoke were some killer performances! I mean KILLER!!!
Saturday was all about the Vitamin Water stage for me, which was were Tortured Soul, Kerri Chandler & Felix da Housecat brought the house down! The music was so good that it was a challenge to leave to capture the goings on at the 4 other stages.
Sunday, I spent most of my time at the Made in Detroit stage where some of Detroit’s best DJs had the crowd hypnotized with soul house beats and classics. DJs Al Ester, Hot N Funky (Mike Brown), Minx & Bruce Bailey (Google them) illustrated for those who “ain’t know” that techno & house all started in Detroit.
After my not so good experience last year, I can say that, I’m again down with D.E.M.F!
Not only did I enjoy the festival over all, I felt that the event organizers really worked hard to make things confortable for the media by providing plenty of workspace, fast and convenient WIFI, cold drinks and SNACKS!!!! Honestly, a better media experience than what I’ve encountered at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
You can see some of what I saw in my photos here. Hope you enjoy & had a weekend as good as mine!