Photographer & Interviewer: Jordan Buzzy
I met with Detroit local and Paxahau resident dj, Gabi after her premiere to the Main Stage at the Movement Electronic Music Festival to talk about the months surrounding the event. Though the annual gathering is one of Detroit’s biggest highlights, especially for the nightlife crowd. Memorial Day Weekend, the festival’s annual holiday takeover, is arguably the New Year of Detroit’s electronic scene marking the beginning of the Summer clubbing season where those of us who party through the long winter months finally breath fresh air and take to the patios and rooftop venues throughout the Metro Area.
Gabi admits that a festival like Movement is has it’s differences when compared to the club and bar scene of the midwest. Either way, it’s all about the love for her. “If I feel it, I play it” Gabi explains when asked about her set creations. For her djing is an opportunity to share her passion with others and learn from those she encounters through this music. Of course putting together a set for Movement takes a fair bit of care and more than a few late nights. “You may have seen a few tears during the beginning of my set… The first half of my set has a lot of tracks from a really serious time in my life. Putting together this set allowed me to really reflect on a lot of different points in my life.”
When she’s on the local circuit you can expect her to read the room in a matter of seconds and lead the party on a fantastic journey. “If there’s one kid who’s really feeling it, I play to that kid… If it’s 3am and the room is with me it goes DEEP-SPACE-BANG!” For larger events expect a host of atmospheric tech and deep house vibes, expect to dance, and expect to catch some of Gabi’s pattened dance moves behind the decks.
While the crowds differ from region to region Dj Gabi is inspired and humbled to see the uniqueness of each town’s scene and encourages fans of the festival and electronic music in general to go out more, see acts you might not know, throw your own party or event, and make sure to dance! “There’s a lot going on locally” Gabi says sighting Ann Arbor’s A2LevelUp night and Detroit record label Blank Code’s “Scene” series, now on it’s 35th installment.
I hope you heed Gabi’s advice and go out in your own community and experience something new. If you’re not from the Metro area we would like to invite you over any time, year round, to partake in our many festivities.
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