Smart Bar is heading north to Detroit for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, celebrating with an Opening Night party on Friday, May 28. In homage to the hometown of techno, Smart Bar will present a celebration of techno and tech house music with artists Stimming, Ellen Allien, Patrick Russell, Aran Daniels and Nate Manic. The party, presented in conjunction with Proper Modulation of Detroit and Bad Advice Inc. of Chicago, is the hottest kickoff to DEMF weekend. It all takes place at Detroit’s historic Majestic Theatre, located at 4140 Woodward Avenue in midtown Detroit.

Martin Stimming was born in Giessen, Germany, and began playing violin, piano and drums when he was just ten years old. After discovering electronic music, and then the techno genre, as a young teen, he soon started to buy vinyl and DJ in the town he lived in, Butzbach. It became quickly apparent that for him making music was more fulfilling than “just” playing a groove, or mixing a record, so he started to take his production seriously and moved to Hamburg to attend the School of Audio Engineering. He was the producer of Gebrueder Ton for two years, and met Diynamic, a record label from Solomun and Adriano. Soon, he made his own debut on Diynamic Records with Diynamic 006 Feurervogel EP, and since 2004 he has continually released albums. There is plenty more to come, from this talented young producer.

Ellen Allien grew up in West Berlin, a destination for creative minds in search of alternatives where she soaked up art, music, fashion and culture of all sorts. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, she spent a year in London soaking up the acide jazzhouse sound, then returned to Berlin to focus on music and art. Ellen spent time playing the saxophone, but then mixed her first tapes and suddenly became part of the emerging berlin techno scene. With her own show on the radio and a record store job, Ellen founded her first label, braincandy, and then started a party series, bpitch control. As a live DJ and as a producer, Ellen sees music as a chronicle of life, and a way to experiment with the structures and the sound spectrum of electronic music. With four studio albums under her belt, plus recent projects Uffie/Feadz’s track “Pop The Clock” and the “Best of Bpitch Control” mix CD, Ellen Allien isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and is currently working on a new studio album.

Patrick Russell exists at the intersection of abstraction, archaeology, and construct, where he builds complex sensual jacking dancefloor environments through the careful selection of widely varied audio artifacts. Through these tools he seeks to extract the intangible subtext of electronic music’s history and present it in its raw and most purest form. A Detroit-bred DJ, artist and producer since the early 90’s, Patrick has played countless clubs, parties, and high-profile events throughout his career. His resume highlights include everything from performing at the 2001 & 2008 DEMF/Movement festivals to an exclusive opening for Jeff Mills in Detroit in 2007. His latest release on Circus Company, “Valt Trax”, has been praised by the likes of Laurent Garnier, Dan Bell, Matthew Dear, and Cassy, and showcases the depth and perspective of a producer gaining momentum. In addition, his exclusive re-edits (as “The Truth”) are garnering increased attention, and will soon be seeing the light of day.

Located in Detroit, Aran Daniels became addicted to the techno sounds being pumped in nightclubs such as Motor and The Shelter in the 90’s. As a DJ, he has been influenced by labels such as Ghostly International and Playhouse, while never forgetting the Midwest’s techno and house roots. He’s shared the decks with the likes of Move D, Lawrence, Agnès, and Seth Troxler in the last year just to name a few, and is a regular at most worth it clubs and rooftops in the midwest. Aran currenty holds court weekly at legendary Majestic in Detroit.

Starting out the night is Nate Manic, also known as Smart Bar’s talent buyer Nate Seider. A Wisconsin native, Nate began DJing in 1997 while attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he had a full music scholarship to study voice. He started at Cardinal Dance club, opening for Minneapolis techno artist Woody McBride, and was quickly hooked. As his interest in DJing grew, so did his talent, and Nate was soon receiving attention from local promoters, national DJs and local hip hop artists with whom he supplied instrumentals. After enjoying success in his college town, Nate set his sights on the city of Chicago. In 2000, Nate set off for Chicago to further pursue a music career, and was soon booked at a variety of clubs including Crobar, Zentra, Big Wig and what would grow to become his favorite, Smart Bar. He was hired as the Music Director of Wicker Park hangout Moonshine, where he began to assert his musical tastes, booking up and coming local DJs. In 2003 he began to concentrate on more underground communities and along with DJ partner Duke Shin, achieved notoriety within the Burner community around the Midwest. In 2006, Nate founded Bad Advice Inc, a record label specializing in House, Tech House and Techno music. The label features production work not only from local legends Derrick Carter, Angel Alanis and Gene Farris, but also international talent including Full Phat, HeavyFeet and Cheap As Chimps. In October, he joined the Metro / Smart Bar team as the Smart Bar talent buyer.

Friday May 28

At the Majestic Theater, Detroit MI… Smart Bar Presents…


$12/$15/$20 in advance, $20 at the door / 21 & Over / Doors: 10 PM / Show: 10 PM / Style: Techno, Tech House

Metro/Smart Bar Box Office in the Official Metro Store (no service fee)
Smart Bar website
At the door the night of the show at the Majestic Theater

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  1. Alex Naff says:

    Nice blog and post, Thank you. Hope to get back sunday

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