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Interview:
Orbital at Movement, 5 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Orbital coming back to Detroit to play this year's Movement Electronic Festival is just part of the British brother duo's memorable 30th anniversary year.



Phil and Paul Hartnoll recorded their first track, "Chime," on their father's cassette deck and haven't looked back since. The electronic music pioneers have released nine albums -- including last year's "Monsters Exist," a comeback from a two-and-a-half year hiatus. They've logged hits such as "Satan Live," "The Box" and "The Saint" from the film of the same name and enjoy a reputation for their heavily improvised live shows.



Orbital's performance at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, on the Movement stage will be its first appearance ever at the festival, and its first visit to Detroit in nearly 20 years...



Phil Hartnoll, 55, says by phone that he's been aware of Movement for many years and got the invite after festival organizers saw Orbital perform last year in Amsterdam. "I always thought (Movement) was untouchable for us because it seems like it's all about the dance floor. We're an electronic band, so it's very different. We're not in any one category or style, so I always thought they considered us not part of it, really, like a square peg in a round hole. So when we got (the invitation) I was really over the moon. I think it's time."



To commemorate the booking, the Hartnolls put together a pair of special hour-long music mixes currently streaming at mixmag.net, featuring music from many of the other Movement performers. "We were so excited about it I thought, 'OK, maybe I'll do a few mixes and see if anyone wants to put them out somewhere.' It was a no brainer to me. There's so many fantastic people playing (at Movement) you could go on and on and on doing mixes of the people playing there. It was a nice little idea and I did some research on who's playing and I did a slower one, more relaxed, and then I did a more pumping one. It was an easy thing to do."



Orbital is also gearing up for a residency at a new club, Eden, in Ibiza that starts June 3. Phil Hartnoll says some of the material the duo has prepared for that may seep into the Movement performance. "We'll have to see; DJing's a different beast to what we do as a band. There'll be some splatterings, definitely of some of the tracks from the DJ set. But mostly (Movement) will be all Orbital, not necessarily trying to make you dance, just playing musical pieces we like and we hope everyone else will, too."







Orbital was apart from early 2004-2009, and again from 2014-2017, during which the Hartnolls pursued their own projects. "This is Orbital version three," Phil says. "Me and my brother, we're chalk and cheese, really. I think that works with making music, but it does clash a lot and gets very intense. I think my brother gets to a point where he can't handle it anymore and just has to go away and do something else, on his own. Eventually he comes around and admits that he misses me -- he hasn't actually said that, but I try to get it out of him. (laughs) But we thought we'd give it a go a couple of years ago, and it's been fantastic. It reminds me of when we first started."



As part of the 30th anniversary celebration Orbital has commissioned remixes of its songs by artists such as David Holmes, Johns Hopkins, Tomas Dvorak (aka Floex) and others. "We were like, 'We've got this 30-year anniversary. What should we do? Let's have a load of remixes'," Phil Hartnoll says. "So we've done about eight of our top tracks, sent them out to people and see what they get back. And they've been great. So we'll start putting them out, and that's quite exciting."



The annual Movement Electronic Music Festival runs Saturday through Monday, May 25-27, at Detroit's Hart Plaza. $99-$420, plus a full slate of afterparties. movement.us.

Web Site: www.movement.us

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