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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wiggle Factor brings Brendon Moeller to the Music Room for Movement pre-party

Birthed and nurtured here in Atlanta, Wiggle Factor has been reinventing the way we look at house and techno events through carefully curated parties and sophisticated promotional avenues. The group might be comprised of a small number of music enthusiasts behind the scenes, but their gatherings offer such a communal experience for patrons that everyone feels involved. The third anniversary was celebrated last November, so we're in the middle of years three and four for the techno-minded outfit of DJs, visual artists and volunteers. The stage production is unlike anything seen before in the Southeast, much less here in Atlanta, and the bar has now been reset for what's to come.

With largely celebrated lineups of national and international DJs behind their name, it's only appropriate they coordinate with Detroit event organizer Paxahau to bring Atlanta an official Movement pre-party this Friday, May 9 at the Music Room. The festival, initiated under various names since 2000 and hosted by Paxahau since 2006, aims at bridging the gap between yesterday's techno beginnings and today's progressive dance culture. Paxahau infused this same sound and visual aesthetic in their first year with Moogfest, which took place just a few weeks ago in Asheville, NC. But their more coveted event is still Movement in Detroit, because it's something that positively reflects the city and its contributions to the music world. After all, more than 107,000 attendees entered the gates for last year's festival.

But what does this mean for Atlanta residents not planning the trek to the Motor City this Memorial Day Weekend? Fear not, because Wiggle Factor has planned an evening of audio communications akin to the festival's very ethos by bringing New York-based producer Brendon Moeller to the South. Certainly no stranger to the house and techno community, the South African ex-pat releases music under various names and runs his Steadfast label out of his Patterson, NY home. Moeller played a live set under his Echologist moniker at last year's Movement Festival, captivating an attentive audience from the visually engulfing Underground Stage. His discography encompasses notable labels such as Francois K's Deep Space Media, Detroit's avant-garde Echospace, Danish-bred Echocord, and Third Ear Recordings. His music exists on a balanced plane between head-swirling club rhythms and ethereal, at-home atmospheres, fitting right into the Detroit techno mindset and Wiggle Factor spirit.

While many of Wiggle Factor's events are scattered throughout warehouses, basements, and various other rogue locations - a scene tailored perfectly for music conceptualized in this exact environment - the Movement pre-party is being held at Edgewood's own subterranean venue, the Music Room. Moeller, the veteran producer of 20 years, will perform a 90-minute live set of personal material for his inaugural appearance here in Atlanta. Stefan Ringer, better known under his production alias REKchampa, will be selecting a fine assortment of funk, soul, and modern dance music alongside Wiggle Factor's own Ajhenda (Dee Washington, aka the main man behind WF) and Amalgam (Josh Clayton).

$8. 10 p.m. The Music Room. 327 Edgewood Ave.

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