As the year continues in Detroit – much the same as it does everywhere else, really – so does this very unusual festival season. The next big one in the Michigan city’s season is the curiously named Charivari. So, who’s on the lineup?
Well, Moodymann will be there – having recovered from his recent car crash. Carl Craig’s new best friend Jon Dixon will also be there, alongside Glenn Underground, Osunlade and DJ T-1000 – otherwise known as Derrick May’s friend Alan Oldham. The urge to stay at home is strong with this one.
But don’t take our word at Ears To The House for it. A source told us in August last year that “Derrick thought Charivari was beneath him. He once compared it to having dog s*** on the sole of your shoe” – and we also revealed May had previously turned down numerous invitations to play. Such was his dislike of Charivari that he refused to attend it at all.
Is there a chance that Derrick May could be asked to appear this year? Festival organisers are said to be aware of his past views on Charivari and are understood to be hesitant to make such a move, knowing it could receive a significant backlash. However, May would be a foolish man to turn the offer down.
Detroit sources are quite unanimous on the question of how much money Derrick May has – the once multi-millionaire with an expensive lifestyle isn’t as rich as he once was. Sources use phrases ranging from “a bit difficult” to “he’s going broke”. Perhaps May is beginning to wish he’d accepted some more of those Charivari gigs back in the day now…
Coming up tomorrow – Our Editor-in-chief reviews the Ash Lauryn narrated Techno: A Social History.