No Way Back (2023)

No Way Back Room
Carlos Souffront
Derek Plaslaiko
Eris Drew
Mike Servito
Patrick Russell

Outer Space Room
Christina Chatfield (live)
Wanjira Makena (sound bath)
Detroit Bureau of Sound (live)
Grant Aaron (live)
Andrew Veres (live)
Bryan Kasenic
Scott Zacharias

10pm - noon


Return to the Source — Day 2

What began as a 12 hour party with a leaky roof has evolved into a 14 hour party with a wholly improved environment, starting at 10 PM. And The Tangent has grown. You won’t believe how alive it is, and full of surprises and improvements. Interdimensional Transmissions has grown and evolved, as has the transformational immersive installations of Amber Gillen & crew. So has the sound, listening to and throbbing to the psychedelic rivers of sound emanating from the giant audiophile system enveloping you inside from Jim Gibbons / AVS, to the incredible self built system of Bing Audio for the outside stage. Nothing could prepare you for what you are going to experience. 

The Outer Space Room continues to grow in concept and presentation, as the space to unwind to experimental and ambient music means even more to us now. We begin the room with a sound bath from Detroit local Wanjira Makena to allow everyone to begin the session with a clean and refreshed vision — with a complementary Iyengar Yoga Detroit class led by George Rahme starting at 10:30, props and mats provided. We feel this will be the perfect way to prepare your body and your mind for the marathon of music to come. We have some compelling live shows this year, with live music from Christina Chatfield, and a live modular show from Detroit Bureau of Sound. We have a hybrid live show from Mysteries of the Deep’s Grant Aaron, a live show from Cleveland’s Andrew Veres of Outer Space and Organic Dial, and a deep prime time set from Going In don Bryan Kasenic. At dawn, the magical impossible happens, and Scott Zacharias transforms the room with his own unique genre, something compelling and new, somewhere beyond psychedelic, cosmic and sleaze.

In the No Way Back Room, we have all the DJs playing 90 minute sets that allow them to flow into each other, in an order that should form the Voltron DJ, an arc of DJs DJing the DJ, for an incredible flow of energy, with the narrative told from many angles in an always invigorating way. We have all of our veteran residents: Carlos Souffront, Patrick Russell, Mike Servito, Erika, Derek Plaslaiko, BMG and Eris Drew. And we have ADAB bringing us that futuristic vision. Since Bryan is playing in the Outer Space Room, we are glad to welcome special guest Mozhgan to open the NWB Ballroom with her incredibly heavy and heady sound, setting the stage for the night. 

This is a psychedelic safe space, a harassment free zone where you can let go of the form society forces you to hold and be totally free. The you beyond boundaries, beyond the limitations of others perceptions. This is something for your mind, your body and your soul. When you feel this freedom, when you touch what you may have thought was untouchable, you will quickly realize that you are too far gone and there is no way back.

This is an eternal concept, we didn’t invent this, and the people who may think they did didn’t either, this is our cultural heritage from a time before history. It has taken many forms from dancing around the fire at a coming of age ceremony, imbibing soma, to losing it on the dance floor of a parking garage to Larry Levan, or in some secret warehouse road under the actual road to the feverish sound of Ron Hardy, or climbing up those stairs to Heaven and seeing Miss Heaven 1 and Miss Heaven 2 jacking on top of the speakers to Ken Collier. We recognize where this music comes from, its original Black, Trans, Queer and Latinx roots, and the serious library of advanced technological thoughts that came from their ecstatic music. Detroit Techno was inevitable when you think about it.

This is our generation picking up those threads and making our own new fabric of the space time continuum. This is our generation returning to the source.


Return to the Source 2023 is an organic evolution of the original concept, with careful attention to detail put in at every level. We’ve used this time to improve ourselves and our infrastructure, to mindfully choose what it is we want to do and share with our community. Our weekend at the Tangent includes 4 parties for the price of one weekend wristband, with an outdoor area containing a harm reduction zone, food truck, and a greater outdoor sound system. Once the music starts at No Way Back on Sunday night, it won't end until Tuesday morning — 32 hours of continuous music. A weekend wristband will allow you to experience all this with no interruptions.

21+ with ID


— Groove Magazine
Erika – Groove Podcast 381 (Interview & Mix)