Welcome South Africa

{xtypo_dropcap}I{/xtypo_dropcap}n the last two weeks the second highest amount of vistitors to has come from South Africa. More and more people from Johannesburg, Auckland Park, Pretoria, Durban and 44 other cities stopped by to check out the show 'Deeper Shades of House' or the label 'Deeper Shades Recordings'. Thank you to those who have also written me emails and very nice messages on MySpace and Facebook and joined my Deeper Shades of House Facebook group.

I figured why not say "hello South Africa", welcome to and thank you for listening. The plan is to spotlight more countries like this in the next few months. visitors from South Africa
This image shows you the 'hot' parts of the country. The highest number of visitors ( 305 ) came from Johannesburg.

If you feel like it, let me know what city / country / continent you represent in the comments.

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Lars' Birthday In Hamburg - No Cameras Allowed

Lars Behrenroth & Constantin Groll
April 13th 2008
. It was my birthday and long before us traveling to Germany, I found out that Quarion, Omar S., Robert Owens and Theo Parrish would be in my old hometown Hamburg, Germany for an event called Coke DJ Culture (sponsored by Coca Cola and obviously never considering what the name could imply in other countries :).

So, after a beautiful early evening on April 12th with me playing at the Beta Lounge (more about that when the archive is up) and a very yummy dinner, a bit of chilling out and having a bottle of champagne at midnight to toast my birthday at my main man Constantin's crib, it was time to get our groove on.

Many rumors were rotating about Theo going on at 1am, later on it was said he would go back to back with Omar S. around 3am. We decided to be on the safe side and got there around 1.20am to see a sign at the door of club 'Click': NO CAMERAS ALLOWED. Well.. since my beautiful wife Kathy wasn't born yesterday, the security would not find her camera and we were able to take a bunch of candid shots all night. You can see the picture gallery in the extended.

Once we entered, a dope sound system was playing whatever Quarion (Drumpoet Community - Switzerland) would feed it during his live set, using Ableton Live. He definitely had the crowd going and the whole set was very smooth and offered great transitions.

Around 2am Robert Owens took over and we didn't know if it was going to be a live PA or what. Turned out, he was mixing tunes (very well, I might add) and eventually singing on top of some classics like "Tears" and "Can You Feel It".

Roughly 45minutes later it was time to be beat DOWN. Theo Parrish took over and did what Theo Parrish does. A mix and blend of Detroit House, Disco, mad edits, some halftempo mixing into R&B joints and overall energy that went through my whole body. We didn't miss a beat and danced throughout his whole set. Many highlights but stuck in my head is Theo ravishing Peven Everett's 'I can't believe I loved her'.

My shirt was soaked, my hair felt I had just taken a shower and I needed a break. Kathy and I got a drink and chilled out in the foyer while Omar S. was continueing the Detroit Beatdown with proper Techno. Once I had dried off a bit we went back on the dancefloor just when Omar S. was reducing the speed back to House, and again dancing was the program. He killed the crowd when he dropped Theo's 'Synthetic Flemm' or a few of his own joints, like 'Just Ask The Lonely'. Time went by quickly and all three of them decided to go back to back to continue the night into the early morning. Around 7.15am my body was getting really tired and I was quite hungry so it was time to say goodbye and leave the club (anyone tell me how long it really went?)

One of the best birthdays I've had in a long time. Deep music all night long, breaking boundaries, no compromises and a crowd filled with true connaisseurs and fans. Plus I was surrounded by people I love, many of those I don't get to see as often as I would like. ... OH, What A Night.

Make sure you check the pictures in the extended. We did take some video but it was too dark and the sound is so distorted that we decided to trash them ..

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Some Studio Pictures

Hi everyone,

I had to take a few pictures to file with my taxes so I figured, I let you all see where most of the 'magic' happens. Just got the mixer couple of weeks ago. Vestax R-1 .. Oh yes, I was skeptical myself. The last Vestax mixer didn't work out too well for me but this one.. OH OH OH > masterpiece .. it sounds soooo clean and the mixing is soooo smooth  ..

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Inner City - Big Fun - Classic House Video

Inner City - Big FunBig Fun. So much energy and memories in this song by Kevin Saunderson's project Inner City released on KMS / 10 Records / Virgin Records in 1988.
The 12" btw. can be heard in the end of the 2nd hour of my Classic House Special for Deeper Shades of House show #100.

While checking out Discogs for the usual link for more info on the record, I came across this great review with a lot of inside by Alain Patrick.

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Grooverider Sentenced To Four Years

Grooverider1.jpg{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}raveling DJs, listen up.
After well known Drum & Bass DJ Grooverider had been arrested at Dubai (UAE) airport back in November 2007 for the possession of 2.16g of Cannabis (and some rumors also mentioned some porn .. big woop), he has now been sentenced to FOUR years in jail.

Dubai has been growing rapidly as a clubbing city, among other things, inviting many international DJs, from true underground to very well known.

From what I understand, four years is the mandatory sentence if you violate the United Arab Emirates zero tolerance laws. Many travelers are oblivious to these laws and get themselves into trouble, especially since some painkillers and cold medication (even if available over the counter in other countries) are also included.

How about the guy who was jailed because they found 3 poppy seeds on him? Those three seeds were left over from a roll he had eaten at Heathrow airport. Read about him and also find out more about Keith Brown, who was arrested and sentenced to 4 years in jail after 0.003g of cannabis - which weighs less than a grain of sugar - was found stuck to his shoe.

So, everyone.. please educate yourself about the reigning laws of the countries you are traveling to, no matter how ridiculous they may seem to you.
I know, I will double check my luggage and clothing even more than before.

Colonel Abrams - Trapped - Classic House Video

Colonel Abrams - TrappedThis right here is House before it was called House. 1985 - MCA Records, Colonel Abrams was 'Trapped' and all over the Radio singing how he's confused. Anything but, I would say. And yes, if the gig's the bomb, I pull this song out every once in a while. Sweetness... btw. the Colonel never stopped being active in House Music. I have quite a few 12"s in my collection.

More info as always on Check out the flipside. Two mixes by Timmy Regisford (Shelter, NYC).

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Merry Xmas And A Happy New Year

All the best wishes for this holiday season & a safe and prosperous 2008.

Merry X-Mas

I hope you are able to celebrate christmas in the circle of your loved ones and already know where to party into the new year. Please be careful, leave your car at home and make sure you turn into the first DSoH on January 1st 2008. Thank you for your continued support and love in the past years.

Lars Behrenroth - Deeper Shades of House

Lars Behrenroth Rocking Ecuador

{xtypo_dropcap}E{/xtypo_dropcap}cuador, I'm loving it.
My wife and I already got here a few weeks ago and it's beautiful. The weather is great, the people are nice and everyday feels like a real vacation including swimming in the pool, working out, sleeping whenever necessary and eating very well.

But what would travelling be if I wouldn't DJ anywhere. I DJ'ed two gigs in Guayaquil already (you might have seen the info in the upcoming event section) and let me tell you, people here like their music underground and deep (with a techy twist). The pictures are downloading to my computer right now and I'll post 'em when I get around to it (remember.. it's a vacation :)


Tomorrow Dec 22nd we'll be driving or flying to Quito since I have a gig there and then on the 29th it's off to Montanita where I'm DJing right by the beach. More info in the 'Lars Behrenroth upcoming DJ gigs section' . I'll make sure we'll take pictures and maybe even some video footage there as well.


Alright . off to the gym ..


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