Lars' Birthday In Hamburg - No Cameras Allowed
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 ..