First of all, it was shockingly empty at U. I went extra early (12:30) in order to avoid the expected line. I got there, nothing, no people at all. Got inside, virtually deserted. I was actually shocked. Why was that? Don't people know who Jeff Mills is? Can't be. Or they all were still dead from the night before, which I hear was very good and packed. Or everybody left for the 2 week school break over the Easter holidays. Who knows. By the time Mills started, at 2:30 am, it was reasonably, or should I say acceptably, filled.
Opening DJ was a guy named DJ Mau Mau from Brazil who was quite good. Funny how he was bouncing behind the decks to some imaginary beats, totally out of synch with the actual beats. just like Renato Cohen, seems to be a Brazilian thing
So at 2:30 Jeff Mills came on. What can I say. Good music, technically impressive, especially when you stepped up onto the side of the stage he was playing on to watch him closely, his hands flying over the equipment. The set was a bit too much up and down, IMO, though, meaning the programming wasn't what I had expected. However, it was very interesting that he also controlled the visuals himself, parallel to spinning and as integral part of his performance. A large screen was set up next to him, where various videos were shown which he played from a small portable DVD player, including long sequences from '2001 – A Space Odyssey'. Sometimes he opened the sound channel of the videos and included that into his set. Obviously, sequences from his new DVD 'The Exhibitionist' were also played, partly to its own sound from which he then mixed back into his "real" set. All done brilliantly, no doubt. Yet the music itself, on the whole, wasn't as much to go crazy. Anyway, I'm glad I finally got to see him for the first time ever.
After 3 hours he finished to enthusiastic cheering. He was followed by Ingo Boss, an upcoming local DJ who spun a pretty cool minimal techno set. Alas, I left kind of early (6:30 am) as I have another party to go to tonight for which I wanted to catch some sleep.
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