30-11-2011 | 14.29
All of a sudden the Rumanians were there the second half of the past decennium and not only because they became a part of the EU in 2007. No, especially because there was this new minimal techhouse scene coming from Bucharest that was growing into something big and instigators Luciano and Ricardo Villalobos were pushing this Rumanian sound and attitude as only they can.
Looking at the way music has united people in such a natural and relaxed way for ages, it's not strange why precisely this Rumanian sound became so popular and the artists coming from here were welcomed with open arms by the rest of the world. Parties had (and still have) that true underground vibe where you can really enjoy the music in countries like Rumania. Where the Western world is known for parties that have to top each other in extravagance, parties in countries that never had shitloads of money seem to keep away from the commercial side of this business. Plus the fact that these countries never or barely saw the birth of house. So it was inevitable that the traces left from the West were soon to be picked up by the East, taking along some nostalgia driven Western Europeans as well.
So what is it about this Rumanian sound that makes it so attracting? Because some find it downright boring and others can't seem to get enough of it. I think it's because artists, may these be musicians, writers, painters, doesn't really matter, always put some of their own culture into their art. The 'no nonsense' attitude of the Rumanians combined with a fresh and relaxed outlook on things is definitely to be heard in their music. Besides this the Rumanians don't seem to be bothered too much with flashy PR stunts. So no Facebook post every two seconds (Dan Andrei even refuses to have his own page), or a Youtube series with a million plus watchers, interviews are barely given and the [a:rpia:r] blog is easily said something vague. All this plus the fact that they don't play records you hear each weekend on every party you attend, makes the Rumanians special in a cool kind of way.
The Rumanian hype was founded in 2005 when, then still rookie, Raresh was booked to play at all the Sunrise events during the summer. Here he played before artists like Richie Hawtin, Steve Bug, Tobi Neumann and Josh Wink just to nam a few. But things started to hit of in a more serious way when he had to open for Villalobos in Bucharest a year later. Villalobos became Raresh's mentor and the Rumanian sound and artists became more and more popular than before. In the summer of 2007 Raresh, Rhadoo and Pedro became residents at the Circoloco parties in Ibiza's DC10, in a time where these parties were about the coolest thing in the underground dance scene. These gigs gave them enough attention to become fast figures at clubs all around the world. Nowadays Raresh is a resident at one of the most popular parties on the island (Ibiza); 'Party Animals' from Cocoon's head honcho Sven Väth in Amnesia. Here he plays legendary sets at the terrace together with Villalobos. To everybody who's never seen this magic happen live, make sure to put it on number one on your 'still to attend to parties in 2012'.
By: Antje Klaster