19-11-2012 | 13.26
I can imagine that the Boiler Room crew asked themselves where the hell they got into, when they did their parties during ADE. The Amsterdam audience didn't care about the Boiler Room etiquette that tells you to stand still and watch your phone. Instead of this, the afterpary kids transformed the Rush Hour matinee in a mad rave, while the Innervisions night on Thursday ended in feathers and euphoria. That's what they call VOC mentality, if you ask me.
But these parties are not what I want to talk about. You should had been there anyway.
What I like so much about Boiler Room is the idea of playing your best records in a short period of time, no matter what time it is, who's playing before or after you or how many people are dancing, or watching the show being broadcasted at home.
With some friends we also organized a party during ADE: Malawi - Rhythm Extravaganza in Basis: a small, cool bar in the centre of Amsterdam. The party would last for ten hours, and in all our enthousiasm we asked a little to many deejays. As a result every deejay could play only a bit more than half an hour. As a motivation I sended them that they could play their very favorite records, so they could imagine they were playing Boiler Room.
That night the packed bar danced for ten hours non-stop to excellent music, and Dollkraut (who's mysterious partner just released , one of the best records of this year) and Eelco Couvreur (who's Soundcloud can not be visited enough) played one of the coolest sets I did hear this year.
Parties like this don't happen that often, parties where you can dance to music from all around the world, at any possible speed. Why is this?
In my opinion it is because deejays like to play a set with a certain line. Of course there it's cool if there's a certain line in a deejay mix; after all the set should make sense in a way. Only there seems to be a major misunderstanding: the idea that this line always needs to go straight up. I'm probably not the only who often hears deejay first spin some generic ambient, thereafter some 'deep' (what does this actually mean?) house, to continue with some vocal stuff, to go to bigroom house and heavy techno and eventually close the night with a classic (The music sounds better with you for instance)
Can music get more boring than this?
If you ask me, it's cool when there's a certain wave in music. A line is not necessarily straight.
Text: Luc Mastenbroek