23-06-2013 | 15.50
They’re known for being legendary: the Concrete parties in Paris. But is a party that starts at 7 am on a Sunday morning automatically an after party? Our own Awanto3, who will play at Concrete for the third time on June 30th, shines his disco light on this question.
Is it too simple to call Concrete an after party?
‘Yes, that is absolutely too simply put. You could see it as an after party because it starts in the early morning, but I see it as a distinct party that just happens to start really on time. The audience for sure doesn’t only consist of people that are skimmed from other parties. There are definitely people who go to bed on time just to be able to go to that party in the morning, who are looking forward to that. What Concrete is doing might not be new, but I actually haven’t seen any other after party running in this form. How they arrange everything with the equipment and how they treat the artists - in these aspects Concrete is something fresh. They have secured a place on their own, independent from a club. I’ve been to a Concrete party twice, so I’m no expert, but the editions that I experienced were great.’
Have you been on the boat?
‘Yes, that day on the boat was truly magical. I had to start, I played from 7 till 10. Personally I like that a lot, especially when there’s an audience. When I started playing there was an empty dance floor for 10 minutes. I blinked, and suddenly the place was packed and the party was full on! The people were sweating and dancing as if the party had already been on for hours. It was full steam ahead and it kept on going. That edition rocked from the beginning till the end with a bucket load of positive energy. It was very intimate yet big at the same time. That boat is one long narrow room, the roof is low, so however big that boat might be, it stays intimate. Trouw has that intimate vibe as well, I think. The upstairs has a high ceiling, but it’s not big and bulky that it would make it hard to fill a dance floor.’
Did you have memorable after party experiences in the Netherlands?
‘Loads of them! One I will never forget was after Costa del Soul, 4 or 5 years ago. I was playing there, too. It was truly a magical edition. The people, the location, the weather, good sound. And so simple; a van with some drinks under a viaduct.’
What would be your ultimate after party, if you could have it your way?
‘I think somewhere here in the dunes. Definitely outside in nature. There would be an audience of 100 nice people. There would be a good sound system, and no trouble with neighbors or police. And there would be a good crew making sure everything goes smoothly. And the line-up... Eaglemen has to play for sure. These guys always bring exclusively good shit. I want the music to be blissful, and the party has to go on until it’s done.’
Will there be frisking at your dune party?
‘Preferably not. You should do whatever you want. But if I could have a say in it, I prefer an audience on radishes over a garlic audience. It seems to me that garlic lowers the fun more than it boosts it.’
In your opinion, what is the difference between Concrete in Paris and the ‘normal’ after parties in Amsterdam?
‘Obviously that in Paris I don’t know any people in the audience. And also the tolerance from outsiders, I think. In the Netherlands the feeling that the party can be stopped at any moment dominates. In our densely populated country people are quick to complain about the noise. Or they just call the police. And there’s more sexiness on the Parisian dance floors. The audience is a bit more outgoing. They’re all dressed up, which makes it a nice big Muppet show, that’s how I see it. I love to see that people dress up well for a party, and then still go totally wild.’
If you don’t spend your Sunday at an after party, what do you do?
‘Making love to my dog and cats at home. Just cherishing my home, basically. Maybe make some music, or listen to some. And I would like to bake a quiche.’
Text: Tessa Velthuis