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I was lucky to witness Logan Baker live in set on three occasions during our trip to Berlin. The first, a 9am set at Golden Gate, a basement like space below the Jannowitzbrucke train stop. After a good night's sleep, breakfast and coffee we left the morning sunshine and plunged into the darkness of the very busy little club. Warm thick smokey air and the sun streaming through red tinted windows created hazy beams of light across the room. Spliffs, cheap beer, good friends and smooth sounds on a smooth sound system made for a pretty cool Saturday morning.
The next experience was at the reincarnation of the famous Bar25 - Kater Blau. The three day non stop party kicked off midnight Saturday, we arrived early afternoon on Sunday to enjoy the open air festivities of the day. Logan played in the aptly named Acid Bogan room, the smallest of the stages but none the lesser, with it's crazy circus decor, sneaky mezzanine floor and funktion-One sound system. Despite tough competition from Ricardo Villalobos, Logan built up a bumping dance floor for Sven Dohse's down tempo alias Don Schtone. The 3 day lineup featured Kate Moss, Margaret Dygaz, Sebo & Madmotomiquel, Britta Arnold, MiMi Love & Dave Dinger, Kalabrese and David Dorad. . . to name a few. The vibe at this playground for 'grown ups' is truly special A++
Our last week of holiday was spent at Fusion Festival with 90,000 friends. The oasis of cool which is the Bachstelzen was home for 5 days of madness. Nestled between trees and a fair distance from the rest of the festival, you could stay here happily the entire week if you weren't aware of the wonderland beyond the sea of tents. Built in a former military airbase, the grass covered concrete hangers create spaces for stages and hills for views. The enormous lineup is only announced on arrival in the form of a very large double sided timetable, the site map is just as big. Funktion-One sound systems are the standard. My memories of Baker's 7 am set at the Bachstelzen on Saturday morning are hazy. . . but filled with sunshine, dancing, confetti, fat dubby techno and familiar smiley faces. FYI: My description in no way does justice to the magic that is Fusion.
There were not enough weekends for us to visit all the clubs in Berlin, but we did squeeze in a night chilling on decks of laid back Club der Visionaere. Another night was spent at Wilde der Renate with Leipzig based DJ Janein (who played at an ATC gig late last year). A bit like a crazy house party, the club has several different buzzy rooms in an old apartment building. Berlin has a lot more to boast about than an excellent music scene and it's the people who live there are what makes it so unique. A massive thank you to all the wonderful souls who played their part in our little adventure. Lots of love to you all and to my readers I <3 Berlin
First blog. . .hmm what to write? Really I just want to say here's an interview from the Thankyou City boys, Brent & Scotty. . .thought it would be nice to know a little more about them before they treat us with their 3 hour (all original) live set at Neck of the Woods tomorrow. Hope to see ya'll there
Hey Brent and Scott! How you doing? We can’t wait to party with you next Friday! We're dying to know some juicy gossip about you two, so please tell us. . ..
Who’s the older brother?
(Brent) Its a question that has plagued the mind of many over time but also a question that we have long enjoyed discussing. (Scott) What he is trying to say is I'm the older one.
When did you start producing together?
(Brent) I began producing on the game Music 2000 on PS1 when I was a wee boy. I used to get my dad to hire it for me from blockbuster video every weekend so I could make some jams. All was well until one unruly day, a freak accident occurred, my beloved disc was dropped and cracked into pieces. The days were dark after such an incident but It wasn't long before Scotty triumphantly came home with a version of Reason 3.0 for the PC and that's when we really started to delve into the sonic world together. (Scott) This is true. But I was originally a drummer and percussionist in some bands before I got into electronic music.
What are your earliest influential musical memories?
(Brent) For me personally it was my two older brothers, My eldest brother Luke was the first person to introduce me into the world of hard trance through an old cassette tape recorded off triple J, Thats when I feel in love with electronic music. Eventually I wore that tape out and Scotty (being older and cooler) introduced me to more styles and genres as we were growing up together. (Scott) I remember my dad made me a guitar out of plywood, It didn't make any sound but I used to play it everyday rocking out in my bedroom. He realised it got quite a lot of use and eventually got me a real one. I was actually pretty happy with keeping the wooden one.
How do you describe your style of music?
(Brent) Its always difficult to describe your own music but from what we are told its a mixture of progressive and deep house, techno, minimal and prog. We think its Progressive for sure as a prog has always lived in our loins. (Scott) We like to call it Nu Progressive.
You’ll be playing a 3 hour live set for Auckland Techno Collective’s gig. What’s the difference between your standard DJ set vs your live set?
(Brent) Basically, If its a Dj set and I'm playing its gonna have some great tunes but the mixing, well, best you don't pay too much attention to the mixing. If Scotty on mixing duties though, well then you're in for a real treat! If its a live set however, you can expect us to do what we do best. We play all original tunes in our live shows (most of its unreleased) and layer all sorts of samples and elements to gel it all together into an audible cloud of emotive awesomeness.
What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you as a result of being DJ’s?
(Brent) We won an award once, the “people choice” for producers of the year and we received once of those giant fake cheques from a tall pretty girl in front of a huge live audience. That was pretty surreal.
What have you got lined up for the rest of the year? European tour perhaps?
(Brent) We have a little visit to Europe coming up in July and August with gigs in Paris, Madrid, Berlin and
What are your favourite clubs, festivals and parties around the world?
(Brent) Fusion festival in Berlin was pretty unforgettable. (Scott) Yeah Fusion festival was really awesome, I have always loved our local Rainbow Serpent Festival and my favourite little club in Berlin is Club der Visionare.
Top 5 tracks at the moment?
(Scott) Ohh thats hard as it always seems to change. I have been loving Mr Raoul K at the moment also new stuff from Bedouin, Three Machines, Hraach and Basti Grub.
Have you got any new material coming out?
(Scott) So much! most of the LIVE set we have in store is new unreleased stuff, some older stuff that has been given a makeover in there and a couple of oldies we are known for as well.
If you could sit in the studio to write music for a day with anyone who would it be?
(Brent) I've always been a huge fan of Protoculture's production so him for sure and maybe Hans Zimmer just so I when I'm on tinder I could be like “Sorry babe I was in the studio with hans all day” and shed be like “Who’s Hans” then I could say “Hans over your number baby”. (Scott) I would say Einstein, Because he would have no idea whats going on and I could feel smarter than Einstein for that brief moment of time.
Whats your favourite city you have been to and why ?
(Brent) Might might be Amsterdam. Or Turkey, I love places with rich histories. (Scott) Copenhagen.
And finally Logan was curious to know, if you were pizzas. .. what flavour would you be?
(Brent) Id be a Hawaiian because I'm simple, I show up at most house parties and because like me the pineapple takes a long time to reach maturation. (Scott) I be a vegetarian with salami as I'm full of contradictions.