Gramofonowa. x NovaFuture Blog – Poland Special
Part 3: “Playing Poland – Interviews with DJs played there”
Interview & Sets:
Fiedel: I played in Poznan at Esculab, at Unsound (as MMM) and Patch Lab festivals in Kraków, Slap party series in Wrocław and events in Katowice and Warsaw. Besides this I set up the Killasan sound system in Sczeczin.
Non Reversible: So far only in Kraków – really beautiful city btw.
THNTS: I played in January at Das Lokal in Wrocław and recently in Warsaw for the Why So Silent?! event.
Mario Berger: I played in Warsaw at Luzztro, in Poznan at 8 Bitow and in a club called Oczy. I played at Sfinks 700 in Sopot twice and in Szczecin in a place called Pierwsze Miejsce. I also played two smaller parties that definitely deserve the term “underground”: one in Zielona Gora and one in Słupsk. Both were hosted by a small crew that is composed of friends from both cities.
Fiedel: My first gig in Poland happened, when DJ Pete asked whether I join him at Esculab. I am friends with the guys of Slap and they invite me to their events. Other requests were reaching my agent at Ostgut booking.
Non Reversible: I was invited by the promoter of the NIC series with a really lovely inquiry.
THNTS: I knew some people before, after I booked Michal Jablonski to Berlin I also got to know more people from his SLAP-crew back then, like Karol/Spectribe and Adam, who eventually invited me to play in Wrocław. Blazej Malinowski, the curator of Why so silent, is actually living here in Berlin, so we met here last year. We were talking about me playing this event for a while, so I’m happy it finally worked out!
Mario Berger: I had my first gig in Poland through Alexander Kowalski back in the days. He went on a small tour through Poland and he asked me to be his supporting DJ. Everything was well organized. We played 4 different cities. He played his live set. I was the DJ. In the end we also played back to back on every show. It was big fun! Of course I also got in touch with the promoter who organized the whole tour. He’s still inviting me to play on his parties regularly.
Fiedel: Esculab was quite huge and an old multi purpose location as far as I can remember. People wanted to dance, they longed for raving to techno music. Last year in Kraków, I played in an old hotel from the 80ies that is not in use anymore. Cannot speak the name but it was an interesting location.
Non Reversible: The location where i played was a really nice one. Spliniza 1 is a basement vault in the middle of old town from Kraków. The audience was great, extremely friendly and warmly as well.
THNTS: Das Lokal reminded me actually of Berlin clubs in their best times, small place, escalating crowd and great sound (thanks to Karols insane sound system!). The venue of Why so silent is not exactly a club, so it’s hard to compare, but in both places the audience was very open and into it. It’s always nice to hear feedback during and after your set.
Mario Berger: People are really enthusiastic in Poland. As far as I can tell they really like Techno. So everyone puts a lot of effort in throwing parties. I remember nice and ornate visuals in the clubs for example. They always were special.
Fiedel: There is no difference between the gigs in Poland or elsewhere, but I think it is more energetic compared to Germany.
Non Reversible: The difference to Berlin was – of course – the play time and the length of the party but also the vibe. I found it very pleasant and less hectic – but the people for sure are not so spoiled like in Berlin. It is not all designed for peaktime, and the DJs may play a bit more diverse. In Berlin you would surely do the “Moses” if you would play similar tracks between 5.00 till the end.
THNTS: Wouldn’t really say different, but the party I played definitely had a special vibe and that’s what makes it fun for me to play.
Mario Berger: Berlin is really international. People from all over the world are living or coming to Berlin to experience its club culture. So you kind of always play in front of an international, probably also touristic crowd here in Berlin. But I don’t think that there are any big differences to Poland. I always had the feeling that Polish people like Techno in its whole bandwidth. As a DJ you can try different things during your set. This makes it a lot of fun to play there and this for me is the most important thing.
Fiedel: I used to play stuff by Echoplex. He is from Poland, isn’t he? I am not really interested, where a producer or DJ is from, it’s just the music that counts for me. DJs I have seen recently and I like are Olivia Ungaro and Eltron John.
Non Reversible: In Poland there are so many talents and I always have an eye on things happening around us. Especially I would like to mention VTSS from Behind The Stage – I think we will hear a lot from her in the next years.
THNTS: I was following it before actually and really admire the quality of music that is coming from Poland lately. They deserve more attention, so it’s great that you are doing this Poland special!
Mario Berger: I knew the guys of Technosoul through mutual friends before. They have been throwing parties and inviting DJs from Berlin for many years. So I knew that there is a strong scene for Techno. I also knew Milena Kriegs who I saw later play at ://about blank here in Berlin. Last year I gladly invited Blazej Malinowski to play at my New faces issue at Tresor. I’m a big fan of his productions. So of course I’m still curious about what he and his guys are doing now and that’s why I keep on following them. I also notice that Michal Jablonski who I saw play at Tresor last year is getting more and more popular.
(Głós, Fiedel, Non Reversible, THNTS & Mario Berger)
Fiedel: The scene right now is still kind of fresh and original, like I experienced the first time. But there are also tendencies of being hip in some places. Many people travel to Berlin to enjoy electronic music and bring the spirit to Poland. I greatly appreciate the effort that people try to make things happen in terms of organizing parties presenting a high standard in music.
Non Reversible: Very open-minded, entusiastic and detailed in love. Looking forward to my next time!
THNTS: What I can really say stood out to me the most, was the hospitality of everyone! I felt super welcome and taken care of and you can feel the love and passion everyone has for the music.
Mario Berger: As I mentioned before I remember the people being very enthusiastic in what they are doing. And they definitely know how to party. 🙂 They also seem to be really well connected over the different cities which of course is really good. This symbiosis creates a high standard of the events people in Poland are doing. And of course last not least you also can hear it in their productions. I mean Blazej’s music lives up to high international standards and a label like Technosoul is more and more becoming a trademark for high quality electronic music. I also think they are heavily influenced by what’s going on in Berlin, which is quite obvious, since cities like Poznan and Szczecin and even Warsaw have a direct train connection to Berlin. When I played in Poznan a couple of years ago I was told by someone that their crew is going to Berlin by train several times a year to go to the clubs here. So you can feel that they really like and live electronic music .
Fiedel: A great party to remember was Ars Cameralis in Katowice where I played together with Tobias. The audience was totally up for it. Not to forget the Slap parties in Wrocław. The crew does a very good job and people are full of energy.
Non Reversible: Middle of the set to see the faces. 🙂
THNTS: hmmm, hard to make out a single moment. It was really a great time overall…
Mario Berger: Actually there wasn’t one “best” moment. I always had loads of fun playing in Poland. Every gig was different and special in its own way. Maybe retrospectively there was a funniest moment. When I played Zielona Gora, I had to play in Słupsk the next day as well. We went there by car. There were 5 people in the car and it was supposed to be a four hour drive. In the end it took us more than eight hours since someone claimed to know a cutoff. That led us through fields and woods in the polish coutryside and we completely got lost on our way. At some point we got accidentally back to the correct route. So we arrived late in Słupsk but accurate enough to have one of the best pizzas I ever had before I had to start playing. I gladly remember this happening. 🙂
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