Thursday, May 19, 2005

Eclectro Lounge #11

This was supposed to be Kompleksi's 7" release party, and as guest DJs we had Sakke, Arttu and Matias. Who all played great stuff, as Mika too, nothing to be complained about that, but we should have seen beforehand that there were bad signs in the air. First, Mika's car got broken, which meant that this time we couldn't carry CD players with us to Apadana (they've got only a pair of Technics SL-1200s), had to take the vinyl only option this time, and had to reduce the amount of records we usually carry with us. (And later on, I found out at home I had messed up the recording of our final set and the MD was blank, but I guess we'll have
more chances to record those Cerrone/Moroder hit sets, and let's not get ahead of things.) And the worse was yet to come.

Well, what with the audience attendance, this was the worst Eclectro Lounge we've ever had, and as a "record release night" a bit of a fiasco (gladly the record itself seems to have had a bit better local success than the party for it); at the end of the night the place was like a graveyard. There are always many factors to why a party is successful or not, such as the propensity of other similar parties, if the students have money in their use or not, weather, and things like that. This time these factors were not on our side. A reggae artist called Lord Est had simultaneously with our party his own record release night at some other venue, so that one probably ate up all our potential punters, and tonight there'll be another Swäg night in Pispala, so you see the circumstances were not the best for us.

I don't know, sometimes I wonder why should I bother at all with DJing (and to be honest, I've got more records than skills needed there) and organising these events if it's mostly kicking against the pricks like this. Or maybe I should give up with electro altogether, grow dreadlocks, start smoking ganja, and go with the flow of the current popular mainstream in Finnish "underground" music scene. Or become another of those clueless white B-boys. Well, maybe not, though. I'd like to be a childish asshole again and say that people are such clueless shitheads, and quote my own recent blog entry: "During my 'career' in music I have seen more than my share of self-serving and greedy egotists, who only want to get paid, get laid and get stoned, and clueless partygoers enjoying their ephemeral pleasures. These people are lazy, self-indulgent and selfish bastards; a bunch of unindependent herd animals who only chase after the latest trend or what is deemed fashionable in media at the time.
People are freeloaders who only want to enjoy the fruits of other people's labour but are not themselves willing to work or make sacrifices themselves to gain the end result. So why should I care or see the trouble for little shits like these?" But since I'm a jovial and sensible, grown-up man and the cornerstone of the "scene" and the support of the weak and blaah blah, of course I won't say this.

Whatever, we have reserved two more Eclectro Lounge nights, for Wednesdays of the 1st of June and the 15th of June, and those will decide if we should go on, or just call it quits and try not to fight against destiny.

Well, fuck it. Life goes on.

Here's the tracklist.

And here are some pics from the event

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3 comments:

Peter said...

I wouldn't be too worried, its good that you have the balls to make a go it and play music that most people cannot appreciate.

Sadly here in the UK most people are happy to listen to the crap the top 5 labels put out as 'msuic'

Peter said...

I wouldn't be too worried, its good that you have the balls to make a go it and play music that most people cannot appreciate.

Sadly here in the UK most people are happy to listen to the crap the top 5 labels put out as 'music'

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