MONSTER DNA LAUNCH AT NICCI BEACH WITH
Review Frozen in Time & Space by
“Time Traveller KK”
After an incredibly long Saturday I was up at the crack of noon feeling rougher than a bear’s ass in pineapple season expecting to live out the day horizontally on my couch when I remembered I had to go to Nicci Beach for the Alex Niggemann. Unimpressed at the notion of having to walk any further than my bathroom this was going be hard but I decided to man up and make my way there. A pizza and a few Red Bulls later I arrived at Nicci Beach with Vanessa Holliday already kicking some deep grooves and I was not quite operating at optimum level.
Only solution was to fortify my self with some ‘knowledge’ juice. Found a table out on the deck and chilled with Anthony (A.B from household Funk) and some other friends. Then Keren Onay took over. Some of a few things I learned at Nicci Beach is that there are douche bags aplenty with the latest in douche bag technology and a disturbingly large collection of vests and tight shorts, there are some extremely beautiful women there wearing the shoes that can only be described as shoe porn. Guy Herman was up next and he was bringing the thunder, both literally and metaphorically speaking as the clouds began to look rather ominous. After hitting the floor for a while I saw something that made my day. All the day glow colours, the tight vests, the impossibly short shorts on girl an impossibly stupid hairstyle and a girl who spent what looked like hours getting ready only to forget to comb her hair and there were 2 friends dressed in exact opposites, the one’s shirt matched the other’s shorts and vice versa. Despite their denials these two guys were sooo deep in the closet they may as well have been in Narnia.
By the time we stopped talking nonsense Alex Niggemann was well into his set when we decided to revisit the floor. His set was one to remember with an interesting style that dropped low and dirty then bangers only to bring it up with some slow and beautiful grooves. He did rock the sh*t out of Nicci Beach and I would have regretted missing this one.
later on in the evening we got to hang out with and inter view Alex Niggemann who is really just a nice guy who loves a party, have fun and is funny, so nice that you really want nothing but the best for the guy, as exciting and fun as Alex’s company was we couldn’t help but to get back to the floor and listen to Household Funk’s A.B. and Les Afrique break it down, another winner they delivered. So happy am I right now as write this and have frozen these memories in Time & Space.
DK Expressions and the Time Travellers would like to thank Vanessa Holliday and Lara Rall of Younique Concepts for making this day turn out to be anything but the nightmare I thought it would be.
1 on 1 Interviews with the Vanessa Holliday,
Alex Niggemann, AB and Les (HOUSEHOLD FUNK )
A surprisingly shy Vanessa Holliday agreed to join us for a brief interview.
VH: No, I mean I know a lot of djs sync tracks but a lot of people are bring their A game and it’s not only about mixing, It’s also about track selection so I would say mixing is not dying but evolving.
AB & LES (HOUSEHOLD FUNK)
Caught up in between drinks for a funny interview with our boys AB and Les Afrique
from HOUSEHOLD FUNK.
AB & Les: For sure. We started out on vinyl. You know. You HAD to learn how to beat match, and develop from there. Sure there’s track selection too but that’s how you got your ear in. There’s definitely a lack of technical skill nowadays
After a rocking set we got hang out with Alex Niggemann and slip in a quick interview.
KK: Who do you think is an up and coming dj or act we should look out for?
AN: I’m a really big fan of Francys
KK: Who’s your favourite Ninja Turtle?
AN: Raphael, that’s cos he’s the only one I know hahaha
KK: Are you for or against hooking up with groupies?
AN: hahahaha. I’m not answering that
KK: What are you up to at the moment?
AN: I’m launching my new label Aeon and I’m touring and playing as much as I can because I’ve found that a lot of people know me more for my production and seem to have forgot that I was a DJ first.
(we pause for more drinking and pose for photos)
KK: What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done that you’ve never told another dj?
AN: Okay, I was playing at Club Sonar in Spain a few years ago and I can’t remember if the toilets were full or whatever but I really needed to pee so I peed next to this car and was chased by two Spanish policeman and ended up paying a 180 Euro fine.
KK: Well if it comes to that we’ll have none of that here. You can pee in a cup in the corner while I keep lookout.
AN: hahahahahaha So you’ve got my back?
KK: For damn sure. it’ll make for an even better story.
KK: Your favourite holiday ever?
AN: Two years ago we went camping on an island with no cellphone signal, no power, no running water. Just you and nature. Ah man it was a beautiful time!
KK: With the advent of Traktor and whatnot where do you sit on issues of more recent djs syncing tracks and not really knowing how to even beat match, do you think the art of mixing is dying?
AN: I grew up with vinl and remember waiting outside the record store before opening to get my hands on the newest white labels and so on, in today’s times with Beatport and Soundcloud and the immediate availability of music to almost anyone it’s that much harder to be unique and have music other djs don’t have. This is why a basic foundation like beat matching is necessary to expand on your mixing skill which is what is necessary to stand out from other djs. So yes, to an extent I do think the art of mixing is dying.
KK: That’s it then. Thanks for an amazing set.
AN: A pleasure and Thanks for asking different questions and making me laugh. These guys are good let’s go party! (off we went to enjoy Household Funk)
END OF INTERVIEWS AND A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
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