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guyspiritualukJeff Mills and Laurent Garnier - The Bridge SE1, Sunday 27th August (6 Months 'Later')

6 Months Later on the bank holiday weekend I went to see Jeff Mills and Laruent Garnier. Having already experienced Jeff’s set (I’m a regular now, so Jeff and me are on first name terms) I couldn’t resist another opportunity to worship this ‘God’. What’s more, Laurent Garnier was playing – after a 12 year absence (and you thought my MIA times were long).

Laurent Garnier a French techno music producer and DJ, known for producing one of ‘the’ most perfect techno tunes, ‘Crispy Bacon’ a DJ so popular he attracted 1000’s of people to SE1.

Even though the club had been open for two hours there was still a massive queue for non-ticket holders. Fortunately I had a ticket so I ended up waiting just 10 minutes. Once inside, it was, dark, moody – but in a good way and electric. Reggae dub was playing in the chill out area, the floor and couches were littered with people resting from excessive drug abuse, dancing or both. The main dance floor was dense with pulsating bodies. The perimeter was littered with people that couldn’t quite make it to the chill out area. There was twice the number of people back in February and so it was a question of carving a space so you can dance.

The sheer volume of people turned me off. Dancing is a form of expression. Moving three inches in any direction, wasn’t my idea of expression, so I spent way too much time sitting in the Dub Reggae room, which whilst ‘chilling’ was more tedious than a four-four techno track without any melody. The DJs could have dropped some smooth Funk into their sets to liven it up just slightly – after all it was a party not a funeral.

Because of my isolation from the main floor, I can’t really comment on the actual sets by either Jeff or Laurent. In retrospect I should have just stood in the main room listening and soaking up the experience, but an exceptionally hot, smokey, over crowded room, with people pushing to get past every second isn’t my idea of fun.

Cynical as I sound, I love techno, I love nights out, I love dancing, and I love large groups of people I just wish clubs understood how to get a good balance. Charge twice the amount for the ticket and reduce the capacity, but then of course there are the people – the masses that like to dance in a 3×3” space :) 8 years ago


guyspiritualukJeff Mills - The Bridge SE1, Saturday February 25th 2006

On February 25th, I went to see Jeff Mills play at The Bridge SE1, London. A club that caters for parties, fashion shows, products launches and of course awesome techno nights.

For those who don’t know, Jeff Mills is considered one of the pioneering DJs and producers in Techno, his relentless almost industrial hardness surges the sonic airwaves with not a single beat too many before one track merges with another for a non-stop heart-thumping, body pounding journey. This is techno at its best.

I showed up at 11:00 p.m. paid my, £19.00 (“HOW MUCH?!”) entrance fee and then another £1.50 for them to look after my coat. Phew. It’s a good job I don’t drink.

I’m usually the first on the dance floor but being fashionably late crowds of people were already on it, although surprisingly there was little movement. Most were chatting or just looking up at the DJ as if he was a God. He wasn’t. He was ‘Steve Bricknell’ warming up the stage before the real God – Jeff-Techno-Mills, came on.

I weaved my way through to the front of the dance floor, and when I finally got there, I danced for about 15 minutes before I became too dehydrated from the smoke and lack of air conditioning. So I weaved my way back through the now denser crowd so I could work on re-hydrating myself.

During Steve’s set, the atmosphere was just ‘okay’ and because the music is ‘four to the floor’ a lot of people take pills so it’s hard to connect – but that’s the techno culture. Musically, I was amazed at the lack of dynamics of a techno track in a club setting. Most tracks feature a lot of bass / and or a lot of treble, in particular percussion melodies using hi hats and snares that cut right through the sonic rumblings of the gut wrenching bass propelling the tacks along at a phenomenal pace. It’s certainly inspired my techno music production.

By the time Jeff Mills came on at 3:00 a.m. the sea of bodies was moving like a violent storm, the atmosphere now electric, the energy of the rhythms were pulsating through my body. Even the people that were ‘too cool to dance’ were dancing as invisible wave forms swirled around them moving them every which way. I continued to express myself to the God of Techno until 5:00 a.m. when suddenly the pace changed to what I can only describe as ‘salsa techno’. Now. Being a Guy with an open mind, I’m all for experimentation but it was at this point I had to experiment with the idea of making a quick exit.

All in all, this was a fantastic night, exhausting, yet contradictorily exhilarating – just what greats dance nights are made of. 8 years ago


guyspiritualukWhich DJs do I want to see live?

I’d love to see some of these celebrity DJs live. I’m going to aim for at least 10 this year. Have you seen any of these DJs live? What’s your story? If you’d like to recommend some quality clubbing nights out in London, post them here.


01. Paul Van Dyk


02. Cosmic Gate


03. Marco V


04. Daft Punk


05. Jeff Mills
Done this. February 25th 2006 at The Bridge SE1


06. Bob Sinclar


07. BT


08. Aphrodite


09. David Guetta


10. The Chemical Brothers


11. Kai Tracid


12. Armin Van Buuren


13. Darude


14. Robert Miles


15. Miss Kittin


16. Ferry Corsten


17. Andy C.


18. ATB


19. Deep Dish


20. Tiesto


21. Mauro Picotto


22. Blank & Jones


23. Fat Boy Slim

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guyspiritualukI love the music, the sweet, sweet music

I receive a natural high from music – which is fortunate, because I don’t drink, I don’t smoke nor do I do drugs. “Uh?” I know! BUT, despite the lack of mind enhancing drugs I do know how to have a good time … a really good time. I dance like there’s no tomorrow, I dance like a liberated spirit, free from the boundaries of space and time; all that matters is me, the music and the DJ. There’s nothing more exhilarating than the epic journey of a well mixed set; the tribal beats pulsating in pure harmony with the beating of your heart, an inspired creative connection between you, the music and the DJ. You become an extension of every beat, every syncopated high hat, every melodic melody, every earth rumbling bass line and before you know it, you’re in the journey, you’re riding those sonic waves from one ‘bridge’ to another. I want this night to last forever!

I plan on seeing celebrity DJs perform live in one of the UK finest clubbing lands – London. A sure opportunity to express myself on the dance floor, whilst respecting International Celebrity DJs whom I admire due to their competency, complexity, creativity and choice of tunes. And although the nights might not last forever, the memories surely will. 8 years ago


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