AM/FM BY CHRIS LIEBING

AM/FM BY CHRIS LIEBING

Germany

Chris Liebing is a Techno pioneer, DJ, producer, radio host and the driving force behind CLR. He has been one of the first DJs who fully embraced the digital age of music and since then he has never stopped working on his DJ and production setup to find the most direct and dynamic form of sonic expression. For 2015 he and his growing team of like-minded artists are looking forward to a variety of exiting events and residencies worldwide.

Episodes

am/fm | 107  

This week´s AMFM show is the third hour of my set that I played in Teramo Italy at the Warehouse Alternative Club (https://www.facebook.com/warehousealternativeclub). It was the fourth gig in a row on a weekend that already started on Thursday in Moscow with a Boiler room show, that you can actually re-watch on my facebook page. Friday I headed back to Germany, to play two clubs in one night, the Bootshaus in Cologne and later the good old Butan Club in Wuppertal till early in the morning. Since travelling to Teramo is not the easiest thing (not really any major airport anywhere near), we were flying from Düsseldorf to Rome and had another 3h car ride, to finally arrive at the Warehouse on Saturday night. So kind of tired and also still jetlagged from my 3 weeks in the states before, you sometimes are not sure how a gig will turn out, but the energy in Teramo even made me play longer in the end and I had again a fantastic time in one of my favorite countries ever. I hope you enjoy listening to the set as much as I had fun playing it. Thanks to the best fans in the world, you always push me to give it all…

am/fm | 106  

This week´s AMFM show is the last hour and 45 minutes of my set that I played in Teramo Italy at the Warehouse Alternative Club (https://www.facebook.com/warehousealternativeclub). It was the fourth gig in a row on a weekend that already started on Thursday in Moscow with a @boiler room show, that you can actually re-watch on my facebook page. Friday I headed back to Germany, to play two clubs in one night, the Bootshaus in Cologne and later the good old Butan Club in Wuppertal till early in the morning. Since travelling to Teramo is not the easiest thing (not really any major airport anywhere near), we were flying from Düsseldorf to Rome and had another 3h car ride, to finally arrive at the Warehouse on Saturday night. So kind of tired and also still jetlagged from my 3 weeks in the states before, you sometimes are not sure how a gig will turn out, but the energy in Teramo even made me play longer in the end and I had again a fantastic time in one of my favorite countries ever. I hope you enjoy listening to the set as much as I had fun playing it. Now you could also put all four parts into a playlist and listen to the whole thing with seamless transitions. Thanks to the best fans in the world, you always push me to give it all…

am/fm | 105  

This week´s AMFM show is the third hour of my set that I played in Teramo Italy at the Warehouse Alternative Club (https://www.facebook.com/warehousealternativeclub). It was the fourth gig in a row on a weekend that already started on Thursday in Moscow with a Boiler room show, that you can actually re-watch on my facebook page. Friday I headed back to Germany, to play two clubs in one night, the Bootshaus in Cologne and later the good old Butan Club in Wuppertal till early in the morning. Since travelling to Teramo is not the easiest thing (not really any major airport anywhere near), we were flying from Düsseldorf to Rome and had another 3h car ride, to finally arrive at the Warehouse on Saturday night. So kind of tired and also still jetlagged from my 3 weeks in the states before, you sometimes are not sure how a gig will turn out, but the energy in Teramo even made me play longer in the end and I had again a fantastic time in one of my favorite countries ever. I hope you enjoy listening to the set as much as I had fun playing it. Thanks to the best fans in the world, you always push me to give it all…

am/fm | 104  

This week´s AMFM show is the second hour of my set that I played in Teramo Italy at the Warehouse Alternative Club (https://www.facebook.com/warehousealternativeclub). It was the fourth gig in a row on a weekend that already started on Thursday in Moscow with a Boiler room show, that you can actually re-watch on my facebook page. Friday I headed back to Germany, to play two clubs in one night, the Bootshaus in Cologne and later the good old Butan Club in Wuppertal till early in the morning. Since travelling to Teramo is not the easiest thing (not really any major airport anywhere near), we were flying from Düsseldorf to Rome and had another 3h car ride, to finally arrive at the Warehouse on Saturday night. So kind of tired and also still jetlagged from my 3 weeks in the states before, you sometimes are not sure how a gig will turn out, but the energy in Teramo even made me play longer in the end and I had again a fantastic time in one of my favorite countries ever. I hope you enjoy listening to the set as much as I had fun playing it. Thanks to the best fans in the world, you always push me to give it all…

am/fm | 103  

This week´s AMFM show is the first hour of my set that I played in Teramo Italy at the Warehouse Alternative Club (https://www.facebook.com/warehousealternativeclub). It was the fourth gig in a row on a weekend that already started on Thursday in Moscow with a Boiler room show, that you can actually re-watch on my facebook page. Friday I headed back to Germany, to play two clubs in one night, the Bootshaus in Cologne and later the good old Butan Club in Wuppertal till early in the morning. Since travelling to Teramo is not the easiest thing (not really any major airport anywhere near), we were flying from Düsseldorf to Rome and had another 3h car ride, to finally arrive at the Warehouse on Saturday night. So kind of tired and also still jetlagged from my 3 weeks in the states before, you sometimes are not sure how a gig will turn out, but the energy in Teramo even made me play longer in the end and I had again a fantastic time in one of my favorite countries ever. I hope you enjoy listening to the set as much as I had fun playing it. Thanks to the best fans in the world, you always push me to give it all…

am/fm | 102  

This week´s AMFM is the third hour of my set that I played at Beta Nightclub in Denver Colorado on Sunday, January 22nd. It was my first US weekend in 2017 and that Friday night I played at the new Schimanski club in Brooklyn. For those who don’t know, the club is named after a famous German TV character, a police detective who was always known for his rough and rebellious style. It was quite a night in that way as well. Without much sleep I flew to Montreal, where I played Igloo Fest on Saturday night, closing the main stage around midnight. What a festival. An Open Air in the middle of the Canadian winter. Then catching the only direct flight to Denver at 7 in the morning. We started to feel the lack of sleep a little by then. So after a good bit of sleep we arrived at @Beta around 9:30. The Sundays there are quite special, due to the fact that you have quite a dedicated crowd of people who come out for an early night. The plan was to play till midnight, but we ended up extending it 2h longer. I thought no one minded. So for an early Sunday evening, it turned out to be quite a ride. So much energy in that room, I somehow ended up playing some new stuff mixed up with my personal old favs from last year and before. No rules, even quite rebellious at times ;) Well let´s have a listen. I hope you enjoy these four hours of Denver.

am/fm | 101  

This week´s AMFM is the third hour of my set that I played at Beta Nightclub in Denver Colorado on Sunday, January 22nd. It was my first US weekend in 2017 and that Friday night I played at the new Schimanski club in Brooklyn. For those who don’t know, the club is named after a famous German TV character, a police detective who was always known for his rough and rebellious style. It was quite a night in that way as well. Without much sleep I flew to Montreal, where I played Igloo Fest on Saturday night, closing the main stage around midnight. What a festival. An Open Air in the middle of the Canadian winter. Then catching the only direct flight to Denver at 7 in the morning. We started to feel the lack of sleep a little by then. So after a good bit of sleep we arrived at @Beta around 9:30. The Sundays there are quite special, due to the fact that you have quite a dedicated crowd of people who come out for an early night. The plan was to play till midnight, but we ended up extending it 2h longer. I thought no one minded. So for an early Sunday evening, it turned out to be quite a ride. So much energy in that room, I somehow ended up playing some new stuff mixed up with my personal old favs from last year and before. No rules, even quite rebellious at times ;) Well let´s have a listen. I hope you enjoy these four hours of Denver.

am/fm | 100  

This week´s AMFM is the second hour of my set that I played at Beta Nightclub in Denver Colorado on Sunday, January 22nd. It was my first US weekend in 2017 and that Friday night I played at the new Schimanski club in Brooklyn. For those who don’t know, the club is named after a famous German TV character, a police detective who was always known for his rough and rebellious style. It was quite a night in that way as well. Without much sleep I flew to Montreal, where I played Igloo Fest on Saturday night, closing the main stage around midnight. What a festival. An Open Air in the middle of the Canadian winter. Then catching the only direct flight to Denver at 7 in the morning. We started to feel the lack of sleep a little by then. So after a good bit of sleep we arrived at Beta around 9:30. The Sundays there are quite special, due to the fact that you have quite a dedicated crowd of people who come out for an early night. The plan was to play till midnight, but we ended up extending it 2h longer. I thought no one minded. So for an early Sunday evening, it turned out to be quite a ride. So much energy in that room, I somehow ended up playing some new stuff mixed up with my personal old favs from last year and before. No rules, even quite rebellious at times ;) Well let´s have a listen. I hope you enjoy these four hours of Denver.

am/fm | 099  

This week´s AMFM is the first hour of my set that I played at Beta Nightclub in Denver Colorado on Sunday, January 22nd. It was my first US weekend in 2017 and that Friday night I played at the new Schimanski club in Brooklyn. For those who don’t know, the club is named after a famous German TV character, a police detective who was always known for his rough and rebellious style. It was quite a night in that way as well. Without much sleep I flew to Montreal, where I played Igloo Fest on Saturday night, closing the main stage around midnight. What a festival. An Open Air in the middle of the Canadian winter. Then catching the only direct flight to Denver at 7 in the morning. We started to feel the lack of sleep a little by then. So after a good bit of sleep we arrived at @Beta around 9:30. The Sundays there are quite special, due to the fact that you have a dedicated crowd of people who come out for an early night. The plan was to play till midnight, but we ended up extending it 2h longer. I thought no one minded. So for an early Sunday evening, it turned out to be quite a ride. So much energy in that room, I somehow ended up playing some new stuff mixed up with my personal old favs from last year and before. No rules, even quite rebellious at times ;) Well let´s have a listen. I hope you enjoy these four hours of Denver.

am/fm | 098  

Happy New Year! Can I still say that? Had a discussion earlier about how long you can actually say Happy New Year. Anyways, this week´s AMFM is the second hour of the set that I played on January 1st 2017 at the beautiful Gashouder in Amsterdam for Awakenings. After playing in Rome and Berlin on the night/morning before, I could not ask for a better start into the new year, covering these 3 amazing cities and events. The first of those was Spazio 900 in Rome, where I had the honour to DJ while slipping into the new year with my great friends and fans in Italy. After that we took off directly to Berlin, where I had the pleasure to finish the main floor of the extremely amazing HYTE NYE event.
After a few hours of rest we then took off to Amsterdam in the evening of the 1st for the great Gashouder. If you have never been, you should go. Awakenings is throwing the best parties in there and this time was somehow even more energetic than last time. So I decided to release the set. Although both others were equally fun, I find this one captures that NYE ride and vibe quite well. I hope you enjoy it!

am/fm | 097  

This is AM/FM 097. I am currently traveling and the set report will follow shortly. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the first hour of my New Years Day set from Awakenings at Gashouder in Amsterdam.

am/fm | 096  

This week´s AM/FM show is the fourth and last hour of my set that I played at the Nextech Festival in beautiful Florence. The venue is a historical place in the center of the city, called Fortezza da Basso. First time I played there was 2002, back then actually for the same promoter. Isn’t it amazing how we manage in this ever-changing world to have places in the Techno scene where some things don’t change and rather develop in a great way over the years? Also amazing was the fact that this year´s event, which happened on December 7th, was sold out beforehand, in spite of the fact that it is actually a rather big venue. I just love Italy :). Maybe you wanna check out the after movie on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nextechfestival/videos/ .
This time I played a 4h set. Doing this in front of such a large crowd can sometimes be a little intimidating, but not in Florence, not in Italy. The passion and love of the crowd just pushes you to different levels (thank you all again). This paired with an amazing sound system and a sound crew, which consists of true professionals, (another big thanks from my side) is the key to be in a flow that enables you at times to create something special and unique (at least I had the feeling that this was happening in my little world on the stage). Additionally I may add, that playing with my Model One Mixer by PLAYdifferently and running all my sounds through my unbeatable, super tight and stable Antelope Audio Orion 32+ Sound interface creates the best sound that I have ever experienced. I wonder if some of you can spot the difference in sound since I have been using this new setup from about August of this year on, by comparing it with older sets (good thing about AM/FM is that you can go back in time - as I said, it is kind of a musical diary). Also I am becoming more and more familiar with my new Maschine Jam and Maschine Mikro combination by Native Instruments. The more I work with it, the more fun I am having.
Well, I hope you are having fun too and enjoy listening to the set as much as I had playing it. Now that you have all the four parts you could also put them together into a playlist and listen to the entire set with seamless transitions.

am/fm | 095  

This week´s AM/FM show is the third hour of my set that I played at the Nextech Festival in beautiful Florence. The venue is a historical place in the center of the city, called Fortezza da Basso. First time I played there was 2002, back then actually for the same promoter. Isn’t it amazing how we manage in this ever-changing world to have places in the Techno scene where some things don’t change and rather develop in a great way over the years? Also amazing was the fact that this year´s event, which happened on December 7th, was sold out beforehand, in spite of the fact that it is actually a rather big venue. I just love Italy :). Maybe you wanna check out the after movie on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nextechfestival/videos/ .
This time I played a 4h set. Doing this in front of such a large crowd can sometimes be a little intimidating, but not in Florence, not in Italy. The passion and love of the crowd just pushes you to different levels (thank you all again). This paired with an amazing sound system and a sound crew, which consists of true professionals, (another big thanks from my side) is the key to be in a flow that enables you at times to create something special and unique (at least I had the feeling that this was happening in my little world on the stage). Additionally I may add, that playing with my Model One Mixer by PLAYdifferently and running all my sounds through my unbeatable, super tight and stable Antelope Audio Orion 32+ Sound interface creates the best sound that I have ever experienced. I wonder if some of you can spot the difference in sound since I have been using this new setup from about August of this year on, by comparing it with older sets (good thing about AM/FM is that you can go back in time - as I said, it is kind of a musical diary). Also I am becoming more and more familiar with my new Maschine Jam and Maschine Mikro combination by Native Instruments. The more I work with it, the more fun I am having.
Well, I hope you are having fun too and enjoy listening to the set as much as I had playing it. Next week you will be able to get the 4th and last hour of it.

am/fm | 094  

This week´s AM/FM show is the second hour of my set that I played at the Nextech Festival in beautiful Florence. The venue is a historical place in the center of the city, called Fortezza da Basso. First time I played there was 2002, back then actually for the same promoter. Isn’t it amazing how we manage in this ever-changing world to have places in the Techno scene where some things don’t change and rather develop in a great way over the years? Also amazing was the fact that this year´s event, which happened on December 7th, was sold out beforehand, in spite of the fact that it is actually a rather big venue. I just love Italy :). Maybe you wanna check out the after movie on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nextechfestival/videos/ .
This time I played a 4h set. Doing this in front of such a large crowd can sometimes be a little intimidating, but not in Florence, not in Italy. The passion and love of the crowd just pushes you to different levels (thank you all again). This paired with an amazing sound system and a sound crew, which consists of true professionals, (another big thanks from my side) is the key to be in a flow that enables you at times to create something special and unique (at least I had the feeling that this was happening in my little world on the stage). Additionally I may add, that playing with my Model One Mixer by PLAYdifferently and running all my sounds through my unbeatable, super tight and stable Antelope Audio Orion 32+ Sound interface creates the best sound that I have ever experienced. I wonder if some of you can spot the difference in sound since I have been using this new setup from about August of this year on, by comparing it with older sets (good thing about AM/FM is that you can go back in time - as I said, it is kind of a musical diary). Also I am becoming more and more familiar with my new Maschine Jam and Maschine Mikro combination by Native Instruments. The more I work with it, the more fun I am having.
Well, I hope you are having fun too and enjoy listening to the set as much as I had playing it. Next week you will be able to get the 3rd hour of it. Until then I wish you all some great holidays and a great start in the new year!

am/fm | 093  

Here comes AM/FM 093. Chris is currently on Asia tour with limited access to internet. The set report will follow asap.. In the meantime, enjoy the set.

am/fm | 092  

This week´s episode contains the last hour and a half of our Collabs set at Amsterdam Dance Event at Warehouse Elementenstraat for HYTE on October 22nd. Speedy J and I started around 11:30 pm and played for about 8,5h. So much for the dry facts. This year´s ADE collided with the fall break of German schools. Some of you might know I am a daddy and I like to take my kids on fun trips during their school breaks. So this year we went to Los Angeles. When I booked everything I wasn´t aware that ADE would be at the same time, so I had to plan accordingly, since I didn´t wanna miss my annual Saturday night gig for HYTE.
My travel schedule is pretty crazy at times, but something like this even I haven´t done before. I left LA on Friday night, flew to Amsterdam via Zürich and went back Sunday morning at 9 the same way, meaning right after the gig. I didn´t even need a hotel. Ok, some of you might think now that flying around the world for one gig is not exactly eco friendly. I know that. But as a vegan, I can assure you, I make up for that CO2 footprint easily, but that is another topic.
When I arrived in Amsterdam, the first thing I had to do was a photo shoot for Mixmag, who are doing a special on the PLAYdifferently mixers (look out for that issue in December), then it was off to the venue where Speedy J was already waiting and ready to go.
We never really plan our sets, but we kind of discuss how we wanna start out. Jochem and I agreed on going all in, as the venue was already quite busy and we (due to my slightly delayed arrival) kind of 30 minutes overdue. Now normally I shouldn´t say that, cause it is not really motivating for you listeners, but it took us about 1,5h to find our groove and get into things. So the set got better and better during the night, at least that is how we felt about it. That means that I would have rather used the set from 2h in, but I kept my promise at AM/FM and offer you the unedited set, the way it was played. So in case you didn´t like the first hour and a half, it should be better by now. And maybe I am also just too much of my own critic... well you decide for yourself.
All in all I can say that this whole night was something special. Jochem and I had an amazing time playing and it was a real fantastic crowd that stuck with us from the beginning to the end. Smiles all over. Also thanks to HYTE, for that perfect organization once again. This is how parties should be. So yes, flying in and out from LA for this gig was 100 times worth it and I would always do it again. Thank you all for letting me do this. And now that you have all the individual parts of the set you could put them together into a playlist and listen to the whole eight and a half hours with seamless transitions. Enjoy!

am/fm | 091  

This week´s episode is the seventh hour of our Collabs set at Amsterdam Dance Event at Warehouse Elementenstraat for HYTE on October 22nd. @Speedy J and I started around 11:30 pm and played for about 8,5h. So much for the dry facts. This year´s ADE collided with the fall break of German schools. Some of you might know I am a daddy and I like to take my kids on fun trips during their school breaks. So this year we went to Los Angeles. When I booked everything I wasn´t aware that ADE would be at the same time, so I had to plan accordingly, since I didn´t wanna miss my annual Saturday night gig for HYTE.
My travel schedule is pretty crazy at times, but something like this even I haven´t done before. I left LA on Friday night, flew to Amsterdam via Zürich and went back Sunday morning at 9 the same way, meaning right after the gig. I didn´t even need a hotel. Ok, some of you might think now that flying around the world for one gig is not exactly eco friendly. I know that. But as a vegan, I can assure you, I make up for that CO2 footprint easily, but that is another topic.
When I arrived in Amsterdam, the first thing I had to do was a photo shoot for Mixmag, who are doing a special on the PLAYdifferently mixers (look out for that issue in December), then it was off to the venue where Speedy J was already waiting and ready to go.
We never really plan our sets, but we kind of discuss how we wanna start out. Jochem and I agreed on going all in, as the venue was already quite busy and we (due to my slightly delayed arrival) kind of 30 minutes overdue. Now normally I shouldn´t say that, cause it is not really motivating for you listeners, but it took us about 1,5h to find our groove and get into things. So the set got better and better during the night, at least that is how we felt about it. That means that I would have rather used the set from 2h in, but I kept my promise at AM/FM and offer you the unedited set, the way it was played. So in case you didn´t like the first hour and a half, it should be better by now. And maybe I am also just too much of my own critic... well you decide for yourself.
All in all I can say that this whole night was something special. Jochem and I had an amazing time playing and it was a real fantastic crowd that stuck with us from the beginning to the end. Smiles all over. Also thanks to Hyte, for that perfect organization once again. This is how parties should be. So yes, flying in and out from LA for this gig was 100 times worth it and I would always do it again. Thank you all for letting me do this. Next week you will find the last hour and a half of our set….and remember, it always gets better…

am/fm | 090  

This week´s episode is the sixth hour of our Collabs set at Amsterdam Dance Event at Warehouse Elementenstraat for HYTE on October 22nd. Speedy J and I started around 11:30 pm and played for about 8,5h. So much for the dry facts. This year´s ADE collided with the fall break of German schools. Some of you might know I am a daddy and I like to take my kids on fun trips during their school breaks. So this year we went to Los Angeles. When I booked everything I wasn´t aware that ADE would be at the same time, so I had to plan accordingly, since I didn´t wanna miss my annual Saturday night gig for Hyte.
My travel schedule is pretty crazy at times, but something like this even I haven´t done before. I left LA on Friday night, flew to Amsterdam via Zürich and went back Sunday morning at 9 the same way, meaning right after the gig. I didn´t even need a hotel. Ok, some of you might think now that flying around the world for one gig is not exactly eco friendly. I know that. But as a vegan, I can assure you, I make up for that CO2 footprint easily, but that is another topic.
When I arrived in Amsterdam, the first thing I had to do was a photo shoot for Mixmag, who are doing a special on the PLAYdifferently mixers (look out for that issue in December), then it was off to the venue where Speedy J was already waiting and ready to go.
We never really plan our sets, but we kind of discuss how we wanna start out. Jochem and I agreed on going all in, as the venue was already quite busy and we (due to my slightly delayed arrival) kind of 30 minutes overdue. Now normally I shouldn´t say that, cause it is not really motivating for you listeners, but it took us about 1,5h to find our groove and get into things. So the set got better and better during the night, at least that is how we felt about it. That means that I would have rather used the set from 2h in, but I kept my promise at AM/FM and offer you the unedited set, the way it was played. So in case you didn´t like the first hour and a half, it should be better by now. And maybe I am also just too much of my own critic... well you decide for yourself.
All in all I can say that this whole night was something special. Jochem and I had an amazing time playing and it was a real fantastic crowd that stuck with us from the beginning to the end. Smiles all over. Also thanks to HYTE, for that perfect organization once again. This is how parties should be. So yes, flying in and out from LA for this gig was 100 times worth it and I would always do it again. Thank you all for letting me do this. Next week you will find the seventh hour of our set….and remember, it always gets better…

am/fm | 089  

This week´s episode is the fifth hour of our Collabs set at Amsterdam Dance Event at Warehouse Elementenstraat for HYTE on October 22nd. Speedy J and I started around 11:30 pm and played for about 8,5h. So much for the dry facts. This year´s ADE collided with the fall break of German schools. Some of you might know I am a daddy and I like to take my kids on fun trips during their school breaks. So this year we went to Los Angeles. When I booked everything I wasn´t aware that ADE would be at the same time, so I had to plan accordingly, since I didn´t wanna miss my annual Saturday night gig for HYTE.
My travel schedule is pretty crazy at times, but something like this even I haven´t done before. I left LA on Friday night, flew to Amsterdam via Zürich and went back Sunday morning at 9 the same way, meaning right after the gig. I didn´t even need a hotel. Ok, some of you might think now that flying around the world for one gig is not exactly eco friendly. I know that. But as a vegan, I can assure you, I make up for that CO2 footprint easily, but that is another topic.
When I arrived in Amsterdam, the first thing I had to do was a photo shoot for Mixmag, who are doing a special on the PLAYdifferently mixers (look out for that issue in December), then it was off to the venue where Speedy J was already waiting and ready to go.
We never really plan our sets, but we kind of discuss how we wanna start out. Jochem and I agreed on going all in, as the venue was already quite busy and we (due to my slightly delayed arrival) kind of 30 minutes overdue. Now normally I shouldn´t say that, cause it is not really motivating for you listeners, but it took us about 1,5h to find our groove and get into things. So the set got better and better during the night, at least that is how we felt about it. That means that I would have rather used the set from 2h in, but I kept my promise at AM/FM and offer you the unedited set, the way it was played. So in case you didn´t like the first hour and a half, it should be better by now. And maybe I am also just too much of my own critic... well you decide for yourself.
All in all I can say that this whole night was something special. Jochem and I had an amazing time playing and it was a real fantastic crowd that stuck with us from the beginning to the end. Smiles all over. Also thanks to HYTE, for that perfect organization once again. This is how parties should be. So yes, flying in and out from LA for this gig was 100 times worth it and I would always do it again. Thank you all for letting me do this. Next week you will find the sixth hour of our set….and remember, it always gets better…

am/fm | 088  

This week´s episode is the fourth hour of our Collabs set at Amsterdam Dance Event at Warehouse Elementenstraat for Hyte on October 22nd. Speedy J and I started around 11:30 pm and played for about 8,5h. So much for the dry facts. This year´s ADE collided with the fall break of German schools. Some of you might know I am a daddy and I like to take my kids on fun trips during their school breaks. So this year we went to Los Angeles. When I booked everything I wasn´t aware that ADE would be at the same time, so I had to plan accordingly, since I didn´t wanna miss my annual Saturday night gig for Hyte.
My travel schedule is pretty crazy at times, but something like this even I haven´t done before. I left LA on Friday night, flew to Amsterdam via Zürich and went back Sunday morning at 9 the same way, meaning right after the gig. I didn´t even need a hotel. Ok, some of you might think now that flying around the world for one gig is not exactly eco friendly. I know that. But as a vegan, I can assure you, I make up for that CO2 footprint easily, but that is another topic.
When I arrived in Amsterdam, the first thing I had to do was a photo shoot for Mixmag, who are doing a special on the PLAYdifferently mixers (look out for that issue in December), then it was off to the venue where Speedy J was already waiting and ready to go.
We never really plan our sets, but we kind of discuss how we wanna start out. Jochem and I agreed on going all in, as the venue was already quite busy and we (due to my slightly delayed arrival) kind of 30 minutes overdue. Now normally I shouldn´t say that, cause it is not really motivating for you listeners, but it took us about 1,5h to find our groove and get into things. So the set got better and better during the night, at least that is how we felt about it. That means that I would have rather used the set from 2h in, but I kept my promise at AM/FM and offer you the unedited set, the way it was played. So in case you didn´t like the first hour and a half, it should be better by now. And maybe I am also just too much of my own critic... well you decide for yourself.
All in all I can say that this whole night was something special. Jochem and I had an amazing time playing and it was a real fantastic crowd that stuck with us from the beginning to the end. Smiles all over. Also thanks to Hyte, for that perfect organization once again. This is how parties should be. So yes, flying in and out from LA for this gig was 100 times worth it and I would always do it again. Thank you all for letting me do this. Next week you will find the fifth hour of our set….and remember, it always gets better…

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