As more DJs turn to CDs and laptops, turntables are becoming the least maintained component of a club's system. German electro-funk producer Malente paid the price last Saturday at Flirt Lounge .
The crew behind Make It Funky have enjoyed considerable success over the past year with their many packed-to-the-rafters, sweat-drenched parties at the El Mocambo. As good as these events have been, they haven't been without issues -- like unbearable heat and less-than-impressive sound. So on Saturday night, they decided to experiment by bringing the party into the entertainment district at Flirt.
As underground promoters before them have discovered, if your crowd doesn't usually frequent clubland, it's pretty tough to convince them to brave the tourists and club trash in the area. On the upside, Flirt is smaller than the El Mo, so even though the party didn't draw the numbers of past events, it still had enough bodies to keep at least the top floor full for Malente's set of futuristic breaks.
That's where things got a bit weird.
The organizers brought in extra sound to beef up what was there. It sounded okay for Big League Chu 's warm-up set, but as soon as Malente tried mixing in his first track, it was immediately obvious that something had gone terribly wrong. The room was filled with an extremely loud low buzz that continued to be an intermittent problem, despite the efforts of various DJs, throughout the event.
It was somewhat entertaining to watch Malente curse the DJ booth, but you had to feel bad for him when he was forced to play CDs for the rest of the night to keep it under control. A few non-buzzing songs in, he managed to get the dance floor moving again, but occasional audio strangeness continued to pop up.
Only a few years ago, DJs using laptops controlled by turntables frequently fell victim to technical glitches, but in this case it was the reverse -- Big League Chu was the one using a laptop, while Malente just wanted to play an old-fashioned record.
This is the third time in six months that I've seen a situation where turntables were able to control a laptop but were almost useless at playing records normally.
Birthday boy bashes
Friday night at Gypsy Co-op , promoter (and sometimes DJ) Dany Vieira of B9 Productions celebrated a birthday with some sweet deep house from Trini , Alvaro G and Martino . Though Vieira's collaborated on many of the bigger deep house events over the past few years, he doesn't always get much recognition. So it was nice that so many promoters and DJs came out to help him celebrate, and since it was a charity event the scenesters even paid cover for a change.
While outside for a breath of fresh air, we noticed a lot of familiar faces going upstairs to the Hooch , where it turned out that OM 's Mike Lambert was also celebrating a birthday. Caught a bit of Rollin' Cash (also of OM), who was playing a fun and funky set of reggae and dub-influenced music, but scratching and cutting as if it were hiphop.