nofitstate… down the rabbit hole
A journey into Geddes’ Wonderland…
Words: Mike Taylor
Photos: Beth Crockatt
Grey door. A bland image to instill in ones mind and an unassuming entrance to any venue, but a grey door was all that met us. The only sign of any life that evening was a handful of smokers standing outside, who kindly reassured us we were in the right place. Walking down the stairs caused me to envisage the famous Alice In Wonderland scene falling down the rabbit hole. Once at the bottom we were greeted with an interesting, unique and truly fantastic venue; a hired space with its original intent being an art gallery. Stripped white walls and plain brick backdrops set the scene for the evening, with a touch of homemade soundproofing in thick curtains lining the side walls. Low ceilings and minimal lighting were the finishing touches in creating this fascinating underground space. An orange tinted, filtered spotlight stood alone in lighting the room creating a warm glow in the DJ booth, this was a no nonsense gig and the music was to do all the talking.
NoFitState main man Geddes took the 12-2 slot before the infamous Ellen Allien. The crowd quickly started to thicken and the smokey, sweaty, underground rave feel was in the air; this was a Berlin inspired party. Geddes bestowed us with a fine selection of quality deep house, the kind you can no longer find in Beatport’s lists, the kind that seemed to disappear 5 years back, but is now making a massive resurgence in the underground scene. Tracks like Martinez Brothers’ “H 2 Da Izzo” sent the crowd into a frenzy as he effortlessly mixed into a harder, more techy inspired sound approaching the 2am mark. Once Berlin’s finest, Ellen Allien took stage things quickly became that much darker, that much more German.
Her sound varying massively from that of Geddes; linear, dark textured, heavily synthetic techno had finally made its appearance! It was woven masterfully amongst a more ambient sound, infused with fading synths, techno with an almost natural flow embedded in its heart. Mixing between the two resulted in an emotional set with real feeling and destination. She is a lady with raw passion and unfathomable energy, watching her move behind the decks is always a joy and just adds to her already incredible charm. The last 30 minutes of her set ignited the building, both the energy and the vibe in the room were electric.
Simon Baker stepped on just after 4am and with total finesse he continued the assault of high energy music, acid bass lines brutally assaulted the crowd bringing out a few ‘bass faces’ in the room. Tracks like Flashmob’s “Pieces” received amazing response and it was humbling to see Geddes and Ellen suddenly become one of the crowd as they stayed to watch Simon close. Utilizing both the turntables and the CDJ’s and with a huge smile on his face he started the descent into a housey sound approaching the closing hours, rounding things off with tracks such as “This Is House” by Sante and MD X-Press.
Geddes and NoFitState have once again thrown a truly sublime party, they always attract a perfect crowd and the sound is forever on form. With the heavy duty line-ups and fascinating venues you will always find yourself coming back for more!
nofitstate with Ellen Allien, Simon Baker, Geddes [Win Tickets]
Small party, big line-up…
Embarking on 2013 with an unwavering commitment to great music and sound, and an undying love for the dance floor that many have come to expect from nofitstate, 22 February will be no exception.
They’re keeping it simple, a small party with a big line-up, in a great venue not seen before. And to make use of this brand new space Bpitch Control‘s Ellen Allien will be dropping in. She was there at the dawn of house and techno in Berlin, she’s at the epicentre of one of the most important music scenes of modern times, DJing around the globe for the last 20 years, she’s always ahead of the game. This woman is a legend, and she’s as exciting and fresh as she was when it all began.
Joining her will be the DJ, producer from 2020 Vision known for offering up infectious dance floor grooves. Simon Baker‘s career may have taken him around the world, but it started up North. Influenced by the club scene, a regular at the Hacienda and resident at Asylum, Baker’s background is rock solid. In more recent years he’s worked with Jamie Jones, and we’ve heard whispers of a collaboration with Lee Curtiss in the pipeline.
Geddes, a true pioneer of London’s underground scene and creator of nofitstate, will be there following an amazing year DJing, producing and promoting across the globe. Fresh from the success of his recent release on Mobilee, he’s straight back on the case to deliver this party. As always he’ll be effortlessly running the show, and playing deep house tracks offering rhythm to your feet.
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Visionquest & Ellen Allien in Milan
All four members of Visionquest together for the first time in Italy…
With the 2nd June being a public holiday in Italy music events are popping up all over the place for the 1st June and one that springs up on the radar immediately is “A Light That Never Goes Out” and the reason is simple… The line-up! Headlining the night is Ellen Allien and Visionquest. I think it’s safe to assume that most people reading this will have at least some idea as to who Ellen Allien is, but for the sake of those who don’t: Ellen Allien is one of Germanys most predominant DJ/Producer who has made her mark on the underground music scene, not only for her renowned DJ sets, and not only for her moving productions, but also for establishing her own Bpitch Control record label that has become a staple part of DJ record boxes across the globe.
Visionquest on the other hand, have been making an impressive impact on the music scene and are the most innovative and exciting new breed of DJ/producers to come out of Detroit in a generation. A formation of four talented friends; Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves and Ryan Crosson. Both individually and together they have been pushing a unique sound, which their Visionquest label proves to demonstrate, along with their joint releases on leading labels like Crosstown Rebels, Spectral Sound, Get Physical, Circus Company, Supplement Facts, Wolf+Lamb, Wagon Repair and Minus.
When each of them come together to form Visionquest, you can count on something quite exceptional. And for the first time in Italy, the Visionquest lads come together to demonstrate exactly what they are all about.
Movement Torino: Scandal
- Movement Shame
Halloween weekend was expected to be one of the greatest weekends this winter at the Movement Torino Music Festival 2010….
With a Saturday night performance by the masterful Sven Väth at Patio Club followed by a spectacular Sunday night featuring Chemical Brothers, 2 Many DJ’s, Derrick May, Ellen Allien, Ilario Alicante, Dixon and many others.
Unfortunately the event turned out to demonstrate a very ugly side of event organisation that left many party goers feeling massively disappointed and let down.
Starting with the Saturday night, we arrive at the venue around midnight only to be confronted by a complete road block 100m from the entrance of Patio Club. We all had prevendita (pre-sale tickets), which basically means that we had already paid a small fee in order to reserve our ticket so to speak where we then just pay the difference on arrival at the event. Two of our group had already passed so we obviously wanted to know why on earth there was this road block stopping us from passing. After speaking with security they said that the place is closed due to being over crowded. Which did seem very strange. Then after another 5min of waiting under the rain they finally allowed a number of us to pass, walk down to the entrance of the Club to queue again. Fortunately a little diplomacy from one of our group and the security allowed us to enter the club as we already had half our group in, but we were the only ones to pass leaving the rest of the crowd outside.
Once we entered the Club we realised that the place was absolutely packed full of young teenagers and stayed like this until at least around 2:00am. Turns out that this Club normally organises an underage night on Saturdays and instead of cancelling this regular night of teens for Movement, they kept it all the same meaning that that all those that had bought tickets to see Sven Väth had to wait outside until the Teens had decided to start going home, resulting in a one in one out system. This for one, is not acceptable! If people pay for a ticket for an event, they can accept the possibility of wait to enter, but not because the venue is already full.
The most disturbing part of all of this was the number of Teens we saw being carried out by their friends because they were green in the face, passing out, or completely unable to stay conscious! And the chanting of football songs whilst Sven was pumping out some amazing tunes was extremely annoying. Leading us to ask why on earth those people were there in the first place.
We forgot about the disappointing Saturday and simply looked forward to the Sunday night at the Pala Olimpico where we were sure to have a good night. Again like the night before, we arrived at the venue around midnight with our prevendita tickets. To start with, there was such a mess in trying to get tickets with the prevendita that we ended up in the wrong line for about 20mins without realising. Luckily we were able to make a quick switch without cause any problems. But once we got close to the sales window there was absolute pandemonium, with people push and shoving we were getting increasingly crush. Lucky for us we’re not small but for all the young Italian ladies in the queue it must have been a nightmare.
Two of us had finally got our tickets and struggled to find our way out of the mess, another of the group was already in the venue and the fourth member was denied a ticket at the sales window. They had closed the sales windows and refused to sell any more tickets. With one member of the group without a ticket we proceeded to the main entrance to try speaking with an official – None to been seen anywhere! By this time they had even stop people WITH tickets from entering due to overcrowding. We could see the entrance from the gates and it looked worse than London’s Central Line in rush hour. We tried to get some answers from some official police officers that were on site, who insisted that that people were still able to enter the event, which was not true.
We saw many people trying to report this to the police who were on site and their response was always dismissive, sometimes even ignoring people. One Officer even closed the window of his vehicle as a member of the public was trying to speak to him.
The only response the police had for this mess was in the way of riot police on the premises of the venue and they certainly weren’t there help people!
The one person from our group who managed to get in left the event after 30min saying that it was impossible to move inside it was completed jam packed full of people.
What a shame!
We feel that this poor organisation has not just let down many music lovers, not just Movement as a name, but also the imagine of Italy. Many people criticise Italy for poor organisation and corruption, but this event has done nothing but fuel this imagine, especially with the disappointing response of the authorities!
What we find even more shameful is that the fans, music lovers, where allowed to be treated in such a way. This is something we should never accept!
But we must say that Sven Väth, once again lived up to expectations, especially when he dropped Snorkel by Maetrik. And we heard amazing reviews about Chemical Brothers. Just a shame we and many others didn’t get the chance to experience it.
Weekend 44 – 28, 29, 30, 31 Oct….
Halloween is this weekend and it seems like there is a Halloween Party in every corner of Europe. But we’ve tried to filter through the lot to bring you the best ones out there. The main highlight this weekend has to be Movement in Torino. They have several parties taking place throughout the city all weekend, but the ones to watch out for are the Saturday and Sunday nights at Patio Club and PalaOlimpico.
Watergate – Freude Am Tanzen
Daniel Stefanik vs Mathias Kaden, Marek Hemmann (LIVE), Krause Duo, Monkey Maffia, MBeck, Taron Trekka
Robert-Johnson – The Princess Of Darkness
Magda, Marc Houle (LIVE)
Cocoon – The Sven Vath Birthday Celebration
22:00 – 08:00
Sven Vath, Die Vogel (LIVE), Tobi Neumann, Nick Curly, C-Rock, Jacuzzi Boys, Alex Flitsch
The Tunnel – Bedlam
22:00 – 06:00
Tim Green, 2000 and One, Emerson Todd, Alex Kilby, The Angry Twins
Fellini Club – Wakeup
24:00 – 05:00
Seth Troxler, Giovanni Verrina
Ewer Street Car Park – Mulletover Halloween Fancy Dress Party 2010
22:00 – 06:00
Steve Bug, Seth Troxler, Ewan Pearson, Glimpse, Renaissance Man, Geddes, Elon, Nisekay, Cooly G, Love & Mercy, Sketchy & Another Amit
23:00 – 08:00
Craig Richards, Terry Francis, Slam, Zip, Baby Ford, Melchior Productions (LIVE), Sammy Dee, Lasermagnetic, Neil Thornton, Johnny Hiller, Lovefingers, Lee Douglas
Patio Club – Movement
Sven Vath, Federico Grazzini, Luca Bear, Romano Alfieri
Lightbox – Ripped Halloween Ball
Evil Nine, Spektre, The Good Guys
B-Box – Altavoz
23:00 – 04:30
2000 and One, Nina Kravitz, Alex Picone, Unzip Project, Max D. Blas, Anderedo, C.al.ma., No More Trouble, Alive Lab
PalaOlimpico – Movement
Chemical Brothers, 2 Many DJ’s, Ellen Allien, Derrick May, Ilario Alicante, Robert Hood, Anthony Shakir, Nathan Detroit, Ernesto Ferreyra, Karotte, Patrice Scott, Keith Worthy, Guillaume Dumont, Dixon, MCDE
Cocorico – Halloween
Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Ricky Montanari, Unzip Project
Hangar Bicocca – Cadenza Vagabundos
22:00 – 07:00
Luciano, Michel Cleis, Marc Antona
Weekend 42 – 14, 15, 16, 17 Oct….
This week’s round up has grown massively since the previous issue of “Weekend Round Up”, showing off some very amazing night in some of the hot spots of the underground club scene over Europe.
A few weeks back we had published an article about a massive weekend in London and once again, the capital is going to be pumping. Friday night will be the starter of things to come with Krafty Kuts headlining a breaks night and Dan Ghenacia and friends partying away in Hewitt Street Car Park.
But it’s Saturday night which is going to kill you and not just for the long hours of partying or the massive line ups. More for the fact that you’ll be completely spoilt for choice as not only will fabric be celebrating its birthday with a massive night, which seems more like a marathon, but there are also the infamous nights; “Wiggle” and “Shake It!”. And that’s without mentioning that Ivan Smagghe and Derrick Carter will also be gracing the London with their presence.
In fact we would be interested to know which one of these nights would tickle your fancy more….
Brixton Academy – DOOM Extremely Rare London Show
DOOM (aka MF Doom), Hudson Mohawke, The Herbaliser, Jamie XX
The Faversham – Technique – Free Party (Album Launch Tour)
Magda, Marc Houle (Live), David Martin, Jay Kilka, Christian Maiden, Paul Kaminski, Brad Mercer, Matt Long
7-9 Crucifix Lane – Counter Culture presents.
22:00 – 06:00
Krafty Kuts, DJ Fresh, Cookie Monsta, Slyde, Drumattic Twins, Cut La Roc, Plaza De Funk, Peo De Pitte, 2t Thugs, Drum Monkeys, Scoundrels
Hewitt Street Car Park – Freak N’ Chic
22:00 – 06:00
Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, Djebali, Chrissy Maranello, Lee Rands, Shaun & Ellis, Stevie T
Piccadilly Train Station – The Warehouse Project presents MINUS
21:30 – 05:30
Richie Hawtin, Magda, Marc Houle (Live), Ambivalent, Krysko, Greg Lord
Motion Skate Park – Bloc Launch Party
22:00 – 05:00
Green Velvet, Claude VonStroke, Andrew Weatherall, October, Vent, Julio Bashmore, Jo Hart, Placid, Damian Schneider, Scuba, Ramadanman, Appleblim, Al Tourettes
Thekla – Play 8th Birthday Finale
10:00 – 04:00
Layo & Bushwacka!, Deep Groove, Dirty Dollz House
Watergate – Clubmotoren
Ellen Allien, Kiki, Marco Resmann, Kassette Boys, Sebastian Wilck, Renato Ratier
Robert-Johnson – Hotel Arpiar
Ricardo Villalobos, Rhadoo
Pika – Just Married!
10:00 – 04:00
Derrick May, Alex Mastini
Magazzini Generali – Into The Great Wide Yonder Tour
fabric – 11th Birthday
23:00 – 05:00 (monday)
Ricardo Villalobos, Craig Richards, Lee Burridge, Tyrant, Terry Francis, Ame (Live), Damian Lazarus, Dixon, dOP (Live), Floating Points, Levon Vincent, Move D, Ryan Crosson, Stacey Pullen, Tobi Neumann, Trus’me
Paramount – Wiggle
23:00 – 08:00 (see after party @ Jaded)
Clive Henry, Nathan Coles, Terry Francis, Eddie Richards, Lewis Ryder
Hideout – Shake It!
23:00 – 07:00
Layo & Bushwacka!, Magda, Marc Houle (Live)
22-26 Farringdon Lane – A Night With… Ivan Smagghe
23:00 – 06:00
Cable – We Fear Silence presents Metalheadz
22:00 – 06:00
Goldie, Noisia, Fabio, Alix Perex & Jubei, Logistics & Commix, Lenzman, Heist, FD, Redlight, Storm, DJ Die aka Blue Fontaine, Kito
MCs: SP:MC, Justyce, AD
East Village – Jack With Derrick Carter
21:00 – 05:00
Derrick Carter, Stuart Patterson, Karl Gonsalez, Severino, Dan Hill
Suicide Circus – Uschimania
23:59 – 09:59
Ewan Pearson, Spencer Parker, Matthew Styles
Cable – Jaded (Wiggle Afterparty)
05:00 – 13:00
Nathan Coles, Claus Voigtmann, Raymundo Rodriguez, plus a surprise guest
Stealth – Zleep 006
21:00 – 04:00
Magda, Marc Houle (Live), Chamboché, Micawber, Nick Cobby
Electrik – One Deck Session
19:00 – 24:00
Movement – Torino Music Festival
Movement are back with a their 5th edition in Torino, which by the sounds of things is sure to impress….
Movement, which will be held from 28th – 31st October, is destined to leave its mark in Torino, a city that is gradually developing in popularity for music. Torino played host to the Winter Olympics back in 2006, as well as the imaginative “Club to Club” project and of course the huge “Movement” music festival.
Last year saw Movement taking hold of the Pala Olimpico, ex Isozaki Stadium, where we saw the likes of Stacey Pullen, Derrick May, Luciano, , Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin. Great line-ups but the only draw back was the location, as high hits and kick drum booms echoed around the entrance to the Pala Olimpico, the atmosphere was slightly lost, especially because it was so huge.
Though this year looks like there has been an improvement in terms of locations, multi-locations, but the Pala Olimpico is still on the list.
This year we can be expecting a couple of workshops and showcases organised as well as several pre-parties to get people warmed up for the event: -
18 Sep – Raresh, Torino
02 Oct – Shaun Reeves, Firenze
08 Oct – Derrick Carter, Torino
09 Oct – Derrick Carter, Mantova
15 Oct – Kevin Saunderson, Roma
22 Oct – Trus’ Me, Torino
From the website nothing is really clear or confirmed apart from the pre-parties and we are only able to gather who is headlining the 4 day event and the locations involved. But as to when the DJs are playing and what venues, it’s not clear. Although checking one DJs diary we can see when he is playing.
So all that can be confirmed is the following: -
Politecico di Torino (workshops)
Fnac Store (Red Bull Music Academy Panel)
Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Showcase)
Blanco Club Lounge
The Chemical Brothers
2 Many DJ’s
Guillaume & The Coutu Dumont
Anthony “Shake” Shakir
For all the latest news and updates, check out movement.it.