Fabric presents Visionquest ‘Thirteen’ – Antelope Skull & Tron Lazers
Antelope skull and Tron lazers…
Words: Stephen Reynolds
Fortunately I was lucky enough to have Fabric nightclub on my doorstep from an early age and after one exclusive night back in April 2008 it quickly became my regular stomping ground. It has always been a daunting club for me, the descent down the steep dimly lit staircases, usually littered with various pickled individuals, followed by the emergence into this vast cavernous space unlike much else I have ever visited before.
Visionquest are also no strangers to Fabric’s hallowed halls, making annual visits, with their latest to showcase the recently announced ‘thirteen’ tour. An earlier press conference had left much to the imagination with the boys only revealing that they would be creating “immersive environments where they will alter spaces we already know”. At least we are safe in the knowledge that Seth will be able to gain a job in marketing if Visionquest falls through eh?!
After seeing what they had done previously with DC10, kitting it out with wigwams and other Mayan décor I was excited to see if they could create the same atmosphere within Fabric, however, when I arrived the club seemed in the same state as I had left it two years previous bar two blank screens and a small antelope skull above the DJ booth. Fortunately the music was on top form with Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves, Seth Troxler and Lee Curtiss all playing b2b2b2b delivering that combination of techno tracks layered with Detroit basslines and Visionquest favourites.
3am hit and the main room seemed to refresh. As many left for the kebab shops the music became progressively harder and we began to hear those familiar Detroit sounds more and more. Then the production really kicked in as the spiral lighting / lazers drifted over the crowd and these two solid white lines appeared upon the walls turning Fabric’s main room into a gigantic scene from TRON. I seriously had not seen Fabric like that before and found myself and others for periods just staring at the show they had created.
The stage had been kept off limits until Shaun appeared with his guitar and armed with Seth and Ryan one either side, began producing live samples with a seamless change over from the booth. It was a welcomed change of pace and again the music and light production co-ordinated brilliantly.
Room 2 and 3 played host to a man who witnessed the birth of Techno in Detroit, Kevin Saunderson. He was joined by the just as experienced Kenny Larkin, Kyle Hall and Patrice Scott to form the ‘Curators of Techno’. I dipped in and out of these rooms and loved the progression in sound from broken chopped up Techno to the solid industrial sound that Detroit is famous for.
Although it was not the night I was predicting, it took nothing away from the show they had put on. It was refreshing to see the promoters and production team work so closely, thinking about their audience as they progressed throughout the night, keeping them entertained with ranging visual and musical options. It was also good to see why Fabric has remained cemented in the top 10 clubs in the world – it is their ability to get the small things right, fast queue, no nonsense cloakroom and efficient bar staff, as well as producing crisp and perfected sound and lighting displays.
Visionquest & The Nothing Special at fabric
A night of Visionquest & The Nothing Special is quite the opposite…
Visionquest are… Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves and Lee Curtiss, the most innovative and exciting new breed of DJ/Producers to come out of the city of Detroit in a generation. Their remix of Kiki’s “Good Voodoo” on BPitch Control has gone down in history as one of the summer’s biggest underground hits and together they have released tracks on leading labels like Crosstown Rebels, Spectral Sound, Get Physical, Circus Company, Supplement Facts, Wolf+Lamb, Wagon Repair and Minus. Continue reading “Visionquest & The Nothing Special at fabric” »
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.