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“THE THIRSTY CASE OF THURSDAY NIGHT” – In no predetermined order, much love and appreciation to the following, who preformed happily over the 2 kilos of Salt, spread on the Dancefloor:

+++Carlos Souffront, Dancer at the speaker, Dancer#1,2,3,4,5,6,7,

Dancer against the Bar, Golden Girl, Predator, Paramedic#1 and 2, school kid,

Journalist, Bar boys, Guard, Dimitri, Master c&j, Lights Girl & Boy and

The jakki Brothers: Ben, Emil & Thomas+++

 

THIRSTY

“LET THE HOLY-DAY BE PART OF OUR MEMORIES” – Finn Johannsen is a Holy resident and a Druffa, one of Berlin’s stunning music Treasures and a dancer that cannot be mistaken on the Dancefloor. He danced his way through Club Front in the 80’s and 90’s, with no doubt he will expose every minute of his dance memories at the front desk of Hard Wax, there where he pays his dues to the music business and the vinyl pleasures.

 

Holy Water catch Finn taking a rest, stretching out ….

“When Hunee and Anita first told me about their plans to bring Carlos Souffront to Berlin, I was instantly puzzled. I simply never heard of him. But then Holy Water has a thing about booking special DJs, and I had no doubts that he would be special, too. Being a more or less thorough journalist, I of course asked friends from the US about “the librarian of techno”, and everybody knew him, and confirmed his specialness with knowing smiles.

Then a few days before the party, Carlos entered Hard Wax and displayed the behavior of someone who knows hot to dig, and knows how to find. He was a very amiable fellow, and he seemingly knew most of what the shop had in stock. But instead of going for the latest exclusives or current sounds associated with Berlin’s techno scene, he cleared the Irdial Discs section. Not exactly a label it is easy to find your way into,  but once you do find your way into it, a weird but wonderful parallel universe opens up to you. And that I knew, because I did clear the Irdial Discs section a short time before him. That party could be something special, I thought.

And it was. Most of the US friends I asked earlier indeed showed up to pay their dues, and there was a good contingent of people curious of what Holy Water would come up this time. And apparently nobody was disappointed. For someone who has some knowledge about club music, it was a good feeling to listen and dance to someone who knows more, and makes perfect use of it. A lot of what I heard him play I never heard before, but it all sounded great to me. There were a few good old companions in the playlist, but only those you never tire of, and the rest seemed like a long sound pattern of what I ever loved about electronic dance music. Ideas, surprises, breaks and builds, some rough in sound, some pristine. All delivered in a refreshingly open approach to scenes and legacies, surely developed from an attitude that it is how it sounds that counts, and not where it is coming from, and when. It is Carlos Souffront’s special thing to make it all sound like it was especially made to shape up whatever Carlos Souffront had in mind for the set of the night. Which, more than ever, is something special”

 

THE CRUSH

+++HOLY WATER IS KNUCKLE DOWN TO THIS NIGHT,

DEDICATED  TO MASTER C&J

AND ZINGERMAN’S DELI, ANN HARBOR+++

 

FLY, FLY, FLY

“NEXT HOLY-DAY” Tonight! One heat after the other! After those doors open for you, Hunch Music celebrating his ‘Official School’s Over Party’ with Carlos Souffront, The Librarian! Thank you all balloon riders! For giving us a hand, we hope the rest will give some foot work!

 

 

 

Well…. We almost forgot, another graduated creature…..

IN/OUT/IN

“GET YOUR RE-TOUCH AT THE DOOR” – This Thursday February 3rd, Dimitri from Bulgaria up front at the doors of the NEXT Holy, will give you a clean and smooth feeling of an indigo smile and the touch of heat.

 

SPECIAL MIXES

“HOLY COW!” – Out of all the wonders in the world, the Michigan radio WCBN-FM is the new place to find Wolfgang Voigt in his trousers a little holier than usual. One of Carlos’ radio experiments, here it is: Straight up from the encyclopedia not tested on the knees yet. And afterwards if nothing seems to be broken, you can brake it at the NEXT Holy!

 

THIRSTY

“THE DANCEFLOOR IS FOR SENSITIVE PEOPLE”NEXT Holy TAKE 4!

Detroit’s underground scene party is Carlos’ Label. Feeding his listeners every Thursday night through WCBN and sharing with friends at local parties is Carlos’ entertainment. Exposing the Midwest and America to the best european cheese is Carlos’ Work.

A Dancefloor full of salt is Holy Water’s Label (the balloons are just a birthmark). Feeding Berlin four times a year with a ‘self made man’ is Holy Water’s entertainment. Exposing what’s going on in the last 20 years in the underground of Chicago, Detroit and South England, so far, is our work.

 

And enough Water to save the day ….

 

INTERVIEW

“THE PSYCHEDELIC AND THE FUNKY EMERGE IN EVERYTHING I PLAY” –  Carlos Souffront shares with Holy Water his Detroit front yard….

 

To give the opportunity to the people curious about Carlos Souffront, will you give us a short intro about yourself?

I grew up in Metro Detroit, always with a strong love of music, buying and playing records, listening to Detroit radio and making mixed tapes.  I discovered house and techno in the late eighties, and soon after ventured out into the Detroit underground party scene, this environment was the primary inspiration for me to become a DJ.  DJ’ing has always been more of a passionate hobby than a career, I’ve dedicated my professional life to that of a Fromager. 

 

Now 16 years in WCBN must of mean something parallel to your djing experience, in which way these two worlds convey with each other?

I became a DJ the University of Michigan radio station WCBN-FM Ann Arbor upon the invitation of BMG of Ectomorph.  He had been hosting the long-standing dance music radio mix show Crush Collision for many years, and was happy to have me come and help present music.  Eventually, i took over the show and still host it today.
I’ve always considered radio a good outlet for my musical creativity, I could experiment and with mixing style and musical eclecticism without the pressure of satisfying the dance floor.  Furthermore, I indulge my varied musical obsessions, so sometimes I’ll play very quiet and pretty, other times loud and heavy, sometimes classic and catchy, or obscure and difficult, sometime focusing on rhythm, other times atmosphere, other times tonality, other times melody.
When I play in public, I try to satisfy the dance floor a bit more, while keeping true to the sound that’s inspiring me at the moment.  Since I play in public so rarely these days, I tend to have a canon of ‘party records’ that I enjoy but also provide security, I need time to become comfortable with the public experience to play beyond the canon and delve a bit deeper into the selection.  I do not have this problem in private settings.  But the public setting does raise the stakes of performance, and sharing music with a present and appreciative listener can be sublime.

 

From playing at your first residency at Zoot’s Coffee and Sound, and as like other residencies such as Detroit’s legendary Sardine Bar, Labyrinth. etc., where you have built a time line in Detroit’s dance scene, do you think your sound and djing has been well corresponded in Detroit? Is there a possibility that other places in the world or U.S., your sound has found a better fit?

Of course there is this possibility, but I have not yet played there, and Detroit has come the closest!  For me, the most enjoyable aspect of DJ’ing is about sharing music with like-minded friends, it is about cultivating nostalgia, serendipity, memory, sartori.  Since Detroit has always been my home, and DJ’ing for me is a very personal expression, it naturally feels most at home there.  That is not to say that I don’t enjoy playing elsewhere, I have made friends in music all over!

 

Without calling it ‘Eclectic’, in such a way, your sets have the possibility to convey Techno, House, Acid, Electro (not sure about Disco) in to your own sound, seemly the composition of one’s sound. Will it be because it is sequential to your exposure in many different musical dance environments? We heard something on your mixes spelling out loud ‘Funk it’, is it your alibi?

The environment that informs my ecleticism the most these days are the underground parties my crew throws in Detroit.  They attract a diverse audience, so we respond with musical diversity (of which disco of course is an essential part).  They are my favorite parties to go to, for me there is this sense of sanctity i don’t see much elsewhere.  I try to reflect this when I play, honoring the songs, letting them breathe.  Also, I have strong musical biases, so I’m sure common threads of the psychedelic and the funky emerge in everything I play.

 

Zoot’s Coffee and Sound, Detroit.

 

MIXES

“YOU CAN’T LEARN IT AT SCHOOL…” – While you are still young get yourself one of these!…Carlos Live Mix at the Substance Nights – Fink club – Essen – 2003! Catch one of these at the NEXTHoly – Thursday February 3rd!

 

 

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