The Phoenix Landing, Thursday night Drum n Bass, and Wine
by Twin Plates (formerly, The Subtle Doctor, formerly ZeroAltitude)
and pavel (formerly DJ 2crowd, formerly ChaoticRhythm)
a quality can wait production
 
6/20/2004 03:05:13 AM:
PRESSURE SESSIONS @ KELLS. I went to check out Pressure Sessions at Kells Basement this Tuesday to see what the Other DnB night in Boston looks like. I gather it's a fairly new event trying to gather steam, and it's doing quite well. The Kells upstairs is just a bar with a House dance floor, and there were maybe, umm.., 5-6 patrons having drinks, and no one dancing. Downstairs was a different story; the fairly large venue was nicely packed with Junglists, and people were having jolly old time dancing and socializing. I am really glad for them... I personally didn't enjoy the night all that much; the sound system was really puny, the subs were overworked, there was distortion aplenty, and the midrange frequencies were severely underrepresented. The DJs, three of them, played ok tracks, but the combination of weak sound and slowed pitch kept yours truly off the dancefloor for most of the night. There was a nice bright spot when a chick DJ (visiting from Vegas, I gather) played some fast dark tracks. I had fun for all of 15 minutes. I noticed that the peeps were of somewhat different cros-section from the Elements audience in that they seemed younger and more uniform in their dress and behavior. I left before the night was over, and although I give them high marks for effort and for attracting a fairly large crowd, I don't think I will be going back.



6/04/2004 04:04:26 PM:
Good afternoon, this is Eddie, in an unusual update. Just as Pavel had the opportunity to experience Elements alone three weeks ago, due to my being 3,500 miles away, so too did I have the opportunity to experience Elements alone last night, due to Pavel's being over 30 miles away. Happy birthday to Jenya!

Again, similiar too to Pavel's experience, mine was amazing. To begin with, Crook played one of his new self-produced tracks. This track was characterized by a crisp, upbeat drum track, with elusive, melodic, mellow and deep background synth work. The bass line toed a careful line of balance between backdrop and insistent. Erik (Landspeed) characterized the track as reminiscent of Klute, a comment I relayed personally to Crook. This is a high compliment, as Klute is without any question a true master of music, and not just a drum'n'bass cardboard cutout of the Rollerz and the Darkfiendz. Congratulations Crook! When will the next one be coming out!

Illskillz arrived late enough that many were worried he would not arrive. His set was fantastic, and I danced all the way through it, even though I had not had anything of interest to drink, and even though I felt very reserved due to the fact that I had arrived alone.

But you see, the most important thing I have to report is that I am never alone at Elements. In direct contrast to my expectations, I talked to more people, more deeply, last night than on nearly any night that I have ever been there. I was struck by the similarity of this experience to my experiences travelling through Europe: when I was travelling with friends, I hardly ever met anyone new. While travelling alone, my adventures with strangers-turned-friends were uncharacteristic, unfailingly common, and truly revealing. Revealing, I mean, about my own nature and limitations, and revealing about the incomparable joy of making a new friend.

I think that maybe when I am at the Phoenix with Pavel, people figure that I already have a friend to talk to, and are then a bit shy, or at least reserved about interrupting our friendly moments together. Alone however, they saw me as someone to include, someone to reach out to, and someone to know. I met Andy, some guy who seemed very cool, comes often, and called me a 'kindred spirit' because, he said, I must love drum'n'bass deeply to come every week. Indeed, I do.

I talked at length with Ian, the British guy to whom Pavel always talks. We talked about his job, his new job in San Francisco, and lunch at Domenic's in Waltham. I talked at great length with Erik throughout the evening, running our mobile pre-party idea by him, to his great enthusiasm. As I mentioned, I talked to Crook, and Stacy (which reminds me of a funny incident where I was dancing with Stacy and Joe). I talked to Ralf, who works in Waltham still, and who will no doubt continue to haunt Dom's himself. There is more, but the names and cases have trailed off into a blur.

So, what am I trying to tell you. I am trying to tell you that I had a wonderful time last night. Thank you all'y'all at Elements for reminding me how welcoming you can be.



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