SNRS48: No fuss, no dramas, just straightforward love. Part 1
Stood outside Umbrella Hostel where I stay every time I visit Bucharest, I was waiting for my taxi, as a guy came trying to enter the hostel without a key. Naturally, I took out my fob to open the door for him. Five minutes later I get a message… ‘Hey, I’m the guy you just met outside. My friends at Umbrella tell me you’re going to the Sunrise SNRS48 Party…so I figured if you came all this way, you will need good company. I’m going too, so have fun and give me a sign if you want to hang out”. It’s almost like this type of music has unwritten rules and if you find someone who enjoys it too, you know you have a new like minded friend. Needless to say, I had just met my new best friend for the weekend!
The historic building that hosts Club Eden is striking in itself. Even though I kind of knew what to expect as I had been to Eden Club the previous month for a night called ‘Music Jar’ before heading to Cluj Napoca for the Mioritmic event, the club had taken on a few Sunrise twists. In true Sunrise form, the sound system had been upgraded and of course the striking visuals were the two features I noticed first. It wouldn’t be a Sunrise party without those iconic visuals behind the DJ booth, instantly recognizable at every party hosted by these guys. The main room is a long underground tunnel with an arched ceiling, perfect for conveying the beats of the music through to the very veins of everyone in the room.
photo by Valeriu Catalineanu photography
The terrace area hadn’t been open last time I had been there. But now we could make our way through the underground tunnel on the right through to a colourful terrace area, which opened onto the infamous Gradina Eden, where I spent many hours sat amongst the trees, under the stars with friends during the summer. Of course the cold outside was separated by a transparent plastic guard; but being so close to all the trees and greenery gave an instant relaxation factor that not many clubs offer. In addition, there were speakers playing the music, a beanbag area and the walls painted in a detailed array of abstract patterns and bright colours providing the dedicated clubbers with an almost outside escape into nature, in contrast to the intensity of the dark, smokey main room. Surprisingly, the terrace was never full and there were always places to sit should we feel the need…it seems no one could tear themselves away from DJ’s in the main room for long enough to keep the terrace bar full!
photo by Ilinca Firuti
Priku & Dan Andrei
On the opening Friday night I caught a few hours of Dan Andrei followed by Priku, which was the perfect start to my weekend. Tired from the long day of travel (as I have to fly to Bucharest from London) my strength was dwindling…but Priku’s pumping tracks and playing style made it easy for me to stay, providing me with continuous bursts of energy with every beat. By the morning around 6am, it was time to nip back to Umbrella Hostel to freshen up, rest my legs and re-fuel before the true marathon commenced.
Rhadoo – The president
Luckily I was awake around 9am when my friend text me to say that Rhadoo was playing right now, earlier than expected. So I quickly got ready to go back to the party, to the amusement of the five young French boys also staying at the hostel, who still couldn’t believe I had come all the way to Romania for a party…never mind getting out of bed first thing in the morning to return to a party that was STILL GOING! Little did they know I would be doing exactly the same for the following three days, in true Romanian party style…
Just going to an event with the single piece of knowledge in the back of your mind that Rhadoo will play there, already gives a sense of anticipation that only he creates. Funnily enough, that weekend the new Romanian President would be elected, and a super-imposed photo of Rhadoo on one of the candidate posters was circulating between friends, stating ‘Vote Rhadoo’. I found this kind of humour hilarious as its something myself and friends at home would do, and just re-iterated the fact he may not be running for President of the Country, but the Romanians certainly regard Rhadoo as the President of their Music scene. To be honest, after his set on Saturday, I have no doubt that if he was to run for Presidential election…he would win, no contest!
Whenever any of the A:rpi:ar boys play in Romania, I have witnessed it several times, and can only explain the experience as a continuous two-way exchange of emotions between the DJ and the crowd. Unlike Raresh with his gestures and Pedro’s cheeky smiles to the crowd, all Rhadoo’s communication is done via the music he plays and his determination to bring the party to the people.
You have to experience these parties to feel the appreciation and respect the crowd have for their boys who are ruling the underground techno scene all over the world; yet when they come home you can feel that they acknowledge and value the love from their followers who have been with them from the very start. It is really something special that is very hard for me to put into words…I have never felt this sort of unspoken communication anywhere else in the world or at any other party. Just listening to the way my friends talk about their (RPR) boys is enough to create the buzz for me, but to witness it at an intimate party such as SNRS48 was something very special and I was thankful to be a part of that.
Rhadoo always plays such fresh, new music in such a way that even if I did recognize some elements of tracks I’ve heard before, he mixes and beat matches with such complexity that tracks sound totally different, when played in the way that only Rhadoo could execute. The whole 8 hours of his set was mesmerizing and not for a split second did he take his focus from the decks.
The perfect dynamic
Although the event was relatively small in comparison with most marathon events that go on all weekend, I was surprised by the fact I never waited more than a minute to be served at the bar and never found myself waiting ages in the toilet queue. The only object on the agenda this weekend was to dance and be with friends; no fuss, no dramas, just straightforward love and appreciation for the music the Sunrise guys provide. For me, this dynamic is perfect and I find myself coming to Bucharest more and more, not only because of my dedication and passion for the music but for the whole clubbing experience as a whole. I have been clubbing long enough to know that queuing hours to get in, for drinks, toilet and having no space to dance is enough to taint any night for me.