SNRS48: No fuss, no dramas, just straightforward love. Part 2
Melchior: silky smooth electronic sound
Once I snapped out of the spell that Rhadoo cast over me for a good 8 hours, Thomas Melchior followed, whom I had wanted to see for a while. Whilst playing a different style of music to Rhadoo, his silky smooth electronic sound of sheer quality, which seems to come naturally to artists associated with Perlon, shone through effortlessly. None of the DJs played less than 4 hours… exactly how it should be! It is not about filling the line up with as many DJs as possible to sell tickets, give them each an hour each and off they go. The Sunrise guys have the trust in their DJs to play a full set, work the crowd and create their own vibe. By the end of the set, everyone has a really good feel for what the DJ and their music is all about.
Herodot b2b Mihigh: keeping the floor groovin’
After a short rest, I returned to Eden and to my delight it was Herodot b2b Mihigh. Remembering Herodot as one of my favourite sets at Sunwaves, he had played a daytime set and all I remember is that the music was perfect for how I was feeling at that time and he was such an effortlessly cool DJ to watch as he played. At Sunrise b2b with Mihigh, their music complimented each other with ease and their deep dubby baselines teamed with the instantly distinguishable Romanian percussion sounds, provided us dancers with the stamina to keep grooving on the floor.
SIT: hypnotic overtones
Next up, came SIT (Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia) straight away with an injection of energy with the first track. Another duo that solidifies the fact these DJs know their music and they know their tracks. Arriving in perfect timing to refresh the devoted dancers with their hypnotic overtones partnered with underlying baselines that almost creep up on you until before you know it you are in full dance mode with more energy than you started with.
Petre Inspirescu: musical genius
You know as soon as you see that beret hat and checked shirt stood behind the booth, that over the next few hours, you will hear some of the most widely respected and admired productions that music from Romania has to offer. Yes, Petre Inspirescu was here and ready to party in his hometown. For me, seeing Petre is always so exciting. From previous nights I know the joy and energy that he executes with his music and all the admiration my friends there have for him as the true musical genius that he is. Listening to Petre, you can hear the influential sounds that he has filtered into the musical creations of so many Romanian artists and electronic artists around the world. His rolling continuous baselines kept moods high as the party entered its second morning under the ground in the heart of Bucharest.
That morning it was time for another trip back to Umbrella for a quick rest and reboot. Unable to arrange to meet my friends, as there was no signal down underground at Eden, venturing back there was never a problem. No matter which time of day I returned, there was always familiar and friendly faces ready to greet the little English party girl who had come all this way to dance to their music.
Kozo & Alexandra: the b2b marathon
Unfortunately I had missed Barac and the majority of Praslea’s set, given that by the end of his set my friend informed me he had been playing for around 10 hours! But I did catch the last few hours of his b2b marathon with Kozo and Alexandra which was still keeping people moving on the floor till the early hours of Monday… the third morning. This was a nice selection with Alexandra providing the groovy deep house, Kozo acting almost like a bridge between the two with his uplifting tracks and then back to Praslea inject the energy with techno tracks.
By this stage of any party, my legs were getting heavier and I found myself spending more time in the terrace area chatting and laughing with friends at the bar. Events like this, you can have the choice whether to make them as relaxed and chilled as you want, or as hardcore and intense as you wish, giving people a broad spectrum of wherever they want to place themselves and what type of night they want to have, in whichever area of the club.
Dubtil: subtle but energizing baselines and hi-hats
Happy to chill in the picturesque terrace, still hearing the music from the speakers placed in there… I heard Dubtil was ready to play in the main room. Unlike most English events where there is one headliner and most people spend their evening waiting for them and the other DJ sets just merge into the background. Sunrise DJs are all so highly regarded and all so unique in their own right, with their own unique style and impression of what is really quite a specific genre of music. As someone who’s main objective on a night out is to dance, dance, dance… Dubtil is a favourite, as his sets always flow flawlessly with quite subtle but energizing baselines and hi-hats. Afterwards, he was joined by Piticu who again teamed up perfectly to compliment each other’s styles to keep the party going… into the third morning.
I remembered last looking at the time at 1am on Monday morning. Then after what felt like 40 minutes of dancing to the likes of Dubtil I checked again… 11am! Never in my life has time gone so fast. The club was no longer full but there were still Sunrise warriors dancing like no one was watching and still enjoying themselves. As I walked out of Eden for the last time around Monday midday, the music was still playing and people were still entering for the final stages of SNRS48.
Music brings people together
For years now I have been connected with this music and experienced so much pleasure dancing on many nights out in various settings around Europe. But for me this event was really something unique. This was not your standard showcase for a DJ Agency to show off to the whole world and thousands of people how amazing they are, or to charge ridiculous ticket prices…this was a small, exclusively selected event. Made for their true friends, many who I imagine have known these guys before they even released any records; in a small setting where they can really feel the music and be relaxed spending time together. For me there is not a better example of how music can bring people together, and I really appreciate that my friends in Bucharest allowed me to be a part of that.
photo credits: Romanian Club Culture
The END. For now…