Blasts from the Past: Roskilde 2008 part II

Did you enjoy the 31 pictures from Roskilde Festival 2008 that was posted two days ago?

If so, get ready for some more pleasurable scrolling: Here’s the second round of digital memories from the same festival, and be warned: Things are becoming messier.

Oh, but first: warm up with the warmup-scroll –> the 31 Blasts from the Past: Roskilde 2008 part I.

Okay, you’re ready:

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Things start out reasonably enough.

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But they quickly deteriorate.

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People try to find the meaning of life at the bottom of their plastic cups.

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Kristian gets a glimpse of the brutal vastness of the universe through the Total Perspective Vortex device and feels horrible. Then the Playground beer kicks back in and he forgets all about it. (The Total Perspective Vortex can be found on the planet Frogstar B if anyone feels like giving it a go).

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Chriszka the Time Traveller escapes from Media City and meets Julian at random morning party amongst the tents.

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The next day, my brother explains something important to a skeptical accountant.

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AP throws a well-known handsign (see this post for details –> https://chriszka.com/2016/12/13/how-to-be-a-junglist-the-hand-horn-special/) and adds the t-shirt communication on top. No need for talking at all. Very junglist!

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The all-important deciding-where-to-go-next-situation.

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More hand signs. Don’t miss the hand Horn Special, it’s pretty essential.

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Okay, so Keanu Reeves totally entered my life in 2008, and I only realize now, eight and a half years later. GOD DAMN IT! Come back and ask for directions, Keanu!

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Ah, this is what happened. Sneaky people with friendly faces made some evil magical brew, handed it out to innocent passers-by and erased everyone’s brains. That is so mean.

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And the sun started to set on people and their mainstream t-shirts.

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BAM! -darkness again. We’re back in the lounge.

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Kalle B does some babyfacin’ here. Nicka, on the contrary, looks exactly the same in this moment as he did 8 years before this and 8 years after. How is this possible? I shall reveal nothing; any time traveller’s secret is safe with me.

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Hello, random hot festival service guy.

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DJ Buda decides to teach the Stella Polaris crew a thing or two.

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And people go semi-bananas.

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The sun rises and some people give up.

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But when the going gets tough THE TOUGH GET GOING.

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It isn’t easy, but someone has to do it: The festival vibe must continue.

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For a moment, a slight glimpse of the horrors of the Total Perspective Vortex enters Kristian’s brain once again.

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Fortunately, he forgets all about it once again a second later.

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Jkamata arrives from another dimension.

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Everyone’s still putting on their brave faces.

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If we sit at this magical table long enough, everyone will turn up eventually.

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See what I mean? Here’s Sofus the Amazing Shape-Shifter.

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After some rest, everyone’s relaxed and ready for round 12.

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A group of junglists show up for Slayer.

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Nico Defrost takes a small nap while stocking up on the beers.

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And here we go again.

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Goodbye, Roskilde, that was sunny!

 

More hand-signs? Go to How to be a Junglist: The Hand Signs Special

More personal stuff? Try the Jungle Diaries: A Junglist on a Mission

Did you miss a day of JUngLE? Scroll through all three seasons of JUngLEkalenderen here: JUngLEkalenderen

 

 

 

 

Jungle Confessions: “I love the crazy mix of reggae bass and sound effects”

Whohooo, it’s time for an energetic Q&A with the one and only Dj 2000F aka Frederik Birket-Smith aka dj Zoooooooof aka Jungle Professor Birkvit-Smith aka Frederick, original junglist, sound effect enthusiast and head of the Strøm festival.

2000F is a bit of a story teller, so let’s dive right in. You have 20000 words and some scrolling ahead of you.

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2000F doing some truly expert level group hugging at RAW 2009.

When did you become a junglist?
“In front of the telly at my parents’ in the beginning of the 90s. It was on MTV Party Zone… Shut Up and Dance… The track was called The Green Man – (Rum & Black remix). That was a defining moment for me. It had such a weird mix of breakbeats and bleep sounds and reggae bassline and I didn’t really get it. Prodigy and what came after that was much easier to understand, but this track… it was just so trippy and weird and sounded like something I had to look into. I’ve loved that sound ever since, whatever it is, that weird mix where it’s neither breakbeat or jungle or raggahouse or whatever.”

And you were attending the legendary Jungle Fever II party at Operaen, like everyone else.
“Yes, I was dj’ing. I’m sure my mixing was terrible. I actually brought my own mixer. It was this Monacor thing, a present from Anne Linnet to Jan Martin (her son) and me. She wanted us to learn how to dj, so she bought us two 1210s and a mixer and a lesson with a dj from Cut’n’Move. The mixer had all these crazy soundeffects, like the sounds of lasers and telephones ringing, very jungle style. I have had the sound effect part of the machine cut out, and we still use them all the time at Fyraftensboogie.”

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Frederik and the all-important whistle at Jungle Fever IV at Operaen.

Why do you love jungle?
“The drums and the bass. I just love drums and bass. And I love the ”everything goes” part of it. I love the crazy mix of reggae bass and sound effects. That you can just put anything into a track. UK has always been this melting pot. It has influenced me a lot as a dj, the sound effects and the way that things are layered on top of eachother. It still inspires me.”

There’s this Remarc tune called Sound Murderer where he samples this old funk group called Starvue. It’s called Body Fusion, a classic raregroove boogie track. And we play it all the time at Jolene at our disco club night Fyraftensboogie which we have been running for 8 years now. And whenever we play it, we just go crazy with the sound effects so that it sounds like Remarc.

 

How are you spreading the jungle gospel?
“Oh man. I played a strictly jungle set back to back with Raske Penge at our JuleBass party this last Saturday. I do that quite often.

And I released the jungle track “Blæst Igen” last year with Raske Penge and Høyer Øye. Danish jungle. The video is made solely out of old movie clips from Danish raves from the early and mid-90s.”

“And then I’ve been a part of the Ohoi! crew since 2002.”

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2000F killing the rum at the Ohoi! 6 year anniversary.

“And going further back, I made the Rolandoposen parties from ’93 and onwards. The biggest ones were at Ungdomshuset with jungle on the ground floor and gabba on the second floor and techno on the third. We did some Rolando Posen parties at Vega, too. DR2, which was a really new tv channel back then, was sending live from the jungle raves at Vega. That was at The Invasion of the Bass Snatchers party. But then someone at Vega realized that everyone attending was under 18 and that was the end of the jungle era at Vega.”

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Small diary intermezzo in case you missed the “How to be a Junglistst: Flyers, flyers, flyers everywhere” post from JUngLEkalenderen 2014. This is the Bass Snatchers flyer, glued into my diary from 1997. 🙂

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This flyer is just a masterpiece.

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Yes, we need a closeup.


What’s your favourit tune?
“Dream Team – Stamina.”

“It’s not my favourite track of all time, but it’s close. I played it last Saturday, too. I play it every time. Wait, I’m just gonna check if it’s the Dread Bass Remix; I think it is. But I can’t really tell by the label. All my jungle albums are all white and greyish , they’re so worn out.”

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2000F wearing out his vinyls at the Ohoi! 2 year anniversary. We’re on a boat.

What’s the best thing that happened this year?
“I was in London with Raske Penge a month ago at Finyl Tweek. They do everything for Hospital Records, everything for Dillinja. We were getting two records cut that I am releasing on Raske Plader next year. The test press just arrived this evening. So I’m going down the studio to listen to it now. It’s in steppas style. It reminds me of jungle, being at the steppas parties in England. It feels like being back at the old jungle raves in the 90s. You just have a microphone, a soundsystem and some vinyls. And that’s it. Sometimes they don’t even turn off the lights. I love that.”

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2000F feeling bubbly at RAW.


What’s the most exciting thing about the future?
“Strøm Festival just made this four year deal with Frederiksberg Kommune, Københavns Kommune and Statens Kunstfond where we work to support and promote electronic music in the entire country. That means that we will be doing the festival, still, but also teaching all year and something called ”genre work”, where we just help the genre to blossom and grow. This means that electronic music has finally been recognized as a genre on a completely different level than has been the case so far.

I’m super proud of this new development, and I think it’s going to be really exciting. We’re going to be able to help the genre but on it’s own terms, finding out what’s really needed. It will give us some much needed political awareness, too, and access to funding, which is important. Just like it has been for jazz and world music. The electronic music scene has so much talent, and we could do even bigger things if we were better organized. This is a big step in the right direction and it’s super super super important and very exciting.”

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2000F celebrating some more.


What’s your best party moment ever?
The best rave was when I met Anna at Operaen in 2001 where I was dj’ing at some oldskool jungle reunion.

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Awwwwww. Well: Here’s 2000F and Anna some fun-packed years after that, celebrating the neon frisbee present at Ohoi!’s 6 year anniversary.

“The maddest festival I ever attended was United Nations of Dub. It was in Northwales by the sea in this deserted and half forgotten holiday centre like Lalandia or something. The festival was dedicated to dub and ONLY dub music, all weekend. So it was basically Lalandia but with dub music playing 24/7. It was this tiny little Miss Marple village with little baskets with flowers in them and a church and a tea house. And then this Pontins Holiday Park is just invaded by 1500 rastas from all over Europe. And there’s dub everywhere. There’s dub in the supermarket. There’s dub at the pub. And again, it was just like the old jungle raves where all you need is a sound system. No lights or anything, just a wall of speakers and a rug and 1000 rastas listening to dub at 17 o’clock in the afternoon.”

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2000F throwing a complicated handsign signalling something cool to Frederiksperkers everywhere.

 

Do you want more 2000F?

Join the party at Jolene on Christmas eve where 2000F will be playing boogie, disco and xmas classics. And the Starvue track. And junglistic sound effects: Jolene’s Big Christmas Eve Party

Lots more pics of 2000F at this Blasts from the past: Ohoi! turns 6

If you want to read my impression of the Jungle Fever II party where Frederik brought his own mixer, there’s a LOT of details in this post: Jungle Diaries: Longing for the Tribe

And if you want more flyers, go here: How to be a Junglist: Flyers, Flyers, Flyers Everywhere

Keep updated on the evergrowing Strøm Festival at http://www.stromcph.dk

 

Blasts from the Past: Roskilde 2008

It’s the shortest and darkest day of the year, and there’s only one sensible thing to do: Escape immediately to somewhere warmer and brighter. Off we go, then, back to the sunny days of Roskilde 2008, which turns out to be a very junglistic place to be.

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The table is packed with white russians in the camp.

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Tim Driver is done with looking at the hologram.

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JSL has taken a sip of the wrong bottle.

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Lewis tries to look innocent at the Playground tent.

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This is the ‘please save me’ handsign.

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Back at the lounge, unfolding our inner hippies.

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Dalge looking blitzed.

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Outside, normal people do normal things in the sun.

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Like Heidizzle here, pointing at an invisible hologram.

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“I see weird things that doesn’t exist, too”, the Jungle Monster says to Heidizzle in a comforting voice.

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The Jungle Monster and Chriszka The Time Traveller decides to cool down with a junglistic drink.

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Meanwhile, Illutron blows up some stuff or something.

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Escaping from the dangers of the sunshine, we discover a trancer having a blissful moment at the dark lounge.

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Mariiii tries out some junglistic moves surrounded by 11-year-olds.

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…while Banel plays in front of some visuals designed specifically to bore you to sleep.

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Noone is bored, though.

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Oh my gosh, once again I randomly run into the Danish crew I met at Berghain. Hello, fellow Berghainers!

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And hello, twins!

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Oh my gosh, Citadel people everywhere! 😀

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EVERYONE is part of this photo series! Happy Space Boy’ing at Playground.

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And it’s time to put on the happy glasses, yes.

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Jonask in the house.

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Tim Driver is looking at Jonask.

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That well-known handsign, once again!

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Everyone, absolutely everyone, is somehow in this collection of pictures.

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Back at the camp, Næb has made a sign with a complicated request that noone understands. He feels sad about this.

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Næb feels happy again.

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If babyfacing is possible with a beard, this is it.

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Classic hand signs are thrown as night crawls in on us.

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And the mood gets even better.

Oh my gosh, people that was 31 pictures! I can’t go on with this endless collection of familiar faces and Roskilde 2008 moments without breaking the junglistic spell. 31 it is. I have to save the rest for Round II. Maybe!

Do you need more photos from sunny locations? Check out the most colorful JUngLE post ever: Trance Tales: The Ozora Adventures

Or jump to some more festival photos in this post: 7 best things about being a raver

Too optimistic for you? Read the 5 problems one ravers know about

Did you miss a day of JUngLE? Scroll through three seasons here: JUngLEkalenderen

 

Jungle Confessions: “I fell completely in love with the entire thing”

What happens when you’re introduced to jungle at the tender age of 15? For today’s main character, it has meant a lifelong commitment with no digressions. It’s all jungle, and jungle all the way.

So what does it feel like, being made entirely out of jungle? It’s time for a Q&A with the one and only Mariii, aka The Jungle Monster!

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What a teenage room in Vestamager looked like in the 90s.

When did you become a junglist?
“In the beginning of the 90s. My first party was the one at Rugbyklubben, which seems to be the case for many of us. It was my cousin Tino who brought me along; I was 15. I had never seen anything like it, of course. Up until then I had only been to kids’ parties. Everyone there were a bit older than me, and it was all very exciting! I think I have been to just about every single jungle party since then. And I have never really been going out in any other way. I’ve never been to an ordinary disco, really. It’s just been jungle parties for me, all the way. I fell completely in love with the entire thing.”

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The young teens warming up to a jungle rave at Det Blå Pakhus in Amager, 1996 (probably).


Why do you love jungle?
“I think it all made such a huge impression on me because I was so young. Big up to my cousin Tino for introducing me to jungle! He has done me a big favour with that one. He borrowed all the records from Nis and Chris and copied all the tunes onto cassette tapes and wrote down all the names of the tracks. That has been a big help for me later on when I’ve had to search for old tracks on youtube. Just brilliant. For me, it’s just been like one long crush that never stopped. It’s mad just how much jungle moves me. I’m forever in love.”

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Yup, you can say that again. The Jungle Monster just had to express her Jungle Love SO MUCH that she got a reminder burnt into her skin.

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THAT MOMENT where Mariiii reveals herself as the Jungle Monster for the first time. Find the entire shocking story at the end of today’s post.

How are you spreading the jungle gospel?
“I have handed out tons of flyers and made tons of copies of cassette tapes for people back in the day. At school, one of my classmates had one of those double tape recorders which was such a massively cool thing to own back then, and I borrowed it and copied every single tape that Nis and Tino gave me and handed them out to people. We spent hours and hours copying those tapes. And whenever I met someone new I made them listen to jungle and invited them to the parties. A lot of people said yes.”
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What’s your favourite tune?
“It’s impossible to say. But since it’s you asking, I’m gonna say Warpdrive with dj Crystl. It’s truly one of my all time favourites. It’s a very unique track. But there are simply too many to mention. Check out my youtube channel for more; I have a huuuge list. And I’m uploading all my old tapes, too.”

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Some true babyfacin’ at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, 2000.

What’s your best party moment ever?

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The One Nation flyer.

“One of the parties that made the biggest impression on me ever was my first trip to London with Caspar. We went to a One Nation party. It was 1998. Stevie Hyper D was mc’ing. And all the big dj’s were playing.”

“More recently, the All Jungle party here in Copenhagen was fantastic. Especially the first one in February. That was too mad. It was a massive surprise entering the room and seeing it so packed. That was big.”

“And I have to mention the Ribena party we went to in London in 2014 with just 100 people in a basement in Shoreditch.”

Oh yes.
“That was just unbelievably awesome. They played some tunes that I seriously thought I would never get to hear again on a dancefloor. They were really digging up some truly rare things from the bottom of those record bags.”

The tale of that adventure is right here: How to be a Junglist: Going to London

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What’s the best thing that happened this year?
“The All Jungle party in February. And something Welsh.”

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Mariiii, Mugge and Aske hanging out at Christiania Radio, 2005.


If you could timetravel to any point in time right now, where would you go?
“I would go back to the parties at Operaen on  Christiania. That was just the best time, being a teenager and taking it all in. I met so many people at Operaen that I still know today. I would like to be at one of those parties again.”

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Early teen pic of Mariiiiiii dancing to Cypress Hill in her Vestamager teen room.


What’s the dark secret noone knows about you?
“Well. Tim Driver inspired me with his revelation about Phil Collins, so I’m going to say Rick Astley. I love Rick Astley. I still think he has made the best pop music ever. I have this endless fascination with British culture. I’m definitely an anglophile. If a guy opens his mouth and English words come out he immediately becomes 10 percent more hot in my eyes. No, more like 35 percent.”

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Do you want more of Mariiiiii aka The Jungle Monster? Check out the horrific story of her sneaky skin switching techniques in this horror story: Blasts from the Past: Jungle Bells 2005

Lots more Mariiiiii here: Blasts from the Past: Garden Party People

If you wanna revisit the Ribena party in London with us, it’s right here: How to be a Junglist: Going to London

And TONS of hand-picked tunes and uploaded cassette tape mixes from back in the day on her youtube channel right here: Maruskimus 

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“Whiiiii, I’m a Disney princess with a super-unrealistic waistline. EAT IT, SUCKERS!”

 

Jungle Feelings: The Blade Runner special

“A merry little surge of electricity piped by automatic alarm from the mood organ beside his bed awakened Rick Deckard”.

This is the opening line of “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” by Philip K. Dick, the book on which the movie Blade Runner is based, and it would go on my list of “Best first sentences in books ever”; but I’m not making that list today. I’m making the 7 best jungle/drum’n’bass tunes with Blade Runner samples.

Why?

Reason number 1)
Because today is the 19th, and Blade Runner is supposedly taking place in 2019, so there. JUngLEkalenderen likes number magic.

Reason number 2)
Because the official teaser trailer of Blade Runner 2049 was JUST released today. As in like an hour ago. IS THAT A COINCIDENCE? Most likely not, as nothing seems to be a coincidence in JUngLEkalenderen.

Reason number 3)
And last but not least, because this is how much space Blade Runner – The Director’s Cut took up in my teenage diary when I watched it on Monday 7th of December 1992 at the MGM Cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue in London.

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“I’m looking out the window at all the city lights. I just watched Blade Runner – Director’s Cut so now all that neon and all those lights from the distant windows seem even more interesting and frightening and beautiful. Why is it so fascinating, all that neon and rain? I will never be done with this city. I feel like I haven’t even started yet”
, I wrote.

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This is the next page with Harrison Ford climbing those rooftops in L.A. anno 2019. That’s three years from now. As you can see, I wasn’t just into intelligent, cyberpunk’ish sci-fi, but also into Keanu Reeves.

But we shall stick to the Blade Runner samples in this post. Even though there might be some good tracks with samples from Point Break out there – and definitely som Matrix ones. But today is Blade Runner time!


Dj Fav: Lost in Time

A zoom of my diary will show that I have written All those moments will be lost in time like tears in the rain in the blue globe above Harrison Ford.

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That pre-death rooftop monologue by Rutger Hauer/Roy Batty has been sampled extensively through the years.

Back then I thought the Roy Batty character was super scary, but I could relate to his sadness: That all the stuff he had seen and experienced would be lost. What a shame.

My own human solution to the android problem was trying very hard to write down EVERYTHING I experienced so that I could hold on to it, somehow. It took me years to give up on that impossible mission.

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On that note: This is my absolute favourite Blade Runner track. The I Want More Life! sample. Rutger Hauer’s modified voice. Drums EXPLODING in desperation. What a tune. The masterpiece of the list, for sure.

 

Dom & Roland – Deckard’s Theme

Quality drum’n’bass from Dom & Roland. A very very very dark mood from a very cold future.

Trace and Nico – Replicant

Finally some Harrison Ford voice on top of a cold techstep tune. I really like the fact that Blade Runner 2049 is starring both him AND Ryan Gosling. Bam.

Dom & Roland – Through the Looking Glass


“A new life awaits you in the off world colonies. The chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure”. Dom & Roland does it again. This track sounds like evil machines breathing.

 
Shroombab & Polarity – Bad Motions

 

Favourite thing: The very discreet “Time to die”, almost a whisper. Lots of very oldskool sounds in this one – and let’s just rejoice in the fact that someone uses the artist name Shroombab.


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Favorite soundclip: “It’s not an easy thing to meet your maker.” I wish more artists would sample movies ALL THE TIME!

Extra bonus for the gamers:
In the MOST EXCELLENT point’n’click adventure The Dream Machine (highly recommended!) the main character (Victor) wears an exact copy of the shirt that Harrison Ford is wearing in Blade Runner. Everything is handmade in the game, so there’s room for that kind of ultra fandom stuff. I interviewed the creators of the game back at the release, and they explained their choice: “It’s just the nicest shirt ever”. 

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More games? Read Gamers and Ravers: The Amazing Similarities between the Two Worlds

Do you want more tunes? Try out The 7 most romantic jungle tunes ever

Did you miss a day of JUngLE? Find all three seasons here: JUngLEkalenderen

 

Blasts from the Past: Distorted Afternoons

You might remember the collection of blasts from the past on day 6 of JUngLEkalenderen, focusing on the Pirate Party Pack boat party on the 4th of June 2006 – Blasts from the Past: Pirate Party Pack.

This all took place during the 2006 edition of the Distortion festival. Which means that the weekend was, to no surprise, quite eventful, as most weekends were in 2006.

So let’s jump into the time machine and go back to the very same weekend, only two days earlier, and enjoy a collection of moments from June 2nd – at Nadsat in Hyskenstræde where we had a blast celebrating the release of the summer edition of the Citadel magazine combined with a Copenhagen Label Collaboration launch.

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Tim Driver has found a chair by the decks and is totally not moving for the rest of the event.

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Guests are arriving and the magazine is being examined.

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Other guests prioritize the bar.

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And the Heineken is free.

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This should have been in the babyface collection, despite the stubble.

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Some real babyfacin’ here, tho.

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Copenhagen Label Collaboration is handing out goodies.

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Kim Kemi keeps a firm grip on the furniture while the free beer keeps flowing.

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Citadel writers admire their own witty work.

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While the street starts to get crowded.

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Undisturbed by the crowds, Daniel has found a magazine and has started reading.

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Meanwhile, Madvig teaches the new generation to dj.

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Some people still prioritize the bar.

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Undisturbed, Daniel keeps reading Citadel.

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Two androids arrive from the future to clean up this mess.

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Klaus Boss immediately tries to teach them the important handsign for CITADELSK which means ‘beyond excellent’.

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Meanwhile, elsewhere, other weird hand signs are thrown, junglist style.

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Citadullerne have their own way of making sure that people do not forget what the hand signs look like and what they mean.

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Undisturbed by blondes having fun, Daniel has finally found the restaurant section of Citadel, and the world around him truly disappears.

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Lækker Later crew etc. arrives.

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Time to compare shoes and shinbone tattoos.

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Lars Gregers has no idea what hand sign Klaus Boss is going on about.

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Look at all this new, amazing technology!

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Undisturbed by the roaring crowds around him, Daniel keeps reading.

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And so, the police arrives.

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Hot policeman listens intently to Dennis.

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Hot policeman lets other people do the paperwork.

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But things continue in their own merry way.

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Everyone’s happy.

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Sponsored beer is cold.

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Mika fights the power.

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Aaah, the delicious sound of hard work on print.

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And all the hugging and kissing begins, as per usual.

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Do you want more hugging and kissing? – jump to Jungle Feelings: The Love and Kisses Special

Do you want much more Citadel? Go to Blasts from the Past: The 4Ward Show

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Jungle Confessions: “Going to raves was mind-expanding”

Today we’re giving it up for the one like CRS – the radio show machine!

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CRS at the Rolodex party – DNBZone.

CRS has been doing radio shows pretty much none stop since the 90s and has only taken one break from the airwaves: That was in 2008 when a shoulder operation forced him away from the decks and off the air for a month or two.

Let’s dive into the Q&A!

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Shoulder working just fine here! At the Kraken party at Stengade, 2007.


When did you become a junglist?

“In the beginning of the 90s. I was involved in a lot of other of music stuff back then – punk rock, metal, hiphop – and I still am. It was in the the milieu around Ungdomshuset with Rolandoposen and Deutsche Club. It was all so new. All the music bubbled with energy. And I was so young and took everything in.”

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Super old scan! Babyface selection potential! Private party at Svingsen’s Jungle Hut.


Why do you love jungle?

“It still makes me happy, just like it did in the 90s. And I love doing my radio shows, playing neurofunk and some of the newer stuff for a dedicated crowd. Check us out on bassjunkees.com every Friday! We’re on ustream, too, now – we just got a webcam in our studio.”

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Oldest known scan of CRS behind the decks. Thanks to Mariiii for this rare pic.

How are you spreading the jungle gospel?
“I started out on Christiania Radio with Nis and Caspar in about 98-99. It was the Jungle FM days with Delroy and MC Chris and MC Darren and Nufound and Mark the Chef and Nico Defrost. And then, in 2000, Ok Preston and Fares stopped their radio show on DTU, so I took over. It was called CheckItOut. I made a jingle with a sample from Jungle Syndicate.

Then I started producing with Pyro – and then I met Phono who runs Leet Radio and Leet Records, and so I started doing internet radio in about 2003.

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A small intermezzo pic of Pyro and Chriszka the Time Traveller with a Leet Radio flyer.

Now I do a show on bassjunkees.com every Friday from 20 to 22 – with regular visits from local dj’s and artists. Big up to the artists sending me tracks so that I stay in the loop!”


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How does raving make the world better?
“It’s an outlet of energy. When I was younger it was like a release, and you could spend the entire next day just thinking about how mindblowing it had been. Going to raves was mind-expanding – meeting people and being part of the rave scene. And it wasn’t just about jungle and drum’n’bass, I mean the entire techno scene, like the Simplicity parties with Morten and Bjarke and the first Deutsche Club parties at Ungdomshuset, too.  

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CRS enjoying the vibe at the Rum’n’Bass party at Stengade.


What’s your favourit tune?
“I have like a top ten of tracks that I love in equal amounts. Can I mention four?”

Yes, but I will choose the one I like best to go on top of the list as the featured one.
[…insert small break…]
Okay, that was easy:

Optive and Bullet Proof – Camouflage

 

And here are the other three, with links:
Messiah – ConfliktRaiden – Falling and Noisia og Upbeats – Dead Limit.


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Group hugging backstage at the Kraken Party at Stengade.


What’s the best thing that happened this year?

“It was the Black Sabbath concert at the Copenhell festival. I hadn’t seen Ozzy for 15 years. I saw him at Pumpehuset with the Ozzy Osborne show, playing solo. But this was my first time seeing Black Sabbath. And the last, I reckon, given that the tour was called ”The End”. They stop at New Year’s, and that’s that. They are like 70 years old.”

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CRS and Chriszka the Time Traveller feeling the music at Culture Box 2007.


What’s your favourite track that’s not jungle?
“This might come as a surprise to some people, but I’m gonna say Gang Starr – Full Clip.
Many see me as this punk/metal guy, but I’m into much more than that. I think he’s a great poet.”

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If you could timetravel to any point in time right now, where would you go?
”We have to go back to the 90s, when I’m like 18 to 20, hanging out at Ungdomshuset at Jagtvej 69. Those were great days, and they made me into the person I am today. I’ll never forget it. There was so much music and so much going on. Nice winds of change were blowing across the globe, too. The world was in a better place politically, in my opinion. I can understand why the young people of today feel that current times are tough.”

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Blitzed at the Temper D party at Culture Box in February 2005.

Thanks, CRS!

And we’re not gonna publish this without including the best pic of CRS ever:

This is CRS having a meet-up with Freddy Krueger.

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Do you want more CRS?

Don’t miss the Random Friday shows on bassjunkees.com  every Friday from 20 to 22 (and up for downloads afterwards: (Here’s the last show: https://www.mixcloud.com/randomfriday/crs-randomfriday-16_12_16/))

And catch him here on soundcloud: soundcloud.com/crs_dk

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Blasts from the Past: The Babyface Special

It’s time to have some time travelling fun. Let’s rejoice in the fountain of youth that true junglism bestows upon us and dive right into the ultimate BABYFACE SPECIAL!

So where does this eternal youthful glow come from? Witchery? Dark magic? No. High bpm’s, high pulse and never leaving the dancefloor until the very end.

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A true classic, soooooo rare. The babyface group hug! Warming up for Just Jungle at Eigens Ballroom. Teenage room style furniture. Way before digital cameras entered our lives.

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Bobby “Babyface” King II shows up behind Daniel Dreier at Nadsat.

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My most babyfaced jungle pic. We’re just about to jump into 1995 at the The Harder They Come rave at Stonebridge Park Complex, London. Footnote: That’s the only rave I’ve ever been to where the music was so loud it actually hurt my ears. Troubling volumes.

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The most babyfaced picture of dj Nis that I have. This is in the kitchen were Nis now plays about with a new fountain of youth: veganism.

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Blitzed babyfacin’ in front of Jolene, Kødbyen.

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Okay, the 11-year-old dj is NINE YEARS OLD in this picture!

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Rune RK, 2000F and Dr. Disk do some extreme baby facing in this gem of a picture scan. We’re at Jungle Fever IV, January 1995, Operaen, Christiania.

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Chriszka the Time Traveller babyfacin’ and Adidas’in, junglist style.

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Children smoking cigarettes.

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Advokatorex’ best babyface pose. At the Raw After After After party, August 2007.

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Svingsen wins this babyface trilogy battle. Old scan, private party.

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Okay, Kristobal wins the entire babyface competition right here. At Stengade. Photo by Vitus.

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Mariiiii puts on a babyface to fool the world after her sneaky jungle monster exorcism.

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Babyfaces and aliens (and me taking a short nap) at the Silo party at Islands Brygge.

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World famous dj and producer Axl Rise does a real baby face while toying with sound effects.

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Babyfacin’ at the Public Service festival at Strandgade by Luftkastellet. Possibly 2004.

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And the outro: A babyface arrival by Casparados.


More time traveling? – Check out Blasts from the Past: The Raw After After Party

More veganism? Go to Jungle Confessions: “I Get Goosebumps on My Legs Thinking About That Party”

Did you miss out on yesterday’s post? Here it is: The 7 perfect games for junglists

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The 7 Perfect Games for Junglists

It’s an interesting day for games, because

1) any European vaguely interested in the mainstream of mobile gaming has now been waiting for more than 10 hours for the release of Nintendo’s new mobile blockbuster Super Mario Run
2) I just got an invite to the world premiere of the Assassin’s Creed movie
and
3) right now, the 6 new games made by students from DADIU (The National Academy of Digital Entertainment) are being celebrated at Filmskolen in Copenhagen. Again this year, the games reveal a healthy sense of humour (a Danish trademark that we should be proud of), so check them out here; anyone with an Android tablet can download them for free).

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With all that in mind, JUngLEkalenderen will spend this day diving back into the landcapes where gamers and ravers meet.

(If you missed the last one, here it is: Gamers and Ravers – the Amazing Similarities between the Two Worlds.)

Here it is, your indispensable guide: The 7 perfect games for junglists.

RECORD RUN
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This mobile game is an overlooked gem, made by Harmonix, the people behind Rockband and Dance Central. It’s a rhythm runner, where you sprint along the pavement, dodging parked bikes and garbage piles and fire hydrants and men reading newspapers and other obstacles to the rhythm of the music of your own choice. Yup, that’s the true genius of it. You can run to the beats of your own iTunes music collection, which makes it a great choice for junglists. Just choose your own tunes!

For some reason, Back to Your Roots (Friction & K-Tee Remix) makes a perfect running tune for me in this particular game.

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You have to collect as many vinyls as possible, while running, jumping and sliding along the pavement. When you’re doing really well, all the obstacles start dancing along to your beats, which is super cool.

Extra junglist point: The game begins in a record shop jam-packed with vinyl albums. And it’s free. Download here.

GRAND THEFT AUTO III

This is a classic. I never really did get up to much mischief in GTA III. I just found myself a car and drove around the streets of Liberty City, listening to the pirate station MSX FM 101.1, hosted by DJ Timecode and MC Codebreaker.

 

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Things get dubsteppy.

This 2D platformer game is made by former Playdead lead gameplay designer Jeppe Carlsen and has an awesome, dubsteppy soundtrack by Jakob Schmid. Just listen to some of the bass lines in this clip, headnodders: carlsengames.com/games/140/

The game was released on Steam in 2013 and recently hit the consoles.

THE LONDON HEIST
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If you have access to a Playstation VR headset, you will already have tried The London Heist, which is part of the demo pack. I have tried it every time I got the chance to do so at gaming conferences and such, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the car chase sequence on the London motorway every time.

You are in the passenger seat in a getaway car after a coup, chased by bandits that you can shoot at while you mess about with your soda and stuff in the glove compartment and such. And tadaaaaa: The car radio is tuned into a pirate station! No idea which track is playing, though, since I’ve been too busy hanging out the car door shooting people and stuff. Fun! You can google translate my (p)review here: Playstations VR headset is out – here are the games.

Wipeout 2097


A flow classic. More games should have soundtracks like this. The futuristic racing game Wipeout 2097 is packed with tunes, from Photek and Orbital to an instrumental version of Prodigy’s Firestarter.
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Devil May Cry

The entire soundtrack is by Noisia, so there…

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DJ Hero

You need some extra gear to play this one on your console, and it’s getting pretty old, but I had insane amounts of fun playing DJ Hero back in the day – especially with tracks like this. Not so much when you were forced to mix tracks by Blackeyed Peas. (Tip: The drum’n’bass action in the video above starts at 3:47).

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Outro
And I’m just gonna end this with a screenshot from Playdead’s newest game Inside, because it’s so incredibly darkside.

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“We’re not gonna die, we’re gonna get out of here!”

Yeah, sure.

If you’re a gamer or a raver, don’t miss Gamers and Ravers – the Amazing Similarities between the Two Worlds.

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Jungle Confessions: “I had to stay on the dancefloor until the very end”

Whohooo, this is gonna be fun. It’s time for a Q&A with Sofus the Amazing Shape-Shifter! Sofus is many things, so I will let the pictures and my comments speak for themselves and get right on with it. You will love this. I do.

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When did you become a junglist?
It was at Nis’ party at Rugbyklubben in Christianshavn.

OMG, everyone was there! THAT’s where I would want to go in my time machine!
Yeah. I can’t have been very old… I must have been 15. I found the flyer in Loud, the record shop in Hyskenstræde. That’s where I spent my pocket money bying vinyls. The party was an eye opener. There was a lot of trance, too, at the time, and compared to trance, jungle had this chaos of beats that seemed difficult and very complex to me in the beginning. Even though I was listening to death metal, too. But jungle was way more freaky. It was a storm that just came and took me.

My first rave ever was around that time, too – at Pakhus 11 in April 1994 – the Seawolf party where Photon made the visuals. I still have the poster in my flat.

OMG again! You have to take a pic and send it straight away.
Will do.

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Sofus sent the pic. Whohooo.

Why do you love jungle?
“It was the unpredictable bass and the unpredictable rhythms that got to me. In trance, the bassline was very dominating and monotonous, but in jungle, it just jumped about all over the place. I liked the tunes where everything was shifting constantly. Jungle challenged you with new beats all the time. You distanced yourself from the repetions of house and techno. I felt very inspired.

And back then, you needed a space where you could just go berserk. It was some kind of teenage rebellion where you just went to the raves and made a point out of being the last man standing on the dancefloor. Now, it’s a lot easier for me to leave a party or a rave when I feel tired. But back then, I stayed ’til the last drop of blood – every time . It wasn’t exactly like doing sports, but it was something like it, and you felt super cool and kind of like a cyborg and definitely very future-like!”

I know exactly what you mean!
“Sometimes I had these inner struggles on the dancefloor where I was really tired and had to sit down for a bit, but I always got up again. I had to stay on the dancefloor until the very end. That became a big challenge when I lived in Berlin in 2002 and 2003. Because their parties never end. It was the same thing with the underground outdoor parties in Denmark – they sort of never really ended, either.

There’s something euphoric about it, the fact that the body can just keep going. It’s a meditative quality, almost shamanistic. All of us doing this tribal dance together. A collective consciousness. You are actually doing it for the community. You don’t just go home, you stay and dance until the end.”

Exactly!
“And afterwards you feel really proud and sore in all your muscles for days and days afterwards.”


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How does raving make the world better?
“When you’re at a rave with a lot of people you don’t make a lot of conversation – you use your physical body to express your feelings and the sounds in the music. We don’t use our language but the bodies and the rhythm and pulse of the music instead. And you start to recognize eachother when you’ve experienced a thing like that together. You feel connected. There’s a poetry of the body – a compassion and inner knowledge that we’re all in tune with each other. When you get home from the raves, you feel that there has been a bond, that we turned into a tribe. That’s why afterparties are so popular for ravers. It’s hard to let go of that bond. And all the things you didn’t get to say while dancing… You can get to say all that at the afterparties.”

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What have you learnt this year?
To be persistent. To keep the focus even when projects take a lot longer than I expected. That has really been a thing for me this year. To keep going, to not let go.

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Sofus being persistent at the Ohoi! 6 year anniversary.


If you could timetravel to any point in time right now, where would you go?
I would like to go back to Love Parade in 2006. There was a whole Danish crew on a float with Kim Kemi and Daniel and Patrick Bateman and Rune RK playing. I would like to go back there and experience that one more time.

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That’s what THAT moment looked like.


What’s the best thing that happened this year?

The Somewhere Festival at Boesdal Kalkbrud in Denmark.

Awesome answer! I have a whole selection of photos of you from that festival. Perfect. Here’s one:

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Secret junglists sharing a moment at the Danish floor at the Somewhere Festival.

“That was one of the best outdoor event of 2016. It was a super awesome location, at the old Camp Electric spot, and I liked the fact that there were 3 stages: One Danish, one German, one Swedish. Joint forces from 3 nations. I would like to see more of that kind of collaborations at festivals. It was awesome.”

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Sofus posing for my iPhone on the German floor at the magnificent Somewhere Festival.

What’s your favorite jungle tune?

Awwwww!

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Sofus having a laugh at the German floor at Somewhere.


What’s the most exciting thing about 2017?
“I would like to go to Burning Man in 2017. I have started planning. I have an art project that I would like to unfold there. We are working on it.”

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Sofus the Amazing Shape Shifter and Chriszka the Time Traveller working on it at the most awesome Dyssen party in 2008.

Thank you, Sofus! That was awesome. 

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And I’m just gonna end this with one more picture from the Somewhere Festival so you can see how beautiful it was.


Want more romantic jungle tunes like Sofus’ favourite? Go to my list of the 7 most romantic jungle tunes ever.

This is a good day to reread the 7 best things about being a raver.

It would also be a good day to reread The Secret Junglists.

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