One of the events I really wanted to go to, was Thunderdome ’96. As a young lad Thunderdome dominated my youth, and the 1996 edition turned out to be one of the most talked about Thunderdomes ever. The response it had was tremendous, and even to this day it’s a well remembered night. On Partyflock 74% of the partygoers rated it as aweseom/excellent, and not one bad review. A night to remember, and for only ƒ 50,- you would experience the night of your life, with an incredible line-up: 50% of the Dream Team, Bass-D & King Matthew, Buzz Fuzz, Dana, Dano, Darkraver, Delirium, E-Rick, Gizmo, Hardcor, Neophyte, The Prophet, Uzi, Waxweazle, Weirdo, and 3 Steps Ahead. You cannot deny the feeling you just received after seeing that line-up. And that night had been captured on a CD, and released also in 1996. Read More
Back in 2002 I went to Sensation White with a few friends from the place I worked, NedCar. They were into Trance music, and were talking about this event like it was going to be the best night of our lives. Everyone dressed in white, and a night filled with Trance music, in the Amsterdam Arena. Well, I really wanted to go with them, but the tickets were sold out. To cut a long story short: I bought a train ticket, went with my friends to Amsterdam, walked around the Arena, trying to spot someone who sold a ticket, and as luck might have it, I found someone. Scared that it might be a fake ticket, I walked to the entrance (at the complete oppossite side of where my friends were), and got in! I was a happy bunny, but not happy when I realised that I would never be able to find my friends, if literally everyone was dressed in white. Took half an hour to find them, in this wonderful setting. But once the gang was complete, the party could start! Read More
The other day I was talking about Sensation, and now a forgotten event: Innercity. Started back in 1999 at the Rai in Amsterdam, this new concept quickly came to life. Two events during the first year, and quickly moving abroad in 2000: visiting Belgium, Israel, Germany and Spain. I discovered Innercity back in 2000, when this event was held again in Amsterdam, and it blew my mind away. I fell in love, and remember the chaotic atmosphere at the Rai: one way traffic only. It took hours to get back to the mainstage, or wherever you needed to be. And I got chewing gum stuck to my jeans. Ruined my evening. But the actual event was ace.
The line-up in 2000 was so damn good, but the temperatures were so cold: when me and my good friend arrived there, and stood outside of the entrance, it started to bloody snow. And the only thing I was wearing was a t-shirt and extremely thin trousers. I was freezing my bollocks off. But that was just the thing: going in the freezing temperatures to an event which would cause you to heat up the second you walk in. A night to remember. And only a handful of days ago I found the actual VHS on Youtube, which got me in the mood for some good ol’ Innercity liveset.
They are rare. Really rare. But I found one, from one of the biggest superstar DJs from Italy: Mauro Picotto. Don’t know what he does nowadays, he vanished of my radar, but during the early noughties his music touched my soul. His commercial music was also succesful all over the world, with the three hits reaching the Dutch charts (Komodo, Proximus, and Like This Like That). But the darker Techno side always attracted me more and more, and to find this jewel of a set will not only bring a smile on my face, but also on yours!
01. Fabio MC – Klaude
02. Mauro Picotto – Like A Dog
03. Secret Cinema – Acid Come
04. Speedy J – Krekc
05. Tomaz vs Filterheadz – Mi Casa Es Su Casa
06. Intergalactic Phonk – The Source (Devilfish Remake)
07. Sharpside – Space Cruising
08. Mauro Picotto – Verdi
09. Dariush – Ira
10. Ricky Le Roy – One Day (Big Bass Mix)
11. Mauro Picotto – Pulsar (Picotto Verdi Mix)
12. Ricky Effe – Rectifier
13. Square – Unknown Synthetic
14. Marco Zaffarano – Re-Take (Tedesco Mix)
15. Chris Liebling – Stigmata 8 (A1)
16. Gabry Fasano – Reaktor
17. Innerdrive feat Dhakela – Absolutely Necessary
18. 1st Bass – Slam Me Down
19. Umek – Gatex
20. Max Walder – God’s Creation (Picotto Remix)
21. Marco Zaffarano & Sascha Barth – Insane
22. Livio Tracks – Perpetue
23. Joy Kittikonti – Joyenergizer (Mauro Picotto Remix)
24. Fabio MC – Percutor M
25. Mauro Picotto – Hong Kong
This actual event wasn’t really the best one they had. The line-up was alright, but not brilliant. And the people at the Rai were lunatics. And the bloody one way traffic was a nuisance. But this set made the whole night worth while. And many people agree with that. And so should you, if you look at the tracklist! Bloody Nora, where did the quality go over the years? Where has this kind of music gone to?
Mauro’s set was taken from ID&T radio, which was broadcasted live. So don’t expect any great quality. And during the show you hear someone stating who’s set it is, but that shouldn’t bother you. Neither does the picture I used for this: this has been taken from the inside booklet of the CD. The original flyer/poster can not be found in a decent quality online, so I had to pick something good. Well, it looks funky, doesn’it?
The set is a blinding set. This has put a smile on my big ass face. Mauro knew exactly what he was doing, and the set is amazing. He got the crowd moving, at the Rai or at home. I even love the tracklist: I completely forgotten these tracks. I think I had some Mauro Picotto LPs, but due to moving house and country they disappeared. Mauro’s CDs are also gone, but I think I gave it to someone, never to be given back. Mauro was a true hero, and he increased my personal interest in Techno even more.
There are some glitches, but let’s take them for granted. Remember, this was during the days of early CDJs and vinyl, so it was more pure than now. And the record that still grabs my attention is ‘Verdi’. Brilliantly and balanced record. Dancefloor destroyer.
I will find out what happened to Mauro. But it’s time for you to find out what he did in 2001 at Innercity!
DJ: Mauro Picotto
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Innercity 2001
Length Liveset: 01:57:08
Tracks: 25 (twenty-five)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
More Information: Mauro Picotto – Official Website
Two weeks ago I was back in my home country, the Netherlands, and what I always do during my stay in this beautiful country, is visit my local CD store in Heerlen, Satisfaction Records. Been coming there for many years (bought my first rave ticket there back in 1998, for Mysteryland Outdoor), I’ve become known to the owner. Spent a lot of money over the years, buying everything money could buy. So a trip was necessary, because I like digging through thousands of CDs, and I support them. There aren’t many CD stores left, so those who are still afloat, you must support.
Digging through thousands of CDs is the best feeling. Most of the CDs I’ve got already, and it takes patience to find something unique and fresh. Queue my last visit: they’ve created a ‘discount’ section, and there it was: ‘The Beauty Of Silence’ by Svenson and Gielen. Yeah, you might call me a cheapskate, but in all fairness: I walked out with 7 CDs for only €16.99! Nowadays that’s the price of just one! I got lucky with this CD: when it was released in 2002 I never had the chance to buy it. And over the years I simply forgot about it.
Svenson and Gielen dominated the Trance scene back in the early noughties. They were succesful as a duo, and this album contains a few of their well known tracks. It’s astonishing to think that this album is 15 years old, and still sounds fresh. Unique. And that’s the reason why they dominated everything. They made anthem after anthem, and they are still loved by fans all over the world. Play any of the tracks and the rave ligths up. Groundbreaking tunes were made by them.
Let’s see the tracklist. You might know a couple of these tracks. I reckon you do. If you don’t, you weren’t born when this album was released…
01. Svenson & Gielen – The Beauty Of Silence
02. Svenson & Gielen feat Simi Nah – Unknown Pleasure
03. Svenson & Gielen – Twisted Energy (Radio Edit)
04. Svenson & Gielen – Fujirama
05. Svenson & Gielen – Outward Voyage
06. Svenson & Gielen feat Jan Johnston – Beachbreeze
07. Svenson & Gielen – We Know What You Did
08. Svenson & Gielen – Answer The Question
09. Svenson & Gielen – Falling Star
10. Svenson & Gielen feat Simi Nah – Evol (In Love)
11. Svenson & Gielen – We Know What You Did (DJ Tiesto Remix)
12. Svenson & Gielen – Answer The Question (Cosmic Gate Remix)
There you go. An amazing tracklist, isn’t it? I know most of these tracks, because they’ve appeared on many compilations. As I said before, they dominated everything imaginable. They were one of the hottest duos in the Trance scene, and they took the scene to places never seen before.
So many great anthems, it’s unbelievable to capture what they’ve done to the scene. ‘The Beauty Of Silence’, ‘Twisted Energy’, ‘Beachbreeze’, ‘We Know What You Did’, ‘Answer The Question’ and more. They were on the spot when it came to music, they embraced what was there already, and improved it. They knew what the audiences all over the world wanted and needed, and the result was a really good album.
A couple of tracks are a bit less than the anthems they created, I did miss something special, something that would improve them. Something I can’t describe. And also the Tiesto remix of ‘We Know What You Did’ is extremely dull. Never thought Tiesto would release something this dull when he was the king of Trance…
Best track? Oh, I like a few. But the one I would embrace is ‘The Beauty Of Silence’. Still have it as a single.
A very good album, and it was a bargain. It might have taken 15 years to be part of my collection, but it ain’t going nowhere.
Artist: Svenson & Gielen
Release Year: 2002
CD Info: Svenson & Gielen – The Beauty Of Silence
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:01:42
Tracks: 10 (ten) + 2 Bonus Tracks
Label: ID&T Music BV
Product Number: 7005622
More Information: ———-
Every day, when I drive with my car to work, I am on a mission. A mission to go through my whole collection and hear those long lost CDs. The other day I found a wonderful CDs which I haven’t forgotten about, but simply haven’t played in a very long while. Innercity 2000 was for me an amazing event, went there with a friend, and left stunned. This was truly an amazing night, and one I will never ever forget. The flying glowsticks, the screaming-his-lungs-out Green Velvet, the maze, everything was just superb. But the one thing that blew us all away was Marco V’s set. Tiësto’s set was excellent too, if you managed to get in, because the room was crammed.
This CD is 15 years old, still to me one of the most played CDs of all time. Marco V selected the finest tracks, and they are truly astonishing. Still gives me the vibes, and when I’m driving, it makes me put my foot down hard on the accelerator. Thank God I’ve saved a copy, because I’ve had three copies of these, but 2 were damaged beyond belief.Scratches made it impossible to listen to it. The album had, if I’m correct, a VHS with it, with the actual event. As a bonus, underneath this review you can find the original VHS, and the vibes will come straight towards you through the screen. The opening moment when thousands of ravers scream ‘music’ out loud, nothing can beat that. And after that you see several areas which made Innercity a memorable event, and also short interviews with artists such as Jean, Sven Väth, Green Velvet, Marco V, and more.
It’s all about the music, and the tracks you hear in this video are actually on the CD too. Not all of them, which is a pity (really wanted to hear ‘Da Goose’s track, which you can hear during Luke Slater’s moment). But you can catch the vibes, and it’s quality over quantity. Long tracks, no short radio edits, all selected and carefully mixed by Marco V.
What’s the one thing which could have made this the best CD ever? Maybe if they added the audience screaming and shouting, it would have made it even more special.
01. 3 Phase – Der Klang Der Familie (Ian Wilkie Remix)
02. Electrique Boutique – Revelation
03. Steve Porter – The Catch
04. Blaze – My Beat (AMbassador Remix)
05. X-Press 2 – AC/DC (Gangbanger Mix)
06. Chab – Matica (Moogwai Mix)
07. Futureshock – Sparc
08. Fred Numf vs 5 Point 0 – Globalisation
09. DJ Nukem vs Chab – Shaiva
10. Chris Cowie – Therapy (Part One)
11. Resistance D – You Were There (Thomas P. Heckmann Remix)
12. Marco V – In Charge
13. Marco V – Recovered
14. Marco V – Indicator
15. Ural 13 Diktators – Total Destruction (Johannes Heil Remix)
Watch the video, and after that you should purchase the album. I don’t know where you can get one, probably from Ebay or Amazon or Marktplaats, but this is definately one of the best albums of all time, from one of the best events ever organised. Been twice to Innercity (2000 and 2002) and both times I fell in love with it.
Marco V is a legend, and was a legend back in 2000. His set is memorable, and if you want to relive this memorable set, you should get the album. Don’t ask me for a copy, because you ain’t getting one. This is mine, and this goes with me into my grave. Probably be played at my funeral. I’ve never listened to an album as much as this one.
Best track on this album? Well, ‘In Charge’ is amazing, ‘Globalisation’ is awesome, but the one truly amazing ‘Recovered’ gets all the credits it deserves. Maybe an underrated track, haven’t heard it anywhere else since 2001, which is a shame.
A truly wonderful album, a true masterpiece made by Marco V.
Artist: Various Artists
Mixed By: Marco V
Genre/Style: Progressive Trance
Release Year: 2001
Album Info: Marco V – Live At Innercity 2000
CDs: 1 (one) + VHS
Length CD: 01:13:31
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Product Number: 7003642
More Information: ID&T – Official Website / Marco V – Facebook Fanpage