ROSKILDE 2010 : GENERATION BASS 2 THE WORLD

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Wow, what a Festival, where do I start!

FRIDAY 2 JULY

I suppose we better start here, right at home.  Here’s a demonstration on what DubSTep MonDay is all about:

You know I am probably one of the world’s worst at documenting anything of significance that relates to me as I’m more of a keep it in the memory bank kind of person.

Lucky for me, the above video was thankfully taken by Mikael Palner of Urban World Rec’s but it only shows me warming up the crowd as it started going even more mental from this point on.  Over 6000 kids going nuts.

Here’s more from earlier on during a “lighter in the air” moment!

<God, I still cringe when I see myself poke that finger in the air, it’s almost as bad as that Dennis Ferrer video for Hey Hey when he’s in some club dancing to his own tune like a dick..lol>

Gotta say man, whenever I do Festivals, I ALWAYS rock them BUT really I could never have dreamed the kind of response I got @ Roskilde, man those peeps are BEAUTIFUL!

Of course I had a feeling it might go really well, maybe in front of a 1000 or so people.  I was not expecting the venue to fill to capacity from being almost empty in the 15 minute intermission from the time Daara J went off.  It filled to 2/3 capacity when I went on and within 10 minutes of me being on, it was FULL and spillling outside of the tent….over 6000 kids going nutz!

Kids chanting my name, some with my name on placards, being asked for my autograph at the airport etc etc…I’m sure somebody set this up cause it was UNREAL but it was also one of the most exciting moments of my life and my DJ Career thus far!

Since, Friday I have had people contacting me and telling me that my set was one of their highlights of the festival!

Wow man, what can I say?  I needed another hour to really get going lmao…

Is it all downhill from hereon? I really hope not maaan.

On that same Friday night, I also hung out a little bit with the Analog Africa guys and spoke with Gilles Peterson who seemed to be suitably impressed too with my performance and wanted to knabb some tunes off me :-)

I then went off to see the Legend that is, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) in Them Crooked Vultures, also featuring Dave Grohl (Nirvana & Foo Fighters) and Josh (Queens of Stone Age) rocking the Orange stage to over 60,000 people.

I also caught some Staff Benda Billi later on back at the Cosmopol and they were ROCKING!

SATURDAY3RD JULY

It wasn’t all about me or Generation Bass though as I made some new friends and met some old ones too.

SCHLACHTOFBRONX

On Saturday I met up with the Schlacthofbronx boys and Spoek Mathambo and his missus Gnucci Banana.  The boys gave me a backstage pass as mine had expired on the Friday night and so I hung out with them, Georg from Outhere Recs and yep, MODERAT (Modeselektor & Apparat).

I had the huge pleasure and honour of seeing it all from backstage and also filming some of it for them but not these clips below.

Here’s some stuff from the Schlachtofbronx boys who also “killed it”.

DALA DALA

I caught a bit of Georg too from Outhere Recs (Ayobaness compilation) who was there as Dala Dala.

Here he is, rocking it:

Afterwards we caught some Prodigy together and I went off to see MODERAT as the Bronx Boys wanted to see Shantel instead.

MODESELEKTOR & APPARAT = MODERAT

I was buzzing from already having met and hung out with Modeselektor and Apparat = Moderat, earlier that evening.  Also they both remembered a compilation I did as Shisha Sound System, “Cafe Paradiso” for which I licensed  a track each of theirs.  Them remembering that comp kinda blew my mind a little :-)

Their live performance was one of the stand outs for me.  They came on the Cosmopol stage at about 3.00 am in the morning, after Prodigy had ended their set on the Orange stage.

For me it was perfect.  The gig was SPIRITUAL!

SUNDAY 4TH JULY 2010

Today I thought, our luck had ran out.

We don’t have any backstage passes and so meeting Die Antwoord isn’t gonna happen.

Meeting Prince was always going to be a mission impossible.

But I had  a little hope in the back of my mind that it might happen.

IKONIKA vs COOLYG

I’m just a lucky bastard and so on Sunday I was lucky enough to bump into Cooly G and Ikonika who were staying at the same hotel as me.  Cooly G kindly invited me to come along to their gig providing me with another backstage pass for the Sunday night :-).

It was great being in their company too cause they’re both sweet and so down to earth.  They’re my sisters now, I love em’ both!

Here’s Ikonika & Cooly G in action, sorry bout the shit, distorted sound quality.

They killed it too, awesome deeeep sets man!

DIE ANTWOORD

I missed the Die Antwoord performance at Cosmopol and I though they had gone from the Festival.  Then I saw Yolandi and then I thought, yeah, my luck is really in today.  So I got chatting with her and she took me to meet Ninja and I also hooked up with their label rep from Interscope who could have sworn he knew me from somewhere else but I’d never met the guy before.

So I chilled with Yolandi and Ninja in their dressing room and maan they were both awesome!  Sorry guys but Yoalndi is in deep love with Ninja and they have a kid together.

So you’re just gonna have to keep wanking over her cause:

I GOT WHAT YOU WANT BOY, I GOT WHAT YOU WANT
I GOT WHAT YOU WANT BOY, YOU NEVER GOING TO GET IT
I GOT WHAT YOU WANT BOY, I GOT WHAT YOU WANT
NO YOU NEVER GOING TO GET IT, SO YOU MIGHT AS WELL FORGET IT

I really wanna kick myself cause I should have done a video interview with them but didn’t as it just never entered my mind.  I did get some jingles though and that was lucky cause it was the label guy’s suggestion..lol…and if he had not suggested it, it would have just been another something for my memory bank.

So both Yolandi & Ninja love GENERATION BASS and we love them :-)

I think we were one of the first to break them over blogosphere last year :-)

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PRINCE

Yep, meeting the mighty purple one, didn’t happen:-(

But I was right at the front of the Orange Stage and seeing Sheila E live in the flesh more than compensated for that I think.

It was not a vintage Prince performance, he is now ageing and was not dancing like he use to and did none of the hundreds of costume changes like he use to do.

It was a fairly SPIRITUAL performance though, pretty much gospel all the way through.  It took me through a lot of emotions cause I grew up on Prince’s music.

I saw him live loads of times in London and so seeing him in this more spiritual mode was a new insight for me BUT one which will stay with me for a very long time.

10 comments

  • Pathaan July 8, 2010

    very nice piece !! very pleased it rocked for ya :)

  • dj umb July 8, 2010

    Thanks Pathaan bro’ but I ain’t supported DAVID BOWIE yet and so I still have a long way to go to reach your heights :-)

  • Naufalle Aiwa July 9, 2010

    Waow great Amar, happy to see you had such a good response there. Hope to share the stage again with you soon MR DJ Superstar!

  • ghandi July 9, 2010

    Umb mate, that’s a seriously good luck, respect!

  • dj umb July 9, 2010

    Thanks Naufalle & Ghandi…

    Suppose that has to qualify as my SuperStar DJ moment..lol…

    I’m eager for bigger stages though cause I know I can rock em’ even bigger…the bigger they are the bigger I’ll rock em’…

    Maybe Madison Square Gardens one day…lmao….

    or if that don’t work out, there’s always friends’ broom cupboards I suppose…:-))

  • Alex July 9, 2010

    Well done, you really deserve it all!
    Cheers to you!

  • Aejaz July 12, 2010

    Awesome! Did anyone catch more of your set on video?

  • dj umb July 12, 2010

    .not sure man… but I’m hoping so

  • vince July 13, 2010

    good stuff man. very impressed over here at the incu hq!!

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