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ARTIKEL Todd Burns BEELD Resident Advisor

I Was There:

Steve Bug If it seems like Steve Bug has been around forever, it’s because, well, he basically has. The Berlin-based producer has been involved in electronic music since the late ‘80s. Headlining at this year’s Resident Advisor party during the ADE conference along with Radio Slave, Tensnake, Soul Clap and more, RA’s editor Todd L. Burns caught up with the Poker Flat label boss to talk about his early clubbing days in Bremen and Hamburg—before he ever got backstage. If it seems like Steve Bug has been around forever, it’s because, well, he basically has. The Berlin-based producer has been involved in electronic music since the late ‘80s. Headlining at this year’s Resident Advisor party during the ADE conference along with Radio Slave, Tensnake, Soul Clap and more, RA’s editor Todd L. Burns caught up with the Poker Flat label boss to talk about his early clubbing days in Bremen and Hamburg—before he ever got backstage. What was the music scene like in Bremen when you were growing up? When I first started going out, clubs were playing everything. Mostly commercial music, but we didn’t know better. After that, we went to more funk and black music clubs as well. But then I went to Hamburg’s Front Club where Klaus Stockhausen—and later on Boris Dlugosch—used to DJ. After my first night at the Front club, I started DJing at home and making tapes and stuff.

Klaus seems to be a touchstone for a lot of German DJs. What was it about his DJing that was so inspiring? The funny thing about Klaus is that he doesn’t really understand why people care about him, which I think is really nice. So many people get a big head because they’ve just released a record and one of them has been charted in Groove Magazine. To be honest, though, I don’t remember the way he was playing and, unfortunately, I don’t even have a tape of the way he was playing. For me it was more the music and the fact that the music wasn’t stopping. At all the other nights I had been to before, there was one track and then it stopped. And then the other track.

I was selfish. I left them outside. I had to go in! I wouldn’t do the same anymore, but back then I was so in love with the music I really had to be there.

What else made the club special? Front back then was, I’d say, 95% gay. For me, being a hairdresser, I was used to having gays around me. But I wasn’t going to full proper gay clubs. I was probably the only straight guy in there apart from Martin Landsky. It was quite an experience. The whole way they did partying and the music and the lights was completely different from everything I had known before. It was like if you’d only been to more commercial clubs these days, and then you suddenly walk into Berghain or Panoramabar. It was a culture shock. There was a door policy too right? How did you get in? Easily! I don’t know. They seemed to like me. We were always wearing crazy outfits anyway, so after a while they knew me. Sometimes we would drive over with random people from Bremen and they wouldn’t get in because they were too normal looking.

Trouwens #05 - 'Backstage Issue'  

Trouwens is a magazine made bij TrouwAmsterdam for the visitors of TrouwAmsterdam

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