In this episode of The Dewarists, award-winning percussionist Trilok Gurtu teams up with electronic folk duo Hari + Sukhmani in their hometown of Chandigarh. 'Maati' is an ambient folk song that is set to the poetry of 18th century Sufi poet Bulleh Shah. The song has been given legs by a range of sounds thanks to the percussive genius of Trilok Gurtu.
[Originally posted on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO90IsDvlaQ]
Here is the official Space Ibiza closing party video of 2011, which I wrote and directed (I also did the sound). It was a great honour to be asked by Space to produce a short film to document their mammoth closing party at the beginning of October.
The club wanted something on film that captured some of the craziness, carnival atmosphere, and unique revelry of their last party of the clubbing season, as well as something that reflected the wide variety of music and DJs that the famous event offers. They also wanted the film to be over 15 minutes, which is quite long for today’s online audience so it was a unique challenge.
The idea I came up with was to do a mini mix between the different arenas and DJs of the closing party that not only visually took viewers on a journey through the club, but also musically. One of the great things about Space’s closing party is being able to hear so many different DJs and sounds together on one night, so I wanted to reflect this in my film.
I also wanted to sum up the general mood of the attendees – the fact that it is the last party of the summer, and the last big blow out before everyone has to head home to their normal lives, wherever in the world they come from. For many, the only thing that remains of that party is the memory of that magical night on the island.
So with this in mind, the film begins with a hazy snapshot of a moment on a Ibiza beach. We see a hand that scribbles ‘I love’ into the sand…
This segues nicely into the video’s first track ‘So Much Love’, which Fedde Le Grand played. He DJed outside in the car park arena just as the sun was setting which gave some of the shots a nice orange glow.
Never focusing on one DJ for too long, Fedde’s track soon mixes into Wally Lopez which takes the viewer into the long night ahead. His section ends with the first of three time stamps, which are designed to communicate to the viewer the insane length of Space’s closing party (it began at 4:30 PM on Sunday afternoon and ended at 11:00 AM on Monday morning).
The third performer we see is Uner, who played on the sunset terrace after dark. Because of the change in location, I wanted more of a trippy nightclub feel in this arena by using darker, light-driven snapshots of action.
From there, we head into the heaving Space terrace, where the relatively unimposing frame of Maya Jane Coles keeps the audience locked in a tight fever with her deep twisted house music. We used as much red as we could in her section, to visually match the heat and intensity of those moments, as well as her unique hair colour.
One of the difficulties of mixing the six different DJs together into one fluid journey, was the huge difference in BPM range. The hardest transition was Maya Jane Coles to Armin van Buuren, as Maya’s music is generally slow and hypnotic, whilst Armin’s music is banging and euphoric.
The solution I came up with, was to create a breather in between those two DJs, just like a clubber might take a break between dancefloor workouts. The film takes the viewer on a tour of Space’s chill out zone which, although relaxed and calm by comparison to the other scenes, never loses its rhythm.
As the tension quickly increases, the film jolts (I hope) quite unexpectedly into the slamming rhythms of Armin in the main Discoteca of Space.
The final time stamp brings us into the final set of the night – Carl Cox on the sunny Terrace. His set, as always, was full of classic dance tunes and the one of the highlights was Jam & Spoon’s remix of 1990′s Age of Love ‘Age of Love’. The track’s famous vocal, ‘Come on dance with me’ turned out to be the perfect conclusion to what was hopefully a heady and unstoppable journey through the closing party of Space 2011.
The film ends with that hazy hand on the beach – deliberately shot and graded in a super 8 quality to give it a nostalgic, dream-like feel – where we see the rest of its message, before the sea washes away the memory of a party and a summer that once was.
Here are the tracks included in the film, in order of appearance.
Fedde Le Grand ‘So Much Love’
Black Vs. Mihalis Safras ‘Wonderful Life’
X-Press 2 ‘Kill 100′ (UNER Remix)
Maya Jane Coles ‘Parallel Worlds’
Alex Kunnari ‘Lost’ (Tom Fall Remix)
Age of Love ‘Age of Love’ (Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Remix)