Watergate relocated from Spree to Maas river!
The DJ sets Timo Maas played in Berlin are all through and through legendary… On the occasion of the Connaisseur label night at the Watergate club, Bückeburg’s music citizen number one finally came again to Berlin, to deliver us a musical thunderstorm in hot July.
For Timo Maas the Spree River seems to have a deeper meaning; doesn’t matter if Glastonbury or Kazantip, in terms of playing electronic music aloud, that water vein coming via Fürstenwalde, is flowing right through his gig history. Connected with his banging track Der Schieber and when remembering back to April 2003 and Timo’s fiery DJ set at the club Maria am Ufer, there’s only a big “Wicked!” going through the collective mind. And when recalling the impressions of his DJ gig at the WMF Sommerlager back in 2005, then you still feel the catchy roller coaster ride in your dancing legs that Timo kicked off together with Loco Dice.
Those great parties were reason enough to try out a residency at the new Tresor. However, the club and mainly the people didn’t resistant, nor interact much with the Maas-esque chemistry. Despite Spree River’s gravitation, it took almost another two years before Timo Maas made it back to Berlin, this time to the hallowed halls of the Watergate, to deliver us one of those legendary DJ sets you will even speak about when putting your grandchildren to bed.
Though, beside all things called Maas that first Friday night of July 2009 stood mainly under the sign of the record label Connaisseur, which sent five of their protagonists to play the Berlin based club ranked as third best in the world by the users of Resident Advisor. As always the Waterfloor was the initial playground for a marvellous club night. There resident DJ Alexander Wilck was packing the first grooves on the bottom shelves, while on the main floor Connaisseur honcho Alex Flitsch started his DJ engines to take us on a flight through the night, while also preparing the passengers for pilot-in-chief’s arrival: Timo Maas.
Alex Flitsch is spinning records for about 15 years now. Recently he initiated a production series called “Alex Flitsch meets…”, which is basically a collaboration with several well-known artists from his circle of friends. The first work together with Audiofly, titled Barcelona Session, had already been released. In autumn that series will see its continuation, when Flitsch’s tête-à-tête with Mutant Clan, the joint project of Timo Maas und Sante Pucello, will hit the stores.
Flitsch played a marvellously grooving set, which above all impressed by a high diversity. The crowd was giving props to his generally tech house based DJ set, but especially when he threw in kicking funky stuff. At 3 o’clock maestro Maas took over the Watergate steering. From the first beat he was playing a progressive influenced, but mainly tribal and truly hypnotic techno melange that beamed the clubbers from Berlin straight to Africa and right into a mystic rain dance around the campfire. Timo fans even said he was giving the cane a little ;-) However, that cane drove the people pretty well over the bottom shelves of Watergate’s main floor and only slowed down, when the 6 o’clock landmark and next act Mark August came closer.
Speaking of Africa – in terms of temperature that night the Watergate could keep up with the Black Continent easily. When Timo came to a close, it was already dropping from the ceiling, not to mention the sweat-soaked shirts everywhere and DJs wearing towels instead of übercoolish minimal scarfs. The music was highly infectious and too catchy to run around with a camera all the time. It was time to rock down the night and to dance to an unbelievably percussive playing Timo Maas, whose DJ set basically presented the very fresh of his own productions. It was even more unbelievable to see a mature and sophisticated techno crowd going insane to epic tracks like Chinese Massage; a track that Maas to boot threw in with a 3-minute beatless intro to let a very special mystic atmosphere come up. It was a night of timeless music that always worked and that is highly capable in terms of setting any place on fire, anywhere in the world; a sound Berlin’s clubbing scene only can profit from and a music for true connoisseurs.
The day after stood under the sign of regeneration of one’s electrolyte metabolism plus leg muscles, and buying a new shirt was also necessary… In the light of having experienced a legendary epic Timo Maas set, that is an all too acceptable aftermath ;-)
As a photographer you’re unavoidably having an impact on a party’s privacy. In clubs like the Watergate, with a general ban on photos and videos, that is difficult in an additional way. The photos I am taking are always exclusive and are product of a close cooperation between owner, artists and photographer. They shall cover the span between a complete medial abstinence and small photographical presence, true to the motto: Hey, there ARE some current club impressions around. The ban on photos and videos is still in effect!
Despite a really dark club and permanently changing lights I am abstaining from using disturbing flashlights as far as possible. Even when using up-to-date tech gear, that is resulting in a noticeable higher image noise and slightly blurry images of course. The photos are deliberately focusing on the artists, the dance floor and the illumination. In my case nobody has to worry to come across an unpleasant photo the day after, cause what happens in the club, stays in the club!