This instalment of Residents’ Hour finds us in Hamburg Fischmarkt, right on the River Elbe at a basement club that goes by the name of Golden Pudel. Famous for its punk-leaning sensibilities and aesthetics, it’s truly a unique venue. RVDS, one of their residents, takes us through what makes the club special and contextualises the mix he recorded for us there, during his monthly Tuesday slot.
“Since 2005, I’ve been playing the last Tuesday of almost every month (as well as some weekends) at Pudel. It’s still my favourite club, with all its magic. I’ve had the best nights of my life there. I can remember when I visited the club the first time in 1995, when there was only one turntable and a microphone; and the DJ would talk about the records he was playing, not caring at all about the genre. It was about music. That was – and still is – very special! It’s now changed a bit. There are two turntables and a mixer now. The music is more clubby, but the atmosphere is still fresh and sounding amazing.”
“The night this mix was recorded was also a magical night at Pudel. It was the first cold Autumn night in Hamburg, and the club was really empty for the first hours. A few guys came in and out. There was a couple taking it turns to argue and then kiss. One guy stayed, listened to the music and smoked weed.
“I start to play some beats but, after a while, I got bored because there were no dancers around. It was already 1:30am and I was thinking of calling it a night. I played Efdemin’s “Acid Bell (Martyn Remix)” and “Love Scene” by Grateful Dead, from the Zabriskie Point soundtrack. During this quiet track, about 20 people came in and suddenly the club was crowded. I then continued playing beats until 6am. So much fun to be had!“
If you’d like to hear what the rest of the night sounded like, head here.
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