Superpitcher in Berlin last night? Awesome. I feel like every DJ works harder in Berlin. It's not easy to impress people here. And DJs really work harder at Berghain/Panoramabar, where the venue's so massive and legendary and the crowd's so demanding that you can't just play any old thing. I'm not actually a huge fan of Superpitcher's weepy pop side. But I love Superpitcher's more bangin' edge--the side of him that pens pulse-pounding anthems like 'Fieber.' And that's exactly the side he threw down last night at Berghain.
It was great just to watch Superpitcher--the dude was bopping all around the decks, mouthing along with the odd vocal track, and flopping his hair from side to side. Weird epiphany: The Mayer mix of Baxendale's 'I Built this City' really works on a dancefloor. When I first heard the remix on the Total 6 comp, I thought it was a weirdly gothy and leaden take on a sweet disco-pop tune. Any doubts I had about it were erased, especially when that falsetto started! The ruff 'n tuff crowd at Berghain went bananas. Muscle Marys with their shirts off flexing their abs to Baxendale! Even weirder was what Superpitcher was mixing the track with: Steve Barnes' 'Cosmic Sandwich'. On its own, 'Cosmic Sandwich' would be too obvious. On its own, the 'I Built this City' remix would probably be too obvious. But together...holy shit. With the th-th-thumping backbeat from 'Cosmic Sandwich' and its insane, twittering psychedelic mumbles, 'I Built this City' soared to new and surreal heights. It was one of those cosmic 'what the fuck?' moments I'll remember for a very long time.
By the way, if anyone's around Berlin and wants to hang out, drop me a line!