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CO-OP PRESENTS SAN SODA (WE PLAY HOUSE / FCL – BERLIN) & BILL BREWSTER (DJHISTORY.COM – LONDON) AT ONE22 IN SYDNEY ON SATURDAY 19TH MAY FOR CO-OP’S THIRD BIRTHDAY, AS PART OF THEIR DEBUT TOURS OF AUSTRALIA
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According to commonly accepted knowledge, a three year old should be able to follow basic directions, sort objects by shape and colour, imitate the actions of adults and playmates, and express a wide range of emotions. Ah well, CO-OP’s always been something of a ‘special’ case.
Hard as it may be to believe, given our sluggish development, we are soon to celebrate our third birthday. The last two have seen the CO-Operative get loud and loose in fine style with our good friend Harri, however we’ve never been content to partake in any laurel sitting and so we’re doing things a bit differently to mark the occasion in 2012.
We’ve only engaged in a single headline show in the last twelve months for one reason or another, but it was a good one – Prosumer in late March. Good because of him, you and them (the venue, the staff, the other DJs et al), so we’re hoping that lightning can indeed strike twice as we host the forthcoming CO-OP birthday party at One22 on Saturday 19th May. The place is appropriately sized, appropriately late licensed and appropriately armed with an A-grade Klipsch sound-system, all of which makes it appropriate for another visit from us lot.
And so to the business of the musicism – amongst the aforementioned ‘lot’ will be a pair of international talents, both of whom will be shaking down exclusively for CO-OP in Sydney on their debut tours of Australia…
SAN SODA (WE PLAY HOUSE / FCL – BERLIN)
First up is a young man hailing from Belgium via Berlin – Nicolas Geysens AKA San Soda. Mainstay of the revered We Play House label and one half of production duo FCL with his friend, recording partner and WPH label owner Red D, San Soda’s DJing and production prowess have been in high demand across Europe and beyond over the last few years. Anyone who’s come across any of his mixes will know he effortlessly blends contemporary deep cuts with crate-dug joints from back-in-the-day to present a forward-thinking history of House that presses all the right buttons. With releases and remixes from his San Soda and FCL projects finding homes on leading labels including Freerange, Dessous, Delusions Of Grandeur and 20:20 Vision (who are soon to release the latter’s album), Mr Geysens is on fire in the booth and studio right now.
BILL BREWSTER (DJHISTORY.COM – LONDON)
Our second headliner is probably as well known as an author as he is a DJ, having co-scribed a pair of best selling books on the art and form of the disc jockey – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life and How To DJ Properly. Ladies and gentleman, Bill Brewster Esq. Whether he’s removing the roof from a club with his unique selection of deep and devastating ‘Ouse (he was one of Fabric’s first residents don’t you know), enchanting a backroom with a genre-bending set of Disco, Balearic, Rock and Hip Hop or playing perfectly judged chill-out tuneage by a pool in Ibiza, The Brewster is a man for all occasions. Allegedly, what he doesn’t know about DJing isn’t really worth knowing. A bloke of many talents, Bill also runs the highly regarded DJHistory.com website out of the UK, which has become THE go-to online destination for those with definite symptoms of dance music OCD. Likewise, his legendary Low Life parties (now in their 15th year, having started in NYC) continue to deliver substance and spectacle in equal measure every few months in London. Yes, he’s been a label head, yes, he’s produced records, yes, he’s got a family and a dog, but its as a DJ that he continues to inspire and practice what he writes/preaches most regularly and rapturously.
Support on the night will come, in some form, from the CO-OP DJs and possibly a couple of extra guest spinsters, and there may be a pleasant surprise or two still to be revealed for the assembled throng on 19th May if all goes to plan (i.e. we don’t oversleep and can remember our PIN number).
Resident Advisor, unsurprisingly, hold the keys to advance tickets to CO-OP’s third birthday uprising – show them what you’re made of.
Two’s company, three’s a crowd…
Mix- Prosumer – Louche Podcast – 21-10-2011
Mix- Prosumer – Prosumer (Ostgut Ton/Playhouse) – Special Wild Mix – October 2009
Some might take the fact that we haven’t done a party since last July as definitive proof (as if it were needed) that CO-OP is run by a couple of sun-fearing ex-pats who couldn’t possibly venture out over the summer months. However, we’d like to offer an alternative explanation for our tardiness – we don’t really like to do things for the sake of it. Its why we’re only up to our ninth showcase event in over two and a half years and also, quite probably, why we’ve been lucky enough to declare a decent number of those sell outs.
As for what’s next and whether it’ll be any good, you should probably decide, we’re a little biased. We’ll deliver a revered international headliner playing an extended set in an intimate venue on an impeccable sound-system, but then you knew that already – how the rest of this thing plays out is really up to you, dear Dancers.So join the CO-Operative after dark once more, as we welcome nothing less than a legendary figure from Berlin’s electronic underbelly to Sydney for the very first time – Panorama Bar resident, Ostgut Ton stalwart and all round lord of the dance Prosumer. For an extended set. In a sub-250 capacity basement. With a Klipsch system. We could also detail how those CO-OP DJ types will be warming things up impeccably for our esteemed guest but then you may note our lying voice and pick holes in the rest of our surely too good to be true claims, which wouldn’t be ideal.
While we’re hoping the aforementioned party fundamentals tick a good number of boxes for the heads, we’d also like to think word of what and how we’ve done before will see us welcoming along others just looking to shake it out in good company with a no-nonsense soundtrack, regardless of whether they can quote the track-length of every Playhouse B-side. Of course, if you can do that on the night, especially after a few drinks, you’ll be rewarded with some sort of shiny badge.
Our man Achim Brandenburg AKA Prosumer has been playing his own blend of House, Techno and far beyond since the late 90s, strongly influenced by the staples of Detroit, Chicago and New York but always open to the left-of-centre and forward-of-thought sounds that add a new level of intrigue and interest to something more traditional. Its this personal touch which has seen Prosumer reach such high regard with punters and peers alike as one of Panorama Bar’s key residents. No doubt he doesn’t give a fuck about polls, but for your reference he came in at #40 on RA’s Top 100 DJs countdown for 2011 and his second home Berghain/Panorama Bar made it to #6 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs countdown. He’s got pedigree, is what we’re getting at.
Our venue of choice for CO-OP’s ninth life is one we’ve used before, albeit under a different name – remember Motor City Drum Ensemble at The Vault, anyone? You know, the one where he locked his records in the hotel? Well, that’s where we’re headed, its just that its now known as One22. Its still a cosy basement in the heart of the city with reasonably priced drinks and a noticeable absence of Kings Cross-itis, but has been given a tune-up (system et al) for re-launch and is now attracting the best possible heat from Sydney’s clubbing fraternity with a solid weekly line-up of local and international talent.
As usual, Resident Advisor is your ticket to ride for our latest showcase so off you go. No, not that way, there, that’s it. Buy now or pay (more) later. An email to co_op_club@hotmail for limited discount issues may also pay dividends if dispatched in timely fashion. Then again, it may not, we’re all about the drama…