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From The Digital Sweatshop
The Music, Art and Travels of Alan D. Oldham a.k.a. DJ T-1000.

Meet Dr. Snakeskin.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Wie gehtsen! Alles ist klar mit dir?

Had a fun couple of days. Tuesday I went and had coffee with Dr. Snakeskin himself, Darius James. It was a blast. He's super-cool. Sat and talked about music and his work (which is what all artists want to talk about). He was also fascinated with my DJ work, a kind of mutual love-fest. He's a hip, old-school cat, in his '50s, with kind of a jazz critic-meets-voodoo priest presence. I feel blessed and happy that I've been able to meet both Darius and Overton Loyd in the last couple of months, such eccentic, creative and accomplished black men doing their thing.

And when you figure I met Overton in L.A. and Darius in Berlin, it makes me feel fortunate that I'm able to get around like I do.

Went to the Watergate 4 year anniversary party last night. Troy Pierce and Magda played, among others. There was a line to get in a mile long.

Luckily, I didn't have to wait long. I was on Tom Clark's guest list but ended up getting in with Richie Hawtin's slipstream/entourage. Yeah, the superstar was there. We talked for awhile, same ol' Rich.

Troy and Magda tagged. They had all kinds of shit up there, three laptops (two with Traktor and one with I think Reason), what looked like an outboard compressor, and two guitar pedals, all for minimal music. The shit was wild, it looked like Mission Control. You really wanna hate on minimal, you truly do, but it's the shit in the right environment, gotta admit. The crowd was going insane. And yes, I was dancing as well!

A couple of people recognized me and said hello, which was nice. Since I lost weight, nobody compares me to Carl Cox anymore =)

Met a lot of interesting people thanks to the party man, Tosh Cooey. He introduced me to everybody in sight. If you wanna meet anybody in Berlin, look him up.

Monika Kruse was there, too. I haven't seen her since Musik und Maschine back in '01. Pretty as ever. You'd think after all this time DJing, late nights, travel, she'd be looking old, but no, still model-gorgeous and healthy.

Unfortunately a negative note, and you know how I hate negativity. I ran into a couple of people there (Americans) who suck. Basically the kind of people I come here to get away from. I was like ugh, even here. I ignored them, though. I put up my rock star DJ forcefield.

Finally the smoky atmosphere got to me and I staggered out half-drunk on vodka shots at 7 am and the party was still going strong. I didn't completely lose my mind like last year at Weekend, but it was still a lot of fun.

(And Watergate isn't as big on the inside as it looks from the outside.)

And I forgot to mention how beautiful the weather's been here! It's been in the high 60s during the day, if not 70s on some days. And sunny almost everyday! I can't believe it.

Got this weekend off (don't know what I'm going to do yet), then off to Koln on the 4th.

And don't forget my lowtempo project "The Art of Transformation" is still available! Limited edition of 100. Listen and buy below.

-AO :: 7:31 PM ::


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