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

I'm Bored.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Never thought I'd say it, but I'm bored. Yes, it's Berlin and I'm bored. Seems like an oxymoron, I know, but there it is.

Sunday night was fun, though. This girl Silke, who bartends at SO36, also works at this karaoke place in Kreuzberg, Monster Ronson's. She invited me up there. I've actually passed by the place a few times, but it looks like a biker bar from the front. It was wild. I had never been to a karaoke bar much less sang at one. Well, she hooked me up with free cocktails so I got on up there and sang a few tunes. It was quite fun. The Germans really love their sappy American tunes like Barry Manilow's "Mandy" or Lionel Richie and Diana Ross' "Endless Love." The whole thing was just great. I always find myself in absurd situations. And no, there is no photo or video evidence of my karaoke singing!

Later that night I DJed at Kato here in Berlin. It was a low-key thing, kinda last minute. I played minimal, house, and Detroit classics alongside the Berlin legend DJ Woody. Max, Stevie and Jerome from Tresor showed up. I had plenty of drink tickets so it was on. Red Bull and vodkas all night. Thanks to Stephan for the booking.


Yesterday I went shopping at Potsdamer Platz. I saw this sweet leather jacket I wanted and had to have it. My one treat on this tour, I deserve it. I've been all business, otherwise.



I am so inspired to make tracks, though, techno ones. Berlin does it to me. Got a whole concept in mind and everything. In Chicago, there's really no way of knowing what's happening musically, but here, you can hear everybody spin and see what they're playing/doing.

It's a bizarre time, though. Some still like techno, others say it's finished. Minimal seems to be the fashion, but you can see Rush destroy shit at 155-160 BPMs to a packed house on a Wednesday night. They say Detroit is dead, yet Rolando and Rob Hood just played here last weekend (I didn't have guestlist so I didn't go). And it looks like East Coast rave is making a slow comeback in the States. After years of nothing, I'm booked out there again all of a sudden. It's really crazy out here, there's no one direction to pick up on.

Oh well, just go with the flow, I guess, and remain thankful.

I'm just going on and on, so let me go get something to eat. Those of you reading this from Myspace, leave a comment there, dammit.

-AO :: 1:39 PM ::

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