RECORDS AT THE LOVE PARADE
Records was the first Dutch company to participate
at the Love Parade in Berlin. This was in 1995. At
that time the Love Parade was still held at the Ku'Dam
and attracted 'only' 200.000 visitors.
I remember when we started building up our truck I
wondered what all those big orange things were on
the other trucks. Somebody told me that it were generators.
I was shocked because we only brought a little 'generator-thing'
that had to be pulled on with a rope. This thing was
noisy as hell, hot and produced a dense, dark, smelly
cloud. It also stalled several times during the Parade,
so we had to pull it on again. One time it stalled
because it had run out of gas! We forgot to bring
an extra jerrycan so somebody had to leave the truck
in order to find the nearest gas station. We didn't
know whether there was one near, so for at least half
an hour the Djax truck drove without music.... Besides
that little flaw we had a wonderful time as the weather
(31 degrees) and the people were fantastic!
july 1996 it was the second time that the Djax-truck
joined the Love Parade which this year was held at
a bigger street (Strasse 17 Juni) because more people
were expected. This came true: there were 500.000
visitors. This time the building-up was a disaster.
The material, which we had rent from a Dutch company,
was very bad and it took us many hours longer to make
things work. None of the lights and only half of the
sound-system worked because one of the generators
was broken. Nevertheless, the Parade was great. At
the end of the Parade I performed at the big Victory
Tower. It was a beautiful experience playing my music
and seeing all those people dancing.
1997 we participated again at the Love Parade. I had
learnt from previous mistakes so I designed a large
rocket (17 meters long and 2,50 meters wide). We transported
this completely dismantable rocket in a little truck
to and from Berlin and I hired a big generator, a
sound and light-system and a stage system in Germany.
It was the first year that we brought the Djax Rocket
and I was very excited if it would all fit and work
out the way I had designed it. The massive generator
and the 10.000 watt sound-system were placed under
the rocket. Building this massive rocket took us twenty
hours (with 10 persons..) but it was worth it as the
result was wonderful. There were 900.000 party people
and it was 25 degrees, excellent!
1998 we took the rocket to Berlin again as we were
selected to start at pole-position! This time I hired
a 20.000 Watt sound-system, the best I could get,
because being truck number one implies that your sound
must be LOUD. At 2.00 pm sharp we turned the music
on and the crowd went crazy! As far as I could see
there were people waiting and since we had start number
one it was as if we were crowd-surfing over the heads
of thousands of party people. The only flaw on this
further perfect day was that it was raining sometimes
but this did not stop the people from having a good
time. More than 1.000.000 ravers from all over the
world showed up and thousands of colourful umbrella's
were waved in the air!
Again I was invited to play at the Love Parade final
party at the big Victory Tower, which is a big honour,
as this party was broadcast live on all major German
TV and radio stations. Words fail me to explain how
it feels to perform in front of 1.000.000 people.
The view from the stage was overwhelming and this
day became one of the highlights in my DJ career!
participating at the Love Parade for four years in
a row (1995-1998) I decided that it had been enough.
To my opinion the Love Parade had become too commercial
and there was nothing to gain for me anymore.
I am proud to have been part of the world's biggest
and best techno event in their best years!