Given that we're talking about Burning Man, the following might seem obvious, but I'll say it anyway. =) It has always been my belief that the hard work, the dirt, the sweat, the energy expended working with your friends to build a space in which to celebrate, is what makes it sacred, what imbues it with spirit, what sets it up to go absolutely mental. This phenomenon has never been so insanely evident as it was at DISTRIKT this year - the place went regularly bat shit crazy. In the best possible way.
Knowing this, I was so, so, stoked to be playing, on the Saturday of the burn, right before my good friend, Kramer. Having just tag teamed a blistering techno set with him a month ago, he and I had joked earlier in the week about whether we could play techno at DISTRIKT, it being a 'day time' party. Imagine my surprise then when, parked at the DISTRIKT bar (all day =) I'm hearing phat techno. So, that question answered, I knew I could bang it when I wanted to. All good, but in the week prior (while shopping for day time music I'd struck a fat vein of super-well-produced, rollin, trippy house with a slight techno sensibility in the drumming that I was dying to play. Timid Boy. Bad Ass.
So that's where I started, you can see where it lead. Have to say, this is one of my favorite sets in a long time. I had so much fun playing tunes surrounded by freaks. Literally. Freaks in the front, freaks in the back, freaks in the booth, freaks on the roof, freaks gettin down everywhere. What a view. Massive, massive thanks to DISTRIKT for the hard work, love and dedication, and for having me. Hope you enjoy the set. Turn it up!
1. Bandits and Dangerous Animals (Original Mix) - Timid Boy
2. Dark Side (Original Mix) - Timid Boy
3. The Other Way (Original Mix) - Timid Boy
4. Entreat (Original Mix) - Timid Boy
5. La Mandarina (Original Mix) - Timid Boy
6. Redisc (Original Mix) - Lutzenkirchen
7. Hey Baby (Original Mix) - Oliver Klein and Peter Jurgens
8. 8-Bit Nighttrain (Original Club Mix) - Daniel Portman and Nora En Pure
9. Window Pain (Original Mix) - Christian Cambas and PHNTM
10. Mantra (Christian Cambas Remix) - Luigi Rocca
11. Fireball (Lutzenkirchen Remix) - Christian Cambas
A little background on this week's guest....
Colorful founder of the much-loved Bay Area dance collective, Friends and Family, Ethan Miller has been making dance floors sweat since 1993. Known early in his career for hard Acid and Techno sets, the years since have revealed a taste for Breaks, House, Deep House, Tech House, and Techno of all flavors. While currently turning up at BrassTax, Strategik, SWAG, MotorCityJam, Want It!, Bounce, Distrikt and other local underground events, Ethan has also held residencies at MAD Mondays, RhythmMethod, Delve, and of course Friends and Family. Reaching way back you'd have found him tearing it up at the legendary raves of the early 90s: The Gathering, Vision, Basics, Harmony, F8, Gateway Systems, and more. 18 years later, he's still goin and with a fresh head of steam well in evidence in this bangin set from Distrikt.
For the the complete musical trip through Ethan's DJ travels, visit his web site at www.djethan.com. There you'll find the complete collection of his favorite mixes all free for your listening pleasure. If you've got an iPhone, point it at m.djethan.com for an enhanced and streaming version of the same collection. Ethan is available for gigs near and far; you can reach him at email@example.com.