DJ & Music Writer from the UK

Renaissance V

Renaissance is a once-a-year alternative all-day festival. This was my fourth time DJing the event, which has since relocated to Elektrowerkz, home of Slimelight. The new venue allowed for a second stage, resulting in the biggest line-up yet. 5 DJs were brought in to cover the gaps between the performances on mainstage (aka ‘Ram’ stage), and also on the second Archer (‘soloist’) stage in the bar area (Vade Retro, The Scott, Alan 69, Jester and myself). There was also a chance to DJ the Slimelight Goth/80s floor afterwards.

Archers Stage Sets 1-4

The Archers stage began live performance at 4pm, but I took the chance to play some more of the atmospheric tunes in my collection earlier in the day. This wasn’t continuous, leaving gaps when everyone was watching the bands in the other room, but at least it provided some contrast. This also saw my first real attempt at classical music DJing, following the Terminates Here rule that anything in my collection is viable setlist content!

Purcell – Music For the Funeral of Queen Mary: March
Handel – Sarabande from Suite No. 11
Bach – Bouree in B Minor
Beethoven – Adagio Canabile
Elgar – Enigma Variations (Nimrod)
Vivaldi – Winter – Allegro Non Molto

Stalingrad – The Road On Which You’ll Die
The Protagonist – Zoroaster
Hector Berlioz – Theme from The Shining
Ron Goodwin – March of the Children (From Village of the Damned)

Coil – Dark River
Ambre – Khan
Steve Roach – Infinite Shore

Death In June & Boyd Rice – Black Sun Rise
Current 93 – All The Pretty Little Horses
Jordan Reyne – Factory Nation
Strawbs – The Hangman and the Papist
Blood Axis – Reign I Forever

Ram Stage Sets

Now support DJing for the bands. Originally, Death Valley Scars were meant to do a PA immediately before Splendor, but as things transpired that wasn’t possible, so I ended up supported each band individually.

O.V.N.I. – Good For You
Soko Friedhof – Blutrünstiges Mädchen
OhGr – Shhh

<Death Valley Scars>

Foetus – Friend or Foe
Luxt – American Beast
Ministry – Lay Lady Lay

<Splendor>

Florence + The Machine – Kiss With A Fist
Apocalyptica – Quuatano
Diablo Swing Orchestra – Balrog Boogies
Vic Anselmo – Open Wide

<Maleficent>

Emigrate – Wake Up
Ost+Front – Mensch
Atrocity – Trial
Godflesh – Like Rats

<MaxDmyz>

Archers Stage Sets 5-6

At this point, I was brought in to support Howlin’ Anton from Bleak, whose full band I’ve support DJed for in the past. How to support Death Blues? Answer……

Nick Cave and the Bad Seed – Where The Wild Roses Grow
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Type O Negative – White Slavery
Rammstein – Seeman

And then back a little later. By this stage in the event, only real anthems fitted the bill on either stage. Cue anthems.

Sheep on Drugs – 15 Minutes of Fame
Lords of Acid – Out Comes The Evil
Prodigy – Everybody In The Place
Faithless – Salva Mea (Floating Mix)
Underworld – Born Slippy.NUXX
Robert Miles – Children
William Orbit – Barber’s Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Mix)
VNV Nation – Joy
Front 242 – Headhunter (Apoptygma Berzerk Mix)
Project Pitchfork – Timekiller
Vangelis – Tears In The Rain (the lead out song….time for everyone to go and watch Die Kur)

Slimelight Goth/80s Floor

A little bonus set at the afterparty….performed off tablet for technical reasons, but only my second attempt at playing Slimelight (my first being 45 minutes on the Industek floor two years ago). Tonight’s set was somewhat more accessible!

OMD – Maid of Orleans
Depeche Mode – Ice Machine
The Human League – Empire State Human
Simple Minds – I Travel
Gary Numan – Metal
Killing Joke – Requiem
Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods
Magazine – Shot By Both Sides
Joy Division – Isolation
Chameleons – Don’t Fall
Sisters Of Mercy – Alice
Love and Rockets – Kundalini Express

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