Continuing the Tallinn Music Week recollections. Here is part one. So on Friday night after I was in Bibabo to see Cubus Larvik. I headed over to Von Krahl for the delegates' bar and the showcase.
|Ranglekodz? Rangelkodse? Oh Rangleklods the only act with a harder name than mine.|
I managed to squeeze myself in to listen to one and a half songs by Rangleklods. I haven't seen any starting bands working the stage in such a professional way. After them I didn't try to elbow around and I just enjoyed the spaciousness of the bar.
|A girl lost in the men's room|
My main assignment was to be present at the Red Bull Music Academy showcase with Dj Zinc headlining. I raced to the last tram and headed over to F-Hoone at around midnight. It's hard to pass Baltijaam without getting a tšeburek, so I did it. F-Hoone's empty rooms seemed like a bliss when compared to the mass of sweaty bodies at Von Krahl.
|Two school teachers waiting for Zinc to come on.|
My joy was shortlived as 40 minutes later people started pouring in and the place got packed tight. Even the wardrobe didn't accept any more clothes. I go to the farthest room to wait for Zinc to go on.
|Dancing on the tables at F-Hoone.|
Zinc comes on and his House and DnB fans gather to the dancefloor. Zinc played his Crack House stuff and most of the people didn't mind. I slipped out of the tight crowd and looked at the show from the door. My patience paid off as in 20 minutes enough people left and I got to dance in the first row for an hour or so. There's also a guy sitting on the ledge in the first row. I wondered if it's "the one guy who will always be at the show asking for DnB". 10 minutes later he started bullying Zinc for DnB. The security soon escorted him out.
|Ecstatic from music or ecstasy.|
I get to the Nordic Hotel Forum a bit later on Saturday morning. The main panel I want to hear is the "Check My Demo" one. I fuel the day with some coffee, beer and snacks. Vul Vulpes plays a short set in the lobby. Why do recently all the people want to leave their bands to do a solo show? I've been asking around to find out about the Finnish reception to see if there's a free place for that. My Finnish friend sorts me out in 10 minutes. Next I drop my demo to the big brown box and I hope that my lottery luck would be better than usual, better than last year.
|The Delegate pass has taken a beating.|
I spend the Demo panel listening to one indie band after another accompanied by cider. I have to switch to beer halfway through. Someone has added a record by a world famous metal band, most of the other "demos" are actually official records and one of them is even from Universal Finland. Like usually I don't get picked. I head over to the Finnish reception. I'm not sure I met any Finnish people there but I did meet people from Germany and Norway. Two most epic Finnish tracks were played as well: Freestyler and Sandstorm. They held a draw and I didn't get picked.
|Odd Hugo at Sõprus|
For the first act of the night I go to see Odd Hugo and I pick up some delegates on the way and invite them along. While their genre isn't generally my thing, their live show is so intense and charismatic that it's impossible to resist.
|New mates from Russia|
I go by the compulsory Von Krahl showcase and try to catch the bus to Köleri 2 from the Nordic Hotel. After 15 minutes of waiting I head inside to the TMW info desk to get an explanation. The bus driver appeared to be missing. Altogether I waited for an hour for that bus and missed the Russian act I wanted to see there.
|Russian army humor|
I'm glad I still went there, as I got to meet and hang with those Russian guys. We had vodka in the backstage area, recorded us singing "Sunglasses at night" and talked about everything. I also met a pair of Latvian womanagers. They were there to listen to Deeper Upper. After their performance I got all of them on the party bus and we headed over to Von Krahl.
There we saw a Finnish act called LCMDF, they blew my mind and all I could compare them to was Oprah on coke. Don't ask me why. The next acts was MIM project's threshing trance. It was blocks of styrofoam being beaten with bats to trance music.
|Threshing that styrofoam.|
The styrofoam had microphones connected to it so it was kind of an instrument. At that point I was too tired to enjoy a beating, but it was hardcore.
|That guy took some home with him and continued there.|
Me, the womanagers and two guys from Slippery Slope grab some beers and head out towards the afterparty. On the way we drop by the band guys' place and drink the beers and listen to some music. We finally make it to Partei at around 4 and there's not too many people there, but I see Osku there.
|Ending the Tallinn Music Week at the hotel room.|
He's a Finnish sound engineer I met a few years back in Von Krahl. We celebrate with Jaegger. The music is really good, but they close at 6 already so there's nothing else left to do, but head over to Nordic for an hotel afterparty...
See you soon,
next post will be about the burned house rave.