Finn Johannsen & RVDS Live At Golden Pudel Club, Hamburg, June 29th 2018

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@ Golden Pudel

Posted: June 25th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Gigs | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Anthems: Front, Hamburg (1982-1997)

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Features | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Down in a raw basement near Hamburg’s Berliner Tor station, Willi Prange and his partner Phillip Clarke opened the mostly gay oriented club Front in 1983. The majority of nights at Front were not played by guests, but by the main resident DJs Klaus Stockhausen and his successor Boris Dlugosch, who steered the club through the most cutting edge music the disco aftermath had to offer, until it eventually became one of the first clubs in Continental Europe to embrace house music and the styles that followed suit. The club’s intense nights were built on a wildly hedonistic and loyal crowd, a fierce quadrophonic sound system, a secluded DJ booth that seemed to antagonize the cult of personality of the years to come, and thus created a legacy that lasted well beyond the club’s closure in 1997. We asked Boris Dlugosch to guide us through the sound of the pivotal years of Front.

Shirley Lites – Heat You Up (West End, 1983)

This was one of my first lasting musical impressions at the club. Klaus Stockhausen played it nearly every Saturday then. It was more of an after hours record and it fitted perfectly.

Syncbeat – Music (Streetwave, 1984)

Klaus played this record when it came out, and when I started as a DJ in 1986 it had a small revival because I rediscovered it for myself. It was one of the most formative records for me. I did not know until then what this record was. I found it by chance in the club’s own record inventory. I loved this track very much and one day I could get a hold of it in a grab bag at Hamburg’s Tractor store for import records, where I was working at the time. Those bags were sealed and contained 10 records. I actually flicked through several other bags until I had two copies of it.

Connie – Funky Little Beat (Sunnyview, 1985)

This kind of Electro was the sound of Front from 1983 to 1984. I was not going to other clubs much, I was still too young and could not get in, but I heard this record on old tapes recorded live at the club (https://hearthis.at/front/). When I started going to Front from 1985 on this sound slowly faded away and was replaced by early house music.

Harlequin Four’s – Set it Off (Jus Born, 1985)

For me this was a quintessential Freestyle and Electro record. Klaus Stockhausen used to play it mostly as a break, often mixed with „Operattack“ by Grace Jones, or with space effects records. This and the Grace Jones album were milestones for my musical socialisation and they always worked on the floor.

Adonis – No Way Back (Trax, 1986)

This record and Farley Jackmaster Funk’s „Love Can’t Turn Around“ came out in 1986, shortly before I started playing at the club myself. At Front club changes in pace and style were elementary and the according setting was sometimes prepared over the course of hours, and sometimes just introduced by a quick break. House music brought along a different structure, and there was a steady beat for hours. At that time this was the defining new feature of the genre. Music was mixed seamlessly throughout the night at Front in all the years before, but with house music the rhythm became more homogeneous. Read the rest of this entry »


@ Druffaloma Disco & Garage House Allnighter

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Finn Johannsen – Headcast 01

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@ Headshell

Posted: September 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Gigs | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Finn Johannsen – Live At Life And Death On The NY Dancefloor, PAL, Hamburg, December 11 2016

Posted: December 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gigs, Mixes | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

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@ Life And Death On The New York Dancefloor

Posted: December 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gigs | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Front Tapes (1983-1997)

Posted: November 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Mixes | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »


Finn Johannsen – Hot Wax 029

Posted: June 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Gigs, Mixes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Recorded live at Woodwork, Golem, Hamburg, March 27, 2015.