It didn’t take me too long to acclimatize, somehow it feels like I’ve never really been gone.
I’m still getting familiar with my new hood, but I’m really diggin’ it so far!
Got myself a crib in Causeway Bay now, the usual HK drama a.k.a. paying a fortune for living in a Shoebox, but it’s slighly bigger than the last one and I gots all I need a.k.a. Bed, Shower and Broadband connection. Much to my delight, I can access the rooftop of my building!
The view goes down like this:
Jealous, my fellow non-hongkongers? You better.
Hong Kong, did I mention that I love you? I do, baby.
Damn I got up at 7AM today. Feeling SO corporate with my new sleeping pattern.
Nevermind, I’ll be back in my good ol’ night-owl routine after next weekend.
Btw I’ll be flying to Beijing in 2 days and I’m hella excited! It’s been a while since my last trip to the peoples republic! And it’s going to be 3 of them in the next 4 weeks!
I’ll keep y’all in the loop.
It’s no insect, it’s no bird, it’s an aeroplane! That’s right, one that’s flying from Frankfurt to Dubai in just this minute. And I’m on it. No there ain’t no Wi-fi on board here. Just a selection of the worst and cheesiest movies ever made. But there will be Wi-fi at Dubai airport, where I shall arrive in less than 4 hours.
So let me tell y’all bout my past 10 days! In my last post, I told you how I just arrived in Poland.
Polish rap legend Mercedresu picked me up at Warsaw airport. A roadtrip will never be boring with this guy as your driver!
After arriving in Krakow, it was all about going to city center to have plenty of pierogi, and to do nuttin’ but laying low for the rest of this Thursday night.
I can only recommend a trip to Krakow. Probably one of Europe’s most underrated citys. It’s just fucking beautiful.
First gig on that weekend was a set at QUSHI, which is owned and built by the host Mercedresu himself. Qushi is easily Krakow’s most stylish indie club with the best music, best drinks and the prettiest girls. And if I wasn’t forced to guzzle down shots of Krupnik every10 minutes during my DJ set, I prolly woulda been able to take pictures. Luckily though, Hong Kong’s premier nightlife photopgrapher, a.k.a. The Polish Ambassador a.k.a. Original Rudebwoi STAYRUDEE was in town and did a great job capturing the nite!! Click here for the entire gallery.
Next day it was Roadtrip time. So Dresu and I jumped into his newly purchesed A3 to hit the road to Warsaw. On the way we stopped at an Alko-hole,
And discovered obscure snacks at gas stations
before we finally arrived in Warsaw,
to play a gig at a spot called Jadlodainia Filozoficzna. Fun gig and a crazy ass crowd!
Late at night, the hotel receptionist turned out to be quite a multitasker btw.
Dresu and I went to pick up DJ Mentalcut at the Warsaw train station on the next day, to
squeeze ourselves in Dresu’s A3 and head to Lublin, where Polska gig nr. 3 was on the schedule, a night called GET MAD, set up by the man METALCUNT himself.
This guy comes from a strong turntablist background so he got Skills. And not only that, he’s also got a great musical taste / very up to date selection plus is a very cool dude. That easily makes him my favorite Polish DJ right now.
We decided to drive home to Krakow after the gig at 3AM. No motorways on the way to Krakow, narrow streets full of trucks and one of the foggiest nights I ‘ve experienced in a while.
Dresu told me it felt like playing Frogger, constantly pulling crazy passing maneuvers in the fog.
2.000 kilometers on polish roads ain’t no joke, not even for the co-pilot.
So I spent my last day in Poland meditating (sort of) in the woods (more or less).
Before I was off to London, I managed to capture an amazing sunrise from the road.
Next stop: London UK!
Ah well they fancy to cancel gigs, them bloody brits. Nevertheless I made my way to the UK, ate ridiculous amounts of crumpets and pancakes with syrup, bought me some new Air Max and went shopping for furry hats.
After only 42 hours I had to get out of London again to fly to Munich, Germany.
I was very positively surprised when I found out that my hotel was right next to my favorite place in Munich, the infamous Café Beethoven
I even met Old buddy / German scratch legend DJ M-Tech at the gig later that night!
After Munich, there was 1 last gig on the calendar.
Manny and Claudia from Tirol were so kind to drive me past the German/Austrian border to catch a train to Graz. Luckily we missed the train, otherwise I probably never woulda been taken to this mesmerizing mountain lake in the middle of the Alps.
Graz, the last gig of the tour, turned out to be a really good one. Perfect dinner on arrival, nice promoters, nice venue, nice crowd, good vibes.
After that, I went to Duesseldorf via Vienna, to spend my last 2 days at broshot Rafik‘s crib.
And now I’m sitting in Terminal 2 of Dubai airport right now, waiting for my flight to Hong Kong!
HK, I really fucking missed you!!!!
Can’t wait to be back in your arms!
But for now, let me rush to my gate to make sure not to miss my damn flight!!!
Time is running FAST! But I’m the pilot. 5 countries and 12 cities in 5 weeks, and it still feels like I just touched the Euro ground. So here I am now, early early morning, sitting in the departure hall of Basel-Mulhouse airport, waiting for my flight to Krakow. When’s the last time I’ve blogged? Bout 2-3 weeks, right?
During my offdays I’ve spent some more time lurking around in Westside Germany, living ze German way of life, as you can see.
During my stay in Duesseldorf, I was invited to judge the German DMC Finals in Cologne, alongside old buddies/colleagues from Noisy Stylus. The competition was small and familiar, and the skill level was high. Congrats to Rob Bankz for taking the title! He’s a truly amazing DJ, and as I heard, he didn’t do too bad at the World finals in London 2 days later to represent Deutschland!
After the club I rushed to the Airport to catch the 1st flight to Paris.
The only thing I really like about those early flights is to see the sun rise from a height of 10.000 feet.
Arrived in Paris without any sleep, took the bus to Charles de Gaulles Etoiles and made my way to Rue Miromesnil, where my lovely weekend residence was waiting for me, thanks to Tom of Excuse my French and DJ Pfel of C2C. Merci beaucoup, mes amis!
Obligatory Café au lait avec Croissants under the Parisian autumn-sun is a must.
Next day I had to get up early to catch the train to Kassel at Gare de L’Est. I got picked up in Kassel by Janatic in a fancy german car and got taken to the Rewind pre-party to celebrate Ol’ Skool veteran DJ Danny D’s 335th bday!
Couldn’t stay there for too long, cause I had a gig to do in Göttingen – My “hometown”! I spent most of my childhood there, it’s a nice lil’ college city in the middle of Deutschland. Anyhow, I got taken there on the Autobahn with lightspeed.
The gig was a very familiar one – It was at the monthly party that I used to promote and organize myself for almost 3 years, now taken over by my Crewmate Ras.
It was an amazing night, just like in the good ol’ days, and all the old buddies came along and got me hammered on Jaegermeister. Thanks to Def Ink for the crazy live visuals and to N2H for the pics!
I couldn’t resist to spend some of my offdays in my old hometown to wallow in nostalgia a bit and see as many friends as possible. Everyone out there is making babies and getting married nowadays! Herzlichen Glueckwunsch!
I almost forgot how damn cute and quiet this place is. Time really seems to stand still.
Also, I was lucky enough to do a Photoshoot with T.Richter and Def Ink during my stay. All we had was 2 cams and some eqipment, a cold German autumn day, a parking garage by the campus, and an old gas mask. The result turned out great and looks quite insane, somewhat like ALTERN8 meets MAD MAX.
Next day I swapped some tunes with Ras while doing my laundry at the laundromat,
before I had to rush to my next gig, in Freiburg in the deep south – of which they say it is the “warmest city in Germany.
Wasn’t all that warm, but the crowd was so insane that they made me wanna exceed my playtime by one hour!
No there ain’t no 7 Elevens in Germany, and taxis are hella expensive. After the gig and shortly before sunup, I decided to fight my starvation. So I ended up spending 30 Euros for some sloppy french fries from the nearest 24h gas station, including taxi fare. No there ain’t no 24h room service in German hotels. Bah.
After 80 hours of sleep- thanks to late check-out- My booker Luke picked me up in Freiburg to take me to Zurich, Switzerland. I was invited by Dave Jules Suivez to play a gig for The Cut in lovely Winterthur near Zurich with the Playgroundkids. Mad fun!
After the weekend I decided to lay low for a couple days to enjoy Zurich. Thanks to Luke & Makan for their hospitality!
Had an overdose of pasta and roeschti during those days, hung out with the infamous Hands Solo for a bit and even went up to the Uetliberg, to see some amazing sights!
By now I’m in Krakow, Poland already, getting ready for 3 gigs in 3 cities in 3 days. Oeuff!
But I’m psyched! Poland is amazing, let me tell y’all that!
Stay tuned, I’ll blog about Polska in pt. 3!
After that it’ll be Munich, London, and Graz- and in less than 2 weeks I will be back in lovely lovely Hong Kong! EEEEYAYESSS!
Do wizdenia for now!