Raving like Mozart: Dubfire in Vienna’s dark cavern of Techno

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‘Bomb night at the Forelle located in Vienna (Austria). What a club!’ is what a delighted Dubfire posted on the Social Media right after his Vienna – gig on the weekend. A few hundred up-for-it clubbers gathered for another coveted set of the techno legend, which is fast becoming a beloved annual tradition in Austria’s capital.

Grelle Forelle, which means something like ‘Gaudy Trout’, is Vienna’s newest club for quality techno and tech-house sounds, situated in the moody basement of a parking garage right next to the river Danube. With its stripped down interior and only scarce lighting by some LED – bars on the ceiling it is arguably the ideal place to enjoy Dubfire’s interpretation of techno. It’s as if the black prince of techno has built himself a temple for his disciples to enjoy.

A noticeable bigger than usual number of clubbers found themselves in Vienna’s fairly new techno – heart this Friday: The tidings of such a big visitor had made the rounds for several weeks already. It was up to Philipp Straub to play the warm-up for the guest of honour and what a job he did! Formerly known under the alias ‘DJ Felipe’ Straub is arguably Austria’s biggest DJ export at the moment. In over 20 years in the business he has gained international repute at parties all over Europe, with his latest production being picked up by the renowned Intec – label of Carl Cox. A man with this experience can play literally everywhere and he certainly knows his Dubfire: Straub’s forcefull and rolling basslines combined with clever breaks and endearing use of melodies made everyone feel as if the headliner had already taken over. Like the famous Viennese Schnitzel needs a good coating this was everything Dubfire could have wished for as a warm-up.

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At a little after two o’clock the master took over the turntables, accompanied by the excited cheers of a sophisticated and techno-loving crowd. And it was maybe only half an hour into his set that it already dawned on many: This would end up being one legend of a night! With precise mixing and an exhilarating choice of tracks Dubfire wasn’t keen on creating any ups and downs in the set – this was full-on techno of the darker shades. Playing the claviature of bass virtuously there was not a weak moment in the set. Finishing after just over four hours Dubfire ended his teaching lesson and released a happy bunch of clubbers onto the Vienna morning streets. In an age where many promoters of big parties leave their DJs with only 90 minutes to play it is good to know that there are smaller underground venues where artists are left with enough space and freedom to express their talent. With the ‘Grelle Forelle’ Vienna finally has such a place again, as it should have, given the rich musical tradition the city boasts. Mozart would have loved it!

Words: Matthias Daniel

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