Written by: Alex Zaccaro
Today Undrgrnd Sound is very heavy hearted for the loss of a great producer, musical talent, and a great overall individual. Paul Bäumer of Bingo Players announced via Facebook July 19, 2013 that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, Paul passed away after his extensive fight against cancer got the best of the dutch artist Tuesday night 12/17. The announcement came Wednesday 12/18/13 on Facebook through a letter from Maarten to fans. A flood of condolences and best wishes hit social media soon after from fans across the world sharing memories of dancing their asses off at clubs and festivals to the likes of “Rattle”, “L’amour”, “Cry”, and “Out of My Mind”. Along with many artists who have played with the Bingo Players throughout the years such as Hardwell, Armin van Burren, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, Gregori Klosman and many more have been sending their best wishes to Paul’s family and Maarten.
Although first person writing goes against everything I believe in as a writer, Paul’s passing hits a personal home for myself seeing how some of my most memorable moments at a show was in front of a Bingo Players stage. Whether it was at Benny Benassi and friends at Govoners Island, to Ultra, to Electric Zoo 2012 jumping in and out of dance circles like a total lunatic. In Paul’s message to his fans July 19th he stated “For us, we want to continue to help create those meaningful and memorable experiences from our music and shows”. As a person who believes life is all about seizing the moment you are in, I bring myself back to June 9, 2012. Benny Benassi and friends which included Dallas K, Bingo Players, and Hardwell at Governors Island, NYC with a group of friends. We arrived at the very end of Dallas K due to the stellar ferry commute and as our feet hit the sand leading to the tent, spoken words faintly flowed out of the speakers like angels playing a harp, “I know… Caught up in the middle I cry, just a little… When I think of letting go, Oh no… Gave up on the riddle I cry, just a little… When I think of letting go.” My buddies put their arms around each other’s shoulders and at that very moment I took in the entire scene and captured the moment as one of clearest memories I have at any concert to date.
The sun setting on the downtown buildings, the half constructed Freedom Tower, the glimmer off of the Hudson River, and the smell of excitement as everyone anxiously awaited the two artists to dominate the audience. I found my way closer to the stage, settled in the middle of the crowd and began pointing at both Bingo Players. When Paul pointed back, which in most cases the artist is pointing to a female in your general vicinity. I gave a few arm pumps still pointing at him, only for him to respond with the exact action. Although having a DJ point at you is no spectacular accomplishment but when I heard of his passing it instantly brought me back to that memory on that summer day and the hairs on my arm stood followed by goose bumps.
I share this memory only to say, that life is short and death does not discriminate. So don’t “yolo” because that’s dumb but when you wake up appreciate every breath you take and capture moments and make them memories. From the Undrgrnd Sound family to Paul’s family, friends, and Maarten we send our sympathy and deepest condolences. Rest in Peace Paul Bäumer and thank you for the memories.