By Simon Senghaas
On the night of October 25th DJ Sven Väth celebrated his 50th birthday with about 10,000 guests at the Maimarkthalle in Mannheim. Undrgrnd Sound was there and is reporting for you here the events of that night.
In addition to the event’s host, there was also Richie Hawtin, Luciano, DJ Koze and Alex Azary playing. The stage all the DJs played upon was specially designed for this event by the renowned artist and director of the Frankfurter Städel-Museum, Tobias Rehberger.
After a birthday serenade by a stage full of dancers and crowd full of fans the man of the evening, Sven Väth, kicked off the beginning of the night with his set.
Sven started his performance with a 20-minute long flashback on his career. Starting with an acceptance speech, wich was dedicated to his parents, Väth describes how they positively affected him with their love for music. His parents had awakened both him and his brother to the sound of music. There were many nights in their family that they would dance to Rock n’ Roll. They also laid the ground for his DJ career with their own disco where Väth made his first steps as a DJ.
In the remainder of his speech Väth talked about his first journey to Ibiza, which also greatly influenced him as an artist. This journey that he took at the age of 16 fueled his desire to become a DJ. Additionally, he talked about his 1986 hit Electrica Salsa that he made for his project called OFF. So when Electrica Salsa played that night the crowd went crazy. His speech was also accompanied by pictures and tracks from all the respective time frames along his career. Lastly, Sven talked about the Cocoon Club, Amnesia parties and his first gig at the Loveparade.
During his birthday party Väth played two sets. During the first set he mainly used full tracks. However, during the early morning hours Sven played his second set using all his old tracks and tracks from the past that were influencial on his career.
It was definitely entertaining when as Richie Hawtin played his set Väth and Hawtin put cover plates on their heads and danced on the DJ stand (they also scattered some cover plates to the audiance so that they could do the same). Overall, it was nice to see the personalities of our favorite sounds shine through this night.
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