The public talk I gave on David Mancuso, the Loft and audiophile partying a couple of weekends ago in Paris is available online.
Many thanks to Mathias and the In Medias Res Radio team for organising the event and to Slym Joseph Bouzavitch for setting the wheels in motion. The Sweet Apricots party that followed later that evening will live long in the memory! Inspired by Beauty & the Beat and Lucky Cloud Sound System, Slim started to build his own Klipschorn speakers and host audiophile "Sweet Apricots" parties a year or so ago, and earlier this year I went on a 12-hour overnight trip to Paris to check out his gear “in the wild”.
I was super-impressed with the speakers--how can I come up with a good excuse to buy a pair?--and equally if not more taken with the party. Cedric Lassonde DJed that night; it was truly magical. Soon after Slim suggested I return to Paris do a talk about the legacy of the NYC Loft and then team up alongside Belle Beteand Cedric Lassonde to bring a slice of “All Our Friends” to Sweet Apricots.
It turned out to be Slim’s first party in a new spot in Montreuil, an outlying neighbourhood rich in community spirit, so I had a good feeling about the night from the very start. The feeling deepened as the floor filled up with so many familiar faces, a good number of them from London and the UK. What can anyone say about the party that followed? It insane, ridiculous, off the wall—thank you to everyone who turned it into such a celebratory night.