So a new season begins for mona, the third one now. La Java remains our venue of choice but we’ve made few changes this year. Firstly, a new light show has been built. The old one kept breaking down and we wanted something more dynamic this year so we decided to invest a little. I really believe a good light show is essential, it’s as important as your sound system. Great lights and the possibility to black them out make a massive difference in a night. Most people don’t realise this, including many promoters and venue owners, which is a shame. When I used to play at Boule Noire for otra Otra we built an amazing light show there, my friend Robert designed it and it was run by Daniel, who also became a friend in the process. We used to get our routines synchronised using sign language to cue ourselves up, believe me we made people go crazy in there. So I’m really looking forward to unveiling and enjoying the effects of our new system on the crowd tomorrow night !
We’ve also changed our art direction a little and made the logo a little more organic and do it yourself. It sort of looks like a home made stamp, that’s how we wanted things to be as we felt our previous graphics didn’t suit the venue and our crowd as much. The rough stamp is more fitting to the edgy faces that show up at mona every month. Many thanks to sundae for his artwork.
My guest tomorrow is a French DJ I’ve always loved since I started going out in Paris. He’s been around a long long time – I used to tape record his radio shows in the early nineties – but he still remains of the most upfront people around, always interested in what’s going on around him, but always keeping close to the music that he’s been playing from day one. Arguably he runs the best boogie and disco nights in Paris and has been doing so for over 10 years. He was one of the first heads to pioneer house music back in the 80s. I think his collection must be one of the world’s best, whenever I go out to listen to him there are always tracks he pulls out that I’ve never ever heard. Never one to compromise he’s always been one of the freshest DJs around. Make sure you check him out tomorrow night or get down to his residency when you find out who it is !
So who came to play in July ? My biggest thanks go out to Clement aswefall who you can see in the picture above. Clement used to run the infamous dagroove (later daphonics) record shop in Paris and is also half of aswefall, French electronic folk group. He’s a big house music head and came down to play exactly that. The first part of his set was a live set up he does on ableton live, more on an electro nuwave tip and totally innovative, great music. I’ll post a recording in a separate post for you to listen to.
If you’re a facebook user you can also check out Brice Smo’s pics of the night here
See you tomorrow hopefully !
mona / la java / sat 19th Sept 2009 23h30 / 105 rue du Fbg du Temple Paris 10e / facebook event