Sven Väth Brings Decades Of Experience To Club Space

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It was the summer of 2000 at the Love March in Berlin, when a million people surrounded a party car as it slowly rolled through the German capital. Sven Wet, 35, stood on the widow.

As the evening wore on, she rocked her vet's wavy blonde hair, olive green top and baggy red pants as she dropped her Wassermann WE mix.

It's scary to think what techno would have become without German producers.

Watt hasn't changed much since 2000's Love Parade or since DJing at Omen nightclub in Frankfurt, which closed in 1998. Still spinning the vinyl and playing like a dynamo, the DJ/producer still surprises audiences whether he pulls off classic techno or is more melodic. He plans to do the same on Club Space Terrace on Friday, September 23.

"I'm looking forward to playing in a club setting," Watt told The New Times in an email. "The club is a great place to let off steam with music. The audience is very engaged and ready for all the good stuff, especially in the early morning when the sun goes down."

As a techno pioneer, Watt has been visiting Miami for decades.

"As far back as I can remember, the first time I went to Miami was in 1987," he recalls. “The Miami Sound Machine was everywhere. It was the beginning of house music in Miami (via Murk Records). Miami has always been a magnet for me. I had some great club shows in the 90s. Since 2000, I have played many Coco music shows at Club Venue, Winter Music Conference, Ultra Festival and various clubs.

Although the city played a major role in Vat's career, he made his bones in the clubs of Frankfurt in the 1980s. With nothing to lose, Watt and her two partners opened Omen in 1988 at the age of 24.

"Omen has been a pure techno club since the beginning," he says. "The energy and fanaticism were unique and the same."

Ten years later, Vat launched the Cocoon Ibiza party series in 1999 and the legendary label of the same name in 2000. The series became a fixture on Spain's Party Island before closing in 2019.

"We ended our Cocoon season with Kraftwerk live on stage - a dream come true," Watt notes. "Me and Seth Troxler did as well, and then the epidemic hit."

During the ban, Watt faced the monumental task of releasing her first album in two decades and almost 30 years after her historic debut, Disaster in Paradise. Catharsis was released in February, marking the 50th release of Cocoon Records. Of the 13 tracks on the album, half are true party snacks, while the other half are dedicated to telling a story. Vet talks about how it all started, and all the ups and downs, over brutal bass, techno beats and synthy mystery.

In "Watt" as a frenetic audiobook, Watt talks about his decades of playing: "My musical imprint / For decades / Soundwaves are my DNA / I've played.

“During the pandemic, I devoted myself to a lot of personal things, as well as my past, my music and my photo archive. After a year of pandemic and ban, my inner voice asked me to write a song. The song 'Feuern' (German for holiday) was born," explains Watt. "Then I called my friend and fellow musician Gregor Thrasher and asked him if he wanted to work with me on this song. They had fun together and three months later, the result was a catharsis album.

Väth plans to release the set I used to play in November.

“The idea was to record my musical debut as a DJ. My favorite songs from 1981 to 1989,” he explains. "From Kraftwerk to Frankie Knuckles, David Byrne and Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Sly and Robbie and many more, there will be a special 12 vinyl box set with a total of 37 songs."

Even after many years, Wat serves as a model for the show. He still struggles to spend hours in dark clubs chasing that unexpected connection between him and his people.

"I'm a proud father of two and I'm still in awe of what we've achieved with our music," Watt said. "We are an important part of our culture. We create places and events where we can come together and dance together as a ritual to our music. This is so important in our crazy times. Our music is synonymous with freedom, tolerance and respect."

Sven Watt with East End Dubs, Mrs Mada and Thunderpony. Friday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. at Club Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 786-357-6456; clubspace.com. Tickets on dice.fm cost between $20.40 and $37.48.

Sven Watt @ Rex Club, Paris, 11/16/1996