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See pics and highlights from our 8th anniversary party with Steve Bug, Martin Landsky, and more

By Ken Taylor
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On February 23, Beatport celebrated its eighth anniversary by throwing a massive party at Berlin’s Watergate Club, hosting Maceo Plex, Adam Beyer, Steve Bug, Martin Landsky, Locked Groove, Pete Smalls, Philip Sherburne, and Beatport’s Jack Haighton.

More than 1000 folks came through that night, which went well into the next day, reinforcing the fact that you guys seem to like what we do—bring you the hottest tunes from the world’s finest producers and DJs.

We decided to assemble a few pics from that very special night, and had the evening’s selectors to give us a rundown of their highlights. Enjoy!





Martin Landsky

Thanks for stopping by and playing our eighth anniversary event. How was the night for you?

Thank you for letting me being part of it. It was a great night, actually. I played quite late and it was totally packed and rocking—amazing for a Thursday night/morning…

Any particular highlights?

I took over from Adam Beyer, who played a great techno set, and the crowd loved it. So when I took over, I tried to keep the techno vibe for a while, but then I had to go down a bit in order to reach my musical comfort zone. I thought, “I hope it will work, as the people are on fire!” But when I started to get deeper and deeper, the whole place went crazy—that was such a great moment. When I had to stop playing, it was kinda sad. I was so into it that I wish I could have played a couple of hours more.

What particular tracks in your set went down surprisingly well for you?

Actually, there was no one outstanding track that night for me. A lot of stuff worked great. As I said before, the very deep stuff…





Adam Beyer

Thanks for stopping by and playing our eighth anniversary event. How was the night for you?

The night was great. I have played a Beatport party at Watergate before; I can’t remember if it was the fifth or sixth birthday, so I knew what to expect and it did not disappoint.

Any particular highlights you want to share with our readers?

I think the biggest highlight was seeing how many people stayed so late at the party considering it was a Thursday night. Watergate was ram-packed, so I was really happy so many people came to see me play—and really impressed everybody stayed until 6:30 a.m. when I finished.

What particular tracks in your set went down surprisingly well for you?

I was really pleased with the reaction to some of the forthcoming tracks on Drumcode and Truesoul. The new Alan Fitzpatrick track “Always Something For Nothing” got a big reaction, and everybody seemed to like a Patrick Siech & Gustav Sollscher track called ”Carrier Wave.” The other track I remember that went down really well was the new Mark Fanciulli track on Saved called ”Sacrifice.”

Did you catch any of the other DJs? Who particularly caught your eye?

I did not play until 4:30, so I ended up coming to the club quite late, but I did get to see some of Maceo Plex, which was really good. I heard him play some of his biggest hits

and some of electronic music’s biggest hits—he really rocked it.


Maceo Plex

Thanks for stopping by and playing our eighth anniversary event. How was the night for you?

Amazing. Probably the best time I’ve had in Berlin yet. Watergate is still one of the best clubs in the world, and Beatport knows how to throw a party and put together some nice talent for their events. BLAST!

Any particular highlights you want to share with our readers?

I think many times during the set I felt like we were all moving together in unison. And when I dropped my song ”Stay High Baby,” it felt really good to watch the people know the lyrics and sing along with the song. Was an amazing moment.

What particular tracks in your set went down surprisingly well for you?

I like to play a lot of old and new music when I DJ, and it was really refreshing to play ”Energy Flash” by Joey Beltram and watch the people go nuts. The new generation of dance music listeners still love to move to it, and that was a pleasant surprise.

Did you catch any of the other DJs? Who particularly caught your eye?

Yeah, Steve and Adam were super-tough acts to play between. Steve is always hard to follow, and having Adam Beyer waiting behind you to go on is no stomach-settler. Steve had the funk as usual, and played a super-sick set. And Adam played technologically advanced sounds with great effects the whole set. Can’t beat that.





Jack Haighton

Thanks for playing our eighth anniversary event. How was the night for you?

Bitte schön! The night was definitely one for the scrapbook. The previous day had been my last at Beatport after four years with the company, so sentimental value was riding high. I also never expected to see such a turnout on a Thursday night—great support and enthusiasm from all who came.

Any particular highlights?

Without question, the six-hour set Philip Sherburne and I played back-to-back from 5 a.m. onwards. We’d really started to loosen up/drink by then, and things fell into a fun, boozy groove. It was looking a bit thin on the ground for a while as the waifs and strays sauntered off to bed, but once the main floor closed at around 8 a.m., we had the starry-eyed fist-pumpers back in full force. Good vibes.

What particular tracks went down well for you?

Doc Daneeka & Benjamin Damage‘s new record, ”No One”, was a particular highlight for me: moody and punchy, it’s taken up permanent residence in my bag. I also enjoyed pushing the gorgonzola envelope at the end with some old Roulé records (Stardust was the penultimate track at 10:30 a.m.).

Did you catch any of the other DJs?

Maceo Plex was doing a fine job upstairs as I remember. It was sardines on the dancefloor as he was playing—drink spillages and cigarette burns aplenty—a surefire sign people are into it.


Philip Sherburne

Thanks for playing our eighth anniversary event. How was the night for you?

Rather a blur, to be honest! At least, the last four hours of my (apparently) epic, five-hour B2B set with the stalwart Mr. Haighton. And the first hour of the following day was a little bit hectic, only because I discovered that I’d left my hard drive behind, somewhere in the midst of all that blur. But the lovely folks at Watergate kept it safe for me.

Any particular highlights you want to share with our readers?

I believe I got away with playing MJ Cole‘s ”Sincere,” which was certainly a personal highlight. Can’t imagine that’s been played at Watergate on too many previous occasions.

What particular tracks in your set went down surprisingly well for you?

I:Cube‘s ”Transpiration” is simply a monster—biggest track of the year for me. Watching its effect on the floor was a great pleasure. Locked Groove played it a few hours later, and it killed all over again. Also, Fort Romeau‘s ”Jack Rollin‘“ was suuuper nice.

Did you catch any of the other DJs?

I never so much as went upstairs, but I loved Locked Groove’s full-on bass/techno blast, and Haighton always plays like the gentleman and the scholar that he is.





Pete Smalls

Thanks for stopping by and playing our eighth anniversary event. How was the night for you?

Awesomely fun. It’s always a great time when you get to share fantastic music with music lovers. Everyone was into having a good time, and it made the whole night a blast.

Any particular highlights you want to share with our readers?

I’d have to say my one highlight from the night was watching the sun come up over the Spree on a Friday morning, fully jet-lagged, and still groovin’ to some amazing tunes.

What particular tracks in your set went down surprisingly well for you?

Actually, my whole set surprised me. Being my first playing at Watergate (in fact, first time playing in Berlin) and opening for such an amazing line-up, I had planned a set that started with house and worked into deep, groovin’ tech house (that is what Berlin is know for, after all). But as I went down that path and drifted off of house, I lost some interest of the floor, so I went back to it, and had a happy, dancing floor. When challenged to “kick it up and try keep the floor going another 30 minutes,” I pulled out some new disco house and, well, “shocked, surprised, and pleased” was my reaction. (Perhaps the reaction of the Watergate staff as well.) So that meant the entire last 30 minutes of the set went surprisingly well with the following highlights:

Beckers and Sandrino‘s ”SanFran Disco”: The sudden grooving bass drop after the long subtle breakdown really seemed to wake the floor up.

Plastik Funk and Dave Kurtis‘ ”House Music”: This is just an unadulterated new disco-house track that had the floor bouncing. Yes, surprised.

Did you catch any of the other DJs, who particularly caught your eye?

I caught all the other DJs sets. It was an amazing night. I always have a soft spot for Adam Beyer, and I thought Martin Landsky was going to take us all along for another 48 hours on his own. Good times.





Locked Groove

Thanks for stopping by and playing our eighth anniversary event.

The night was great: great party, great crowd and atmosphere. I really enjoyed it!

Any particular highlights you want to share?

As far as I’m concerned, the whole night was a highlight.

What particular tracks in your set went down well for you?

I can’t really remember, but it was nice to see such a great response for ”Drowning

Did you catch any of the other DJs? Who particularly caught your eye?

Everyone delivered great sets, so it’s impossible to pick one. I loved them all!