Posted on Nov 15, 2009
It is hard to believe that it has been a week since Wes and I were invited back down to Arizona to play for the crew down there. Once again our hosts went above and beyond the call of duty providing us with ample food, bevvies, and overall niceties. I have been waiting for Mr. Straub to make his post but given the circumstances of what happened on Thursday night and Wes' recovery from the Desert Flu (adequately dubbed the R2D2!) I will be making the first ones here.
First off I just wanted to say thank you to Yardz, Spyder and Sunny for everything! It is very refreshing to arrive somewhere and be treated like family. Very, very awesome. Next time we will becoming for more than the one night! After a three hour drive Wes and I made it to the setting for Harmonic Concordance. It was just north east of Flagstaff (glad I brought my Wooleys as it was very cold at night). A very cool setting out in the desert on a ranch. The sunset was something else. Wes took many photos (i forgot my damn camera!). After warming up the night via Dave, Yardz (only mixing for 8 months my ass. if that's the case the anyone into techno and prog-tech are in for treat down the road!!), and Majiy with some nice Techy prog., Wes took the stage and took over. A fusion of progressive tech making its way into some fuller sounds of progressive house and finally touching off with Zen Mechanics remix of The Light by Ace Ventura. Very nice! Spyder took over after that blasting the floor with some very powerful and very melodic full on, the mixing was very , very tight!!!. I now know how it feels to follow-up something like that, and that was not an easy task! After I was finished Nick Synergy hit the decks and ramped it up again. After being up for almost 26 hours at this point, and Wes having consumed about 25 beers!, I only caught about 4 or 5 tracks of Nick's set. But if the remaining set was anything like the first 1/2 hour, then people were in for a treat.
After trying to sleep for 5 or 6 hours (actually it was more like listening to Wes snore and someone cough every 5 minutes), we got up and hit the road back to Phoenix. Got to the hotel and had time to unwind, have a good meal (Wes, are you up for some Pizza!) and what was supposed to be a good night's rest. That was until we found out that our neighbours in the hotel had a small child that decided to cry/ scream until 1:30 in the am. After finally falling asleep it was up and off to the airport. 48 hours later we were back on our planes heading home. Next time we need to divulge in a 4 or 5 day trip. Way too short of a trip. Two recommendations for eating stateside: 1) Do not order the Feast sub meal from Subway. You will be full for 2 days (if you manage to get the entire meal into your system). 2) A 16" Pizza with everything on it under the sun is too much to eat after a giant plate of Nachos. Holy cheese batman. Doh!
Darvin, we missed you on this one (as did I especially, would have been a blast to hang out and catch up) as the setting would have been very much your element, but given the recent family development, it was fully understandable.
The next plan is to get the set up and posted on the site. How long this takes is up to the mixing gods and me, so we'll see.
Now back to cleaning up the basement... Sigh.