Top Boiler Room antics
Music streaming site Boiler Room turns five on November 5th. In its five short years, Boiler Room has paved the way for music broadcasting to make the move from radio to online.
Once upon a time live streaming sets from the confines of a room in Dalston, the concept has now been brought all over the world in 50 cities, from New York, Berlin and Tokyo. Whether it be at a lavish location or high-scale festival, the components remain the same: DJ, decks, speakers, video camera, and finally, guests. Creating it its own brand of banging sets, exclusive guest list, rowdiness, pouting non-dancers and oddity plain to see.
Here are five highlights to celebrate Boiler Room’s birthday. 🎈🎉
Pan-Pot’s storming mix-up
Kicking off with one of the latest wowzers. This hour from Pan-Pot is one of their finest. Track selections are mixed and played with to stir the most energy inside the packed out Berlin club, Watergate, with crazy good multicoloured lights running above. This party is worthy of revisits.
Thom Yorke only one to enjoy set
This BR session from 2011 has dangerously low crowd dancing levels. Most remain rather composed, with minor bopping to some riddims dropped. ‘What am I doing here?’ is not quite the kind of chin-stroking he’d hoped for. Check him mix in Modeselektor’s remix of ‘Prototype’.
Disclosure B2B Skream
Maybe it was the hype surrounding the brother producers at the time, or the fire Loefah and Jackmaster had just ejected, something was clearly in the air that night. By the time these three take to the decks the hotel room party is in full-swing debauchery. Five mins into a pillow fight (min 56), Skream has a coughing fit and grabs the mic to inform us: “I’m allergic to feathers, you cunts”. BR gold.
Carl Cox in Ibiza
One spot should naturally go to the most viewed, not that I care for the obvious, but seeing as it is the legend that is Carl Cox I have no qualms whatsoever. This one goes down in Coxy’s spiritual home of Ibiza, with the crowd behind dosed up on vitamin D, moving to tunes from one of the most genuine characters in the game. It doesn’t get much better than this.
90’s Boiler Room: Solomun
Lastly, we move to arguably the best thing to come out of BR in 2015: the parody 90’s Boiler Room channel. Original clips are dubbed over with 90’s cheese to a hilarious result. The video above with Solomun also features possibly one of the best reactions from a DJ of his own doing ever. Brilliant.