It's been 23 years since St Germain DJ'ed on European soil, and who knows when he'll do so again.
Alex From Tokyo
The sun does not move. The sun has never seen a shadow.
– Leonardo da Vinci
On May 11th 2018, Possible Futures are honored to present an essential slab of the history of French electronic music, performing at once in the intimate OHM.
Omne trium perfectum – good things come in threes, and for this third edition of Aquarian Shift, DJ Deep and Alex from Tokyo come together to celebrate the great return of St Germain behind the turntables for his first public appearance for a DJ set in Europe in over 23 years.
The friendship uniting the three musicians dates back to the late ‘80s. With their ears purposefully tuned to the sounds echoing from the United States. They shared together a unique moment in contemporary music, the start of a phenomenal musical and cultural movement, the rise of an entire lifestyle that began to shake Planet Earth and continues to do so to this day – the birth and life of house and techno.
Before being known as St Germain, Ludovic Navarre released a set of invaluable EPs under a number of aliases - among them Deepside, Modus Vivendi, Soofle, Hexagone. He also worked together with DJ Deep on the legendary Deep Contest project and with Shazz as LN'S or Nuages.
As a foundational ground, Navarre kept New York, Chicago and Detroit at the center of his attention. This inclination infused all of his music to come, may it be on both his legendary albums Boulevard (1995), Tourist (2000) or more recently, on his eponymous album released in 2015.
St Germain’s deep passion for Blues, Jazz and African music also became instantly apparent on his earlier music. It went on to take its full breadth through time, subtly merging instruments with machines, roots with contemporaneity. Nowadays, Navarre performs live with eight African musicians, bringing the traditional Malian kora, balafon and n’goni together with electric guitars, piano, sax and his irresistible signature electronic treatment.
For his set at OHM, St Germain will cover his favorite grounds, from resonating dub to bouquets of samples, from afro percussions to southern US winds, from house to techno.
Tirelessly digging for the most relevant producers in the current musical horizons, DJ Deep pairs his newest picks along with his encyclopedic record collection. As he puts it himself: “I wish to present my audience with insights into the history of “my” beloved house and techno. I tend to do so by playing very personal “classics”, very unique records that in my mind represent the essence of what is magic in these genres.”
In a recent interview, St Germain recalled: “DJ Deep is someone who inspired me a lot. He was the one who made me discover all the new tracks back then. DJ Deep is so thorough with his passions. His cultural knowledge and his DJ sets always leave an unfading trace.”
ALEX FROM TOKYO
In constant flow, Alex from Tokyo is an international man of musical wonderment, with a career that extends over three decades and continents.
Alex grew up in the land of the rising sun, where he lived over 20 years. He became a staple of the local Tokyo scene, where he, amongst other missions worked as a correspondent for Laurent Garnier’s legendary F-Communications, on which St Germain released his first album.
In 2004, Alex moved to New York City, where he established himself as a reference DJ at many of the city’s institutions. In the meantime he developed his production as one half of Tokyo Black Star - producing for DJ Deep’s imprint Deeply Rooted, Planet-E and his own label World Famous.
Since his recent move to Berlin in 2017, it has been a true pleasure for Possible Futures to receive his continued guidance.
Over the last 15 years, Possible Futures have been witnesses to the wildest fauna and flora the great nocturnal jungle has to offer.
Ale and Paul believe that the eternal act of dancing is one of the most active form of contemplation. Facing our own selves in the mirror of movement, we realize that we indeed are reflections of one another at all times. Compassion forms and in turns gives way to kindness and love.
Possible Futures also believe that the essential parts of the history of music need to be transmitted in new ways. They source their inspiration from the many shades of color that co-exist on between black and white on the great designer’s palette, it is through their open and eclectic selections that Possible Futures turn the dancefloor into spaces of self-discovery and musical trance-en-dance.