We continue our new feature series based on RA's In Residence events with a stop at the club that gave Paris its groove back.
In 2016, RA's In Residence series will celebrate club culture by throwing a month of parties at 12 of the world's best clubs. Clubs are the beating heart of dance music, and these are the venues that keep their local scenes thriving. Week-in, week-out, they open their doors to play the music we love.
For the second phase of the series we're setting up shop at Concrete, arguably the driving force of Paris's resurgent club scene. Located on a three-level boat docked on the Seine, Concrete throws parties that go all night or all day, soundtracked by artists from abroad and an inspired cast of local resident DJs. Five years since it opened, it's hard to imagine Paris without it.
As we settle in for a month at each of the clubs we'll be running an accompanying feature that, through a combination of different mediums, will hopefully provide a lasting document of these iconic spaces.
Apr 01 RA In Residence, Concrete, Paris
feat. Veronica Vasicka, Abdulla Rashim, Antigone, Kosme x S3A
Apr 10 RA In Residence, Concrete, Paris
feat. Move D, Margaret Dygas, FIT Siegel, Nicolas Lutz, Cabanne, Lowris, Le Loup
Apr 16 RA In Residence, Concrete, Paris
feat. Maurice Fulton, Max Graef v Glenn Astro, Mad Rey, Shanti Celeste, Aleqs Notal
Apr 28 RA In Residence, Concrete, Paris
feat. Jackmaster, Pit Spector x Ben Vedren
- 01Address69 Port De La Rapée, 75012, Paris, France
- 02Club opened2011
- 04Dance floors2
- 06Resident DJsS3A, Antigone, Behzad & Amarou, Ben Vedren, Cabanne, François X, Lowris, Shlømo
Years before he became Concrete's CEO, Aurélien met Jonathan Malaisé, a fellow raver who was working at technical firms like Magnum and Stage Craft Company. At the end of the '90s, the two started throwing parties together, with Malaisé handling the sound and lights. By 2011, Malaisé had his own production company, Giglam. Concrete, meanwhile, was just taking shape, and Aurélien hired him to handle the club's light and sound design. Among other things, he was tasked with designing the club's soundsystems.
"We chose Funktion-One because it no longer needs to prove its worth in electronic music," he says. "with a powerful rendering for the sub-bass and a high precision for the medium and high frequencies. We use multipoint diffusion in order to achieve homogeneity throughout the boat, with a great acoustic impact and real precision, without reaching excessive levels in the front diffusion. The main challenge was to adapt the diffusion to such an unusual space. The main room has a very low ceiling, which is what we chose the RES1,5TT for the delay."
During any given party, the technical side of Concrete flows like clockwork—in one particularly nice flourish, a table lowers from the ceiling with the setup for that night's live act completely ready to go, then retracts upwards once they're done. "We have a dedicated technician who takes care of the DJ booth (turntable switches, mixer, etc)," Malaisé says. "We also have a dedicated technician for the sound quality in the club. Thanks to the control of the mixer over Wi-Fi with an iPad, he can correct in real-time the sound and diffusion, which allows to have a unified sound all night, whatsoever the sources are."
I love to be there. It is my family, and playing there is always memorable. Each set is long (three hours or more) and we have time to build something great with the crowd, from ambient to disco or even techno to '92 UK hardcore rave stuff. I have a lot of great memories on the boat: the back-to-back with the great Laurent Garnier, playing before Moodymann, Floating Points, Little Louis, Awanto3. It was always challenging but always an amazing experience.
Here is our introduction to techno. Inspired by the soul of our generation.
Straight from Batiment 21. 93 Love.