This past weekend in Melbourne, boutique bash smalltown delivered one of its biggest line-ups yet: a triple-header from Marcel Dettmann, Nina Kraviz and her Trip Records signee Bjarki. For most of the 4000-odd punters in attendance, the event was a hit – but that didn’t stop a vocal minority from finding something to kick up a stink about.
After some punters publicly took issue with Kraviz’s closing set – their complaints apparently centring on her decision to drop some drum & bass – the Siberian selector went on the record in a lengthy Facebook post that explained her musical selection.
In her own words, Nina played a “spontaneous, eclectic yet coherent set that consisted of a few different parts,” from bassy techno to ghetto house. “I have to be honest – it a was a wild, ravey mix even to my own standards,” she explained. “I never plan my sets and it goes totally unpredictable. This time I felt comfortable and a bit loose.”
“The dancefloor was very full till the very end,” she continued. “And it would have been another good show if not a very interesting feedback I got the next day…some people were complaining and some even wanted their money back. And it would have been totally fine but something about it really touched me deeply.”
“People wanted ‘techno’ and I offered none in their opinion – in fact all I played was pretty much techno, at least in my own definition but much of a broader spectrum. They wanted three hours of long steady beat narrative and I offered something that didn’t match their expectations. But surprisingly the most negative comments I got for playing that one wild track with a drum’n’bass segment in the end. Seems like d’n’ bass isn’t so popular in Australia these days :).”
Kraviz’s Australian tour continues this weekend with sets at at Chinese Laundry and Harbourlife in Sydney, as well Garden Party in Perth. Read her full Facebook post below.