Sven Vath [Audio]: Step inside the Freakshow

DJ, club owner, label boss, entrepreneur, musical trailblazer, YouTube star. If there’s anything Sven Vath’s not already doing, he’d probably like to know. This March, Cocoon’s main man is making his first visit to Australia in over four years. You have been warned.

Like any year in Sven’s heady history, 2007 did not pass quietly. Cocoon’s Ibiza season at Amnesia more than lived up to its Freakshow theme, with a roster of guests including Steve Bug, Raresh, Dominik Eulberg, Guy Gerber and – of course – Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin. Overseeing it all (and the inevitable after-afterparties) was Vath himself. By his own admission, the DJ has dropped the tempo in recent years, favouring wonky, unhinged grooves over 140BPM testosterone techno. It’s this to-the-minute musical edict that saw Amnesia packed to the gills each week with an international cast of “freaks and ravers”.

With his notorious penchant for, well, not going home, it’d only be natural for Vath to need a break post Ibiza. That however, is not his style. After the legendary Cocoon closing party in September, Sounds of The Eighth Season was released – a double disc snapshot of all those hazy nights-into-mornings-into-nights. Elsewhere, Vath has been tending to the Cocoon artist roster and running the brand’s flagship club in Frankfurt. As the boss will proudly tell you, Cocoon Frankfurt is not only a state-of-the-art sanctuary with one of the world’s greatest sound systems, but it also boasts a Michelin-rated restaurant.

Sven Vath’s most compelling trait is his staunch belief in the cathartic potential of coming together to party. After over 20 years making music, he’s still disarmingly passionate and not the least bit jaded. Here ITM’s Jack Tregoning speaks to one of techno’s true personalities ahead of his feverishly-anticipated return tour of Australia.

Sven Vath will be spreading the Sounds of the Eighth Season at the following dates:

Friday 29 February – Queensbridge, Melbourne, with Steve Bug and Gui Boratto

Saturday 1 Mar – Future Music Festival, Brisbane

Sunday 2 Mar – Future Music Festival, Perth

Thursday 6 Mar – 3D World 900th Issue Party, Home, Sydney

Saturday 8 Mar – Future Music Festival, Sydney

Sunday 9 Mar – Future Music Festival, Melbourne

Monday 10 Mar – Future Music Festival, Adelaide