PHUONG-DAN

A RATTLING NOISE. CONQUERS THE ROOM. RUNS FROM THE LEFT TO THE RIGHT. A SOUND SURFACE SWELLS, PASSES AWAY. THE CROSSFADER MOVES SLOWLY, STOPS A LITTLE LEFT FROM THE CENTRE, THE OTHER HAND RELEASES THE VINYL. SETS THE RECORD FREE. A BEAT ENTERS. A STEADY AND SLOW PULSE. TAKES OVER. MUFFLED. A METAL SCREAM. NOTES GLIDE INTO EACH OTHER. MOVING. KEEP ON MOVING.CIRCUIT. ELECTRIC. BREATHING. FAINTING. DROWNING. PEOPLE KEEP ON MOVING. KEEP ON MOVING. THE DANCE-FLOOR IS VIBRATING. FLESH AND FOG. SUBBASS OF THE SUBCONSCIOUSNESS. WORLDS OF FEAR AND MADNESS. SWALLOW THE SURREALISTIC PILLOW. AN EVEN SLOWER SWELLING, A SHORT TWITCH OF HIS FINGERS, THEN THE CROSSFADER MOVES AGAIN. CONFUSING PATTERNS, WITHOUT A CLEAR RHYTHM OR TONAL ORDER. NOW THEY ARE FREE. NOW THEY ARE DYING AWAY. NOW THEY ARE MATCHING THE BEAT. A BASS LINE. RESTLESS, RELENTLESS. DANCERS YELL OUT IN DELIGHT!
 

PHUONG-DAN IS A RENOWNED DJ BASED IN HAMBURG, GERMANY.

FOR OVER A DECADE NOW HE IS BOTH RESIDENT AND HOST AT LEGENDARY ST. PAULI UNDERGROUND VENUE GOLDEN PUDEL CLUB. SINCE SEVEN YEARS HE RUNS THE CLUB-NIGHT GATTO MUSCULOSO, WITH GUESTS LIKE ITALIAN PIONEER BEPPE LODA, VERONICA VASICKA OF THE MINIMAL WAVE LABEL, DANIEL WANG, VLADIMIR IVKOVIC, TOLOUSE LOW TRAX, HUNEE, ANIKA, LOVEFINGERS, TRAXX, ALEXIS LE-TAN, VIDAL BENJAMIN, SEAN CANTY OR RON MORELLI.

THESE LIST IS FAR FROM COMPLETE BUT DOES DESCRIBE THE PERSONAL TASTE OF PHUONG-DAN AND SO THE MUSICAL RANGE OF HIS DJ SETS. HE IS SPINNING AN UNIQUE ECLECTIC MIX FROM CONTEMPORARY UNDERGROUND TECHNO, MINIMAL SYNTH, POST-PUNK, NEW POP AND EBM, THE ELECTRONIC SIDE OF KRAUTROCK, AND RARE DISCO, TO FLASHY LEFT FIELD EXPERIMENTAL STUFF – HE COULDN'T CARE LESS FOR NARROW MINDED ONES WHO RESTRICT THEMSELF TO A CERTAIN GENRE OR A SPECIFIC DECADE, HE IS EXPLORING THE WHOLE WORLD OF MUSIC ON SEARCH FOR THE GROOVE OF THE NIGHT. NATURALLY, IT SHOULD BE ON VINYL.

PHUONG-DAN IS A REGULARLY GUEST AT DÜSSELDORF'S SALON DES AMATEURS, HE PLAYED NOTED CLUBS LIKE ROBERT JOHNSON IN OFFENBACH, DE SCHOOL IN AMSTERDAM, ARMA 17 IN MOSCOW, LE BATOFAR IN PARIS OR 20/44 IN BELGRADE; BUT ALSO IN ART SPACES LIKE C/O BERLIN, HAUS DER KUNST MUNICH, KUNSTHALLE VIENNA, OR AT EVENTS LIKE INTONAL FESTIVAL IN MALMÖ, INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OBERHAUSEN, FOREIGN AFFAIRS FESTIVAL BERLIN, EUROPEAN MEDIA ART FESTIVAL OSNABRÜCK, MIMI FESTIVAL MARSEILLE, OR ÜBERJAZZ IN HAMBURG.

HE HAD SUPPORTING SLOTS AT CONCERTS OF ARTISTS LIKE ASMUS TIETCHENS, DIETER MOEBIUS (OF CLUSTER FAME), BURNT FRIEDMAN & JAKI LIEBEZEIT, KREIDLER, FELIX KUBIN, GIGI MASIN, DAS DING, AKSAK MABOUL AND MANY MORE.

SINCE JANUARY 2015 BERLIN COMMUNITY RADIO STREAMS THE OPENING HOURS OF HIS GATTO MUSCULOSO – WHEN HE SHARES THE DECKS WITH HIS GUEST PLAYING EACH OTHER NEW DISCOVERIES OR OLD FAVES, LOOSELY DEDICATED TO THE MORE NONFUNCTIONAL SIDE OF MUSIC.

(ANDREAS REIHSE, KREIDLER, IMAGE MOVEMENT)