He’s part of an elite class of DJ who’s remained immensely respected and popular more than 30 years after launching his career. That’s something only a handful of other artists can claim.
A portion of that popularity is personality driven. Peers like Ricardo Villalobos and Carl Cox strike similar marks in the collective dance music imagination, although on their own distinct terms. Sven is larger than life, yet connects with the crowd on a deeply personal level. Because despite his fame, he’s never afraid to let loose, showing his true rave spirit is still alive and well.
But that hardly tells the whole story. Instead, there’s a career dotted with musical milestones and achievements, including pop stardom, an 18-year-long residency at Amnesia with his mega-successful Cocoon brand, a residency at the famed Dorian Grey, his Omen residency, Cocoon Recordings, and years spent as one of the Love Parade’s most popular players, where he once played a 32-hour set.
And thanks to fellow German techno don Chris Liebing, you can listen back to an impressive 5-hour recording from Tresor Berlin during the Love Parade in the year 2000. It’s an absolute ripper of a set full of blistering techno with a touch of tribal throw in for good measure (it was the millennium after all), showcasing Sven’s prowess for whipping the dance floor into a wild frenzy for hours on end without letting go.
Exactly what he does some 17 years later.
Tracks include “Let Your Body Learn” by Nitzer Ebb, Rhythmiker Vs Ratio’s “Black Trail,” “3 Of A Kind” by Ben Sims and Rue East, Gaetano Parisio’s “Dub Pistol,” and Chris McCormack ”The Maximalist.”
Check it out below.
Image via Tresor Berlin