Rush Hour go to France! The label visit the cities of Paris and Bordeaux, accompanied by Ron Trent, Hunee, Antal, San Proper, Volcov, Interstellar Funk, Robert Bergman and Leon Vynehall. Soichi Terada will join on Paris’ biggest party boat called Concrete. Rush Hour started hosting annual nights at Concrete in 2012 and it has always been a huge pleasure. Time to learn more about Paris and the Concrete crew, so we asked promoter Brice Coudert a few questions.
Why a boat?
Because it’s floating on the water? Actually it’s not a boat but a barge, so it’s quite huge and it can’t move on the water by itself. We chose that location, because it definitely got something really special and different that any other clubs I’ve ever experienced. The dance floor is very long with a low ceiling, so all the energy is very packed, something you can really feel at peak time.
We are also in a quite calm area of Paris, so the good thing is we are not disturbing anyone with our house and techno music. Except maybe the fishes. I hope they dance to the music as well.
How is clubbing and underground dance in Paris these days?
In 4 or 5 years it has become quite crazy. Every weekend there are a lot of parties happening everywhere in the city, with very interesting line ups. All of them are packed and have an intense vibe. People really jumped on that clubbing culture, and are really passionate about it. I don’t know how many Facebook groups there are nowadays, where French people share track IDs. And record shops are packed every Saturday afternoon as well…
But most of all, it is very interesting to see how many new young talents are emerging right now. I hope this is not just a hype, but I think everything is proving it’s not only that.
There have been several Rush Hour label nights at Concrete, how were these for you guys?
One of the first label events we organized was with Rush Hour. The label has always had a big influence on me, because I always loved the way in which they were able to release any kind of genre and the way they remained attached to Chicago and Detroit. It was important for us to promote such a label, as Rush Hour carry out the exact kind of values I wanted to promote in Paris with Concrete. Im also very connected with a lot of people in Amsterdam and i really love the Dutch scene, so it just made sense to go for it.
I can say that every Rush Hour event at Concrete contains the same ingredients: a wide scale of musical genres, a lot of fun on the dance floor and in the DJ booth, and an abnormal amount of Dutch people in the club.
It’s gonna be the 5th RH party at Concrete, and I really can’t wait for it. For sure I wont work on that day.
Rush Hour @ Concrete, Paris: rsvp & info
Rush Hour @ IBoat, Bordeaux: rsvp & info