BERLIN – Twin decks perched on a candlelit altar, Robert Hood combined trademark minimalist techno with God because the charismatic producer and ordained priest wowed a packed Berlin church Friday evening.
A whole lot of hip Berliners, most of whom had come to bop relatively than pray, have been swept alongside by Hood as priest-cum-DJ, in addition to an newbie gospel choir and two feminine monks at St Thomas church within the cool if dilapidated district of Kreuzberg.
The thumping bass bass beat did its finest to make the partitions of the 19th century Protestant neo-gothic fashion church – one of many metropolis’s largest – shake as a black-clad Hood led the proceedings and professed himself a lot moved by the event.
“It’s a stupendous sanctuary, I did not know it would raise up a lot power. I am so glad to be right here, I have been dreaming of this evening for thus a few years,” enthused Hood, a famend producer of Detroit techno however who was additionally ordained a priest in 2009.
“That is the primary time I ever had the chance to do one thing like this, to witness fellow believers. You may be swinging from throughout your physique,” stated the 53-year-old recognized for his Detroit politically-infused collective “Underground Resistance” label performances.
So-called minimal techno and its hypnotic repetitive beat emerged in The Motor Metropolis – the house of Motown – and Berlin within the early 1990s.
The variant’s now nearly classic standing has additionally impressed numerous Euro clubbers.
Friday’s gig-as-mass gave a sizeable tonal nod to the non secular setting because the DJ pastor produced a set mixing home music with gospel, notably together with his 2011 chef d’oeuvre “We amplify his identify” which entranced each younger clubbers within the viewers in addition to some among the many church’s extra common congregation.
Hood, an Afro-American now primarily based within the Alabama countryside, nonetheless produces music regardless of taking the fabric and has introduced out a stream of labor each eponymously and as Floorplan, the Imaginative and prescient, Underground Resistance and by way of a spread of collaborations.
Referring to the non secular facet of his persona and taking holy orders, Hood defined: “I used to be dwelling my stay exterior of God, as a stepchild, however not his little one. I needed to be born once more.
“The Lord is nice, he’s the supply of my energy, my creativity.”
Hood spent the latter a part of the night not at church however in Berlin’s excessive techno temple Tresor, recognized for its clammy basements and 48-hour megafests.