Born To Be Wide - German Night
Born to be Wide is a bit of strange one. It’s not really a club more of a muso social, it mixes up genres, seminars, producers, musicians, journalists and various other odds and ends. ‘It started out as a way to bring people in the Edinburgh scene together,’ explains promoter Olaf Furniss, ‘although anyone interested in listening to a random music selection is always welcome. We begin with a seminar featuring experienced music business people from Scotland and beyond, then invite them to play their favourite records.’
With guest DJs including ‘Irvine Welsh, Pat Nevin, Kristin Hersh, porn star Ben Dover and even Mark “Joe Mangle” Little, who almost had a punch up with the singer from Found,’ alongside journalists and musician as you can imagine the soundtrack is always eclectic. However there is one rule ‘no Smiths, Morrissey or Joy Division’.
This month’s event also marks their sixth birthday with a special German Night including a live set from Teutonic techno popsters Jeans Team. ‘I was keen to have a band which sings in German, is great live and will appeal to Scottish audiences,’ explains Furniss, ‘and unlike Rammstein, there is no danger of them melting the Voodoo Rooms’ ornately painted ceiling with any pyrotechnic nonsense.’ As is customary the night starts with a seminar (‘a must for any band interested in getting gigs in Germany’) then there’s a German music quiz followed by tunes from the DJs which include Mark Chung (Einstürzende Neubauten) and the German Consul and Consul General. As per usual it’s sure to be enlightening and educational.
Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Thu 4 Feb