Last weekend I performed in Bogota, Colombia. It was my first time in South America. I was pretty nervous to go down there. I was sure I would be kidnapped and would end up naked chewing leaves from a coca plant. I read about Scopolamine, Aguardiente and anything else that could scare me. However all my friends have gone down there and said it was great. In addition, I read many recent articles saying that the country was really safe now. Most importantly there were people there who want me to come. A few promoters and lots of fans have contacted me over the years. It was now or never. I set some rules up for myself. Register with the embassy and don’t do certain things while you are down there. I broke every rule I set for myself and fell in love with the people there.
The flight there was nice. There were amazing lighting storms below us as we were over South America. When I arrived I met Laura Martinez aka DJ Blue Kim and the main promoter Sebastian Perez Bastidas (great name right?). I’ve been talking to Laura for a few years now. She has a very close musical taste to my own and the fact that she plays so much of my music down there it’s probably 90% of the reason this booking could even happen. After checking into the hotel we went for a Cervezas in the “pink district”. I clicked instantly with Seb & BK. Before I went to sleep I decided to put the news on and discovered there were huge protests, road blocks and rioting around Bogota. I learned the protests were heading toward the city. In fact some of the surrounding areas had curfews put on them. I began to wonder if the event was going to happen. The Colombian farmers and students were protesting because the government was importing Monsanto seed. There were also importing vegetables at a lower cost than what their own farmers could produce. I watched Colombian farmers on television explain that they make enough potatoes for their own people so why import? I hate American corporate greed and Monsanto especially when they go after the thing we all need most… food! I opened Ableton and added a FUCK MONSANTO sign to the opening video of the live show.
With luck things were mostly calm on the show day and all things were go! The event was at a place called Las Vegas which was essentially a strip club/whore house. There was a big advantage to having the show there as this venue could stay open past lunch the next day. As people started to enter I knew I was reaching “my” crowd. Intelligent freaks, the lost and serious dark music lovers surrounded the stage. I often feel that no matter where I am, whatever city or country inside the club are my kind of people and once the music starts I could be anywhere. I had a great time performing.
What can I say now? Rules are made to be broken right? I made some amazing new friends over the next few days there. I also got a chance to see what people really live like in Colombia. I walked through streets that once looked scary to me on television and realized how nice it actually was. The city is crowded with young people, motorcycles, small private stores, trees, hills and mountains. I made a huge mistake not going to Bogota sooner. I can’t wait to go back. To see the full set of photos: click here
“Cumplimos un año desde nuestra inauguración y queremos celebrarlo por lo alto con el LIVE ACT de OLIVER CHESLER desde Nueva York, más conocido como THE HORRORIST!!!” – Myhappyhouse
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