LAST month Egg LDN announced it needs clubbers help to keep the infamous London venue alive.
The club recently announced a crowdfunder in the hope to raise £200,000 so they can survive the crisis and be able to open their doors again when it is over.
The clubbing landscape in our capital would be much poorer if Egg were to disappear. Voted as the UK’s best venue in 2017 and included in DJ MAGs top 50 international venues for the last 10 years, the club is a hub for up and coming dance music talent in London and welcomes the very best established talent from across the world on a weekly basis.
We caught up with one of the club’s stand out young performers of recent years, Latmun, and asked him to give us ten reasons why the venue is so special to him alongside some big tunes that have rocked the dance floor at the venue during his all night sets.
Egg is a special venue to me, I have spent more hours behind the booth in that club than probably any other venue in London, as I’ve been privileged to get to play all night long from the club opening at 11pm to closing at 6am. This is a special feeling as you get to control the atmosphere of the whole night and create a real journey. It’s an amazing feeling for me when you enter the booth before the club has opened and play that first record starting the journey.
ALL NIGHT LONG
On the first all night long set I played at, there was a really special moment early on into the night, I was very lucky to have the room pretty much full less than an hour into the set and this particular song is a mixture of happy and moody all in one. It brought the whole crowd together from this moment on and set the path for what was to be an epic night.
TEST NEW MUSIC
There have been many special moments for me at Egg and it has been a great place to test new music to a really open and receptive crowd, the next memory to share is the first time I tested out a new record of mine titled ‘Ready And Willing’. It went down great and gave me to confidence in the record to release it.
Egg has several floors and many rooms, it’s like a giant playground for electronic music fans. When I’m not playing the whole night, I love to wonder around the venue and experience the different vibes in all the rooms, see what the great residents there are playing and have a chat with them about the night.
A few winters ago the club put a roof over what is usually their smoking terrace and turned it into another club room. It was really exciting to get to play a set there as the club had the familiarity I loved, but was also a whole new experience and vibe.
I want to share another track that created a special moment in an all-night set, it was just before this track came out and my good friend Luuk Van Dijk had just made this bomb titled ‘In The District’ which he sent over to me before it was released. I had been keeping the energy back in the set at this point, so the crowd didn’t peak too early. This was the first track I played which lifted the energy. and the crowd exploded making the vibe electric in the room.
Towards the end of a long set I like to play to how people are feeling with some trippy, euphoric vibes that play with the emotion and really engage the crowd within the room. A track that did this perfectly about 6 hours in was Riccardo Villalobos’s edit of Depeche Mode – Sinner In me. It gives me goose bumps thinking of the vibe this made
Deep into the set I like to play some old tracks that young attendees may not know, one that worked particularly well was Oleg Poliakov – Caravan which was released in 2010, it’s a timeless track that always resonates with everyone and provides an eerie but energetic vibe.
Another moment to share was also right near the end, when it’s the last few songs I like to play some uplifting records so that people leave in good spirits, a track that did this perfectly during one of the all nights was Dirty Channels vs Danny Russell – Watchin Out. Even though it has some vocals, it’s the melody hook that everyone latches onto and the whole crowd was singing along to the melody, it was an amazing sense of unity.
At the end of an all-night set at Egg, when the party has finished and everyone has left it’s a special feeling. I like to take a minute to stand in the room and take in all the energy and emotion that filled the space throughout the night, combined with the feeling of accomplishment for DJing for 7 hours. It’s a really satisfying and magical feeling in that moment, and one of the things I miss the most with the current situation in the world. I hope we can all get back to feeling that unity and partying together at Egg and around the world very soon.
Learn more about the Egg LDN crowdfunder HERE.