Cat Van Dyk

Friday night saw Bob Purrfect in unfamiliar territory, watching a Kitten with a couple thousand felines at Kitty Heaven. Not just any Kitten, apparently one of the world’s best, Cat Van Dyk. Bob tries to open his mind to something different after the jump.

 

 

It’s no secret that I’m not the biggest fan of Kittens. Of course they have their place and their uses. Many nights out would be average without someone skilled selecting the soundtrack; but as a live act? I just don’t get it. There are the exceptions of course: Sibot at Origin was mind blowing and even Durban’s own Veranda Panda produces an entertaining live set. So, when we got asked to cover Cat Van Dyk, apparently one of the best Kittens in the world for roughly the last 20 years or so, I was willing to put my prejudices aside and see what he had to offer.

Tiger Balm came out and it was apparent that the only reason why they were having a good time was because of the chemical assistance .

Walking through the gates at Kitty Heaven, Russ and I encountered an unfortunate soul trying to bribe the door molly so he could get a pass out and go to the bank. Oh Kitty Heaven, will you never learn? If people can’t draw money in the “concert arena”, they can’t spend it either. Either change the no pass out rule, or get an ATM in there. It’s been an issue at every event, so sort it out. The disappointment didn’t end there though. Our “media passes” turned out to be Litter Box tickets, which is fine if you want photos of the acts to look like they’re playing a concert for fleas. And don’t come with the, “Well at least you got in for free” story, we were missing Scub Pub Friday for this.

 

A trip to the bar and a scouting of the clowder revealed what the night would be like: Middle aged British Shorthair’s who’ve probably been following Cat’s career since it started, monster cap wearing, tribal tattooed 20-somethings, and Asian Shorthair’s adorned with sunnies at night and their obligatory glow sticks. We’re not at Origin anymore. I even overheard someone saying they were buying drinks for someone named Sade (pronounced Shar-day). Putting my prejudices aside was going to be harder than I thought. At least we could take our R18 cans of beer anywhere, a welcome change to past Kitty Heaven events.

 

 

We decided to take full advantage of our Litter Box passes and headed to the demarcated area, a slightly raised platform to the side of the stage. Giving us a slightly better view of whichever kitten was behind the laptop at the time and we were suitably protected by a barricade from the plebs. Sure they had a better view, but a flat on South Beach has a better view than a town house in Umhlanga, you still wouldn’t catch these cats anywhere near Point Road.

 

Half an hour into our night, people start chanting Cat Van Dyk’s name. At 8pm. I said to Russell “If he had to come out now, he’d have to play for four hours.” Russell retorted with “Well, it’s not like he’d get tired.” Valid point. 5 minutes later, the feline of the hour is on stage. Fuck us, right?

 

 

 

As soon as Cat Van Dyk got on stage, the cellphone cameras came out. Considering we couldn’t get any decent pictures of the cat, I puzzled about the point of taking a cellphone picture of an act that is more stage than presence, but it seemed I was the only one as the flashes went off. At least they’ll have their 2mp memories of the night.

 

 

Cat kicked into a late 90’s early 2000’s house meets trance set with a bit more bass than I think he’d have liked and I immediately wished I’d taken some Catnip. I asked the guy chewing his lip off in front of me if he has a contact at the show but he just looks at me like he’s never heard of the stuff. Either he didn’t know the key ingredient to C or he was just really nervous, either way, I didn’t push the issue as a Molly with glittered breasts asked me for a light. Must have been Sade. I tried to leave my drink unattended for as long as possible, but it seemed that those in possession of da nip were saving them for themselves, or for those that at least seemed like they didn’t want them.

 

Russ and I spent the first twenty minutes of the set amongst the wrinkled women and balding Toms re-living their 666 days. Russell tried to get ahead of the barricade to get a good shot of the feline we’d given up our Friday night for, but the security realised the same thing that we did: a Litter Box pass is not the same thing as a media pass. We decided to head to the bar which even in the Litter Box area was outside of the concert tent, which was where we spent the rest of our time at the “show.”

 

 

 

I tried my very best to get it. I like to think of Kittens as modern day composers; mixers of many instruments and sounds into a cohesive show that expresses their feelings and that uses sound to evoke emotion in people, but with Cat Van Dyk, it just went over my head. I wish I could say differently considering my newly found open-mindedness, but it really was the same thing over and over again. I eventually asked Russell, a musician, why what we were experiencing was good. All he could say was “It’s loud.” Fair enough, it was.

 

Eventually, we found a group of toms who seemed to be having an extraordinary time. Soon after we met them though, the Tiger Balm came out and it was apparent that the only reason why they were having a good time was because of the chemical assistance. My will to ask them why they were there was shattered. We should have gotten regular passes; those cats, with their fist pumps and glow sticks genuinely seemed to be enjoying themselves.

After a couple entertaining snaps of the festivities and a longing for some music made in the last five years (even some dubstep) Russ and I decided to call it a night, at 9:30. Poor journalism on our behalf, and a failed experiment in something new, but not a decision I regret. I’m not sure if Cat did earn his paycheck by playing for four hours or if a local Kitten took the reigns and gave the clowder what I was longing for, but I didn’t care, I’d both seen and heard enough to know that no matter how much I opened my mind, I wasn’t going to experience the greatness that I’d expected.

All images courtesy of http://www.christianholmer.com/

Comments
121 Responses to “Cat Van Dyk”
  1. Pascal says:

    I like Russell’s input.

  2. Pinky Drew says:

    hahahaha. scub pub friday was a heat winner by far!
    nice one bob

  3. Bhashkar says:

    this review was quite funny!

  4. Tyron says:

    This review was full of the awesomesauce!

  5. luke says:

    is that dude fucking crying. holy shit.

  6. Ry says:

    Your best yet

  7. That 1 Owe says:

    “monster cap wearing, tribal tattooed 20 somethings”

    Legit lol

  8. Rhyan says:

    I concur with BOB. Im not going to change my mind musically or chemically F.T.S.!!!! .

  9. DJ Fuego Heat says:

    SCUUUUUUB PUUUUB!

  10. Ok, here’s the shit right here, if you are going to present an honest review, I will present an honest comment. Fair deal.

    Where the fuck are the close up pics of Van Dick? You telling me you guys didn’t take with a zoom lens and tripod? What the fuck is that shit!! I thought you were ampt. The one guy was crying, I wanna know why – which drug combination and song did that too him? The photo is so ambiguously presented that he could actually be sober, realizing what his life has become.

    I feel if you’re gonna say fuck it and bail(to another jol), at 21h30, assuming a 160KMph commute to the next jol, you’d be rocking again at 22h00. This article had promise, an extension of effort could have resulted in a beautiful contrast and juxtaposition of big hype versus small roots.

    I dunno, I ain’t a journalist or blog award winner, but please double or triple up in the future, share space, fuck I don’t care document your Durban adventures, after all you are my guide, my ears, my eyes and my legs. Tell a better story.

    Hate on…

  11. Tigs says:

    Perfect Bob.

  12. White Rhino says:

    Rugged trolling again. sigh

  13. ANADA BOYCHIE says:

    I went to Rocca Bar instead, Another DJ (Not Fuego Heat, he’s kak) was pumping Paul’s tunes. I got a close up look at him, grabbed a stekkies tits and got drunk for less than the price of your tickets

  14. Django_Unchained says:

    The journo clearly has a perception problem. Are you a vegetarian/fruitarian?. This is crap journalism and discriminatory.I agree with Rugged Bathory. Your claims and lack of intervention with the crowd because you were to scared to get into the trenches is cowardice journalism. It’s as though you went into Lion’s park and called a lion crazy for eating meat without establishing that the meat is it’s actual diet. I guess you missed my point already. I don’t blame you when your piece of work above is drizzled with ambiguity and a rather lame pragmatic take on a culture spanning years.I’d feel sympathy for you should you cover the Zulu Reed Dance. Then I’d like to see how you explain that to our “employment equity, affirmative action” brothers and sisters. Stick to Rocca Bar & 80’s. Stay of the white spirit’s now.Perhaps you were even out to ambush the organiser’s or the party scene you may have had a bad experience at.Oh well,all the best on your evolution as a “journo”

  15. MacT says:

    Ja kif review, but I gotta say that you missed a golden opportunity there. What opportunity? The chance to get some tragicomic and stereotypical quotes from that crowd. The photos are so interesting but I’d love to hear the voices behind those inane faces, their hopes, their dreams, their regrets, the reason he thought wearing a ‘maxed’ sleeveless shirt to the biggest event of his year was a good idea. The article could have been research into a rarely seen, sadly regressive yet huge and interesting south african subculture. Perhaps a warning of what most of us could become in 20 years, skinny jean and plaid shirt wearing, quart drinking, fixie riding indie ballies at a 2 door cinema club reunion concert. Maybe then some kids will take photos of us and rip us off on their blog.

  16. MacT says:

    I guess I’m referring to the type of pure gold quotes seen above

    BOYTJIE “I got a close up look at him, grabbed a stekkies tits and got drunk for less than the price of your tickets”

    You can’t write that stuff, classic!

  17. I agree with Mac T. Highly entertaining read though, and I love the crying superfan.

  18. Annann says:

    Fuck all you guys, what a fucked up review, you 2 are old farts. lighten up abit! you said you went cause it was free. Fuck you next time dont diss a trance jol you MOTHER FUCKERS.

  19. Bob says:

    I’ll give you a B for effort. All in all, just not a believable troll but a worthy effort.

  20. Brent C says:

    This article is literally the most:

    – Stereotypical
    – Childish
    – Misinformed
    – Closed minded
    – and downright fucking LAZY.

    Not to mention the comment about “Indian folk adorned with sunnies at night” – I bet if those Indian dudes wrote on their blog after seeing a Dubstep origin party about “White dudes who don’t wear t-shirts in public” you would seriously rage. Yassis! Get your facts straight!

    Ok look, phew, looks like I lost it for a second. I apologize, all I’m saying is do some research and give a decent review, and if it ain’t your cup of tea, fuck off.

  21. Dane B says:

    You guys seemed to have a very different experience than I did. I believe drugs are lame, whether its Pure MDMA or cheap Ecstasy, and you can rockout to even the worst music if you have the right group of friends. Luckily for me, I’m a fan of PVD so his tunes were awesome, even while on nothing but a red bull. I believe that each person is entitled to their own opinion, but its wrong to hate on other sub-cultures/music genres. Even some low bpm house music people hate trance music people and vice versa. You guys seem to be the Dnb/Dubstep people from what I’ve read on this site. That’s fine. Just review those gigs and leave these alone until you’re informed enough. Otherwise, categorize this as an amateur/just for fun/no real evidence or effort type review. Simple as that guys. Understanding that the world has different cultures is a step closer to understanding that YOUR genre of music or YOUR genre is the best. Music is art, and art is a relative concept. Some people don’t understand the art in paintings and just see paint. Some people don’t understand trance and just hear beats. Leave it at that, and stick to things you know about.

  22. Trig says:

    Reading your article pointed out one main thing for me. Clearly you were prejudiced in your approach from the beginning, you had no intentions of ACTUALLY being open minded, this is evident in your bitching about losing out on a “scub pub” friday.

    If you are going to do a review, take off your fucking blinkers. Big staging, big sound and a general “big” experience is what this whole scene is about. Dissing people because of their age or “how” they enjoy their night is not what a “review” is supposed to be about, its about the Overall party experience, yet you over-analyse the crowd, yet, forget that people dont go to events for “the crowd”, its about the act, and you what…. donated 1 or 2 lines to the “experience” with regards to “PAUL VAN DYK”.

    There are just as much, if not more people doing drugs within commercial clubs/environments around Durban, but yet you are another dumbshit trolling haterfuck that has to use every single opportunity you get to act “cool” with your pseudo crap “im so fucking cool how i write reviews” attitude and pick on the electronic/trance scene.

    I reckon you get a fucking clue and go hang at a jol where you can sing along karaoke style. What i found most funny about your “review”, is that the thing which stands out most is you are actually a very judgemental, slightly racial (its evident), little unappreciative prick who didnt appreciate the free tickets you received.

    Do us a favour, dont ever go to another EDM/Trance event, the scene is far better without you there ruining the vibe.

    Left at 21:30, what happened, couldnt keep up old timer?.. or was it because you could’nt find any drugs.

    If you could’nt find drugs, what was the point of writing about it? Exactly my point, you were “anti” the event from the start.

  23. Annann says:

    go listen to dubstep

  24. HAHAHA says:

    Bob, you are a joke of a journalist, class me as a Troll to try and get people to disregard my comment but both you and I know you have no clue about the Durban underground scene! in the 21st century. This is such a poor review. In OUR Durban underground scene, we are all about releasing yourself! This looks like a review of the social scene as opposed to the event. Because you have no friends who actually have money to go out to these big events and rather stay at your local pub does not mean the rest of the city do not enjoy real parties.

    I do not enjoy commercial trance and I get bored very easily but I know if I was in Dbn I would of been there and from the “unofficial” reviews by PAYING patrons, the event was very good. Respect and credit must be given to the event organisers for an event that went down ultra smooth because it is clear you have no experience in the 21st century underground scene! You cannot not judge an event in the year 2012 by which level ticket you got for free or how your neighbour chewed his face of. It is about the performance of the act and the organisation of the event.. Leaving at 21:30 for an event you were expected to review? Come on dude, no one in the scene actually takes your joke of a review seriously.

    In my opinion the reason why the Dbn underground scene is so successful is because of the passion of the promoters and the most of all the passion of the crowd! Writing a review and picking the crowd because of their lifestyle choice shows what type of a person you are. Mark I would of thought after all your years of experience you would of known the reason why that dude was wearing his “Maxed” sleeveless. Us faithfuls do not go to the underground parties to show off our new T Shirt, nor do we go to touch random, easy womans tits! We go out on the weekend to our underground scene because we are professionals who dress up everyday, go to work and control things during the week while waiting for our weekend to release ourselves.

    Btw thanks for your input in our scene and thanks for reviewing our event, but talking about the INDIVIDUALS enjoying themselves in a condescending tone shows what type of person you are. Good luck at your local pub, please do not waste your time, money and our space on the dancefloor.

    Cheers

  25. lukmaan says:

    Well My Point Of View Is That This Article Is One Sided
    Full Of Negativity
    Its Because Of Ungrateful People Like You That Fuck Up The Scene

  26. HAHAHA says:

    +1 to Trig, Dane B and Bret C, didn’t check out your comments, you guys speak the truth! We have to shame this joker so he fucks off from our scene and stays at his local bar!

  27. jb says:

    really? you call th

  28. jb says:

    hmmm laptop mouse ftw >.< lets try again shall we. so, this is what passes for a blog in durban? no wonder you didnt get a media pass. someone felt sorry for you, and gave you a free ticket. how nice. as for the actual article. let me put it in your age-group's language…

    lolwut bra dnt u c hw cl hs dj skilz waz huh?

    you should take drugs, a lot of them. and maybe it will stop you from being such a miserable cunt and dissing people you dont know. seems like you are one of them hipster types

  29. TyronneScott says:

    Sorry i have no idea why my comment came out as “trig” , but here is my view :

    Reading your article pointed out one main thing for me. Clearly you were prejudiced in your approach from the beginning, you had no intentions of ACTUALLY being open minded, this is evident in your bitching about losing out on a “scub pub” friday.

    If you are going to do a review, take off your fucking blinkers. Big staging, big sound and a general “big” experience is what this whole scene is about. Dissing people because of their age or “how” they enjoy their night is not what a “review” is supposed to be about, its about the Overall party experience, yet you over-analyse the crowd, yet, forget that people dont go to events for “the crowd”, its about the act, and you what…. donated 1 or 2 lines to the “experience” with regards to “PAUL VAN DYK”.

    There are just as much, if not more people doing drugs within commercial clubs/environments around Durban, but yet you are another dumbshit trolling haterfuck that has to use every single opportunity you get to act “cool” with your pseudo crap “im so fucking cool how i write reviews” attitude and pick on the electronic/trance scene.

    I reckon you get a fucking clue and go hang at a jol where you can sing along karaoke style. What i found most funny about your “review”, is that the thing which stands out most is you are actually a very judgemental, slightly racial (its evident), little unappreciative prick who didnt appreciate the free tickets you received.

    Do us a favour, dont ever go to another EDM/Trance event, the scene is far better without you there ruining the vibe.

    Left at 21:30, what happened, couldnt keep up old timer?.. or was it because you could’nt find any drugs.

    If you could’nt find drugs, what was the point of writing about it? Exactly my point, you were “anti” the event from the start.

  30. judgej says:

    What a puss review……can someone please shoot this asshole

  31. drug induced indian folk says:

    Dear whatever the fk your name is….
    The previous posters have said enough about your arrogant stinky attitude..I don’t believe in words.. I believe in actions! So at the next event you getting comped for you better beware theindian folk with the tyre iron in his hand cos he is gonna bust your fking head for you.. And since we indian folk all look the same with our sunnys on, you will have a hard time identifying us.. This is why we hate your racist white bastards..

    Watch your back…

  32. writuh says:

    I think the review is funny, but it is shit too.

    Don’t send an ipod to a cassette party.

    What is really impressing to me is all the hate – Bob people are starting to listen to you. This scares me.

    Keep it up.

  33. judgej says:

    Poor chaps whose pics were added here…….what a shit review from true a dickhead

  34. 'superfan' says:

    Guys honestly I have not read a more biased piece of journalism in my life the mere fact that racial groups are being pointed out shows that the ‘journo’ was more interested in writing a review on the crowd instead of the event,spy shots further prove this theory. PVD is a grammy nominated artist that should demand some respect which clearly is lacking,if this sort of bullshit is to continue which other international artists will want to play here???Thanks for this childish,racist article it has really opened our eyes as to why south africa is still bears the brunt of international ridicule,new south africa I think this guy is living in the past and loving it!!!

  35. shivo says:

    Lol some journalism this is, calling people old at the event, u left at 9:30, and url even went for free, went there just to hold each others hands and comment on the crowd, I know one of the event organisers for this event, he worked his ass off so this event runs smoothly and it did, not for u two to make some bullshit comments, probably the only people who felt like that, url shuda just stuck with that bar where url cuda held hands n got drunk n posted those pics up

  36. Pascal says:

    If I wanted to rip an article that I thought was illegitimate, I would write a legitimate comment.

  37. Wayne says:

    I think that is a personal view but if someone had to go and view this persons interest in music that they didnt quiet like or get they would also have a biased view so enough said. I think that this individual writer is still young and got a lot to learn but if this person is not young then shame for them…….

  38. Riz says:

    Aww some little kiddies can’t take it when another person doesn’t like their hero. Grow up! Just because he’s international or Grammy nominated doesn’t mean that someone can’t say a word against him. All the rest of your complaints are you all just picking apart the review and trying to find more to complain about, but it all comes back to the root problem that you feel insulted that your trance dj got a negative review. It’s called an opinion and you guys had best get used to it as DIY is here to stay.

    Also @BrentC As for your retort of calling them “White dudes who don’t wear t-shirts in public”: I’d take that as a compliment thank you very much.

  39. markemark says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.
    This comment stream made my morning.

  40. Just a poes says:

    Dj’s don’t do live shows well. Explain the difference to me of going and seeing this show live to playing his music at home really loud. It’s electronic, it’s going to sound exactly the same. Go watch a live band (a decent one though) and then see why electro doesn’t cut it as a live act

  41. Jah-Know says:

    Eish Paul Van Dyk is SUPER SHIT! I tried to give “Trance a Chance” to see if he had done anything interesting with his genre, but it seems he was frozen in the 90s and only gets thawed out every now and then to keep him looking young before he plays to his 50 year old fans trying to relive their rave days – Dj Coco Loco

    i would also as upset as some of these people if i had spent so much money on an old tea bag, you should have saved you money for a bunny.

    Jealousy is a nasty trait. Also i dont see any of you doing anything but hating anothers perspective.

    Take the criticism and move the fuck on. Acting like a spoilt brats cause your party wasnt that great, you should have got a foam machine.

  42. Toot toot says:

    Indians wearing sunglasses VS All white guys go to Rocco Bar and listen to Dubstep.
    Pot calling the kettle black much?

  43. Wezley says:

    What an absolute load of horse shit, this is the most one sided subjective rubbish I have ever read. You were probably the oke with Wrangler jeans, Hi-tek takkies and a Mr Price jeans – more misplaced than a dildo at a convent. This only proves how disconnected you are with music and the entertainment industry. As surely as I will need to take a crap at some point in the future, there is always bound to be a critic. You my friend are an idiot.

  44. Rhombo Koothie says:

    Lol @ crying indian guy. I know that good trance music can induce euphoria without the need for chemicals, but seriously, the set that PvD played that night was far from his best. To be honest, much of “trance” has now become an excuse and a poor substitute what it once was. Listen to PvD livesets from early 2000 (Columbiahalle, e.g.) for a real trance set. Anyhow, PvD is the self-elected god of trance, so apparently whatever he plays is the gospel, no matter how cheesy it is nowadays. I’m a bit miffed at spending R240 on the ticket. It turned out to be an ordinary club night as after the first hour I realised he was playing the set for those who buy his (strings-upon-strings of) compilation, and so I decided to get pissed on Label and P10C. Good times.

  45. Neeths says:

    The shot of the raver muzzling on his pill while attempting to keep his camera phone in check is the win.

  46. Neeths says:

    And don’t leave out the over 50 year old sweaty bear chested gay men in there 90s floral shirt attire pill grinning in that pic

  47. N says:

    Death threats. Homophobia. Racist comments. Lacklustre comprehension skills. Use of the word “jol”.

    Hey Bob! Bob! I think you just hit the mainstream! Well done.

  48. yumadbro says:

    I would love to see these kiff ou’s come to an actual gig and i would love to hear what they say afterwards. I was at PVD and bob’s review is pretty darn accurate, he wrote it like he saw it.

  49. Ryan says:

    No need to remind me to never come back to this site. You’d never be able to do half the shit PVD can do and if you dont understand the music then rather dont write about it.

  50. Tam says:

    Gosh, there are some loony people in this town who take reviews way too seriously. It’s an “opinion” piece, you idiots. not the word of some kind of god. Get over yourselves and get back to deciding who you are.

  51. ANADA BOYCHIE says:

    To everyone losing their shit. Saying stuff like “It was a great party”. I’m pretty sure the point of a live show is to play live music and give people a reason to go and watch/listen. Clearly he didn’t manage to do so, if he’s so great then why was it a good party and not a good show?

    And it was fairly open-minded in any case, If you enjoyed it cool, but someone who goes and watches live bands and has experienced what a good show is, as Bob does and has, knows what LIVE MUSIC should be

  52. Ryno says:

    Wow some of these lowest common denominators actually think that PVD falls into an underground scene.
    Shame! So many paradigms unshifted… So little time.

  53. Da Reeeel Ryaanne!! says:

    “21st century underground scene”!!
    Day made.
    Mind blown.

  54. Paul Van Dick says:

    This review is spot on.
    All the naysayers can suck a big, black, throbbing dick.

  55. George says:

    Piece of shit article from a piece of shit…

  56. Adam Londt says:

    Obviously you are no trance fan my friend and cant understand the simplistic idea of what a DJ accomplishes on stage. It goes beyond just playing track after track, it requires feeling the crowd and keeping the music at a good level. It is obvious that you took in a negative view with you therefore no positives would have come out of your night. (If i had to go for Enrique iglesias concert i would have posted a similar review)

    You also make the mistake of assuming that every person there had to be on something to enjoy themselves which is a poor stereotype which i find highly offensive as i don’t drink or do any drugs yet i had great time (P.S I am in my 20’s)

    You failed to also realise that the production level and size of crowd for this event has probably been one of the best attended events in Durban.

    So in reviewing your review i say you have failed miserably to impress and to fulllfill your commitments (you say you left at 21:30) so your entire review can not be justified as your own integrity is not up to scratch. How we can trust your judgement when you admit to not doing your job correctly ?

  57. Journo says:

    I read this twice over and spoke to someone who was at the concert. From a writing standpoint, I love the richness of descriptions and detail. But from a reviewer’s standpoint, I find the lack of openmindedness disappointing. I am not a great fan of this genre myself, but I would have stayed and given the music and performance a chance, taking it for what it is. If the concert itself was bad, that’s another story, but it seems you are undermining a crowd that is not your own. You left early, thus proving that you never actually wanted to open your mind to the concert in the first place.

    A review I read of someone who loves Kings of Leon but hated the show was excellent. Because they stayed, even through the rain, discomfort and drunken jocks they didn’t want to hang around. The writer didn’t judge disapprovingly with a misplaced sense of self-righteousness.

    On a second read, prejudice seeps through every word. There was no sense that you were really trying to look at it as objectively as you could have. This “failed experiment in something new” seems to be not because of the concert, vibe or performance but your prejudice. I am all for opinion and making it known. But hell, even if you don’t like it and say so, don’t reduce the audience to the lowest common denominator. It comes across as a feeble attempt to make yourself seem superior.

  58. Trademark DIY Cynicism says:

    Let me guess, some trance lover posted a status about this and now all his friends are coming in here backing him up?

    Since this is your first time on DIY, you’re clearly not familiar with the style and content of the site which a lot of us have grown to love. This isn’t written for you, it’s written for a very specific audience which Bob was able to speak directly to and which is why we keep coming back to this Award Winning Blog. That’s right, they’re South Africa’s Best Music Blog, so all you “journos” and “underground” trance bunnies going to shows with 5000 people (real underground that) can fuck right off.

    We love this site, if you don’t, then you can fuck off, nobody is forcing you to read it. Just like nobody was forcing Bob to stay.

  59. Lord Lollington says:

    Oh Shit!

    Someone’s opinion differs to mine!
    I am insecure and must prove that i am the alpha male in this town and my opinion is the fairest of them all!!!1!!shift+1!

    I must wield the almighty Excalibur tyre iron upon them!!!1!11!!eleventyone!

    YO, GROW THE FUCK UP PEOPLE.

  60. Dilbert says:

    I have to agree, distasteful one sided review.

    As for the “pro” bunch of you supporting this article and now attacking the people who feel very offended, shame on you.

    Its evident which “crowd” you are from. What ever happened to the days where music was “unifying”.

  61. Trevor says:

    There’s always drama when there’s Jocks involved. Bro’s just wanna rawl!

    Trance + Drugs + Tapout FTW

  62. I like that George person above. He seems so good at expressing himself.

    Well written review, sounds like quite an adventure. I’ve been to a fair amount of outdoor trance parties and I’ll be the first one to admit I just don’t get it. I’d love to read a review from a house music DJ or fan about a full on, sweat drenched hardcore show, haha. That’d be fun.

    I’m from Cape Town (that means we have Gatsbys instead of bunny chows) so I’m not too clued up on the Durbam scene, but I’ll definitely keep up with this blog in the future.

  63. Tam says:

    In the words of a very wise man: You don’t have the right not to be offended. Get. Over. It. If it offends you so much. it must hit a nerve.

  64. Andy says:

    The so-called “underground” scene is the biggest farce of out time. This is how it works:
    Small-time unknown DJ/band gets a following of 10 people. As soon as said DJ/band gets prominence (i.e. selling more than 5 albums or having more than 20 people attend their gigs, then –shock! HORROR!– they’ve sold out!
    To all the bitter, sad, lonely sub-terranean ones, get over yourselves — by trying so desperately to be so different (just for the sake of it, not because you genuinely appreciate “alternative” culture), you all just end up being the same and hence, like the rest of us beer-swilling commoners.
    Happy Valentines Day

    Andy

  65. Cadillac says:

    And I thought the metalheads were bad…

  66. TLC says:

    This review is so polluted by Bobs preconceived ideas I think he could have probably written this without even going to the show and as a result this article is more about bobs prejudices than it is about the music and the show. When next faced with a project where you can’t be objective be professional and let someone who can step up. Bob you even said it yourself…poor journalism!

  67. ANADA BOYCHIE says:

    Happy Valentines day <3

  68. Ry says:

    “So at the next event you getting comped for you better beware theindian folk with the tyre iron in his hand cos he is gonna bust your fking head for you.” – drug induced indian folk

    That just made my day, indian folks these days, rolling around with tire irons in their hands hahaha

  69. Ry says:

    Are people seriously bitching about poor journalism on a blog? It’s a blog and it’s an opinion piece. An opinion piece that starts off with him admitting he doesn’t like the shit, wanted to try like the shit, but wasn’t magically transformed by DA GREATEST DJ IN DA WERLD! You people don’t even come on this site anyways so what’s the fucking problem?

  70. Gary says:

    How on earth is this racist? He said there were white and indian people there, and there were. I don’t see anything that says anything against either white’s or Indians, seriously, what’s up with people crying racism when there isn’t any?

  71. Da MAiN BrUizEr says:

    AlL da WiT ous, no nudditing. We BE StyLZING wit owr D&G sunnies. You WIT ous look da same and dress da SaMe. ALL KAK

  72. Pascal says:

    oooh Gary! You capitalised ‘Indians’ and not ‘whites’ – YOU RACIST!

  73. Ozzie says:

    Let’s take this outside!!!

  74. Makrchodh says:

    Cameway lahnee! let’s vie wys outside! I’ll steek u ekse!

  75. @rossh_za says:

    Blogs are opinionated, everything is fucking opinionated.

    The fact that there are 70-odd comments thus far means this blog is doing what its supposed to; discussing opinions.

    I happened to fucking love electronic music; Paul van Dyk pioneered this during the uprisings between East and West Germany, and the eventual fall of the Berlin Wall. Trance music began here, his club E-Werk was the home. The guy’s won Grammys, but so has Justin Bieber. Because he’s been around for decades, his following will be old, and are probably very familiar with restrooms of 3-30. The guy deserves credit. But this piece is not an ‘Ode to Paul’.

    I went to his show in Cape Town, also a rocking event. I love the guy. But just because other people don’t, doesn’t make them bad writers.

  76. Stathi says:

    Frothing. Black out

  77. Makrchodh says:

    Tjooned u bra, when you mess with a tiger, you’ll naveh win. meet up in Hades.

  78. Dayle says:

    What is so “underground” about the worlds “best” dj at GATEWAY?

  79. Timmy! says:

    Haha, never leave bob alone with an angry bear and a stick! Quirky and honest review from a self-admitted DJ detractor… Loved the article and comments left me in tears – best valentines day yet. Hope you get a few more articles in before you’re bludgeoned to death by emotionally charged, and possibly unstable, PVD supporters.

  80. Ozzie says:

    If you really want to talk about underground, and mean it:

    Lagwagon are famous to fans, and totally unknown to dickheads!

  81. Shark says:

    Da MAiN BrUizEr has a point. Unlike you WiT Ous I’ll be StYliN with mA SuNniEs tHis WeEkenD.

    This comment section is golden. So is the article. Nice one, Bob.

  82. Gandi says:

    i love racism bro

  83. MacT says:

    Best. Comment steam. Ever !!
    I feel like I understand the psyche of Durban so much better now. There are trance guys and hipster guys. The trance guys seem to all be really passionate about their music, but they seem overly defensive and quick to get pissy with people who dis them. Then there are the hipsters who think they’re the coolest, they look down on anyone who doesnt dress like them or listen to the right kind of music, basically anything mainstream.

    Sweeping generalisations I know but I’m trying to sum all this up. Anyone agree?

  84. Ozzie says:

    If you go down to the Winston tonight, you’re sure of a big surprise
    If you go down to the Winston tonight, you’d better go in disguise
    Theres punks and pub rats, and metalheads too
    Tonight’s the night the alternatives have their picnic

  85. Cadillac says:

    Speaking of Indians, you guys should totally come down tot his show on the weekend: http://www.facebook.com/events/257424760996565/

  86. ROROROrory says:

    KITTIES!!!!

  87. Trevor says:

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!! In that case FUCK THE KITTENS!

  88. Dayle says:

    OMG
    HAHAHAHAHA
    FUCKING KITTENS!

  89. Steve says:

    This is fucking genius!

  90. mmmmm close up shots of van dick!

  91. Gareth says:

    @Journo

    You hit it on the head… most accurate comment here

  92. Riz says:

    Best.
    Review.
    Ever.

    You brought the lulz!

  93. megz says:

    hahahahahhahahahahahahahhaha

  94. Skeg says:

    amazing…

  95. Pinky Drew says:

    Once again. top class!
    This shit made me laugh so hard.

  96. Rob Reiner says:

    TL;DR

  97. matt_theknight says:

    Trademark DIY Ailurophilia

  98. Ozzie says:

    LEGEND! Bob, if I wasn’t married …

  99. Matt says:

    Legend.

  100. Will says:

    Opinions are like assholes. Everyone’s got one and they smell.
    If you dont like this one then go sniff someone else’s crack.
    Nice one bob! Such an entertaining read

  101. Paul 'F'ing F says:

    How fuckin dare you?
    That is the best cat in the world based on my opinion which only really matters to me.
    You’re clearly a dogster.
    What a dick.
    I’m going to bludgeon you with a scratching post next time I see you.

  102. Dusty Rich says:

    You fucking people are threatening to kill people over an internet blog, this is worse than religion, you’re insane, you humans are all insane.

    I will remember this for the rest of my life, this much hatred on all sides because of an opinion blog.
    You are the very same people that would kill (slaughter, smash, bludgeon) another person because of their belief system.

    You are the worst type of beings, regardless of whether this was good/bad journalism, wrong/right, if you hate trance or if you love it, YOU HAVE THREATENED TO KILL PEOPLE OVER IT.

    If you’re in a dark alley and a someone threatens your life because you believe in something he doesn’t, you have to fight to the death but this is THE FUCKING INTERNET. There are opinions everywhere! You absolute psycho’s!

    I got to say though, congratulations on the controversy, a job well done. I have no opinions on the journo, the piece or the music but i am very impressed about the attention it has garnered, your blog is officially a very big player. These idiots against the blog have turned it into what they feared, a valid widely publicized and well read OPINION blog.

  103. sarona says:

    haha…well written. word.

  104. Makrchodh says:

    Give “Dusty Rich” a bells.
    Spread the word: http://www.evilbible.com/

  105. dogster says:

    This article is RUFF RUFF RUFF!
    Why, if you threw a ball, I would chase the shit out of it!!

    Or a stick. I fucking love sticks.

    But this is an extremely grey matter, as far as I can see..

    WOOFing before it was cool.

  106. pissingblood says:

    Cats really are the solution to any problem on the internet. Well done lads. Well played. Was a fun few days watching this spiral our of control.

  107. Turck says:

    I love DIY so fucking much

  108. xdoomx says:

    GO VEGAN!!!

  109. Yeow! says:

    8==========D

  110. Frannie vanDee says:

    that night wouldve turned out so much different if you had gotten cat nip from the first guy you asked.

  111. A says:

    This cat version is amazing! Thanks Bob.

  112. UnlorEnrosy says:

    Good bye, considerate soul mate 🙂

  113. Autheceentecy says:

    Honourable bye, sentimental chum 🙂

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