I was introduced to Sasha in the early 00's so I don't have the perspective most of you here have, but from what I've heard from his older sets he really played some amazing/influential music. His zen afterparty set is probably one of my favorite sets..
Despite the fact that i gravitate towards Digweed's sound more, I am really glad that he is still out there playing whatever he likes.. I like it, and I would go see him play any chance I get.
Without sounding cheesey, he still has a certain aura around him when he djs....even if you don't like the music he currently plays, you cant help but be excited when he steps into the booth. Most djs Ive grown out of dont have that same pull anymore.
I agree.. I had a chance to see him at EDC in vegas earlier this year and his set created an "atmosphere" which non of the younger/trendy DJs managed to do in the same manner.. in fact.. not even close.
I cant believe no one has mentioned his ability to be the most fucked person in the room and still turn in an amazing set time and time again.
Well.. I seem to recall a party in San Francisco not long ago where he just sat on a couch behind the opening dj for a few hours and never came on... but yes, I've heard the stories
6 hours of a man in his peak form.
I often forget myself when it comes to the age of people on this thread....first heard of Sasha in '99? Fuck me, I'm such a grumpy old goat, I'd almost got fed up with him by then. First heard him in '92 on the aforementioned Universe cassette tape, which was a big deal amongst the tokers, cool kids and Fiesta Mark II racers around my rural area. Saw him early '93 for the first time at The Wall in Southampton - what a fucking night that was. This was basically before prog - heard Tony di Bart's 'The Real Thing', Screen II 'Hey Mr DJ' on Cleveland City, and he was kind enough to leave Acperience 1 until I'd peaked on my amphetamines. Thanks Alex. He stood there like a statue the whole time - never smiling - just watching the crowd intently during his work. Pretty sure I locked eyes with him a couple of times - it was like being stared at by Sid Vicious.
Diggers obsession followed within the year, again via a mixtape which featured amongst other things Revolution by Route 66, an early prog classic. Those days seem so far away now...Orb's Blue Room squelching out of sub systems in the car park on Portsdown Hill; Menage A Trois boatparties on the Solent; happy hardcore nights at Tonic on Bognor seafront. Maybe this is why I feel such a spiritual bond with John and have ended up living close to his hometown. We seasiders understand the mystic link between prog and the south coast. If you haven't grown up with it it's hard to understand, but it's quintessentially English and steeped in the ancient lore of Albion.
Thanks for sharing.. it gives perspective to those of us who came to the "scene' later on. It really is important to know a bit street history about the music I enjoy today.
My I refer you to the Glasto 2010 set .
is this the one? soundcloud.com/sashaofficial/dj-sasha-v_rtek-glastonbury-2010
The thing with Sasha, and Digweed for that matter, is they know how to work a crowd and play the stuff that needs to be played on the night and at the time they are on.
I noticed this with Digweed a while back.. and even more recently.. The stuff he released from Punta del Este and the one from the the WMC cruise are very, very different to Live in Slovenia for example.
Also I had the chance to see him play two different venues in the same night, one being a big stage at a festival (EDC Las Vegas) and the other a small hotel club (Club Lavo) a few hours later.. killed at both venues but his sets had a completely different vibe.
Impressive.. considering what all the younger DJs are doing.. not even close. I really hope that someone can pick up where Digweed lets off eventually.
I am guessing that Sasha can do the same thing..
How many times has everyone seen Sasha?
9 times.. all in the past 10 years.
His 6 mix this years was the first decent thing I have heard from him for about 10 years now. Everything else has been boring ploddy rubbish..
What about his mix for Mixmag ? I thought that was really good.. also the live thing he did for them a bit after that
Only if I had a time machine..