Here at Wunderground, we’re huge fans of a good live set. There’s something very special about watching an artist creating their sound right in front of your eyes. When it comes to this, few do it better than Stephan Bodzin.
Bodzin brings his live show to Australia’s Beyond The Valley Festival, which takes place in Lardner Park, Victoria, between 28 December and 1 January, and we are very excited to see what he has in store for his fans. What the German artist lacks in hair, he certainly makes up for in musical talent, with his live show becoming even more impressive when you hear the equipment he uses to make his own unique sound. In order to show you just how awesome Bodzin’s live set is, we’ve put together a list of the 5 most unusual pieces of equipment the German wizard uses.
Nintendo Game Boy
Bodzin is a lifelong Game Boy fan and tries to use them in all of his live sets. It is rumoured the artist was so addicted to Tetris as a young man that he once had a gaming induced seizure and woke up humming a tune that he would later become his first release. The original Game Boy start up noise, the famous ding, is one of the most recognisable sounds in the history of gaming and, if you listen carefully, you are sure to hear it, at least once, in all of Bodzin’s live sets.
Motorised Tie Rack
Anyone who is familiar with Bodzin’s music will have heard a very distinct grating sound at the heart of practically all of his tracks. The sound is believed to have driven thousands of would be techno producers mad, they simply couldn’t figure out how he was making it. Now, the secret is finally out of the bag, the sound comes from a clapped out tie rack motor and we’re struggling to think of anything that sounds better.
Originally from a small town in the Bavarian Alps, Bodzin is no stranger to Cowbells. Sources close to the artist believe he developed his love for “plinky plonky” bells while herding cattle on the side of a mountain during the cold winter months. Bodzin is now the proud owner of the world’s largest cowbell collection and regularly uses them during his live performances.
Bodzin’s live performances have become so popular because people feel that they can really connect with his music. This is something that Bodzin has worked tirelessly to perfect. The German genius uses a cardiac pacemaker to control the tempo of all of his his drum machines, causing his beats and bass lines to sync perfectly with the heart rates of everyone in the room. It is rumoured that he can actually use this technique to speed up and slow down heart rates, making his show one of the most immersive in the business.
New to his show at Beyond The Valley, Bodzin is set to introduce a number fo high powered tasers to his live set. While it is not yet known how the artist will utilise the effects of the tasers in his music, he has promised that the results will be both stunning and shocking. We really can’t wait to hear what’s in store.
If you would like the chance to Stephan Bodzin use any of these pieces of equipment at Beyond The Valley, click here for more information and tickets.