|Screen in DJ magazine
Words: Alex Griffiths
Photos: by Daniel Newman.
in Finland's capital and it's zero-degree Disneyland of lights and ornate
architectural grandeur covered in fresh snow. The frosted magic is especially
apparent in the Kaivopuisto Park, down on the waterfront, a short drive
from the ferries that carry increasing numbers of young people to the
now independent and currently rave-crazed Estonia. Sitting picturesquely
in the snow blanket, beneath a skeletal congregation of trees, is tonight's
venue Ravintola Kaivohuone, doing its best to look like some gentleman's
country club. The search lights spinning skywards, however, give the game
Dave Seaman is here to inject some winter warmth into the aptly Renaissance-esque surroundings of club Screen, one of Helsinki's finest features, so called because of the large - yep - screen onto which promoter and VJ Micko projects his explosively improvised video collages.
When you find a club that concentrates as much on visuals as it does the music, you immediately wonder; whatever happened to the VJ in Britain? It could have been different - the early 90's hailed the arrival of the video jockey as a creative force in clubbing. Now you just don't hear about them. They exist, they're just not stars.
In Finland things are a little different. VJs are billed on flyers
the same as any DJ, and VJ Micko, who makes music videos and
TV ads by day, is an example of the Finn's respect for purveyors if
superior eye candy. Paving the dancefloor with a frantic crowd in time
for Seaman is Micko's partner, promoter and DJ Mad Jay, who also
mixed the the recent 'Screen' compilation - Screen being the first Finnish
club to indulge in this particular superclub side venture.