Noemi Black Recalls Last DJ Set Before COVID-19 Lockdown

Noemi Black

Next up in our Last DJ Set series, where we’re talking to a wide range of DJs about their final gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is Noemi Black.

We spoke with the Germany-based techno DJ/producer/Technical Vibe founder about her last set before lockdown, latest release and what she’s been up to since the clubs shut down due to the pandemic.

When and where was your last DJ gig?

Noemi Black: March 6 at Paradox Club at Augsburg, Germany. Two days later, I was supposed to play at Messina in Italy, but everyone knows what happened.

How did it go?

It was my second gig at this club, and it was really cool. The club was full. I really enjoyed this gig.

What was your mindset going into it? Where had you played previously?

I didn’t imagine what would happen a few days later — that the whole community would suffer so much in this situation. The start of 2020 was really great for me. I had many gigs in Germany where I live and also some international gigs like Toulouse in France or Malmo in Sweden. I was also booked at some festivals in the summer.

Did any tracks, in particular, go over especially well during that gig?

Paradox Club has a great Funktion-One sound system so every track sounds delicious. I have played there my remix of Omis (Italy) track “Speak Spanish” for the first time from the release. People enjoyed this one.

What is your best memory from that gig?

It’s definitely what we miss the most: a full club, a great atmosphere, smiling people on the dance floor and long conversations with fans after my set.

Everyone can’t wait for clubs and festivals to begin again. What do you miss most about DJing? How are you keeping your skills sharp?

I also can’t wait for this moment. I hope it will come soon. I definitely miss the atmosphere of the club and conversations with fans and friends.
I am spending a lot of time playing in my studio. Right now, I’m recording many guest podcasts, so I am able to stay in shape.

A lot of DJs have been doing live streams and working on tracks. What have you been working on during the lockdown? How can fans support you right now?

I’m also recording video sets. I make this already a bit longer than three months. The lockdown doesn’t change my daily work too much. All the time I’m spending almost the whole day in the studio playing and producing new Tracks. Last week I have released my new Enough! EP on my label, Technical Vibe. I have a bit more time for learning and improving my skills in the music production field.

There are many ways to support us, DJs, clubs, or event promoters. The best way to support us is to be active on our social media. Fans can also buy our music productions via platforms like Beatport or Bandcamp or simply listen to our music. 

Any last words on your last gig?
I hope Paradox and many other clubs will survive this hard period and soon we will be able to dance together once again.

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