Despacio Soundsystem + James Murphy + 2ManyDJs
A mini-documentary about James Murphy and 2ManyDJ’s 50,000-watt vinyl-only Despacio soundsystem, including interviews with James Murphy, 2ManyDJs and DFA engineer John Klett at the Manchester International Festival 2013.
” Eight speaker stacks each standing at 11 feet, 48 McIntosh amplifiers at £22,000 a piece, close to 50,000 watts averaging 100db on the dancefloor, and three nights to road test one of the most impressive and ambitious soundsystems in the world.
Premiered at this year’s Manchester International Festival, Despacio wowed crowds on three sweltering nights at New Century Hall; a conference space transformed into an old-school disco ballroom, where seven of the towering stacks encircled the tiled dancefloor for four hours of back-to-back, vinyl-only mayhem.
In this short film from the event, we caught up with James Murphy and 2ManyDJs’ David and Stephen Dewaele to get the low down on Despacio, from concept to completion, and ruminate with them on the nature of contemporary DJ culture, the joys of playing vinyl and whether or not it matters to still be considered “cool”. We also asked DFA and Despacio engineer John Klett to illuminate (for the layman) just what is so special about these unique stacks. ”