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REWIND: DANIEL STEINBERG

Arms & Legs/Frontroom house master digs deep

First record you ever bought?


“Depeche Mode 'Greatest Hits'. It was before The Berlin Wall came down so it was very special to get a record from The West. I'll never forget it — one of the most exciting moments of my childhood.”

First-ever gig?


“Someone gave one of my mixtapes to an owner of a club two hours out of Berlin, who asked me to play. All my friends came on the train. I was so excited I couldn't talk or eat. There were only 15 people there, but they all danced like crazy, including the people working behind the bar. It was a humble beginning, but great vibes.”



Fondest club experience?


“When I was 14 I went to the then-legendary Bunker Club. I'll never forget when the bouncer opened the huge metal door to what seemed like another world, so dark and intense.”



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Worst club experience?


“A three-hour drive to a gig in Russia, without doubt one of the scariest experiences of my life. There weren't any seat-belts or even seats! We sat on milk crates. The driver was driving 200km/hr on slippery roads. One guy with us was wielding two massive guns. Police pulled us over for speeding, it looked like money was exchanged... I felt like I was in a gangster film!”



Most mental event?


“Playing the sunrise set on a beach in Sicily, everyone dancing in the ocean… it was magic.” 



Most significant club of all-time?


“The Paradise Garage, New York — it was the inception of underground clubbing as we know it today.”



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Any era, anywhere?


“New York in the '70s to see the start of the club scene.”