Stop & Listen


Before I tell you what this article is all about, I'd like to distract you for a few seconds from what ever you are doing.

I want you to free yourself from any thought, any material thing that anchors you to the real world, to put down any object that you hold in your hand and just close your eyes.

It would be best if you could do it right now, if not, I would ask you to do so when you come acorss some spare time.

I'll take a few moments for myself too in a second.

Andrew tells me it's a "waste of time", but the mood that I get from this makes it worth while.

It's like reconnecting with a particular sense of wordly "truth".

I don't know how else to call it, but I'm sure you've sensed it too.

It's when a song fills you up with emotion or even when it's really quiet after an important talk.

..or when you take the first breath of fresh air and lose your gaze to the horizon.

When you sit in the sand listening to the waves or just lye in the grass looking up to the stars in the sky..

It's a strong sense of connection with reality beyond routine.

I would like you to take your headphones or retreat to a place where you can be undisturbed for a few moments.

Press play and let it sink in,



Inainte sa-ti spun despre ce e vorba in acest articol, mi-ar placea sa te decuplezi cateva secunde din ceea ce faci.

Vreau sa te eliberezi de orice alt gand, orice lucru material care te ancoreaza de lumea reala, sa lasi jos orice obiect pe care il tii in mana si doar sa-ti inchiz ochii.

Daca poti sa o faci acum e perfect, daca nu, te-as ruga sa o faci atunci cand prinzi prima ocazie.

Am sa o fac si eu imediat.

Andrei imi spune ca "pierd timpul", dar starea de spirit pe care mi-o ofera o consider mereu timp castigat.

Imi place felul in care ma sensibilizeaza si ma reconecteaza cu un sentiment de "adevar".

Nu stiu cum altcumva sa-l numesc..

E atunci cand o piesa chiar te atinge sau cand e linistie dupa o discutie cu adevarat relevanta

..sau cand iei prima gura de aer proaspat si iti pierzi privirea spre orizont.

Atunci cand sezi in nisip ascultand doar valurile sau intins in iarba privind stelele pe cer..

E o puternica senzatie de conectare cu o realitate mai presus de rutina.

As vrea acum sa-ti iei castile sau se te retragi intr-un loc unde poti fi nederanjata pentru cateva clipe.

Porneste piesa si adanceste-te in ea,

incet, incet..

mmm ..

I'm back.

You've just listened to one of my favorite songs.

I think I shared it at least a of dozen times on my social media and I sung over it every time the DJ that mixed it played it at a party.

Midi brought Stefan Biniak already 3 times in Cluj. And this coming weekend we're having him for the 4th time.

I was next to him both in 2013 when the club reached its maximum capacity before midnight and in 2014, when things were pretty much the same. (Click on each year to see a video from the party. )

I was a refugee in the back stage, listening to the music from behind the scenes, behind the hype..


I think there are two kinds of parties. No, three!

The ones when you already know early in the morning that you won't have any sleep the coming night. When shots come and go in a haze and all your friends are dancing until dawn.

Then there are the social parties, when the music is just there to keep spirits alive, while offering privacy to speak to the ear, in a loud whisper. After midnight people start to spill secrets, appreciations and competitive behaviors, confessing hidden love or drifting in seemingly innocent flirtations. The walls fall down - and the games begin.

And finally - my favorite type of parties. When you let the music disconnect you. Only I know how many times I went to Midi completely alone. Hesitating to call anyone and not responding to text messages. I just went. As simple as that. I used to have a cocktail or a cold water and listen to my favorite DJ's having fun.


Am revenit.

Tocmai ai ascultat una dintre melodiile mele preferate.

Cred ca am distribuit-o de zeci de ori pe social media si am cantat-o de fiecare data la petrecerile Dj-ului care a mixat-o.

Midi l-a adus pe Stefan Biniak deja de trei ori la Cluj. Iar in weekendul acesta vine a 4-a oara.

Am fost langa el atat in 2013 cand clubul si-a atins capacitatea maxima inainte de miezul noptii, iar in 2014 nu a fost mult diferit. ( Click pe ani sa vezi cate un video de la petreceri. )

Eu m-am refugiat in pupitru, sa ascult muzica din spatele scenei, din spatele agitatiei..


Cred ca sunt doua feluri de petreceri. Ba nu, trei!

Cele in care stii inca de dimineata ca noaptea va trece fara urma de somn. Cand shoturile vin si trec, iar toti prietenii danseaza pana in zori.

Apoi sunt cele sociale, in care muzica te intretine ca spirit si iti ofera intimitate de a vorbi la urece, intr-o soapta cu voce tare. Dupa miezul noptii incep sa se verse secrete, aprecieri si concurente, iubiri ascunse si flirturi aparent nevinovate. Zidurile cad jos - iar jocurile incep.

Iar in cele din urma sunt petrecerile mele preferate. Cele in care mergi pentru muzica, pentru deconectare si pentru tine. Numai eu stiu de cate ori am mers la Midi complet singura. Nu sunam pe nimeni si nu raspundeam la mesaje. Mergeam doar. Beam doar un cocktail sau o apa rece si imi ascultam DJ-ii preferati distrandu-se.

I've attached the photos in the idea of proposing a less pretentious outfit. Comfortable, playful and somehow different.

I associate this kind of party, like the one on Saturday, with a look closer to the streets, closer to reality.


The music has a beat easier to follow and lyrics that color the atmosphere.

And Stefan Biniak's a Berliner and my month in Berlin taught me to be more creative in my combinations (and mind) and not be afraid to wear boyish clothes and undone hair.

I got this full cap there, the very first time I've went to the city, as a memento.

Pozele le-am atasat in ideea de a propune un outfit mai putin pretentios. Comfortabil, jucaus si diferit.

Am asociat genul acesta de petreceri, care se va desfasura si sambata, cu o imagine mai aproape de strada, de realitate.


Muzica are un beat mai usor de urmarit si versuri care coloreaza atmosfera.

Iar Stefan Biniak e berlinez, iar luna in Berlinul m-a invatat sa fiu mai creativa in combinatii si sa nu-mi fie frica sa port haine baietesti si parul nearanjat.

Si full cap-ul l-am luat de acolo chiar prima data cand am fost, ca amintire.

Berlin's diversity and abundence in contemporary musical culture has made it to the so called center of techno music. 

In fact, many Germans say this is where it was all born. 

After the fall of the Berliner Wall in '89, youngster started organizing ad hoc parties in abandoned apartments in the eastern part of the city. This is where communism had driven away the inhabitants, leaving private spaces desolated. They were soon after completely reinvented by the youth. 

Groups of young people were occupying entire buildings or apartments, in a kind of peaceful anarchy, all in a period in which no one knew what belonged to whom. So, the parties blossomed and people reunited.

State Secrets were slowly coming out and the young have tooken a de facto comand over the city, assuming an unprecedented freedom. ( There's a cute article about this right here.)

E o diversitate in Berlin si o cultura muzicala contemporana atat de dezvoltata incat e considerat centrul muzicii techno.

De fapt, multi nemti spun ca aici a si luat nastere.

Dupa cadere zidului in '89 se organizau petreceri ad-hoc in apartamente parasite din partea de Est a orasului, unde comunismul alungase locuitorii, lasand in urma spatii private care aveau sa se reinventeze.

Se adunau grupuri de tineri care ocupau cladiri sau apartamente intregi, intr-un fel de anarhie pasnica, toate intr-o perioada in care nimeni nu sita ce ii apartine cui. Secretele statului ieseau incet la iveala, iar tinerii au pus stapanire pe oras, asumandu-si o libertate nemaiintalnita pana atunci. ( Un articol dragut despre asta poti gasi aici.)


There were thousands of secret parties that turned a trauma into a trance. 

I think it's brilliant how humans have learned to create intimate spaces, collectives and close circles after being robbed of them for so long.

Although I disagree with the drug abuse, it also was a decisive part of the context in which all this took place. 

It is still a taboo for those who have not known Berlin beyond the touristic façade, but I think all berliner DJ's are touched by this sub culture in their music. 

Biniak is surprisingly known for his commercial mixes though, which I must admit, I've also fallen for, but the young DJ has much more to show.

Au fost mii de astfel de petreceri secrete care au transformat o trauma intr-o transa.

Cred ca e genial felul in care oamenii de acolo au invatat sa creeze spatii intime, colective si cercuri apropiate dupa ce au fost jefuiti de ele. Desi nu sunt de acord cu consumul excesiv de droguri, care a fost parte din contextul umbrit al acestei evolutii.

E un tabu pentru toti cei care inca n-au cunoscut Berlinul cel dincolo de turism, dar cred ca toti DJ-ii berlinezi aduc aminte de aceasta sub cultura in muzica lor.

Biniak e insa cunoscut pentru mixurile lui mai comerciale, care printre altele m-au cucerit si pe mine, insa tanarul are mult mai multe de aratat.



For those who want to join me on Saturday, I have a gift

You may already know I have a close relationship with the guys from Midi;

We've collaborated in the past, I learned a lot from them and I made friends with a bunch of "characters", as I like to call them. 

You know, when a person could play in a movie for how a unique individual he is. Well, I could say this about all of them. 

And because they know that Stefan is my weakness, 

they gave me 3 places on the guest list for three of my readers! 

If you're interested, just leave a comment with your email address where I can contact you and your full name for the guest list.

The winners will be picked randomly.

Pentru cei ce vor sa mi-se alature sambata, am un cadou.

Probabil ca stii deja ca am o relatie stransa cu cei de la Midi;

am colaborat in trecut, am invatat multe de la ei si am ramas prieteni cu o societate de oameni "personaj", cum imi place mie sa le spun.

Stii tu, atunci cand parca un individ ar putea juca intr-un film pentru cat e de aparate. Ei bine, ei cam toti is asa.

Iar fiindca stiu ca Stefan e slabiciunea mea,

mi-au oferit 3 locuri pe guest list pentru trei dintre cititorii mei!

Pentru ele, as vrea sa va rog sa lasati un comentariu cu adresa de email unde va pot contacta si numele intreg pentru guest list.

Selectia se va face aleatoriu.

Diana Rogo on Dyrogue / Fullcap

My one, Andrei Ille, for taking the shots.

Chic Diva for the sporty chic dress.
And Club Midi for offering us a great event 
and 3 invitations!