Cocoon, Sven Väth and Richie Hawtin go together like bread, ham and cheese.

Mixmag’s recent interview with the pair, reminiscing about close to 20 years of Cocoon Ibiza is a trip down techno memory lane, particularly for anyone that’s had the chance to visit Amnesia on a Monday night in midsummer [I think I’ve made it along seven times, but the memory’s not what it used to be].

The older he gets (he’s now 52), the more avuncular ‘Papa Sven’ becomes, and there’s real nostalgia at the 3.32 mark, when he recalls his first trip to Ibiza as a 16 year old (by my reckoning, it must have been around 1981), wandering into a Spanish finca to see “guys sitting in the corner playing the bongos, girls dancing half naked” and Grace Jones and Duran Duran on the dancefloor.

Quite the education for a teenager from the leafy Frankfurt suburb of Obertshausen.

Also worth a look is the section from about 10.50 onwards, where Sven and Ritchie reminisce about the legendary Cocoon after parties… although there’s a definite tinge of sadness in Sven’s voice when he talks about the loss of spontaneity (and perhaps innocence) of those early after hours sessions (at 14.02)…

Never change, Sven…

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