Robag Wruhme, techno legend, to play first Colorado set on May 20

The upcoming Robag Wruhme appearance at Cluster Studios is something special in more ways than one. Wruhme was part of the lauded Wighnomy Brothers before immersing himself in his solo career, and the Brothers' wide-spanning sets were the talk of DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival) every year they played.

Mother Earth Sound System -- best known for throwing full-moon outdoor parties during the summer, plus a spring equinox and Day of the Dead bash -- leaped at the chance to throw a just-because event, just because Wruhme was available and willing to play his first-ever Colorado set. "I guess, without going into hyperbole," notes event co-organizer and Mother Earth collective member Scott Everett, "he's pretty legendary in the minimal-techno world."

Everett and John Templeton (of Emote Music) will open for Wruhme. "It's really all about Robag," Everett points out. "He's going to play at least a three-hour set -- we're hoping for a four-hour set. And I would say that is noteworthy, inasmuch as the trend has become to pack in as many DJs in as they can, and it turns into a "greatest hits" parade. It's kind of a lost art to let a DJ play as long as they want, build up a mood and just go with it. We try to do that when people are in town.

"I'm waiting to hear back from his agent to see if he wants to play longer than that," Everett adds. "If he does, there might not be any opening DJs. But people can definitely count on at least a three-hour set, possibly four."

And that's a good thing, because Wruhme can and will wander all over the place. "Robag has a really diverse background, musically," Everett explains. "His production spans everything from really, really deep house with vocals, to funky house, to minimal techno, to electro -- it really runs the gamut, and his sets reflect that.

"They're very playful," he adds. "They're just fun. They're not for the chin-scratching, intellectual-style hipster crowds -- he definitely has a fun approach to it, and it's not serious. He'll bounce between genres, but what he does really well is have that flow together. It's not a mash-up, it's very well-programmed, and that's where the long set time comes into it. He has time to take something and run with it."

Mark your datebooks: Wruhme steps behind the decks at Cluster Studios (3881 North Steele Street) on Friday, May 20, for a 21-and-up event. Admission is $20, and the doors open at 10 p.m. Get more information at www.heartheearth.org.

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