Revenge of the Disco Nerd by Mester Jakobsen

According to the old danish childrens song “Mester Jakob” – equal to the english “Mister Sandman”; Mester Jakob is coming to help the little children catch a good nights sleep. But Mester Jakobsen is not going to put you to sleep in a longshot. On the contrary… He’s working the floor and creating a soundtrack for the best moments of our lives. The common way for a dj to make a career is to start out as a hip-hop and rare grooves dj and then slowly turning onto playing minimal and techno material. Mester Jakobsen is definitely going in the reverse direction.

Bjarke Jakobsen, which is his real name, has been a key player on the Copenhagen techno and house scene for almost two decades now. He has been playing alongside the world’s elite techno and house dj’s such as Derrick May, Jeff Mills, DJ Hell, Miss Kitten, Recloose and Surgeon, just to name a few. He made the legendary and avantgarde “Simplicity” club in the mid 90s. And furthermore arranging important events such as the concert with legendary pioneers “A Number of Names”. He was the creator of the famous “Warriors of the lost Beat” events and owner of the record label “Tech-nology” releasing acclaimed vinyl featuring Danish wonder kid Bjørn Svin under his Prinz Ezo moniker.

These experiences reinforced his interests for going back to the roots of dance music. He started collecting old disco tracks and a new trademark style developed; playing more down tempo and advanced music including old disco and soul classic alongside edits and fresh off the press interpretations of mature dance music. But qua his electronic career all music is brought to you trough a modern view and reworked with his superior mixing skills and ability to “read the crowd”.

The buttom line is that you can expect quality tracks with a hypermodern twist and a soundtrack for a sensual stress free environment. The style is very versatile going from old disco, edits, northern soul, latin and bollywood to neo disco, hip hop instrumentals, experimental and the occasional techno or housebomb. Because it’s all about peaking the crowd and setting a mood: It’s party time!

You have been dj’ing for a long time now as well as running labels and clubnights. How is the clubbing scene different from back then till today?
Well back in the days the established venues were hard to persuade to play techno music. But since we were young, passionate and full of energy and love for the music, we created our own venue – Simplicity – at the old Soyakage factory. After Simplicity the door was more open for us to the established venues and we have held many parties at different places over the years. Now the electronic scene is much bigger, and nearly every venue has an electronic profile. However, this also means that, at least some parts of, the electronic scene has become more mainstream, and this quote from Underground Resistance do comes in mind: “The needs of the many – outweigh the needs of the few”

You often play older genres like disco, northern soul etc.. What made you go that way and how do you determine which records to go after?
I am still passionate about techno, I still buy a lot of good quality techno and house, but at the moment I find the edits that are being produced much more interesting than the common techno productions. In my opinion the techno scene has grown from being well produced, good quality underground music to a more easily adaptable genre with a lot of bad quality productions amongst the few good ones. So I sure understand why people are now listening to dubstep because that is a natural movement away from the techno scene. I just went into another direction. Around 2002, when everybody was playing minimal stuff, the first edits joined my collection, amongst them, Theo Parrish, who was launching his Ugly edit series. I went back to what has always been my starting point to the music scene – the disco music. Disco and edits is what I now primarily play. However, when searching for old disco music and new edits, down the road I discover a lot of soul, funk, afro, latin and northern soul records with a lot of energy. The latter I play when I have a bar job and occasionally can throw a tune in which is different to the disco music.

You have to tell us a little about your mix and the progress of making it. Did you have any special thoughts about which tracks to choose, and what equipment where you using?
In this mix to the smackcast I decided to pay tribute to what I consider to be the best of the edit genres mixed in a bag with some old, rare and classic disco tracks, some new fresh edits, some dirty house music and of course some of the Ugly edit records that, for me, started off my passion for the edit genre. I am a strictly vinyl guy, so I used 2 Technics 1210 and an Allen & Heath XONE62.

This is Mester Jakobsens second Smackcast mix as he already gave us mix number 12 under his old moniker “Bad Boy Bjarke”. He himself claims that this is his best mix ever and we find it hard to disagree so he got to be the first dj to provide a second dj mix for the podcast. Bjarke plays regular nights with Tom Collins at Culture Box and Jazzhouse plus once in a while around Copenhagen at TS, Simons and more. Please update your podcast clients now or register to download below!


Intro: Fulgeance: Revenge of the Nerd: All City
Placebo: Balek: Compost
Disco Blaze: Come Show me the Way: African Sun
Human Egg: Feeling on my mind: RCA
Nebraska: the other side: Rush Hour
Clause Four: Original Wack-off: Modern Soul
LTJ Experience: Time Has Been Now: Irma
Life & Death: Chairman of the Board (Danny Krivit Edit): Strut
Fulgeance: Revenge of the Nerd: All City
PSKI: WCTBL: Astro Lab
Dee Edwards: Why Can’t there be love: White
Family Tree: Family Tree: Booton
Herbie Hancock: Magic Number (Todd Terje Edit): Box Edits
Curtis Mayfield: Love me Love me now: RSO
Candy Staton: When you wake up tomorrow: Warner
Bohannan: Me and the gang - Let’s start the Dance: East End
My name is Bohannan: Me and my diva: Shoes
Bob James: Spunky (Shades of who edit): Magick Edit allstars
Moodymann: Shades of Jay: KDJ
Parliament: Chocolate City Pt. 1: Detroit Beatdown Edits II
Mike Anthony: Why Can’t we live together (Rahaan Edit): Stillove4music
MARRS: Pump up the volume (Eddie C Edit): Home Taping is killing Music
Riccio: Reach Out: Super Value
Kool & the Gang: This is You, This is me (Theo Parrish Re-Edit): Ugly Edits
Funkadelic: Undisco Kidd: (Theo Parris Re-Edit): Ugly Edits
Maynard Ferguson: Paglaicci (Mike Clark Edit): White
Babe Ruth: the Mexican (Roger Sanchez Edit): Azulu
The Soul Searchers: We the People (Danny Krivit Edit): Strut
Sylvester: Over and Over: Fantasy
Tom Trago: Over and Edit: Rush Hour
Robert Hood feat Marlin Wilson: the Greatest Dancer (live @ Motor): M-Plant


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