Yep, you heard it right, some bloke spun the old wheels of steel from orbit (well not really on the decks, but still playing tunes).
Intergalactic – not of this world. How else could one describe this unprecedented event, if not with these superlatives?! On August 13th 2019, in cooperation with the European Space Agency, BigCityBeats founder and pioneer Bernd Breiter turned his visions of curating the first ever DJ set, live from outer space, into reality.
ESA astronaut and future commander Luca Parmitano played the first beats 400 kilometres high, from the International Space Station to the BigCityBeats WORLD CLUB DOME Cruise Edition. From the ISS to Ibiza, where the cruise liner Norwegian Pearl was anchored in a picturesque setting in the harbor of Europe’s number one party island – unifying science and entertainment, and achieving new and unprecedented dimensions. The incredible partnership between BigCityBeats and the ESA space organizations on the ISS, is a joint venture between ESA (Europe), NASA (USA), Roskosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan) and CSA (Canada).
Around 2,500 passengers and 100 VIPs, including Giulia Siegel, Maren Gilzer (Wheel of Fortune), the former Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfäller, swimming Olympic champion Michael Groß, the Swedish superstar model Marcus Schenkenberg and Jasmin Wagner, as well as superstar DJs such as Robin Schulz, Don Diablo, EDX, Felix Kröcher, dr. Motte and Le Shuuk all bore witness to this ground-breaking event.
One for the history books, this was not just a world premiere but rather an out-of-this-world premiere. At 11pm CET, live footage of the first DJ performance from space appeared on the screens, as Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano delivered an astounding 15-minute DJ set, impressively demonstrating his recently acquired skills, while throwing in some gravity-defying moves that made for one of the most entertaining sets ever played. Due to logistical restrictions on board the ISS, it was not possible to bring full DJ equipment, so Parmitano played on an iPad and digital mixer but this certainly did not limit the skilled astronaut as he was still able to take the concept of spinning the decks to his own unique level. Raising the BigCityBeats WORLD CLUB DOME flag on the Columbus module of the International Space Station for the big event, Parmitano sent a special message of greeting from space to Bernd Breiter and the eager party guests;
“It was an incredible opportunity for all of us to make a dream come true. This opportunity to combine science and music was a great experience. I hope that everyone now sees the world a little bit differently and enjoys life – just as we do this up here on the ISS.”