Dance music has made a lot of progress in the past few years, going global on a scale never seen before. But this past Tuesday, August 13th, 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 a 12-minute set from 400 km (about 250 miles) up, featuring tracks from Sunbeam, Robin Schulz, and Vize. BigCityBeats resident DJ Le Shuuk trained the scientist for his task and noted that, “When Bernd Breiter called me and asked if I wanted to train an astronaut as a DJ, I thought it was a joke. But knowing that Bernd was not joking, I was overwhelmed to take on the job.”
Parmitano himself released a statement regarding the occasion:
“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.”
Check out the video that was live streamed to 2,500 people at first, but is now available to the world.
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 14, 2019