For once, the renowned DJ Jack Dylan used the advantages of the internet to get his fans fired up. He performed a live set on the Wasserngrat on 16 April – with a light show, aerial shots and fireworks.
"I just wanted to get something going again and bring a bit of a party to my followers," was the motivation of David Würsten, a.k.a Jack Dylan, who has his roots in the Saanenland. As a DJ, Jack Dylan is severely affected by the Corona crisis. So the event also offered the ideal opportunity not to be forgotten during his inevitable absence from clubs.
Love-hate for online live-sets
Jack Dylan has already participated in several streamed live events – an unfamiliar feeling. "As a DJ, you rely on direct feedback from your audience. You need to know what the mood on the dance floor is like," Würsten explains the disadvantages of the live-set. Conveying the party feeling via a camera is not the same, he says. As a result, Würsten decided against the possibility of streaming. He found a compromise with the live-set on the Wasserngrat. Apart from the music, impressive helicopter shots and light effects contributed to the party atmosphere.
The subsequent response exceeded his expectations. Over the first weekend, the virtual live-set received over 6000 views on YouTube. He financed the entire project himself: "I wanted to go full throttle and considered the performance as advertising." At the same time, he emphasises that his partners, such as Air-Glaciers and the Berghaus Wasserngrat, offered generous conditions. In the event industry, everybody is in the same boat. "I was very happy about the solidarity," Würsten says gratefully.
The thrill of being a DJ
Jack Dylan began his DJ career at the age of 16. "I had about one booking a month," says Würsten, describing his early days as a DJ. After three years, the trained media technician built his own business as a DJ, music producer and event organiser. The appeal of being a DJ lies in the responsibility of maintaining or raising the party atmosphere. "For the club or festival-goers, you play a huge role in how the evening goes – if not the main role," explains Würsten. Today, Jack Dylan is considered a renowned Swiss DJ who has already performed in Ibiza, Croatia, and Thailand.
Dylan’s family lived in Saanenland for many years and ran a shoe shop on the promenade in Gstaad for several generations. His grandfather eventually moved away, but the family still feels closely connected to Saanenland. "We like to come to Gstaad often," Würsten shares his love for the Saanenland. As a DJ, he was a regular at the former Chesery Club: "That was really my home base. Especially at the staff parties that took place every Monday, there was always a good mood – an incomparable atmosphere throughout Switzerland," the DJ speaks from experience.
The mix of locals and made that party scene unique. A few international gigs are planned for next summer, which Jack Dylan is already looking forward to. But if the opportunity arises, Würsten would definitely like to enrich the Saanenland with his music again.
Based on AvS/Sophia Grasser