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The Vinyl Word

By Jules Quartly  /  STAFF REPORTER

Meet the god of house.

PHOTO: JULES QUARTLY, TAIPEI TIMES

It's not often that The Vinyl Word raves about a DJ, but the "godfather of house" Derrick Carter's show at Luxy on Wednesday was exceptional. His mix of beats, often shorn of melody, was a lesson in DJing. It was the evolved sound of Chicago house and the epitome of of dance music.

The only DJ to compare him with is the best, the world's official number one Tiesto. Of course, Tiesto is very different, he develops a techno-based sound into a set that is best compared to a classical concerto, in terms of its progression and integrity. The beat is relatively uniform and the melodies provide the high points.

Carter, who transformed the early Detroit sound, focuses more on the rhythm, chopping and changing, mixing and fusing the bass, for a more dance-oriented sound.

Both DJs are at the top of their game and we have been fortunate to hear them.

The Vinyl Word had tried, without success, to get an interview with Carter before he arrived. We had sent off the questions, were told that he would reply and were disappointed when he didn't. He doesn't do interviews, we were told.

This made us think he was one of those DJs who thought so highly of himself that he didn't need publicity. So, when he was sitting at the bar before the show, we put it to him that he "dissed us."

"Nah, man, I thought about it, but the questions were like psychoanalysis. The public may want to know, but I don't want the public to know everything, so I decided against it."

In person, Carter was one of the nicest people you could meet. He just sat at the bar drinking shots, greeting whoever wanted to meet him, a modest man with a lot to say, a star without the attitude.

He played a good three hours and it was a pleasure to be there.

Tonight, the big event is the opening party for Stage which is presenting "Summer Breeze" with DJ Nina and vocalist Eleanor, Saucey, "taiwan's godfather of electronica" DJ @llen, Elvis T and Edmund, the leading light behind the occasion.

High-quality house music and a friendly atmosphere is promised by Edmund, "with beautiful people, funky grooves (latin, electro, a summer feel) and lots of laughs."

Also tonight, at Bass in Chungli, is "Foxy Girls Like Hip Hop Party" from 8pm to 5am. With four DJs (including Chicano, Afro, Aber and Kragger), three MCs and dancing crews, it should be a good one.

For your information:

The Stage is at B1, 22 Songshou Rd, Taipei (臺北市松壽路22號B1), in the Neo 19 building next to Warner Village. Entry is NT$350.

Bass is located at 7F, 182 Hsinsheng Rd, Chungli, Taoyuan County (桃園縣中壢市新生路182號7樓). Entry is NT$450.

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