Fri, Jul 02, 2004 - Page 19 News List

The Vinyl Word

By Jules Quartly  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Crystal Method

PHOTO: JULES QUARTLY, TAIPEI TIMES

Unfortunately for everyone else at the moment it's hard to keep up with Ministry of Sound (MoS), which is pulling in the stars and the punters.

Last week was a case in point. There was a queue around the building for The Crystal Method and inside there were pyrotechnics and that awesome sound in the middle of the dance floor "that makes the hair stand up on end," according to one afficianado.

DJs Enferno and Klever are taking up residence this week, with shows on Wednesday, last night, tonight and tomorrow. The US DMC champion from Washington and the world's official number two turntablist, Eric Jao (aka Enferno) said he felt prepared for his visit to Taiwan after spending two years studying Chinese back home at university.

"It gives me a chance to practice again, but I start off speaking and they [Taiwanese] kind of nod politely and then answer in English. They're real polite. I'm excited to be here."

Since winning last year's DMC USA event, Enferno has been traveling the world, with stops in London, France and Tunisia.

He said his attitude toward turntable contests was "the same as any competition or battle. It used to be about how fast you moved from one record to another, and how many tricks you could do, like playing with your elbow or your nose. But now it's evolved. I've got an ear for music, so when people close their eyes and listen they hear something good."

For his Taiwan shows, Enferno said he was going to "bust out some of my new stuff that I'm really guarded about because of the contests next year. I'll be mixing different genres, moving back seamlessly, with hip hop, reggae, rock, '80s. It's never boring."

In Taichung tonight, Chi Funk is at Liquid Lounge, with DJONES, A100 and Osborne. The Funk crew has been in Spain, but now they're back and spreading wax at their monthly parties again. There's free tequila shots at 2am and the cover is NT$350.

Tomorrow in Taipei it's the free monthly Deep Inside party with Saucey and SL at Eden. There was a cool vibe last time and even a few encores for the freshest deep house sounds.

Also tomorrow, don't miss JungleMania's afternoon T at Nowhere, with DJs Danjah, Flanky, FunkStar and Posan, 2pm to 6pm.

Two Vinyl Words: Victor Cheng. Taiwan's original No. 1 DJ has put out his debut release Ricochet and is having two parties to celebrate the occasion. Tomorrow night it's at X-Direction, the new club in town that had a wild opening last week. Next week it's Luxy.

Victor said his new mix CD was called Ricochet because of the way the music sounded to him in a room, and the way in which he constructs his sounds. One of the tracks is a self-made production created on pro-logic software, with loops, mixes and samples. For the show tomorrow Victor will be debuting his CD, with some new tunes he likes. The album is banging.

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