Ok, last issue the flag was raised and this week we're going to go a little further to determine who's the best DJ in Taiwan. And we're going to do it right.
Some say it's an impossible quest. They claim that declaring "the best DJ" is a subjective judgment (of course), that it should not depend on just popularity but technical skills or achievements (perhaps), or that every DJ has his day (true), so we can't say who's the top dog. Well, everyone has an opinion, so we'll poll it with an Internet vote next month, then release the results as a New Year's Top 10. The winner will claim the "Taipei Times Top DJ" award.
The candidates so far are: @llen, A-bomb, Alicia Hush, Analogue, Apple, Buff Wise, Chewie, Chono, Chozie, Coffey, Da, Damian Saint, Damian Yu, Danjah, Dark, Daryl, Da Tou, Dr Who?, Edmund, Elements, Em Lee, E-Turn, Eric Cheng, Eric Huang, Funkstar, Gravity, Hooker, J4, J6, Jaylen, Jimmy Chen, Joe Ho, K Fancy, Kill (Kevin), Kindread, Lim Giong, Marcus Aurelius, Maxxx, Michaelphonic, Mykal, Nancy Chang, Nina, Noodle, Phifty Phive, Pierre, P!tt, Rainbow Warrior, Reason, Satan, Saucey, SL, Stone, Sundance Kid, Tiger, Trix, Ty, Vertigo, Vicar, Victor Cheng, Wayne, Xiao Hei, Zeon.
If we've missed anyone, then put forward your suggestions. The full DJ list will go up on the Taipei Times Web site in December and voters will be able to choose their first, second- and third-favorite DJs.
Noodle, Wayne and Analogue are Liquid Lifestyle's top-rated DJs, according to promoter Amy Chang, who will be bringing in DJ Jazzy Jeff with Loop productions at Luxy tomorrow, as part of his Asian tour.
Philadelphia-born Jazzy Jeff is a "turntable tactician," says Chang, "and a force on the hip hop scene since the mid-1980s." He is most recognized as one half of multi-platinum rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, producing hits such as Parents Just Don't Understand, Nightmare on My Street, and Summertime. Jazzy Jeff has worked with Will Smith, Jewel, and Jill Scott, among others.
Tonight, the one and only Sasha is back to atone for his dreadful performance a couple of years ago for New Year's Eve at the World Trade Center, where he got pissed off because of the awful sound system and kept disappearing for cocoa breaks. He's even said in a magazine interview that the show was his worst-ever.
This time he's at AXD, where he'll play for hundreds of trance enthusiasts, instead of a couple of thousand rubber-neckers. The sound system is the best in town, and he's back to his best with a new album Involver, a peerless mix of 10 great tracks.
The place will be packed, sweaty and high. It'll be classical music (trance) for the 21st century with a big beat. And when it comes to the breaks, nobody does them better than Sasha. Look out for the vocal section mid-way through the album -- "you'll never see me cry ... you're so past tense" -- and check the tears of joy falling on the dance floor. It could be the gig of the year.
The Vinyl Word: The DJ list will go up on the Taipei Times Web site next month. Send in your listings and DJ nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.