Luxy's three-roomed mega-bash birthday celebration last Saturday was busier than Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station at rush hour. James Zabiela put on a great show alongside a truckload of locally-based talent.
It must have been an organizational nightmare to schedule the shindig, as constant jiggling around with the line-up meant nobody, not even the DJs, really knew who was playing where, or when, which could only have added to the excitement. Kind of like the clubbing equivalent of a treasure hunt. The party games were equally abundant the night before, with lots of jumping around and shouting and generally being silly at Sabbatical on Friday night. Miguel Migs played a barnstorming set, alongside the Soulutions' Saucey and SL. Oh yes, one of those rare moments when you can pull off playing Sweet Dreams … . Soulutions' Sabbatical swansong is tonight.
Eddie Halliwell graces the tables at Ministry of Sound tonight, and it will be well worth a look. Indeed, three-time DJ Magazine DJ of the year Tiesto has even voted for Halliwell in this year's poll, and urges us to do the same. Tiesto's reasoning? Perhaps it's because the British wunderkind Halliwell has, despite his tender 26 years, notched up residencies at the UK's Gatecrasher and Ibiza's Judgment Sundays and a weekly show on BBC Radio One. Or maybe because he was named Mixmag's DJ of the Year in 2004, and is lauded worldwide for his turntable skills.
Not exactly. "I have won this award three times," the overpaid Dutch trance-peddler is quoted as saying on Halliwell's Web site. "So if I would win it for a fourth time, it wouldn't make a difference for my career." Umm, right.
Tomorrow, Ministry plays host to Florida's Thomas Penton. He might not have Tiesto's dodgy thumbs-up, but he does have over 60 projects released on labels from Oakenfold's Perfecto to Lexicon Avenue's Forensic Records, including remixes for artists as diverse as Ronski Speed, Lenny Kravitz and Mary J Blige, which is as good a resume as most.
Last week I threw out the call for more collaborative and live electronica in the city: and it seems my prayers have been answered, at least this weekend. KusoJ, Moshang and Viba will be taking over DV8, which for those of you too young to remember, was a legendary after-hours den that has cleaned up its act somewhat. "We're not just a few guys standing behind laptops," Viba says in a press release. I'm not sure exactly what they are planning, but expect some fun grooves and, if nothing else, rock up just to support live knob-twiddling in Taipei. The show starts at 9pm tomorrow.
Outside of the capital: more birthday action with those swanky Swank boys and girls celebrating their fourth anniversary tonight at Taichung's Liquid Rooms. Declan, Gareth Jones, Matty D and Kriz will be busting out their paper hats between 10pm and 4am.
Further down south in Kaohsiung it's the Canadian Invasion (an odd choice of name, since if we had 192 Canadas at the UN, there would be a lot less wars.) The Canucks are scheduled to rock up, Dunkirk-style, on Haizhewan Beach tomorrow. The highly-recommended Deko-Ze — Canada's so-called hardest-working DJ — headlines the electronica stage alongside breaksmaster Czech; hip-hop heads can look forward to DMC Championship finalists Tasc and Kid SL. Be prepared for profuse apologies when people step on your toes while dancing.