Having already worked with a host of big names, including Goldie, KRS One and The Scratch Perverts, Diccon Mayfield aka Diqwon Le Chef hopes to instigate some classic dance-floor mayhem tonight at VU Live House (地下絲絨) as one-half of eclectic north London duo Super Milkmen.
“I’ve just been working on a live electro track and then remixing Bon Jovi onto it,” laughs Mayfield, talking on Skype from his home studio. The pair have been working hectically to get material together ahead of a three-date mini-tour of Taiwan. Their latest offering, soon to be released, is a remix of Built Like an Amplifier by British beat-boxing talent Killa Kela, who is also partly responsible for Mayfield’s stage name.
“[Killa Kela] is the kind of guy who constantly comes up with little quips and stuff, and just randomly he said ‘Diqwon the Chef’ and it kind of just grew ... It comes initially from Raekwon the Chef of the Wu Tang [Clan]. I suppose it’s a reference, I mean that’s what I grew up with,” says the MC and
producer of the MTV2 show Indelible Hip-hop.
“I started off beat-boxing years and years ago, I mean I had decks and stuff like that, and I played the guitar ... but my main influence was hip-hop, going back to Grand Puba, [Notorious] B.I.G., Wu Tang, all of the stuff back in those days ... but I’ve always been very eclectic ... Ghost’s background is very much drum ’n’ bass,” says Mayfield of his musical partner Joseph Shell aka Ghostmen.
“You’ll definitely be able to hear that in our set ... starting off with classic hip-hop, moving into a few live remixes of things, Daft Punk and Michael Jackson, stuff like that, moving into some real dirty electro and then finishing with drum ’n’ bass.”
Playing two consecutive nights this weekend, crowds can expect a lot of energy on stage from the dairy-product delivering doublet.
“Be prepared for me to be very, very hyper ... I kind of lose all morals and all kind of embarrassment ... I’ll have a microphone and I’ll be hitting the sample pads. Ghost is in charge of all the mixing and FX ... I’m more of the frontman and Joe’s more of the tech guy on stage,” says the 28-year-old, keen to stress the accessibility of the Super Milkmen sound.
“My personal view is that the most important thing is to make sure that it’s all danceable ... there’s recognizable stuff in there ... and that it keeps the people moving and they have a good night.”
WHAT: Super Milkmen
WHEN: Tonight from 11pm to 4am
WHERE: VU Live House (地下絲絨), B1, 77, Wuchang St Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市武昌街二段77號B1)
ADMISSION: NT$400 for men, NT$300 for women, includes one drink
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