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No such thing as too many DJs

Next week sees two world-class electronica acts hit Taipei on the same night at roughly the same time. What’s a partygoer to do?

By Tom Leeming  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

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While it can’t yet claim the crown as Asia’s party mecca, Taiwan has matured from a dance music backwater to a major port of call for many of the big players who tour the region, thanks, in part, to the efforts of dedicated promoters.

Next week sees two world-class electronica acts — 2manydjs at Legacy and Diplo at Luxy — in the same town, on the same night, at roughly the same time.

With rumors of sabotage and infighting doing the rounds, promoters were eager to set the record straight.

“When we heard that 2manydjs were going to be in Taipei the same night,” said Marcus Aurelius, who is co-promoting the Diplo gig, “we approached the other booking agents and tried to make this Thursday the best Taiwan has ever had. I’m not sure they took us seriously. Then they told us their ticket prices were $1,800.”

“They didn’t want to raise it further by adding another artist,” said David Frazier, who is also promoting the gig, “so they weren’t into it.”

For its part, a spokeswoman for [comma,comma] production said that the “contract with 2manydjs was finalized weeks before Diplo was officially booked, and [that] was pretty much it. Under the terms and conditions of the contract, there’s nothing we can do. It’s a total coincidence, and hopefully a good one.”

Though more choice means tougher decisions, in this instance partygoers could have the best of both worlds.

“It seems to me that if you have money to blow, you would go see both shows and make it a killer night,” said Aurelius.

“Is it anyone’s fault? Hell no! Everyone just wants to hear good music and promote the scene. Taiwan will be one step forward after Jan. 21,” said Aurelius.

2manydjs:

Belgium, the land of lace, bureaucracy, brussels sprouts and the waffle. Electronic duo 2manydjs, one of the country’s more exciting exports, fly the flag at Legacy in Taipei on Thursday at roughly the same time as Diplo plays Luxy. Comprised of brothers David and Stephen Dewaele, who also perform as live band Soulwax, 2manydjs are on tour, showing off some new visuals, as well as putting together their most audacious mix yet.

How did they make the move from playing live to deejaying?

“It wasn’t a conscious thing,” said David. “We just liked playing records. It wasn’t a career move. More like being bored on tour and thinking, ‘Hey there is a party tonight and we wanna play records.’”

Luckily for clubland, this boredom spawned one of the world’s biggest DJ partnerships.

Diplo and 2manydjs are known for their mash-ups, a form of musical unprotected sex between tracks, leading to pregnancy and the birth of an entirely new track with features from both parents. Some are ugly; some are sublime. It is in the latter category that many of 2manydjs mixes are born.

“The cool thing with Diplo is we have played together many times but never back to back. Usually at festivals,” said David. “He comes from a

similar place from us style wise, but at the same time [he is] very different. He has more of a

hip-hop way about it, and we come more from a

rock background.”

While some see the mash-up as a cheap sellout, 2manydjs’ mixes are painstakingly put together by deconstructing each track into its constituent parts and then reforming them bit by bit.

In 2003, 2manydjs exploded onto the scene with As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2, an album of remixes of work by hugely diverse artists, throwing together the likes of The Stooges and Salt-N-Pepa, and Royksopp and Dolly Parton.

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