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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?


David’s favorite remix is not on that album though — “a remix for LCD Soundsystem called Get Innocuous,” he said. “I didn’t think it special at the time, but now I think it is really good when I hear it out.”

Although the mash-up might be a little old hat, 2manydjs are nothing if not innovative.

“The new thing we are doing now is a whole production show,” said David. “We are doing a normal set, but with corresponding bespoke animation visuals of the record sleeve of that track, for every track.

“If we play Prince, you see the sleeve and record, animated in sync to the music. We spent months developing it in such a way to make it free and not the same thing we have to redo every night with DVDs and sound.”

2manydjs fly in to Taipei after playing on Wednesday at Bengkel Night Park, Jakarta, Indonesia and then head off to gigs in Japan, South Korea and Macau.

“This is a five-week tour and it is a pretty long stretch,” said David. “This is the longest we have gone without going home.”

When they return to Belgium, do they

want a break from the late nights and hectic touring schedule?

“The next thing we are doing is quite complicated,” said David. “We are gonna release 24 hours of music, making 24 compilations of an hour each. All will be themed differently so we can go further than what we play in clubs, which is predominantly for people to dance to. We just finished an hour of hard-core funk. Plus we will do an hour of space disco, pop, rock and Brazilian, for example.”

The finished product will be released at the end of March, said David.

Seeing as the boys have the future all planned out, what’s on the cards for Thursday?

“Ummmmm, ummmmmm, ummmmmm,” said David. “We know the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes. Should be a bit of everything in between.”

2manydjs at Legacy, 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號), on Thursday from 10pm until 2am. Advance tickets, available at FamilyMart (全家便利商店) stores, are NT$1,700. Admission is NT$1,800 at the door.


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Thomas Wesley Pentz, aka Diplo, plays in the Galleria room at Luxy on Thursday. This is a great scoop for Taiwan’s music scene as he’s one of the hottest producers and DJs currently working the circuit. He is credited with helping popularize baile funk from Brazil and dancehall from Jamaica: Not bad for a white boy from the US.

Having grown up in the southern US, Diplo now resides in Philadelphia, where he blew up as a DJ in 2004 after releasing his first major work, Florida, a chilled, almost trip-hop-like album. From here Diplo started collaborating with MIA and they worked on a mixtape called Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1, which received critical acclaim, although it could not be legally sold because of copyright legislation.

About two years before working with MIA, Diplo had, along with friend DJ Low Budget, started a party night called Hollertronix, held in New York as well as Philly, which mixed genres such as hip-hop, crunk, funk and dancehall, to name but a few.

“We haven’t done a party in Philly for about two years,” said Diplo, “but we did 12 bootlegs over four and a half years and 10 12 inches, so I think that is kind of it, you know.”

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