Fri, Oct 29, 2010 - Page 15 News List

THE VINYL WORD

By Marcus Aurelius  /  Contributing Reporter

Benny Benassi is ready for an intergalactic journey to Taipei.

Photo courtesy of Chris Davidson and Paul Sears

Ghouls, goblins, vampires, werewolves, characters from Avatar, Sarah Palin-look-alikes, Lady Gagas and scores of sexy nurses, police officers and teachers, not to mention a Mormon or two, will be out in full force tomorrow night for All Hallows’ Eve.

An estimated 7,000 revelers will be attending the Monster Massive, Taiwan’s biggest Halloween party, to see headliner Benny Benassi, the Italian DJ and producer who ranks No. 26 in the world according to the recently leaked 2010 DJ Mag poll and is getting set to release Spaceship, his newest studio album.

“Spaceship, the single, was a real thrill,” Benassi said in an e-mail interview. “It came about by chance, almost. We sent the instrumental to Jean Baptiste who wrote the lyrics and melody. Then we said, ‘Hey, it would be great to hear it with female vocals,’ and Kelis happened to pop into his studio. Then we said it would be great to hear it with some rap, too, and he got apl [apl.de.apl from the Black Eyed Peas] on it.”

Benassi says the album is full of surprises. Will he be wheeling any of them out tomorrow?

“I won’t be playing tracks that haven’t been released yet,” he said. “Or, if I do, it’ll be in a different form from the album version.”

■ Halloween Massive (亞洲最大變裝派對2010萬獸派對) with Benny Benassi, Dr Lektroluv and Robert Shah, tomorrow from 9pm to 4am at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 2 (台北世貿二館), 3 Songlian Rd, Taipei City (台北市松廉路3號). Tickets are NT$1,200 and can be purchased at www.ticket.com.tw, 7-Eleven ibon kiosks, or at the door.

A few buildings over and a few floors up is the Annual Room18 Halloween Roof Party.

“Once you leave the elevator, you’ll feel like you’ve walked into Wes Craven’s latest horror movie,” said Andrew Ford, music director for the Room18 group. “Guests will come face-to-face with infamous horror villains like Freddy Krueger, Jason and Michael Myers. There’s an open bar, sexy dancers, the latest hip-hop, electro and classic Halloween tracks, plus Halloween-inspired visuals on a large LED screen.”

■ The Annual Room18 Halloween Roof Party, tomorrow from 9:30pm to midnight on the roof of the Neo 19 Building, 88 Songren Rd, Taipei City (台北市松仁路88號). Invitations can be picked up at Room 18 or Barcode. Admission is free for guests wearing costumes or NT$800 without.

Donning a different guise is an essential part of Halloween festivities, and Dominick Fresina, whose alter ego Chinese Rapper Dom has received a lot of attention, is reverting to his former self, DJ Fratzuki, for Brass Monkey’s 2010 Halloween Bash tomorrow.

“Halloween at the Monkey is one of our biggest nights and everybody lets themselves go,” said Max Murphy, one of the establishment’s owners. “It always amazes me to see how many people get dressed up and into the spirit. Again this year we will be hosting the ‘funnest’ Halloween competition where the guys and girls get to strut their stuff on our specially built stage in pursuit of cash rewards for the best dressed and the sexiest Halloween costume.”

■ Brass Monkey’s 2010 Halloween Bash (銅猴子2010萬聖節派對), tomorrow from 9pm to 4am at 166 Fuxing N Rd, Taipei City (台北市復興北路166號). Free entry and drinks from 9pm to midnight for women in costume, otherwise admission is NT$150. Entry is NT$150 for costumed men, which includes a drink, and NT$300 otherwise.

Meanwhile in Kaohsiung, Freak It 5, Frisky’s annual Halloween party, takes place tomorrow at Roof Park.

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