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The Vinyl Word

By Marcus Aurelius, Noah Buchan, Queen Bee and Olivia Wycech  /  Contributing reporters

Fett will be hipping and hopping for Halloween.

Photo courtesy of Danny Chu

As we arrive at the second biggest night of the year for events, bars and clubs, The Loop goes gigantic for its sixth annual Halloween Massive party at the Taipei Show Hall 2. Organizers are flying in two of DJ Mag’s top 100 DJs, trancemaster Gareth Emery and electro-king Steve Aoki. While being in the upper echelon of the top 100 is an annual occurrence for Emery (No. 7 last year and No. 13 this year), this is the first time that Aoki (No. 42) has been recognized for his contributions to electronic music.

“First of all, I’m incredibly thankful to everyone who voted for me, but in general polls are funny and strange,” Aoki said in an e-mail interview with the Vinyl Word. “It’s flattering to be up there but there are so many great DJs not even listed, which seems unfair.”

Aoki, in his fourth performance in Taiwan in as many years, has gone from packing people into The Wall, which has a capacity of 600, to headlining this party, which gets more than 7,000 attendees annually. He guarantees to keep doing all his crazy antics like crowd surfing in an inflatable raft and squirting champagne on anyone who dares go near the stage, but Aoki will also be debuting new music that will be released to the public in December.

“This show will be more of a showcase of my latest album and tracks,” Aoki said. “I’ll have to play the ones the kids know and love as well, but this set is about my new album, Wonderland.”

‧ The Loop presents Halloween Massive with Steve Aoki, Gareth Emery, Michael Woods, Haley and Pip & Carlos, tomorrow from 9pm to 4:30am at the Taipei Show Hall 2 (台北展演二館), formerly the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 2 (原台北世貿二館), 3 Songlian Rd, Taipei City (台北市松廉路3號). Tickets are NT$1,300 and can be purchased at www.ticket.com.tw, 7-Eleven ibon kiosks and at the door. For more information: www.halloween-massive.com

Zombies, vampires and Angry Birds will be roaming the streets of Tainan in search of people to kill, as well as a good place to party. Kaohsiung turntablist Fett will be hosting Hip-Hop Halloween at Funkoo.

“Halloween is the night when everybody gets so ugly and disgusting that it is beautiful,” Fett said. “It is definitely Michael Jackson’s fault, along with Freddy Krueger and Ghostbusters! Everybody gets loose and crazy like it’s their last night on Earth and partying until early morning.”

‧ Hip-Hop Halloween with Fett and Slick tomorrow from 11pm to 2am at Funkoo Bar, 56 Peace St, Greater Tainan (台南市和平街56號). Admission costs NT$150, which includes one beer

House music will be the name of the game when Peter Burke, JonB, Duckie and Paul Nice man the decks at Vanity, Kaohsiung’s hottest club, for the seventh annual Technophobia, the longest-running Halloween party in the south. The best dressed in the costume contest will receive NT$7,777, an auspicious amount of prize money.

‧ Spin Records and trust present Technophobia tomorrow from 10pm to 4am at Vanity Club and Lounge, 176 Siwei 4th Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市四維四路176號). Admission is NT$500, which includes two drinks

The Brass Monkey is doing it up this year with its Halloween Bash, featuring Dom. Ladies in costume enter for free and get free drinks from 9pm until midnight. Those without a costume pay NT$150. Costumed gents get in for NT$150; those not costumed pay NT$300 (both prices include a drink). And the venue isn’t monkeying around with its costume competition, which begins at 11pm. Grand prizes include NT$5,000 for the sexiest costume and NT$5,000 for best dressed. Be sure to check out the Brass Monkey’s Web site for a video of last year’s bash.

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