Global house music phenomenon Hed Kandi and Calvin Harris, the man responsible for the electro riffs behind Rihanna’s We Found Love, play in Taipei tomorrow and Wednesday, respectively.
Hed Kandi DJ John Jones, who will man the decks at Room 18 tomorrow, describes the UK-based music brand’s sound as accessible and appealing.
“If I had to sum it up, it would be good times, packed into a house groove,” he said in an interview. “As long as it gets the crowd pumped, I’ll be happy to cross the spectrum of house music.”
Jones says he puts his heart and soul into his sets. “I can always remember going to gigs when I was younger and seeing DJs really enjoying themselves,” he said. “That’s where I wanted to be, playing the music I love.”
Jones will be accompanied by a live saxophonist. He used the same format at Fantasia, Luxy’s 10th anniversary party, in 2010.
“We came in all guns blazing and rocked relentlessly for the entire set,” he said.
Hed Kandi, whose parent company is Ministry of Sound, isn’t just a DJ troupe. It is also a record label that has expanded into fashion and audio equipment and recently began operating nightclubs.
John Jones performs with Aimee Jay on saxophone tomorrow at Room 18, B1, 88 Songren Road, Taipei City (台北市松仁路88號B1), tel: (02) 2345-2778. Doors open at 10:30pm. Admission is NT$1,000, which includes two drinks.
On Wednesday next week, Luxy hosts Calvin Harris, a Scottish singer, songwriter, DJ and producer who occupies the number 34 spot on DJ Mag’s top 100 DJ list.
In his short career, Calvin Harris went from recording in his bedroom to being signed by Sony BMG after Tommie Sunshine, a popular DJ based in New York, discovered him on MySpace. Since then, Kylie Minogue, Kelis, Katy Perry and LMFAO have all knocked on his studio door.
Calvin Harris performs Wednesday next week at Luxy, 5F, 201, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4 (台北市忠孝東路四段201號5樓), Taipei City. Call 0955-904-600 for reservations (English service available). On the Net: www.luxy-taipei.com. As advance tickets are not available, arrive early to avoid standing in a long queue. Admission is NT$500 for ladies all night, and will run gents NT$800 before 11pm and NT$1,000 after. Cover includes two drinks. Doors open at 10pm.