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The Vinyl Word

By Queen Bee  /  Contributing reporter

The KDMS will play Pipe Live House tonight.

Photo courtesy of Pascal Gambarte

As the Nu Disco trend continues to thrive, a number of outstanding artists have emerged in recent years, among which The KDMS, a producer & diva duo from London, is definitely one to keep your eyes on. Though The KDMS (comprised of British funk/disco/soul singer Kathy Diamond and young talented Polish producer Max Skiba) have only been around for a couple of years, their music is gaining support by disco house big-names like Daniel Wang, Morgan Giest (Metro Area), Soul Clap, and Aeroplane, due to its quality and originality.

“The KDMS recipe has bits of everything. We like to be experimental in a strong, hooky way. So, upbeat and dramatic disco with pop-strong melodies and real storylines. Max is the music maestro and I’m the word girl,” Diamond says about their music. “We want to make people dance and be a completely inclusive party.”

Ever since the pair collaborated on their first hit single Never Stop Believing — a solid, uplifting disco track with a super funky vibe and a catchy melody — they have gone from strength to strength. Having released 3 singles in 2 years, their debut album Kinky Dramas and Magic Stories came out this year and they are now in Taipei after playing in China and South Korea, before heading back to Europe.

“We are absolutely having a ball in Asia. It’s been so interesting and exciting bringing our sounds to new territories. I love the diversity of venues. We have played from Mao Life, a big live concert hall, to a glitzy gay club called 390 in Shanghai. Korea was super crazy. The show was great there because the audience were so up for it. They are like food to us. If the audience is excited, we get more animated which makes everyone dance more. By the end of the show the room is so hot and sweaty, it’s like a disco workout,” Diamond says.

■ The KDMS will be joined by DJ Artur 8, Hi-Life Wedding and Max Savage tonight from 9pm to 2am at Pipe Live House, 1 Siyuan St, Taipei City (台北市思源街1號). Admission: NT$500

And in southern Taiwan, Spunite hosts another massive event: Masago beach party (Tainan). This time it’s promised to be bigger and better. “After stopping for 3 years due to construction, we’re back with a vengeance! Thirty-one DJs from 11 different countries and 3 stages. It’ll be a full-on music festival,” says Brian Tsai (蔡家偉), head of Spunite.

This year, they’re featuring veteran German DJ Alex M.O.R.P.H, vocalist Zara Taylor (Canada), DJ Soha (Canada), DJ 19 (Japan) and a handful of international and Taiwanese DJ’s playing everything from trance, house, d’n’b to hiphop.

■ From Saturday 3pm to 8am at Masago Beach (馬沙溝海水浴場): 140, Pingsha, Jiangjun Dist, Tainan City (台南市將軍區平沙里140號). Admission: NT$1,000

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