Fri, Nov 23, 2012 - Page 11 News List

The Vinyl Word

By Olivia Wycech  /  Contributing reporter

His drum ‘n’ bass roots go as far back as NYC in the mid 90s, but DJ AKi is in Taipei this weekend to show fans what two decades of practice sounds like.

Photo courtesy of Mykal Lin

Sometimes things get old. Clubs are all playing the same music and the drinks aren’t getting any stronger. If this, combined with the cold weather, has tricked you into thinking its time to hibernate, well, think again. Elektrockinbeatz is back with its third installment, and this time its spread out over a two-night underground music extravaganza. Finally, drum ‘n’ bass heads have somewhere to go.

DJ AKi is taking a night off from his residency at Womb in Tokyo to treat Taipei to a night of drum ‘n’ bass. On the off chance you feel like you’ve already seen enough Japanese DJs, understand that what really sets AKi apart from a nation overloaded with talented DJs, is an impressive resume that begins at about the same time and place that raves did.

For those that have been around for a while, they might remember hearing about Twilo, the infamous New York club that unarguably epitomizes 90s rave culture. DJ AKi helped shape this stature with his residency at the legendary club, which he scored while working for the Brooklyn-based record shop, Breakbeat Science, in 1996.

When he returned to Japan in 2001, one of Tokyo’s biggest clubs welcomed him home with wide-open arms. AKi began his long-standing residency at Womb, and his since been busy not only deejaying, but also producing. His productions have received regular play from drum and bass kingpins like DJ Marky, Ed Rush, and Andy C, and have landed him reoccurring gigs all over Europe and Brazil. AKi might just make you forget all about the drum ‘n’ bass that you’ve come to know and love.

Also from Japan but bringing with him a different sound is DJ Baroque. What he plays has been dubbed future techno by the electronic music community, and is the newest subgenre to hit dance floors. But don’t let the unknown scare you, Baroque is an electro DJ at heart so you can expect to hear a lot of layers to his set this weekend.

He is young and zealous, and kids like that are unstoppable. Baroque has already released a full-length DJ album in Japan, Baroque Rockin’ Beats, and is pumping out productions that are getting picked up by artists like Mustard Pimp (Dim Mak) and Clash the Disko Kids. Baroque is pumped to tackle Taipei this weekend with his Tokyo taste.

Both parties are happening at Pipe Live House this weekend, with Baroque headlining tonight and AKi tomorrow. It’s nice to get out of the clubs sometimes and do something different, and the promoter of the event knows this. Mykal Lin (林哲儀) feels that venues are equally as important in creating a party as the music itself, which is why he chose Pipe to host this installment of Elektrockinbteaz.

“I love the vibe created in an underground venue so I think that there is no better fit for underground dance music like electro and drum ‘n’ bass.”

Mykal plays alongside Baroque, Pilot K and SwingChild tonight at Pipe, 1 Siyuan St, Taipei City (台北市思源街1號) tel: (02) 2364-8198. Doors open at 11pm and admission is NT$500, which includes one drink. AKi plays tomorrow night with Mykal, Lai and dINO. Admission is also NT$500 with a drink. For those who want to go both nights, combo tickets can be purchased for NT$800 at M@M Boutique, 4F-3, 112, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 3, (台北市忠孝東路四段112號4樓之3), tel: (02) 8771-5688.

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