It’s nothing new to have scantily-dressed men and women strutting their stuff on stages at nightclubs in Taiwan, but last weekend Spin, in Greater Taichung, set a new bar with a blast from the past. The nightclub hosted a party that celebrated the 1975 British musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the patrons accordingly rocked out. Regular guests who weren’t aware of the evenings’ specialized party were in awe as they were treated to numerous men dressed as women, as well as women wearing very little but corsets, garter belts and fishnet stockings. The highlight of the night came when DJ Pyro (Michael Homer) played the biggest dance number from the movie and everyone clad in Rocky Horror outfits (including a guy in a wheelchair) got on stage and did The Time Warp.
With the amount of daily press coverage he and his fiancee get, it seems like Kanye West has been around forever. Even though he has been making beats for Jay-Z and others for years, this week marks the 10-year anniversary of his highly influential debut album, The College Dropout. To celebrate, SmithAgentSmith (Darren J. Smith) spent two months putting together a one-hour video mix of West’s greatest hits, rare interviews and live performances called 10 Years a New Slave.
“I’m so tired of hearing people talk about Kanye West like he’s this character on reality TV, when in fact he is the man responsible for the best music from my generation hands down!” SmithAgentSmith said in an e-mail interview.
“Honestly, the main reason I have made most of the things I’ve made is because I want to listen to them,” he continued. “Since finishing the video mix, I have listened to it probably 30 times. It gets me emotional, inspired, angry and excited.”
■ SmithAgentSmith plays tomorrow night from 10pm to 4am at Paris Dance Club, 73, Jiguang Street, Greater Taichung (中區繼光街73號). Admission is NT$300 for ladies and NT$500 for men and comes with four drinks. SmithAgentSmith’s 10 Years a New Slave can been seen at: tiny.cc/sms10
Next Friday is a holiday so Ultra Dance Society decided that Thursday would be a perfect night to bring in Adam Freeland and Evil Nine (real names Pat Pardy and Tom Beaufoy) to play at Korner. Freeland is the legendary producer who has stopped by Taiwan a few times during his 20-year career. Freeland was one of the first people to take breakbeat drums and add them to rock records, which resulted in popular mash-ups like Smells Like Freeland and Seven Nation Freeland, influencing countless others.
Recently, Freeland took a much-needed two-year, self-imposed hiatus from the record business. He is back now with a sound that is surprisingly deep, but his DJ sets promise to be a bit of the past, present and the future.
Evil Nine have been touring the globe for the past 14 years. They have been making a lot of waves recently for their heavy Boiler Room set as well as producing a song, The Black Brad Pit, for way-out-there rapper, Danny Brown.
■ Ultra Dance Society presents Return to the Marine Parade featuring Adam Freeland, Evil Nine, Mykal, Diskokidz and James Ho on Thursday from 11:30pm to 5am at Korner, B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1). Advance tickets are NT$900 and can be purchased from INDIEVOX and iBons at all 7-Elevens. Tickets at the door are NT$1,000 and include one drink.