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The Vinyl Word

By Marcus Aurelius  /  Contributing reporter

The magnificent Jazzy Jeff will almost certainly wow the crowd with his technical skills and A-plus party rocking abilities tomorrow at Myst.

Photo courtesy of Myst

DJ Yoshi (real name Yoshi Nori) of Bass Kitchen says time flies when you are having a blast. Yoshi and the whole Bass Kitchen crew will be celebrating six years of edgy, alternative and fun parties by bringing in Japanese DJ Gonno to Korner tonight. Bass Kitchen picked Gonno as their headline artist for tonight’s celebration because all of his productions feel melodic, deep and acidy, but stay true to his house and techno roots.

Over the past six years, Yoshi has been witness to two huge improvements in Taiwan’s music scene.

“The most noticeable changes are probably the increase in the variety of parties, and the fact that more artists and DJs are now involved with music production,” Yoshi said. “These two traits are very encouraging, because improvement in both quantity and quality can only have a positive effect.”

■ Bass Kitchen Sixth Anniversary party with DJ Gonno, Yoshi, Initials B.B, Al Burro, Minijay and A-Dao tonight from 11:59pm to 5:30am at Korner, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1). Admission is NT$400 at the door and includes one drink ticket.

THE MAGNIFICENT

Micheal Jackson’s 1983 hit, Billie Jean, was groundbreaking in many ways. Contrary to what many believed at the time, there was no actual Billie Jean. Jackson wrote the song as a composite of the groupies that he had seen around his brothers in The Jackson 5. He couldn’t believe that some of these women would stoop as low as to say that they were pregnant by his brothers, but they weren’t. The video for Billie Jean was revolutionary for its sidewalk that lit up, and when Jackson preformed the song at the Motown 25 celebration, he showed off his latest dance move, the moonwalk, which then sent all teenagers in the US scrambling to walk backwards so smoothly.

Twenty-one years later, Billie Jean snuck back into my world and changed the way I felt about deejaying, and it was all because of DJ Jazzy Jeff (real name Jeffery Townes), who will be playing at Club Myst tomorrow night. Luxy’s soundtrack in 2004 was a poppy mix of Usher’s Yeah, Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl and Outkast’s Hey Ya!. When Jazzy Jeff got up to play, he eschewed the mainstream and went straight for party classics. One of these was Billie Jean, and the life-changing moment was when Jazzy Jeff played the verse, but pulled down the volume at the chorus and the whole entire main room sang in unison, “Billie Jean is not my lover, she’s just a girl who claims that I am the one, but the kid is not my son.”

I had my mind blown because in my young DJ mind at the time, it seemed as though people only reacted to certain poppy-hip-hop songs that everyone knew in the big room at Luxy. Jazzy Jeff showed that if you play good music, people would enjoy it.

“I’ve always felt that when you walk out of a club, people don’t necessarily talk about the night and all the records they expected you to play, they talk about the few they didn’t expect you to play,” said Jazzy Jeff in an interview with Vinyl Word last week.

Expect curveballs galore from Jazzy Jeff at Myst tomorrow.

■ 90s Reloaded featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff is tomorrow from 10pm to 4am at Myst, 9F, 12, Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路12號9F). Admission is NT$1,000 at the door and comes with two drink tickets.

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