After Dark: If? So!! ...What?

By Don Crispy

Little Nobody aka Andrez Bergen

Add Australia to the growing list of countries exporting its DJs to Japan. Next Saturday, some of Oz's best will be behind the decks at a new event at Blue timed to coincide with the end of the World Cup.

If? So!! ...What? is the brainchild of current Japan resident Andrez Bergen, an electronica fanatic who also performs live under the name Little Nobody. As Little Nobody, Melbourne-based Bergen has supported a bevy of heavyweights in their Australian tours, including the likes of Coldcut and Jeff Mills. He has also released three albums through If? Records in Australia, with the latest remix outing, Reaction Hero, offering up complex sonic flavors that might be put in the abstract/headz category.

Bergen arrived in Japan six months ago in order to set up If? Tokyo and network with some of the artists and labels in this country. He told Metropolis he hopes to "organize a feasible relationship between Australia and Japan that (hopefully) will generate some interactive tours of the more experimental electronic musos from each country."

DJ Leko

The "Australia vs Japan" theme will see a number of other acts from Down Under participating, including DJ Gozaru, who has played extensively in Australia and China alongside Ken Ishii and others, and Indian-born vocalist Marcella. Rounding out the Australian side will be Schlock Tactile and Curvaceous Crustacean.

Representing Japan will be Magnet Toy, signed to Germany's Trope imprint, Funk Armor, Kowloon, Yagi Des, and Largo...

Meanwhile, the outdoor rave season has already been underway for a month, but an upcoming party will introduce a distinctly different flavor to the usual Japanese psy-trance offerings.

Slated for mountainous Nagano prefecture next weekend, Rave in Heaven brings together Brazilian fashion company Territorio Nacional with a slew of the Tokyo club circuit's finest for 24 hours of madness in the mountains.

Aiming to create "a truly international party," Rave in Heaven will match veteran DJ John Robinson of Velfarre fame with Protocol DJs Taka and Roger and a posse of Brazilian DJs associated with the Area X International monthly parties in Roppongi. Sounds will range from trance to techno and progressive house, with further entertainment coming in the form of drum circles, performances of spoken word, and Brazil's unique martial arts/dance form, capoeira.

If? So!! ...What?@Blue, 6/30, 9pm, ¥2,500. Tel: 3797-1591
Rave in Heaven@Minowa-shi, Nagano, 6/29-30, ¥4,500 (adv), ¥5,000 (door). Info: 5709-1697


credit: Courtesy of Andrez Bergen

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AFTER DARK ARCHIVE:
449: Utsumi Izuru
448: Jeff Mills
447: CJ Bolland
446: Play Label Presents: The Mighty Quark
445: Tokyo London Clash
444: Slinky Tokyo
443: David Alvarado
442: Lee "Scratch" Perry; Mad Professor
441: Salsa Libre en Velfarre
440: Nuphoria III
439: Wire02
438: Hotaka Mountain Festival '02
437: Free parties
436: Dub Above Jazz
435: Metamorphose
434: Andrew Weatherall
433: Solstice Music Festival
432: Cassius
431: Algorithm
430: If? So!! ...What?
429: Jose Padilla
428: Flak
427: Balance
426: Norma Jean Bell
425: Skam
424: Daz Saund
423: MODA
422: Body & SOUL
421: Music of the Sphere
420: Velfarre Cyber Trance
419: Danny Howells and Kenny Ken
418: Detox
417: Soul City Scandal
416: Jeff Mills
415: Frankie Knuckles
414: Isolated Audio Players
413: Living Floor
412: Hernan Catteneo
411: Derrick May
410: Return to the Source
409: Kenny Dope
408: Basement Jaxx
407: Jerome Sydenham
406: Rebirth Jag
405: Co-Fusion
403: Seismic Frequencies
402: Crystal Skulls
401: Adam Freeland
400: Electraglide

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