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499: Son of a LOUD
498: Funk D'Void
497: Phil Mison
496: Deetron
495: Carl Craig
494: London Electricity
493: Joaquin "Joe" Claussell
492: Pure-ifying Shibuya
491: Wire03
490: Outdoor bliss
489: Justin Robertson
488: Kinky Licks
487: Electric Knights
486: Plump DJs
485: James Hardway
484: Vanity
483: Derrick Carter
482: Sound Vortex
481: A Guy Called Gerald
480: In Action
479: David Morales
478: Swayzak
477: King Unique
476: Junkie XL
475: Etoiles
474: Body&SOUL
473: Bombay Records Night
472: Aril Brikha
471: Jazztronik
470: Dimitri From Paris
469: Alternative Hip-Hop Past and Present
468: Green Velvet
467: Sally Nyolo
466: Kerri Chandler
465: Asian Massive
464: Claude Young
463: Alex Paterson
462: Dego
461: Crave for a Groove
460: Towa Tei
459: Rebirth JAG III
457/8: New Year's Rundown
456: Dancelibre Christmas Special
455: Countdown 2003 Crystal Skulls
454: Electraglide
453: Freedom Villiage
452: Pacific High
451: Soundclash


by Don Crispy

Joaquin "Joe" Claussell

"I was immediately blown away."

Following last month's visits by Junior Vasquez, Danny Krivit and Francois K, another titan of New York house jocks will be behind the decks at Yellow as part of his Sacred Rhythm Tour on Saturday.

Joaquin "Joe" Claussell is a DJ/producer who needs almost no introduction. A veteran of the early days of New York house and its legendary venues, Loft and Paradise Garage, Claussell went on to form the Body and Soul DJ triumvirate with Krivit and Francois K in the mid-'90s. Until closing last year, their weekly Sunday afternoon event at Vinyl in lower Manhattan drew dance aficionados worldwide to its spiritual, rootsy take on house music.

Claussell's recorded output both as an artist and as head of the Spiritual Life Music imprint has also reflected this earthy approach, with plenty of live instrumentals, vocals and Latin, Brazilian and African influences on albums such as Mix the Vibe (1999, NiteGrooves), Language (1999, Ibadan) and Music Is...A Reason to Celebrate (2002, Urban Theory).

Prior to a recent Body and Soul visit to Tokyo, Metropolis had the chance to chat with Claussell about his career and current thinking on house music. The DJ/producer recalled the first time he visited Japan, a decade ago. "I was first invited to Sapporo in '93," he said. "It was my first time ever going to Japan, and I was immediately blown away. Here I was on the other side of the Earth playing music in a room full of music lovers who didn't speak, or barely understood, English. Yet they were into the music more than some people and places in America, as well as knowing most of the music I was playing. It was amazing."

In subsequent years Claussell has become a regular visitor, and has been able to observe Japan's rapidly developing dance music culture. "As the years progressed, I've seen more Japanese DJs and producers emerge," he says. "And that's a wonderful thing."

Turning to New York, Claussell sees house music facing serious challenges from the city government. "All of these new laws in New York came into effect, closing down some of our major clubs and regulating dancing in small places such as bars," he says. "This had a serious affect on music as a whole in New York, but I see that things are slowly coming back to normal. It has to. This is very important, especially today, especially for house music. We need all the exposure that we can get..."

Meanwhile, a series of events being staged this fall by digital artists/activists Planet Generation Global Move (PG2M) for global peace gets underway Friday with an all-nighter at the bayside venue Cube 326. With over 30 DJs and VJs over the club's five floors, the party will span a range of sounds, from breaks to trance and house, culminating in a live performance by PG2M's King, who will play from his forthcoming CD, Rastafari Hyper Eros. The events will culminate on December 13 with Ze Global Party 4 a U-Man Planet, a nonstop, 24-hour online concert/party to be transmitted from Tokyo, Addis Ababa, NYC and Paris, with international artists coming together to remind the world of the famine threatening Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa.

Sacred Rhythm Tour@Yellow, 9/6, 10pm, ¥3,500. Tel: 3479-0690.

Club Cube 4 Peace@Cube 326, 9/11, 10pm, ¥2,000. Tel: 5439-5293.

credit: Yellow