by Don Crispy
From the people who brought New York house
icon Junior Vasquez to the bayside superclub AgeHa@Studio
Coast last summer comes another event worthy of the giant
space's mighty sound system.
Expat party promoters Ooooze have hooked up with commercial
clubbing juggernaut Ministry of Sound to bring in a German
artist who has transcended his country's club scene
to become one of progressive house's most sought-after
As a kid in Hanover, Timo Maas was already spinning for his
friends' house parties at the age of 13. Outgrowing
the local club scene, the DJ began a residency at The Tunnel
in Hamburg, at the time one of the biggest clubs in Germany.
An early trance release, Die Herdplatte, brought Maas international
acclaim, and he was soon being booked across Europe.
It was in the late '90s, however, that Maas really
began to come into his own as a recording artist. He issued
some 90 recordings in three years for a slew of labels; many
of the tracks became standard issue in DJ's record
boxes the world over. 1999's Music For The Masses,
for instance, won the coveted Album of the Year status in
both Ministry and Mixmag.
Maas describes his sound as simply "wet 'n'
hard," while critics have lauded him for an approach
that spans from progressive and garage house to techno and
breakbeats. In recent years, he's got the royal seal
of approval from Madonna (for whom he remixed "Don't
Tell Me") and Fatboy Slim, with whom he "swaps"
In a brief email interview, Maas took the long view on his
career as a DJ, saying that despite his current success, he
thinks that house music's "peak has passed."
In ten or 20 years, Maas says he sees himself DJing only "occasionally...for
friends or special occasions" and instead, "cooking
and collecting wine."
Ooooze has booked a slew of supporting DJs for AgeHa's
four different spaces, including expats Dave Twomey (MYM/Samurai
FM), and Simon Templar (Spice!/Cream), as well as domestic
stalwarts Osamu M (BNM) and Mitomi Tokoto (Cyber Japan).
Launching underground Ooooze parties 18 months ago, Mike Pitsiladis,
Nick Shindo and Peter Presley (Australian, Japanese/British,
English, respectively) quickly progressed to packing AgeHa
with over 3,000 for Junior Vasquez: "We feel our strength
lies in the fact that we have a foot in both the Japanese
and foreign communities, that we truly love our music, and
that we can work as a 'global bridge' for DJs
wanting to play in Japan and vice-versa..."
For those with the stamina, meanwhile, Velfarre's after-hours
Accel parties presents a special edition this Sunday. Resident
DJs Uiroh and Tetsuya have invited the Belgian production
team of Bert and Maarten Wilmaers, better known simply as
Filterheadz. Since pointing themselves in a tribal techno
direction in 2000, they have become one of Europe's
most sought-after production teams, with the likes of Digweed
and Seb Fontaine spinning their tracks. Filterheadz make their
first appearance in Japan.
Ministry of Sound in Tokyo@AgeHa/Studio
Coast, 11/14, 11pm, ¥3,500 (adv), ¥4,000 (door).
Info: Mother Entertainment 03-5341-1515
Accel@Velfarre, 11/9, 6:30am, ¥3,500. Tel: 03-3402-8000