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Debuting in Kotto Dori hideout Chambres D’hotes on December 14 is Domo Arigato, the party with, as its name suggests, an underlying theme of gratitude. And the first bestowee of thanks—served with an eclectic and riotous melee of multi-genre beats, themes and visuals—is Chicago band Anathallo. The indie art-pop act has just launched a new disc, Canopy Glow, and completed a Japan tour. Vocalist Matthew Joynt will take to the wheels of steel along with a mob of Tokyo’s underground beat-meisters. Dub- and reggae-fuelled Kenta and Tokyo-based electro warlord Maxwell will add to the shenanigans, while disco- and electro-tinged Dirk Bite, aka Jaybee of Loudminorityradio notoriety, ices what should be quite the delectable cake.

Domo Arigato@Chambres D’hotes, Dec 14. JC

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by Don Crispy

Pete Tha Zouk

In advance of his first tour here, the Portuguese DJ says the future will come from Japan

“Everything will change...mixers, turntables, CDs, MP3s will be transformed into something else.”
www.petethazouk.com

There once was a time when this writer had to scramble to find materials on DJs touring Tokyo. Few had released anything besides vinyl, and decent photos, biographies, and discographies were far and few between.

These days, spinning discs is a career and DJs approach it the way they would any other. A turntablist worth his or her salt comes armed with resumes detailing notable club residencies, honors and awards, as well as discogs, professional photos and bios.
Take Portugal’s Pete Tha Zouk. Slated to play promoter Valys’s Tribe All event at Aoyama club The Orbient May 28, Pete has a website (petethazouk.com) that not only lists his achievements, but also provides downloadable audio, video, and even a press pack for journalists.

It’s this kind of professionalism that’s taken Pete to the top ranks of European DJs at age 26. With his own tightly produced tribal house tracks for the Stereo Productions imprint and a distinctive look, he has won a string of awards, including National House DJ of Portugal in 2003.

But as young as Pete is, his career already stretches back over a decade. Without the support of the kind of dance music industry that exists today, things were tough when he was getting into the game. “When I started, everything was difficult,” he says in an email interview. “There were places to play, but nobody cared about giving you a chance.”

These days, though, Pete waxes nostalgic (one suspects) about a time before drugs had come to dominate European dance clubs. “As a style, house is very healthy, but if you want me to talk about crowds, I can’t say the same. People need to go for the music and for the music only, not for something else.”

With a number of hits under his belt, including last year’s “Iberican Sound” remix and hard-hitting singles like “The First Tribal Feeling,” Pete says his forthcoming releases take a new creative tack. “The tribal essence is there, but [it’s] not so underground this time...the tracks have sensual female vocals with dark and crazy bass lines.”

Pete enthuses about his first Japan tour, “It’s clear here in Europe that the best visuals are in Japan.” But it’s not just Japan’s VJing that he ranks highly. Asked how he thinks DJing will evolve, Pete says, “The answer will come from Japan...Everything will change...mixers, turntables, CDs, MP3s will be transformed into something else.”

Created by Valys, a group quickly establishing itself as one of the serious house music promoters in Japan, Tribe All will also feature a slew of domestic turntablists, including veteran house DJ/producer Koutarou.A as well as Hiyoshi of ethno-dub label Dakini Records and Valys’s own DJs D, Etto, Mitch and Enzo.

Tribe All@The Orbient, May 28. See club listings for details.

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