| After Dark
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
by Don crispy
The Aussie DJ is making a stand for techno from his base
|We dubbed it the
Melbourne shuffle as a joke, and it stuck.
courtesy of WetMusik
The worlds dance music Meccas are London, New York
and, in Asia, Tokyo, but the diffusion of music through the
Internet and the increasing affordability of recording technology
means that all sorts of cities are now throwing up noteworthy
DJs. In Melbourne, Simon Coyle has been at the center of the
citys club scene for over a decade now, and hes
also a national force through his imprint WetMusik. As a DJ,
hes brought his blend of percussive techno, cheeky vocals
and supple breakbeats from Malaysia to Croatia, while locally
he hosts a show on Melbournes Kiss FM. Metropolis threw
a few questions at Coyle in Melbourne in advance of his set
at Shibuya club Womb, where hell spin alongside Scottish
techno producer Vince Watson as part of the regular Irizo
Whats distinct about the Australian dance scene,
and Melbourne in particular?
Well, the dancing style for one. Melbournes infamous
for its rave dancing, which started as an extension of break
dancing in the late 80s and adapted to the faster electronic
music coming out at the time. As the BPMs got quicker, so
did the moves, and its quite amusing if the dancer isnt
awesome. We dubbed it the Melbourne shuffle as
a joke, and it stuck. I feel we have contributed a definitive
sound to techno stemming from being a fairly sheltered scene
geographically over a long period of time. Theres also
a lot of bush parties here; the initial one, Earthcore,
is still going strong. Just got to watch out for bushfires
Youve been to Japan before. What was your impression?
Lasting. The complexity of Japan blows me away. I love the
traditions and way of thinking, which seem to have evolved
from being an empire that stood alone for so long and how
that coincides with modern day Japan and its appetite for
technology. The sheer population of the cities makes it an
electrifying place. I also love the fact the market seems
to be right up on the music; it feels like they appreciate
hearing new records.
How do you plan your sets? What do you have in mind for
For me its about packing the right records and then
dropping them at the right time on the night. Technically
I know Ill hold up; the magic happens when you get that
first part right. When Im traveling I try and take a
representative sample of where Im currently at. Its
easier if youve been somewhere before, as you learn
what works by playing a market. Ive been looking forward
to doing Womb for some time, so Ill try and make it
a special one. Ill be bringing a lot of new music: unreleased
stuff from my label as well as the records that have moved
me over a long period of time.
Tell us about your current musical undertakings.
I just released a mix CD entitled The Best of Wetmusik to
celebrate the first 25 releases on my label with partner Simon
Digby. We recorded it at a gig in Malaysia earlier this year.
The label has just had a release from some Serbian guys, Marco
Nastic and Dejan, called the Belgrade Burner EP, and I have
a release called Snake in the Grass coming out as the next
Wet release in about a month. Im starting a new label
called Robot Samba, which will be for the funkier side of
Is the worldwide dance music scene healthy? Any predictions
for the future?
Compared to 5 or 10 years ago perhaps not as healthy. There
are areas in the world that have just exploded, like South
America and Eastern Europe, but as a general rule sales and
attendance figures are down. I think the next phase will come
from a development in technology, be that with studio or DJ
equipment, the actual venues themselves, or a combination
thereof. But until then we can all rest easy in the knowledge
that losing yourself on the dance floor to music you love
is a universal and timeless pastime.
How would you spend one free night in Tokyo?
Play a full house at Womb. And meet that podium dancer working
the last time I played Osaka, please.
Irizo@Womb, Oct 9. See club listings
for details. For more info on Simon Coyle, check out www.wetmusik.com
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