Tour Diary – Macau (China)

Macau's cloudy skyline...

Macau’s ridiculously cloudy skyline…

Following a show the night before which had me DJing til 1.30am at Brickyard in Kaohsiung (I’m very glad I requested an earlier set time than I usually get there), I had to wake a little before 6am to get to the airport – Annoyingly, DJ life often involves little sleep and lots of travel (but its still mostly awesome). I arrived in Macau at 10am, finding the Sideshow KUTS promoter, TJ, at the airport. The view was very cloudy but you could just about make out an amazing array of skyscrapers of varous weird shapes and sizes (including Grand Lisboa – the big golden alien pineapple looking one) as myself and TJ, took the free ‘casino bus’ into the city. We meandered to his apartment where I made myself at home.

The most fashionable lost cat poster image I have ever seen...

On the way to TJ’s place, I came across the most fashionable lost cat poster image of all time…

After a quick chill at TJ’s, we walked into town to get a kebab (very nice, although I felt the kebab shop – ‘Arabian Kebab’ – could have had a better name – Abra Kebabra and Kebabylon instantly spring to mind). Delicious yet unoriginally named kebabs eaten, we checked out some very cool graffiti, followed by the ‘old town’ (the main sights to see including some overcrowded narrow alleys full of shops and the front wall of an old church – the rest of the church is nowhere to be seen) followed by the Grand Lisboa (the big golden alien pineapple looking) casino. Whilst enjoying an overpriced beer (courtesy of TJ) and some free mixed nuts, we were treated to an odd casino cabaret show featuring skimpily dressed Russian dancing girls miming along to obscure northern soul tunes whilst removing items of clothing. Sadly there were no photos allowed here, but I took a sneaky one from the next floor up showing one of the casinos many floors full of blackjack tables, slot machines and various ridiculous ways to lose money. Note, the casino floors are entirely windowless – I guess this is to make it easier for gambling addicts (‘gamblaholics’?) to lose track of time as they lose their cash, making it easier to keep them there longer. We popped back to TJ’s place (as I was in need of a quick nap).

Some particularly badass graffiti.

Some particularly badass Macau graffiti.

The Grand Lisboa 'big alien pineapple looking' casino.

The Grand Lisboa casino.

I felt like this room would have benefitted from some more chandeliers...

I felt like this room would have benefitted from some more chandeliers…

The next stop was Macau ferry where we went to pick up Janette Slack (who was also DJing that night). The only time I had met Janette previously was for a few seconds on stage in the main room of Fabric in London when she awarded me and the Bass Kitchen team the ‘Best Small Club/Event’ award at Breakspoll 2010. After a quick stroll from the ferry, we headed to Sky 21 where we were treated to some of the best food I have ever eaten – As a 7-11 regular, I’m not really used to the gourmet shizz. The venue is glitzy and upmarket with views overlooking the entire city. Suddenly, as if from nowhere, my Taiwan based buddies Goober Gun appeared. It turns out they were in Macau for some meetings and to see The Rolling Stones play the next day and wanted to surprise me – which definitely worked. Much banging food was eaten, many drinks drunk and a lot of laughs were had. Also, a particularly alienating (for anyone that didn’t like fish puns) epic fish pun battle took place between me and Janette – just for the halibut).

The food to plate ratio of this particular dish was not great - however, the food to deliciousness ratio was through the roof!

The food to plate ratio of this particular dish was not great – however, the food to deliciousness ratio was through the roof!

Soon enough it was myself and Janette’s turn to DJ – we played a few hours of 3o minute short sets each (to allow for maximum toilet-breakage) followed by a little b2b stint at the end (which was my highlight of the gig). With the show finished, we headed downstairs to check out “Macau’s busiest club” – D2 – which was definitely not my style. Massively crowded (to the point where it was hard to move wherever you stood in the club), mediocre ‘safe’ music and filled with a nasty ‘I’m out to get laid and maybe have a fight’ vibe, we didn’t stay too long there.

Fun times.

Fun times – Just before we went downstairs to check out club D2 and it all went wrong…

Next up, myself and Janette headed back to TJ’s where we spent the next 6 or so hours becoming best friends, discovering we had matching beanies and making many very stupid, sleep deprived jokes. During this time, Janette also introduced me to my new favourite Louis CK clip, the Awesome Possum, which had us both crying with laughter. Around midday, we finally all got some much needed sleep.

Beanie Buddies

Rested but still feeling a little haggered, we headed to an Indian curryhouse for a particularly banging curry (again, it was courtesy of TJ, who is definitely one of the more awesome promoters I have ever worked with, and also a pretty badass scratch DJ). Curry eaten, I bid farewell to my new pals and headed to Macau airport to catch the flight back to Kaohsiung and continue the adventure in Taiwan…

Big tunes which were played:

Cameo – Word Up (Howla Remix)

Mutantbreakz – Sexy (Beatslappaz Remix)

JFB vs. Public Enemy – Bring The Wobble (Chamber Mashup)

My Top 10 Albums of all Time – 我最愛的專輯前十名

I recently set myself the surprisingly difficult task of coming up with a list of my top ten favourite albums of all time. Here’s what I ended up with…

我最近給自己出了一個很艱難的任務,那就是選出我這輩子最喜歡的十張專輯,最後的結果在這邊…

10. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Soul/RnB)

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9. Aquasky vs MasterBlaster – Stayfresh (Breaks)

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8. R.A. The Rugged Man – Legends Never Die (Hip-Hop)

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7. Ed Solo & Skool Of Thought – Random Acts Of Kindness (Breaks/DnB/Dub/Hip-Hop)

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6. Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030 (Hip-Hop)

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5. Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole (Breaks)

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4. The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land (Breaks)

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3. The Nextmen – Get Over It (Hip-Hop)

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2. Method Man & Redman – Blackout! (Hip-Hop)

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1: The Streets – Everything is Borrowed (Beat Poetry)

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Bass Kitchen Records Announcement – 貝斯廚房唱片 公告

Bass Kitchen Records

For the last six years or so, I had always said I’d love to run a record label one day but not until I have a decent amount of spare time to put into it. More recently I have come to the realisation that I will actually never have a decent amount of spare time as long as I tour/produce/host a weekly radio show and that I just have to bite the bullet and work doubly hard to make it happen. And so, Bass Kitchen Records begins… or should I say is reborn as a record label (www.basskitchenrecords.com already exists courtesy of the Bass Kitchen Poland team and is active right now as an online record store).

過去六年來,我一直期盼有一天生活中有足夠多餘的時間時,能夠自己經營一個唱片出版社。近期,在無數的巡迴演出,音樂製作以及每週的電台節目之下,我漸漸發現其實我這樣下去根本不會有空。當然,除非我真的把自己的肝都賣了,咬牙苦撐。於是貝斯廚房唱片的故事從這裡開始。(或者應該說重生,貝斯廚房在波蘭的團隊已有設立最初始的貝斯廚房唱片,而至今仍為一個極活躍的線上音樂商店。 網站: www.basskitchenrecords.com )

I have never undertaken a project like this before but the timing seems right, with Bass Kitchen well into its fifth year and clubnight branches already active in the UK, Poland, Germany, Canada and across Taiwan – there is already a global promotional network in place. Bass Kitchen Records will bring the same styles of music you would typically hear at our clubnights around the world – an eclectic mix of good underground bass heavy electronic music in various forms. I am currently working on the first release with some big names getting on board for remix duties.

我從未著手於如此龐大的計畫中但在貝斯廚房的主題派對邁入第五年,同時在英國,波蘭,德國,加拿大以及台灣各地都時常舉辦活動的情況下,這似乎就是時候了。貝斯廚房唱片出版的音樂,多數會是在我們的主題派對上聽得到的音樂巧妙地融合各種具有迷人重低音的地下音樂以及電音。我目前正在進行的是我們的第一發出版內容我找了一些音樂界的大人物一同來參與混音計畫。

On a personal note, it is incredible to see how far Bass Kitchen has come, having begun with me and a couple of mates throwing events in the tiniest venues dotted around Bristol. Its hard to predict where it will lead but I feel that this is the next huge step towards something pretty special. Watch this bass for more info…

對我個人來說,看貝斯廚房能夠走得這麼遠,真的很不可思議。從一個只會在布里斯托各個超小型場地出現的活動(比較像是朋友聚會,因為觀眾不多), 到現在能如此實在是很奇妙。很難說接下來這一步跨出去後會如何,但我認為這一步將會是對音樂影響極大的一步。這個網站會公布更多相關資訊,歡迎訂閱。

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