John Digweed, one of the most
creative and in-demand progressive house DJs in the world, recently
played Osaka's Motherhall as part of his first Japan tour in over
2 years. Kansai Scene's HWJ and Terumi had a chance to sit down
and chat with him before his Oct 21st set.
Scene: How did you get your start?
John Digweed: When I was at school, a guy that worked with my parents
was flat mates with one of the local DJs, he had turntables in his
house, and he used to give me mix tapes... and he had all these
tapes of, like, Shep Pettibone, François K, stuff like that.
And I came round one night, to have a chat, and see the set-up,
it was two turntables and a mixer and a tape deck. So I saved up
to get my own turntable and a cheap mixer. Every penny I earned
from that point on,
I spent on vinyl and equipment, that's all. Obviously once you've
got the equipment, then you want a chance to play out, so, anytime
when there was a birthday party, or whatever, I was always wanting
to be there DJ-ing.
About when was this?
About 1984. That kind of early funk, soul and jazz sound of Pettibone
and François K, you know, that's what I used to really like
listening to, along with The Human League, New Order, The Cure,
a mixture, really.
What do you think of
the scene here in Kansai and Tokyo?
I mean, the thing... you always kind of associate Tokyo with being
more futuristic... it's a very exciting place to come and visit.
And the club tonight (Mother Hall), the sound system is great and
the crowd seems really into it as well. I mean, the last time I
played at Underlounge, it was a great reaction. So I'm expecting
a similar thing tonight. You don't always know what to expect, and
that keeps you on your toes, and it's what keeps me excited about
Any differences in
the audiences' styles or attitudes in the two areas (Osaka and Tokyo)?
I mean, I'm sure there are differences, but I don't pick up, or
try to focus on them.
About your recent China
tour, were the audiences receptive to you?
It was good, I mean, they were very interested in cheering along...
I think, you know there's great potential over there. Everyone kind
of expects it to grow quickly, but I think for the scene to grow
well, it needs to take time because if it develops too quickly,
it's almost like, you know... I think people need to come along
for the experience that it's growing, rather than just going from
A to Z right away. It was a sense of organic-ness that made the
scene in England so good, the fact that it took such a long time
for it to actually peak, rather than just overnight. With China,
too, it's gonna to take a while.
How do you feel about
labeling of music (styles), "electro-this," "minimal-that,"
etc? Good, bad or...?
JD: Terrible! (laughs) Labeling is like, I mean once you get labeled
it's very hard. Especially, you know, there's nights when I've played,
and a majority of the set is house music and then you read a review
and it's like "Yeah, he started out with this progressive track,
and" and it's like which DJ were you listening to? (laughs)
So I think sometimes they just define your sound and that's it.
And especially with the record label, we kind of got labeled as
a progressive label to start with, and we'll put out a record by
Brancaccio and Aisher, which is house, and you'll read a review,
and it's like "This is the most Unprogressive house record
there is!" and it's like well, yeah, because it's NOT progressive
house. But they'll still try to fit it in that box, and they're
like, "Well, we'll get it in there somehow." So I think
the whole labeling thing does sometimes confuse things. But what
are you gonna do? People wanna pigeonhole you.
I got a look at your
website, which is very cool...
JD: Thank you. It's been under development...
And I saw that you
really talk to your fans, that they can email you directly...
And that you email
JD: Yeah, that's right, and on my radio show as well, on KISS, you
know there's an email address there. Often when I'm sitting in hotel
rooms, I'll send emails back to people.
How much time out of
your day does that take?
JD: I mean, I don't go through every single one, (laughs) you know,
but if it's something I can answer quickly, then I'll just shoot
one back. I'm not known for long emails anyway, so you'll probably
get about 3 words, but you know 3 words is better than nothing.
What's new with your
Bedrock record label?
JD: We've launched a new website for it in December, and we're starting
a download service of the singles, kind of alongside the vinyl.
With Internet technology today, you've gotta move with it. It's
not easy for people in many countries to get the vinyl or CD, with
import taxes and all that. A lot of kids are downloading tracks,
and I think it's better to try and make as many contacts with the
DJs all around the world, you know.
news to Kobe music heads: a new venue has just opened in Sannomiya,
not too far from Tokyu Hands. It's a "new dimension discotheque"
and you can enjoy everything from classic disco sounds to the latest
Satoshi Tomiie, one of Japans best progressive
house DJs who has ranked in the DJ Mags top 100 DJs, will
also come to celebrate the opening of this new music oasis in Kobe.
You don't have to dress up but it's better not to wear a baseball
cap to this one just come ready to dance!
1/11 (Sun) 19:00 @ FLARE KOBE
¥3500/¥1000 drink tix (ADV. ¥3000/¥1000 drink tix,
W/F: ¥3500/¥2000 drink tix)
SPECIAL GUEST DJ: Satoshi Tomiie GUEST DJ: Yoku DJs:Fuji,
JAMBOREE 1st ANNIV. meets SPINNS NIGHT SPECIAL
CRUISE JAPAN TOUR Vol.3
London's biggest after hours party "TRADE"
meets Osaka's hardest event "JAMBOREE" for a night of
stompin tunes and madness! TRADE is renowned for their hard,
energetic parties that go on well into the morning.
Direct from Londons TRADE, DJ ROSCO, started
DJing at the young age of 14, inspired by the legendary hard NRG
DJ, Tony De Vit. He will join DJ ZIAD, noted for his impressive
Timo Maas remix, to show Osaka the true TRADE sound. Resident at
Kansais No.1 Dragqueen party Dendou Tsukematsuge,
DJ Ibi,will join other super-genki DJs from Osaka to keep it hard,
happy and uplifting! In 2004, the BEST way to spend the freezing
winter is in the CITY! And this party is one you should not miss!
Who needs sleep?!
1/23(Fri) 21:00 @ TRIANGLE
GUEST DJs: Ziad, Rosco DJs: Ibi, Doi, U-kic, Siji + more
THE LITTLE GINGER CLUB KID TOUR
many DJs can state that they started their DJ careers at 15, but
Tim Deluxe sure can. He played at the infamous Ministry of Sound
at just 15, and set up his own record label at 17 what a
way to start-off! Known to most for his killer 2002 summer anthem
It Just Wont Do, Tims track first appeared
in Darren Emersons Underwater Records Episode 1
He dj-ed at Electraglide 2002 in Tokyo, Fuji Rock
Festival 03 and finally, he is coming to Osaka in 2004 to promote
his debut house-based album!! Don't know him? Don't worry, YOU KNOW
THE SONG and its rocks! If you are looking for the next Fatboy
Slim, Tim Deluxe's the new man to check-out!
1/24(Sat) 22:00 @ MOTHER HALL
GUEST DJ: YO'C + more
DJ: Tim Deluxe
huge annual event now in its 4th year in Tokyo, made its move
to the Kansai region on November 29, setting up shop at the enor-mous
ATC pavilion in Nanko.
Over 6000 people witnessed some of the biggest
acts this planet has to offer, giving up the goodies, in an ear
candy marathon running over ten hours. Big names such as LFO (Have
you seen that video?), veterans Felix da Housecat and the legendary
Underworld were all kept on their tippy toes by a writhing crowd
that barked and cheered until the wee hours.
Luke Vibert, the stand out performer, was the
last act of the night. You may know him through his connection and
friendship with br-ache-beat masters Aphex Twin and Squarepusher.
Mr Vibert is a master in his own right however, with a set that
left people vibrating until the final curtain. A cookin' multi-instrumentalist
that turned on a show many wont forget, displayed his culinary skill
with styles ranging from early Hiphop, Disco, Acid all the way to
New Noise and a peppering of everything in between. This along with
a visual display by Tomato left me more satisfied than the curry
I consumed earlier.
Fortunately Kansai Scene had a chance to talk
to him about the event, his music and his new album "YosepH"
(Warp/Beat Records), Asking him about Japan, and Japanese crowds,
"They really seem to react to the human element in the equation"
elaborating on his wont to connect with his listeners and steer
clear of, often heard but rarely liked, "manufactured"
music. His latest release "YosepH" harks back to a period
we all hold dear to our hearts... Acid. Not being restrained by
his equipment and with a keen eye on the future, he has produced
an album that initially seems simple but grows on you slowly like
all good acid should. "Its easy to write it off as simple...
but its quite deep in a way. It's all live so it's a really human
"I like Acid" the first single of the
album is a killer track, with enough 303 to have you in a daze for
days. A great act to see next time he is in town and an album well
worth listening too.
11/29 (Sat) @ ATC HALL
LIVE: 2manydjs, Colder, Futureshock, Darren Price,
Underworld, Felix da Housecat, LFO, Luke Vibert
Club Listings January
H2DP @ UNDER LOUNGE. Disco. Weekly
event. DJs: GROOVY workshop., Ken-bow, Jun, miura, Popeye. Open
WORLD A HAPPY NEW YEAR PARTY 2004
@ WORLD. All mix. DJs: The World All Stars + more. Open 21:00. ¥2000/4D
+ free sake!
DANCE 45 X NITE @ METRO. Reggae. ACT:
Chilldrive, Ryu-ki + Na-T, Clear Cut + more. Open 22:00. ¥1500/1D.
FUTURE DISCO @ SAM&DAVE NAGAHORIBASHI.
All kinds of party music. DJs: Shinke, Jun. Open 21:00. Men:¥2000/2D,
BLISSDOM presents ETNICANET TOUR @
MOTHER HALL. Psy-trance. LIVE: Etnica, Wrecked Machines. DJs: Dimitri
D.K.N, Max, Full Moon Mondo, Isao. Open 22:00. ¥5500 (adv.¥4500).
REFEX @ UNDER LOUNGE. Techno. DJs:
Y.Matsuoka, Astro. Open 20:00. ¥3,000/1D
CLUB '80S @ METRO. '80s sounds/Disco.
DJs: Nacky, Club'80s all stars. Open 22:00. ¥1500.
ESSENTIAL @ WORLD. Hip hop. GUEST
DJs: Master Key, Yukijirushi, Master Peace Sound. DJs: Sancon, Yohei,
Meg, Shigenori. Open 21:00. ¥3000/1D(adv.¥2500/1D).
SAT*CLA @ GRAND CAFE. Disco. DJ: Groovy
Workshop. Open 20:00. Men: ¥2000/1D, Women: Free!
SOULFREE @ UNDER LOUNGE. Hip hop/R&B.
Weekly event. DJs: Minami, Benkei, Kaz001. Open 22:00. ¥3000/2D.
JUST-MUSEUM-SUNDAY AFTERNOON SPECIAL 12
HOURS @ WORLD. House. DJs: Isao, Brett, Jyotaro, Ange
+ more. Open 16:00. ¥2000/2D.
EVOLUTION @ WORLD. Hip hop/ R&B.
DJs: Shiotsu, Bass, Abe. SOUND: Jambaret, Bassgreen. Open 20:00.
SUPER SOUL SHOW @ UNDER LOUNGE. Disco/Soul/Classics/
DJs: Super Soul Show crew. Open 20:00. ¥2500/2D.
STYLUS @ WORLD. House. MAIN DJ: Ageishi.
DJs: Ban, Kee-bo. Open 21:00. ¥2000/1D (w/f:¥1500/1D).
ADMA @METRO. House/Techno/ Tech-house.
LIVE: Suetake a.k.a Psychonaut, Sasaki Ryoma. DJs: Shinomiya, Fulltono.
Open 22:00. ¥1500.
HOUSE CLASSIC STYLE @ SAM&DAVE
NAGAHORIBASHI. House. DJs: Amamiya Tatsurow, Akira, P, Andix. Open
21:00. Men: ¥2000/2D, Women: ¥1000/1D.
TOP FUEL @ UNDER LOUNGE. Progressive
house. DJs: Ko-Kimura, Ko-Matsushima, Hamanaka. Open 22:00. ¥2500/1D
FOR PARADISE @ GRAND CAFE. House.
Djs: Tokusaburo, Gehimania, Kotani Kenichi, Massan, Megumi. Open
SAFE SEX SATURDAY @ SAM&DAVE UMEDA.
All kinds of party music. Complimentary condom upon entry. Sex on
the beach and Hooch ¥500 all nite. DJ: Tetsuya. Open 19:00.
Men:¥2000/2D, Women: ¥1000/1D.
"UNDULATION1" CD RELEASE PARTY
@ FLARE. House. see the details for pickup.
SAYANSE @ WORLD. Reggae. GUEST: Mighty
Jam Rock. Sound Chilldrive + more. Open 21:00. ¥2500/1D.
3ACAFE Presents PEACE vol.6 @ METRO.
Reggae/Hip hop/R&B. GUEST LIVE: Keyco with Loop Junktion. LIVE:
Saura, TMS, Liberal Meteor + more. DJs: Motion, Nomb, Strech, B-stone.
Open 20:00. ¥3150(adv.¥2650).
FRONTIN' @ UNDER LOUNGE. Hip hop.
DJs: Mash, Hayato. Open 20:00. ¥2500/2D.
LEGEND @ GRAND CAFE. House music.
Weekly event. DJs: Yoku. Daisuke, Asahara, Tokusaburo, Gehimania.
Open 20:00. ¥1000/1D.
FLAMINGO @ WORLD. House. DJs: Yamamoto
Jowa, Alita, Noda. Open 20:00. ¥1500/1D.
WEST @ TRIANGLE. House. DJs: Yashima,
Togawa, Tomoa, Onishi. Open 21:00. ¥2500/1D (w/f: ¥2000/1D).
WICKED! @ UNDER LOUNGE. House. DJs:
RDM, Sugata, Mari. Open 20:00. ¥2500/2D.
LADIES NIGHT @ SAM&DAVE UMEDA.
All the party music. A glass of bubbly, a red rose and a free drink
ticket for all the ladies. Free nail artists, too. DJ: Akira. Open
19:00. Men: ¥2000/2D, Women: ¥1000/1D (+ a lot more!!).
WIZZY NOISE 2004 JAPAN TOUR @ MOTHER
HALL. Psy-trance. LIVE: Wizzy Noise. Open 22:00. ¥TBA. www.arcadia-music.net.
REIJI NO TATAKAI @ ROCKETS. Techno/Gagga/Break
Beats. DJs: Tomi, Future Investiga&Koyote, Pengo, Sharpnel +
more. Open 23:00. ¥2500/1D (w/f: ¥2000/1D).
SEXY TRAX @ UNDER LOUNGE. Hard house.
DJs: Ise, Yutaka.k. Open 20:00. ¥2500/1D.
KYOTO REGGAE MATSURI @ METRO. Dance
hall reggae. GUEST SOUND: Sunset. SOUND: UJ, Black Bass, Anahiem,
King Ashra + more. Open 22:30. ¥2000.
GROOVE CONTROL @ WORLD. Techno/UK
Hard house/Trance. DJs: Kitagawa, Ryuju, Doi, Ippei, Yutaka.K. Open
MOVIN' HIGH @ KARMA. Hard house/Techno.
Djs: Koujirou, Tetsuji, F.Gotoh. Open 23:00. ¥2500/1D (w/f:
SPICY! @ GRAND CAFE. New style Disco
party. Djs: Miura, Groovy Workshop., Fox-shingo. Open 20:00. ¥2000/1D
NAKED NIGHT @ SAM&DAVE UMEDA.
All kinds of party music. Prizes for nudity. DJ: Tetsuya. Open 19:00.
Men: ¥2000/2D, Women: ¥1000/1D.
STILL ECHO @ METRO. Experimental/Free
jazz. LIVE: Chicago Underground Duo, Trio, Quartet (from Chicago),
Brokeback (from Chicago), Jeff Parker (from Chicago). DJs: Kazuma,
Kazuhiro. Open 19:00. ¥5500/1D (adv.¥5000/1D).
JAMBOREE 1st ANNIV. meets SPINNS NIGHT
SPECIAL CRUISE JAPAN TOUR vol.3 @ TRIANGLE. UK Hard house. see
the details for pickup.
LIFE @ UNDER LOUNGE. House. DJ: Amamiya
Tatsurow. Open 20:00. ¥2500/2D.
JET SET presents ROUTE vol.4 @ METRO.
Dance music. SPECIAL GUEST: Maurice Fulton, MU. LIVE: ECD, Riow
Arai, Illeme Orchestra, Alt Entre Del Esc. DJ: Moyujyumo, oorutaichi.
Open 22:00. ¥3500/1D (adv¥3000/1D). www.jetsetrecords.net/
FIZZ @ SAM&DAVE NAGAHORI-BASHI.
All mix. DJs: Wil, Fuku. Open 21:00. Men: ¥2000/2D, Women: ¥1000/1D.
THE LITTLE GINGER CLUB KID TOUR @
MOTHER HALL. House. see the details for pickup.
NYX-RYAN HAIFAX JAPAN TOUR @ BAYSIDE
JENNY. Psy-trance. LIVE: Ryan Harifex vs Sly Flynn (from Ger). DJs:
Sal, Mukai. Open 21:00. ¥4000 (adv.¥3000).
AURORA SOUNZ @ KOBE FUKAEHAMA ZINK.
Psy-trance. more info: www.aurora-soundz.org.
R&B/HIP HOP NIGHT @ TRIANGLE.
R&B/Hip hop. DJs: Hiyoco, Ko-taro, Swing. Open 21:00. ¥2500/1D
RUMBLE @ UNDER LOUNGE. Progressive
house/Break beats. DJs: Tommy Digital, Luke. Open 20:00. ¥2500/1D.
GROOVE ROOM WEST- 3rd Anniversary
@ KARMA. Lounge. DJs: Konihi Yasuharu (ex.Pizzicato Five) Ikeda
Masanori (a.k.a Mansfield). Open 22:00. ¥2800/1D (adv.¥2300/1D).
FUSION @ SAM&DAVE NAGAHORIBASHI.
All kinds of party music. DJs: Fuji Tatsuhiko, Ryoji, Knob. Open
21:00. Men: ¥2000/2D, Women: ¥1000/1D.
DISCO FRESH!! @ UNDER LOUNGE. Disco.
DJs: *Groovy workshop., Ban-chan. Open 20:00. ¥2500/2D.
XXX @ SAM&DAVE NAGAHORI-BASHI.
Top hits from all around the world. DJ: P. Open 21:00. Men: ¥2000/2D,
WARP DA DISCO @ UNDER LOUNGE. UK Hard
house/Trance. DJs: Shinkawa, F.Gotoh, Co-hey. Open 20:00. ¥3000/2D.
SUPER SOUL SHOW @ WORLD. Soul/Disco,
DJs: Ootsuki Atsuhi, Hisada, Matuim Enoki, Show5. Oppen 21:00. Men:
¥2500/2D, Women: ¥2000/1D.
SUNSHINE KAKE @ KARMA. All mix. Js:
Bluetreexxx, Addic, Naoto + more. Open 23:00. ¥2000/1D (adv.¥1500/1D).
FERTILLIZATION @ TRIANGLE. Drum'n'bass/Electrocrash.
DJ: Toyo. Open 22:00. ¥TBA. www.s-voga.com.