It’s been a while since I went out, and there was an upcoming techno night at a Taipei club, I decided to go out. Unfortunately Cio D’Or had cancelled, but there was a replacement DJ, also from Germany. To be fair, I have gone out a few times in Taipei, but not much over the last few years. I have always liked hard techno and minimal techno, ever since my DJ days, but when you get extremely busy and tired, it’s hard to find the time. Lately I’ve been pondering more about this and decided that it was time to check out the scene in Taipei.
The night started out with some funky beats by Yoshi. It was pretty good. The main room had some beat-less techno, which was somewhat nauseating in such a large venue, so we stayed to watch Matthias Vogt. I actually talked with him during gthe night. Tortue pointed him out and we started talking to him. He’s a nice guy from Frankfurt, and his music was a mix of deep house and some tech beats. It was somewhat low-key, but worth spending most of the night watching him spin since he didn’t use any beatmatching software on a laptop. No, he simply used CDs and the CDJs to mix beats. He also played around, did a few tricks, which was pretty nice to watch. That was refreshing, as all of the other DJs that night were using laptops with their songs beatmatched. It’s kind of an annoying trend because the songs are usually perfectly mixed and the DJ does less tweaking.
The main room was taken up by Cio D’Or’s replacement Dasha Rush from Moscow. Her music was quite aggressive, which was cool. Half of her set used beatmatching while the rest of it was on vinyl, which was even better. There was a train wreck and the power went out at one time, but ultimately it was quite fun. I’m going to need earplugs, but the music was nice and loud, the beats were harsh and hard.