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SPOTLIGHT Interview: Kafe.Hu

by Tim Engel Thursday 13 November 2014
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CityMoments独家专访Kafe.Hu:与我们分享他的职业生涯,想了解更多,不要错过这个星期六在Kulou的SPOTLIGHT第二弹现场表演!

 

Kafe.Hu gave CityMoments an exclusive interview. Get the latest insights into his career and see him live this Saturday at SPOTLIGHT Vol.2 @Kulou.

 

 

 

What’s your first memory of hip hop?
您对Hip Hop最初的记忆是什么?


It's very different from Pop music and it attracts me instantly.
新的音乐 和以前听的流行歌不一样 更吸引我

When did you start performing? What prompted you to start recording?
您是从什么时候开始表演的?又是什么原因促使您开始录歌的呢?


It was many years ago I only remember that my performance wasn't great and for me it's meaningless at the time. Later on, I was basically going with the flow recording everyone song I wrote for fun.
很多年前了 就是可以表演便表演了 只记得那时不是太好 也没有什么深刻的意义录歌的话 就是比较顺理成章了 我写了歌 便要录出来 。

How’s the hip hop scene In Chengdu? Are you connected much to Shanghai’s hip hop, like Al Rocco, etc?
Hip Hop在成都的情况怎么样? 您跟上海的Hip Hop相关联吗,例如 Al Rocca,等等?


Positively speaking, I think Hip Hop in Chengdu is still growing. Thankfully, as a small community we've gotten a lot of support from the locals especially students, most of them they are willing to pay and come to our live shows, as well as following us online.
Frankly, I don't think my style is connected much  to Shanghai's hip hop, since I barely got the chance to exchange ideas with the rappers in Shanghai. Of course, if I get the chance, it's my pleasure to be friends with the rappers there.
Oh by the way, CHA CHA and Wino Willy live in Shanghai that might help with the connection.
HIPHOP在成都的情况总体上来说是比较乐观的 有很多人支持 也会愿意买票看现场 尽管学生居多。
说到这个 我觉得自己并没有和上海的HIPHOP有什么关联 也不太了解上海的HIPHOP是怎么样的 我很少有机会和这个城市的RAPPER们交流 如果有机会的话 我愿意和聊得来的RAPPER交朋友。
哦对了。  CHA CHA和 Wino Willy住在上海 这算有一点关联 。

Why did you decide to name your 2013 release “The Guy?”
为什么决定给您2013年发布的专辑命名《The Guy》?


Haha I actually explained a bit referring to this in my album. If most of the rappers would like to call themselves the King, then I would like to call myself the Guy. To name it with different terms, it was just my first thoughts when I was recording the album. But now I think it really is everyone's freedom to decide whether or not to call themselves the King, and it's always a good thing when you have confidence on yourself.
哈哈 记得专辑里面说过 那段录音是到现在为止我最后一次主动让THC进入呼吸管道了 那种状态很好笑 所以我说了些废话 如果很多RAPPER愿意叫自己“THE KING"的话 那我想叫自己”THE GUY" 反正需要和别人有点不一样吧。
当时的想法是这样的  而现在 我觉得叫不叫自己“KING”是每个人的自由 对自己的能力有自信的话 是非常好的一件事 。

Can you explain a little bit about the two main producers you use, Eddie and Wino Willy?
能简略的为我们介绍一下您的两位制作人,Eddie 和 Wino Willy吗?


I always say Eddie is a genius. Honestly, it's not easy for me to "compliment" him because we met each other long time ago and became really good friends after since. He is like a brother to me. Haha He is unique, not only in terms of music, but also personality, he is a very flexible person, natural and unrestrained. From my perspective, I admire his attitude towards life!
As for Wino Willy, we call him Mr. Wang's Got Talent. He named it himself actually. It's a quite fierce name for a black guy from Atlanta! I knew Wino Willy because of CHA CHA, his music has given me a lot of inspiration but I've never met him in person. I am looking forward to meet CHA CHA in the future.
很好啊!ED是天才我一直这样说 我们认识了很久 很熟 也因为太熟  以至于我不知道怎么去具体地“赞美”他 哈哈 总而言之 很特别 不管音乐还是性格 是个弹性很大的人 在我的生活范畴里 我觉得这样的人很潇洒!
Wino Willy 我更愿意叫他“王有才” 这个名字是他自己取的 对于一个来自亚特兰大的黑人哥们儿来说 这名字太凶了!因为CHA CHA我和他认识 他的音乐有一部分很吸引以及启发我 我们没有见过面 很希望有机会和他做真正的好朋友

Your music generally has a  more chill vibe, like A Tribe Called Quest or De La Soul. DO you ever get pushed to make more club-friendly faire?
您的音乐通常给人更轻松的感觉, 比如A Tribe Called Quest 或 De La Soul。您曾经有被迫尝试过夜店里更受欢迎的主流音乐吗?


Of course I tried!  I used to do freestyle at the club. However, on the stage I am being ignored, no one cares about what I am doing, and I swear, it doesn't feel very pleasant at all. But later on, these experiences became a part of me, it gives me inspiration, and made me become who I am today. For that, I have nothing to complain about. It's just that it helps me make up my mind and stick to what I am doing today.
For me, I don't like being labeled. Right now my music might be chilled, but in the future I'm definitely willing to make it different.
当然啊!我曾经也在夜店里面即兴演出过 那种感觉很特别 台下很混乱 他们好像不是很在乎你在干什么 有一种自己是下酒菜的感觉 我保证!当时很不爽!但后来这些感觉竟也成为了我灵感来源的一部分 对于这个 我没有什么好抱怨的 只是不愿意再去干那种工作了。
对于音乐更轻松的感觉 我可以多说一点吗?如果觉得太啰嗦的话 也可以删了它 是这样的 我总以为 这是听众们对我这个人的错觉吗?
我 有点不喜欢被归类于一个框架里 如果大家希望KAFE HU一直是这样的感觉我觉得新专辑会让抱有这类期望的朋友们失去部分兴趣为了能满足自己对音乐的一些特殊爱好新专辑我开始为自己做音乐也请了一些朋友来帮 忙我希望更丰富的编配出现在自己的音乐里 所以它可能不是特别轻松了 。
以往的“轻松” 也包含了制作人的因素在里面。

If there was one rap song by someone else you wish you could write, what would it be?
您是否曾经听到过一首说唱歌曲,希望自己也能写出同样的感觉,您还记得那首歌的名字吗?


Not yet, I think everyone has their own style, so u know, if I am trying to be someone else, it still works, but it's definitely gonna be time consuming and on the top of that, it's meaningless for me.
Of course, I've followed a lot of other artists trying to learn from their work and secretly craving that same kind of feeling I might also create. It just...sorry I don't have a good answer for this question.
没有 我觉得每个人都有属于自己的独特气质 所以我知道 要去靠近另一个人的风格 不是不行 只不过是过程太漫长且不具有意义了。
当然!我也从很多音乐艺术家的作品里学习甚至窥探到自己也许很希望到达的某种感觉 只不过和具体形式没有太大关系罢了 对不起我回答不好这个问题。

How would you like expats in China to approach your music?
您会如何让在中国的外国人接近您的音乐?


Let them hear my voice.
让他们听我唱歌啊

What would you say to a rapper who wants to come to the Spotlight show in Saturday and battle you?
如果周六Spotlight的演出有说唱歌手前来挑战您,您有什么想对他们说的吗?


No need to battle. Let's have a drink together!
不要吧  我们还是去喝杯饮料吃个蛋挞慢慢聊怎么样?

 

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R.A.W. Land Festival

by Tim Engel Tuesday 21 October 2014
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‘Rising Artists’ Works’ or ‘R.A.W. Land’ as part of ‘China Shanghai International Arts Festival’ Oct 19th – 26th


This year, as the very highlight of the 16th anniversary of the Festival, China Shanghai International Arts Festival(CSIAF) joins forces with Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA), a weeklong non-stop young artists carnival R.A.W! Land The festival will take place at the Academy from Oct. 19th to 26th. The STA’s curricula of the week will be cleared allowing public access to the campus. The eight-day program will launch over 200 performances, over 30 workshops and lectures and over 20 visual art exhibitions.
Our program is aimed at inheriting the tradition, highlighting the modernization, recommending the talents and popularizing the art. Artistic and commercial productions of excellent young artists are created and called for from China and other Chinese-speaking communities. Besides R.A.W. Land will showcase some of the most celebrated international creative performances from the best talents all over the world. R.A.W! Land intends to set up a high-quality platform of artistic creation and exploration for young talents in performing arts area, to intensify Shanghai’s role in incubating original works to international attention and representative of the creative force of young generation in China, and to promote the positive mainstream values to the young generation.
The program has three sections. The first is Stagecraft Art Performances, which is the core part of the series activities of the program, consisting of the premiere of the commissioned productions and the performances of the invited productions. This year the theme of the commissioning program is “History: Mystery”-- A Conversation Between Intangible Cultural Heritage And Modern Arts. The Arts Panel is led by the internationally renowned composer Mr. Tan Dun and comprises theatre director Mr. Lin Zhaohua, choreographer/dancer Ms.Yang Liping. The seconds section is Visual Art Exhibition, which consists of screen shows and exhibitions of high artistic quality, various genres enriching the visual experience of R.A.W Land. For example, college students featuring micro film, which will be held in the rehearse room of Hong Lou. Thirdly there’ll be Master Workshops and Lectures by representative figures of different realms of art, domestic and overseas.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTScan be found in our event section on www.CityMoments.cn .

  LOCATION  
RAW or All Rising Artists’ Work is held at the Shanghai Theatre Academy Campus, which is located on 630 Huashan Road, Jing'an District / 华山路630号,静安区
The Theatre Academy is near to three metro stations:

  • Changshu road on line 1 and 7 / 常速路 1/7 号线
  • Jing’An Temple on line 2 and 7 / 静安寺 2/7 号线
  • Jiangsu Road on line 2 and 11 / 江苏路 2/11 号线

  PRICES   

The Festival grounds are open to the public. For 10 RMB (presale) or 20 RMB (at door) you have entry to outdoor performances, lectures, exhibitions workshops and some theatre shows. All main acts in the theatres have various entry prices. Please visit the festival website for prices and bookings for specific performances or the whole festival.

  ONLINE  

Information website: Rising Artists’ Work http://www.rawland.cn/en
Foreigner ticket sales: https://yoopay.cn/event/rawland2014
China Shanghai international Arts Festival: www.artsbird.com

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A Moment with American Booze DJ and a Shorter Moment with Horse Meat Disco's James Hilliard

by Tim Engel Friday 17 October 2014
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A Moment with American Booze DJ and a Shorter Moment with Horse Meat Disco's James Hilliard

by Brian Offenther

 

Most DJs are of the prick sort. They're music snobs, have the sort of hubris that leads someone to want to marionette the bodies on a dance-floor, have a license to give themselves flamboyant names, and generally are more tied to the marketing than the actual craft of what they do.

(One of) Shanghai's grand exception: American Booze DJ. He's one of the nicest dudes around. A sweet man, his attitude is inclusive, his attitude, cooperative. Sure, he pulled the old “I'm retiring” shtick employed by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Kiss to Jay Z when he threw his “final” Double Happiness party, but he's back on the promoter grind.

Tonight, American Booze is presenting James Hilliard of the popular and hip and equestrian Horse Meat Disco parties based out of London. They specialize in retro-y disco but can stretch to include some open format stuff. Also, they're nominally gay, but in effect, open to all persuasions.

 

 

1) Please introduce yourself to people who might not be familiar with you.

 

Hi, I’m Nik. I’m not American. I’ve been of legal drinking age for a while. It’s been a good summer of disco music and vodka, dirty and espresso martinis.

2)So, I thought you retired at the Double Happiness party a few months ago (Note: the author DJed that event). The pull of the DJ booth was too strong for you?

 

This “DJ” thing is just a hobby – I wouldn’t say I was legit or anything. It’s fun and addictive and can only be done in a club.

 

But yes, Double Happiness died at the end of November 2013 after three years of parties here. A couple of resuscitations for friends’ birthdays happened in Spring but ultimately flat-lined.

Since July 2012 a different party for disco and italo - Discosmic Adventure – ran alongside Double Happiness and I’m still involved with that. But Discosmic is a loose team effort with Lindberg, Velvet Robot, Eugene YX and Phunhouse. Double Happiness was my baby, which I killed. Maybe I will do some necromancy voodoo rituals at Dada – get some live chickens - and bring it back in 2015. Soundtrack by Cut Hands. 

 

In any case it’s Discosmic Adventure “bringing” Horse Meat Disco back for their second Shanghai show.

 

But it’s all semantics really – Sacco is the real brains behind it. Even the grass dancefloor at the last ever Double Happiness party was his idea.

3) You might be the quietest of all the DJs in Shanghai. Do "real bad boys move in silence," like KRS-One said?

 

I’ll try and speak louder. Also, yes.

4)You're also a nice guy. Can you talk shit about something or someone to contradict that statement?

 

¯\_()_/¯  and ¯\_()_/¯

 


5) Is there any defining quality of music you'll DJ at a party that distinguishes it from music you like?

 

Well, I have a lot of music that is "listening" or "headphone" music - experimental, improv and also stuff that just wouldn't work at the nights or places I play - sometimes I sneak in something that really was never intended for the dancefloor - Balanescu Quartet string versions of Kraftwerk for example played over house beats - but yeah dance music isn't all music, but I like odd juxtapositions. My favourite DJs are those that aren't stringently genre specific. I don't have a "sound" - it's just playing music that's both fun and taken seriously at the same time for good times. Anything goes. 

 

 

6) Why are you bringing Horse Meat Disco back to Shanghai? The previous gig wasn't enough?

 

Well, Horse Meat Disco have a monthly “residencies” at clubs in Berlin and Lisbon. Wouldn’t be awesome if they have a yearly or twice a year night in Shanghai? Baby steps. Plus, some people missed it last year and have been patiently waiting for the day to come again.

 

7) What would you say to people curious about this event but not a member of the LGBTQ community?

 

Horse Meat Disco is billed as "the queer party for everybody" - if anyone can't get down with that there plenty of other good stuff going on this weekend. 

 

8) Any chance we'll hear any of your original edits during your Horse Meat Disco set?

 

Maybe if you come to the Beijing show. Discosmic heavyweight’s Lindberg and YX are taking care of warm-up for the Shanghai show. Trust them; they consistently blow me away with their selection – Lindberg is a pretty big name in town. Opened for Axel Bowman recently. That’s big. YX is a Shanghainese guy who’s introduced me to some super obscure Chinese disco – almost italo sounding, sounding like they were made with cheap Casio keyboards. We keep talking about cleaning them up and making edits for club play. We’ll get around to it.

9) What other gigs do you have coming up? Is it true you’re changing your name for one night only when you DJ the Shanghai International Beer Festival (note that the author is the music director for it), as American Booze would be too limited for the proceedings?

 

No, I think DJ Indian Pale Ale was refused.

 

Things will be quiet for the rest of 2014, with only one or two gigs. And something new (or maybe revived) early next year.

10) How do you mend a broken heart?

 

Usual: Crying. Drinking. Camus. Play at Stockholm Syndrome in the depths of winter. Bang the acid.

 


11) Do you have a current favorite regular party or event currently happening in Shanghai?

 

My apartment every Wednesday morning after my ayi has visited – that’s my favourite event happening in Shanghai.

 

Santo Chino’s “The Same As It Ever Was” at Dada is a great party.

 

 

As a bonus, here are some bonus question and answers with the star of tonight's show himself, James Hilliard of Horse Meat Disco.

 

 

Please give 3 songs people in Shanghai will absolutely not hear you play during your set, and why.

You will definitely not hear anything top 40! The only 'Lucky' you're likely to hear will be the Donna Summer song from the amazing Bad Girls album. You wont hear Beyonce but i can assure you that you will hear some vintage divas that make Beyonce sound like an X Factor wannabe.

Please say something mean. I hate reality TV shows. Things like 'The Real Housewives' 'Jersey Shore' etc and other programmes where vile and hideous people are given a shed load of money and fame to be the 'worst' that humanity has to offer for our 'entertainment'. I just don't get any pleasure watching over privileged morons throwing wine in each others faces and i think people who do should probably be take out of the gene pool. Hows that for bitterness?

Is there any defining quality of music you'll DJ at a party? I'm not really a broad DJ. I try and avoid wherever possible to do gigs where i have to play music that i don't love. I got into DJing to share the music that I love, not to be a jukebox. There are plenty of clubs that play 'music to get drunk to with the girls from the office on friday night'. If the music doesn't move me then it feels like a fraud to play it. Although for the most part contemporary dance music doesn't do that much for me there are always exceptions to the rule and i'm happy to play anything, from any genre that gets my hips swinging!

Excited to be back in China? I had a great time last time I came to China so was excited to get invited back. I'd happily come more than once a year. I hope to do a bit more exploring this time.

 

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YinYang Festival - The Quest

by Tim Engel Thursday 18 September 2014
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The YinYang Music Festival, black and white, west meets east, culture and fun collide, these are the aspects describing this one of a kind experience. Originally the brainchild of The Mansion, which I am sure all of you living here in Shanghai know or at least have heard about, it aimed to unite the best of both worlds to create the first international non-commercial festival in Mainland China.

Set on the Great Wall (literally!) it promised to bring together some of the very best Chinese and International artists known today – Dr. Lektroluv, Kamara, Dexter, just to name a few.

 

Lets see how this crazy experiment panned out shall we?

 

Location: Huang Ya Guan Great Wall in Tianjin near Beijing

Set-up:

Yin Stage: Day Time (on the Great Wall)

Yang Stage: Night Time (Main Stage in the Kung-Fu Arena in front of the Great Wall)

Line-up: 30 Djs from China and all over the world

 

Day 1 – September 5th and 6th:

 

Setting out from Shanghai, a bus of 50 valiant explorers left from People Square for this long yet incredible journey. They knew the road to awesomeness would be rough. As they encountered hunger, battled fog and boredom on the bus they fought back with fantastic music, alcohol and great conversations. Fortunately the scouts driving our wagon found regular oasis of civilization where our caravan of epicness could restock its supplies.

After a solid 24h trips these strong-willed travelers finally arrived at their final destination: the Great Wall in Tianjin near Beijing. One might think that they would have rested, yet arriving at this fantastic location gave them enough energy to rapidly settle in their quarters, grab a bite in the local tavern and head out for the first 6 hours of massive Djs on the Yang Stage. After this short period of fun, a complaint of some old nagging English travelers made our warriors go back to their resting place for the night, which all things considering wasn't bad considering the day lying ahead.

Day 2 – September 7th:

 

Today is the day, 1 location, 2 stages, 30 Djs, 27 hours of non-stop eargasmic pleasure. Starting from 10AM the first artists got their gear out and climbed the Great Wall in order to set up the Yin Stage; amazingly enough most people were already up by then. At day-time everybody went about their business, exploring the village, visiting the nearby temples & the Great Wall. The ones who took over the Yin stage on the Great Wall had the pleasure of dancing in front of countless groups of awed Chinese tourists who must have been wondering what the heck was going on here.

At sunset, everybody move from the Yin stage down to the Yang stage were, on top of great music, visual sets by VJ Ajeet & special guest Dr. Lektroluv would melt our eyes at sundown. All our fellow warriors who had spread throughout the local wilderness came back to us. Incredible stories of long lost histories and other adventures were shared around the bonfire.

Later that same night, or shall I rather say morning, we went back up on the Wall were the crowd rang the beginning of a new era of Western & Eastern understanding. Focusing exclusively on fun, each other and the bond we were creating, nobody paid attention to the great black abyss present on either side of us.

 

Day 3 – September 8th:

 

8AM, a good part of the people is still up and is now helping to dismantle the stages in order to erase any sign of our presence, and bring back this Chinese masterpiece of construction to its original state just the way we found when we first arrived. Memories were made, friendships forged and a new concept full of mutual cultural understanding & peace was born into this world.

Huge thanks to the Mansion team who made all this possible, to all of the Djs & Vjs who brought modern entertainment to one of China's most traditional locations and everybody who joined this mind-blowing trip. Special thanks also go to CityMoments for supporting the YinYang Festival and making sure everything got capture for eternity!

 

I believe the goal we embarked with on this quest has been achieved.

See you all at the next edition of the YinYang Music Festival!!!

 

Article & Pictures by Timothee Engel

 

Full album link: http://shanghai.citymoments.cn/events/citymoments-presents-yinyang-music-festival-day-1-of-3-in-beijing/albums/2450

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