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BOYS NOIZE in Shanghai Interview

by Lin Li Tuesday 26 October 2010
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A few hours before his show organized by the M agency, City Moments got together with Boys Noize for a last-minute interview in Jia Hotel.

One of the most relaxed and coolest celebrity we've interviewed so far..

 

 

Interview by Lee Lam and special guests "Schluck Den Druck" , live Electro Act from Berlin, in town for their crazy shows at the MIDI Festival and the Expo..

 

 

CM:

You are basically all the time on the road, right now for example Shanghai and other destinations in China. Is there any time left for you to do some sightseeing and get to know these locations?

 

BN:

Well, of course I am trying to get to know as much as possible. Today for example we visited the EXPO, which was super interesting.

We went to the Saudi-Arabia avilion and tried to get into the China-pavilion as well, but unfortunately got too late, since we had to get there until 2:30pm. After all we got to visit the German and English pavilion, too.

 

CM:

Full program! Without queuing we suppose?

 

BN:

(smiles) Of course. But still, the amount of visitors was impressive. Then yesterday I walked around the city for a while and last weekend I played in Taipei with an overstay of 4 days. Tomorrow it goes on to Beijing where a trip to the Great Wall is planned.

 

CM:

When you get to play in other places such as Shanghai, do you try to meet up with local artists? Do you keep up contact with any chinese artists?

 

BN:

Well, the only one I know who lives here in Shanghai is Teknazia, a legend from the old days. Unfortunately I know too little about electronic artists here, but if there would be someone I really like, I probably would meet up with them.

 

CM:

Apropos electronic producers. You also produced the new album from Gonzalez. He for example went on a very surprising tour with Helge Schneider {a German comedian and Jazz musician}, who we idolize.

Could you imagining yourself to produce somewhat alike as well?

 

BN:

Definitely, even though I have no idea what it would sound like  (smiles).

 

CM:

How about your fans. Is it still possible for you to keep up direct contact with them, for example walking around a festival.

 

BN:

Yes of course. Usually it is quite easy.

 

CM:

There is a nice story about you at the Berlin Festival this year. Some shows had to be relocated, due to organisational problems. Yours for example was moved to the Weekend Club. Some people didn´t get in the club then, even though they had festival tickets, and posted that on twitter, whereupon you twittered back that they shouldn´t get worried, you are going to pick them up. Is that true?

 

BN:

Yepp that is true. It was agreed to let everyone with a Berlin ticket in. Then, when all these crazy ,young, colourfull people, with their „wasted german youth" t-shirts wanted to get in, the bouncers decided different.  So when they wrote on twitter that they are sad and upset, I told them to come back and I brought them in.

 

CM:

From all the fans that approached you during your career, is there any case where you still keep up contact or even developed a friendship?

 

BN:

Actually there are two Japanese who I met during my first gig in Tokyo at Yellow in 2005. They were extremely friendly and offered to show me around. Everytime I am in Tokyo know I hang out with them, and even invited them to my last show in Taipei.

 

CM:

You recently had your 50th release. On there are the two songs „Yeah“, a  wonderful sample work, and 1010, where you follow the more analogue acid sound. What do you think about this digital development in music?

 

BN:

I think it is great. There are always new plug-ins to modify the sound, but in general I prefer the old analogue machines. 10 10 for example is basically made with a Roland 707 and 303. So basically it is a live session, which I think is definitely a lot better than this delusional automatism and you can simply here the diference in sound when using  a real synthesizer. It simply has got more character.

 

CM:

Talking about you as a producer. Have you ever had this magical moment where you thought, now I reached the top, I can´t do it any better!?

 

BN:

Yes of course, after almost every album. Every time you think that this is your sound, you finally found it, now you are even better and learned so much more . But you realize that you think the same thing after almost each track you produce. Maybe also because I never really learned sound-engineering in a way that I could see I know exactly what I´m doing.

 

CM:

What where the most emotional magical moments for you this year?

 

BN:

This year it was definitely the Berlin Festival, since I have never seen something like that in Berlin, and the Electric Daisies Festival in LA where I played in front of 80.000 people.

 

CM:

One last question. You played here already two years ago and you said that this show was really special since it felt like no-one had ever heard that kind of sound before. Is that going to influence the set you are going to play tonight ?

 

BN:

I wouldn´t say so, because of course there are always certain tracks I know I am going to play, but then I really go for the vibe. So I probably am going to play some of my tracks and some new stuff, but I wouldn´t say that particularly that last experience is going to change or influence my set tonight.

 

 

CM : Sounds good ! Thank you for your time, and see you tonight on the other side of the stage !!

 

 

 

Note: Boys Noize performed later on in front of a fully packed electric Mao Live House, check out the pictures ! Boys Noize @ Mao Livehouse

 

 

Special thanks to the M Agency who made this possible, Schluck Den druck for their help and Fender Hsu for the pictures..

 

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Fly with Departure10 Ultra Lounge

by City Moments Wednesday 04 August 2010
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What’s the strongest memory of your latest transatlantic flight?  Double or nothing says it’s the curve of that sweet stewardess’ hips and not those drinks you downed to take the edge off.  Pray tell: what stopped you from making those fantasies a reality?  What force could have stopped a person so young, so vital?  Oh yes, that’s right.  Common decency.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Da Tong Mill, where common decency is usually found hanging somewhere by the door next to your best friend’s Zegna jacket.  The only, and I mean only, way to complete a neighborhood like this is to top it with man’s greatest phallic symbol, then light the joint up with the most libertine color in the spectrum.  

D10 Ultra Lounge has landed, and this airplane of a club is more than a little aware of its provenance.   Coats in the overhead compartment, DJ in the cockpit—just when you begin wonder if it’s too novel to be convincing, you realize you’re playing 100% into the fantasy.  And with such friendly, fastidious service from uniformed boys in crisp hats and dolls in short shifts, be prepared to indulge (and I mean indulge a few extra bills, because some of the electric bill is in that drink).    

Hip hop beats and decent booze keep the conversation wet, while the purple glow—despite its striking resemblance to a Virgin America flight—keep things hypnotic.  The buzz is hot and cool down this shaft, and oh what a length of shaft it is.

Wait—that there?  Could it really be that sweet thing from your last flight?  Just make sure it’s not the purple haze talking.

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“If ya don’t know, now you know”

by crystal pfeifer Friday 23 July 2010
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I shouldn’t really have to say much more, however if you are not savvy to this hip movement, here’s the deal. Tom gives a new pair of shoes to a kid that needs them every time someone purchases a pair. We can all get behind a movement in humanity like that, right? Not to mention, these are quiet possibly the most comfortable shoes ever made, I think I will be wearing my ash grey pair until they fall off my feet. For a woman with hundreds of shoes, that’s a pretty incredible statement.

Guys can rock them with just about anything, and the cutest girls I’ve seen in TOMS are wearing shorts or rompers (the hot pant kind of rompers!)

For putting this look together in Shanghai… I’d suggest ordering your TOMS online & then getting your H&M on in town.

One for One.

I wonder what kid is getting to enjoy a pair of TOMS as much as I am.

 
Ciao!

Crystal

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Fashion-Nation!!!

by crystal pfeifer Wednesday 21 July 2010
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Summer is finally showing her colors in Shanghai cityscapes and the windows of your local wears are starting to brighten up as well.

This Spring, make it your earth friendly goal to recycle all the old plastics in your house ~ you know that drawer filling up with bags you had to buy because you forgot to carry your stylish shopper to the market. Toss them out to the recycling carts and for the love of fashion, don’t forget to leave your Crocs at the corner too.

This season focus first on your footwear. The more people there are in a city the more time you will spend looking down at their kicks. Make yours shine and you might even be able to rock them at M1nt this summer.

There are a few great places in Shanghai to satisfy sneaker fiends, my favorite place to look is a street culture staple on Xinle lu, Source. You can find everything trending there from minimalism to rock solid bling and limited edition artist collaborations. Peek around a little longer and you might find something else that catches your eye to complete the look… and hopefully you’ll be dropping jaws in the metro too.

Street style has a wonderful way of being easy to assemble. Now that you have your kicks in order ~ find a great pair of jeans. Shredded, faded, tumbled, washed, worn, ripped, skinny, and just waiting for you to rock them all summer long. For girls I’d even go as far as to suggest getting yourself extra fit that you can rock the ever present shanghai staple also know as ~ the denim hot pant. Was there ever a greater design idea? Its arguable… just make sure you sport a well worn wash this season, pair it with the highest heels money can buy you on Shaanxi nan lu and you’ll be ripe for the picking this summer.

Last but not least…. Tee’s, Tee’s, and more Tee’s ~ the attack of the T-shirt is coming this Spring like you’ve never seen it before. Graphics are everywhere, in Shanghai, you’ve Uniqlo, American Apparel and H&M cranking out new styles every two weeks, so there’s plenty of room for updating your look. Girls can even get on the retro trend and try out loose shapes or even create your own custom look by cutting off the sleeves, or cutting out the neckband to make a boat neck or an off the shoulder tee….

Last but not least… grab some gold accessories. They are sexy, and so hot on trend you might be caught digging through your granny’s jewelry box to find forgotten treasures.

Peace & Love,
Crystal
 

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City Moments 3.0

by City Moments Saturday 03 July 2010
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Good Morning Shanghai,


Welcome to Your new City Moments 3.0!


Some of you might already know us since we took our first steps with This guy chasing every party ready to shoot everyone who could not hide. Since then we underwent several phases such as the implementation of Facebook Connect which gave us a kick-start just to take us 3 steps back as Facebook was blocked in China! Bad luck…..
Since then we saved every single Yuan to build what you see right now, City Moments 3.0


What is new?


First of all we dressed up a bit matching the long night of Shanghai. For those who don’t like dark colors don’t cry as we will introduce a white version sooner or later as well.
Photo Booster, a little toy to play around and rate pictures with Cute, Cool or Sexy tags….later you can see the top rated pictures in an overview.
Radio….yes we have one!! We partnered up with Udance to make your time on our site not only pleasant for your eyes but for your ears as well.
City Feed, the stream where you see what is happening throughout your city!
You might see this Like it! button spreading throughout the site and wonder what you can do with it!? Click on it to add an event to your calendar, add a picture or hangout to your favorites and show others some love with it.
What else is new? Ah yes we finally have community features implemented! You can now upload pictures, create a profile and write all these sexy girls n guys out there, tag people and comment on their pictures. Start right here.
Invite your friends to join you and share some special moments together.


All this is just the beginning and there is more to come….so keep on coming back to check on our famous event pictures, have a look at our event listing where you can check out what’s on tonight and vote for the next ICON (coming in 1 day).
For sure we want to know your opinion about everything and therefore we are happy about every comment may it be good or bad!
Positive criticism is the key to success.

Your City Moments Team

P.S. Important notice for all those who already connected through Facebook with our previous version. Either you connect again or you can Sign up by using the same name as your Facebook name to get back your old City Moments account.
 

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