The new band called Seven started their performance at JJs at the beginning of November and on their opening night at the Well known club at the Grand Hyatt Hotel made a lasting impression on all.
The band of Seven started with more modern cover songs to well known classics getting the invitation only crowds dancing away in front of the only space available in front of the stage and on the sides.
They were warmly welcomed and continued through the night with their upbeat rhythms of Motown, Soul, Funk and R&B, with trumpet, guitar, keyboard, saxophone, drummer and singer in action.
Cream was excellent.... Packed venue... last i heard was around 700 and the venue can take a maximum capacity of 800 as far as i know... This rave seemed to bring out the true music lovers of Hong Kong as well as the common Clubbers who only go for the atmosphere . I spoke to quite a few people who were sittin around and they seemed to be loving it.... Security was a bit tight but still a very good night.
Seb Fontaine was obviously doin his job well mixing some mad beats that kept the main room pumpin. And i also heard alot of very commercialised songs bein played by Dj-Yin which the Hong Kong people seemed to hit off too... He is one of those dj's who loves what he does and plays around while mixing the main room into a frenzy.
Anthony seemed to be enjoying himself parading the decks in the main room. For the time that i was there i was getting a very good vibe from the crouds. Excluding the ING security chasing after people through the club.....
Considering that Chaos had ages to promote and plan the event and cream has little of 2 weeks to kick it off, the event was handled quite well, with the assistance of our very own Dj NikNak, and was not worth missin for the world. Can't say i have heard anything about the Chaos rave as of yet... but i think i made the right choice.
The basics of the whole "1 Giant Leap" thing is this...
Two men, Jamie Catto who is a film maker and founding member of Faithless and artist/producer Duncan Bridgeman joined together and traveled across the globe to 25 diffrent countries to find the ultimate collection of tracks covering 12 issues. They took with them a small recording setup and 12 pre recorded tracks. Then they got people to sing/play with the prerecorded tracks.
At Area in central they were showing a segment of the dvd and the two creators were there to see the croud's response. It was packed. Mostly full of 30 year old gwylo's, but also had a few local celebrity appearences such as dj Kulu. Chivas regal was free flowing all night which was keeping everyone's spirits high... I can't really say much more seing as how it was a video and everyone was just standing watching it. However a small asian women did manage to squeeze her way to the front and do a little dance during the video. She had a few many glasses of the chivas if u ask me... But it was a good night and the music seemed to be promising. If was a cross between electronica, ambience and chill-out. I am not even sure how to discribe it becuase it is really quite diffrent to anything else i have heard. So i will leave you with what the two creators described it as.
My girlfriend and I were greeted at the door by the suited, burly bouncer as we tried to walk inâ¦âIâm sorry sir but tonight is invitation onlyâ, as he blocked our path with a wave of his hand. âOh, good thing I have thisâ¦â I said as I pulled the orange invitation out of my pocket. âThank you sirâ, the bouncer offered as he opened the door with the lettered handles.
Jam-packed to the brim, we were confronted with a sea of Hong Kongâs elite, dressed to kill and drinks taboot. We squashed and wiggled our way inside as the band played everyoneâs favorite cover tunes. Straight to the barâ¦we found it easily enough. The booze was overflowing, bartenders pouring drinks like madmen scientists. âSorry were out of champagneâ, one bartender yelled over the music. We scored a couple of beers, grabbed a few cherry jello shots from a passing waiter and squeeze our way through to the last open spot available in the club. The band jammed away with furious energy on tunes like âBreak on Throughâ by the Doors, âBy the Wayâ by RHCP, and âEvery Breath You Takeâ by The Police. We danced and crowd watched, checking out a few of Canto-pop stars and some peculiarly dressed patrons like the afro-sporting 70âs guy dancing with all the hotties. All in all, a very hip experience with loads of club potential and a great addition to the Hong Kong party scene. I know weâll be back to see more bands and enjoy the plush party atmosphere that only The Edge can offer.
After all the money Heineken had spent on magazine advertising, you were bound to expect a full crowd turn out for this event. Sure enough the venue was packed with a host of new and old faces as such an event drew in all kinds of people you would not normally expect to see.
Hitec was decorated all over with the Heineken green in the chill out room, with the other two halls being open as one with one large stage. Stacks of boom boxes and screens covered the stage where all the artists for the night performed.
The DJ Competition final came first with from what we heard, Yin was the winner, then JP and after that by Anthony. The up came the International djs with breaks and tracks such as paul oakenfolds ' ready steady go' being played as the last track before the big named man came on stage.
Pauls's set was a great crowd pleaser with old and new, commercial and non commercial uplifting tunes, which kept everyone dancing (like the Heineken marketing plan planned to do). Tracks even from U2 turned up in the 2 hour set.
Overall a great night with more effort and expense than usual at such Hitec events, hope that sets more of a better standard for future such parties at Hitec.
Was an amazing performance with Morten finishing the night with some singing, thought that was one of the best tracks of the night. Photos and movie clips coming later on this week. DMC competition tomorrow, will be their in full effect!
Anybody go see the Chemical Brothers last nite??!! Well I was one in the little amount that went there... I thought it was a good experience but the ending... a bit dodgey (and disappointing).... what does everyone else think??!!!
Upon arrival at the new venue, that used to be the Jazz Club, the first thing that came in to my mind was that they had enlarged the place, soon I found out that they had just renovated the place and it just appears to be bigger. The new decor made it look like a whole different venue, with a smaller stage and more space for people to move around and view the performances.
During Sy Smith's performance at Music Room Live, the diva sang eclectic mix of her own music; a selection of the best from soul divas such as Mary J Blige, Aretha Franklin and of course Whitney Houston who she has sung with in the past.
The new venues resident band supported Sy on backing vocals and got the crowd shaking their stuff on dance floor. Sy herself toured the crowd whilst singing some classic new and old tunes as well as introducing Hong Kong to her own music that pleased the packed venue.
If you missed the opening party then I hope you made it to one of the other 2 dates, you will be kicking yourself on Monday!