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Enter Brazilian drum nâ bass legend and V Recordings artist DJ Marky, teamed up with the legendary MC Stamina for the drum nâ bass party of the century for Hong Kong. Undoubtably one of the most talented and electrifying DJâs to emerge in the under populated scene of drum nâ bass in recent years DJ Marky broke through the glass ceiling with his album âThe Brazilian Jobâ. His phenomenal technical skill however was not what kept the crowdâs overt attention at Skitz Night Club, the DJ Marky and MC Stamina tour hot spot; it was his energetic enthusiasm and passion for the music that is his signature alone.
Joining Marky on the tour was MC Stamina whose popularity has been ever increasing since connecting with the Movement crew and working with popular Brazilian DJâs, such as Marky and Patife. There however are simply not words to describe the full capacity of MC Staminaâs abilities. Not only does he create lyrics that seamless mould to the instrumental side of drum nâ bass, but his spellbinding delivery is absolutely magical.
The night was filled with raw energy and passion that was easy to see with the packed out dance floor and non-stop movement of the entire crowd, which is simply not a common site for Hong Kongâs typical drum nâ bass nights. So what this says to me is two things: first, DJ Marky and MC Stamina exhibit unsurpassed talent, expertise, and versatility and here in Hong Kong we can only dream of their return, and second, that the drum nâ bass scene here in Hong Kong has been kick started and is finally receiving the attention it deserves. Continuing along this note leaves me to enter a plug for the party organizers âKoncrete Jungleâ, who have relentlessly and persistently been pushing the local drum nâ bass scene for a number of years, and lets hope that their recent successes will give all of us die hard fans more great music to look forward to.
Jin Tha MC (who gained himself the title of being the 1st ever Chinese/Asian rapper to be signed to a major record deal under the Ruff Ryders record label) performed to a jammed packed Club Ing in December.
There was no room to move anywhere on the dance floor when Jin came out and laid down some wicked tunes including his recent hit single âLearn Chineseâ.
Armin Van Buuren came on at about 2am and started off with some progressive tracks on the first of the three days âHong Kong Biggest Winter Dance Festivalâ.
By the 30 minute mark he mixed in some quality trance including âMotorcycle-As the Rush Comesâ. You could see that he loved every minute his 4 hour set at Hitec. A group of fans stayed put at the front of the crowd the whole time and got to meet the man after the show for a quick autograph session. He left the next day to work on his 2nd Album and hopes to come back to Asia, especially China in 2004.
Starsailor visited Hong Kong for one gig over in Wan Chai. Supported by one of the hottest local bands âWhence He Cameâ, Starsailor sung a variety of tracks from their first and second album that was released this year âSilence is Easyâ.
Tracks on the night included, âFour To The Floorâ, âAlcoholicâ and of course âSilence Is Easyâ. Their performance was superb with various crowd interactions during their constant guitar changing. I think whoever went along had a good time and would welcome them to return.
HOME NIGHT CLUB played host to the GRAND FINALS of the PIONEER HOME DJ QUEST last Saturday night, 22nd November. The night attracted many punters showing support for the six finalists.
It was definately a good sight to see so much support for 'underground dance music' in Hong Kong. Its not often you can pack out a club full of musically inclined clubbers, so it was indeed a breath of fresh air.
As we mentioned before, there was no second place glory. There would only be one winner, who would take home the grand prize: a residency with HOME & a PIONEER DMP-555 pro DJ digital media player.
And though DJ's Victor, Jonnie K, DJAS, Pixel, and Bowie tried their best to impress the judges... it was DJ DARKA who rose above the rest to win in the end.
Expect to see DARKA on HOME's roster in the coming new year, with a launch party to kick off the his residency.
Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible: PIONEER, as well as HKclubbing.com, and CAT (caterpillar brand) wristwatches.
This is the 117th show of the tour and we're very pleased to be doing the last one in front of you, " said a super energetic Mick Jagger midway through Sunday night's show which closed out the Hong Kong Harbourfest.
That said, an 18 month "40 Licks" tour which took the Rolling Stones to 21 countries concluded with a blistering 19 song set.
Considering that it's taken the group four decades to come to Hong Kong, the 13,000 capacity crowd knew they were in for a once in a lifetime event. The Stones did not disappoint. With a rare amped up Hong Kong audience on hand, Jagger, for one, pranced around the stage like a man half his age.
The opener "Brown Sugar" segued into "Start Me Up" during which Jagger quickly shed his green silk jacket for a t-shirt. Every inch of the stage was used by the entire group to gesture, preen, incite and thrill the crowd. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" became a mass singalong, after which the surprise chords of "Monkey Man" made even t jaded concertgoers go silent with surprise. This lead to an extended dark version of "Midnight Rambler"
The night's other chilling moments were provided by an intense duet between Jagger and backup Lisa Fisher on "Gimme Shelter", as well as a gritty "Street Fighting Man". "Honky Tonk Women" featured a humorous risque manga cartoon involving a woman's body and a gigantic pair of lips.
Predictably, the evening finished with "Satisfaction" and an encore of "Jumping Jack Flash". For an obvious international crowd from around the world who were on hand to see the last date of the tour, the single encore was disappointing.
However, the crowd's infectious giddiness was obvious. They'd just seen the Stones in Hong Kong for the first, and possibly last, time. Based on this super professional appearance, the group certainly has the ability, pizazz and the stamina to do future tours. At this point, one has to wonder if even their fans can keep up with these ageless wonders.
Review by: Scott Murphy
Neil Young...No Rust Here in Hong Kong. Neil Young promised to play a jamming "greatest hits" set and certainly delivered Thursday night at the Hong Kong Harbourfest. During a mere fifteen song show that lasted over two hours, Young and backing band Crazy Horse delivered a frills free performance that made the audience realize they'd just witnessed one of the best concerts ever to have taken place in the city.
When the opening chords of "Love To Burn" rang out across the open aired Tamar site, it immediately answered any questions the audience might have had about what Young would play. "Greendale" would be saved for another day. Instead, fifteen minutes in, Young and Crazy Horse were still jamming like they were in their garage..
Once finished, Young announced "I'm very happy to be here in this great city of Hong Kong...this time playing for brothers and sisters in China." And so it went with more barn storming, as the set passed the hour mark after only five songs. A blistering "F-----n Up" was followed by a transcendent "Hey Hey My My(Into The Black)" which made many fans in the three quarter full open stadium go into a state of sheer bliss.
Once Crazy Horse exited, the folky Neil Young emerged. Acoustic guitar in hand, he proceeded to completely change the tone with "The Needle And The Damage Done,", "Heart Of Gold", "Harvest Moon" and a faithful version of "Sugar Mountain" that had a pleased crowd singing along.
Young raised the bar even more when Crazy Horse returned. Every note of "Like A Hurricane" left the audience in awe of a rock artist many never expected to see in the city. And even though the encores of "Mother Earth" and "Keep On (Rocking In The Free World)" were predictable, few fans wanted to leave when Young took his grinning curtain call, arms entwined with Crazy Horse. The thrilled crowd reaction surely must have made Young wonder why he'd never made the Asian stop earlier in his career. This was a rare concert where the performer, in this case Neil Young, could have played for another couple hours without any complaints from the audience. The Stones, the Hong Kong Harbourfest closing act, will have to be on peak form to top this show.
When Neil Young ventures down to Australia for his first shows in over a decade, fans are definitely in for a treat: an energized performer who is clearly pleased to be playing his extensive catalog for fans half a world away.
Opening for Neil Young was Michelle Branch, who proudly proclaimed that one of his songs "was the second song I ever learned on guitar". The twenty year old Branch showcased her brand of breezy guitar pop to an attentive, but largely indifferent crowd.
With a pleasant forty minute performance that certainly would have held it's own on a bill with peers in her age bracket, Branch's lightweight angst had little emotional impact against the legend most of the crowd had come to see.
Review by: Scott Murphy