Alright PUSH kids we’ve been a bit quiet in the past few weeks after an insane amount of events this year – but we’re back for the handover anniversary with a lineup that will shake the hallowed halls of Volar in Lan Kwai Fong.
For quality techno, electro and tech house, there’s only going to be one place to be in Hong Kong on the night of June 30. Just check the lineup …
Japanese DJs have had a huge influence on the development of electronic music in Hong Kong and here at PUSH one of our favourite DJs from the Land of the Rising Sun is a dedicated man called Imai Fukutaro. The native of Tokyo has for years been a mainstay on his city’s electro/techno circuit, appearing with some of his country’s most respected acts including friends Hitoshi Ohishi, Ryukyudisco, Shin Nishamura and Dr Shingo. As the men behind the Intermix event organisation, Imai and PUSH resident Frankie Lam have conducted a range of audio bombing raids throughout our region, such as the Intermix Asia Tour:IM Network which hit Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. And on this handover night, PUSH is totally psyched to be bringing you this kamikaze of Japanese electronic music - he will be bringing to Volar his signature style of deep techno and dirty house with a HUGE chunk of wasabi.
Wendy first started DJing more than 10 years ago during the breakbeat explosion of the late 1990s, but truly made her mark during the past decade as she became one of the main proponents of the minimal/tech-house sound in Hong Kong. Wendy has played pretty much everywhere: from small beach parties to the top clubs in town, as well as various DJ tours across China. Don’t let her diminuitive size fool you: this girl produces a huge sound, blending together tech-house, funky basslines, and deep, well-crafted techno that truly takes the listener on a journey through the deeper side of electronic dance music. Add to that supporting slots for the likes of Lee Burridge, DJ Godfather, Charles Siegling, Toshiyoshi NYK and most recently Tom Clark and you have a true star of the Hong Kong electronic underground.
Hong Kong is a city with its own unique rhythm and for the Hong Kong electronic music underground, this rhythm has largely been set by a DJ called Frankie Lam. Almost every second person in the business these days seems to be called “a DJs’ DJ”, but in our city there is only one person who truly deserves that title. Classic Frankie Lam sets feel like speeding down a German motorway at midnight in a Japanese sports car driven by the Chemical Brothers, with Peace Division and the Plump DJs jumping around in the back. Before you really know what’s happening, jittery acid-tinged breakbeat flows into sleazy four-four tech-house, then bubbles up into mean-ass techno. This is his trademark sound and done with definite sense of purpose. And he never fails to remember something that many DJs seem to have forgotten: it’s all about the groove.
For more than 10 years, AKW has been one of the leading DJs on the underground circuit in Hong Kong. Since starting out as a member of the Beatsuite breakbeat collective in the 1990s, AKW has earned a reputation as an, uncompromising DJ who remains constantly in touch with the latest sounds emerging from the underground all over the world – and one who never relies on big mainstream hits to simply earn a reaction from the crowd. Huge bass and deep, hypnotic beats are hallmarks of the typical AKW set. Slow-burning and throbbing electro meld seamlessly into melodic techno while taking detours through dirty minimal and deep tech-house. It’s an eclectic approach that has won AKW slots as supporting act for a wide variety of top international DJs such as Sasha, Christopher Lawrence, Deadmau5, Kentaro, Meat Katie and Paolo Mojo.
Lukas is a relative newcomer to the DJ scene, having previously made his mark as a lighting expert, working behind the lighting consoles at large-scale events across Asia and Australia. But since becoming part of the PUSH team has become known as an enthusiastic performer who has as much fun behind the decks as he does on the dance floor. He loves his vocals, he loves his percussion, he loves his beer – and we all love him in return. PUSH would not be what it is today without the enthusiasm of this multi-talented man – get down the front, and don’t forget your free hug.
Come get some
PUSH presents HANDOVER 2011 @ VOLAR
June 30, 10pm
Basement, 38-44 D'Aguilar St, Central
Further details TBA
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