The awesome Japanese hip hop producer DJ Krush makes his first visit to Scotland and many are anxiously awaiting him, not least Rory Weller.
Name? DJ Krush.
Place of origin? Tokyo.
Is be any good? Well, The Virgin Encyclopaedia of Dance Music describes him as a 'leading figure in the Japanese hip hop scene and one of Mo Wax Records most influential artists'
How did it all start for Mr Krush? When he was growing up, he was pretty much a juvenile delinquent, involved in gangster gangs, truanting, fighting, doing drugs and getting arrested.
What turned it around for him? The moment he saw the early 80s legendary hip hop Culture film Wi/dsty/e he decided he wanted to be a DJ and set up the Krush Posse with like-minded friends in '87 before going solo in '92. What. a hip hop scene in Japan? Well, no actually. He had to learn absolutely everything himself, just working out what the guys on Wildsty/e had been doing.
So how did he get noticed outside Japan? He had little Western recognition until James Lavelle at Mo Wax put out a double side EP in '94 with Krush and DJ Shadow. The same year Mo Wax released Krush's Strictly Turntablized album which debuted at number two in the NME indie chart. Where did this big break take him? He undertook remix work for artists as diverse as Galliano and kd lang and collaborated With the likes of Guru from Gang Starr and DJ Cam.
Was language a barrier working with these people? He speaks absolutely no English and communicated in the studio with hand gestures and facial expressions. He thinks maybe when he was at school he shouldn’t have spent so much time playing mah-jong and smiling glue.
a DJ Krush performs live at The l3th Note Club, Glasgow on Thu 71 Feb. His new album Kakusei is released on Mon 8 Feb on Sony.
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CLUBS: GLASGOW, SATURDAYS Continued.
I Home Cookin' at Babaza. 5.30pm—3am (DJs from l lpm). £5 (free before 1 1pm). Pumping mix from Jamie Strang; funk. rare groove and hip hop and generally music of black origin.
I Joey's (age at The l3th Note Cafe (basement). 8.30pm—midnight. 6 Feb and monthly. Free. Another chance to brush tip on your mashed potato. watusi. swim. twist and the rest. with surf music from DJ George.
I Knucklehead at Glasgow School ()f Art (upstairs). IOpm—Iate. £4 (£2.50 GSA students). Underground electronica presented by dem DJs Jilkes and Hatch. into its fourth year and consolidating itself as the club to hear true funk technology. Freaky dancing actively encouraged.
I Lime at The Lime. l().3()pm—3aiii. £6 (£4). DJ Cameron Craig with progressive house and garage.
I Living Room at The Living Room. Spin—midnight. Free. New York Alliance's Colin Walker playing a deep house set. Pre-club.
I Love Boutique at The Arches. llpm-4am. £l2. 6 Feb. Last night of Love Boutique at The Arches before it opens up in a new form later in the year. To hide the tears running down your cheeks tonight. Scotland’s top hedonist's paradise goes for the masked ball option. Music comes froin the Boutique's first
.ever DJ ()rde frotn Slam. plus current
resident Roy for fttll blasting house. Added attractions include a fashion show as part of the llllt’l'l'c’llllull project. make- overs from Mac Cosmetics. live art. henna tattoos. massage. haircuts and the legendary Love Boutique visuals. See Hit list.
I Lure at Bar Sauza. Spin—midnight. Free. DJs Ziggy and Bob get housey fora crowd heading off to Ai'chaos and the Tunnel. Pie-club.
I Made at Bar Lauti'ec‘s (upstairs). ()ptn—midnight. Free. DJ syndicate Levitating Children bust loose with sleek badass drum & bass and jungle. Pt'e-club.
I Millennium at 3‘) (formerly Tin Pan Alley -- new entrance beside Bar Yello).
l lpm-3.3()am. l3 Feb and monthly. New club night on a deep groovy house tip with residents Davie Weir attd l-Ittan Mackechnie joined by a face not seen tip here nearly enough. Colin Dale from London‘s Kiss FM.
- I Missing Links at g2. llpm-3am. £4
(£3). Big beat bonanza from Neil McMillan (Hi Karate) and Michael Peck (Brass Monkeys). 6 Feb. Richard Sen (Bronx Dogs) guests.
I nice promotions presents nip at Alaska. I lpm-3am. 6 Feb only. £8 (£6). New night promoted by fresh face to Glasgow Bee (ex-London promoter) trying his hand at the Glasgow scene. Kicking off he‘s got two Swedish DJs Chris Montgomery (he had a Scottish grandfather apparently) and Boo Wallin for a deep groove night of he describes as intelligent. sexy aitd funky. Downstairs in the white room Kev and Mark mix tip the soul beats.
I 99 at Alaska. llpm—3am. £8 (£6). l3 Feb and monthly. Alaska continue their excellent policy of not going for the 4/4 beats prevalent round town. This night combines the talents of Patti C‘awley and Alex Horton from Psy-phi with Mish Mash's ()scar for deep house. hip hop and funky beats upstairs in the red room. Meanwhile in the white room you'll find Goodfoot‘s Kev and Mark mixing tip a Northern soul vibe. Top new clttb. wicked sound system and a surprising music policy.
I October Cafe at ()ctober Cafe. ()pin—midnight. Free. Lisa Littlewood (Tunnel) with a funky house pie-club set. I Polo Lounge at The Polo Lounge. l().30pm—3am. £5. Take the choice of the Polo Lounge upstairs. open until 3am. downstairs for DJ lati playing a camp mix of housey faves and anthems. or down in the Trophy Room with Andy for 80s pop. punk and new wave. Gay.
I Planet Peach at Planet Peach. l0.30pm—3am. £7 (£5). Free before midnight. New night of huge tunes and anthems from Alan Ronald.
I Revolution at Havana. 8pm—midnight. Free. DJ Tchico of Virunga with his lusty Latin sounds. Pre- club.
I Salsa Night at The Cross Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. 6 Feb and fortnightly. Senor Meloncoton with his own brand of hot Latin vibes.
I Salsa Sabrosa at McChuils (High Street). 8.30pm—midnight. Free. l3 Feb and monthly. Another swinging salsa night from Karen Pasi's Latin DJ.
I The Shed at The Shed. l()pm—3am. £5 (£4). Ronnie upstairs playing 90s classic house. Graeme Ferguson in the main with commercial dance favourites at this Southside club from the team behind the Garage.
I Slam Presents at The Arches. llpm—3am. £7 (£5). 5 and I2 Feb only. The guys still haven‘t worked out a name for this night yet. but they'll surely have one for next issue. What they have decided though is that the club will be running over two arches with house and techno in the front room from the likes of Laurence Hughes. Silicone Soul and DJ Q. plus breakbeat. big beat and hip hop from the Jengaheads and Phar ()tit iii the back room.
I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry Fields. 9pm—3am. £5. Sixties to 80s pop. soul. funk. Motown. party tttnes pltts ctilt videos aitd news reels.
I Stoned Love at The Betlsit. ()pin—Zam. £2 (free before I lpin). 6 Feb and monthly. Soul. funk and beats from Brian and John.
I Sub Culture at The Sub Club. l().3()pm—5am. £8. Harri and
Domenic lord it over the legendary night of nice ‘n' groovy. hard-hittin‘. funky house at the king of Scottish underground dance venues. This is still one of the hottest. ass-shakin‘. no-holds barred nights in the country. You ain‘t been to a club until you‘ve experienced the Saturday Subbie vibe. I3 Feb DJ Joshua who records for Prescription aitd Guidance guests in a housey disco style.
I The Temple at The Temple. llpm—3am. £7 (£5). The main night at this huge venue with Geoff Montford. Chris Harris and Scott Ritchie (ex- Archaos) playing tough US and British vocal house and garage to a well tip-for-it crowd.
I Trash at Trash. llpm-—3aiti. (£7) £5. Dressy. slightly older (but still going for it) crowd with house and garage iii the main room from DJ brother team Mathew and Peter. and soul. swing and R&B in the seCond room from Pattl N'Jie.
I Triumph at The Tunnel. “pm-3.30am. £7 (£5). A huge night of Italian and UK house at one of the country‘s best looking venues. Colin Tevendale and Steven McCreery take on the main room while Kevin McFarIane and Stephen Lee offer up a different vibe with a wide mix of garage. soul. funk and dance classics in the second room. Smart dress-code attd they expect you to make a lot ofeffon. l3 Feb Triumph welcomes top class hard progressive house DJ Nick Warren to the club. £9 (£7).
I Velvet Rooms I Ipm~3pni £8 (£4 before midnight). DJ Send in the main room with house. garage and clth classics. John Lyons iii the front room playing mellow hip hop. swingbeat and classic soul.
I Yang at Yang. l lpnt—3ani (bar open from 6pm). £5 (free before I lpm). Nic Nouveau attd ()ccasional Lynne with sublime house iii the room one. Naeem and Kash playing R& B. hip hop and soul itt room two with Sony album launches the last Sat of the montlt. In the back room there‘s Nucleus. with Jim and Brian working this classic sweatbox in a deep electronica style joined on the last Sat of eaclt month by international Sonia recording artist Funk D‘Void.
I Bar Mat Bar M. 8pm—midnight. Free. Stevie Donaldson (Bar l0/Discojunky) playing a dub set.
I Bennet's at Bennet’s. l L30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Up-tempo high energy with John Frazer. Gay.
I Big Air Sundays at Air Organic.
7—l lpm. Free. Recovery session Jengas playing more ofchilled out session. almost a Balearic vibe.
I Budda at Budda. 8pm—midnight. Free. New York Alliance's Colin Walker playing a deep mix to bring your weekend to a close.
I Cleopatra's at Cleopatra’s. l0.30pm—2.30am. £3 (£2). Pop. 70s and 80s arty tunes.
I C ub Mouth at The l3th Note Club (ground floor). l()pm-2.3()am. £2 (free before i lpm). Bizarre eclectic mix of guitar. beats. punk psych. past. present. future. with a late-drinking. nae dancin‘ policy brought to you by Marky P plus Steve and Claire McCann.
I Club Tropicana at The Garage (upstairs). llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Two DJs called Brian playing indie. Britpop and maybe some retro stuff too.
I Cooler at The Cooler. 8pm~midnight. Free. Loungin’ Sunday sesh with laid- back DJs. cartoons and cheap cocktails. I Cubana Chant at Havana. Spin—midnight. Free. An evening of easy Latin. Latin-jazz and Latin funk from Gordon Watson plus guests.
I Cul De Sac at Cul De Sac Bar.
9—] lpm. Free. Elements DJs Kemal and Stevie playing upfront drum 3: bass.
I Divine at Brel. 830—] lpm. Andrew and Alan Divine (Glasgow School Of Art) play you the stuff they play for themselves at home. Retro soul. Bobby Gentry. movie themes. etc. Pre-club.
I Disco Extravaganza at Fury Murry's. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Studenty night of party tunes frotn DJs Dave and Phil.
I Ego Trip at The Apartment. l lpm—3am. £5. Jim Da Best with his usual cheesy mix of pop aitd clttb classics.
I Firebird at Firebird. 8—1 lpm. Free. Harri and ()scar with a freestyle mix of Sunday recovery tunes and some fine. fine food from the Firebird kitchens.
I Jitterati at Club Budda. l lpm-3am. £4. Michael Kilkie (Tunnel/Uber Disko) with a deeper mix titan his Tunnel night. but still playing upfront house in this intimate very cool venue. joined by Geoff Montford. Chris Harris and Scott Ritchie. I Juicy at Planet Peach. l().30pm-3am. £4 (£3). Free before midnight. New night of house and garage from DJ Skud.
I Kraze 2 at Victoria's. l().30pm—3am. £5. Less commercial than its sister Wednesday night. bttt no less massive night of upfront dance tunes front Kensitas Club DJ of The Year Steve Lockie and Dave Young.
I Liquid Cool at Babaza. l()pm—3am. £5 (£3). Absolutely insanely busy night with a dressy crowd sucking the last drops from the weekend. Uplifting vocal garage and house from Archaos Saturday night residents.
I Trade at The Tunnel. l lpm-3am. £7 (£6 before midnight). 7 Feb only. Scottish diva Mary Kiani brings her favourite club iii the whole wide world up to Glasgow. complete with Trade residents Alait Thompson and Fergie.
joined by the Tartan Traders DJs Boner
and Lovejoy. Full-on pumping hard house and‘trance with the full backing ot the counti'y's finest gay club. Bit of an Egyptian theme going on here if-yott- fancy dressing tip. See panel and Hit list. I Traxx at The Living Room. 8—l lpm. Free. Traxx's Derrick and Simon playing blissed-ottt deep underground house of the hi thest quality.
I Nic Peacock at The Variety Bar. 8pm~midnight Free. The legendary Nick Peacock with a laid-back jazzy. occasionally housey affair.
I Optimo at The Sub Club. I lpm—3am. £4 (£3). Freakbeat electro. driving Detroit and 80s synthpop twisted deck action from yer hosts Jilkes and Twitch plus live bands and film events. Say yes to another excess.