underground resistance

20 01 2009

DEEP FRIED 4 post-mortem.

the-menu B & W photos courtesy of Ian Magbanua

The 4th overall. The 3rd at Saguijo. Definitely an improvement from the first 2 Saguijo gigs and even better than the last one at Route 196, so i guess i can say that the experiment is proving to be on the right track. As more and more people get to experience the music and the vibe, they enjoy themselves and come back for more. They also bring friends and that definitely speeds things up.

Come to think of it, i shouldn’t really be so concerned. After all ,it has only been the fourth Deep Fried night and it’s improved immensely. More people and to be more specific, more people DANCING and taking in the music.

early bird

early birds

From observation, the  eye opener to last Saturday’s Deep Fried is that until the time that more people discover or hear about it through the grapevine and the space gets jampacked, we really have to contend with people still having to go out and staying outside to chit chat. Don’t get me wrong, they do and did go back to the floor at intervals and throughout my set and Cyril’s(smokin’ hot set btw)  but it just baffles me why other people go to a “Dance” night but don’t dance and will just talk. As much as i know that not everyone who goes to such things are hardcore dancing types nor ravers, i think it’s already spelled out that it’s an activity that pertains to dancing or even just nodding your head to modern electronic dance music…INSIDE.

f*ck art let's dance

f*ck art let's dance

I appreciate the gesture of support by showing up but in all honesty i’d much rather not have this because i don’t want you to waste your time. What’s needed right now is support in terms of really being INSIDE the venue…even if you don’t dance. We Pinoys have this thing about needing to see the place wall to wall with people and leave when there’s elbow room. So next time, for those people who are to shy to dance or have no plans of dancing but go for whatever reason, do stay inside then  so at least the  “walk ins” or curious people would probably end up staying themselves and you people contribute to making the night a success. It’s about dancing and electronic dance music folks , not a class reunion nor is it an afternoon barbeque.



Obviously, everyone needs to take a breather every now and then but you know what i’m talking about. Maybe it’s just me but when i used to go to the raves or went clubbing, we sure stayed inside and danced or at the very least watched people during downtime but not pay$20-$30 bucks to talk outside. Why am i even surprised?  Here, being on the guestlist and a P150 peso door charge aren’t much to think about. Nothing to lose. But really, why waste your time? Might as well just stay in or go to a Starbucks and talk the night away.  It’s not an afternoon tea party nor a convention. You don’t go to the cinema to watch a movie and just stay outside most of the time to talk, do you?




pasta groove

Every Deep Fried night, we set the gear up early on then I would dance to the guest djs and dj myself for 2-3 hours then dance again to the next dj, not just because i’m diggin’ the music and they’re making me dance but also to show real SUPPORT so when i’m given excuses by people that they’re tired or don’t really feel well, it’s hard for me to fathom because at my age and physical state, i should be the one saying those things.  Bottom line is, i’m more offended that one would go just for the sake of going or because they felt obliged.  I’m just doing my part to share the experience and provide options but i certainly wouldn’t want to twist people’s arms about it.  I want people to go check it out , have a good time dancing and embracing the music that we’re pushing but i don’t want people to go if they’re just forced to for some reason.



colored pics courtesy of Cyril

I know i sound pissed when i should be happy with the turnout and outcome of the night but it’s just a glaring observation. Overall, I truly am SATISFIED with the way things are working out as far as the experiment going in the right direction, the  way i envisioned it to be as far as creating a new following from the ground up. It’s a struggle but seems to be well on its way to paying off and last Saturday was very good! Pasta Groove and Caliph8 provided a good starting point for the night. I had a good time, playing a more housey set at the start, Cyril got Derrick Carter-ish and the people dancing inside provided the right vibe and energy. It’s been awhile since i last dropped Giorgio Moroder’s The Chase followed by Donna Summer’s “I feel Love” into Derrick May’s “Strings of Life”(which seemed to have gotten the best response yet with people clapping and shouting) and it was quite rewarding.



We wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of friends, you know who you are, but more specifically the regular punters like Swissy, Jaime,Dara, Arthur, Ed and his friends etc whom we get our strength and energy from. Big thanks  to Pasta Groove and Caliph 8 for the great funky sets and for groovin’ to our (Cyril and I) beats… thanks as well as everyone else like Doy S., JC, Bea, Erin, Kevin G., Mark L, Sherwin, Mica, Mayee and Co. Ean,  Mario C and Trisha, Abe & Co. Ian M(thanks for the pics) for movin’on the floor.  Also to Angelo and the great staff of Saguijo.

Special thanks to Mario Benipayo of Forerunner Technologies for the RCF sub,full range, strobe and fog machine. Yes, it’s deliberately minimal and dark just like the way we want it.  Should any of you be inspired to be a DJ, producer or a promoter, Mario and Forerunner Technologies, distributor of many fine brands like KRK, Numark, Ableton, Protools etc  will hook you up with just about everything. Contact num: (632) 928 2821

See you on Feb 7 for the next Deep Fried at Route 196!


los angeles

7 01 2009

First, a little comedy from DustFilms and the related story after.

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We lived in Los Angeles for a good part of the 80s to the early 90s and I’ve heard it all before, “L.A. is provincial”, “no personality”, “can’t hold a candle to NY” and so forth and so on.  The majority of my relatives seem to think so too (L.A.’s zzzzz) and recently, even Lourd of RSP cited the same thing to me and being that i know what he meant to a degree, i nodded in agreement though in hindsight, i shouldn’t have because i actually don’t think so.

Yes, i do agree and know how places like NY and London are two of the most, bustling cosmopolitan places in the world but to me, L.A ain’t bad at all, especially if you’re into “vintage” be it furniture, clothing, cars, toys…  y’know the whole lifestyle for members of the secret and not so secret club of liking something that’s unique and rare and unless you’ve lived in L.A. you really won’t know what an interesting, quirky playground it really is.

In fact, it’s THE hotbed if you ask me. Obviously they have thrift and vintage stores in NY etc but L.A. seems to be where its at when it comes to discovering interesting haunts and finds in my book. I did become a zombie the few times i went to Chicago for such adventures and it had its own vintage loving community and stores  but you have to understand, L.A. is HUGE and i’m not even referring to the neighboring counties yet but just Hollywood, Downtown, the Valley at that…

Places like Santa Monica,  Silverlake, old Pasadena etc. ,there’s just loads and loads of amazing places to go for odd treasures, good food, art deco buildings, mid century furniture, stores that sell vintage,vintage,vintage, swap meets, flea markets. Again, i know every place in the world may have their own community or sections but in L.A., vintage finds are amazingly still in ABUNDANCE. It’s hard to explain but you can be in Long Beach or Riverside or Altadena or Burbank and anywhere you go you’re bound to come across great second hand treasures, vintage artifacts and that’s part of the image and personality of L.A. that appeals to me.

It’s like i died and went to vintage heaven.

It also amusing when, say, you’re at the Rose Bowl or the Pasadena (PCC) Flea Market and you’re side by side with Diane Keaton or you’re at Canter’s and your table’s next to Rodney Bingenheimer or maybe lining up at Pink’s behind Harrison Ford.  I remember one afternoon after school, driving home down Sunset Blvd at a stoplight , looking at my rearview mirror, i find Richard Simmons in his car singing at the top of his lungs!  Another time i went crate digging around Topanga Canyon, Adam Sandler was just there on the sidewalk cafe next to the store i was in watching cars go by.  Well, it is the film capital obviously but when you experience it on a daily basis  It’s surreal and amazing all at once. That’s L.A. for you.

Fast forward to just a few days ago, i picked up this excellent book on Los Angeles entitled Vintage LA by Jennifer Brandt Taylor and it all came back to me, the sights,the sounds,the smells…and for someone who lived there for less than 10 years i must say, i’ve really gone around the City Of Angels as i know 90% of  the places, people, things and what’s in the book but nevertheless it’s a great book and im glad i bought it. The author’s 12 years younger than i am but lived all her life in L.A. and is definitely a kindred spirit.

If you’re into it(vintage and thrifting) as much as i am you’ll love it and if you think L.A.’s a boring place, it’s probably because you just go or were taken by your relatives to the Beverly Center, the Glendale Galleria or the dime a dozen mini mall complexes in your neck of the woods. That’s not what L.A. is all about and you don’t know what you’re missing.

I miss L.A.