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8 12 2008

KRAFTWERK Hong Kong 12/05/08

After  30+ long years, finally i’ve seen the masters live and even without the original Karl Bartos, (co-founder) Florian Schneider and Wolfgang Flur, last Friday’s Kraftwerk gig in HK was truly an experience. The present line up of Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert, Stefan Pfaffe and original member, co-founder  and vocalist Ralf Hutter performed extremely well, as expected. It’s amazing too how they showed so much charisma without uttering a single spiel in between songs.  Now, i can’t really say i’m their number one fan but i am definitely a huge fan of Kraftwerk and electronic music in general and i’m glad i can finally tick off “watch Kraftwerk” on my wishlist.

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Initially, as much as i already knew they would blow me away, i prepared myself to be a little jaded being that i pretty much know how their concert set up was from acquiring their most recent live DVD a couple of years ago, the larger than life visuals, the ultra clean sound(much like listening through an audiophile’s tube gear), the stage gear etc.  I was wrong and despite what i knew, it’s definitely different seeing and hearing Kraftwerk LIVE. My only complaint was that it wasn’t loud as i expected it to be. Kinda expected the bass to rattle people’s rib cages. It would’ve been good as the venue was packed to the gills( the size of two halls of our local World Trade combined) with young Hong Kong hipsters and music geeks, foreigners from everywhere and Germany of course plus us, the few “delegates” from the Philippines.

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I went with Mario S. and Dino A. to be joined at the gig itself  by Ean of Up dharma Down, his brother in law Chi and our very own original visual graphics guy and good friend Koro Fujiwara. Some of our other friends/djs within the Groove Nation circle couldnt make it due to schedule conflicts but i really was expecting “electronic” musicians and ahem, DJs from Manila to be there being that this is one of those once in a lifetime deals from an act that’s highly influential and deemed as one of the main progenitors of electronic music and a direct influence, especially to techno, electro and even hip hop. Before you can say,we were able to go because we had the funds to throw away, i’m sorry but that’s not the case, no, not at all. It’s something we had to work for and worked around on just to make it last weekend. It’s just simply too important to pass up. It really validates my observation that majority of the local electronic producers and superstar djs are merely in it more on the surface and have no foundation nor sense of history.

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It’s Kraftwerk for crying out loud, the very group who influenced the likes of Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig , Richie Hawtin etc.!

Oh yeah, i forgot, in this country majority equate electronic music to Tiesto and Armin Van Buren. Talkin’bout “provincial disco”.

Totally related story HERE.





drowning in my nostalgia

20 09 2008

Continuation and Part II of Past Foward entry. Starting off with some Consortium pics taken by the great Eddie Boy Escudero…

Consortium residents Cocoy P and myself. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

Consortium residents Cocoy P and myself. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

Jamie Bissmire of Space DJz. All around great guy and techno dj. Rode with me on my Vespa after the gig and shouting "we are the mods","we are the mods" along roxas blvd. in reference of course to Quadrophenia.

Jamie Bissmire of Space DJz. All around great guy. Rode with me on my Vespa after the gig on the way to after gig breakfast shouting "We are the mods,we are the mods" in reference to Quadrophenia of course. A mod/b-boy/ techno dj. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

I have no idea who he is but he looks fierce and has a nice, rare Consortium shirt on. I don't even have mine anymore.

I have no idea who he is but he looks fierce and has a nice Consortium shirt on. There were probably a hundred or so of this printed for a crowd of 3,000 so it's a rare item and anyone who still have theirs in good condition might want to get in touch with me. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

Cecile Z. A regular at the Consortium parties. Grocery,her store then would sell clothes for the 90's local rave generation.

Cecile Z. A regular at the Consortium parties. Grocery, her store then, was part of Consortium,selling clothes for the 90's local rave generation. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

The Detroit innovator Derrick May gracing the decks at Consortium. Check out the Adidas banner. Yup, my favorite brand supporting COnsortium back then.Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

Detroit techno innovator Derrick May gracing the decks at Consortium. Check out the Adidas banner. Yup, my favorite brand supported COnsortium .Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

the fashionable set were definitely also represented then at Consortium.

the fashionable set were definitely also represented at Consortium. Photo By Eddie Boy Escudero.

as well as the rockers( Krishna M and Nathan-then with Rivermaya) which shows some were actually open to it then and maybe inspire others for Deep Fried?

...as well as the rockers( Krishna M and Nathan-then with Rivermaya) which shows some were actually open to it then and maybe inspire others for Deep Fried? Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero

Karl Roy resting for a bit

Karl Roy resting for a bit. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

the one and only and John Glenn of Blue Cafe was a regular fixture at Consortium and i've played  at some of  the  most memorable gigs at his establishment. In fact ,the very, very first experiment that is the roving club/rave Consortium was held at Blue Cafe when Malate was in full bloom.

The one and only John Glenn of Blue Cafe and friends were regulars at Consortium. In fact the experiment, that is Consortium was first held at Blue Cafe when Malate was about to get really hot. Photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

rod t.another Groove Nation dj

rod t.another Groove Nation dj. photo by Eddie Boy Escudero.

at Consortium...no comment

at Consortium...no comment. photo by eddie boy escudero

Noel dB and Rod T

Noel dB and Rod T. photo by Eddie Boy Escudero

one of my idols and an amazing dj with great taste in music. Really good guy and somewhat my mentor when i was trying to get in the L.A. underground  scene.

Doc Martin-one of my idols and an amazing dj with great taste in music. Really good guy and somewhat my mentor when i was trying to get in the L.A. underground scene.

this was the smaller Groove Nation in betweener to Consortium named after The Jam's rousing tune.

Sample flyer to the smaller Groove Nation in betweener to Consortium named after The Jam's rousing tune!

a break from Consortium with samples of Los Angeles rave flyers during those halcyon days. Standard clubbing in clubs can be claimed by NY,SF and Chicago but really from recollection, the “raves” really flourished first in L.A as far as the US is concerned. Introduced mostly by British expats who infiltrated the club scene in L.A. playing mostly house and techno music from Chicago and Detroit! Go figure. Ping Pong in full effect. I must have gone to hundreds from 89 to 93. From dark, abandoned warehouses to normal establishments during the day, rave location by night as well as glamorous old buildings like the Park Plaza to the Union Station and amusement parks.

I think this is one of the reasons why people really dance abroad and not just stand around or make chit chat. This was the average price to most raves back then with some going as much as $40. It's definitely a factor as to why people here take things for granted. It's because it's usually "face value", guestlist or a measly entrance fee.

I think this is one of the reasons why people really dance abroad and not just stand around or make chit chat. This was the low average price to most raves back in the day with some going as much as $40. Then again, majority of the "party people " here in Manila do pay that and more nowadays and still just stand around and chit chat like they're at a dinner party. So maybe not many here are value for money conscious? That or Manila really is the Hamptons and people are moneyed ?

afternoon ravin' at Venice Beach. Ahh the love for beats.

afternoon ravin' @ Venice Beach. Ahh,the love for beats.

Lava Lounge menu by Agu P. .Dig that dilis!

Lava Lounge drink list by Agu P...Dig that dilis! oops, my mistake that's on the menu which i have yet to find.

Lizza N and Koro during the Lotus Eaters/Rivermaya recordings that didn't see the light of day.

Lizza N and Koro during the Lotus Eaters/Rivermaya recordings that didn't see the light of day.

Juan Nunez of Wax Records L.A.. Sadly, majority of the record stores in L.A. have now gone belly up and are just existing online.

Juan Nunez of Wax Records L.A.. Sadly, majority of the record stores in L.A. have now gone belly up and are just existing online.

 Cyril Y.,Simone of DSound and Pepi D.

Cyril Y.,Simone of DSound and Pepi D.

Lourd, Peter Coyle(The Lotus Eaters)Jay I., Joonee G. and Jem Kelly(The Lotus Eaters)

Lourd, Peter Coyle(The Lotus Eaters)Jay I., Joonee G. and Jem Kelly(The Lotus Eaters)

J-Jay(Moulton Studios SF/naked), Rica,Pepi and Latrice Barnett

In a LOMO moment gone wrong -Jay J (Moulton Studios SF/naked), Rica,Pepi and vocalist Latrice Barnett.