Last night was our first proper night out in Tokyo – and it was one to remember, as I was invited to play at Back To Chill, Goth Trad’s monthly session of Dubstep, Grime and Madrave.
The night was wicked, it was a pleasure to play down there and it felt good to be able to play some tunes after over 3 months of not having touched any decks or vinyl… The regulars, Goth Trad, Hyaku Mado, Ske and Kaji Peace all played wicked sets too – with new bits from Ske, Hyaku Mado and Goth Trad going down particularly well alongside a whole bunch of old and more recent tracks from a wide spectrum of producers and labels.
The venue was real nice too – Saloon @ Unit, which is a tiny little spot but with a system that packs a mighty punch. No messin’ about there, and the bass was exactly as you’d want it.
It was nice to see the impact the music is having in Tokyo – it’s still a fairly small affair, with a hundred or so people passing through during the night, but it’s been growing with every event and people seem to really be feeling the music, even if the crowd reactions are quite different to the UK. Not a lot of shouting or expression, just a lot of dancing and looking dazed by the bass and beats. The atmosphere is real nice too, feels like a proper family affair, with people lounging about in the bar area, chatting, drinking and even a little food table where you could get some curry after some heavy skankin!
And with both Mala Mystikz and Skream coming over to Tokyo in the next few months as well as Goth Trad soon to release his first 12″s on UK labels including Deep Medi, it should be a pretty good and interesting year for the Japanese massive and the spreading of the virus in Nippon.
Check the Flickr set below for more photos from the evening.
Also check some more pics and words from the boys at their blog