This Saturday at CiCi Park will be the second installment of What the Funk?, a party organized by local Frenchman/DJ The Kalakuta Kid. We had a few words with out favorite purveyor of eclectic beats prior to what promises to be a funk-filled...soirée.
CQSCENE: First off, can you tell us who the Kalakuta Kid is?
The whole story of Kalakuta Kid is told on my Douban page but I'll make it straight to the point for this interview. Kalakuta Kid is the dj name I chose in respectful memory of "The Black President" - Barack Obama ?!- NO! Fela Kuti, the nigerian saxophonist, godfather of Afrobeat and one of the most fascinating character I've read about (see the story of Kalakuta Republic). Using Kalakuta and Kid together is both a mark of respect and irony because some may think about Kid Koala... and they souldn't...
CQSCENE: How long been in CQ? Has CQ had an influence on your DJing style?
I've been living here for one year and a half now. To make a not so long story short, I've been observing that Chongqing music scene was more or less divided in three main poles: the electronic scene- promoted by Cici Park-, the punk-rock scene -promoted by Nuts Club-, and the mainsteam soup in mainstreams clubs.
I guess i have been more influenced by electro music since I arrived in Chongqing... I hope so !
CQSCENE: In your opinion, what does CQ need, that it doesn't already have?
It needs more adventurous people.Daring people to make it not only an economic but also a cultural lighthouse. If you considere the size of the "monster", Chongqing definitely lack of cultural infrastructures.It needs a decent french restaurant too !
CQSCENE: What are your musical influences, and how would u describe your DJ style?
I've been mainly influenced by african, african-american and caribbean musical expressions.I actually grew up listening strictly to classic hip hop. Hip hop was the window to a fantastic musical journey. It brigded the gap to jazz, blues, soul and funk.
In parallel I had an intense passion for Jamaican music, afrobeat came to me, ethiojazz too...
So on a normal basis, when I'm mixing, I try to make all those influences sit around at the same table and have a civilized conversation! I would finally describe it as a grooving melting pot ...or salad bowl !
CQSCENE: And finally, what the Funk?I'd like to know too... Godfathers knows...be @Cici satruday night, you might find an anwer.
What the Funk?, this Saturday, 4/16 @ CiCi Park. 22:00-late.
huMP3 is a new feature here on cqscene, where every(or most) Wednesdays we give you free music from artists either from, or who will be performing in Chongqing, or the surrounding area.
This, our first installment of huMP3 day, we have a lot to offer, as this weekend in Chongqing has something, seemingly, for everyone.
On Friday night at Nuts Club is Underground Hip-Hop vol.2, hosted by local MC PDP(aka J.L.Sean). I don't know much about the artists, but I do know this about hip-hop, if its bad, its better that you don't understand the lyrics. Keeping that in mind makes our first mp3 all the more tolerable.
Also on Friday night across town, CiCi Park is having a "german techno" party with Pacou, a real life german DJ. Its been a while since CiCi has hosted any parties, so the rave kids should be out in full force for this one.
Keeping the DJ/dance theme alive on Saturday night are Chengdu based duo Just Charlie and Jovian a.k.a. the Disco Death DJs, bringing their eclectic mix dub-step, drum & bass, glitch, and ghetto house to Baroque Bar. Being the only act of the weekend I can vouch for, I highly recommend checking 'em out... that is if you can find Baroque Bar.
To cap off the weekend we head back to Nuts Club on Sunday for one of the biggest names in the Chinese rock scene, Miserable Faith. Always a hit with the locals, the Beijing metal/hardcore outfit is guaranteed to stir up some sweaty moshing.