That's right, it's out! Go get it at all the usual cool places!
Here's the breakdown real quick:
Cold Cave is playing Nuts this Friday (May 3rd), with The Maples to support. If you can't go on Friday, check out party punk band The On Fires the day before, supporting band's the same...
Trivia Night is now on Tuesdays and it's at Cliff's! Fans of Da Rasta's Pub Quiz will hopefully flock to this one from now on...
The Flea Market is back this month (May 20th - location to be determined), so bring your old crap and see if anyone wants it. If you need some old crap to redecorate, then you should come too!
Mr. Chelonian (海龟先生) is our featured band this month, come check out their rock and reggae stylings at Nuts on the 25th!
Top party this month: JCC from Guangzhou is doing her farewell tour, stopping by Nuts on the 31st!
Remember the End of the World in December? Conrank last month? Halloween at Moon? The Toga Party last September? In case you're oblivious enough not to have noticed, they were all Heavy Flow parties!
Hard drinking, hard dancing, hardly remembering. That's what Chongqing's only recurring dance party has to offer and this Saturday should be no exception, despite the rough weekend awaiting everyone needing to make up for the Labor Day holiday...
But let's overlook the lapse in logic requiring people to give up their day off to make up for another day off and let's turn up to work hungover on Sunday, ready to screw up every task and maybe throw up in a garbage can.
Let's get retro, people, with DJ's Mr Weed and Mr Fitz spinning 70's and 80's disco, hip hop, dance, rock, new wave and one-hit wonders wonders wonders! Tickets are only 20元, 10元 if you get dressed up 70's and 80's style!
This Saturday April 27th 21:00
At Nuts Club: Shazhong Lu (near the corner of Hanyu Lu), 300m down from the South Gate of Chongqing University in Shapingba district.
That's right, our april calendar is out!
Our recommendations for this month are:
Queen Sea Big Shark at Nuts on Friday the 5th, 20:30.
Check out the CQFC battle it out with the CQ Lifan for the Chongqing Derby, Saturday the 6th, 15:30 at the Yuanjiagang stadium.
Monday the 8th starting in the late afternoon is the Annual Gongrencun Block Party, bring your instruments and come chill with us downstairs from Helen's, at the shaokao area. Burgers and Meizijiu punch on offer!
Nuts is having a Punk Fest Saturday the 13th at 12:30 with a skate competition and eight bands, local and from out of town.
A Flea Market is going down at Rasta on Monday the 15th in the afternoon, come buy and sell stuff, cold beer in your hand!
Russian reggae star Stepa Style is hitting Nuts on Thursday the 18th at 20:30, but if you're more the highbrow type, “water dancing” show Water Rouge is opening on the same night at Hongyadong's Bayu Theater.
Thursday the 25th is a Whisky Society open tasting at Easigar on Beibin Lu. 150元, 250元 if you want your whisky with a cigar...
On Saturday the 27th check out the latest edition of HEAVY FLOW!!! This time, we're doing a 70's/80's throwback for the annual RETRO PARTY with DJs Afanti and Goodweed. Tickets 20元, only 10元 if you show up wearing 70's and 80's style clothes!
The calendar will be available at every bar, café or venue that's cool enough to have it. Start looking!
Sorry that posting has been nonexistent for the past month or so, as I was fortunate enough to spend spring festival outside of Chongqing. I'm back, and re-acclimated and plan to bring you all sorts of Chongqing goodness for the year to come.
First off, I want to share with you a couple of nuggets done by 2 DJs who currently call Chongqing home. The first is "Brand New Year," which is pretty much a musical 'Happy New Year' card by Chongqing's very own DJ/turntablist Slim Doctor.
The second nugget "Grilled Dweez Sand wedge," is a mix by current CQ resident Dweezy, who brings us roughly an hour and a half of mostly hip-hop and "bass music."
Hope you enjoy!
Thats right, "Lazer Dubs." And "Drum Step," "Beatboxing Solo," "Drum Bass Hip hop." All of that and I'd almost guarantee more at this Friday night's part at Nuts Club. Shanghai based, international party brand The Antidote, responsible for some of the more memorable parties in Nuts Club's short history, return once again with DJ/producer/celebrity chef? CONRANK. We had a few words with the Shanghai via UK transplant, who became a weibo sensation as "Chaofange."
CQSCENE: Chaofange, what’s that all about?
CONRANK: Well, its all been a crazy, random journey. I went to cook fried rice on the street for fun, some girl took a video of it, and next thing you know, I'm getting calls from friends saying I'm on the national news, and the front page of Sina and Tudou. I kinda freaked out first of all. Its been a lot of fun, i used to aspire to be a chef when i was 18 or 19 so i have really enjoyed it. I did a night in a shanghai restaurant called "Azure" recently and it was fully booked, was dope, but i haven't cooked it for anyone apart from friends since then.
How long have you been Djing/producing, and how’d you end up doing it in China?
I have been loosely Dj'ing since i was about 15 and i bought a pair of Soundlab DLP-1's, they were awful belt driven turntables, but i used to stand there for hours with a Diamond D instrumental and Super Duck Breaks, but it was pointless with those decks, it was a long time until i could afford 1210's that i bought off Kela and after that there was no looking back. As for production, i got into Logic Express about 8 years ago, and started selling my beats to clients for corporate video's, i never thought i would ever be good enough to actually make tracks that would gain any serious recognition, and it wasn't until my fiancé to me told me to pull my finger out and take it more seriously, that i got in the studio and really focused. Regarding China, a few years ago i got booked by Antidote to come and play in The Shelter, in Shanghai. That was my first experience of China, and a year on i decided i needed a break from the UK and i wanted to experience life in another part of the world, and Shanghai was my choice.
You’re the first and only person I’ve heard use the term “Lazer Dubs.” It sounds cool as hell, but what is it?
Hhahahaa, actually that was Michael from Antidote being funny, i have no idea. I quite like it though, maybe it could be a term for a CD dubplate (Taking into account that its burned user a lazer.)
You, and a large part of the music you play/create, have your origins in the UK. How, if at all, has living in China influenced or changed your “British”(for lack of better words) style?
Where you live will always influence what you do, ranging from the weather to the people you meet. I couldn't really put my finger on how it has, but recently i sent a promo to a producer in the UK and he said he could tell by the mixdown and sounds that i had been in Asia for a while. Also i'm now involved with a rapper and a beatboxer from Taiwan and we are making dubstep/grime under the name 'Lo-Fire', check outwww.soundcloud.com/lofire
When you hear/see the word Chongqing, what comes to mind?
Hot girls & hot food.
What should we expect from the party?
Well it's a partnership with one of the dopest most respected events in Asia, 'Antidote' so expect madness on the dance floor, and me dancing like a fool on the stage. Apart from that just expect a lot of fun, heavy DnB & dubstep and a lot of Gin & Tonic's. So far the tour has been awesome and each party has ended up becoming a sweaty rave, with crowd surfing and drunken tomfoolery. So yeah, i hope Chongqing is no different.
As 2010 comes to an end, I'm left to reflect on the year that was. Doing so evokes memories of events, and changes Chongqing has seen in the past year; CQ beer festival, legitimate western food, an Irish Pub, and main-stream media coverage. But what stick out in my mind most of all is the music. For 2010 was a great year for music in a city often referred to as a cultural desert.
And as I look out my window into a thick haze of urbanization, I try to recall where, for me, the year started. Of course I could say January 1, or February 14(Chinese lunar new year), but anyone who's been here as long as I have knows that due to the perma-grey skies, and bone chilling weather December through February, new year's day in Chongqing might as well be March 1. Or in my case, March 13.
March 13 is when I was blown away by Shanghai via Guizhou singer/MC ChaCha at Nuts Club, where many of my fondest memories form 2010 took place. Not to mention a mere few days later when I had a night out with the infamous Dead Elvis, which included a vomitus high schooler, and a tranny-bar. Or on April first when a Norwegian Jazz trio played, featuring one of the sick-nastiest drummers I'd ever seen. And later that spring when, 2 of China's best producers of electronic music, Liman and Sulumi(particularly Liman) rocked CiCi Park, Carsick Cars(in its original line-up) and 24Hours, played great high-energy sets at a near empty Nuts Club, Reptile Retard taking the energy through the roof with their unique style of "techno-soul," and Maybe Mars' return to Chongqing with Ourself Beside Me before the lull of summer.
And as the weather started to drop, the calendar began to fill-up, beginning in September with three nights of non-stop music from bands both foreign and local to celebrate Nuts Club's 3rd anniversary, featuring Chongqing's best Narrenschiff, BendT., The Wheels, and The Deep Green Sea. As well as spectacular performances by Seattle freak-folksters the Cave Singers, and 'psycho-billy' band Knuckle Bone Oscar from Denmark. October saw the return of ChaCha, this time with the entire Uprooted Sunshine Soundsystem, as well as legendary reggae producer Clive Chin. And later that fall when, recently named 'best band in China' Miserable Faith played to a packed house, Beijing up-and-comers Guai Li made their Chongqing debut and American instrumentalist Daniel Hart pulled off an excellent rendition of 'One Night in Beijing,' with his violin and dance-pad. Before the year was rounded out by two of my favorite bands from China's east coast, Dalian's Wang Wen, and Boys Climbing Ropes from Shanghai.
Its hard to believe so much has happened in so little time. It was no more than a year and half ago when Chongqing's live music options were limited to the odd show in a dark, dank, basement of a youth hostel, and the even more rare occurrence of 'dance' or 'electronic-music' parties. And to think, the above is a mere selection from the artists' performances that stick out in my mind, having left out acclaimed artist, both foreign and domestic.
The aforementioned local band The Deep Green Sea celebrated their 8th anniversary on New Year's day. Having seen them a dozen or so times, I was once again captivated by their somewhat eerie, somewhat funky, chilled-out sound. And if Chongqing's first 2011 show is anything to go buy, we should be in for yet another great year music, in what may be the only 'desert' in the world that is not expanding, but shrinking.
This Friday, October 15th, Nuts Club plays host to Shanghai's Uprooted Sunshine Soundsystem's 5th anniversary tour. A multinational crew of DJs, MCs, Singers and producers, with a reputation for turning out reggae infused rhythms, from roots to drum & bass. In the run up to this weekend's Chongqing party we had a few word with one of Uprooted's founders, and an integral presence in the Shanghai music scene Garreth "Gaz" Williams aka DJ Drunk Monk.
ChaCha & Drunk Monk @ Nuts Club
Us: We'll start off with names and nationalities/home towns?
Them: Ok, the two remaining founding members are Gaz AKA Drunk Monk from Manchester, UK and Israel AKA dji from Montrael, Canada. Then we have DJ Blaise Deville from Geneva, Switzerland, ChaCha from GuiZhou, China, Esia from France, Didje from Tahiti and Arminda from Portugal. Plus on this tour we have special guests Clive Chin from Jamaica and Selector Twice from New York.
Us: How did UPROOTED come about in the beginning?
Them: Uprooted Sunshine was formed in November 2005 by Drunk Monk, dji and DJ Yo. Yo was doing a small reggae party in a bar called The Eager Beaver called 'Sunshine Is...', and after responding to a post on a forum asking for people to start a reggae night, Drunk Monk and dji met up for the first time at C's bar and decided to start a reggae night. The first party at C's was called Uprooted Sounds. The first party was a great success and after that Yo, dji and Drunk Monk joined forces to make Uprooted Sunshine. A few months later, Blaise Deville arrived in Shanghai and came to C's for an Uprooted night and soon after joined the crew. Uprooted continued there monthly parties at C's, but at the same time started a new night in a, then new, bar called Logo. Whilst on holiday in Shanghai, Didje came to one of the Logo parties and jumped on the mic, tearing up the party. He returned home, but soon after returned to Shanghai to join Uprooted. A year or so later, an unknown singer called ChaCha came to One Love (the weekly uprooted party at Logo which lasted for over 2 years) and got on the mic. After joining the parties a few times, it wasnt long until she was a proper member of the crew. Not long after, Esia and Arminda were introduced to the crew by a mutual friend and, after a short time in Korea, they returned to Shanghai to join Uprooted. This is just the short version of the story, there were many other members along the way, most notably Yas and Yufah from Japan, Don Dada and Saru from France and Boombadil from Italy.
Us: How has where you're from as well as you are now, influenced the music you make/play today?
Them: We all share a love for reggae and jamaican music, but as we are all from different countries and backgrounds we all bring our own individual taste and experiences to the music. Some of us have a hiphop background, some drum and bass background, some a rock background, some of us even used to make pop music. We have all also had our own experiences in the music industry, from events management to performing and producing, so this is also a good aspect of the crew as we can all concentrate on the areas that we specialise in. Its quite a unique thing to have a group of 7 people who are all from different countries, and so with our individual styles and backgrounds we can appeal to a much wider audience. At the end of the day though, we are all the same really, we just like reggae music and want to spread it around china.
Us: Gaz and Cha Cha, were in Chongqing last March with The Antidote, and if I remember correctly, Gaz was (understandingly) a bit upset by the early exit of most of the audience. For those who haven't experienced an Uprooted party, can you tell the audience what they might expect, so as to assure they are properly prepared?
Them: The night is going to be a show from start to finish, so dont think about leaving early this time! The night will start off with dji's signature opening of dub grooves and heavy bass, followed by a special guest artist from ChongQing. After that we (Uprooted Sunshine) will perform our new live set which we have been putting together over the last few months. There are some brand new tracks in there (one written especially for the tour), plus some of our old favourites. After that is the main event - Mr Clive Chin and Selector Twice! Clive has been digging out some serious tracks for his set, including a Rocksteady tune from the early 60's sang in Mandarin, and also a track he made in the 70's entitled 'Shanghai'. Im sure the Uprooted MCs wont be able to stay off the mic for too long too....
Us: Any last words?
Them: We are all incredibly excited to be going on tour, and me myself (Gaz) am very happy to be playing back at Nutz. I had a great time last time (although it ended too early :) ) and this time I am with the full crew so its going to be a big one! We are putting every last bit of energy into the show, so we hope that you (the crowd) can give us that energy back!
We had a chat with Michael(DJ)Ozone, co-founder of The Antidote(Shanghai) as they get set to make their Chongqing debut, Saturday March 13 @ Nuts Club.
CQSCENE: First off, can you tell me what The Antidote is all about? beginnings, etc..
Michael Ozone: Well we started in 2005 in shanghai, me and B6 we just wanted a way to bring new, innovative music to china... give new producers a platform to play out and get the right audience to discover them so, although we do bring a lot of acts from around the world, to china for the first time, our heart is in pushing up the mainland Chinese music scene. so, the act we're bringing to Chongqing this weekend -- ChaCha -- we feel is a massive new talent in China and we're excited to work with her and let new people discover her music
CQS: Can you let the people here n CQ know what to expect from ChaCha, and an Antidote party in general?
MO: Well Antidote parties -- we always do eclectic music on the night, so we might play everything from punk rock to minimal techno to reggae, in one night. So also, we bring mostly live electronic acts sometimes rock bands but mostly electronic. We also have DJs that play before and after these live acts so it's a *party,* not just a show where you watch and leave. we want people to have a good night out, relax, meet new people, and have silly fun. we like to have a mix of people and music from rock to hip hop to techno.
This time we're bringing Chacha, a singer who's originally from Guizhou, but lives in Shanghai now. She's been recording in the studio with -- no exaggeration -- some of the world's top producers of reggae, dub, dubstep -- absolute legends. her releases are getting excellent critical reviews in UK, Europe, etc., so this is quite special to have her come to Chongqing. Next time will be May 8 , we bring Reptile Retard from Denmark, to Chongqing. We did a tour with them last year, 10 shows in china, and they were incredible!
CQS: Finally, what are you most looking forward to during your first time to Chongqing
MO: Well the party of course! But, I'm also really excited to check out the food and explore the city('ill be staying for a few days after the gig). I also write about food, so I'm eager to check out the food there. I love Sichuan food, but it's hard to find good stuff here in Shanghai.
CQS: As I'm sure you know, CQ is famous for its hot-pot, will you be giving that try?
MO: For sure! but also want to find some weird eats, for my blog www.weirdmeat.com.
CQS: Anything else you'd like to add?
MO: Anyone who dresses like a cartoon character gets a free beer from me. Or a kitten, we like kittens.
DJ Ozone and ChaCha, and The Antidote will be throwing it down Saturday March 13th, 21:00 - LATE! With specilal local guests DJs X76 ans Red Apple.