Full press for Vadim
Most people know DJ Vadim for abstract experimental hiphop; he was one of the more creative producers in the downtempo genre in the second half of the 90s. That movement was criticized for ignoring the contributions of MCs in hiphop and was deemed hiphop for people who didn't like rap.
Since those days, Vadim has gone on to embrace vocalists and has mainly concentrated on One Self , which features Blu Rum 13 and Yarah Bravo on microphone duties. In this case, it's more hiphop for people who can't deal with lyrics about jewellery, rims and ass.
Thankfully, unlike too much "positive hiphop," Vadim isn't stuck in tradition, and the lyrics manage to avoid being too preachy.
Thursday night at Supermarket he was booked for Resfest 's opening-night party and attracted a much more media-heavy crowd than the club usually does. Unfortunately, it made for kind of a strange vibe, as the number of photographers and video cameras dwarfed the number of actual fans.
Luckily, both MCs have enough charisma and skill that they eventually got the curiosity seekers on their side and it started to feel more like hiphop gig and less like a press conference.
After my gig Friday, we unwound at an after-party in a nearby basement. While we were dancing to some disco, suddenly the music shifted toward the Britpop end of the spectrum. Turns out Andy Rourke (best known as the bass player for the Smiths) decided to end his night there as well after DJing at Gypsy Co-op earlier and was talked into dropping some tunes for the late-night crowd.
While he won't soon win any DMC contests, Rourke was better than a lot of celebrity DJs and did a pretty decent job, considering that most of the people there might have preferred less rock and more dance. If you missed both sets, don't feel too bad, though -- it was pretty much what you'd hear at most of the anglophile rock nights around town.
There's always something vaguely interesting about hearing musicians DJ, but what one hopes for is some insight into what shaped them, even if it's not put together particularly professionally. If you wanted a competent generic Britpop DJ set, you could easily go hear a local DJ do pretty much the same thing.
Fistfight at Full Effect
Checked out a new party called Full Effect on Saturday that was put together by the Dmoney crew (who also throw Fuck Faces and Next Party, among others). This one was at the brand new Tiger Bar (see Club Spotlight, page 80) and featured sleazy, aggressive party tunes from resident Dougie Boom and special guest DJ Fistfight .
It was my first time hearing Fistfight, who's apparently fairly new to playing out at bars. His mixing was a bit wobbly, but had me playing spot-the-tune over his shoulder a few times, which is a good sign. His main problem was trying too hard to mix when a well-timed cut would have sounded better.