The teetotaler who conquered clubland

Feb 15, 2008

The teetotaler who conquered clubland

After winning arguably the biggest prize in dance music, any club DJ might be forgiven for going on the sort of Dionysian rampage that would leave Keith Richards begging for mercy. Not High Contrast. Known to his friends as Lincoln Barrett, the drum ‘n’ ...

WWE — the sweatiest ticket in town

Feb 1, 2008

WWE — the sweatiest ticket in town

The hard-punching, head-crunching stars of World Wrestling Entertainment are in Tokyo mid-February for the WWE Royal Rumble tour. OK, so this spectacle — currently known as “sports entertainment” and televised to millions worldwide — has its naysayers. After all, when midgets get the living ...

No deviation for celebrated techno star

Jan 25, 2008

No deviation for celebrated techno star

In an era of dance music that sees almost every DJ attempt to defy genre, and producers seemingly incapable of making tracks without either screaming guitars or samples of pop hits from yesteryear, Sven Vath is refreshing in his conservatism. There will be no ...

Gan-Ban Night feat. Justice and DJ Busy P

Jan 18, 2008

Gan-Ban Night feat. Justice and DJ Busy P

Depending on what music mag you’re reading, they’re either the godfathers of new rave or the saviors of dance music. Period. But then it’s not just London’s snotty music press who’ve embraced Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay. As Justice, the Parisian electro duo ...

Top-rank British DJ Cox gets Womb moving

Dec 21, 2007

Top-rank British DJ Cox gets Womb moving

In terms of both reputation and body mass, DJs don’t come much bigger than Carl Cox, who will be playing at the Tokyo club Womb on Dec. 21. Since helping to create Britain’s early rave scene, Cox has managed to gain global respect while ...

Tasting the good life

Dec 21, 2007

Tasting the good life

Karuizawa is known as a getaway magnet for the rich, and based on a recent trip to the town in Nagano Prefecture, Japan’s wealthy take their pleasures very seriously. From the concrete vistas of the capital, just over an hour by train north of ...

Party planner

Dec 14, 2007

Party planner

New Year is almost upon us again, and for those not satisfied with the TV and sake followed by a shrine, there are plenty of places about Tokyo to listen to good tunes and get monkeyed. While the city may not boast New Year ...

Dec 7, 2007

Ex-Underworld DJ celebrates ageHa's fifth year

While Underworld has stayed in the limelight since Darren Emerson left the band in 2000, the Britain-based DJ’s success has been a little more underground. Emerson spends his time running his record label, Underwater, and hosting events at “superclubs” such as Pacha in Ibiza ...

Daft Punk

Nov 23, 2007

Daft Punk

The last time Daft Punk were in Japan, the venue was so packed that security closed the entrance. That was in 2006 at the Summer Sonic music festival, but for the Parisian dance duo’s own forthcoming Gallic rave-up, “dafunkfest,” anyone with a ticket will ...

Dance DJs hit the park

Nov 23, 2007

Dance DJs hit the park

Stuck for something to do on the national holiday this Friday — and enjoy a bit of a boogie? If so, then you may like to head to Yoyogi Park and the Tokyo Dance Music Festival 2007 being staged there at the live space ...