Music Eventsby Solomon West
DJ Lloyd Chao has made quite a few ripples on the music scene since he first began spinning 13 years ago. Known as the "godfather" of Chinese retro-progressive funky house-techno music, Lloyd's career took a sudden swing 5 months ago when he announced that he was going to start playing his own brand of music that was later dubbed progressive leftfield influenced acid-goa-house by the award-nominated That's Beijing music classification team. The veteran DJ explains that "music was becoming too easy to classify on the Beijing home-grown music scene; I wanted to stop falling into accepted International norms by playing retro-progressive funky house-techno and be the first Chinese DJ to carve a new niche."
If you feel like shaking off that winter chill and working up that appetite for some late night yangrouchuanr, then DJ Lloyd Chao can be found behind the turntables, keeping the floor heaving at various bars throughout Beijing.
Feeling decidedly unromantic as Valentine's Day approaches? Then head to one of DJ "Jonnie" Wei's nights to really shake off that loneliness and get down with your best dance moves, the perfect way to pass the time between yangrouchuar scoffing sessions! DJ Wei is a 15 year veteran on the Beijing vinyl spinning scene, and used to preside over the successful Empty Bar Monday at Haidian's guoji jiuba. One of the major innovators in the home-grown indie-funk downtempo techno field, "Jonnie's" credits include once playing with the DJ who was shortlisted to support Paul Oakenfold on his 2000 Asian tour. But this entertainer is far from satisfied with the current generation of younger DJs in Beijing. "A lot of the young DJs in Beijing today typically come from a progressive deep-house hard beat background, but they are trying to develop that into 21st century electro-funk progressive hard house-beat, what I say is this, guys, just let the music do the talking, and concentrate on Euro-funk progressive gabba breaks."
DJ "Jonnie" Wei will be raising the roof this weekend with his decks and some seriously funky crowd pleasers which promise to get even the most reluctant of us to start strutting our stuff on the floor.