ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Many DJs, few fans
Too Many DJs
Oct. 16, 2003
Electronic music lovers of London, where are you? Last Thursday
night at The Wave, an event that could have been very special
Too Many DJs featured five of London's most talented DJs in
a display of musical programming and vinyl handling that was
not only technically impressive, but would have caused the
crowd in attendance - if there had been one - to tear that
dance floor up like the Mix Kings have never seen.
Andy Capp, a Bacchus Lounge mainstay and veteran of several
other London clubs, opened the evening with a mixture of chunky,
big-room house and more electro-influenced beats.
Next on the bill was the progressive house baron of London
himself, Greg Benz, past winner of the now-defunct (but sadly
missed) Muzik Magazine's Bedroom Bedlam contest, followed by
breakbeat fiend The Incredible Melting Man. Melting Man has
opened for acts such as Crystal Method and Roger Sanchez and
his production efforts have been picked up by Dust2Dust Records
in the U.K. and released by the record company for which he
is the A&R man, 2WARS.
Wrapping up the evening were Gilles Bernard, a bangin' progressive
DJ who is part of the NEC Productions family and Szewczyk,
who currently spearheads a tech-house night on Wednesdays at
276 Lounge, in the old City Hall on Dundas St..
Too Many DJs was not only a showcase of the diversity of just
a few of the Forest City's superior DJs, but it was a chance
for many students to break out of their old habits and experience
something a tad bit fresher than Saturday night at Jim Bob
Ray's. Unfortunately, the event ended earlier than anticipated,
although The Wave had planned to stay open until 4 a.m..
It's disappointing Western can't recreate Frosh Week-style
ardour for The Wave when it comes to groundbreaking (at least
for Western) events like this one. Being that London is essentially
a microcosm of Torontonians, it's puzzling the househeads,
junglists, techno aficionados and breaks fans lie so low.