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Many DJs, few fans

Too Many DJs
The Wave
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 took place.

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.

-Amanda Aitken



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