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Gilles on Japan – Oct ’09

November 3, 2009


As blogged by GP on his MySpace last week in Japan:

I never fail but to come back from Japan refreshed and motivated. Last night at Liquid Rooms was so great. All my friends and supporters over the years still coming out and a fresh new audience always adding the energy. That’s the point – keeping it fresh with new sounds mixed with classics from the distance.

I did some great shopping too – although the Pierre Cardin shoes I picked up for 1000 yen did fall apart halfway though the night – thank God for super glue – lol!

The bands all did great last night – adding a little Afro Cuban spice – Quasimode did ‘Afrodisia’, Salsa Swingoza did ‘Roforofo Fight’ and Cromagnon just get better – loved the way they started playing low volume as my last tune faded out with the curtains still down – nice touch from a perfectly tight disco jazz unit – need to bring ‘em back to Europe!

Tokyo Heavy Hitters DJ attack worked really well – better than last time – from Kentaro to Sunaga T everyone took full use of their 3 minutes to keep the audience hyper excited!!

Big ups to Mari who put the whole thing on and continues to be the unsung hero for this scene here in Japan. Her strength and energy continually pushing out the music on Jwave and believe me, the girl knows when to take her ear piece out and party with the best of ‘em! Toshio Matsuura looks after all the tiny details a man like me demands!! Big love and continued success and good luck with the role of fatherhood on the way – your life is just starting sir!

So I’ll take a final stroll around the stores of Aoyama and Shibuya today – pick up some of my favourite comme des garcons aftershave and possibly find a hat for Zinger… a last meal at my favorite Sicilian Japanese fusion restaurant with Andy and the crew – possibly a special drop of red!

Big love also to my record label Beat Inc too – a brilliant job has been done getting the locals to find out about the Havana Cultura cd which came out with extra track this week – nippon special!

Flight leaves at 11 tomorrow am – might just have to avoid my bed and go straight from Microcosmos (UFO reunion), the Room (tykler askew/simone/shuya) and Air (king britt) – its a long 12 hour daytime flight that should land just in time for the West Ham vs. Arsenal game!

As I often say I sincerely appreciate the blessing of being able to play Cedar Walton tracks for a living and not
doing a normal job….yet!