Welcome to Guru’s Gate Crasher, your ultimate guide to finding something fresh to do in this big city.
Speaking of beer, the persistent Beervana peeps are running a masterclass called Brew School 2., the Dark Arts Of Brewing tomorrow (Nov 2) from 3-6pm. The brouhaha is over a masterclass that will be given by a Norwegian specialist and followed by an 8-course meal paired, naturally, with beer. It's on at the Londoner (B/F, UBC II Bldg, Sukhumvit Soi 33, 02-261-0238, the-londoner.com). Tickets are B2,400, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everybody seems to be coming out of wet season hibernation, particularly WTF (7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, www.wtfbangkok.com) who are tonight (Nov 1) hosting the third of five End of Rainy Season Sessions, held each Friday until Nov 15. This instalment will see Masa Niwayama spin Caribbean soul. Entry is free.
Here’s a treat for diehard house fans with one of the pioneers of the game in town for a special gig. John Morales was cutting up disco tracks in New York while you were at kindergarten cutting out shapes. Still on top of the game, he will play tomorrow (Nov 2) at Black Pagoda (Patpong Soi 2, above Foodland) around midnight, with support from Beaten Space Probe from Tokyo. Entry is B400, with a drink. Here, the disco legend talks to Gate Crasher on the cusp of the gig.
YOU'RE KNOWN FOR INCREASING THE LENGTH OF TRACKS, I.E. INTRODUCING THE MEGAMIX. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO THIS?
A lot of the music I was playing at the time [mid-70s] was only available in two to four minute versions. After having been a DJ for a few years in the local clubs of the Bronx I came to realise that the same songs could be much more exciting for myself and the dancing audience if they were longer and the most interesting parts of it could be extended. After stretching the Pause button method of mixing tracks to its natural limits, I got myself a reel-to-reel tape recorder and learned how to edit tapes to make club-friendly versions of the songs that I loved. It took a lot of trial and error and experimenting, but the results not only worked on the dance floor but also got the attention of studio producers. The rest is history.
DESCRIBE PLAYING AT STUDIO 54 IN FIVE WORDS.
An amazing evening, every time!
DO YOU PREFER WORKING IN THE STUDIO OR SPINNING LIVE?
My passion and life mission has always been working in the studio creating music. But getting back into some serious studio work has also given me an opportunity to take this passion into the clubs. And I really enjoy playing out and bringing the vibe to the clubbers and also playing and testing something I have worked on in a live setting. There is nothing like the instant gratification of a dance floor audience.
YOU TOOK SOME TIME OFF. WHAT BROUGHT YOU BACK TO MUSIC?
The love of music has of course never been far from my mind. It is always in your blood, and it essentially brought me back. Many other factors kind of converged, including encouragement from the many artists, producers and DJs who respect my music, and a renewed interest in the music I have been involved in. In this respect BBE Records have been significant in that they gave me a platform of three compilations, releasing a lot of my previously unreleased and some newly remixed material to a fantastic reception.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT STATE OF HOUSE MUSIC?
I find these current times very exciting and there is a lot of inspiring stuff coming out. My main passion of course is soulful house music, disco and boogie. I try and keep close to what some of these new guys are doing, it keeps me young.
WHAT CAN BANGKOK FANS EXPECT AT THE SHOW?
They can expect a great exciting night of disco and house music, selected and mixed by someone who still has a good memory of how this music was meant to be played when it first appeared. I play uplifting, happy, good vibe, boogie music and of course always showcase some of my own favourite remixes, many of which were never released originally and I made them for myself only. If you are looking for a good time, head on our way and we will show you how it's done.