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General Midi: A Gig To Remember

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General Midi: A Gig To Remember
Submitted by one track mike on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 13:25

Last weekend played host to the break-beat guru "GENERAL MIDI", a.k.a Paul Crossman, from Bristol, England. His visit began in the Cape, followed by a trip to Wilderness and Knysna and just recently Durban, where he has been welcomed with open arms. His experience thus far has been amazing as his first trip to Africa, and has impacted him in such a positive way that he promises to spread the word of the amazing geography, great food, interesting people & culture and warm hospitality to be expected here... most importantly to other heavyweights in the underground electronic movement.

So it stands to follow that the Durban leg of his SA tour at PANAMA ROOM last Saturday was a resounding success and blew up like mad with a bigger crowd (500 people) than your usual house evenings there. The dancefloor was perfectly packed until four in the morning, which in itself is unheard of in Durbs, and there was a constant array of hands up in the air and bellowing screams of joy from the crowd. The vibe was just awesome and reminded me of the days of the big 'raves' in the warehouses where an international such as Carl Cox would be playing and the crowd was cheerin' like crazy for this demon on the decks...

In the words of the General: "..Durban has set the bar really high for the upcoming events in Joburg and Cape Town..." and it was clear that he had a fantastic time playing and awesome response from the crowd. As the crowd was more or less 50% regulars of the 'Triphazard' events, and the other half regular club-goers in favour of house music it was a most interesting event with a cross-section of people. Educating a crowd like that is no easy task but the night proved that which is a long-overlooked phenomenon: that break-beat and electro deserves the kind of response from a crowd and popularity that house music attracts.

So impressed were the owners of Panama Room with the music, turnout and vibe that they requested for Triphazard Productions to start a monthly event there, and hopefully, with the marketing and credibility of Panama Room this will be a perfect opportunity to educate the public on breaks and electro and gain the momentum these alternative events deserve, and ultimately to host more top-class acts.

(BILLY NASTY - one of the most in-demand techno/electro DJs, and has performed at the most prestigious events, and infamous clubs – across the globe. As a result, he has been one of only a handful of more ‘underground’ DJs who has consistently featured in the annual DJ Mag Top 100. - coming to Durban in April)


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Subject:  Really great nite..
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Author:  shan
Date:  22 January, 2007 - 14:51

Decided to head there on a spontaneous whim and man was I stoked. The best time Ive ever had @ Panama Room! Lots of familiar smiley faces, sweet tunes and awesome vibe, looks like Trip Hazard are back in bizness.


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Subject:  Yip, really great. Good news
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Author:  capdog
Date:  22 January, 2007 - 18:07

Yip, really great. Good news that Panama is keen to host monthly events, but the place is still expensive, compared to say Willowvale Hotel. But, if a fancy schmancy place is what it takes to get the crowds, then so be it!


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Subject:  Shmancypants...
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Author:  one track mike
Date:  23 January, 2007 - 07:56

I hear you about the price, but at the end of the day entry is a mere R10.00 more than the Willowvale would be (and R20.00 more for an international - which is dirt cheap) ... and it DEFINATELY added comfort and credibility to the genre of music.
I realise that my chances of getting fat crowds to the TRIPHAZARD parties are much greater when presenting it to them in their own familiar,'clean' club environment, as opposed to trying to get the masses to drive through to Umbilo, park in an area they deem unsafe and sit on a piss-covered toilet seat.
I am now excited to 'up' the quality of these events, both with artists and venue as i think it will pay dividends.

Best part of all is i don't have to spend the entire day there carting in sound equipment and decking it out, as well as the HORRID, HORRID shlepp of unpacking the next day, hungover like something proper...

"desperately seeking meaningful overnight relationship.."


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Subject:  Indeed it was phat...
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Author:  Fredrick the crow
Date:  22 January, 2007 - 18:34

Ya well done one track, i was slightly worried that the heavily advertised friday night at p rooms, and the big slip ups the papers made by not mentioning venue or date for this party on the wednesday would have an effect on the numbers but it was an absolute shtanger that had my friends who where used to the 330esque doof doof screaming "what is this shit"!! dunno who the other djs where and when they played, (except for toine) but the guys who played b4 the general and directly after, where playing stuff ive never heard despite being a regular at clubs in the uk such as fabric and the various finger lickin parties, frikken epic stuff, although at times a little hard for my liking,
ALL IN ALL WELL DONE!!!!
see you guys at your next shindig.......


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Subject:  Phat said the Cat...
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Author:  one track mike
Date:  23 January, 2007 - 07:38

Thanks for your support 'n all ... certainly proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable night with a nice crowd - and yes, i WAS worried about the mess the papers made as well as the banger Friday night previous.
Also, my promo with flyers was severely halted coz every time i went out to do it the rain came down! And so hardly any flyers were done two weeks prior.
I played before Midi,playing a slower set than usual,more of a deep clubstyle break,pitched down to about 135bpm and then Ian played after Midi, playing electro house.
Was rad to see the house cats getting seriously into the beats - always a stoke to give 'em something they ain't discovered before...

Next gig there i think will be 3rd March(2 live sets), and thereafter 1st Sat of every month. End of April will be BILLY NASTY !

PS: give us a clue as to your identity ? Did you send me that sms the day prior to the party, about poor advertising blah blah etc etc ?

"desperately seeking meaningful overnight relationship.."


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Subject:  yebo yes
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Author:  Fredrick the crow
Date:  27 January, 2007 - 11:04

Ja it was me who sent you the text about the poor advertising, i was indeed wrong, although i did have to convince quite a few people that the jol was on saturday and not on friday! I really think that jol at panama may have started something, i mean if you can pull in crowds like that for each of the triphazard parties , then i guess hosting internationals could become a regular occurance in Durban.I feel the house scene may have finally gotten a bit tired in durbs, and peeps are ready for something new...
im going to e-mail Adam Freeland and see if he may be interested in coming here, cos when i spoke to him at global gathering last year he said he was well keen! otherwise Billy Nasty should be a BLAST,
Keep up the good work china!


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Subject:  believe!
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Author:  one track mike
Date:  29 January, 2007 - 09:23

Cool - glad it was as a success.

After rapping to you on the phone i re-read your sms and was actually a little pissed that you had assumed what you had without realising the extent of the work i had put in and the experience i've had with this over the years, being a one-man-band 'n all ... but being fresh from London i suppose you would expect more. Also, every time i went out to flyer the flippin' rain came down - like EVERY time two weeks prior to the party! So i was pissed and concerned..and i guess you made me think.

But ultimately it blew up and most importantly MIDI is going to return to the UK and spread GOOD GOOD stories about Durban to basically most of the heavyweights in the scene (he knows 'em all and they were waiting for him to return to get feedback on SA). He was just loving the food here and we took him for a shorebreak and beers at various spots, as well as a bit of an afterparty at mine after the gig - and he was simply STOKED with Durbs and the people. And after speaking to the dudes in Joburg and Cape Town it looks as though Durban's gig was the biggest success in terms of numbers & vibe !!!

So for shizzle, the quality of artists to be hosted by Triphazard is on the rise.

PS: how long you been in London, and when did you return to SA ?
"desperately seeking meaningful overnight relationship.."


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Subject:  woop woop
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Author:  Fredrick the crow
Date:  29 January, 2007 - 17:52

No dude, i was actually a little pissed off myself for sending you that text cos the party was such a phenominal success, i guess i just expected the worst cos when i left for the uk a few years back things where looking quite dismal on the breaks front.There where a few memorable parties at the late frequency, but other than that it was not great, and the amount of times i coaxed my friends down from the hills only to be heavily dissapointed by the bad turnout of these events is ridiculous, mainly i think due too bad advertising and as you said earlier, seedy venues....

And as for numbers in ol Durbs being bigger than those in C.t and Jhb, BIG UPS!! im sure that doesnt happen too often! Durbanites are finally becoming a bit more open minded, cos i think thats one thing in the past that has irritated me about this place!

As for London, Ive been coming and going for the past 5 years, had a blast and all but i decided to finally come back for good about a month back, my first proper jol here when i got back was that mr white umhlanga nyr's party, which was absolutely crap , payed R200 for ticket with V.I.P, and got greeted at the house floor (vip) with some multicoloured disco lights (really ghetto) and a 45 mins absolute minimum wait in the queue for drinks, in fact i spent my countdown in the queue.. waste of time it was, who is this mr white, i want my money back!

PS what other dj's are you wanting to come play here??


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Subject:  Welcome to Durban
Author:  hedmekanik
Date:  30 January, 2007 - 06:01

Hehe...can't help but picture it, shitey house slopping around and some wibbly lights...there you go boy, that's your VIP treatment...hehe.
It's a crying shame, but it's the truth of it that house has commanded the strongest support since...hmmm, let's see now....since the big coup in the palace of Rock some...oh, fifteen years ago or so...tsk, tsk.
Thank fuck for anything other.


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Subject:  rhubarb rhubarb
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Author:  one track mike
Date:  30 January, 2007 - 07:22

Shit that musta been the pits - parking in a rain-drenched queue waiting for a drink at countdown. Yeah i heard that jol was a bit of a washout.

Mine wasn't exactly the epitome of hedonistic behaviour ... organised a house party in Durban north, which was pretty rad coz mates were there and the spot was sweet, but i expected a lot more people (there were probably 30) and after hearing the next day about all these throbbing house parties everywhere else of 100 and so people, my arms and legs developed this sudden lack of enthusiasm to go back to the house and unpack lights and speakers.

Well there's no doubt that MIDI will be spreading the love for Durban to those who count. Regarding artists to bring out it's always a tough one because whoever it is, is unlikely to be known by the public here, so it comes down, as with MIDI to punting it hard.

I really want to get Jez from 'The Autobots' out, as well as Odissi & Quest, who play live together. Odissi will be quite something because she is rather attractive and only plays 'live' filthy breaks - which sounds like a dreamgirl to me!

But i would like to bring out someone a little more commercially viable like The Freestylers, or something similar - as costly as it may be it will surely attract a capacity crowd and prove worth it in the end.

"desperately seeking meaningful overnight relationship.."


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Subject:  bring on hands in the air
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Author:  No lekker man
Date:  31 January, 2007 - 08:20

fuckedy fuck fuck.bring those dirty breaks n electro shite to the masses,bring back hands in the air dance floor shit,the way it should be.cant wait to rock that floor again an again an.....KIDCOLT.


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Subject:  Check that Kid go...
Author:  hedmekanik
Date:  31 January, 2007 - 08:47

Jeez like my china, check that Kid Colt go, he's up for the manic panic, I tune you my guzzy, fully hey. Hands in the air anna glowsticks anna Tiger balm all that other mental shit, bra. Jussis, he's positively vibratin' wid a love for da dancefloor, ay.


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Subject:  Pics of you muppets...
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Author:  shan
Date:  31 January, 2007 - 11:35

Some photies of the night :)
http://www.thunda.com/html/20070120,2027,1.html


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Subject:  Thunda.com taking pics at a
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Author:  capdog
Date:  31 January, 2007 - 12:20

Thunda.com taking pics at a Triphazard event! Who'da thunk it?


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Subject:  Breaking into the Durban scene
Author:  Ash Black (not verified)
Date:  1 February, 2007 - 08:35

A big thanks to Onetrack Mike for organising this event and past events on the BreakBeat scene. It is time that Durban folk were introduced to this new age sound. It gives Durban a taste of what is occuring in the UK and Europe. You dont need to travel miles to go and see the latest Breaks DJ eg in London; and pay a phenomenal amount to get into the venue when you can stay within the Durban area and find Onetrack Mike playing at a venue that is 10 mins from home and the cost is nothing when you are guaranteed of great sounds, music, venue and people.

Well done


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Subject:  Breakin 'n Eggs
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Author:  one track mike
Date:  1 February, 2007 - 12:43

Ag men,yassis like but it is you men that makes it all worthwhile ekse! If there was no rug to cut china there would be no need for scissors - right my brooo!
Bigger & better things planned now for 2007.Every top artist i've asked has been overly keen to come to SA. People are very interested in this place...and they are willing (most of em) to play for up to a quarter of what they normally charge!
Billy Nasty at end of April, and expecting possibly Stanton Warriors & Hyper soon after. Krafty Kuts expected around August, and soon after General Midi returns ...

"desperately seeking meaningful overnight relationship.."


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Subject:  rock on muthatrukka
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Author:  Obi
Date:  1 February, 2007 - 14:56

One track mike, one track mind, one track slime... he he he...

You cannot escape your destiny. You must face Darth Vader again - Obi Wan Kenobi


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Subject:  Drum n Bass
Author:  Bob
Date:  13 February, 2007 - 10:09

Yo Mike. Glad to hear the event was a banging success. Anyways, me and two other guys (including DJ Biomech, who used to play a bit of DnB in Durban at one time) are looking to organise what at the moment will be a once-off drum n bass party in Durban, cuz as I'm sure you know, Durban is now the-land-of-the-no-drumnbass. After numerous lengthy discussions on the SA drum 'n' bass forum (www.drumnbass.co.za, see the thread titled 'DRUM N BASS ON THE WEEKENDS IN JOZI), the 3 of us came to the conclusion that an event hosted by Triphazard at the Panama Room one night would probably be the best way to go. After seeing how well the General's gig went down, and now that the monthly breaks nite is getting going, I think that this year would be a great year for (re)introducing people in Durban to the sounds of the drums n da basses.

I'd like to state that none of us who want to organise this event are looking to make any money off of it - all we want to do is bring a massively awesome DnB night to Durban, so that we can spread the music we love in our home town that we all love.

Please let me know if you're interested in doing something like this. I'm quite confident that if it's professionally organised (which I'm sure it will be), we could probably twist the arm of one of the bigger CT DnB DJs to come up and play.

Much regards,
Bob.

Ps. best place to contact me is on the SA DnB forum, cuz I'm on there just about daily.
Check it out, and send me a PM. Boh!


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