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On Air City Cloudcasts from Shanghai: Blaise Deville
October 3, 2011
Featuring the first picks from our user submissions On Air series, the Shanghai party starter from Sub-Culture and Uprooted Sunshine
- Text by Terence Teh
We were first introduced to Blaise via our Shanghai Guest Editors Sub-Culture and then found his summertime Shanghai Cloudcasts on Mixcloud that got us locked with their diverse tracklists, seamless transitions and hefty low end bass. Speaking with Blaise we found out that he's been an active DJ internationally for the past decade, spending the last five years in Shanghai as an cornerstone of the DJ community - playing with all the major crews in the area (Phreaktion, The Lab, Antidote, Heavy, Kongkrete Bass, STD) and also the MIDI Festival - probably the biggest musical event in China.
Satellite Voices: What are your favourite top three clubs / parties in Shanghai?
Blaise Deville: My favorite top three parties in Shanghai are ROM, Sub-Culture and Void. All the three of them are happening at The Shelter, maybe the only good club in town. Dada is good which is more of a bar than an actual club, but has a solid line up in term of local DJs, and also LOgO which is more of a live music venue but I need to give them props because that's where i used to throw parties when I first got to town five-years-ago.
SV: What was the last thing you listened too?
Blaise Deville: The new ROM tracks. That's the only thing i'm listening to these days, because with my good friends Icenine and Olivepixel we are working hard on it in order to finish the album due for November. So I don't really have time for anything else, except for some obscure Afro-funk and progressive rock compilations which are always good to find new samples for future beats.
SV: What's next on your playlist?
Blaise Deville: The new GOTH-TRAD "Babylon Fall" EP on Deep Medi featuring Max Romeo.
SV: How would you describe the music scene in Shanghai?
Blaise Deville: The music scene in Shanghai is like everything in this city, fast! People listen to your music for a quick while, then move to something else. They are interested in what's happening in term of new musical identities but it's really hard to create a following which will last more than six months. Shanghai, more than any other city in China, is really representative of this mix of fast development, hardcore consumerism and ultra-individualism happening in the country. "Easy come, Easy go!"
SV: What one song represents Shanghai to you?
Blaise Deville: Icenine's "Lament for the West".
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