The Pirates presents you the latest version of micro
movement this Saturday night.
Back in 2005, Sebastian Scholtz (aka DJ Tootekool) was in a funk: Bored of
the glitzy, wannabe club scene, he felt that "there was an empty space in the
way of nightlife and artistic expression. Introducing the music and culture that
I knew from Germany was the way for me to feel fulfilled amongst the mainstream
hype of the Shanghai club scene." From this despair, he (and some like-minded
friends) decided that it was time to focus on the music, stripping it to its
essentials, thus giving birth to Shanghai's minimal/micro electronic scene. Now
well-established after two years of successful parties, events and workshops,
micro will celebrate their second anniversary with a party at a new creative
space, The Pirates. Gaining notoriety among the city's disillusioned clubbers,
micro provided a rallying point as it appeared in its various incarnations
around the city. micro has evolved from the original "microclub" at Madam Zung's
Club to "microfabrique" at Fabrique, the "microlab" workshop and the
"microfloor," to the now imminent "micropirates."
Beyond providing a
creative and entertaining atmosphere, Tootekool and his cohorts decided to
spread their micro-gospel to the world, and launched "microlab," an intensive
workshop on minimalist music production. "People were flying from all over China
just to come to The Lab," says Tootekool. A quick search on Youtube will show
eager students from around the world soaking-up production tips from the
Music is the basis of the micro movement, but the group hasn't
kept it basic: Parties include unlikely alliances, so dancers and chillers can
groove to vinyl and mp3s blended with the sounds of live, virtuoso trumpet and
inspired vocals, as well as other traditional musicians. Micro-fans won't find a
run-of-the-mill laser and LED light show either. Like everything else it
creates, micro provides more intellectual eye candy, from live painting to
physical performances. "Overall, I just see it as getting back to a core and
working to understand and, from there, re-modify the simplicities of a medium,
be it image or music," says Tootekool.
Micropirates promises to be
another mind-opening experience, this time featuring some creative
collaborationfrom world-renowned DJ Sam Reynolds. No one can guess what the next
two years will hold, but one thing is certain: With new cookie-cutter superclubs
opening everyday in this city, jaded night owls looking for something different
will develop a mega following for the micro movement.
Date/Time: June 2, 10 p.m.
Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu