Photos courtesy of Together We Design
If you’ve ever watched a DJ spin a set, you know the feeling of magic you get from that kind of show. The way they sequence their songs, transition from track to track, read and manage the energy of a crowd — within the space of their set, a DJ weaves new meanings and narratives from the rich tapestry of music and culture. What comes out of that miracle is a communal experience, a roomful of dancing bodies. That’s what transpires whether the dude is messing around on a laptop or spinning actual wax.
You can expect the authentic analog experience though, at Back2Mono, a vinyl pop-up experience created by Japanese DJ Shigeki Fukuda, who has been living in the country for a bit over a year. Fukuda, who was surprised by the observation that people in the Philippines “just stay in their own circles,” founded the event in the interest of bringing people together through a shared love of music. The first Back2Mono event celebrated the beauty of Japan-pressed records. This second instalment of Back2Mono, though, taking place at The Alley at Karrivin on April 14-15, will be kicking out the jams with a fascinating theme: the history of dance music.
To illustrate how that’ll go down, imagine a time machine field trip, a show that aims to take you through dance music from the 70s to the present day — most likely very little of it mainstream. “You’re not going to find your top 100 Billboard music here,” Shigeki says. Over the course of the event, you’ll be able to peruse a pop-up record store cobbled together from three prolific record collectors: Japanese audiophile Hiro “Chiga” Koneko, director of The Potato Head’s Music Room Johnny Hiller, and owner of Terno Recordings and This Is Pop Records, Toti Dalmacion. From 10 p.m. onwards, you’ll also be getting DJ sets from Shigeki, Johnny and Toti. Picture a seasoned collector on deck, how eclectic that set’s going to be.