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Dance clubs host ministers of sound

Jan 26,2007
Jazzy M of Ministry of Sound,
This weekend, Gangnam’s two hot spots will be swept up in a British wave of dance music. The belated arrival of the world renowned institution, the Ministry of Sound, will bring its two most celebrated DJs to Seoul: Jazzy M and Damien Saint.


Founded in 1991, the Ministry of Sound has become one of the leading clubs in the world of electronic dance music. Over the years, its name and music have reached fans around the world and attracted them to its headquarters on 103 Gaunt Street, London. The “MoS” has branched out with Asian franchises in Taipei, Singapore and in Bankok.
Seoul may be far from opening a franchise, but the two leading dance clubs, Circle and Garden, are offering two back-to-back nights of MoS entertainment. Tonight and tomorrow night at Club Circle in the trendy Cheongdam-dong district, the legendary “Godfather of U.K. House,” DJ Jazzy M, will be featured.

Damien Saint of Ministry of Sound Singapore, By the organizers
Jazzy M played the first record on the Ministry of Sound’s opening night. He remained there for seven years and released albums while collaborating with big names like Peter Tong, Darren Emerson, Carl Cox, Orbital and dozens more. Since then he has toured extensively at clubs, including Cream (Liverpool), Bed (Sheffield), Milk (Belfast), The Pod (Dublin) and of course, the MoS (London). In 1997 he also introduced house music to Asia on the British label’s groundbreaking China tour. Jazzy M’s mix album released in 2001, the fourth in the “7 Live” series, recorded in conjunction with DMC, sold out in its first week. He has also maintained a radio spot.
Having celebrated 25 years in the music industry, Jazzy M is working on re-launching his own label, Oh Zone Records.


He will be joined by a string of local DJs, including Frankie Shin, Kuma, Kid B and Yob for the Evocative Sound concert as well as by Kayo, Saori, Nacco and Momoe, exotic dancers from Tokyo. Admission is 30,000 won ($32) with one free drink. For inquiries, call (02) 546-5933 or visit the Web site, www.thecircle.co.kr.
Tomorrow night at Club Garden in Apgujeong-dong will be DJ Damien Saint, a fixture in MoS’ Asian branch in Singapore. Damien Saint was only 19 in 1999 when he became a leading DJ at the exclusive Waterfront Hotel in Blackpool. When he visited Seoul in 2005, he left behind fans eager for his funky house sets. Admission to Garden is 15,000 won with one free drink. For inquiries, call (011) 622-6216 or visit the Web site, www.clubgarden.co.kr.


By Ines Cho Staff Writer [inescho@joongang.co.kr]


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