A weekend ‘dance party’ is on tapThis weekend, the nights are reserved for sleepless dancers.
Tonight, starting at 8 p.m., those decked out in boho chic can party until 5 a.m. at “Ibiza Bohemian Night” at the newly opened dance club Red Molto in southern Seoul. Presented by a local party planner, MK & Red Carpet, the event features funky house and trance music by the club’s resident DJs, Ziro and Wise Stone, as well as foreign DJs Dylan James from Australia and Andy and Stu from the United Kingdom.
Red Molto is located in the Coffee Bean building south of the Seongsu Bridge in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul. A ticket costs 15,000 won ($15) before 10 p.m., 20,000 won after 10 p.m. For inquiries in English, call 010-7205-0624 or visit the Web site, www.redmolto.com.
Meanwhile, Towa Tei returns to Korea for the “Towa Tei by Forces of Nature” party tomorrow at the W Seoul Walkerhill Hotel.
Formerly a member of a downtown New York club trio called Deee-lite, Towa Tei is a third-generation Korean-Japanese DJ who rose to fame during the techno boom in the ’90s. He became a phenomenon with an international hit, “Groove Is in the Heart.” A master of electronic music inspired by hip hop, R&B, jazz, bossa nova and house, he showed that he’s still going strong after more than a decade in the industry by releasing a new CD, “Flash,” in April.
For the Korea event, the Tokyo-based DJ, artist, producer and remixer will collaborate with DJ Silva, also from Tokyo.
Riskei, a local organizer, will turn the venue, the spacious Vista Hall, into two areas, a lounge with chill-out music and champagne and a dance floor for the new Towa Tei release. The dress code is “cool.”
Vista Hall is located in the basement of the W Seoul Walkerhill Hotel in eastern Seoul. Doors open at 8 p.m. A ticket costs 20,000 won. During Happy Hour, from 8 to 11 p.m., all drinks cost 2,000 won. For information, call Riskei at 02-552-1659 or visit the Web site, www.riskei.co.kr.
One of the most influential figures in contemporary dance music, Darren Emerson, is making his debut in Korea tomorrow night at Club M2 in Hongdae, northwestern Seoul. He is a global household name for clubbers and electronic music fans, but Korean audiences may only be familiar with the “Trainspotting” soundtrack contribution, “Born Slippy,” which was his commercial breakthrough. In 2000, he left Underworld, an electronic music band that led the ’90s techno scene, and re-established himself as a tech-house champion. In July, he released “Episode 4, Darren Emerson” on his own record label, Underwater.
In a phone interview earlier this week, Mr. Emerson said he has traveled around the world “to promote himself as a DJ and present his label, Underwater.” When asked about the sound for the Korean audience, he said he would bring different styles of music, such as tech-house, techno break and house, to generate energy. Using mostly CDs and a laptop, he will make different versions of his originals as well as create some new music “over beer” on the airplane.
A ticket costs 30,000 won in advance and more at the door. Tickets are sold at the Music Library store in Apgujeong-dong (02-511-0025) and City Beat in the Ohoo Building in Hongdae (02-323-5746) or through firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries, call 018-285-6972 or visit the Web sites, www.ohoo.net or www.sickboypro.com.
By Ines Cho