November 15, ALL Club, Shanghai
November 16, Loopy, Hangzhou
November 20, Terrible Baby, Hong Kong
November 22, Oil Club, Shenzhen
Now is the ideal timing to delve into the experimental music scene in East Asia. Two Berlin-based DJs Yantan Ministry and GIL will travel to China for their first tour outside of Europe. In Hangzhou and Shanghai, they will play “hybrid set” consisting of a live-set and a DJ-set.
Yantan Ministry has a folkloristic understanding of underground dance music and DJ sets, as well as in their own music. The tug of war between past and future is one of the forces in the creation and re-creation of sentiments they cater to in their sets. Belonging to those who engage with it, music that values variants and change – uncontrolled, driven, ecstatic. They self-released their Attacco Mixtape in 2018, and an interpretative piece, “Raw Red Redux”, on Swedish label Country Music in 2019, produced commissioned remixes of mobilegirl’s and Diamond Terrifier Cypher’s work, and have produced radio mixes for Endgame’s NTS Precious Metals show, Staycore’s Rinse FM show, and as guest on Soda Plains’ Rinse FM show. They currently live and work in Berlin.
GIL’s DJ sets are a tightly woven, non-linear yet soaring experience of music’s potential to create new dance forms. Overlapping percussions, atmospheric sounds, dipping in and out of genres and timelines, GIL surprises the audience with his approach to movement. Interlaced with his own productions and edits, his sets retain their tactile and sensual qualities no matter how far they diverge from traditional layouts. His own musical output underlines a rich ability to experiment with context – notably, he has released two EPs on Danse Noire and a single on Country Music, composed a score for Akinola Davies’ BBC production Black to Life, performed a live concert and production at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in March 2019, and released edits and remixes on PTP, Mixpack, and Staycore.