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Elevator (House,Techno)

Date Posted: 2001-05-10

Date: May 18
Place: 3F start at 10 p.m.
Admission: Men ¥1,500; Ladies ¥500(with one drink)
For more information call 3F at 983-7111
Interview with Event Organizer and DJ Pat Blaze

*When did you start spinning records and where?
Pat Blaze) I started DJ’ing at a live house called Island in Okinawa City. It was 1989. I started out playing what the club manager told me to play, top 40 tracks, R&B, Rap, Disco, Club, Rock, New Wave, Reggae, whatever was popular at the time and of course, the favorite requests of the club’s regulars. It was torture, but it was also the only way to get the opportunity to DJ. I started out thinking of being a Hip Hop DJ like most people did back then. Somewhere along the way I evolved into a House DJ. By the time my time was up at the Island, I knew I wanted to spin House. I got my opportunity to do just that at an underground club called Paradise. I was held back for a while, waiting tables and bartending as I was first an understudy to the more experienced DJs, but my time did come. Through a whole lot of trial and error, I developed my mixing skills. It was during that time I was introduced to something that was called Techno. It was about 1993.

*What influenced you to get into House and Trance music?
(Pat Blaze) No single thing, person or event influenced me to get into House or Techno. It's probably more like a combination of many things, many people, and many events that influenced me to do what I'm doing now. Some of the people that influenced me include Larry Levan, the Godfather of "Garage" House music. He told me that I should not let anybody tell me what I should play. He said to me to stay true to myself and play the music I want to play. Jeff Mills explained to me what it was like traveling the world and his life experiences as a DJ over spaghetti. Derrick May reassured me that just because you don't receive any respect in your home town as a DJ, it doesn't mean you are not good. He told me that it is always hardest to earn respect from those who you grew up around. And finally Carl Cox, who many consider the world's greatest DJ, had just arrived to the Bump and was scheduled to spin after me. He told me to keep spinning, and then just kinda watched and listened to me for another half an hour or so. When the time came to give the tables up, he shook my hand and said "Good job! You play the sh#@!". I will NEVER forget that moment. Anyway, I just love the way that music, no matter what the genre, is capable of bringing people together and moving them in a way that it can cause them to dance.

*What is the concept of Elevator?
(Pat Blaze) The concept of Elevator is fairly simple. I wanted to throw parties that, like an elevator, would take people up and down in dance music. The Ups being the more uplifting, progressive house and trance type music, and the Downs being the deep, dark, underground house and techno music. I would love to incorporate more styles of music at the Elevator, but I'm not so sure yet if the people that come to the party would be willing to tolerate it.

*How do you think about nightclub scene in Okinawa? Especially trance music...
(Pat Blaze) The nightclub scene in Okinawa has got to be one of the most difficult ones in the world to understand. It is so full of close-minded club owners and managers, that individuals like myself find it hard to build up a following or scene. The day that more clubs and more people open up to fresh new ideas is the day that we may actually see a real "scene" develop in Okinawa. That goes for the scenes for all music.

*What is the best party you have played at before as DJ?
(Pat Blaze) Probably the party at Bump where some people mistook me for being Jeff Mills while I was playing. They didn't know what he looked like obviously, and the party was banging so hard at the time, I guess they assumed I must be the headliner.

*What is the best party you have enjoyed before?
(Pat Blaze) Too many to mention.

*What is your goal as DJ?
(Pat Blaze) My goal is to gain respect as a DJ and some day produce my own tracks.

*Tell us about your next party, if you are ready.
(Pat Blaze) I've got many parties coming up, like Elevator, Super Sonic, Pyrotechnics, Hotdogs & Sushi II, and so on. I will keep Japan Update informed on all the times and dates. Thank you to all of those who have supported me throughout. I look forward to meeting many of your readers soon.

Freebies: Tickets for two couples

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