A one-man army mutating the UK hardcore continuum in Japan’, says Kode9. A pretty accurate description of what Takeaki Maruyama aka Goth Trad has been up since he started making music about ten years ago. These mutations are nowhere more apparent than in his own creation: ‘Mad Rave’, an amalgamation of the musical styles and genres that have influenced him since he first discovered electronic music. From old techno, house and jungle to more recent influences like crunk, grime, drum’n’bass and 2-step, ‘Mad Rave’ is the logical culmination of over 20 years of collecting and listening to records and producing music.
While ‘Mad Rave’ has started to resonate with scenes worldwide in the last few years, from dubstep to drum’n’bass, breakcore to dub, it’s been a long journey already for Goth Trad. Since first dabbling in production back in the late 90s, he’s released three albums, appeared on many compilations and remix projects, and released another three albums as part of Rebel Familia, a collaboration project with legendary reggae bassist Takeshi ‘Heavy’ Akimoto.
He’s also toured Europe four times and has been playing regularly up and down Japan, solo and with Rebel Familia, for the best part of the last five years. His live work has only intensified since the release of his last album, and you’ll as easily find him playing at a drum’n’bass rave as you will a breakcore event, a reggae gig or his own monthly dubstep and grime night in Tokyo, Back To Chill. The diverse appeal of his music and live shows is reflected in the range of artists he’s played alongside in the last few years: The Mars Volta, Don Letts, The Bug, DJ Krush, Limewax, Toshinori Kondo, Mike Ladd, Bong Ra, Buck 65, Zinc, Doc Scott, Skream, Mala and Iration Steppas.
And so, with the increasing interest in his work outside of Japan, following his debut releases on UK labels Deep Medi Music, Skud Records and recently Soul Jazz, and having recently toured Japan with Kode9 ,The Bug and playing the legendary DMZ night at Mass in Brixton as recently as last month, Goth-Trad brings his much talked about live show to Sydney for the first time.
With support from a diverse range of cracking local DJ’s, the VOID crew again delivers the goods with the freshest sounds in electronic music today. Another one not to be missed..
GOTH – TRAD Live ‘Tokyo’
(Deep Medi / Soul Jazz / Skud Records / Pop Group)
Bec Paton ( 2ser)
ZeroDub (Southern Steppa)
Garage Pressure (Aquaticlab Records / FBI)
Double Robin (DSS)
$15 on the door
9pm – 5am
Phoenix Bar / 34 Oxford St.