December Friday 7th 2018 DJ Zulu @ Funkytown Chengdu

Decided to leave the hustle and bustle of Shanghai for a few days, I headed to the Wild wild West for a bit longer than a weekend. Well, a place I’ve never been before in China: Chengdu city, capital of Sichuan Province (the land of pandas, spicy food and beautiful women, some people say)

One of the main reasons for my visit was a couple of bookings, including a gig at a small bar in the center called Funkytown.

  

Every DJ loves Funkytown. Cause yeah, it’s incredibly small. It’s incredibly crowded in and out and it’s also extremely fun to pass by or work there. Real DJs love authentic places over business, hype, glamour and popularity in a similar fashion as how real food lovers choose restaurants.

The day after i joined an underground event in the parking lot of a shopping mall with about 20 other DJs, where local hip-hop dancers, poppers and lockers took over the improvised dancefloor for an epic battle. It was really interesting to see these scenes growing strong and healthy in such a remote place!

In overall: I made a few friends, caught a massive cold (plan to go to see the pandas cancelled), tried some good food.. yes spicy. And yes, women are very beautiful too.

Chengdu will be a “funky town” as long as those young event organizers and local DJs keep pushing forward with their unconditional love for music.

It was good to be there!

  • Funky TownAddress: 58-3, North Kehua Road.  科华北路58号附3号。Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China

January 5th 2018 – DJ Zulu at Marula Café Barcelona

It’s always a pleasure to play at home. Especially when it’s in a proper place, with the proper music and crowd.

Marula Café (both in Madrid & Barcelona) is an oasis for music lovers in Spain. But also is for those scarce vinyl DJs into funk, soul, latin and disco grooves with no fillers. Its customers, composed by regulars and random visitors, are mostly a well-balanced (I should say well-educated) audience and they know what to expect inside. Basically open-minded, eager to enjoy the night while keeping odd song requests to the minimum and very spontaneous on the dancefloor, as long as the energy keeps flowing between them and the DJ with a healthy variety of rhythms; avoiding long and dull mixes at constant BPMs, so common in those mostly computerized, auto-synced and quantized DJ sets of today.

The Marula Barcelona’s resident DJs are doing an awesome job for the last decade, keeping the weekends of this medium-sized club on fire: better known as The Presidentes (the big boss Antonio Requena, record dealer Machito Boogaloo from Barcelona City Records and veteran DJ Harry Callahan -also half of the great label Rocafort Records), their nights are a journey through the best afrolatin sounds, all sorts of funk and soulful disco, brazilian rarities and boogie beats.

If you are in Barcelona (or Madrid), you definitely should stop by Marula Café. Also keep an eye on their program of concerts and live acts, with top-notch local and international funky bands mostly every week. Oh, also drinks are good, and the bar staff is friendly.

It has been a pleasure both as a listener and DJ. Thanks and see you next time!

Address: Carrer dels Escudellers, 49, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

DJ Zulu Presents The Secret Grooves vol. 2: Taiwan Soul

This is Taiwan Soul.

3 years in the making, and 5 years after the first volume, The Secret Grooves vol. 2 is out!

34 taiwanese tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s containing raw eastern soul, massive funky breaks, rare latin kicks, deep aboriginal roots and amazing boogie / disco edits

Unveiling beats still unknown to many serious crate diggers, music collectors, rare funk DJs and sampling producers. Limited number of CD copies available!

Many thanks to everyone involved in this project!

Very special thanks to Kevin Hsen and DJ Andy K.

ORDER A COPY HERE