Cajuan @ Eurotrash, Melbourne (01/03/08)

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When the rad indie crews of Lick It and Eurotrash team up, you know it’s going to be a gig of hectic proportions! For the night in question we had Cajuan in town – he who featured at last year’s Parklife and also manages Digitalism; the German indie-dance rockers that brought us summer anthem ‘Pogo’. Apparently Julian Hamilton, frontman of our very own electro-rockers The Presets co-wrote the track… Could someone with the band’s details confirm?

However, I digress (I love using the word digress, it makes me feel like a Harvard scholar, rather than someone who sleeps on a mattress on the floor making tunes). I’ve always liked Eurotrash as a venue, with its multi-level pop-art vibe. Both levels were packed tonight, with over 600 in the club, and even more lined up outside. It really does show that Melbourne is the indie-dance capital. The Kings are a band who’ve been making waves on the scene lately, and they warmed up the venue nicely. As usual, the Lick It boys of Herbie and BlakeP kept the momentum building, the crowd toasting drinks as they led in to Cajuan.

Melbourne DJ of the moment Tranter followed on. This guy basically DJs everywhere, and with his band GameBoy/GameGirl alongside Miami Horror, is making big moves. Their music has just been signed to Ajax’s rad new label Sweat It Out, with their first EP released this month. Tranter laid down his trademark addictive indie/mash-up vibe, which was perfectly suited for the room. Then it was up to DJ 1928, who did a top job of warming up to Cajuan with a rad selection of E-house to keep everyone crunked.

Cajuan began tearing up the wheels of steel in fine fashion from the moment he got on, featuring party jams and distorted disco faves, such as SebastiAn’s re-edit of the Ed Banger bomb ‘Walkman’. The crowd couldn’t get enough, and he continued to send them wild, dropping many exclusive remixes of Digitalism tracks, such as their standout electro-house monster ‘Zdarlight’. The crowd of freaks, geeks, hotties and scenesters lapped it all up like starving kittens.

Even when the lights came on the party didn’t want to stop, as the crowd refused to leave! Cajuan defiantly dropped a remix of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (it could have been the Patrick Alvi Remix) and the crowd went ‘FK eyed’. People hung around after the finale, mobbing Cajuan and asking for more. If only the after party could have moved into the alley way, then maybe the punter’s thirst could be quenched. Cajuan is definitely one to put on your calendar for next time.

Stay rad, Skirtchaser.

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