Eastern Margins 2nd Bday: Absurd Trax (Kelvin T, Alexmalism, Nerve, ASJ, Thegn)


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  • With a firm focus since on spotlighting innovative exploratory club music from artists of South- and East-Asian descent, join Eastern Margins in celebrating two years of their parties.
  • 2 YEARS IN THE MARGINS: EASTERN MARGINS 2nd BIRTHDAY On Friday 24 January, we turn 2 with a line-up showcasing the blistering edge of experimental music from East & South-East Asia and its diaspora. We’re so, so excited to present a London debut for Absurd Trax, the trailblazers of Hong Kong’s experimental club scene. SOLIDARITY TICKET: please consider purchasing a solidarity ticket for this event. The extra £3 will go towards a GoFundMe campaign for the families of the 39 people who were found dead in the back of a truck in Essex in October 2019. All 39 (the youngest being 15 years old) were from among the poorest regions of Vietnam, Nghệ An and Hà Tĩnh, and made the dangerous journey in a desperate attempt to reach the UK. The group of people who set up the GoFundMe, based in Vietnam, are in touch with their families and have already contributed to repatriating their bodies (which the UK and Vietnamese governments refused to pay for). The money raised is towards funeral costs, burdens caused by debt, and living costs for a few months while they grieve. ⁣ For more information, the GoFundMe page is here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/for-families-of-vietnamese-killed-in-lorry-uk⁣ ⁣ This is being organised by a group of people (including members of Daikon Magazine and SDS) who came together after the deaths of the Essex 39 to organise around issues of border violence facing East and South-East Asian migrant communities. They will also be selling merchandise at the show and donating those proceeds to the same cause. ****** KELVIN T (Absurd Trax, Live) Kelvin T, the young bull of Absurd Trax, was the mastermind behind Absurd Trax’s debut EP ‘Sedative’ in 2018 and since then his creative prowess has flourished rampantly. This homegrown DJ and producer from Hong Kong crafted 7 releases by the age of 20 and honed his skills on forward-thinking Shanghai-based label Genome 6.66MBP. He tempered his potential gracing the decks of HK Boiler Room, Sonar Festival Hong Kong and online stations NTS and Radar, all before kicking into full gear at home with Absurd Trax. With his full-length album ‘Unlock Voice’ released last year, Kelvin T’s delves into the tomes of sonic necromancy, empowering synths with the vibrancy of his emotions and blessing machines with the ability to sing, scream, cry and rage. His live-set channels these arts to overload dopamine tracts with visceral, kinetic energy, coaxing acolytes to dance and thrum towards a brave new world. https://still-loud.com/2018/01/05/kelvin-t-teenage-dj-absurd-trax-debut-ep/ ALEXMALISM (Absurd Trax, Live) Tseung Kwan O’s very own Alexmalism (Alex Yiu) is the catalyst in Hong Kong’s post-genre club scene. Alexmalism’s fearless frenzy of artistic expression transports club-goers to a forgotten Hong Kong of Fallen Angels, with a sound that spans techno, trance and minimal by way of Cantopop. His live set defiantly rejects the status quo, wielding his violin to build his own eclectic world of soaring industrial skyscrapers weaved into the crashing waves of Junk Bay, reflecting his mastery of both classical and improvisational tradition. Since 2016, Alexmalism has set dancefloors on fire at XXX, HKCR, SHCR, Oil Club, All Club, Sonar Hong Kong 2019, and NTS Radio. His debut EP ‘TKO’ revolutionised the sonic landfill of wanton consumerism when released by Absurd Trax in 2018 (also released on Chinabot). https://www.aqnb.com/2018/12/07/a-view-from-junk-bay-alexmalism-rummages-through-the-sonic-landfill-of-consumerism-colonialism-deterritorialisation-in-tko/ https://www.mixcloud.com/NTSRadio/alexmalism-28th-april-2019/ NERVE (Absurd Trax) (Live) Nerve has been a stalwart of Hong Kong’s experimental scene for over two decades. We first caught sight of him on the 20th floor of Wanchai’s infamous tower block, Foo Tak Building. Performing a devastating noise set in Twenty Alpha whilst simultaneously having half his hair carved by a razor, it’s stuck in our minds for some time. We were subsequently informed that this was just the tip of Nerve’s experimentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiOVT9ygb0A& ASJ (Absurd Trax) (Live) “Our group embraces the idea of minorities, [a] genderless and deconstructed club scene,” she says of their mission. “The agenda bridges people together, [and] introduces a different underground scene that has never happened in Hong Kong club culture before.” ASJ was born and raised in Hong Kong, but found her musical awakening in the faded dusks of Taipei’s nightlife. After connecting with pivotal members of Taiwan’s nightlife, including Sonia Calico and her UnderU crew, she connected with Absurd Trax upon her return to her hometown. https://absurdtrax.bandcamp.com/album/the-road-to-become-one-at-003 THEGN (Absurd Trax) (Live) Thegn is the brutalist node of Absurd Trax’s international network. Born in Vancouver, Canada, THEGN began making industrial and noise music in the early 2010s. As their musical and artistic interests developed, so did their ambition of what industrial and dance music could sound like. At the core of their music exist themes of the effects our peers, culture, and environment have on the constant, lifelong negotiation of identity, and above all that an unending and aggressive sadness dominates the sound. Combining thick distortion, chaotic rhythms, and pained vocals, the overwhelming heaviness of Thegn's music is heard not only in the themes but in the sound itself. THEGN’s debut album, Loss, was a stand out in a phenomenal year of releases on Absurd Trax. We’re very excited to present this physical unity. https://www.aqnb.com/2019/09/04/mourning-the-irreparable-fractures-caused-by-the-loss-of-a-loved-one-in-the-lo-fi-grieving-noise-pop-of-thegns-i-heard-your-voice-ft-dis-fig/ JD X b2b ONY Eastern Margin’s prodigal son, JD X, teams up with the pride of Kingsland Road, ONY, for a all red-lining, straight head banging, tear inducing session. Not one to miss (even if you tried). Eastern Margins for TANK Magazine https://soundcloud.com/tank-magazine/tank-mix-eastern-margins
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