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Catch DJ Kid Koala of Montreal in action at Wave Waikiki tomorrow.
To glimpse 27-year-old Eric San (known in DJ circles as Montreal mixmaster Kid Koala) in action, is to witness turntablism at its highest level. Records flip, fingers fly and strange, wondrous sounds amount to sensory overload.
By Shawn "Speedy" Lopes
Like many scratch DJs, San's odyssey began in his bedroom, mimicking techniques gleaned from turntablist competition videos. Within a few years, his first attempt at recording would result in the now-classic underground demo "Scratchcratchratchatch," which clocked in at a little over a half-hour with a dizzying array of spoken word snippets, bangin' beats and oddball sounds. When Jonathan Marc and Matt Black (aka UK beatmeisters Coldcut) of Ninja Tune Records toured Canada several years ago, San quietly arranged for his tape to be played during Coldcut's van ride through Montreal. Thoroughly impressed, they signed San to Ninja Tune and released the heralded "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" in 2000.
Kid Koala has kept busy honing his live skills by touring with Beastie Boys' keyboardist Money Mark and his own live eight-piece funk/pop ensemble, Bullfrog. Tomorrow night's performance at Wave Waikiki marks San's first, eagerly-awaited appearance in Hawaii.
On stage: 10 p.m. tomorrow.
Place: Wave Waikiki, 1877 Kalakaua Ave.
Cover: $10, 18 and over only
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