Sub verse – continues where the Adelaide Festival’s Unsound left off.
After what felt like a week of hibernation due to almost cyclonic type weather; I decided to brave the cold conditions Friday night and head to day one of Oz Asia’s two-day electronic and experimental music showcase at the Nexus Arts centre.
Making my way in to the venue I was just in time to catch the end of second act, North of X. My initial impression of entering the building was that the vibe had a look and feel very reminiscent of the highly popular Unsound Festival from earlier in the year! With that in mind I was ready and up for anything.
The crowd was cool and laid back, an “educated” lot musically; not your standard clubbing crowd! The vibe inside was electric, and from what I could tell, local Adelaide artists Joy and Sparks warmed things up nicely for Sisi Lu, aka North of X. This remarkable live performance included a blend of experimental electronica, soundscapes and complementing visuals. Sisi Lu is originally from Mongolia, who now tours the globe regularly. He has also been a creative director and composer for a number of high profile fashion events.
Now onto the rest of the acts, my favourite act of the night was Wedance from (Seoul). The energetic duo saw Wevo (dancing, vocals, laptop) and Wegui (guitar), light up the room with their groovey and fun mixture of DIP punk, 80’s classics and disco tunes. All these combined, was a lot of fun! Wevo was a particular crowd favourite, with her very cheeky gestures and out there personality, perfectly complementing her dance moves.
HH (Taipei) was next. The electronic duo (sound artists Chun-han Yao and Ting-hao Yeh) took us on a journey of incredible visuals and raw analogue experimental sounds! Industrial techno you could say…This is not for everyone but I enjoyed the ride.
To close things off nicely, highly regarded Adelaide DJ, Phil Rogers, took to the decks, and utilising all four decks I might add. Playing his usual sound of cool minimal house and tech! This guy knows his stuff, and can be found playing at various cool haunts around Adelaide.
Well that’s a wrap! Sub Verse is a very cool inclusion in this year’s OzAsia Festival program; I will definitely be attending again next year.