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Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
By MARK JARNES
In April 2000, Tokyo nightclub Womb opened its doors and became one of the cornerstones of Japan's dance-music scene. This weekend, the club brings music fans the third installment of their Womb Adventure event, which adopts the theme of "expansion of reality." Though the club is located in Tokyo's Shibuya area, Womb Adventure will be held at the larger Makuhari Messe venue in Chiba.
"The capacity of Womb for regular parties is limited," says Sabi Takahashi, the club's representative director. "So we've tried different venues for events such as the Womb Cruise and Club Phazon, which were very successful. We then thought maybe we could try our hand at a bigger event, so we chose Makuhari Messe as our venue."
Techno luminary Richie Hawtin is headlining the event this year, which doesn't come as much of a surprise to most Womb Adventure fans. This is Hawtin's third consecutive time taking the helm of the event, but this time it will be under his Plastikman moniker. Plastikman was a pioneer of the dance-music scene in the 1990s, with albums such as "Sheet One," "Muzik" and "Consumed" becoming electronic classics.
Hawtin will be joined by Detroit-techno innovator (and longtime friend) Carl Craig, who is no stranger to the global electronic-music circuit and has been to Japan many times over a career that stretches back to the '80s.
"The electronic music scene in Japan is quite amazing," says Craig. "The clubs are some of the best in the world. Japanese listeners are some of the best students of music and an inspiration for me to make and play better music."
With Plastikman releasing groundbreaking records early on in his career, it is intriguing to think how he might raise the bar with this upcoming performance.
"Richie does a really fantastic show with Plastikman, he's a great friend and I respect him very much," says Craig. "It doesn't matter whether he plays as Plastikman or Richie Hawtin, the experience will be amazing regardless."
Other acts performing at Womb Adventure include Crookers, Shinichi Osawa, Dexpistols and Roni Size.
Womb Adventure takes place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on Dec. 4. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets cost ¥6,000 in advance. For more information, visit www.wombadventure.jp.