UPDATE: Major Lazer came, rocked. + the flyest puppetz are coming, can’t wait.

MAJAAA LAZAAAAA!

(photos courtesy of  Beijing’s (maybe the world’s) most magical photographer Von Niederhouser )

in 4 de kill (pon de floor)

(Dancing. Dancing.) Groove 2 da riddum!

Dancing. Dancing. Move 2 de riddum

"We need 5-6 girls to please come up on the stage...?" Yeah...right that worked.

Wordy Cut Cut Cut it up.

… and that’s how you rock a party in Beijing.. all for free too.

Just don’t get me started on the wrist bands….

More on that later, NOW we talk about the puppets.

Puppet Hip Hop Hits Yugong Yishan

Puppetmastaz – October 1

Mr Maloke is the head creature of German Muppets-style hip-hop collective Puppetmastaz. No, really. Find out how he pulls the strings

Who are your main influences, as both puppets and rappers?
‘For rappers, I like the more freaky side of hip hop: Cypress Hill, Public Enemy, Flavor Flav and ODB – not people like Jay-Z, y’know, the more serious rappers. When it comes to other composers, I like Ludwig van Beethoven, the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey and animal sounds in general.

As for puppets, obviously I like Sesame Street and the Muppets, and all the Star Wars creatures.’

Do you think there’s been much discrimination against puppets in the music industry?
‘Well, it’s very rare that puppets make it big. Flat Eric and Mr Oizo had a breakthrough about ten years ago [with the song ‘Flat Beat’], and we called him up to see if he wanted to join Puppetmastaz. Now, Flat Eric is part of our crew.

We just want to get people to come back to a more Fraggle-inspired animal attitude. We make that happen with the live shows, but through the radio it’s not that easy to get people sweating and to transform into something animal-like.’

Animal-like, eh? I heard that puppets have an unusually high sex drive. Is this true?
‘Erm… yeah, yeah, y’know, we keep it animalistic. Generally the humans are a lot more judgmental, and us animals are more comfortable with anything happening. I mean, some of our frogs, I don’t even know how they have sex. Other members of our crew have crazy organs; I don’t even wanna talk about those.’

What about interspecies relationships? Any thoughts?
‘I wouldn’t mind. A lot of people say I look like a mole, but I think I’m more of a crocodile. People always want me to take off my hat and find out, but I’m always like: “Don’t stress me out, I am what I am; if I wanna be a crocodile, I’m a crocodile.” People sometimes think I’m a dog. I’m not a dog!’

Yugong Yishan, Friday 1 October 2010,  80RMB; 60RMB (presale).

Ross Goulding

Courtsey of Timeout Beijing

Oh yes. I will be there. You should be too.

Bizzle!

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