Fridays at CATO have become synonymous with Leftbank. Quickly establishing itself as a platform for local and regional talent, Leftbank is an ode to counter-culture and favourite stomping ground for music lovers alike. Curated by CATO resident DJ Haan, Leftbank is renowned for its broad spectrum of underground music genres, spanning from house to techno. Catch Leftbank at CATO on Fridays.
Shin Nishimura [Plus Records, Tokyo]
Shin Nishimura is, without doubt, one of the current top Japanese DJs. He kick-started has started his career in Shanghai, back in the days when there was absolutely no dance music scene to speak of. Shin ran his own parties called PLUS, through these introducing various essential artists, and succeeded in building up the club scene there. His first worldwide mix CD release, "Live in Shanghai", on Technorient, was massive hit and established his name on the international circuit. In 2001, after getting a high-profile gig at Germany's biggest rave party, MAYDAY, Shin brought his wares - including his DJ skills and the PLUS concept - back home to Tokyo. Hence the legendary "PLUS TOKYO" parties were born. In 2002, Takkyu Ishino put together the biggest ever Japanese techno indoor rave party, called WIRE02. Shin was one of the three major headline DJs, along with Ishino and Ken Ishii. Shin also had a track on the classic "Ghost In The Shell Tribute" compilation, released in 2004, that featured Derrick May, Mijk van Dijk and Joey Beltram, and three years later his "Gerpan" EP, released through the famed German label Toktok, established itself as a classic killer signature tune. This year's release of "Rock The House", through French label Mezzotinto, has been a huge success, with the track being spun by peers like Dubfire, Chris liebing, John Digweed and Ken Ishii. Shin's upcoming monster track, "Frustration", will be released through Dubfire's label, SCI+TEC, in April 2009! Meanwhile, the prolific DJ/producer has also developed his own label, PLUS Records, launched in 2004. Four years on, the imprint has over 10 powerful releases, and the more recent sub-label, DEKA TRAXXX, has also already unleashed eight quality records.
Norman Chung [Plus Records, SG]
He makes you move but opens your mind, letting you accept a wider spectrum of music and at a level of quality that sets the bar for you thereafter. You realise it is not the floor that dictates what a DJ plays but a DJ like Norman dictating how the people might dance. Norman’s aim as a musician is simple: to add to the myriad of good music in existence. For someone who has had the gift of music for so long, it is only about time to give it all back..
Introducing Haan – the techno underdog of Singapore. With almost a decade’s worth of experience behind the console, it was his passion for vinyl records that kick started the self-taught DJ’s career. Since then, Haan has developed a unique style of house and techno music that’s brimming with groove, taking him across the deepest and darkest corners of the island’s clubbing circuit. Describing his sound as dark yet melodic, Haan quotes the likes of TIN MAN, Redshape, Locked groove and Broken English Club as his musical inspiration. Staying true to his style—one that transcends genres—he brings it in a big way to the most discerning of dance floors. With all that he has accomplished in under a decade, there’s no doubt that Haan is set to fly the Singapore flag across shores.