Beijing Club Tomorrow, 10pm
The era of the overpaid, over-hyped superstar DJ is over, but the superclubs where they rose to fame are alive and kicking, showcasing a more down-to-earth breed of turntable technician.
Shane Kehoe (above) is one such DJ. The Irishman was taken on board by the Ministry of Sound - arguably the world's top superclub - several years ago after winning Muzak magazine's Bedroom Bedlam and IDJ magazine's Raw Talent DJ competitions, and sounds like he still can't believe his luck.
Being signed by the Ministry was a dream come true for Kehoe, who had been going to the club for 10 years before being noticed by the management; he had fantasised about playing alongside the biggest names in the business since he started out spinning house music in Dublin in 1993. But music wasn't always his destiny. 'When I was growing up, there weren't guitars or pianos lying around the house. My parents didn't play disco music all night. I think my dad only bought a stereo when I was about six and, of course, I wasn't allowed to use it,' he says ahead of his Hong Kong show tomorrow night.
'I really started getting into music at about the age of 12 and it was all about the Manchester indie scene - the Happy Mondays, the Charlatans and the Stone Roses. However, within the year the underground rave scene just kicked off and I knew I had to become a DJ.'
At a young age Kehoe was already securing slots at top Irish clubs including the Kitchen, Acid Disco and GPO, but his big break finally came when a friend joined Ministry of Sound and kicked off the club's Housesexy events. Knowing Kehoe would be a perfect fit, he offered the Irishman a slot - which eventually led to him touring the world as a Ministry DJ.
Kehoe describes his current sound as 'big-room, driving, pumping house with an underlying touch of funkiness', and it's an approach that also makes itself heard in his productions - including a cheeky bootleg of Dire Straits' Money for Nothing, as well as several releases on Gung-Ho Recordings that have won support from the likes of DJs Hernan Cattaneo and Jon Carter.
So it's no wonder Kehoe sounds on top of the world. 'I think music has gone full circle in every way, but it's never been better. Everything in dance music has been re-mastered, re-edited or remixed, but the new sounds coming out keep me interested, make me passionate about what I play and - most importantly - keep everyone dancing.'
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