Gig Review: Ta-ku in Sydney

Last Saturday, 9 March 2013, Sydney welcomed the arrival of the very talented beatsmith / DJ / producer Ta-ku. In town for a sold-out show at GoodGod and an in store appearance of a collaboration tee between himself, For The Homies and Capsule Store, I can only hope that we (aka Sydney) made a good enough impression for him to return to our city in the near future. Check out my review of both of his appearances at Capsule and GoodGod.

For The Homies x Ta-ku x Capsule Store Collaboration Tee

After months of getting to know Ta-ku through his music, a certain interview we did together, and blogging about most of his releases, we finally met when he arrived in Sydney for the first time last Saturday, and I finally saw him live – twice in the space of 12 hours!

His first appearance was at Capsule Store’s Capsule Sessions, celebrating the launch of the collaboration tee (above), between For The Homies, Ta-ku and Capsule Store.

A two hour session turned into three when some of the technical gear didn’t work and the staff had to run around trying to fix it (Don’t ask me, I have no idea about DJ equipment.), but after hanging out for a bit, the intimate crowd within the North Sydney store finally saw main man Ta-ku perform his best hits and some new tunes too. Seeing him live was just as good as when I stayed up to watch him perform the Boiler Room set (online) at 2am a couple of months ago.

If you’re familiar with his work already, you would have heard some very familiar jams within this set, mixing in tunes from his recent records, REϟTWERK and “2 Bit Lady Anthems”, as well as some of his earlier work, but then he also added in some new tunes towards the end. Unfortunately though, the already intimate crowd had started to disperse during his set so those who rolled through to see him earlier missed out. Unlucky.

I think it’s disheartening when you see people walk out on a good performance – no matter how small or big. I kinda felt bad for him. This is not what I wanted his first impression of Sydney to be like. To be completely honest, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to review this in store appearance but here’s a little recap of the day from Capsule Store, shot by FilFury.

Capsule Sessions / TAKU from FILFURY on Vimeo.

Later that night, I headed to GoodGod with a couple of friends to see him play a proper set to a sold out crowd and the vibe in there was craaazzzzy. Even though he experienced some more technical difficulties at the beginning of his set, it didn’t deter the excitement of the crowd. They were ready to see him perform and I think they were all just itching for him to lay down some live tracks.

So what did he play? I’ll be honest. During the first half of his set, I thought I was watching his Boiler Room performance all over again because it pretty much was an edited version of that.

But then the remaining 30 minutes came into play, and he dropped some new beats and remixes. Yes!!! This is what I was waiting for. From what I remember, I heard some Ludacris and some Big Sean thrown in there, along with some fresh electronic beats and that future funk vibe. I must say though, no matter where he plays or how long his sets are, if Ta-ku drops ‘Diamond Mouth’, the crowd WILL go wild. That is a FACT. And it was proven at GoodGod (and earlier at the Capsule Sessions). Seriously though, I’ve never seen so many hipsters dance so hard haha.

Ta-ku at GoodGod

As long as some of his beats are sometimes, here’s a short clip of what Sydney witnessed last Saturday at GoodGod. I’m talking about that new new stuff. Enjoy. 🙂

Ta-ku at Good God (Live in Sydney) from the5to9life on Vimeo.

Even better? When his set ended, Nina Las Vegas dropped his brand new remix of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit and Tie’. Soo good! Check back to the blog soon for a separate review of Ta-ku’s remix.

Overall, it was a pretty great day and night for me, finally meeting and seeing an individual who inspires me so much doing what he does best and getting to hang out with him here and there. Hopefully he returns to Sydney soon.