SuperCity: ‘Grand’ plans and mixtape motivation

Oct. 16, 2013 | 1 Comment

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BY CHRISTA WITTMIER / Special to the Star-Advertiser

It’s been a long time since the Wave Waikiki days, but I still dream about the day a new club like it opened in Honolulu. I think a lot of us have.

Gone but never forgotten: Wave Waikiki owner Jack Law outside the now-demolished nightclub in 2006. (Star-Advertiser File)

Gone but never forgotten: Wave Waikiki owner Jack Law outside the now-demolished nightclub in 2006. (Star-Advertiser File)

Instead of the famed two rooms of music and come as you are dress code, my dream club would have a bunch of rooms. Like the old subway tunnel I found myself inside on a trip to London that was converted into a nightclub and kept opening up into yet another area. It was a never-ending party I’m surprised I ever found my way out of.

In my dream club there would be one room with a sickening stage and backline for live bands where everyone could see a “Whatever Underground” showcase every night and big acts on the weekends. There would be another room for retro new wave and 1980s punk, all the time.

There would be the Natural Vibrations room, where if the band isn’t able to physically be there playing we would just cycle through all their music. I absolutely never get sick of them.

And there would be yet another room for all forms of EDM, depending on the night and time, plus the dreaded room of mainstream top 40 music (which is pretty much essential to operating a successful nightclub).

Buddhist Priest performing at The Wave circa 2005 (Image Christa Wittmier)

Buddhist Priest performing at the Wave Waikiki, circa 2005 (Courtesy Christa Wittmier)

At my club, there wouldn’t be a dress code anywhere — except in the mainstream room — and anyone in the service industry (bartender, server, musician, etc.) would get a VIP card to always skip the line and never worry about a cover charge. There would be a room where people who smoke (or vape) could go; this would be the hot spot where all the different rooms are connected to mix and mingle, called the Melting Pot.

And its name? It would be called — get this — the New Wave. Of course, this is all in my own fantasy world of nightlife dreams.

We’re getting closer to reliving those glory days with the opening of Grand Leyenda Cantina and their new party, “Grand Saturdays.” Forget about the come as you are, as this party has a strict dress code (and only “fashionable” hats allowed), but they’re off to a great start with two rooms of music. Sometimes people like to mix it up.

The new weekly is a collaboration by Furious Styles Productions, Artist Groove Network, Level H Promotions, Livewire and Pure Coalition — pretty much everyone in the party business who have been part of the scene for quite a while.

Grand Leyenda Cantina kicked off its new "Grand Saturdays" party on Oct. 5. (Star-Advertiser File)

Grand Leyenda Cantina kicked off its new “Grand Saturdays” party on Oct. 5. (Star-Advertiser File)

Speaking of two, “2Work,” the second CD mixtape from Addiction Nightclub resident DJs Compose and Anit (C&A) will be released this weekend with a party at the Modern Honolulu on Friday, Oct. 18.

I’ve been particularly impressed with this mix after hearing a preview; while other mixes have stayed a bit more within the boundaries of exactly what you would hear at Addiction, this one takes quite a few steps outside that box.

They included not one, not two, but three tracks by Keys N Krates, who have secured a spot on repeat inside my brain since I heard them take Drake’s “Unforgettable” and make it something I could listen to. They have taken the whole trap/dreamy electro era and put their own signature on it to make a sound all their own. You can listen to something and be like “Oh, this is Keys N Krates.”

DJ Compose, left, and DJ Anit release a new mixtape at Addiction Nightclub in the Modern Honolulu on Friday, Oct. 18. (Courtesy photo)

DJ Compose, left, and DJ Anit release a new mixtape at Addiction Nightclub in the Modern Honolulu on Friday, Oct. 18. (Courtesy photo)

While club music is club music, these mixes are an opportunity to showcase tastes that are more adventurous that you would assume. Keeping a room dancing and having a good time every weekend is talent — being able to throw in more obscure music is pure genius. These two have that on lock.

Everyone who shows up at Addiction on Friday will get a copy of “2Work.” CDs will be dropped at select local boutiques around town as well.

I don’t think people realize how valuable these hour-long mixes many Hawaii-based DJs put up on Soundcloub are to people like me. I listen to them all the time — in the car, at my desk, at the gym, at home. It’s how I am able to get through most days.

The dreaminess of Keys N Krates is probably why I daydream about my own fantasy club so much. There could be worse things.
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Christa Wittmier has chronicled Honolulu nightlife since 2004. She is senior marketing director at Young’s Market Co. of Hawaii and executive director of music for POW! WOW! Hawaii, and also helps promote the popular “Bacardi Pool Party” on Oahu. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.

  • Kevin S. Oshiro

    Dope dream… Wicked/sick vision..