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Ajax Interview + Win Tickets To See Him

Ajax Interview + Win Tickets To See Him

Monday 13th April, 2009 7:41PM

Ajax hits town in a couple of weeks to headline the second installment of the bi-monthly OK OK club nights presented by Modular. Click here to read our interview with him.

We have a double pass to giveaway to either the AK or Welly show - enter below.

Tickets for Modular Presents: OK OK II are on sale now.

WELLINGTON - BUY
Friday 24th of April
San Francisco Bath House

AUCKLAND - BUY
Saturday 25th of April
Cassette Number Nine

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OK OK is a brand new series of two-monthly parties presented by Modular. Modular is one of the world's most influential independent record labels.

Their stable of international recording artists includes: Cut Copy, The Presets, Ladyhawke, Klaxons, Muscles, Wolfmother, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Van She, Robyn, Soulwax, Canyons, Ajax, The Avalanches, The Bang Gang Deejays, The Bumblebeez, Chromeo, Colder, MSTRKRFT, New Young Pony Club, Leave Them All Behind, The Whitest Boy Alive and Tame Impala.

Modular parties are famous the world over, with nights already established in New York, London, France, Japan and throughout Australia.

OK OK is Modular's exclusive first foray into New Zealand and this is the second in the series featuring Ajax.

AJAX

His nickname used to be Thommo, but during the the early nineties it didn't sound very acid house. He didn't like it, he never liked it this boy from OZ. The name tormented him, it undermined his dance party status and his emerging sexuality he thought. At art school the media students teased him and the sculpture students used to steal his mo wax lunchbox and mix clay into his peanut butter sandwiches. He ate them anyway. Art was going to kill him... he needed to fight back... he needed to become an art killer.

After burning his whiteboard markers, his teaching jacket and other assorted art college paraphanalia, his soul surrended. Giggling, the now defunct COFA Lecturer flipped some switches, twiddled knobs and took any excess clay he found to his new spinning wheels. The abject lump of clay soon became a fragmented mess of dried up mud, dust and spilt candy glazes. It wasn't an idealized form, there was shit everywhere but he loved it. Thommo had become a disco Jockey...Thommo had become Ajax. Ajax made friends fast, although the dancefloor still wasn't sure of his technique. So he and his few new friends created their own studio...The BANG GANG (Modular). Soon the shit noise that they had created spawned a new poetry and it was recorded (Ministry of Sound Mashed 1 2002, Ministry of Sound Mashed 2 Bang Gang Djs 2005, Tiga/Ajax In the Mix 2005 (both cds nominated for DMA Best mixed cd 2006), Ajax Presents Spin City 2006, Light Sound Dance Bang Gang Djs 2007 (Modular) Dance Till Dawn, Damnation, I'm With Bang Gang, Bang Gang K-Lassics and Bang Gang Art Killers 1). Technics In The Mix No.1 Australian Dj 2007 and 2006, Allen & Heath DMA Best Australian DJ and Best Mixed CD 2006, 3d World Dj of the Year 2002, 2004, 2005, his Art Killing had hit new heights. Busy Ps Best Dj of 2007 (XLR8R), Digitalism's best dj of 2007 (BIGSHOT) and Justice's One to Watch in 2008 (DJ MAGAZINE). Fabric (London) pay him occasionally as do Showcase (Paris) for some spot cleaning, he no longer borrows money from his mum. His ego has spiralled out of control and bent his pop making; remixing Princess Superstar, Midnight Juggernauts, The Emergency, Naive New Beaters, and the Valentinos.

People laughed, some cried... His naked ambition had made him a peep show. Soon the dollar coins started to pile, he climbed them and to his surprise all he could see was clay and dust and glazes in every direction. He was speaking in toungues, a green foam frothed soon from his nostrils and he perspired..... what better he thought than to manipulate his ooze and bring forth (up) his own record label, SWEAT IT OUT (www.myspace.com/sweatitoutmusc)which launched officially in Feburary 2008 with the signings of Gameboy Gamegirl, Miami Horror, Act Yo Age, Hey Now and Redial.

With subscriptions to Modern Painters and Frieze now long expired, the battle for dominance between Ajax and Art continues. With the field wider and the arsenal larger, we expect an explosive and intriguing era ahead.



Competition drawn. Winners have been notified.


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related gigs
Modular Presents: OK OK II
Fri 24th Apr, The San Francisco Bath House, Wellington
Modular Presents: OK OK II
Sat 25th Apr, Cassette Nine, Auckland






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