Since its debut last October, Fast Times, the monthly DJ/art showcase at The Marquee Club, has quickly established itself as the premiere dance party in Halifax. For those of us with two left feet, dancing downtown is usually a cover band at The Lower Deck. Or if you’re a little more coordinated, top 40 at the Dome.
But Fast Times has tapped into a new thirst to cut a rug to the latest electro, hip-hop and rock tunes, played under one roof, often at the same time. It’s a response to the genre-bending tastes of audiophiles and casual music listeners in the post-Napster era. Where listening to “a little bit of everything” used to be a sure sign of someone with no real interest in music, now it’s a point of pride to not be a slave to the cliches and contrivances of any particular style.
“A lot of different types of music are now receiving attention, partly due to the internet and blogs,” says Jesse Tittsworth AKA DJ Tittsworth, who performs at this month’s installment on Thursday, January 10. His hometown of Baltimore has been at the epicentre of much of the new burgeoning dance movement.
“Personally, I think Baltimore Club is at an advantage to DJs and dance floors now because it’s the most versatile genre,” says Tittsworth. “It can be tough or sexy, appeal to rock fans or oldies lovers, all with out losing any of its energy or danceability.”
Resident DJ Double A, T-Woo, Ghettosocks and Cosmo join Tittsworth for another booty-rockin’ night, as well as an art exhibition by Lucky Comix. “Expect about a dozen different genres,” says Tittsworth, “mixed as fast as the floor can handle, plus or minus some stage diving.