Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Fri 19 Sep
‘It’s a really exciting time for us right now,’ says Tokyoblu founder and DJ John Hutchison. ‘After six years of constant, hard-at-it aiming to get somewhere, we’re only now starting to approximate what our plans were back then.’
Tokyoblu has evolved into an all-in-one club night and live band extravaganza over its lifespan. Travelling from the Cocteau Lounge downstairs at Ego to the Venue, then back to the main hall in Ego (now Luna) and on to its current home at Cabaret Voltaire, the night has emerged as one of Edinburgh’s most dependable, yet the core collective’s ambitions always lay somewhere beyond simply running an acclaimed evening out. This sixth birthday party is when all their ideas finally start to come together.
‘We have three singles coming out on the 29th of September,’ says Hutchison, ‘we’ being the Tokyoblu live band, whose headline set is the highlight of each club night. ‘Then there’s another out in November, one in December, and another coming out alongside a full artist album in March next year on our own label, Tokyoblu Digital.’
It’s a lot of work and the chance to play live sets at T in the Park, Glastonbury and Becks Fusions has helped give the group renewed focus. Yet the monthly club is still the main expression of what Tokyoblu is about. ‘We all live for this one night a month,’ says Hutchison. ‘The hard work is done before the doors open, so what shines through is that Tokyoblu is essentially a group of friends having a bloody good time.’