Tickled Pink #3 @ Word Bar - 11.11.2005
Author: Phil Watkins
Thursday, 17 November 2005
Tickled Pink took place for the third time in its already illustrious career at the Word Bar last Friday night. With a lineup presenting Danni B, Miss Chris and Sass, all female DJ residents, Tickled Pink is definitely something Melbourne has been sorely missing for quite awhile now.
TP, as it now affectionately known, is going from strength to strength. As well as the female residents there is also one lucky male who, hand picked by the girls to be 'flavour of the month', gets given the guest spot just so all the lads don't feel left out! This instalment was no exception with rising electro DJ Max Koenig given the opportunity to show what his flavour tasted like.
The venue itself is the perfect setting for what they are trying to achieve and you immediately feel the vibe when you walk in. With an outside courtyard, together with a bar and a massive dance floor area, you have the opportunity to be whoever you want, whether it be cool at the bar or smashing it up on the floor.
Danni B was given warm up duties, and really got the crowd going with her tech essence electro funk house. She displayed tight mixing which was a great change for a night where the DJs are still starting out. This really made a difference to the crowd of around 150 who were on the floor shaking their best things. The friendly atmosphere was thick throughout the venue, something that I feel has been lacking in some of the nights I have attended over this year. But it was all friends at Tickled Pink, and this fuelled the shouts and screams with the bass lines oozed from the crisp system as people let their hair down on the dance floor.
As Danni B finished up it was time for the TP Flavour of the Month to step up to the decks, and Max carried on from where Danni left off with some powerful, uplifting electro tunes. There were some classics to get the crowd jumping and this combined with some really up-front tunes held the crew, as well as really nurturing a good interaction with the dance floor.
I really must take some time out to mention the quality of the music. We are very much spoilt with the amount of up-front quality music that we get to hear on the our dance floors, but in this case I have to say that the DJs played the more popular tunes and the crowd responded much more when they knew what they were listening to. So I guess in a sense that is one for the professionals to take note of: new and up front tunes aren't always going to please a crowd as well as your ego. Although they are good in their own right as, with the state of dance music being the way it is, people know what they like and are not going to enjoy themselves as much if the DJ is playing for themselves the whole time. That's enough about that from me.
Max Koenig left the room wanting more and applause and screams were heard as Miss Chris hit the decks keeping the vibe funked up and making sure that the tempo was kept. She did a great job.
I was most impressed with Tickled Pink. So much so that I have found myself telling everyone I know about how much of good time I had. I think that's a sure fire sign of good night out, and with a free CD from the 'Flavour of the Month' and a dollar off my admission going to Breast Cancer Awareness month, I think everyone involved in this instalment should be most pleased. I';; be seeing you at the next one…!