It’s been too long since we heard from our FKOF JPN contributor fameONE. Last month, we had his amazing piece on Okinawan nightlife with Dj Justice and tonight we’ve got an extremely awesome write up about a progressive/ tech-house/ trance DJ. Who also happens to be a violin virtuoso. Without further ado, we’re proud to present “Manifesto: Unlike Any Other”.
You’ll never see a performance like this, unless you’re graced with the presence of Manifesto.
It isn’t uncommon to find a DJ who spins electronica. It also isn’t uncommon to discover a DJ who can charismatically interact with his fans. What is uncommon is a DJ who does this, plays a mind-blowing set, and can do it all live. DJ Manifesto is an electronica DJ like no other. Originally from Virginia, he’s ascending the ranks of internationally recognized artists by spinning in the hottest clubs from the hottest clubs from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, Calif., Europe and, soon enough, Japan. He’s different, he’s exciting and he’s a breath of originality that leaves his fans in awe and craving for more.
What separates Manifesto from others is his ability to play the violin. He’s a violin virtuoso, if you may. The crowd is pulsing with the rhythm and the light show that is intricately laced with the beat, his transitions are flawless as he continues to add his own flavor to the hottest tracks. As he smoothly incorporates his own production into the set, smiling enthusiastically and keeping party-goers on edge, it happens out of nowhere. ‘It’ being the electric violin that he plays live during the actual set. For those unfamiliar with his work, it is an unexpected twist to an already awe-inspiring performance. For his fans, it’s simply what Manifesto does.
As electronic dance music and all the sub-genres associated continue to garnish more mainstream attention, DJs have become producers in hopes to remain relevant. Popular artists like Britney Spears, Pitbull and Chris Brown all now have very familiar and prevalent traces of electronica in their latest music. The underground is rising up and a producer-DJ extraordinaire like Manifesto has an even bigger platform. With an international fan base thanks to a European tour and his strategic placement in cities which stand as international hubs, his following is growing.
There is no break in the madness and no stop to the music as plans are already in place to bring Manifesto to Japan to further elevate his status as, not just a DJ, but as a musician to the highest echelon of electronica. It would be of no surprise that his name will soon be mentioned in the same breath as the legends of the genre. A memorable performance is guaranteed. You’ll never see a performance like this, unless you’re graced with the presence of Manifesto.
We’re also stoked to have a free download from Manifesto – which we’ve had on repeat all day. ‘LA Love Affair‘ is Manifesto’s chilled house remix of RHCP’s ‘Under The Bridge’. Grab it and let us know what you think!
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