Because his name was synonymous with New York Hip Hop for so long, to this day, DJ Stretch Armstrong has difficulty escaping being typecast as purely a Hip Hop d.j.
In Hong Kong last year for the Diesel Black Gold fashion show, Stretch played alongside big new names in contemporary dance music including Tittsworth, Eli Escobar, Amanda Blank and Pase Rock. A few days later he followed up with a gig at Kee Club.
Rather than play the mediocre music that now passes as Hip Hop, Stretch, like many other notable d.j.s, looks elsewhere for new beats. Since Hip Hop originated as a hybrid of musical ingredients, it wasn’t difficult for d.j.s on his level to make the transition. Top d.j.s are normally multi-dimensional music lovers who aren’t confined to any one genre.
Expect to hear Stretch play new dance music that’s influenced in equal parts by Indie Rock, Electro, Hip Hop and other underground genres from around the world.
Stretch is affiliated with Steve Aoki’s record label, Dim Mak, a home of this blended style of contemporary dance music.
Friday, January 23rd, at Volar.
Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street
Lan Kwai Fong
Central, Hong Kong
Free entry for Volar members, non-members $250 HKD cover (includes 1 drink)