Buried in the heart of trendy Aoyama is a club that has provided a hopping
dance space for more years than most Tokyoites can remember. Club Mix, with
the subtitle "Music and Art," provides just that, a lengthy resume
of hip-shaking dance tunes and intriguing art/photography laid out across
the club and plastered on the walls.
In one of my early reviews of the place I wrote that this was the one
spot in Tokyo you could find people dancing at any hour, on any day. This
impressive party credential remains true today. The DJs concentrate on soul,
hip-hop, reggae, and rap with a dash of techno mixed in to spice the beat.
While the dance floor is small, the energy of swiveling bodies takes over
early and hard.
For years getting into Mix on the weekends was a game of timing. Between
ten and 2 am, the place was so jammed that many waited outside for hours.
Mix may not be that fierce these days, but it's intense popularity among
clubbers remains. The establishment is not living on past victories either.
Mix still plays host to some of Tokyo's most progressive cross-genre events.
In late November the Aquarius event assembled a killer group of mixmasters,
which included Makyo (a.k.a. Gio), Muthafunka, and Jaimie. "It was
really happening for a bitter cold, Sunday evening" relates Gio. "The
sound is really good there and it's a nice space in general." That
night also saw live middle eastern flute and oud performance by Sia and
Madoka, a rare treat on the club scene.
A great dance space with unique events and eye-catching art, that sums
Mix up, and explains why it has been one of my favorite clubs for ten years.
B1, 3-6-19 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku.