LEVELHEADED is pleased to present the online US tour diary of DJ
Vadim's Russian Percussion Crew. Check this page every
week during the entirety of the US tour for a new entry.
02.21.03 - 02.27.03
Welcome to the 2nd installment of our weekly diary during our US
tour. 4 little people with a plan of conquering the the world, musically...
This week we have been getting more into the groove of back to back
shows and the longer drives have begun...
Friday, 21st - Baltimore, MD
This was our first time to Baltimore so we didn't really know what
to expect. We were supposed to play here a couple years ago but
the show was cancelled, because the local mayor made the venue cancel
cause on the ninja website there was wordplay seemingly promoting
subversive activities!!! Also my friends Super Furry Animals from
the UK played here last year and had eggs thrown at them by some
right wing rednecks... So we were a bit nervous about some political
statements that we make in our show, but at the end of the day you
have to stand up for what you believe in if you wanna make a change.
And we saw a lot of fists up in the air agreeing with us. So that
was positive. Anyway the show actually turned out to be really good.
A trailer load of peeps from Washington DC drove in also.
Saturday, 22nd - Chapel Hill, NC
We played here last year but before that we never ever heard of
this spot but this is one of the best places in the whole of North
America to play. A load of people come out and really just rock.
So vocal and happy to see us. So I was really hype in coming back
here and this time it was even better. Ill rotten intelligence opened
for us which is a local hip hop crew and they are amazing. Incredible
flows! We know a sweet Sushi spot there, that we visited again.
No one got drunk or disappeared. strange?
Sunday, 23rd - Charlotte, NC
This was incredible! Probably the best show so far. The guy who
booked us is a guy called Scott, he has a crew called Dominant 7,
and he is the nicest guy. Him and his crew performed also and had
a very energetic set. the place filled up slowly, and the atmosphere
was nice. There was a live band performing too called Baleen, they
were cool. When we came on, the place was packed. The show was wicked
and the audience even better. The next day we had a day off, I went
record shopping of course. Scott and his brother took me to the
spots. The rest of the crew just chilled. Yarah almost broke the
TV in her room cause she got SO frustrated and angry watching the
news about America attacking Iraq. It's crazy how different the
news are in the US compared to Europe. Very manipulated, they just
seem to show one side of the story, and a lot of shit is being said
about Europe not supporting the US. It's the "with us or against
us mentality". In the evening we went over to Scott's house,
his wife cooked us an incredible dinner. And Yarah found her self
a sister. There were also a bunch of people from Dominant 7 there.
And the funniest most hyper active dog we've ever seen. it got so
so exited running around after us and then it just collapsed on
the floor with the tongue sticking out. We were talking and listening
to music, they played us their stuff, it's really tight. I think
Firstrate might use one of their tracks for his album. We wanted
to go to a party, and Firstrate had promised him self he was gonna
get drunk and meet a nice girl. But we all just collapsed...how
Tuesday, 25th - Atlanta, GA
Last time I was in ATL was '98. We were suppose to come here last
year but it never happened. We thought Ludacris was gonna come down
to our show with his 7 inch rims, but he was frontin 'cause we weren't
blingin' enough... Driving to Atlanta, we were on the look out for
Radioshack, a store where we could buy a new battery for our phone.
Cause our "tour" phone is so shit, it has a life of its
own, turns itself on and off when ever it wants. And we had loads
of interviews to do that day, but every time someone called, the
phone just died. So it was quite urgent. Well while we were looking
for Radioshack we found an Adidas & Timberland Outlet store.
Gez obviously started drooling just the thought of what he could
find in there. So we decided to check it out. Nothing in the Adidas
store, but Timberland was rocking. And me and Gez both walked out
with quite a lot of cheap goodies. Firstrate and Yarah got a headache
cause the stores were too big and too much too look at. The Atlanta
show was a bit funny, a couple of kids in the front of the stage
were screaming so loud, it was almost impossible to hear the music.
and a couple of girls at the side of the stage joined in, and they
sounded like a choir of cats. It was a bit hard not to laugh. and
the sound was quite shit, the soundguy seemed more interested in
talking to his friends then checking that the sound was alright.
so it was a bit hard to get into it. Everyone in the crowd seemed
quite drunk, Gez found a puking girl backstage, who didn't make
any sense. After the show Firsrate received some love in the toilet
from a girl that he was chatting up earlier. Oh dear! Some people
that Gez knew from tour managing De la Soul, came down to the show.
And we decided to meet up with them the next day. They took us out
for lunch, daaaamn the portions are so big here in the States. it's
not possible to finish what's on your plate without being sick.
Afterwards we went to some record stores, I found a couple of records
Wednesday, 26th - Athens, GA
Last time we were in Athens, not that many people came down to
the show. Though it wasn't a bad show, Yarah and a friend of ours,
(who joined us on the tour for a couple of days) decided that the
night was young and they were determined to rock a party somewhere.
so they went to another club, had a few drinks, went on the mic
and had a better party without us. Quite Ironic! This time we had
about 10 more people than last time. So we did a "bit"
better hehe. It's still funny though that sometimes 90 people can
make more noise than 400? And that was the case here. Even though
there weren't a lot of people, the people who were there were screaming
from the bottom of their lungs and enjoying them self. So we were
happy. This time Yarah didn't go to an after party, but First rate
did, and he didn't come back to the hotel till '0 in the morning!!!!.
I'm just about to get the downlow on that now... (we're heading
to Orlando, it's my Birthday....I wonder what's in store)
Till next week
Vadim & the crew