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.
04.10.03 - 04.16.03
This is the tour Diary of Vadim, Yarah Bravo, First Rate &
Gez. Location: USA and Canada
Welcome to the 9th and final Diary of our tour. This week we've
been joined by Sixtoo. And we've made it till the end.....Like the
cartoon says - that's it folks!
Thursday, April, 10th - Quebec City
After a great show last night in Toronto, we had another mammoth
drive of 9 hours all the way to Quebec city. Sixtoo left straight
after last nights gig but he only managed to go like 3 hours before
he had to stop and sleep! We just had to get up at 8 am after going
to bed at 4 for a lovely drive. We have never been to Quebec city
but it is known as a very pretty small city with a kind of castle/fortress
and historic city walls, cathedrals etc.... and they talk just French.
A little bit of a European feel. The weather had improved 180 degrees
from snowy cold Toronto to a very warm spring Quebec. We were excited
about the club cos it is named after a region in India - Kashmir(and
not as the woolen material to make jumpers!) so we thought there
might be great Indian food to be had! But we ended up having amazing
For the show, not that many people turned up - perhaps just over
130, but then again the club did no visible promotion of any kind.
However of the 130 people who did come, they were the loudest most
hyped, amped 130 people we have ever seen. Perhaps its a French
thing? Cause in France we get really good crowd response but we
get big audiences as well. In fact France is right one of the best
places for the Russian percussion to play in the world. Sixtoo rocked
his set as well, he1s a great guy... At the end of the evening Firstrate
was getting a lesson in French kissing from a local with a thing
growing on her eye! ummmm
Friday, April, 11th - Ottawa
Before leaving Quebec city we went down town to have another crepe,
they1re so delicious. And Yarah bought a pair of wicked classic
shell toes. Pink with cracked leather, they will be worth some good
money in the future.
Then we headed back south and to the capitol of Canada, Ottawa.
The club Babylon is a nice spot where everyone seems to have played
from the Arsonists, Herbaliser, Beatnuts, The liks, X men, Z trip,
Triple threat, A - trak, Craze, Non Phixion, Cardinal Official,
Atmosphere and even Looptroop from Sweden. So we were in great company.
Unfortunately the turnout was a bit wack but the people who made
it were great. We met the biggest Ninja Tune fan. He had the Ninja
logo tattooed on his arm. And we signed our names underneath it...
and guess what, the next day he tattooed the names in. He sent us
a photo and all. Now he has Dj Vadim, Yarah Bravo and First rate
tattooed on his arm... quite crazy hey!!
Saturday, April, 12th - Montreal
The home and natural stomping ground of Ninja tune, North America.
A beautiful city and very cosmopolitan with a French flair. We were
all exited to be here. Especially Yarah since she has a lot of relatives
The show was wicked!! Sixtoo and Blu Rum 13 opened up for us. Blu
rum is so sick, I reckon he is one of the most slept on MCs out
there. One of the best free style MCs i have ever met or heard but
also ill with the written all done with conviction in a style of
his own!!!! His set was tight as was Sixtoo's. P-love helped him
out with some extra cuts etc and that was nice. Then we just had
to rip it. Amazing response and standing ovation to a virtual capacity
crowd. The whole Ninja fam came down to the show and so did Yarah's
relatives. And what was great was that everyone stayed after the
show and got down on the dance floor to cap off a good tour. It
was off the hook!! This should of been the very last show but like
we mentioned in diary no.1, we couldn't get into USA to do the Burlington
show at the beginning of the tour. so we had one more show to go.
Sunday, April, 13th - Montreal (Day Off)
We slept all day! in the evening we chilled with Yarah's relatives,
they are the sweetest. we went to the cinema... and chilled some
more. Montreal is a great city...
Monday, April, 14th - Burlinton - Vermont
When we booked the tour, the idea was to have a couple days off
at the end of the tour to relax and chill in Montreal. However in
practise because of the US visa issue we missed the first show and
our off day became a show day. We had driven throught Burlington
and vermont on several occasions but never stopped untill this day!
Its supposed to be a student town with quite a few hippies. Well
it definetly felt like that except we met a really right wing nutter
downtown who told us the evils of 'protesting' and the morality
of 'fighting'... all we wanted to know was where a local indian
Well the show turned out pretty good actually. A small club with
an ok turnout especially in the light we drew as many people as
Dj Spinna did on a friday and KRS 1 supposedly only had 200 people
at his show and Kid Koala only 40 at his. The manager was very excitable
trying to get us drunk and take all kinds of substances!. Drugs
are baaaad - in our very best carson south park accent. We rocked
the show though...Then we drove back to Montreal.
Tuesday, April, 15th - Montreal (Day Off)
Slept in till 3 pm and then we had to rush around like blue ass
flies, cleaning, emptying, repairing (all the scrathes, scars, torn
bits of trim etc...) on our hired van and returning it with an extra
whopping 22000 km on top of what we were allowed. Lucky they didnt
see the chip in the windscreen! We chilled some more, did some business
at the Ninja Office... Met up with some people. Said bye to everyone....
We left loads of records, books etc at the Ninja office to ship
back to England. Cause there1s no way we would be able to bring
everything on the plane, yet carry it.
Wednesday, April 15th - Flying Home!
We hate this day simply cause its the day of waiting and carrying
bags and no sleep. We have so much lugggage to put together, carry,
argue at check in , pay exceess, wait 2 hours to board a plane,
and then sit 7 hours. Air canada is one of the worst carriers we
have been on. If you fly transatlantic- dont fly them unless you
have too. Go Virgin or British Airways, Singapore Air... but never
air canada, canada 3000, United, TWA, american ... they are all
so ghetto. From the food, patronising service, leg room in economy
(no we ain1t big pimping to fly business!), quality of food to the
most important thing - entertainment. it sucks!!
Well we got back safe to London...and had a massive group hug at
the airport. Saying 3WE MADE IT2...We feel dizzy just thinking about
what we've just done... 50 shows back to back with practically no
days off... And we1ll do it again any day. Thanks to everyone that
have followed our mission, that have come to our show, have spread
our vibration and showing us nothing but love. You make it worthwhile...