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FUN MAGAZINE, Janaury, 2006.
1 - 2 Roosevelt Road, Section
--By Mark Payne Translated by Charlie
The Source has been well-known amongst
Taipei's gay community for some time, but recently this
place has been steadily building a solid reputation
as a great place to party for people of all persuasions.
Located on Roosevelt Road, near Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
Hall, The Source is a three-floor venue that largely
plays house, electronic and hip-hop music. The first
floor is the main bar area, the second floor is where
the party really happens and the third is a comfy chill-out
area in case it's all getting a bit much for you.
Drinks are extremely competitively
priced -- bottled beers run at NT$150, draughts NT$100
and cocktails will set you back NT$200. However, at
weekends, when they hold their special parties, a cover
charge of between NT$350-500 will usually allow you
to drink all night for free!
But it's the parties that are really beginning to create
a buzz around town. Rather than put a resident DJ in
place and stick to a formula, The Source really mixes
it up. Top local DJ's such as Marcus Aurelius, ScottyBaller,
Adora, JRo and Fratzuki have all played sets at The
Source. These guys are some of the more well-known foreign
DJs who play the circuit around the city. They host
their own parties and use The Source as a venue.
The club has also been running parties with a group
called UltraCapacity. They are local DJs and VJs who
play a selection of very funky house music and some
dope hip hop.
In addition to this, they have also
started a concept party at The Source called "Open
Deck" as a way of finding and promoting fresh talent.
Basically anyone that has some skills as a DJ, but hasn't
had a lot of experience playing to crowds, can submit
their name and demo to Species record store. They will
then choose a selection of DJs from that list to play
at the monthly parties. Now that's what I call going
to the 'source.'
For a great venue with great drink offers and a funky
and experimental approach to partying, I give you a
mission: Seek out The Source!