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Wedding bliss-out

DJs Eve and Motomasa put a spin on the traditional nuptial celebration

KARMA, MAY 5 — DJs bring people together to dance, romance, try to get in each other's pants, and so on. But what brings DJs together? How about a DJ wedding?

DJs Eve and Motomasa met in 1996. A regular caller to "Planet 8," the long-running electronic music show on WRAS that Eve founded, convinced Eve to bring him a prize pack. Hanging out with Eve's radio caller when she arrived was the man who would become her romantic caller, Motomasa.

"I came in the door," says Eve, "and saw Motomasa from the back and said, 'Nice hair,' before he even turned around." If you've seen Motomasa's waist-length black hair (rumored to have reached his knees at one point) you'd be impressed as well.

Both classically trained musicians, Eve and Motomasa hung out for a couple years before becoming romantically involved. Eve put him on the radio with her, though Motomasa was no stranger to the medium. A club kid from Ottawa, Canada, he began DJing hip-hop in 1989 and, hooking up with the Teknobrat, did a "Planet Rave" show during college. After a stint in Detroit, Motomasa moved to Atlanta and was itching to get back into the spin of things.

Through "Planet 8," Eve and Motomasa gave early spotlights to fellow DJ couple Faust and Shortee (planning a wedding of their own in September) when they rolled into town in 1996. Motomasa helped organize an early version of the Third World Citizens hip-hop crew with Faust and Shortee, while Faust and Shortee drafted Eve and Motomasa into their Space Kadets crew, which mixes the hard house, drum 'n' bass, acid jazz and downtempo that Eve and Motomasa have become known for spinning (they're also now part of the Kula Recordings crew).

So, skip forward to this past weekend, and all these aspects of Eve and Motomasa's last 10 years have come together nicely. Revolving residents at Karma for two years, the couple got the run of the place till midnight to hold their wedding reception. After midnight, the doors opened for the public to check out DJ and wedding guest Alex Paterson of the Orb, Eve's favorite and a friend from his many tours of Atlanta.

Faust and Shortee were also part of the wedding-party bill, as were Motomasa's pals from Ottawa, Trevor Walker and Lance Baptiste. Little Jen represented the Kula group, and Dr. Fumanchu and Rob P completed the circle.

You think that's eclectic? The actual wedding ceremony, held earlier in the day, featured kimonos, ceremonial archery, sitar, oboe, jazz bands and Japanese drumming among other things. Wedding guests were given a commemorative CD, Bliss, a sort of "best of" tracks from the relationship, mixed especially for the occasion and featuring cover art by Motomasa, a graphic designer.

The real highlight for those outside the wedding party, however — other than wishing the bride and groom congratulations as they greeted you inside the door to Karma — was seeing the DJs, especially the eclectic Paterson. Around 1 a.m., 50 or so people (half of whom Eve and Motomasa estimate they know) were in the depths of Karma watching the shiny-pated Paterson spin. Thanks to Music Midtown and the special event, Karma's dress code was relaxed and so were the people.

What brings DJs together? Other DJs. A group of them that included Destination's Patrick Scott were on hand to check out Paterson. Alex was all over the place — both in the booth and the musical map — starting out with tribal, trancey fare such as Way Out West's "The Gift" but suddenly (and far from smoothly) dropping into Daft Punk as the white boys tried to body lock. Paterson's doing the Cabbage Patch behind the decks, dropping records left and right, playing an electro-breaks version of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)" and DHS's classic "House of God." For a so-called ambient artist, the man is pretty damn funky. Bobbing his head, Paterson abruptly goes into a hip-hop set, then roughly drops into dub.

Somehow, Paterson brings the set together as one long party anthem — appropriate to celebrate a relationship as singularly varied as Eve and Motomasa's. DJs are good at bringing things together, ya know.??