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Zouk Singapore: Arno Cost (Apr’12)

Upcoming, young French DJ, Arno Cost played at Zouk on the 5th of April for Zouk’s celebration of being the number 5 club on DJ Mag. I didn’t really take notice of Arno Cost until I heard Trilogy, a track he produced together with  Laidback Luke and Norman Doray. Before Trilogy was out, I had only heard of Cyan (which is a very nice track by the way 😉 ) and Magenta. So only armed with 3 of his songs, I bravely went for his show hoping that I would know most of the tracks he is gonna play.

Please forgive the low res images. I only had my phone then. I tried to get the best shots.

Being the excited me, I couldn’t wait for Arno Cost to play Trilogy. So for the first part of his set I was standing patiently with puppy eyes, trying to contain my excitement while he played songs like Titanium and Rolling In The Deep to get the crowd going. Finally when he played Trilogy, I sang my lungs out to the tune of it. Unfortunately here in Singapore, I don’t think the name Arno Cost rings a bell to many people. So there I was, in my own world, singing to the tune while I received a few weird glances from some party goers. It’s a shame though, I must say, I truly believe that he deserves much more recognition than this.

I got lost for quite awhile before Arno Cost played In My Mind, Epic and Kick Out The Epic Motherf*cker which  brought me back to Mother Earth. (This is what happens when you don’t listen to enough music.) I then got lost again until he played Avicii and Nervo’s You’ll Never Be Alone Again.

By now, the set got a little slower. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, The Island, Chasing and Million Voices are the subsequent tracks that I managed to remember with my after work brain.

Sadly, I gotta say that I was a little disappointed with the night. It felt as though there wasn’t any climax. It was a nice build in the beginning but it just stayed at that level which had gotten pretty flat and before you know it, he was closing his set already 😦 And there wasn’t much engagement from him with the crowd. The only interaction I got from him was him telling us it was gonna be the last song. Maybe I’m just too used to high energy sets from DJs like R3hab, Hardwell and Laidback Luke etc that Arno Cost‘s set becomes too flat for me hurhur.

But I really hope I’ll get to catch a better set from him in future!

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I hope you guys don’t mind my honest opinion on the whole set. We believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, so if you guys were there and felt otherwise or you have heard a better set from Arno Cost, do share with us your experience or how you felt about his set!

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Spotlight: weelikeme

Since we are based in Singapore, I thought why not have a Spotlight article on our very own local DJ. Honestly in Singapore, good DJs with talent are pretty rare in my opinion. So when I first heard Adrian Wee aka weelikeme spin at Zoukout, I immediately asked my friend who is that spinning. His music caught my attention and I was glued to the stage for quite awhile.

One thing that separates him from other local DJs is that he doesn’t play a whole string of the latest or the most popular tracks. Rather, he plays a set that is smooth with great control over the tracks which makes you wanna grab a champagne and groove to his set. Though most of the time I can’t recognise the tracks he plays, but the whole melody and beat just flows really well.

Unfortunately, besides Zoukout and Velvet Underground Lounge, I haven’t heard him play elsewhere yet. At Zoukout, it was upbeat and groovy whereas at Velvet Underground Lounge, it’s more chill and relax. Have yet to hear all of Adrian Wee, but he is pretty versatile I must say.

He is also one of the trio behind Poptart, one of the most well known and successful nights in Singapore. Previously held at Butter Factory but had since followed him to Zouk. If you’re looking for a night to let yourself loose and party hard, don’t miss out on Poptart. There must be a reason why it’s still standing strong after 7 years, right ?

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If you haven’t heard from him yet, get down to Zouk if you live in Singapore, you’ll find him mostly at Velvet Underground Lounge.

If you’re not from this Lion city, visit his soundcloud for some of his mixes. Do check him out if he drops by your local clubs or if you happen to visit Zouk Singapore 😉

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Zouk Singapore: Kaskade (Dec’11)

Ryan Raddon aka Kaskade, is one of the leading electronic music producers from America. Having been active since 2001, Kaskade came a long way and have pretty much been involved in the evolution of the dance music scene around the world. Having released more than 7 studio albums to date and have worked with several other big names such as Tiesto and Deadmau5, just to name a few.

Weeks before the event, when I first heard about the news that Kaskade will be coming for his debut in Zouk Singapore, I knew it was a night not to be missed. Despite the excitement, my friends and decided that it’s going to be a night to unwind after a day of work so we stayed away from the dance floor (we foresaw the sardine-packed crowd that will happen that night) and hanged around the second level of Zouk. True enough, the dance floor was packed way before Kaskade‘s arrival.

The moment Kaskade took over the booth, insanity started among the crowd. Front-rowers jumped crazily trying to get Kaskade’s signature, photos and high-fives. Others just danced… non-stop. Throughout the night, Kaskade dropped several of his tracks from his latest studio album “Fire & Ice” such as “Lessons In Love” featuring the Neon Trees. Some of my favorites from the album are “Turn It Down” featuring the Swedish duo Rebecca & Fiona as well as “Llove” featuring the talented vocals of Haley and sure enough, I was glad that Kaskade dropped these tracks!

Besides the original softer tracks, Kaskade also dropped several current popular tunes such as Dada Life’s “Happy Violence“, David Guetta’s “Paris“, Alesso’s “Raise Your Head“, Swedish House Mafia’s “Save The World” and of course, the unmissable “Levels” by Avicii. Of course, I was most pleasantly surprised when Kaskade dropped the Tiësto‘s classic “Lethal Industry“.

To be honest, I was a little disappointed because towards the later part of the set, tracks after tracks seemed to be mainly the “out-there-tracks” that’s pretty much played everywhere in the Dance music scene right now. Sure enough, that seemed fine since the crowd seemed to really enjoy them.

However, for Kaskade who’s had more than 7 studio albums, I would’ve expected tons and tons of original bangers from the man itself especially since he’s come from a journey of successful singles and I must say that a lot of the original tunes are really good so there’s really no reason why they should be excluded for the popular tracks that are played everywhere right now. That’s just my two cents worth.

All in all, the night was still splendid considering how the crowd seemed to really enjoy Kaskade‘s set. I, too, was enjoying and indulging in a musical journey led by Kaskade.

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Zouk Singapore: Laidback Luke with Opening Act by Sandro Silva (Oct’11)

Laidback Luke returns to zouk after an awesome and memorable show at ZoukOut’10. I had fun at ZoukOut’10 and decided that this time, I don’t want to miss his guaranteed awesome show as well. I arrived at roughly 11.30PM due to an anxious call from my friends that there were long queues.

True enough, I was greeted with tons of people all hovering outside the club (which I suppose is a normal saturday night scene but am not exactly very used to, since I don’t really frequent clubs that often). On this night, I came solely for the man. Not for the alcohol, dancing or any social mingling. Heck, I did not even think about an entry to Phuture.

 

The opening gig for Laidback Luke was Sandro Silva, one of Holland’s promising and upcoming DJ. His tunes were wicked and sexy. Even though there were several tracks I couldn’t identify, they were melodious (and sexy) enough to get me grooving. Among the identified sound were tracks from David Guetta’s latest album “Nothing But The Beat” including Sunshine (With Avicii) and Titanium (Feat. Sia).

While it’s my first time getting to know about Sandro Silva, I’m sure I’ll be listening to more of his stuff because they are really good. Yes, a new dutch talent is born.

Laidback Luke came out at 2am. My friends and I were in the sardine packed crowd since 1am. It was well worth our wait. Everyone was excited about his appearance and was already all hyped by the time Laidback Luke showed up, and just like a true maestro who knows his crowd, he started off with an awesome mix of Benny Benassi – Cinema.

As the show went on, snippets of Axwell – Heart Is King, Steve Angello – Knas & Show Me Love, Calvin Harris – You Used To Hold Me & Swedish House Mafia – Save The World & Miami to Ibiza were played, among plenty of other great tracks. Not forgetting Avicii – Levels, the wicked tune that’s been in my head since I first heard it months ago. Apparently, “Levels” did not only got me pumped, but also the entire crowd! Knowing exactly what is “in” at the moment and mixing it well enough to showcase individuality yet not losing the tune’s original essence is what makes Laidback Luke a real maestro at his job.

To exude versatility, Laidback Luke also played different genres from time to time and the crowd was still strongly captivated throughout. Hip Hop classics like Jay-z – 99 Problems, Terror Squad – Lean Back and Dr Dre Feat. Snoop Dogg – Next Episode were also played. Of course, Katy B – Katy On A Mission was played when it was time for Dubstep.

When the time came for originals from Laidback Luke, I was a tad disappointed when “Natural Disaster” didn’t get to the full glory of its incredible and unique beats but I got over it after a while, as the man really knows how to drive his crowd insane. Throughout the entire set, he showed 100% enthusiasm and from a female fan’s perspective, he looked really cute with that constant smiling (and dimples) and doing his signature hand signaling for every track. Towards the end, this man played around a little, building up anxiety and anticipation before he dropped the bomb to play “Turbulence” which drove us all to insanity!

As an audience, it’s really a plus point to know that the performer/musician etc. that you’ve come to spend time for is immensely enjoying what he or she is doing. Even from all that sweatiness and messiness in the crowd, I could still see how much passion Laidback Luke has in what he’s doing. May I just say, this man only gets better each time.

What I can conclude is, I can’t get more of Laidback Luke‘s gigs and sure enough, there’s a guaranteed attendance here for the next time he’s back.

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