Interviews

Read below about some of the biggest artists in the business before they come to perform in Hong Kong and Macau.

Known best for his five-piece electronic music band Neon Indian, Alan Palomo composes and fronts the group as well as performs as solo artist VEGA. After playing Clockenflap 2015, Palermo is back once again this autumn, this time spending his time behind the decks rather than the mic and keyboard at a smaller gig at Kee Club. We catch up with the artist ahead of his set.

From the same team behind dragon-I, which barely needs introduction as one of Hong Kong's most successful clubs, a brand new music lounge and restaurant is set to open its doors on 10 Nov. Named Cassio, the venue will take over the space on the second floor of LKF Tower, and is an eclectic three-room space featuring retro pieces, such as the vintage-style wallpaper, a chandelier inspired by the storied Lutrario Dance Hall, and onyx-topped bar tables. It also features a 55-seat restaurant, celebrating the Spanish way of wining and dining a night away, thanks to the enlisting of one of London's most popular tapas bars Barrafina as its kitchen partner.

We ask founder and Cassio curator Gilbert Yeung what's to expect at this brand new venue.

Ahead of his upcoming charity concert at the first annual Hong Kong Rugby Union Ruck ‘n’ Roll Charity Ball on 5th November, ex-Eagles member Don Felder talks to Scott Murphy.

Ask interior designer Ashley Sutton about what he thinks about his recent bar openings in Hong Kong, and you’ll be met with his well known sense of nonchalance: “I dunno, it’s just another bar.” 

But his three venues in Hong Kong—peacock-themed lounge Ophelia which opened last year, and this year’s hidden cocktail concierge J.Boroski and storybook concept bar The Iron Fairies this year—are some of the most innovative bar designs Hong Kong has seen in recent years.  

His couldn’t-care-less attitude to his completed venues, in fact, mask a lot of passion and attention to detail. The concept behind the most recent opening, The Iron Fairies Hong Kong draws from the first Iron Fairies in Bangkok, Sutton’s debut design project a decade ago, which sprouted from a factory space making iron fairy figurines. Sutton sat down with us right after the opening of Iron Fairies and allowed us to pick his brain.

The guy behind smashing club hits like Been A While, Show Me Love, Summer On You and more took a little time out of his busy Asia tour schedule and chatted to us about his music and travels. Time to show Sam Feldt some love!

Did you know that there was a hidden bar behind Ham & Sherry in Wanchai called Back Bar? Neither did we! This almost speakeasy bar not only looks cool, but actually serves up some pretty good looking and tasting movie-inspired cocktails. Check out our chat with the man behind the cocktails - Ryan Nightingale.

So just how do great parties come to life in Hong Kong? A venue has to have the right space, people and of course, beats. As the music curator for W Hong Kong, DJ Arun R is not just familiar with the local music scene, but knows just what gets the people going. We spoke to him about what goes on behind the scenes, what's it like working with one of the biggest hospitality brands in the world, and what he thinks need fixing in the scene.

You may not know his name, you'll definitely know his music. From hits like 'Love is Blind', 'No', his Grammy winning remix of 'Summertime Sadness' with Cedric Gervais, to touring with Galantis and Kaskade, CID definitely has a lot under his belt. Before his set on 12th May at Zentral, we took some time to chat with him about his time at the Grammys and on the road.

I think it's safe to say that all party-goers have thought of becoming a DJ at least once in their lifetime. But how many of us actually turned that dream into a reality? And even if you wanted to, where would you even begin? Sol Passion Music - Hong Kong's DJ & Music Production School may just be the answer. We took this chance to talk to the school's co-founder Ed Rollo about the business, their annual open day and just what goes on behind the classroom turntables.

Continuing with our Bartender Banter series, this week we had a chat with Isabelle Vannoni, the bar manager of The Optimist. We talked about her adventures abroad, how they inspired her drinks, and how she ended up in this small but exciting city. Get the full scoop below the cut.

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