Interviews

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

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.

 

There are quite a few renowned bartenders visiting town these few weeks, so we took the chance to chat to one of them this week. Erick Castro, the  man behind San Francisco's Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch, is now busy with a brand new web series AND a movie. Just how did all this come together? Find out below the cut!

Have you been to Hong Kong before and is there anything you are looking forward to see?

Unfortunately I have never been to Hong Kong, but I really look forward to it. The island is a very famous place to see. I can't wait to be there.

What are the top 3 songs you are playing our right now on your tour?

I can't stop playing this old school Chicago track form Mike Dunn - Dance You Mutha; that literally devastating track from Planetary Assault System - Arc, and of course this Mr Fingers classic under his alias Mondee Oliver - Make Me Want You.

The usual LKF nights are pretty much predictable, and most themed nights tend to turn out the same. But Immersion, a brand new group in Hong Kong that focuses only on bringing "the finest electronic house music", is determined to make a change. Their first launch event will be at Volar on 1st April, and we took this chance to have a little chat with their founders, DJ Man One and Leman about their brainchild and their thoughts on Hong Kong's music scene.

We definitely love our cocktails here at hkclubbing, but we've always wanted to know more about the people behind these magical concoctions. As a first in our series of Bartender Banter, we got the lowdown on Aberdeen Street Social's Bar Manager - Audrey Eschemann, and just what gets her going behind the bar.

After a successful set in Hong Kong earlier this year, DANNIC made another awesome comeback to Asia last week. We took this chance to speak to the rising star about his Asia Tour, his latest releases and his plans for the holidays.

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