Interviews

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

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.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

I started to go to Clubs in Frankfurt in the early nineties. At the time, I would say it was mainly Sven Väth and also Laurent Garnier who were my favorite DJs. I went to local clubs Omen and Dorian Gray every weekend; it was a really special moment in time for electronic music as everything was new and very exciting.

Will this be your first time in Hong Kong? Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?

I have been to Hong Kong before, it was two years ago when I played at an event with Nina Kraviz, but I was only there for two nights, so didn´t really see much. I had a great time though, and am really looking forward to come back. Hong Kong seems to be a vibrant and inspiring place with a lot of energy. I´m excited to return in July!

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

When I started DJing I was mainly obsessed with the Dutch DJs that were very popular nationally at that time. Guys like Remy, Per and Miss Monica for instance. I remember seeing Carl Cox doing some tricks live back in 1997 and was obsessed! I later became a fan of techno DJs with skills like Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke and Frankie Bones. Bad Boy Bill has been a big influence too! I still look up to guys like A-trak, Craze, Shortkut and Q-bert. I’m just a turntablist groupie!

What did you know about Macau before heading there on June 13 for RTU Macau?

Not that much actually…. So we are ready to be surprised when we get there!! 

How will you be warming up for your debut appearance at RTU Macau?

We don’t think warming up will be necessary since we’re really excited to perform in Macau. We just have to make sure our energy is on point, but that’s never really a problem.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

I first started playing out in local venues in Breda, my sound wasn’t as refined then though. I remember being inspired by fellow Dutch guys including Fedde Le Grand and thinking “I want to take this route and make it my own”, and so I started producing house music and pushing the progressive sound I knew I had to offer.

Will this be your first time in Hong Kong? Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?

I have played in Hong Kong before, my new years eve show was a highlight! It’s always a pleasure to return to China, amazing culture, food and the crowds over here are something special…

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

We had come a long way before started DJing. In the end of 90s Swanky Tunes were associated with live acts and no one of us didn’t think to spin a vinyl. We had so much fun performing live with vocalist, bass guitar player, playing synthesizers and groove-boxes. The only thing that disappointed us: we couldn’t play other producers’ tracks during our performances. That turned us to DJing and in 2006 we played first DJ set. Of course that time we were inspired by many DJs/producers as Daft Punk, Carl Cox, The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

Well I am Dutch, so for us we grow up surrounded by electronic music, its really part of our culture. So for us you don’t so much as get started as a DJ but gradually it becomes a bigger part of your life, until you realize it’s what your focused on full time. Personally I always saw myself as a producer first but the DJing went hand in hand with this. My early inspirations were guys like Laidback Luke, Tiesto and of course Hardwell, who then went on to become a very close friend.

Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular when you visit Hong Kong?

I want to see as much as possible, it is such an interesting culture and there is so much diversity, I really hope to get to tour about a little bit.

Tell us a little bit about how you got started DJing. Who was your biggest inspiration?

I have been Djing for many years now, I got into electronic music in my late teens, there has always been a really strong scene in Belgium and the biggest artists in the world always play here. I started out listening to a lot of Rave and Techno music, artists like Jeff Mills. But over the years my I got into more sounds, electro and house, all of which have shaped the direction my music has gone in today!

How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?

I think the focus on tracks for the festivals; everything is geared towards this now. Hugh production and big sets, I feel that Tomorrowland, the festival I am a resident for and host an arena at really set the trend and now its something we see at every event worldwide, its amazing and the crowds are getting bigger and bigger. Every country in the world now has its own landmark event, its incredible as it shows the power that our music currently holds and how much it brings people together is still inspiring.

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