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

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.

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…

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