Island of the gods, get ready! The global sensations, The Martinez Brothers, are slated to make their Bali debut this Friday, January 31st with not one, but two shows in one day.
The first show will happen along the beach at Morabito Art Villa in Canggu, Bali starting at 2pm. The Martinez Brothers will play their seductive sounds alongside local and international artists, including LA-based Lauren Lane, Bali’s own Wisdy playing B2B with Jakarta’s Archie, and NYC ex-pat Sylvie Forêt. In addition to the blissed-out beats, a breathwork and yoga session followed by a cacao ceremony will be led by Adrianna Jankowska.
The Martinez Brothers will play their second show at the official after-party at Red Ruby in Seminyak. The party will go from 11pm until late. The duo will play with the likes of Australia’s James Taylor, Alex Verdacchi, and Tiago Oudman until the sun comes up.
The Martinez Brothers
Now a household name, The Martinez Brothers have been absolutely rocking the house, techno, and club scene. Born in the Bronx, NY, the duo has gone on to make their mark in the scene, holding residency at Ibiza’s iconic DC-10, getting named Mixmag’s DJs of the Year, and playing at pretty much every major festival in the world, including Creamfields, Coachella, and Ultra Festival. The two are unstoppable. In 2014, they founded two of their own labels, Cuttin’ Headz and Tuskegee with Seth Troxler. Ambassadors for Givenchy, The Martinez Brothers collaborated with the esteemed fashion label to create the soundtrack for its 2014 and 2015 fall and spring collections, respectively. There is no slowing down for these guys. Most recently, they’ve been on a tour of South Asia, playing at Thailand’s Circo Loco and Singapore’s CÉ LA VI.
Don’t miss out on a day and night of awesome sets by The Martinez Brothers this Friday.
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Hong Kongers! This Saturday, January 18th is the night! FuFu Creative (you know the folks behind HK’s best electronic festival, Shi Fu Miz), is hosting its first party of the new year. You won’t want to miss this.
FuFu Creative is known for its epic parties with expertly curated lineups featuring underground acts with killer sound. Their festival, Shi Fu Miz, recently wrapped its fifth and best season yet. These guys know how to throw a party.
This Saturday will be no different. FuFu Creative presents Jonathan (Ojon) Kusama at Duddel’s 都爹利會館. The first party of 2020, it will also be the first of a monthly series of parties that brings together local and international underground acts that are making some serious soundwaves. There’s no better place to host this event than on Duddel’s gorgeous garden terrace that doubles as the city’s best dancefloor. FuFu resident DJs Max Davis and Mill H will get the party started playing a B2B set from 11pm-1am before Kusama takes over the decks.
Electric Soul is giving away 3 free sets of 2 tickets! Head over to our Instagram to enter to win!
Jonathan (Ojon) Kusama is an Indonesian musician, songwriter, DJ, and producer hailing from Jakarta, based in Singapore. Ojon has been in the electronic music scene since 2006, making his way through Asia and more recently, Europe. He has released tracks on countless local and international labels, most notoriously with Cocktail D’Amore (Berlin) and Love On The Rocks (Berlin). His man label is I’m A Cliché (France). In 2009, with two of his friends, Ojon established Space.rec, a label that worked exclusively with underground Indonesian musicians, releasing singles and albums. He is also a founder of Akamady Records with Gerhan Ferdinal a.k.a Komodo. His sound is ambient, ethereal, and underground. His talent is undeniable and this upcoming set is highly anticipated.
Don’t miss Ojon’s highly anticipated set. Head over to our Instagram to see how you can win 2 free tickets to Saturday’s event!
We recently caught up with Ojon to get his take on the Asian electronic scene.
Electric Soul: What do you think about the Hong Kong musical scene, compared to Singapore or Indonesia?
Jonathan (Ojon) Kusama: I think Asia’s musical scene is great right now. The industries are getting bigger, a lot of new cool clubs are opening – parties, event organizers, producers, agencies, and great festivals are emerging. The vibe keeps getting better and better. Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, and many other countries and cities in Asia each have their own character and styles that are very unique.
ES: What are your favourite places to hang out in Singapore/Indonesia?
ES: Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?
JK: One year from now, I think we will see more clubs with cool concepts opening. Festivals are going to be more hype than last year. I think there are going to be more producers releasing on big labels. And hopefully, local labels will start to rise and get bigger. Five years from now, I can only hope that the government will support our culture and lifestyle.
ES: What is one sub-genre that you think doesn’t have the attention it deserves?
JK: Ambient Music
ES: As a DJ and musician, what is your opinion regarding the difference between old school vinyl mixing and modern digital Ding?
JK: Both have their own power and values that I can appreciate. I started out collecting vinyl before I began DJing or producing. I learned a lot of stuff from the old school kids or should I say the OGs. But in my opinion, if we want to survive this industry, we have to master the best of both worlds.
House and techno lovers worldwide may have heard of the Hong Kong-based music label Typhoon 8 Records, established in 2013. Next Friday, the eminent collective will celebrate its 6th anniversary at Social Room; a stellar rendez-vous not to be missed, with Ocean Lam, Fresh Funky S, Anthony2, Jeremy Chung and Yiannis.HK, performing on Funktion-One Sound System.
Get to know Typhoon 8 Records ahead of the show by exploring our interview with its founder Fresh Funky S below! Learn more about the event and don’t forget to get the last limited advance tickets here!
ES: Hi Fresh Funky S, we truly hope you’re doing well!
ES: It is no secret that you’re French and that you founded Typhoon 8 Records back in 2013 in Hong Kong. What brought you to Hong Kong in the first place? Do you also consider that you brought something different here, in the way you manage your artists and touring compared to other local labels?
T8R: I moved to Hong Kong in 2010. Indeed, I was given a great job opportunity there and also met my wife at the same time. A few years later, I decided to create Typhoon 8 Records. To me, Typhoon 8 Records incarnates the HK underground scene with a clear techno trend. I just can’t think about any similar record label at the moment. We are all doing it by passion and because we love music. Besides, all the artists on Typhoon 8 Records perform both in Asia and Europe.
ES: On May 31, you will be celebrating Typhoon 8 Records’ 6th anniversary at Social Room in Hong Kong. Congratulations! How do you feel regarding this unique all-star (Ocean Lam, Anthony2, Jeremy Cheung, Yiannis and yourself) night?
T8R: These guys have been my partners in crime for so long, and today they really embody the very best of T8R. All of them have their own style, and this unique reunion is going to be a great techno party for sure!
ES: You already had quite a few parties at Social Room in the previous years with some of your artists performing there (MIIIA, Namito, …). What is your relationship with this place and Ocean’s work?
T8R: The owner of this place, Ocean and myself are old friends. There aren’t so many places in town with this kind of vibe!
ES: What are your best memories with Typhoon 8 Records? Maybe a show or release you’re the proudest of? How was the release of T8R0057 during the party Pressure Control on April 26?
T8R: We had an amazing night at Savage with Casey Anderson. It’s a great venue, we had so much fun! We released it later as Yellow Birds – our collaborative project name – as an interesting melting pot.
The party release of T8R0057 was techno, intense and lasted all night long, with really good vibes. I’m so happy to have finally released this project with Anthony2!
ES: It seems like you had an amazing time at Sónar Hong Kong this year, with notably Yiannis from your catalogue playing. What was so special about the festival this year for you as a producer, and as an attendee?
T8R:Sónar is simply the best festival for electronic music in Hong Kong! Every year, T8R artists play there. It only lasts one day, with the whole HK scene playing the same stages. It’s always fun, I’m grateful to them for making it happen.
ES: You produced artists from all over the world and you probably receive exclusive mixtapes and tracks on a weekly basis. You yourself, as Fresh Funky S, must seek inspiration from a lot of different environments. Do you have some musical recommendations for our readers? Some discoveries or classics currently on rotation on your sounds system / in your headphones?
ES: Do you have any other favorite place to go to in Hong Kong besides from Social Room and OMA?
T8R: I love to have a drink or play some Disco at Potato Head.
ES: What are your plans for 2019, as Fresh Funky S? Any exciting events you will play at? New mixes and projects on the way?
T8R: Of course, we have new tracks in the pipe but at the moment we are thoroughly looking for some new way to produce music with a different setup. We are quite excited to achieve this transformation, the first test sounds really good.
ES: Can we expect some new releases and dates from Typhoon 8 Records this year?
T8R: Before the summer, for sure!
ES: Thank you so much for answering this interview. We can’t wait for this huge event at Social Room on Friday. See you there!