Los Angeles natives The Pharcyde debuted with one of the most original records of the entire 90’s Hip Hop era. In stark contrast to the boys-in-the-hood clichés common among West Coast rap of the time, The Pharcyde brought a more sophisticated approach that included self-deprecating humor, vocal experiments, and witty references to Hip Hop lyrics.
Sonar Hong Kong kicks off on April first, bringing Barcelona’s famous music festival to HK for the very first time. The all-day event features performances by both legends and rising stars including DJ Shadow, Nosaj Thing, Gilles Peterson, Dave Clarke, Lady Leshurr, Kingdom, Evian Christ, and Club Cheval, to name just a few.
Opening in 2011, Club Cubic has continually raised the bar for nightlife in Macau, bringing the biggest names in Pop, along with the world’s top-ranked DJs. Artists like PSY, Flo Rida, Chris Brown, Big Bang, Tiesto, and Steve Aoki, have all taken the stage at the sprawling nightclub. For their sixth anniversary on April 8th, Cubic continues their tradition, hosting Dutch EDM superstar Hardwell.
Accomplished British tastemaker Benji B is in Hong Kong to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his legendary London club night Deviation. Known as a show host for BBC Radio 1, he has consistently embraced artists that push boundaries in contemporary music including Jamie XX, Flying Lotus, and James Blake.
Music scenester Junkie.T, along with local Hip Hop crew Wild$tyle Records put together a packed Christmas event at Kowloon’s underground music venue XXX on December 25th. The party brought together a new generation of Hong Kong MCs who performed their own original songs, freestyled over well-known instrumentals, and rhymed along to contemporary hits.
Hong Kong’s scrappy indie music venue Hidden Agenda just won’t quit. As one of the city’s only band-friendly spaces, they’ve been struggling against rising rents and zoning laws since their very beginning in 2009. Now in their fourth location, this may be the live music venue that people have been praying for.
Rolling up to Chungking Mansions on a Friday night, we had no idea what to expect. The sprawling complex of hostels, immortalized in Wong Kar Wai’s film Chungking Express, is the domain of “copy watch” salesmen, miscreants, and brave budget travelers.
As EDM music swept through clubs and gained a massive following, veteran DJs and dance music insiders often grumbled that the genre was formulaic, dumbed-down, and commercial. Actually, they were correct! But despite what people think of the sound, the popularity of EDM has actually had a revolutionary impact on underground dance music.
Picture a room full of people dancing with their arms raised in the air, while a DJ mixes songs and an MC moves about the space, hyping up the crowd. Now imagine that at 9am on a Sunday morning. This isn’t the latest underground after-hours club, but a typical session at Daybreaker, an adult pop-up disco where the hardest thing you’re likely to encounter is an iced-coffee.
ZoukOut is a legendary music festival that began in Singapore and is now looking to expand across the region. Hong Kong will be getting its first taste of the franchise on Friday, October 7th, coinciding with the Formula E racing event that takes place on the 8th and 9th. Situated in a pop-up club next to Central’s waterfront, ZoukOut Live Edition features four hours of music from hit-makers Ne-Yo, CL, and Nicky Romero.
The Skatalites, a legendary band that ignited a Jamaican music craze called called Ska will be landing in Hong Kong for a live show on Tuesday, October 4th. The Skatalites highly influential sound shaped the direction of Jamaican music, and continued to influence popular music internationally for decades to come. Everyone from The Specials, to Sting and The Police, to American indie band No Doubt owe The Skatalites a debt.
Kee Club, a pioneer in adding sophistication to Hong Kong’s nightlife scene, will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary on Friday, September 23rd, with a party titled “Neon Jungle.” The two-story space was far ahead of its time when it opened in 2001. Over the past fifteen years, the club has hosted an enviable roster including legends Danny Krivit, Gilles Peterson, DJ Krush, and Stéphane Pompougnac, to name but a few.
Just in time for Mid-Autumn Festival, Ninja Tune artist Machinedrum hits Hong Kong on Thursday, September 15th. The talented beatmaker has collaborated with well known names like Azealia Banks and a who’s who of underground dance artists.
After the success of last year’s Road to Ultra Macau, the organizers decided to expand the event, and this year they’re back with Road to Ultra Hong Kong, a massive all-day EDM festival to take place on Saturday, September 17th.
Funny, talented, and an accomplished social butterfly, photographer Paul S. (aka Paul Sunga) has shot many of Hong Kong’s most beautiful women and has quickly built a name for himself. Armed with a go-getter spirit and a friendly smile, Paul has been hustling shoots and building connections that have made him a sought-after photographer in a few short years.
Mark Ronson is a classic New York tastemaker who’s been rocking the city’s most elite parties for several decades. Before Hip Hop and Soul became fully accepted in fashion circles, he was a pioneer, playing classics like Barbara Mason’s “Another Man” along with the very best underground tracks of the moment.
Disclosure, the dance duo known for headlining festivals like Coachella, Fuji Rock, and Lollapalooza, are coming to Hong Kong for a special show on Friday, August 12th. The multi-talented brothers, Guy and Howard Lawrence, work with top singers including Sam Smith, Lorde, The Weeknd, Aluna George, Mary J. Blige and Miguel, to put out their special blend of dance music.