SEXY SUMMER BEATS
How many times have you been chilling with a few sunset drinks and listening to killer beats down at the Ku and wished that you could just copy the DJs entire set to use as a playlist at home? Well now you can with the release of the KU DE TA Volume 9 CD, a kicking compilation of global beats and mixes concocted for us by Jim Breese and Adrian Giordano. The tracks are by mixmasters from places as diverse as Russia, Australia, the UK and Switzerland, and they include a smooth flowing mix of everything from retro summer style grooves, up-tempo pop rhythms, and euphoric deep house. You can grab your copy at the KU DE TA boutique or online from iTunes or SoundCloud.
For this special W-Turns-Five edition of musical musings we catch up with Damian Saint, Arun Ramanathan and Has Sidik – the music curators from W Bali, W Hong Kong, and W Singapore – for their contrasting back stories and perspectives on the Woobar experience, five years down the road since W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak opened her musical doors . . .
Growing up – who were your top five musical heroes?
Damian: Not an easy question to answer. It changes every week for me. Favourite DJ, favourite producer, etc. Off the top of my head . . . Massive Attack for their Blue Lines album, early Daft Punk (Homework and Roulé), big Jamiroquai fan, Henrik Schwarz, SBTRKT.
Arun: Tough one to just pick five! Michael Jackson, Mos Def / Yassin Bei, Robert Nesta Marley, Ravi Shankar and Frankie Knuckles.
Has: Fela Kuti, David Bowie, Thom Yorke and James Yancey. [That’s four, Has]
What defines The W approach to music for you?
Damian: International sound with quality DJ’s and acts pushing things forward and setting trends whilst paying attention to other new and upcoming acts.
Arun: Eclectic, global, forward-thinking.
Has: Anything worldly, cutting edge and groovy.
Top five gigs you have witnessed or been a part of at W so far?
Damian: There have been a bunch, especially the annual SPF parties with the likes of Dubfire and Miss Kittin, but I’d have to say the ridiculous thousand-people-turn-out for Soul Clap on a Thursday a few years ago; Sunset Session with Art Department, Apparat and last night’s Catz n Dogz gig . . . amazing.
Arun: Clockenflap After-Party at Woobar, W Hong Kong. IMS Conference at W Singapore, Atjazz at Woobar, W Hong Kong, Silent Disco at W Bali. Haunted House Halloween Party at Woobar, W Hong Kong.
Has: Courtyard – Woobar Singapore Pop Up Party, Mark Ronson at W Singapore, SPF at W Bali, W Barcelona Summer Series opening party, Clockenflap after party at W Hong Kong.
Funniest/most unexpected W musical moment so far?
Damian: Being promoted to Music Director/Music Curator at W Bali.
Arun: Fending off hundreds of fan girls while hosting Pete Doherty for Clockenflap.
Has: When Azealia Banks asked for KFC outside of her rider.
Top five Bali destinations?
Damian: Scratch restaurant for food. Nook . . . for food again, Kuta reef for surf, Woobar, because I pretty much live there, and Bedugul for a quiet getaway in a wood cabin by the lake.
Arun: La Plancha, Single Fin, Uluwatu, Ibu Oka’s in Ubud, Tirtha Empul and Jari Menari.
Has: Jenja, Dreamland, Jari Menari, Ubud Market and Gitgit Waterfall.
Thanks so much for your time online, sound boys. May the Woo be with you!
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