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Published: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 10:56:17 AM

Korean-style clubbing in Malaysia

Focused: DJ DKHT working his magic.

Focused: DJ DKHT working his magic.

SIX deejays from South Korea were recently in town to bring some Korean flavour to the clubbing scene here.

Deejays Pi, Dongkihote, Shanell, Shubo Star, Julian and Yann spun the decks at parties in Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur last month.

In KK, they played at B.E.D. while in KL, they played at Butter Factory and Drink University.

They also visited several clubs in town to check out the local clubbing scene and to get to know the local deejays.

Korean flavour: Six deejays from Korea thrilled crowds in Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur.
Korean flavour: The deejays from South Korea thrilling the crowd at one of the venues where they performed.

DJ DKHT (Don Quixote) has played at Canne Midem Festival in the France and Liverpool Sound City Festival in the UK this year. He also and toured with South Korean group Clazziquai in 2010.

DJ Shanell has played at the Thailand Songkran Festival and World DJs Festival. She will be participating in a reality TV show by MTV Asia about deejays. She will be featured with other participants from Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

DJ Shubo Star has performed at Pentaport Rock Festival, Walkerhill Riverside Poolside Party and various university festivals.

DJ Yann has played for Kpop artistes such as 2NE1, Brown Eyed Girls and FX, and for parties by Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Dom Perignon and BMW.

DJ Julian wears multiple hats; aside from deejaying, he acted in the film My Tutor Friend 2 and in the drama Fly High. He has also appeared on various South Korean entertainment programmes.

Pumped up: DJ Shubo Star spinning the decks.
Pumped up: DJ Shubo Star spinning the decks.

DJ Julian is from Belgium but has lived in South Korea for the past seven years and speaks fluent Korean.

“We each play different genres, that’s why we are good together,” he said.

This was the first time DJ Pi (Peter K. Chung) performed outside South Korea. With 10 years of experience, the veteran deejay is now an instructor at the Beat Maker Music Academy training new deejays.

“In South Korea, each club usually plays a specific genre of music but here in Malaysia there is a mix of various genres.

“It was hard to get the energy pumping at first in Malaysian clubs, it took awhile for the energy to build up,” he added.

On the differences between South Korean clubbers and Malaysian ones, Julian said clubbing hours in Malaysia usually ended around 3am while in South Korea it could go beyond 5am.

On centre stage: DJ Pi getting the party started.
On centre stage: DJ Pi getting the party started.

“In South Korea, clubbers are more outgoing and will try to go near the deejay decks to get close to the deejays, while Malaysians tend to dance around their tables.

“In KK, we saw clubs alternating between deejays and live bands whereas in South Korea it is just the deejays at the decks,” he said.

Julian and Yann vowed to return to Malaysia as they missed the island tours because they arrived in Kota Kinabalu late.

“The others arrived earlier and had a great time.

“We were so jealous when they showed us photos of them enjoying their trip!”

The hospitality of Malaysians, the weather and the lure of Malaysian cuisine are other reasons they enjoyed their stay here.

The deejays promise to return soon.

Tags / Keywords: Central Region, korean deejays, nightlife

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