31 Dec Dj Superstar Panda : Friend of Friends
Dj Superstar Panda : Friend of Friends
31 December 2018
Dj Superstar Panda has been driving the electronic music scene in Thailand for 15 years, with brands including Thaibreak, Friends of Friends BKK, Fly To The Moon, Kandoo, Day Trip, and Eat My Beat.
Akarapon, you stand for quality music, what drives your choices in booking an artist?
The first criteria is the ability to expose the audience to the kind of music that I stand for, that aligns with my mindset and which is the music people can dance to.
What are the worst difficulties you encounter in doing events in Bangkok?
Regulations in Thailand are still quite conservative, which means limited hours of a venue opening. Most places close at 2 or 3am, with some other alternatives being able to open later but that means people have to relocate to the new venue, killing the party mood.
If you could book anybody, dead or alive, to set up your dream line-up and/or band, who would you choose?
I think this would be the best festival, with Kraftwerk, Underworld, The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Groove Armada, FatBoy Slim, Sasha & John Digweed, Deep Dish, Dj Shadow, Master at Work, Derrick Carter, Dixon, Ben Ufo, JackMAstee, Paul Kalkbrenner, Sven Väth, Carl Cox, Dave Clark, Je Mills, Ricardo Villalobos, Laurent Garnier, Extrawelt, Len Faki, Rødhåd, doP, John Talabot, Matthew Johnson, Barac, Zipp, Mascoman, Red Axe, Switchdance, Tobi Neumann, André Galluzzi, Matthias Tanzmann, Jamie XX, Helena Hau , Black Coffee, The Black Madonna, Hunee, Honey Dijon, Charlotte de Witte, Youngr, Fkj…
When not playing, where do you go in Bangkok to listen to good music?
I try to support new local talents, both expats and Thai DJs, or international artists if they are in town. I like to go to Glow,12×12, Mustache, Beam, De Commune, Culture cafe, Studio Lam, Safe Room, Sorry I’m gay, Viva 8, T-Rex and some pop-up events…
The festival you are going to attend this year?
Wonderfruit and at the end of the year I have my own festival for the New Year at Koh Mak. It is called Fly To The MOON, from 29 December to January 2.
Your best memory of a gig in Bangkok?
I organized a small exclusive party back in 2014 called With Love. For the first anniversary celebration party at Tapas, Silom, to my surprise the turnout was so successful we had about 600 people trying to get into a 300 people venue. There was a queue going around the block waiting to get inside. The 3-floor venue was so packed you could barely walk. The toilet, the staircase, everywhere was full of people. Tapas has been closed for a long time, but this memory will always stay with me.
Finally, what is music for you?
Music is the language we all understand, harmony, expression of emotions, one of the means to mediation. “The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treason, stratagems and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night and his affection dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted.” William Shakespeare.