Asia, it has been another full throttle adventure. It all began just under six weeks ago in Kuala Lumpur. The 2012 F1 season was just underway down in Australia, and it was time for round two at the Sepang International Circuit. This also meant it was time for the second round of parties! After a few days in KL, I met the Christys’ Crown Series crew in Hong Kong. We linked up with DJ Bravo…big thanks. He showed us how to take on the city properly…definitely find him if when you make it to town. We then made our way up to Shanghai. As always, the city doesn’t give you a minute to rest. Long nights at M1NT, DJ Spenny‘s birthday for the books, and the Chinese Grand Prix weekend to close out the visit! Over the last few years, I have been to China five times, and I had yet to make my way to Beijing…in particular the Great Wall. This visit, done…check it off the list! Truly amazing!
Until this point, everything had been going soooo smoothly. Flights, trains, transfers…all stress free. Then it allllll came to a screeching halt as I was stuck in Beijing overnight when trying to make it to Bali. An electric hail storm was the culprit, but I was eventually re-routed through Jakarta. Looking back, it could have been a lot worse. I arrived a day late, but well worth it. Bali is so vibrant and unique! Bintang cooled beaches and sunsets slow the clock down. A welcomed contrast to the endless smog filled sprawling skylines of Shanghai and Beijing. Bali is a place where you are reminded that worrying too much about the future can prevent you from enjoying the present. Swanky Tunes, also in town for the weekend, said it best, “Let’s have fun tonight, tomorrow is tomorrow!”. I met some great new friends during my visit, and I definitely will be heading back. Special thanks to Adam Cooper…a great DJ and producer now residing in Bali. You can check him out here and subscribe to his podcast here. Be sure to find out when and where he is performing when you are in Bali!
After the slow and relaxed days in Bali, it was time to wrap up the Asian tour in one of my favorite cities, Singapore. A city where things work, people are pushing forward, and parties are full of energy. The city has a certain buzz and optimism that is found only in a handful of cities. Singapore has a well-balanced mix of the East and West. Pangaea was a blast as always. Special thanks to Patrick Oliver, and the whole crew…until next time! It was the perfect city to close out the stint.
In a recent interview, the word “lucky” came up when I was asked how I felt about being able to DJ for a living. As I think that over, I am definitely more thankful than lucky. Thankful that I get to travel, play music, and help people celebrate or escape the work weeks. Thankful that I have had some “luck” along the way.
Now back off to Europe for the rest of the Spring. Next stops…Frankfurt, Berlin, Barcelona, and Monaco! As always, the journey continues. Safe travels.
Changi International Airport (SIN)