Whether coursing out the deep house and nu disco in DJ form, or keeping the tempo party-like and positive on a typical night at smooth jam hub The Observatory, Dan has helped bring the Saigon scene to where it is.

 

Show I’m really excited about

 

Three in fact. First, Alex From Tokyo (Oct. 3 at The Observatory), one of the most eclectic and skilled DJs of the international circuit. Second, ANCHORSONG (Oct. 24 at The Observatory), a young guy from Tokyo who plays deep house live, a real one man orchestra! Finally, Thris Tian (Oct. 25 at The Observatory), the founder of Boiler Room!

 

Best night out last month

 

Day boat party on an old junk on the Hong Kong bay with all the Cliché Records crew and other DJs from Southeast Asia invited to play for the FODIA (Federation of DJs in Asia) launch party at Ozone Bar.

 

Best meal from last month

 

Every meal is a feast in Vietnam! But probably a random fish I bought on the side of the road at 6am coming back from a party. I was going to fry it and eat it with some homemade mayonnaise, but I was too tired and the mayonnaise turned out badly, so I decided to make a sauce out of that. It turned out fantastic!

 

Song I can’t get out of my head

 

I Love To Dance (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix)

 

I wish this band would come to town

 

Cymande. They will perform again in Manchester for the first time after some decades of not playing any shows. We can hopefully cross our fingers and dream that one day they will play a show in Asia.

 

How is the scene is going in general?

 

It’s incredible what has been done over the past two years. So many new promoters, DJs, musicians and venues have appeared and it’s continuing to grow. People are asking for more and more different types of acts and I feel that slowly we are going from general types of music events to shows that are a bit more specialised.

 

The best secret in town is

 

… is kept secret! But the second best one that is not so secret is the bia hoi on Thi Sach.

 

Where I go when I go out on my own

 

Past District 7 in the countryside to have a walk in nature, with some beers and a good fish.

 

If my older-yet-still-cool Mom came to town, I would take her to

 

She’s already come two times! And we did the grand slam! She is now 70 and we did crazy motorbike trips in the mountains, partied together at The Observatory and went to have a street rum session… her endurance almost killed me!

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