10 Nov 2020
by bronwyn-hope | News, Nightclub Events
Hong Kongers! This Saturday, January 18th is the night! FuFu Creative (you know the folks behind HK’s best electronic festival, Shi Fu Miz), is hosting its first party of the new year. You won’t want to miss this.
FuFu Creative is known for its epic parties with expertly curated lineups featuring underground acts with killer sound. Their festival, Shi Fu Miz, recently wrapped its fifth and best season yet. These guys know how to throw a party.
This Saturday will be no different. FuFu Creative presents Jonathan (Ojon) Kusama at Duddel’s 都爹利會館. The first party of 2020, it will also be the first of a monthly series of parties that brings together local and international underground acts that are making some serious soundwaves. There’s no better place to host this event than on Duddel’s gorgeous garden terrace that doubles as the city’s best dancefloor. FuFu resident DJs Max Davis and Mill H will get the party started playing a B2B set from 11pm-1am before Kusama takes over the decks.
Jonathan (Ojon) Kusama is an Indonesian musician, songwriter, DJ, and producer hailing from Jakarta, based in Singapore. Ojon has been in the electronic music scene since 2006, making his way through Asia and more recently, Europe. He has released tracks on countless local and international labels, most notoriously with Cocktail D’Amore (Berlin) and Love On The Rocks (Berlin). His man label is I’m A Cliché (France). In 2009, with two of his friends, Ojon established Space.rec, a label that worked exclusively with underground Indonesian musicians, releasing singles and albums. He is also a founder of Akamady Records with Gerhan Ferdinal a.k.a Komodo. His sound is ambient, ethereal, and underground. His talent is undeniable and this upcoming set is highly anticipated.
We recently caught up with Ojon to get his take on the Asian electronic scene.
Electric Soul: What do you think about the Hong Kong musical scene, compared to Singapore or Indonesia?
Jonathan (Ojon) Kusama: I think Asia’s musical scene is great right now. The industries are getting bigger, a lot of new cool clubs are opening – parties, event organizers, producers, agencies, and great festivals are emerging. The vibe keeps getting better and better. Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, and many other countries and cities in Asia each have their own character and styles that are very unique.
ES: What are your favourite places to hang out in Singapore/Indonesia?
ES: Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?
JK: One year from now, I think we will see more clubs with cool concepts opening. Festivals are going to be more hype than last year. I think there are going to be more producers releasing on big labels. And hopefully, local labels will start to rise and get bigger. Five years from now, I can only hope that the government will support our culture and lifestyle.
ES: What is one sub-genre that you think doesn’t have the attention it deserves?
JK: Ambient Music
ES: As a DJ and musician, what is your opinion regarding the difference between old school vinyl mixing and modern digital Ding?
JK: Both have their own power and values that I can appreciate. I started out collecting vinyl before I began DJing or producing. I learned a lot of stuff from the old school kids or should I say the OGs. But in my opinion, if we want to survive this industry, we have to master the best of both worlds.