28 May 2019
by mike.lee | News, Interview
House and techno lovers worldwide may have heard of the Hong Kong-based music label Typhoon 8 Records, established in 2013. Next Friday, the eminent collective will celebrate its 6th anniversary at Social Room; a stellar rendez-vous not to be missed, with Ocean Lam, Fresh Funky S, Anthony2, Jeremy Chung and Yiannis.HK, performing on Funktion-One Sound System.
Get to know Typhoon 8 Records ahead of the show by exploring our interview with its founder Fresh Funky S below! Learn more about the event and don’t forget to get the last limited advance tickets here!
ES: It is no secret that you’re French and that you founded Typhoon 8 Records back in 2013 in Hong Kong. What brought you to Hong Kong in the first place? Do you also consider that you brought something different here, in the way you manage your artists and touring compared to other local labels?
T8R: I moved to Hong Kong in 2010. Indeed, I was given a great job opportunity there and also met my wife at the same time. A few years later, I decided to create Typhoon 8 Records. To me, Typhoon 8 Records incarnates the HK underground scene with a clear techno trend. I just can’t think about any similar record label at the moment. We are all doing it by passion and because we love music. Besides, all the artists on Typhoon 8 Records perform both in Asia and Europe.
ES: On May 31, you will be celebrating Typhoon 8 Records’ 6th anniversary at Social Room in Hong Kong. Congratulations! How do you feel regarding this unique all-star (Ocean Lam, Anthony2, Jeremy Cheung, Yiannis and yourself) night?
T8R: These guys have been my partners in crime for so long, and today they really embody the very best of T8R. All of them have their own style, and this unique reunion is going to be a great techno party for sure!
ES: You already had quite a few parties at Social Room in the previous years with some of your artists performing there (MIIIA, Namito, …). What is your relationship with this place and Ocean’s work?
T8R: The owner of this place, Ocean and myself are old friends. There aren’t so many places in town with this kind of vibe!
ES: What are your best memories with Typhoon 8 Records? Maybe a show or release you’re the proudest of? How was the release of T8R0057 during the party Pressure Control on April 26?
T8R: We had an amazing night at Savage with Casey Anderson. It’s a great venue, we had so much fun! We released it later as Yellow Birds – our collaborative project name – as an interesting melting pot.
The party release of T8R0057 was techno, intense and lasted all night long, with really good vibes. I’m so happy to have finally released this project with Anthony2!
ES: It seems like you had an amazing time at Sónar Hong Kong this year, with notably Yiannis from your catalogue playing. What was so special about the festival this year for you as a producer, and as an attendee?
T8R: Sónar is simply the best festival for electronic music in Hong Kong! Every year, T8R artists play there. It only lasts one day, with the whole HK scene playing the same stages. It’s always fun, I’m grateful to them for making it happen.
ES: You produced artists from all over the world and you probably receive exclusive mixtapes and tracks on a weekly basis. You yourself, as Fresh Funky S, must seek inspiration from a lot of different environments. Do you have some musical recommendations for our readers? Some discoveries or classics currently on rotation on your sounds system / in your headphones?
T8R: Personally, I’m an old techno man so Detroit remains my inspiration for DJing & producing. Artists like Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, Kevin Sanderson, Robert Hood, Rolando, Juan Atkins, … That’s my kind of sound, the groove that I love.
ES: Do you have any other favorite place to go to in Hong Kong besides from Social Room and OMA?
T8R: I love to have a drink or play some Disco at Potato Head.
ES: What are your plans for 2019, as Fresh Funky S? Any exciting events you will play at? New mixes and projects on the way?
T8R: Of course, we have new tracks in the pipe but at the moment we are thoroughly looking for some new way to produce music with a different setup. We are quite excited to achieve this transformation, the first test sounds really good.
ES: Can we expect some new releases and dates from Typhoon 8 Records this year?
T8R: Before the summer, for sure!
ES: Thank you so much for answering this interview. We can’t wait for this huge event at Social Room on Friday. See you there!
Check the event on Electric Soul for more info and book your limited advance tickets!