From the 37th floor of the Sofitel Hotel, the other guest have come to the V-9 Wine Bar and Restaurant to relax and view the sunset. The twilight bathes the room with an orange cast, and then imagine, if you will, mixing in the bar’s blue neon with soft Brazilian jazz and a glass of Merlot. I was having a heady moment, or, perhaps, it was just plain Bangkok vertigo.
But, unlike the other guest viewing the sunset, Bangkok Jungle has come here to meet with DJs St. Vincent and Octo, hoping to discover the meaning of The Village, a term used amongst DJs in Bangkok, and to learn what makes a good DJ.
St. Vincent, the music director and resident DJ is from outside Paris, while guest DJ Octo hails from Reading, England. Both have been creating disco music for more than 10 years. St. Vincent’s music style is more traditional, while Octo’s is hip-hop. Both share a passion for their music and agree that DJing is addictive as any drug.
They play at other clubs around Bangkok and are part of the community of select DJs who refer to themselves as The Village. Even though Bangkok has a number of discos, The Village considers only a few clubs to have the proper equipment. In its opinion, most clubs only spin records.
There’s more to being a DJ than just spinning records and calling yourself one. It’s about creating your own playlists, building a tempo and controlling the mood. DJing today has become an art form, and often DJs should be labeled as musical artists.
So how does St. Vincent know when he has created a good disco track? “You have to establish a relationship with them [the audience] and gain their trust. Then when you have it, you are able to take them in any direction and they will follow.”
This story first appeared on the Bangkok Jungle website before it changed ownership.