Singapore’s Escape 56 returns this November 3rd with another stellar booking international booking. After showcasing prolific DJs including German outfit Âme and Israeli duo Red Axes the party series keeps the momentum going for its fourth edition with another stellar name in the electronic scene, German legend Roman Flügel.
Always vying to be different from the rest of the pack, the upcoming Escape 56 will also feature a photo exhibition by Singapore’s most popular collective, Colossal Photos. These amazing photographers have shot numerous high-profile events including Ultra Singapore, It’s The Ship, Zoukout and Laneway Festival. An exhibition showcasing their hard work is definitely well deserved.
It’s only been a year since Escape 56 made its debut, but the brand’s reputation and credibility has come a long way since then. The fourth edition of the party series is also spreading its wings outside of the Lion City to Bangkok where Roman Flügel will be performing the following day, on November 4th.
“In all honesty, I've just always wanted to do any of my parties outside of Singapore, but I think Escape 56's concept had the most potential and was more unique than just a regular club night or a boat party,” says BLACKOUT founder, Zig Zach.
“The brand is also heading in the right direction with acts like Âme, Red Axes and now Roman Flügel headlining the party. I want to keep building it and feature only top quality or up and coming acts that I think are doing interesting stuff,” he continues.
There are a few factors that led to Zach’s decision. The Singaporean has lived in boxing camps in Thailand and he also speaks the language, which makes the country a little bit more special to him. From a business point of view, Zach noticed that whenever he wrote about bringing particular DJs in Singapore, he would often get feedback from people in Bangkok that express interest in those DJs.
“I see a lot of potential in the Bangkok market I just don't think it's being maximised, and hopefully this is where we come in and make a difference,” he explains. Zach will be collaborating with another like-minded individual, Bangkok-based, Sunju Hargun to get the ball rolling. The two have always toyed with the idea of working on something special together, and this opportunity arose at the right time.
Both are very passionate about bringing quality music and acts to their respective cities. “We both ant to build the scene in our cities and educate the crowds about the different types of electronic music and be known for bringing in quality stuff. I'd say we are very much on the same frequency when it comes to the music and direction we want on this project,” Zach elaborates.
The collaboration isn’t just a one-off project for the both of them. Zach and Sunju have already locked down several potential dates for 2018 and are currently waiting to confirm the acts for those shows. “We'll definitely be doing more together in the future. The first one is going to be a good gauge for both of us on how this project is gonna go,” says Zach.
“It's a real honour for me as I've been following Zach’s work for quite some time now. When the opportunity came around I felt like it would be a great step and challenge for me but it would be something I know I would be very passionate about doing,” says Sunju. “Zach's vision and contribution to Singapore scene is very inspiring and I really wanted to present that in my homeland,” he continues.
Singapore’s Yadin Moha and Indonesian DJ, Jonathan Kusuma will be supporting Singapore’s Escape 56 while the Lion City’s Maurice Simon, Bangkok’s DOTT and Junesis will be warming up the decks in Bangkok. The location of the two Escape 56 parties have yet to be revealed so keep yourself up to date here. Meanwhile, check out one of Roman Flügel's recent mixtapes below.