IMS Talks: Keynote Interviews – Lincoln Cheng (Zouk) and Gilbert Yeung (Dragon-I)


WHO: Lincoln Cheng (Zouk, Singapore) talks to Paul Oakenfold

WHAT: Like so many others, Lincoln first found his dancing feet and lifestyle inspiration on the dancefloor of Amnesia in Ibiza in the late eighties, eventually going on build his own interpretation of the Balearic dream, the Zouk Club in Singapore. From initially opening a club to play the music that he loves, through growing pains and marathon DJ sets with a few anecdotes from the floor for good measure. Lincoln eases his way through the questioning with the charm and assurance of a man who really has seen it all.

HIGHLIGHTS: The summer of ’87, the biggest vinyl collection Oakey has ever seen, who KO’d Boy George, and the sign language dance craze. Triad trouble won’t get in the way. Zouk must be rebuilt!

QUOTES:

On getting the balance right – “We have a smaller room for more credible music.”

On the Asia-Pacific region – “It’s the biggest untapped mass market in the world.”

On DJ sets back in the day – “It was different then. There was a warm up, a middle and an end. Now it’s just hit after hit after hit.”

WHO: Gilbert Yeung (Dragon-I Club, Hong Kong) interviewed by Chris Ho (DJ, Lush 99.5FM, Hong Kong)

WHAT: Chris leads the discussion as Gilbert relays the story of his journey from fashion event producer to successful nightlife mogul via recession, politics and the clampdown to eventually thriving in the major international nightlife destination that Hong Kong is today. His tells of his very first inspiration, how he rode the wave of regime change, the ethics that makes his clubs feel like home and where the Hong Kong scene could go from here.

HIGHLIGHTS: THow it was back in the day, being old school and channelling craziness. It’s all about the packaging, the ex-pat exodus and the suicide of HK Rave. We also discover just why Dragon-I won’t be opening up in China anytime soon…

QUOTES:

On hospitality – “If you are inside our door, you are our guest and good friend.”

On the authorities – “Hong Kong is welcoming if you behave well.”

On social media – “We still believe that word of mouth is the best way to promote our outlets.”