Going In Deep With SugarSand



There is an exciting new kid on the block coming to Seminyak when it comes to beachside venues to hang out, enjoy quality food and drinks, and most importantly for our followers to hear some quality music and see some great shows… Ladies and gentlemen we welcome SugarSand to the club!

At the helm of their music and events is one of the islands most loved and respected members of the music community in LADY FLiC!! Many of you will be familiar with this lady from her numerous DJ sets, her time at Potato Head or from her infectious energy which has graced every dancefloor and DJ booth on this beautiful island.

She is also teaming up with her old sparring partner from Potato Head days in Michele the crazy, funny and super welcoming Italian host who makes every single person who walks through the door of anywhere he is working feel like a million dollars and leave with a smile on their face as well. With these two characters at the helm, SugarSand is off to a great start before they even open their doors this weekend…

We managed to get FLiC to take a break from her insane schedule as her, Michele and their team get everything ready at SugarSand ahead of their soft opening this weekend and the grand opening in a few weeks time.

She kindly gave us a great insight into what to expect when the doors open this weekend and beyond when they start to throw their cards on the table as one of the islands key promoters for international acts further down the line… And it’s a very strong hand indeed!


WHEN WILL SUGARSAND OPEN AND HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT AS A VENUE?
This Saturday September 1st! It’s a beachside bar and restaurant with a pool, great for day hangs and night time drinks, killer food and drink selection, unique design and space with a lovely sound system and good vibes all round.

YOU ARE THE MUSIC DIRECTOR AND RESIDENT DJ, BUT FOR ANYONE WHO ISN'T FAMILIAR WITH YOU, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND IN BALI AND BEYOND?
Music is just one of the things i’m doing at SugarSand, but it is a huge focus. I’ve been here for 10 years, before that London, before that NZ, always DJ-ing, always music related stuff, always having mad adventures and never really planning too hard for the future! Feeling blessed to be living in Bali and working on this exciting project which allows me to be creative in a load of different ways.

WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING ENTERNTAINMENT WISE FOR SUGARSAND AND WHEN DOES IT ALL KICK OFF?
From opening we’ll have daily DJs, and we’re planning various artistic collaborations, regular events, international acts and whatnot. From September 9th we’ll have a regular Sunday event called Seventh Heaven Sundays, it should be really fun. It’s quite an interesting and unique space to work with, so I’m looking forward to going in lots of different directions.

WHO ARE GOING TO BE YOUR RESIDENT DJS AND WHAT IS THE MUSIC POLICY?
Watch this space for DJs, I’ll be putting together a dream team over the next couple of months. Super eclectic, with a strong soul and jazz influence. Warm vibes all round, nothing too clever, or stupid for that matter. Quality music from all genres that makes you feel good. No plastic throwaway music. Timelessness is a theme that runs through SugarSand, encompassing music, design, food, drink, service, the whole lot. I’m super excited to be part of this awesome team bringing something unique and special to Bali.



WHAT IN YOUR OPINION SEPARATES SUGARSAND FROM ANY OF YOUR COMPETITORS ALONG THE COASTLINE?
I think all the elements by themselves are quite unique and they’re going to flow together to create a beautiful, rare and always evolving beast, quite unlike any other venue in Bali. I love that SugarSand has so many different areas and possibilities; it will be a great spot to hang out for the whole day and into the night.

WHAT KIND OF FOOD CAN YOU GET TO KEEP YOUR DISCO DANCING FEET FUELLED UP AT SUGARSAND?
It’s a Japanese Peruvian inspired menu, so a strong seafood focus, sushi, ceviches, tiraditos and heaps more. It’s all ridiculously delicious.

YOU RECENTLY HAD YOUR MIXOLOGISTS HOST A NIGHT AT 40 THIEVES, TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE COCKTAILS AND DRINKS YOU GUYS ARE OFFERING?
Our head mixologist, Sufian has created some really inspired concoctions, look out for the Big in Japan cocktail list, and i’m pretty sure the ‘slow-cooked’ G&Ts are going to be a huge hit.

IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, WHO WOULD YOU BOOK FOR THE OPENING PARTY?
Well, given we don’t have space for a massive stage, let’s have a dj set and live PA from Erykah Badu over sunset. Maybe a couple of cameos from Nas and Q-tip. I guess Stevie Wonder can have the main slot, solo piano show. I’ll DJ after Stevie to make a little musical bridge and cos why not, then we’ll have Laurent Garnier for a little 5 hour epic journey. Shall we call it a festival?



SUM UP SUGARSAND IN 3 WORDS:
Timeless…Innovative…Warm

NAME 5 TRACKS THAT REPRESENT SUGARSAND: 
These tracks all represent the SugarSand music policy, they’re timeless, warm, with soul and jazz elements and amazing production.

Milt Jackson – Enchanted Lady


Fatima – Caught in a Lie


Candi Staton – Summertime with you


Malebu Satari – Smile


Waajeed – Through It All


So be sure to put SugarSand on your must-visit list and enjoy the good vibes!

GOOD LUCK FROM THE SECRET BALI LIFE TEAM!