SECRET BALI SOUNDBOY #28 LUKE WALKER


Luke is a relative newcomer to the Balinese music and party scene and is a very welcome addition. Haling from New Zealand Luke is one of the creative founders of the Flamingo Pier brand who have been throwing some kick ass parties in the super trendy musical hotspot of Hackney East London. It’s a breath of fresh air to have someone with his background and calibre amongst the islands vast army of rocksteady DJ’s and we look forward to supporting Luke for a long time to come.

Luke kindly took time out from helping the rebels bring down the Empire to answer a few questions for us and send us his mixtape…



IS YOUR MIDDLE NAME SKY AND IF NOT... WHY NOT?!
My mum wanted it to be but dad vetoed the idea thankfully! 

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO BALI AND WHERE HAS YOUR MUSICAL JOURNEY TAKEN YOU ON THE WAY HERE?
I grew up in New Zealand and after releasing a few records on UK labels I moved to London. I released some more music, toured with Ministry of Sound for a while then started Flamingo Pier with friends. After 9 years of DJing and throwing parties in London I wanted a break from the city lifestyle so came to Bali for 6 months. Loving it so far!

WHAT IS FLAMINGO PIER AND WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR THE BRAND?
Flamingo Pier is a collective of DJs, music makers and artists. We started out throwing disco parties on a floating pontoon in East London then we kicked off an annual festival on Waiheke Island, New Zealand that’s into it’s 5th year. We look for unique locations (an olive grove, pontoon, boats, lofts and warehouses so far) and take care with the visual elements. We design new drinks to serve and invite interesting food vendors so all the senses are covered. Myself and the other resident DJs make music together and our next EP is out on one of our favourite labels in late 2018. We’ll perform live at the New Zealand festival in February. Future wise there’ll be more parties in London, New Zealand and Bali, more original music from us and we’d love to launch another festival. Bali is a special place so we’re getting a feel for things here. 



WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE MUSIC SCENE IN BALI AND HOW IT DIFFERS TO OTHER REGIONS YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH?
The best, longest running parties are generally built on a core crew of regular party guests (Horsemeat Disco in London or Mister Saturday Night in New York for example). The large transient tourist population in Bali makes that more challenging. You either need to book big headliners for a short term impact or attract local dancers, DJs and artists that are excited about the music and building something together long term. I’m more interested in the latter.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?
Music from around the world with roots in disco, boogie and house.

GIVE US THREE 'ANTHEMS' THAT YOU FEEL SUM UP THE FLAMINGO PIER SOUND...
Can I have 4? 

Milton – Mizik Nou 


Mim Suleiman – Nyuli (Dub) 


Tronics Ensemble – House Of Calypso (Remix Version) 

Lipelis – Video Track 


WHAT WOULD BE THE DREAM FLAMINGO PIER LINE-UP IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT?

Sadar Bahar, Hunee, DJ Harvey, CC:DISCO. We were lucky to have Sadar join us at our NYE party in London this year and CC at the 2018 Waiheke festival.

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE MUSICALLY?
I’m not afraid to drop The Beegee’s More Than A Woman or Madonna’s Borderline if the time is right.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CARTOON?
Currently Bojack Horseman



HAVE YOU MANAGED TO FIND YOURSELF A HAPPY PLACE ON THE ISLAND IN YOUR TIME AND IF SO WHERE IS IT
For sure. Either watching the surf from Kelly’s Warung at Bingin Beach or yoga at Serenity Ecohouse in Canggu. 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE INDONESIAN DISH?
Mie Goreng from my local Warung Anita’s. They handmake the noodles Italian style, it’s amazing.

SUM UP BALI IN THREE WORDS...
Vibrant, lush, paradise

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For those of you who wants to listen to Luke's sound selection, don't forget to press play! Thanks, Luke!