GOING IN DEEP WITH W'S 8TH ANNIVERSARY

This week marks a very important landmark for the W Bali as they celebrate their 8th Anniversary. Synonymous with great events and guest acts over the years it is no mean feat to continue to be one of the islands leading lights for so long, especially as the island explodes with many new venues opening up in old and new areas alike.

Damian Saint has been a constant at the venue in his various roles in the 7 years he has been there and as he explains himself he has been instrumental in steering the ship through the ever-changing waters.

For their anniversary they have booked two awesome acts, that perfectly straddle the line of being credible yet popular enough for such a major event in Mousse T and Gotsome, something Damian touches on in his interview.

Check it out and make sure you get down to celebrate and support a venue that has been working tirelessly to put on great events for the island for almost a decade… We thank you W Bali and look forward to Saturdays party and many more to come! 

FIRST OF ALL CONGRATULATIONS ON REACHING ANOTHER MAJOR LANDMARK FOR THE W BALI AND ITS MUCH LOVED MUSIC PROGRAMME AND EVENTS! THIS IS THE W'S 8TH ANNIVERSARY, HOW MANY OF THEM HAVE YOU BEEN HERE FOR NOW?

Secret Bali Life…We meet again. This is my 7th year with W Bali now and 4th year as “Music Curator”. I like it. It’s nicccce.

WHAT'S THE KEY TO THE W BALI REMAINING ONE OF THE MAINSTAYS ON THE ISLAND FOR HOSTING GREAT PARTIES AND EVENTS?

I honestly don’t know. There isn’t a one formula to it. It’s like a ship you have to keep steering to keep it on course. Staying consistant and enjoying what I do must play a big factor in it and working alongside such a great team too.

WITH THE COMPETITION GETTING PRETTY FIERCE ON THE ISLAND NOW, DO YOU FEEL THAT HAVING AN INTIMATE SPACE SUCH AS YOU DO IN THE WOOBASE IS BECOMING A BLESSING AS ITS EASIER TO FILL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND CREATE A VIBE DOWN THERE?

I do yes but still have to stay aware of what’s going on elsewhere whether it be the larger venues up on thy hill or the nightlife scene of Berawa developing so quickly. Put it this way…with the amont of venues around now I’m glad I don’t have to fill a 500-1000 cap room several days per week.


Doorly at W's It's A Wrap New Years Eve 2018 party

TELL US ABOUT THE LINE-UP YOU HAVE CURATED FOR THIS EVENT, WAS IT ONE THAT YOU WENT FOR SPECIFICALLY?

The anniversary event always has to be “middle of the road” kind of music and artists. I can get away with some scary stuff in Woobase but upstairs and for anniversary events I try to cater for a broader audience. Hence the likes of Mousse T or previous dj’s like Aeroplane and Purple Disco Machine. It’s funny actually.. they wouldn’t work in the basement but you put somebody like Apparat on and it’ll be full. Hmm.

Aeroplane - Save Me Now


WHAT HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF THE BEST HIGHLIGHTS IN YOUR TIME AT THE W BALI?

I know you’re asking in regards to events but building the Sound Suite is still the best project I’ve ever worked on so far. Too many to list.

Mousse T. feat. Cleah Melodie (Mousse T''s Extended Disco Shizzle Remix)

WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT IN THE NEAR FUTURE FROM YOU GUYS AS YOU BEGIN YOUR 9TH INCARNATION ON THE SEMINYAK SHORELINE?

Maintain a steady course, showcase fresh new talent both live and electronic and some really cool Mixmag collabs. First one will be announced soooooon.

IF MONEY AND OTHER HURDLES WERE NO ISSUE, WHO WOULD MAKE YOUR DREAM LINE-UP?

The Prodigy of course!


Thanks, Damian! We'll see you this Saturday at W's 8th Anniversary Party



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