GOING IN DEEP: GLITTERBOX
Despite all the competition that has sprung up in recent years on the island when it comes to going all out on production nobody can mess with the Godfather of Bali Beachclubs… KU DE TA.
They always go all out to create another worldly atmosphere at their flagship events akin with the production some of the big nights in Ibiza are renowned for.
This ethos is one that is also championed by Simon Dunmore’s Glitterbox events who are coming to KU DE TA, so to see what the two combined will strive to create on Tuesday 5th November is getting the juices flowing in the Secret Bali Life office!
When you also take into account the stellar line-up they have curated for the show, also taking in singers, dancers and world class DJ’s in the shape of Shapeshifters, Mousse T and Defected main man Simon Dunmore you can rest assured you will definitely struggle to find a better way to spend 300K IDR on the island, which is the cost of the ticket.
Keen to find out more about what to expect, from a more musical angle, we spoke to Mousse T who this summer has played for Glittterbox at Ibiza and in Hannover amongst other gigs so enjoy the interview, find out what’s set to go down in just over a weeks time!!
THANKS VERY MUCH FOR GIVING US A FEW MINUTES OF YOUR TIME AS YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY A VERY BUSY MAN, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND THE GLITTERBOX GANG ON NOVEMBER 5TH!
YOU ARE NO STRANGER TO THE ISLAND OF THE GODS BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME YOU HAVE COME WITH THE GLITTERBOX BRAND… FOR THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH GLITTERBOX WHAT IS THE ETHOS BEHIND IT AND HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM A DEFECTED NIGHT FOR EXAMPLE…
“Well, it´s basically about good music, having a mighty good time, vibes and smiles. Might sound a little esoteric but this is exactly what you get at a Glitterbox night. Great selection of DJs, if I might say so, who work hard to give you a memorable night and some subtle schooling…”
THERE IS A BELIEF IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE THAT A LOT OF NIGHTS HAVE BECOME EXTREMELY FORMULAIC, TAKING FEW RISKS WITH PRODUCTION AND EXTRAVAGANCE TO GIVE CROWDS A GENUINE EXPERIENCE AND PLAY IT SAFE IN ORDER TO APPEAL TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS, AND WAS IT PARTLY BEHIND GLITTERBOX’S CONCEPTUALIZATION?
“I think that you are absolutely right with the formulaic climate in club culture right now. When I started as a DJ quite some time ago I could actually play funk, soul, blues, house, rock etc. and do all this in a set of 8hrs. My point is that it is about the music and how one presents it to you and I think that Glitterbox has opened up Pandora´s Box ( in a good way ) to allow DJs and punters to go the extra mile.”
CAN YOU PICK US 3 TRACKS THAT YOU FEEL PERFECTLY SUM UP THE GLITTERBOX VIBE?
Camelphat & Elderbrook – Cola (Mousse T.’s Glitterbox Mix)
The Vision feat. Andreya Triana – Heaven (Mousse T ‘s Disco Shizzle Extended Remix)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Don’t Leave Me This Way (M+M Mix)
AS A LEADING LIGHT ON THE SCENE GLOBALLY YOU ARE PROBABLY IN A STRONGER POSITION THAN MOST TO SPOT THE UP AND COMING TALENT COMING THROUGH THE RANKS… WHO HAS CAUGHT YOUR EYE TALENT WISE IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS IN PARTICULAR AND ARE THERE ANY EMERGING REGIONS FOR TALENT THAT YOU ARE SEEING NOW OUTSIDE OF THE USUAL HOTBEDS FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC?
“I would like to speak more generally here. I really think that it´s a great time for great music again since you can bring the experience of the older cats together with the lighthearted approach of the younger folks, meaning production and writing experience mixed with current vibes. This could be a great opportunity here! Anyway, Glitterbox will display some of the up and coming talent very soon, watch this space!”
GLITTERBOX HAS JUST COMPLETED A SEASON IN IBIZA WITH SOME MONSTER LINE-UPS THAT YOU FEATURED ON, HOW DID IT GO THIS SEASON AND RATHER THAT ASKING THE USUAL ‘WAS IT BETTER BACK IN THE DAY’ WE ARE CURIOUS AS TO WHAT ASPECTS ARE BETTER NOW IN 2019 THAN SAY 10 OR 20 YEARS AGO IN YOUR OPINION…
“I´m not a “back in the day everything was better“ kind of person and I have to say that especially my last gig this season was probably my fave gig so far this year…
…It´s just that it all comes together perfectly, the experience of everybody involved, the openness of the crowd, the need for change, new opportunities to present yourselves (social media), amazing personalities of the dancers and so on.”
WHAT CAN YOU TELL OUR FOLLOWERS ABOUT TENI TINKS, KALYPSO BANG AND LUZY FIZZ WHO WILL BE PERFORMING ON THE NIGHT?
“Well, let´s start with Teni. I have worked with many singers before and Teni is probably one of the best singers I have heard out of Europe, period! When I think back to her performance at Glitterbox in Ibiza where she battled with Kimberly Davis (of Chic) on stage, I was literally in heaven!”
“Kalypso Bang is the most elegant and flamboyant performer I have seen in a very long time and Lucy Fizz is the impersonation of the joy of life when she is on stage. With these ingredients, you can’t help to dance and smile, believe me.”
AS A PREVIOUS VISITOR TO THE ISLAND WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES IN BALI TO HANG OUT WHEN YOU COME OVER?
“Can’t wait to be back since it´s sincerely one of my fave places ever. I like Ubud a lot but hey, every spot on the isle makes me happy…and I had an exceptional time at the W Hotel the last time I was there.”
LASTLY CAN YOU SUM UP IN ONE LINE WHAT PEOPLE SHOULD EXPECT WHEN THEY HEAD DOWN TO KU DE TA FOR THE GLITTERBOX EVENT ON NOVEMBER 5TH?
“Firstly I just can’t wait to play at Ku De Ta since it’ll be my first time and so many colleagues just love that spot. Together with the two Simons (Dunmore & Shapeshifters) and all the performers we will give you the full soulful yet groovy yet house treatment, amen!”
Thanks for your time and see you on November 5th!