Have you begun attracting more and more people from around the world to the festival? I used to live in Taiwan and it strikes me that you'd get a lot of ex-pats from around Asia hitting this one.
Yes. Since 2003, we've made efforts to attract party people from around the region as it's the only way ZoukOut can grow, considering Singapore's comparatively small population.
The fact remains, it's the most notable outdoor event with a stellar lineup of its kind in South East Asia, so it's bound to get ALL party aficionados excited. From a practical point of view, you would usually have to pay so much more to see all these names in one night and I believe everyone, including ex-pats, see the value. People from as far and wide as Europe and America, have told us that they try and plan their vacations around ZoukOut, making it part of their itinerary when they visit Asia.
The party's location is right on the beach, which strikes me as being both beautiful, but also something you'd have to co-ordinate with authorities for health and safety reasons? Do you work very closely with government and tourist authorities to make the event a success?
Yes we do, we work hand in hand with all the various authorities as well as the Singapore Tourism board to ensure the event complies with all the safety concerns that a large-scale event requires.
This means spending a lot of time and thought on planning as well as a considerable amount of money on adequate security, crowd control, metal detectors, patrol boats and other safety measures etc. It's imperative that we keep delivering a quality world-class event that is worthy of drawing locals and tourists alike.
I notice the guidebook says there's strictly no swimming.
We put up a mesh perimeter fence to prevent people from swimming, as well as have security in patrol boats. Like I mentioned above, it's imperative that we deliver a quality world class event. At the same time, we strive to do this without ever compromising the security and safety for all our customers. Therefore, potentially dangerous activities such as swimming in the open sea, while sounding really fun, will definitely be a no-no.
As Singapore has such strict laws with respect to drugs, including capital punishment, do you find that the electronic scene there has developed differently than other parts of the world? So much is made about the link between drugs and the dance scene, but is it really more about the music in Singapore?
Yes, that's a fair statement. The difference in playing at Zouk and at other clubs around the world is something the international DJs who play here will attest to. Many of them like it because it truly tests their skills and when the crowd goes crazy, they know it's because of their music and not other influences.
What is RESFEST 10? Is there a film festival taking place, also?
RESFEST is an international travelling festival for cutting edge motion graphics and film, originally from the U.S. The team who put on RESFEST annually in Singapore are doing a special 75 minute screening, especially for ZoukOut, of their most celebrated works at the Main Arena before the music kicks off for the night.
ZoukOut is also hosting fringe events, including costumed buskers, dancers and carnival rides, food stalls, flea markets, live graffiti, mandala art, chill-out areas, massage and holistic tents. Is it important for the festival to draw the connections between all these subcultures under one umbrella?
We do feel these subcultures are related and help give ZoukOut a complete festival experience. Also being an event for thousands and for 12 nonstop hours we need to have other means of entertainment to keep our audience engaged.
There is a definite running thread in everything we offer and showcase at ZoukOut.
Why should people check out ZoukOut? Or the Zouk club and even Singapore for that matter?
ZoukOut is 12 hours of non stop fun, featuring some of the best DJs in the world on an idyllic tropical beach full of like minded people from Singapore and all over the region having the time of their life, what's not to like? Zouk is a 15-year-old clubbing institution that is still at the forefront of electronic music and continuously voted as one of the best clubs in the world by the industry and media alike. Singapore is the one place where you can find and enjoy both ZoukOut and Zouk in one fell swoop. So, what are you waiting for? Don't get left out!