A little over a year ago a secret construction was taking place on Hanoi’s historic Ta Hien street, that once completed would immediately change the face of Hanoi’s nightlife forever.
Steve James might be a new name to the music industry but at just 19 years of age he has already accomplished a lot more at his age than…most of the music industry really. For starters he co-produced the title track off Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’. He’s also one of the youngest Grammy-nominated artists ever and has names like Zhu, Matthew Koma, LIGHTS and The Weeknd all cemented onto his resume. The natural next step was DJing and the Pittsburgh native had no trouble launching his career being that he knows a lot more about seamlessly stringing music together than some of his more seasoned peers. The trajectory saw Steve relocate to L.A. at only 17 and later landed him on tour with artists like the Chainsmokers and Martin Garrix, the latter for whom he wrote and produced ‘In the Name of Love’. When does he have time to…be a teenager? Exactly. We talked to wunderkind about what life has been like since leaving behind his small town to becoming one of the most talked about up-and-coming names in industry.
Thailand often invokes a longing for tropical beaches, raucous parties and lazy holidays. Luxury in Southeast Asia also comes at a fraction of the cost that it does in the West and so it’s not uncommon for touring artists to plan some extra time off in Thailand before or after gigs in the region to indulge in the country’s opulence. But there a number of artists who have discovered another side to Thailand, a side that promotes physical and mental health as well as a total disconnect from real life by offering fully immersive and rigorous training experiences. For some that’s yoga but Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, is becoming increasingly popular amongst farangs who are looking to detach, get fit and experience a kind of Thai culture that isn’t offered on the beaches of Phuket. Muay Thai camps are common all over Thailand and see both beginners and seasoned fighters participate in hyper-intensive full-day training programs. We've caught wind of a few music industry professionals periodically checking themselves in for weeks and even months at a time, so when Loco Dice showed up for a gig in Bangkok immediately following a month-long training session in the south, we chased him down to talk about all things Muay Thai.
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The tropical island of Bali is home to one of Asia’s most idyllic W Hotels in the world and now they’ve upped the ante by introducing a private space for professional recording artists, studio musicians and producers to “record in style while on the road.” The inaugural W Sound Suite is the hotel’s first ever private recording studio and creative space in the world with its Seattle studio opening shortly after. It’s sound proof and large enough to accommodate a decent entourage at 50sqm that includes a lounge, living room and mixing room as well as professional equipment from top brands like Native Instruments, Pioneer and Moog. Obviously, it’s decked out in the W Hotel’s typical contemporary style with a splash of Coca Cola (it’s partner) deco. Located in the heart of Seminyak on the same sparkling strip of sand where all those sublime sunset shots you see on Instagram are taken, touring artists can turn off days into productive days because Bali is exactly the kind of creative hub to help you rekindle inspiration for that new track you’ve been working on. Who can’t find inspiration in paradise?