Getting deep and going local is not a bad mantra for a listening bar nested between lake and mountain, where age-old vinyl culture merges with a community-driven lifestyle.
Thanks to the recent opening of 22 Nakhonnok, the sounds of jazz, rare groove, Thai lukthung and Asian funk have started to meld with the breezy vibes of Songkhla, a coastal fishing province in southern Thailand.
Officially unveiling the space on February 25, Nakhonnok is the brainchild of Pairot Damkong and Yugo Tham. “Pairot recently moved back to his hometown of Songhkla after being in the record business in Bangkok for over 10 years”, says Yugo. “And, I eventually moved from Kuala Lumpur (from being part of the intimate music venue fono and DJ collective called Public School) to Songkhla and loving the lifestyle here. We are located in Songkhla, an old heritage town beautifully tucked between beach and lake."
Named after its street address of 22 Nakhon Nok, the new cosy space is probably the first vinyl listening bar in southern Thailand, and based on the growing trend for wax culture in the country’s capital Bangkok, it would be safe to assume that we might see a similar culture breakout down south, but with the added infusion of the country’s natural landscape and local lifestyle.
Visitors to the new listening bar will be treated to a regular rotation of guest selectors, DJs and live performances that aim to foster a sense of oneness together with the local community of Songhkla. Yugo shares with Mixmag Asia, “So far, our space has been packed with curious music lovers and bar hoppers every night since we opened in a living room size space. We enjoy interacting a lot with customers… We have no plans to expand further out, but to join the local communities to create multicultural music events, sharing our knowledge and skills in music & vinyl. (We are) also including the use of local produce & local ingredients into our drinks menu.”
You can find out more about 22 Nakhonnok here.