music • 16 Dec, 2016
AAMIXTAPE: GLOW DJ's
AnyArena talks to DJs Doru Tudose and Anh Tuan About Their AAMIXTAPE
When it comes to rooftops, Saigon has several, but none better than Glow in terms of atmosphere and the tunes offered up by this DJ duo. Anh Tuan and Doru Tudose have been working in tandem for some time now, and over that time have developed a style that produces an energy unique to the location. It's proved popular too, with barely enough room to swing a proverbial turntable on any given night there. So, we asked the pair to produce an AnyArena Mixtape for us and guess what? They duly obliged. This is what they had to say about it, their sound and some of their weirder DJ’ing experiences...
Hi guys, thanks for the mix! Can you tell us about it?
Tuan: I’m very happy with this mixtape because I got to collaborate with my friend, Doru. I think we’ve blended different types of House music and our two distinct DJ’ing styles to create a mix that’s as classic as it is modern. I’m sure people who love House will be able to listen to it again and again.
Doru: Well, initially I thought we’d prepare in more detail but in reality we just met up one afternoon, pushed record and played some of the new tunes we use in both our sets. After an hour, we had the mixtape!
Nice. We love the spontaneity. How would you describe your sounds?
Tuan: My taste in music is very simple: slow and deep.
Doru: Diverse. This is the sound we’ve created for this location, based on what it is and the atmosphere we’re aiming to create. In other places I might play underground techno or house and in some cases disco and funk. It’s just a matter of where I am and what I need to achieve.
Location is everything. Can you describe each other in 3 words?
Tuan: Only 3 words to talk about Doru? ‘Cực dễ thương’ (‘super duper cute’)
Doru: Tuan is humble, hardworking and laidback.
What music were you both listening to growing up?
Tuan: When I was a kid I was particularly into foreign music, especially 80s and 90s disco. It transported me to another world.
Doru: Whoa!…hiphop, synth pop, electronica…I’ve been growing up for many years now so I’ve got to listen to a lot of music.
Ok cool. What’s your favorite track to drop at the moment?
Tuan: The two songs that I love including in my sets right now are “Teach Me” by Bakermat and “This Girl” by Kungs. I love their music.
Doru: Too many! I play hundreds of tracks a week, so there’s no way I can choose one.
Haha. What about your weirdest experience onstage?
Tuan: My most (un)memorable moment while playing was when I had one too many drinks and forgot my turn to go perform! Oops.
Doru: My weirdest was when I was on a 10 metre-high platform, on a barge floating in a lake! What made it weirder was that there was no toilet so I had to pee in a plastic bottle with 3 people around me. Not easy for a pee-shy dude!
Sounds like a classy show. Doru, what do you think of the Saigon music scene?
Doru: After 11 years here, I’ve seen a few changes and a lot of progress but it still needs a lot more diversity and identity.
Ok, we too. What’s the best DJ set you’ve seen lately?
Doru: I went to Japan a few months ago and one of the Tokyo DJs called Yoshikazu Kano played an amazing set of techno/progressive house. It reminded me of my early clubbing days. Check him out.
Final question, in terms of musuc culture what’s your favourite city?
Doru: From all the cities I’ve seen, it’s gotta be Amsterdam.
Doru, Tuan, thank you for your time and thanks for the mixtape. See you guys at Glow real soon!
Graphic: Thanh Duong
Words by JA