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Every now and again, Hong Kong's music scene gets a shot in the arm from the arrival of a bright spark with big ideas and motivation to spare.
One such figure who has injected new vitality into our weekends is Alex Playsted, a DJ from Australia who won last year's Pioneer Asia DJ Quest not long after touching down in these parts. Since then Playsted (above), who performs under the name DJ Forest, has become in-demand behind the decks around town and recently launched his own event, Heterogenius, with the aim of bringing together forward-thinking local and international underground DJs.
'I have always felt the nightlife and music scene in Hong Kong lacked true atmosphere or variety,' says Playsted. 'Hong Kong is riddled with private-member clubs and same-same bars, most with narrow-minded door policies, expensive door charges and ultra-serious bouncers.
'Heterogenius was created as a platform to push both local and international talent in a fun atmosphere, with welcoming attitudes from staff, and no VIP lists our priority. Musically our goal is to push new non-commercial electronic music within a welcoming, diverse, fun environment.'
At any Heterogenius event, clubbers will be exposed to a diverse range of genres including breakbeat, electro, techno and even drum 'n' bass, with the focus on exploration of old and new sounds - as long as it's not commercial dance music purely aimed at getting paying punters through the door.
'There are few people here who are truly passionate about music rather than dollars. Most people are too interested in quick returns instead of building a concept and adding to the music culture. Investing in, and even considering a fresh new concept, can seem risky, but with the right support and motivation it could work,' Playsted says.
Heterogenius is back for its fifth instalment this weekend, and the international guest is Devastatin' Dave, a DJ from Brisbane who has supported the world's biggest breakbeat DJs.
Dave belongs to the Adicts crew, who have hosted some legendary parties in Brisbane, and will be ready to blow a few minds in Hong Kong after his recent travels through Russia and Germany.
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