Listen up, vinyl junkies – Potato Head Hong Kong has opened a music room with state-of-the-art audio equipment and a library of more than 8,000 LPs.
In June, those behind Bali’s Potato Head Beach Club opened Potato Head Hong Kong, in Sai Ying Pun. The 8,000 sq ft space was already home to a lifestyle store, a coffee shop, a bar and dining area, and Indonesian restaurant Kaum.
Hosting touring DJs, disco nights and regular listening sessions, such as the monthly Ethiopian jazz seven-inch night, the new music room is designed to complement the Potato Head experience – meaning eclectic, down-tempo, “sunset” music for an atmosphere of “laidback ambience”.
With its high-end JBL Pro Blue series loudspeakers, McIntosh tube amps and Technics 1200 turntables (for DJ sets), “you hear detail you would never hear” on a regular stereo set-up, according to music director Johnny Hiller. The German-born DJ hand-selected the library’s vinyl collection, which includes everything from post punk, jazz and house to Turkish and Ghanaian funk and Japanese fusion.
“We’ve stripped out all the other elements that might spoil the experience,” says Hiller. In other words, you won’t find pop music being played here.
Music events take place on Wednesdays through to Sundays. Vinyl collectors are encouraged to bring their own records to the weekly Album Sundays.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/potatoheadhkmusic.