Drop's resident DJ Derald loves Hong Kong's club scene for its open-mindedness. 'The scene is trendy and open-minded at the same time,' says Derald. 'When I arrived in 1998, no one wanted to listen to a hip-hop record. But now hip-hop is everywhere. That's a good thing because at least it shows that Hong Kong is open-minded and willing to embrace alternative music genres.' Derald has developed his passion for music since the age of 13, when he helped DJ Uncle L, who is also his real uncle, spin at old rhythm and blues and soul parties. 'I helped set up the sound system and even got to spin vinyl records,' he recalls. 'There wasn't any need for mixing in those days. It was the order you played your hot tracks and how you worked the crowd over the microphone. 'After witnessing how a DJ could work magic on a crowd, I knew it was going to be my passion.' It was later that year that Derald received a five-channel straight fader mixer as a Christmas present. He began the process of training himself in the basement at his home. DJ Derald spins his records every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Drop. He also holds the after-hours party at Edge.