New Club KYŌ In Kuala Lumpur Promises An Experience Like No Other
Situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur under the city’s iconic Petronas Towers and inside the plush Mandarin Oriental Hotel, club kyō has descended upon Malaysia’s capital city as a party den and catapulted its burgeoning underground music scene into one deserving of a place on the international music map. The kyō brand debuted in Singapore more than three years ago and has consistently pulled in praise from local and international DJs, artists, lifestyle tastemakers and party-goers. Its impact on the city’s swift and staggering rise was also the focus of a panel discussion at Wired Music Week last month – a sign to the international circuit that KL is city amongst other global party capitals.
Offering a boutique and bespoke environment for discerning music lovers that’s been likened to a cinematic musical playground, the 6,000 sq ft venue borrows design and conceptual elements from Japanese art and theatre. The 770-person capacity club opened in December of 2016 with an investment of £2.3 million apportioned into two multi-sensory spaces – kyō being the flagship main room and ren its smaller and sultrier second space. A large portion of the budget went into outfitting the kyō with a monstrous speaker setup, which comes courtesy of Void Acoustics, Stasys and Eastern Acoustics (see below).
“We built kyō on the ethos of escapism,” explains kyō founder and director Godwin Pereira. “It’s an underground space designed to encompass the multi-faceted expressions of personalities that fill the space, by providing a comfortable environment where guests feel free to indulge in creature comforts. It’s a boutique style of clubbing meant to feel more like home than a super club.”
Before opening, Godwin said that he believed the underground club concept would bring a new dimension to the nightlife scene in KL and set his sights on it becoming an iconic destination in its own right.
“Kuala Lumpur has the right elements for a club concept like kyō to thrive,” Pereira shares. “It has a cosmopolitan dynamism and a music scene teeming with numerous subgenres and collectives, although there is yet to be one specific venue that caters to all of these genres. Kyō KL was created to fulfill this purpose: Housing a spectrum of genres both up-and-coming and forgotten, to bring together a community of music lovers who can enjoy these in one venue.”
You could you could say its nearing mission accomplished for the club as it’s transformed Kuala Lumpur into Asia’s latest party outpost. Since closing the curtain on its first year, the subterranean space has been matched with a host of talent catering to music lovers including Seth Troxler, Pan Pot, Jeremy Olander, Dubfire, &ME, Talib Kweli. Over the next three months, a polished weekly calendar will welcome the next selection of heavyweight names to appear in KL for the first time like Len Faki, Mano Le Tough, Ben Gold, Nakadia and Cosmic Gate. kyō has also engaged in a partnership with renowned London nightclub The Egg that will see the brand head to London in October.
See the confirmed line-up for August, September & October below.
FUTURE BOOKINGS //
Friday 17th: DJ Fatfingaz
Saturday 18th: Sweatbox Pop Up Party feat Sabb
Thursday 23rd: ViViD & Ohrwurm presents Mano Le Tough
Saturday 25th: Volume presents Francois K & Jasper James
Thursday 6th: ViViD presents Len Faki
Thursday 13th: Kyo KL & Plural presents Cosmic Gate
Saturday 6th: Nakadia
Thursday 11th: Ben Gold
Saturday 13th: Ohruwrm presents Nur Jaber
Friday 26th: Godwin P & Alam @ THE EGG, LONDON
Wired Music Week Finalizes Program For Inaugural Events, Announces Contest In Partnership With ADE
As dance music grows further into a global enterprise, more aspiring companies and artists are embracing the interconnectivity and building roots in new and exciting places. Wired Music Week (not to be confused with the internationally syndicated magazine) is hosting its inaugural event at Tamarind Square in the silicon city of Cyberjaya, just 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur’s center in Malaysia, Friday, May 13 thru Sunday, May 15.
The line-up of consists of range of event promoters, record label heads, venue representatives, artists, talent and industry delegates from local, regional and international communities spanning Germany, Australia, The Netherlands, the UK, Taiwan, Philippines, Japan, Sweden, Malaysia and Thailand.
Record label partners include global brands UKF and Revealed, while sponsors and brand partners include Monster Energy Drinks, V-Moda, Splice, and more.
Through curated seminars, workshops, panel discussions, demo listening sessions, master classes and even club nights, aspiring artists can immerse and engage with industry leads for immediate feedback.
You can find more information here.
WMW is also running a contest to send one aspiring DJ to play at Amsterdam Dance Event later this year. Together with DJ Irwan, one of Europe’s most revered open format DJs, one artist will win an all-expenses paid trip to showcase their talent ADE this October. See the contest terms below:
1. Purchase a 2-day pass to WMW before Friday, 11th May 2018 (tickets here)
2. Record a 30-minutes video of your live set
3. E-mail the video to [email protected]
4. Winner will be announced on Sunday, 13th May 2018 at WMW