Q&A with Rasmee Wayrana
It’s been nine months since Rasmee Wayrana released her first album Isan Soul. The singer and songwriter, recently honored with three Kom Chad Luek awards, specializes in molam and experimental music, and is now writing the lyrics for her second album together with guitarist Satukan “Kong” Tiya Tira. Her unique voice has managed to grab the attention of both Thai and international audiences including that of foreign bands like Poni Hoax (France), Limousine (France) and Bamako Express (Israel-Thailand), who have all invited her to collaborate and perform with them abroad. You have refused to sign the contract with music companies. Why do you prefer to be an independent artist? Rasmee: I don’t like the idea that I am not allowed to sing for others. I signed a five-year contract once when I was 14 and was contemplating about signing another one after an audition, but I think it’s fate that I am not meant to be with any music company. What makes you confident that you can survive independently in the music industry? Rasmee: I don’t think of this in a commercial way. It’s the musical experiment of a girl who has been singing since she was young. I don’t think of doing this for a living. This is why I want to do my own songs—for me and those around me to enjoy. Kong: Selling isn’t the first priority when we are making music. We are not doing it to please people. How do you get people to connect to molam? Rasmee: It’s all about the feeling. Your voice is a specia
From street arts, paintings, to a music party, there’s always something going on at Jam Cafe.
A retro pub runs by Cosmic Cafe and Sonic.
A heaven for swing dancers.
Drink in a vintage train carriage.
The best live music venues in Bangkok
Hard Rock Café
Rare music collectibles, platinum records and signed pictures on the walls.
A tapas bar and restaurant that screams Thai.
The Cavern Club Bangkok
The Beatles tribute band at weekends.
Iron Fairies Dragonfly
A heavily jazz-inspired venue with live performances followed by a DJ set every night.
Places to dance in Bangkok
When the concept of the secret speakeasy bar keep on rising in Bangkok, Australian designer who was behind many concept bars in Bangkok (Iron Fairies and Clouds) Ashley Sutton takes it to the next level. This Shanghai 1950s-inspired bar is located on the lower ground floor of Novotel Silom with the ‘set-up’ Chinese restaurant in front to keep the speakeasy mood. Here the elegant element from New York gentleman club style got mashes up with chinoiserie hint of lighting, sculpture and altogether with ladies in Qipao welcoming you. Drinks side comes courtesy of Bangkok’s celebrity mixologist Joseph Boroski offering fancy choices with local fresh ingredient. Entertainment is also quite variety as you can expect DJ performs beaty tunes from hip hop, funk and old school r n’b to live band doing jazz and blues. If you have friends visiting, here’s an all in one place you can always rely on.
Wine Bibber Sangria
Open since 1995, Wine Bibber has always been a favourite with nightly gigs and surprises from famous rockers from time to time. They serve both Thai and Western dishes with undeniable cocktail and wine list. When you are a bit tipsy, don’t forget to dance away at the disco on the second floor with ’60s-’90s hits.
Sing Sing Theater
After wielding design magic on Maggie Choo’s and Iron Fairies, Australian designer Ashley Sutton is back with Sing Sing Theater. Decorated with metalwork, wood, lanterns and neon lights, the place combines inspirations from Shanghai in the 1930s with futuristic Blade Runner-esque elements. The dance floor on the first floor is the heart of the place and is sometimes used as a stage for many a gimmicky performance. The balcony on the second floor is the best spot for looking over and enjoying the shows. The drinks list includes specials like the Cabinet Escape, a gin-based cocktail served in a birdcage (interesting) and Bank in Lemon, another gin-based drink. The music is always pumping and include house, hip-hop, hit songs, and live music.