Jeremy Boon: "It's always an honour to play alongside some of the best international DJs"

We pick the brain of this long-time resident Zouk DJ on all things Zoukout

Jeremy Boon's no stranger to the homegrown clubbing circuit and neither is he on the decks of annual beach party ZoukoutAhead of the big weekend, which takes place on December 8 and 9 at Siloso Beach Sentosa, we sneak a quick chat with the local dance music pioneer on his favourite Zoukout moments.

What excites you most about Zoukout?

It’s a joy to see party-goers from all over the world come together to have a great time and bond through music from dusk to dawn.

How do you usually prepare for your set?

I always dig into my music collections for a few classics tracks – some of my favourites are Joe Smooth’s Promised Land and Strings of Life by Soul Central – to blend into the current music that I like. I then organise the music into tightly focused playlists, such as for warm-up, peak-time and last-hour tunes.

How does it feel to have been a part of the music fest all these years?

It’s always an honour to play alongside some of the best international DJs and being involved in the production of Zoukout. Even after so many years, it still feels rewarding to see an empty beach space transform into a full-blown festival set-up.

"It was amazing to be among people who enjoy the same groove as you."

Recall one of your favourite Zoukout experience...

It was back in 2001 when the clubbers turned up early to catch the sunset sets by my favourite DJs Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay. It was amazing to be among people who enjoy the same groove as you.

Which acts are you looking forward to this year?

Amelie Lens and Claptone. It’s the first time for me to see them perform on a big stage at a festival. I've caught and opened for Claptone once when he spun at Velvet Underground two years ago. This year, I am excited to open for him again! It’ll also be interesting to see him perform on a bigger stage.

Can you share one tip for party-goers on surviving the two-day festival?

Drink lots of water.

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