Headlining the opening extravaganza at ICON, Shanghai’s most recently opened gay club, this weekend is DJ George Leong, the reigning king of Sunday gay nights in Singapore. An accomplished music producer, composer and arranger in his own right, he worked with the Taiwanese record label Rock Records for eight years in the 1990s, collaborating with some of the biggest names in Mandopop including Sandy Lam, Alex To, Sammi Cheng, Karen Mok, Coco Lee, Johnny Chen and the late Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui. Shanghaiist caught up with him for a quick chat.
Hey George, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. You’ve spun at pretty much all of the major gay clubs around Asia. Tell us what your experience was like at Beijing’s Destination and Taipei’s Jump Club.
It’s been an awesome experience playing for the people at Beijing’s Destination and Taipei’s Jump. So much history and culture in those cities, so different yet so similar.
So it’s your first time in Shanghai? What can we expect this weekend?
This will be my first time playing in Shanghai. Really looking forward to performing and interacting with the party people at ICON during my set.
Ah. Will we see you topless behind the deck this Friday?
Definitely when the party gets hot! 😛
You worked with Rock Records in Taiwan for eight years. Is there anything about your time with them that you missed?
I really missed the days of the mega record companies. There was amazing creativity interacting with a large team. Not forgetting the mega budget that enabled us to fly to Los Angeles just to record drums and guitar or to Vancouver for vocals.
You now run your own recording studio in Singapore. Which artists have you been working with recently? Who should we be watching out for?
Singer songwriter Kiat Goh’s album which i completed last year was just released last month by. It has already topped Singapore’s iTunes, KKBox and 933FM charts in a few weeks from release!
Thank you very much for the interview and see you tonight!
I will be bringing the hottest tunes of Singapore’s Salvation party to ICON. Get ready for it! 🙂
DJ George Leong rocks ICON’s opening party this Friday, at Shanghai Stadium Gate 7 (Lingling Road / Xietu Road). DJ Massimo Paramour of the UK is behind the deck Saturday.