It’s just gone midnight in a heaving Kuala Lumpur basement and a DJ is banging out techno to a crowd in near-darkness. It’s a scene that echoes across the city, where there’s now a growing appetite for cutting-edge music in Southeast Asia that hasn’t always been a hotbed for the genre.
A bespoke space for discerning music lovers, Kyo KL is one of the biggest clubs in town that’s been billed as a cinematic musical playground. The 6,000 sqft venue splits into two multi-sensory spaces – kyo, the flagship main room and ren, the sultry second space – that both borrow design and concept elements from Japanese art and theatre.
The club has become a party destination for a wide audience of dance music fans who are into both mainstream and underground genres with the likes of Seth Troxler, Pan Pot, Jeremy Olander and Dubfire to have helmed the decks in the past. But the venue has also been putting on an eclectic roster of hip-hop and R&B nights that’s helped it to build up a solid following among Malaysian clubbers.
This Friday (August 4), a new monthly night of Shaded Content will see Alam, Obadius and Otherskind take the reins for a slamming collaborative series that aims to showcase lesser known shades of house, minimal and techno music. R-Cue is one of Melbourne’s turntablist DJs who has been making a name for himself as the real deal in the local clubbing scene.
Another artist set to make an impression on the club’s stage is DJ Irwan, who returns for a headline slot in the coming weeks. Born and raised in Amsterdam, Irwan’s been a top open-format DJ in Europe for over a decade with his impressive skill in spinning a range of hip hop, R&B, old school and new school tracks.
With her bubbly personality and ear for selecting slamming tunes, Jyoty is one of the country’s most popular female DJs. She’s a familiar voice on Rinse FM and her Saturday Selects sessions have earned her a huge and loyal following over the past six years. Her enthusiasm for hip hop and R&B is infectious and she’ll be showcasing her skills at Kyo on 16 March.
Tickets are on sale now via TicketMelon. Follow @kyokl on Instagram for all the latest news and updates!