DJ Angus Wong is the resident DJ at the W Hong Kong, and one of the most exciting up and coming DJs on the scene. He is currently on tour with W Hotels, which has him playing in cities all over the world including Paris, San Francisco, and Barcelona just to name a few. We caught up with Angus to learn a little more about him.
Birthplace: Hong Kong, what a wonderful city.
Home base: At the moment, sort of everywhere. This year I am on W Hotels & Burn Studio DJ Lab Global Tour, which has taken me to Barcelona, London, Paris, Bali, Seoul, Hong Kong, the Maldives, St. Petersburg, New York, Miami, Taipei, San Francisco, Shanghai and Bangkok in the last 4 months alone. So my home base is currently my suitcase and all the beautiful W Hotels around the world. Not a bad life to live I say.
For how long have you been DJ’ing and how did you get into it? I have been DJ’ing for about 5 years now. I know this sounds standard but I guess I just fell into it by accident. I did not grow up playing an instrument, the closest thing to an obsession with music when I was growing up was singing to a hairbrush to Michael Jackson and Kylie. 5 years ago I was the manager of a little night club in Hong Kong, it was my first actual job after I graduated from my studies in fashion and retail. We had a busy night at the club and I saw the crowd really going for it with the music the DJ was playing, so I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if I know how to do that too? Next thing I know I was playing with a couple of CDs and got boo’ed off the stage. I think I have got a little better since.
Best thing about being a DJ: It is an intimate experience. Music is very personal to me. I listen to all kinds of music and associate different music to different memory or feeling. And to be given the chance to play my music all around the world means I get to share all my music and tell my story to many many people. It is a life transforming experience.
Your go to song of all time: My go to song of all time – it is on the back of my name card. Moloko – Sing It Back. Beautiful song, beautiful lyrics, beautiful vocal. House music does not get better than this.
Favorite songs right now: These are the songs I have been listening to lately, Moon Boots – Aretha, Mickey featuring Monarchy – Love For Sale, the new EP from Chris Malinchak, my friend Daniel Avery’s (or he is sometimes known as Stopmakingme) new single – Airstrike. My other DJ friend Lincoln Madley sent me an old remix from Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas of Mystery Jets’ Dreaming Of Another World, I have been listening to it non-stop since. How did I miss that song when it first came out? I also listen to pop music when I am not working. Lana Del Rey is one to watch, her voice was just breathtaking. There is this indie band San Cisco, which produces the cutest pop songs for singing alone in the shower, check them out!
Favorite designers: It’s hard to name a few designers that I like. I think I have a few certain elements I like when it comes to clothes, for example, geometric patterns, classic items with a surprise twist, either black, grey or really bright primary colour. Put all of these elements together you usually get Marc Jacobs, or Prada, or Martin Margiela. Those consist of about 30% of my wardrobe. The rest are high street fashion and basics from Uniqlo, H&M, ASOS or Topman.
That’s just clothes, the way to my heart is through shoes. If there is any fans of mine reading, please send size 43 of Christian Louboutins, Pierre Hardy and this season’s Balenciaga to any W Hotel location with my name attached.
Your uniform when DJing: Usually simple. White shirt, black leather jacket and skinny jeans. But always beautiful shoes.
Never caught wearing: Sweatpants in public. No. Just no.
Most memorable night and other highlights on W Hotels tour: I played next to DCUP in W Seoul to thousands of Korean fans screaming our names. That was quite memorable. In January I did a party in Eclipse, the bar on the 27th floor of W Barcelona. It was a rainy and cold Tuesday night and I really don’t know what to expect, but we ended up having a great time! At 3am people were dancing shirtless on tables and the bar. The Spaniards really know their party.
Where can we keep up with you new music? Check out my Soundcloud page, I release a monthly mixtape, sometimes a homemade podcast, some other time I record a live set. Also if you want to see me live somewhere, the best way is to follow me on Facebook or Twitter and keep up with my tour dates. W Hotels also has an iPhone App where you can stream music from me and other talent DJs for free! Get the App!