Despite his youthful apperance, Lau Hoe Yin aka Blink has a DJ career that spans almost two decades. Like most back in the day, he started out the old way scratching with turntables and vinyl. Moving on towards the late noughties, the underground parties he threw with DJ XU as Lapsap was the place to be for Malaysian scenesters.
Now, he is part of dynamic duo, Goldfish & Blink, who after releasing their own original dancefloor anthems, were promptly signed to EDM heavyweight Hardwell’s music label. They have rocked stages all over the world over since then, with this year alone performing at Ultra Music Festival as well as Tomorrowland, literally flying the Malaysian flag wherever they perform.
Being the Head of Content and Entertainment at Zouk Club KL, he often takes visiting musicians and DJs around the city whenever they are in town, so he always knows where the great places to chill are. We speak to him about some of his favourite hangout spots at the moment.
PS150 – 150 Ground Floor, Jalan Petaling, City Center, 50000 Wilayah Persekutuan, Tel: +603-2022 2888, Insta: @ps150kl.
Literally, a hidden gem, as this speak-easy style bar in Chinatown is fronted by an old-style stall selling old school sweets and toys from back in the day. Those in the know will walk through the stall to the secret door, whilst those that don’t will wander around aimlessly whilst the “storekeeper” watches silently in amusement.
“A hidden bar that I feel is really well done in terms of design and drink selection. It’s somewhere hip I always bring my tourist friends or DJs I host when they’re in town.”
Crossover – Concept Stores at City Square/Tebrau City in Johor Bahru and Sunway Pyramid/Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur, Insta: @crossoverconceptstore.
Streetwear store Crossover started out in Johor Bahru and over the years expanded to KL with boutiques that stock a higher-end range of brands that include NBHD, Wacko Maria and FUCT SSDD.
“It’s like my go to store when it comes to apparel I wear everyday. Stampd, which I use to wear a lot, is accessible through them and they also drop cool kicks at like the Raf Simmons x adidas collection. Currently I have been wearing the Carhartt x PAM series a lot, which is also from their store.”
Basement Music Academy – 50-M, Jalan SS 21/58, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Tel: +603-7731-3886, Insta: @basementmusicacademy.
Started by his partner Goldfish, Basement is a place to learn about the art of DJ-ing as well as modern electronic music production. The studio part of the academy is where Goldfish & Blink work on new original tracks and remixes.
“It’s a great environment to learn what is nowadays considered an old craft. There’s definitely something more pure by learning how to DJ on turntables nowadays in spite of the progression in technology. They built a very current-looking academy which I find very cool.”
Mothership – Follow their Instagram @themothershipkl to find out what area their truck will be docking at.
Blink teamed up with some of his long-time buddies to come up with this colourful food truck that serves unique Asian-fusion inventions such as the Po Dawg and Commander Kim.
“Not being biased here, but it’s definitely real good quality food for the price point. Street food with a twist that offers something unique.”
Random Food Store – 9, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Tel: +603-7733 1277, Insta: @randomfoodstore_.
A food collective that brings together gourmet buns, ice cream and beverages by three separate entities under one roof.
“Not many places in KL serve buns like the ones at Momofuku, but Buncit Bao in Random Food Store makes a very good Korean fried chicken bun as well as a mean salmon skin rice bowl. One Half, their coffee joint inside also serves a very, very good Chrysanthemum Lemonade.”
APW – 29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100, Wilayah Persekutuan, Insta: @apwbangsar.
In the past APW was a commercial factory area and used to stand for Art Printing Works, now it stands for “A Place Where (Something Happens)” and has become a creative hub for design, art and f&b.
“Another unique offering in KL, a very well curated development showing the more artsy side of KL town. Would usually grab an ice latte with friends at Pulp, which is one of their tenants.”
The Fourheads – T014-B, Mid Valley Megamall, Tel: +6016-6071191, Insta: @thefourheads.
Situated on the upper level of sneaker boutique, Solewhat, The Fourheads has garnered a reputation as one of Malaysia’s hottest resellers of insta-fame worthy hype gear from the likes of Supreme, Palace, BAPE and Gosha Rubchinskiy.
“I’m a really loyal guy and (the owner) Derrick has been my plug for Supreme stuff for many years before all this new wave of hype came along.”
Leong Kee Internal Pig Organ Soup – Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Chinatown Area.
Situated in Chinatown, this famous roadside stall serves up a perfect mix of pork and internal pig organs. However, the owner’s children have no desire in taking up their father’s business, so with no one to carry on his pigtastic legacy, the last bowl of soup will be served when he decides to retire.
“One of my best buddies, DJ XU, introduced me to this place. This is where I got hooked on (cubed and stewed) pig’s blood. It has been there for years, and they are really consistent with the quality.”
Follow Blink on his Instagram @blink_mys for more insights into cool places to shop, eat, drink, party and chill.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jules @ Streething