Singapura! The city state in South East Asia which, 40 years ago was littered with dirty alleys, chinese prostitutes and opium dens, has since transformed itself into a major international shipping, trade and finance hub. The governments policies towards capitalism are extremely liberal, however, the contrary can be said about its views on outdoor party culture.
The trance scene in Singapore is very small. Parties usually happen once a month in a nightclub in Boat Quay and are put up by The Om Project.DJ’s are usually local aspiring DJ’s mostly part of The Om Project crew. Occasionally a DJ from Malaysia’s Epic Tribe crew drives down and plays, and a few times a year, an international DJ will happen to be passing by and grace Singaporean trance fans with his/her presence.
The Trance Scene
The Trance scene in Singapore was born in 2006, when the Om Project crew started organizing small gigs at Baba Black Sheep in the nice and colorful neighborhood of Little India. The scene soon moved to Home Club in Boat Quay, where you can dance to the underground psy tunes selected by Om Project and friends once a month.
Home Club changes look for the monthly occasion with Balinese backdrops, lycra decorations, styrophones and international decorators’ creations and a colorful and smiley crowd. The line-up is always different and over the years it has included resident djs as well as djs and producers representing Asia and the rest of the world. Artists from Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia and other Asian countries have played at Om Project parties, but also a wide range of international psytrance music artists from the five continents.
The atmosphere is incredibly cozy and welcoming. Home Club is a nice location with a big outdoor area and the Singaporean Trance family open its arms to guests, Trance lovers, artists and visitors and gives a new light to a city’s ordinary clubbing scene. Most support comes from local people, who increasingly attend Om Project parties at Home Club. This greatly differs from other Asian countries, where mainly tourists and foreigners are the ones promoting and organizing Trance parties.
The scene is still small and familiar, but it has grown over the years and it keeps attracting people who are interested in experiencing a different atmosphere when clubbing in Singapore. The new crowd shows that more and more people listen to and love dancing Trance music in this city, a meeting place and crossroads of cultures in Asia.
Singapore ( chinese: Xīnjiāpō; Malay: Singapura; Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர், Cingkappūr), officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, lying 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator, south of the Malaysian state of Johor and north of Indonesia‘s Riau Islands.
At 710.2 km2 (274.2 sq mi), Singapore is a microstate and the smallest nation in Southeast Asia. This is substantially larger than Monaco and Vatican City, the only other surviving sovereign city-states. The population of Singapore including non-residents is approximately 4.86 million. Singapore is highly cosmopolitan and diverse with Chinese people forming an ethnic majority with large populations of Malay, Indian and other people. English, Malay , Tamil, and Chinese are the official languages. Singapore is a parliamentary republic, and the Constitution of Singapore establishes representative democracy as the nation’s political system.