From taking hits in the ring to matching beats on the deck, DJ ZIGZACH is not your average DJ. From his time on international reality TV series: The Contender Asia, to sharing the stage with the likes of Dubfire, Miss Kitten and Felix Da Housecat, ZIGZACH is definitely one of the top House DJ's in South East Asia.
We got the chance to sit and talk with him right before his performance at the EPIZODE music festival.
ADM: From Muay Thai Fighter to DJ, was there any major issues transitioning from one stage to the other?
ZZ: Hmm well I didn't think there was any trouble transitioning for me ? I've actually been DJing since I was 18 and started off with vinyls and turntables. However, I've always had my mind set on being a professional Muay Thai fighter so that was my priority and goal in life then.
Due to the intense training camps and lifestyle I couldn't really DJ much. They don't exactly go hand in hand! When I was free from the gruelling fight training, I would play at house parties or clubs and do it for fun mainly. So I've always been in the DJ scene from a young age, its only when I stopped fighting professionally that I started to DJ more regularly and it all snowballed into THIS?!
ADM: What would you say about the state of House and Techno in your home country of Singapore?
ZZ: The House & Techno scene is a vibrant one in SG and without a doubt we have one of the best scenes in S.E.A. We've had a very strong foundation and music culture since the old Zouk days. The clubs and pop up parties of today still feature International Guest DJs weekly and local DJs here travel regularly to play in clubs and festivals regionally.
ADM: What do you think can be done to improve the situation for House and Techno in Singapore?
ZZ: I think the local radio needs to dedicate time for other genres of electronic music and subcultures. I remember growing up and tuning in to X'Ho playing experimental stuff, Drum and Bass and other genres of music on 98.7.
Right now its just constant bad music on the airwaves. There needs to be a way to reach the youth of today and to start them listening to quality music and to find out about the underground culture. Otherwise we're gonna end up with a tacky bottle popping culture and generation forever. Yuck!
ADM: So how do you feel playing at Epizode again this year?
ZZ: I'm flattered to be booked again by Epizode. It really ticks all the boxes for me when it comes down to a festival.
Last year I was given the Sunrise set, and It was my first sunrise set ever and it was MAGICAL!! You can't explain it but DJing to music lovers and people who know their shit is one of the most satisfying feelings for a DJ.
This year is my second time playing at Epizode and I'm just happy to get the call back and I hope to keep getting called back to this amazing festival as long as I'm on top of my game.
ADM: Could you tell us what’s next for Zigzach?
ZZ: For DJing, I would like to try and play abroad more this year. I took quite a step back as I was doing a load of events in 2018 and I really didn't have time to DJ.
Events wise, I'm going to focus a bit more on the Island Escape project as I see a lot of potential in it. I'm also looking at doing events in Bali and maybe Jakarta this year too.
Of course the occasional pop up party in SG under my Blackout Agency.
Lastly, I'm also working on a very cool project with a friend which I think will be a game changer for the region. Very excited about it actually, but I've gotta keep it off the record till things are finalized.
You can find DJ Zigzach at his various social media links below