Indie Rock Music Grappas Hong Kong
All That Junk presents

an indie rock party of the ages
showcasing the some of hottest bands
in Southeast Asia

Featuring rock bands: Turing Apples & Shumking Mansion
Plus special guest band: Fuzzculture
& an indie music DJ set by Ze Macedo

Rolling Stone India said of Fuzzculture, “If you know how to start a party, you’re doing electronic music right…[Fuzzculture] are doing exactly that.”

So we’re put together some of the best electronic rock in Southeast Asia for you.
Learn more about the bands:
Turing Apples – https://youtu.be/nIdoOxbx5dk
Shumking Mansion – https://youtu.be/S31czGD8x9Y
Fuzzculture – https://youtu.be/L6JBHvDQp4M
DJ Ze Macedo – https://youtu.be/xgz8nMyY_dY?t=11s

Entrance w/one free drink:
$180 early bird
$200 regular
$250 at the door
Get into the party here –

Never-Ending Happy Hour: Hong Kong Pub Crawl

by Sandeep Sharma

So you’re new to Hong Kong – maybe you’re visiting for the weekend, maybe it’s a short holiday or maybe you’ve moved here for a typical white-collar job. On Google and by word of mouth from your Hong Kong long-timer friends you hear of Lan Kwai Fong. The name itself is quite a mouthful for a new expat yuppie, so you decide to venture out there with a friend of a friend to see what the nightlife is like. You’re drinking the 7-11 “Buy Two for $30” Apple ciders and being denied entry into Volar, Dragon I and basically any actual club. The streets are great but let’s face it, it’s full of either broke University kids or minors trying to Snapchat. That’s where Pub Crawl comes in – a guided tour through select bars and pubs in Hong Kong’s very own. With free shots at each of the selected seven bars of the night and discounted beers – it really serves as a vehicle for a newbie to venture out into Hong Kong and befriend expats and locals alike.

The night usually begins with some pre-gaming at the IFC rooftop followed by rounds through seven relatively decent quality pubs where there’s a free shot for every “Pub Crawler” and discounted drinks. The crowd of fresh blooded people -new to Hong Kong and still allowing the insane adrenaline of the city to sink into their skin – would remind anybody of their first few months in Hong Kong, where the parties ended at 8 am and more often than not, the mornings were spruced with a “walk of shame” and a wonderfully chirpy hangover. The relatively low price for joining ($100 HKD) unfortunately means that occasionally the crowd at the Pub Crawl may not be the best mannered or behaved lot.

The inherit problem with the pub-crawl is that it is truly something that suits the needs of visitors or the “once in a year” party animal – but not to those who are used to the debauchery which Hong Kong boasts of. While for a newbie it maybe nice to “get down” to some hip-hop at a bar with other “FOBs”, for those of us who know about the hyped clubs, ice bars and bunkers – it maybe a waste of money. The pubs selected are relatively obscure with the night ending with an entry to a decent dance club. This setting is ideal for the aforementioned people and truly it serves as a great way to introduce newbies into the decadence and moral dilemmas that Hong Kong so often puts us in. If the Pub Crawl actually went ahead and diversified itself to cater to the needs of the pseudo-party lovers then perhaps by expanding their base, they could cater to the varied needs of Hong Kong’s party animals.

After trying out the Pub Crawl, you might want to meet HK’s other party animals. Us! We’re partying for All That Junk‘s 1st Anniversary Party. Come join us 🙂

Sandeep’s Story of Dating

Sandeep’s Story of Dating in Hong Kong

 

By Sandeep Sharma

I came to Hong Kong with someone on my mind. Back home in India, I had the chance to meet an extremely sexy blue collared Indian pilot who worked in Hong Kong. He messaged me up on Grindr and even though there was a significant age gap we managed to hit it off. We spoke daily and met before he left for Hong Kong and I continued studying in India. There was chemistry and I thought I had found the guy I wanted.

When I came to Hong Kong, after talking to him everyday for four months, there was something strange. I met him randomly in LKF once after an intense night out with his friend and was invited for a post-party kebab. He acted strangely and continuously boasted of his sexual conquests of Asian and white women to his friend while being, for lack of better words, an asshole to me. I ended going home with him where he told me that he had decided to “turn” bisexual at the age of 30 because of family pressure. We slept on separate couches and I left the next morning before he woke up. He later told me that he had decided to make his life easier by turning bisexual (after being gay for 30 years) and that it would not work out as I was young and new to Hong Kong (it’s only when I look back now that I realize I was too immature to date anyone. I still had a lot to learn about myself).

It was then that I realized a trend in Hong Kong – Homosexuality was still a taboo and the people here were very conservative in that regard. Societal pressures and taboo were hindering the society. Over time, through numerous dates and random encounters I learnt about the societal hierarchy in the homosexual community in Hong Kong. This dense congested city played host to a small, dynamic and rather structured society where Grindr and Tinder were the norm and bars had become a play to socialize, not meet someone. The numerous active societies like “Out in Hong Kong’ shows that Hong Kong is trying to move towards being liberal though still being somewhat repressed.

As a gay expat “outsider” in the city it fascinates me to watch how the culture works. The psychology of the people – their love for rules, for hierarchy, their compliance, their fears and their joys – is something I love to delve into. The dates I’ve been on, the friends I made and the nights I found myself waking up at 8 am in someone’s house have had a significant impact on my life. If only I didn’t feel like a sampling platter – being the first Indian that most people have “been with.

The “Gay Scene” in Hong Kong is vibrant enough that you would know it existed after Googling “Gay Men Hong Kong”, but it neither has the courage or even the passion to match the standards set by London or New York. Maybe it’s just my narrow-sight but one can’t help but feel that the gay community in Hong Kong is a small, hierarchy filled society where the white males dominated the twinky Asian boys. I never really had a lot of gay friends, or any for that matter back home and that resulted in me being the only openly gay student amongst all my straight friends. Perhaps, it’s for that reason that I am not really able to mingle with the gay society in Hong Kong which results in my being alienated by the gay community of Hong Kong and I had came with the belief that Hong Kong boasted many more attractive blue collared gay single men who wanted nothing more than to date and/or hookup with a tall pretty Indian boy.

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Also listen to gay Hong Kong enthusiast and dj extraordinaire DJ Majiho on All That Junk’s YouTube channel. 

Who are Hong Kong’s Best Kept Musical Secrets?

Who are Hong Kong’s Best Kept Musical Secrets?

Part Two

 

   By Jamie Elizabeth Ho

There comes a point in every music seeker’s life, where what is readily available through the radio, YouTube and television, becomes stale. They begin to hear the same type of songs, and their musical journey stops at a standstill. This experience happens a little too frequently in Hong Kong. It dominates Hong Kong music especially in the bars surrounding LKF but All That Junk has found one of HK’s dirtiest DJ secrets, GHC.

GHC

Genre: Electronic/Hip-hop/Chill/GoodVibes

Musical Influences: Drake, Kanye West, KiD CuDi, Mike Posner, Ghost Style, DoughBoy, Lifehouse, Dashboard Confessional, The Fray, Coldplay, Bearson, Chainsmokers, Bee’s Knees and Tokimonsta.

Why is he one of HK’s Best Kept Musical Secrets?
GHC is definitely a talented dark house in the music scene since turning his musical talents from being a DJ to becoming a producer/singer-songwriter this year. Hearing the beats he creates gives me the chills, and a knowing that he is going to blow up and shake up the Hong Kong music industry in a big revolutionary way. It’s about time Hong Kong gets recognized for its creative musical talent and he has the potential to be an artist who will put Hong Kong on the global map of Music.

Fun fact: GHC is 24herbs’s rapper Ghost Style’s younger brother.

Favorite Hits: “Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings” ( I love how experimental he is as a producer, putting together sounds which you normally wouldn’t assume sounds good as a pair, but when you hear it, it just clicks. It’s got good vibes, a voice with a soul, what more could you ask for?)

“Infatuations” ( A solid track, filled with a great original soundtrack that has you feeling like you’re living your own music video. This track evoked and stirred emotions in me I never knew I had!)

His Message: “For me I feel love conquers everything; when you put your heart into an activity or produce music with love, people feel it. Whether I produce an emo (sad) song, or an upbeat song, the core component is love. I hope that people can connect with my songs and bring a little bit (if not a lot) of joy into their lives as it is a gift to and from the Universe.”

Where you can find him?
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ghcmusic
Instagram: @thelifeofghc

If you’re curiosity is peaked and you want to find more of Hong Kong’s music secrets, read about more of Jamie’s music discoveries and view the All That Junk YouTube for exclusive interviews with some of HK’s underground bands.

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