A DJ Collective who took their name from a wrestling duo, Midnight Rockers are getting people onto the dance floor while having lots of fun at the same time.
Mr Black/Roland Ngoi, Mark Graey/Mark Tsi and Kid Villain/Razi Razak are the three DJs who make up Midnight Rockers. Roland and Mark met way back and were involved in organizing kick ass shows called Renovation parties back from 1999 to 2001. Razi got to know them in 2003 when he was organizing live music gigs with the Rockstar Collective.
I caught up with Razi to talk about Midnight Rockers and the latest Rockstar Collective’s series of gigs.
When was Midnight Rockers formed and what was the idea behind it?
Actually, Midnight Rockers only formed recently last December. It was for the three of us to actually be in a team together and dropping tracks that we love. The idea was very simple – 3 DJs and a heartbeat.
Who are in Midnight Rockers and how did you all meet?
Midnight Rockers are Mr Black/Roland Ngoi, Mark Graey/Mark Tsi and me, Kid Villain/Razi Razak. Roland and Mark met way back and they were involved in organizing great parties called Renovation parties way back in 1999-2001. I met them in 2003 when I was doing a lot of band shows back then with The Rockstar Collective.
Why the name Midnight Rockers?
Basically I got the name Midnight Rockers from the duo, wrestling tag team The Rockers, way before they were called Midnight Rockers. I love the style they wrestle with and they were always partying hard too. I guess the name just got stuck and we all love it. Plus the fact that none of us are early sleepers, we figured that it fit us perfectly.
Who are your influences and inspiration?
I would say a lot of us get our influences from Singapore's party scene. We just love the vibe, the party people, the amazing communications and networking. A lot of the local DJs inspire us too especially Loopinmotion, Roy and Ming from Home Club. We are lucky to be around them to see and learn what they do best, it’s simply amazing to be able to experience that.
How would you describe the music that Midnight Rockers play?
Each of us has different taste in dance music but the thing is that because of our understanding through our friendship, it’s easier to combine our influences from disco, electro house and minimal techno.
What's a Midnight Rockers' party like?
I would say that we love to turn on the crowd. We always appreciate the people and friends who attend to our parties. And we always love the dancers and we love to the dance too.
Do you think the club audience has changed since the 1990s? If yes, how so?
I think in any music genre, especially the dance scene, there’s been really good progression. We have a lot of clubs now who are open to any genres in dance music and with the amount of big and known DJs coming in and out every weekend, everywhere. It’s alive and good.
What are your favourite venues to play in?
Of course, Home Club. Personally I grew up there. To have and run parties there is a perfect match for the Midnight Rockers.
Tell us about your upcoming show and why we should be there.
Our next show will be on the May 20, Thursday at Home Club. We have our nights on every first and third Thursday of every month. Only be there if you are rocking it! Are you?
What is Rockstar Collective up to these days?
Rockstar Collective will be teaming up with Home Club to produce and program a new series of live shows called I-den-ti-te. I-den-ti-te aims to bring on different genres of local bands into a gathering experience. It’ll serve as a platform to escalate new and young talents, and going forth, provide branding music capabilities. This new series of programming will entice freshness and depth in accordance to awareness within the local music scene, whether it’s from the roots of Punk and Hardcore or the progression of Post rock and IDM to the commercial value of Pop or the swinging beats of Jazz. This series of pure friendship and music will fill your needs every other Friday evenings at Home Club. It’s like an introduction of what dreams are made of.
Rockstar Collective's I-den-ti-te will be playing on Friday May 14, 9pm, at the Home Club.
About Patrick Chng
Forever young at heart, Patrick Chng loves going to gigs and checking out Singapore bands. He has also been playing in bands since the late 1980s, writing about music and being an important mover and shaker in the Singapore indie music scene. When he's not checking out or playing gigs, he's at home playing with his guitars and updating his Facebook.