BASH represents the future of late nightclub entertainment in Bangkok and aims to lead the trends and set the NEW standard for a true international “clubbing culture” that incorporates the latest in club style, weekly over the top themed parties and events, International superstar DJ’s, and a wide variety of high-energy music styles all set in a spectacular environment over multiple floors.
The striking all new BASH nightclub is a futuristic spaceage themed venue, featuring a glass / steel retro style NYC elevator to take you up to the VIP seating on all 3 floors, for “AFTERHOURS” bottle service. A balcony-style (V.I.P. mezzanine) 2nd floor overlooks the dance floor and l.e.d. DJ booth below. Mirrors and dimly-lit walls highlight the V.I.P. table areas. The luxury goth seating is made of studded silver and gold leathers. Finally, floor 3’s hip-hop arena transports you to a completely different environment like a solid Gold bling bling spaceship! 4 huge golden domed ceilings, golden walls, danceplatforms and stadium sound and lighting that will shake your soul.
Floors 1 and 2 (V.I.P. Mezzanine) will BASH out house beats and floor 3 will mash-up Hip-Hop and R&B. Grand entrance to BASH is located street level next to The Australian Pub & BBQ.
BASH is positioned to prove to be the new late nightclub venue of choice, for the city’s nocturnal butterflies, and who’s who’ of Bangkok and the region.
Carnival Cruise lines have linked up with World Famous DJ Irie (Miami Heat) to bring a new program that puts the FUN in FUNShip 2.0. Led by a team of the top accomplished DJ Instructors; DJ Vertigo (Miami Marlins), DJ Ro Parrish (Dallas Mavericks) and DJ Dean Michaels, Spiniversity, is a professional training course to re-vamp the nightlife on the ships, bringing the experience of nightclubs with the high energy entertainment of arenas.
“This is a great opportunity to be apart of. We worked hard to put this together. Our standard is top level entertainment and our job is make sure every DJ and ship deliveries above that standard.” – Dean Michaels
DJ Dean Michaels is also available for private events. He has recently teamed up the most premier entertainment and event design groups in South Florida. Rock With U Entertainment.
Inspired by daring ideas to originate the concept of interactive entertainment. Rock with U goes beyond majestic accommodations to set the stage for a truly unparalleled experience. Each event offers a multitude of ways to express the message you wish to convey to your guests. You and your guests enjoy a dynamic interactive environment providing excitement as well as unforgettable moments. We invite you to experience our cutting edge entertainment that will have anticipation transformed into reality.
The Rock With U brand stands for a new concept of entertainment, one that engages guests by inviting participation and expression. Social and corporate events alike require meticulous attention to set themselves apart from the others. Rock With U weaves together cutting edge entertainment, contemporary décor, fashion, and technology. Inviting you and your guests top explore a vibrant new kind of immersive, interactive experience. Imagination and creativity are more than welcome.
In cased you missed it. Check out the recap of Disco Fever held at Blue Martini Fort Lauderdale. It was INSANE!!!
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
I’ve been hearing a lot people complain about the party scene lately and how it really has went down hill. So, as a person who has been in this for most of his life and has seen some of the best and worst times, I’m going to give you a little crash course of why this is happening.
There’s been a lot of DJ’s saying that the game is messed up because all these new “DJ’s” went out, bought laptops, and are going to clubs playing for free or pretty close to it. Now I have nothing against new DJ’s. I was one and I support anyone trying to get into this game. But there are dues that need to be payed and skills that need to be established before a DJ is ready to play a certain venue. If I buy a basketball, I’m not ready to play in the NBA. Now if I played in middle school, high school, college, semi pro, then NBA, I’d be ready. Same goes for clubs. In my eyes, night clubs should be like the NBA in regards to the talent. They used to be and now they are not even close. Club owners, who most of the time don’t pay attention to the music, and really just care about one thing, money, except this poor quality and in turn hire these guys because they feel it’s more important to save a couple hundred dollars then it is to have a good night.
Recently, I went out to this really big club at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL, no need to say the name, but it was one of the 20 they have there. Place was packed. It’s always packed. When I go out, I usually go into the rooms and hear how the DJ’s are, look and listen to the crowd reaction. There was a lot of disappointment. People were literally saying, “This DJ is horrible.” How does no one notice? The DJ in the booth looks down, sees a packed crowd, sees people dancing, and is thinking, yeah I’m rocking this party. This is also what his friend, that is standing next to him at the booth, is telling him the whole time, and after and every time he’s hanging out with him. We call it “Gassing” him up. The owner, who is sitting in the back room, sound proof office, or at his house, does not care what people are feeling like or how bad the DJ just train wrecked the last mix. They, at the end of the night, collect, count, and check their numbers and money. They are business men, not music experts. Now a location like the Hard Rock will always be busy. It’s a tourist spot with nice venues and no matter what the DJ plays people are going to dance to it. Why? Because they have no other option. When I went to this place, it was my friends birthday. There was over 20 people and we had about 5-6 bottles. Like the music or not, we’re dancing. This is the same scenario all over the club. There’s a thousand people there. You just waited on line, payed to get in, bought drinks, or bought a table. There is no way you are leaving because of the music, which might not be horrible, but definitely not what this type of club should deliver.
So what happens when you have a club that isn’t at the Hard Rock and is a smaller venue that has to fight a little harder to get and keep their crowd? People come to your place, they have a drink or two, maybe even party all night. Then walk out and say, well it’s nice there but the music was really bad. So as a venue, you might get the customer to come out again. You could have good drink specials or free admission, and they’ll come hoping that maybe it was just a bad DJ that time. Low and behold it wasn’t and the music is bad again. So this time that they came out, would be their last. This pattern continues and spreads throughout your crowd. Your numbers start going down, you think its promoters, or the nights, or the bartenders, management, security, and no one thinks of the obvious. The MUSIC.
There are only two reasons why people go to clubs. To drink and to dance. Yes, to meet people, but it’s while you’re drinking and dancing. There are only two people that can service those needs. Bartender, for the drinks, and DJ, for the music. Have hot bartenders that serve good drinks and DJ’s that play good music and your venue will be successful. Throughout my career I’ve worked in all types of venues. I’ve seen dive bars that have had parties last for 10 years and million dollar clubs last for 6 months. Why? Drinks and Music. The DJ is the most important part of the night. Period. No matter what the venue is, for the most part, if the music is good, people are staying and drinking. That is the goal. This is a business. It’s entertainment, but still a business. Take sports. You can have the best arena, free parking, gifts when you walk in, discounts on food, promotions, marketing campaigns, and be in the heart of the city. But in the end, fans do not go to games when the team is loosing or when the players are not exciting to watch. It’s that simple. Or is it?
How do clubs not realize that their music is bad? Again, usually there is one person that makes that decision and that’s the guy that never listens to the music or is worried more about counting the register, staff, bills, and everything else besides what’s being played. It’s not only the club owners fault. Sometimes the owner understands he/she has no idea about music, so they hire someone to run that department. Great. Unless, the person you hire to run your music was a successful DJ, who was successful for playing the types of genres needed for your venue, that person will just hire either his friends or other DJ’s that play similar to his style which didn’t work when he use to play it and still doesn’t work now. You don’t hire an Asian chef to run the kitchen in your Italian restaurant.
Point is this. People need to stop excepting this low quality. If a DJ is bad, tell the owner, tell the manager, and complain about the music. Find DJ’s that you do like. Follow them, support them, request them. They are your team. You need to know that when you go out, Your DJ will make sure that you are dancing, drinking, meeting people, and having a good time all night. Yes, Your DJ is very important, so do not except any lower standards. You wouldn’t do it if you had a business and a bad employee, if you went to a restaurant and had a bad chef, or if you had a team with a bad player. Club owners, you too, have to stop excepting low quality. There are plenty of great DJ’s out there and yes they do cost money. With everything, you get what you pay for. Do your research, pay attention, ask your crowd and staff. Because in the end the MUSIC will make or break your night.
One of the final nights, for the April tour in Phuket, was at the beautiful beachside lounge Stereo Lab. Resident DJ Tommy T and myself went on a full on head to head house battle. All great fun. The crowd was enjoying every second. It’s great to link up with DJ’s that you can just walk in the booth, connect, and put on a successful show. Looking forward to returning for Round 2!
Besides being Sokran, Thai New Years, which included a massive all day water fight throughout the streets of Thailand, the other big party was for my good friend, business partner, and Twitter King @MrScottEddy- Follow him! This night was not only packed but also some good fun with friends. I had the pleasure of tag teaming the DJ booth with Asia’s #1 Female DJ Celeste Siam. She was rockin the house, I was on the hip hop, and the crowd was on their feet! We made a great team and we’re currently setting up a future tour together. Look out for this one! Big thanks to one of the best GM’s in the biz, Tal Derhy, for putting the night together.
We kicked off the week at, one of Phukets largest venues, Famous Nightclub with a Biker Bash! Throughout Thailand, if you have a motorcycle you’re driving it down and showing it off all over Phuket. The night was a big success and leather was everywhere! After testing my first Thai crowd, and receiving a great welcome, I was excited for the upcoming events.
After spending the past 3 years in Miami, I get a phone call from my business partner / International Manager @MrScottEddy, currently living in Phuket, Thailand. Pack your bags…you’re coming to Thailand. Just coming off of WMC and Ultra week down in Miami, my weekly residencies, and high-end private event business booming, I asked myself…am I able to leave everything and go 10,000 miles across the world to a place I’ve never been? After 13 years in this business, I realized one thing, when opportunity knocks you better answer cause you might not get it again. The only hesitation was am I able to get into the country. Coming off of last months situation that happened to me in London, when I got denied at the border and sent back, forced to cancel my tour, I was not about to travel 25 hrs to the other side of the world to turn around again. I was assured that immigration at Phuket Airport is a little more welcoming the Heathrow, London. I arrived 5 days ago and already my life has changed. First, Thailand is an all around beautiful place if not one the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. From the amazing scenery, delicious food, to the inexpensive living and warm peaceful people. You fall in love from the minute you step foot here. But down to the real reason for the venture and that is work…or should I say play. Currently, we are working out the final details for my Asian tour, featuring places such as Macao, Singapore, Dubai, Australia, Malayasia, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. I’m excited to travel around Asia, but more excited to play some of the top venues in the world and share my music with cultures I’ve never explored before. As an artist, or someone that has a creative talent, you constantly want to grow and develop. I’m trying to be worldwide with my business and to be worldwide you need to be accessible to the world. There’s a great future here for me and I’m ready to give it all I have. I will be living in Phuket, Thailand for the month of April, with residency at one of the largest venues, Famous NightClub. Then moving to Bangkok in May which will be my central location for work and travel. Hi Asia, my name is DJ Dean Michaels, get ready!
Download DJ Dean Michaels latest mix Spin Class. “This was literally inspired when I was working out. I saw people in a spin class an felt they could use a sound track.” Perfect for your ipod. Click on link and enjoy!
Hard Rock Casino knows how to open their new Garage with a Smash! Over 3,000 people were in attendance. I played with Rock With U Entertainment’s- FUSION band. Started the night gathering everyone into the Ballroom were we entertained the invited guests. After organizing, we began to bus the huge crowd out to new garage. Setup were over 2,400 guitars, waiting to be smashed at the same time to set a new Guiness book world record. Fireworks, dancers, world records, even Huey Lewis and the News performed! The event was great, record was made, and the garage is officially open for parking!
Recently, Dean Michaels hosted a private event for the valued costumers of Victoria Secret. Costumers were allowed in the store after hours for a private holiday shopping experience we’re they were given special discounts and prizes.
“I arrived at Bongos. There’s a certain feeling I get when I walk into a new venue. I check out the decor, how the bar is setup, where’s seating, how does the staff look, operations, and of course the sound system. Yep…everything is perfect.” The event started out with the red carpet outside, leading into the main down stairs area. Dean Michaels was setup on the VIP rooftop area, were he was accompanied by the Estefan family. Other celebrities included John Secada, Lili Estafan, Jennifer Finnegan, Jonathan Silverman and more. Though it was cold outside, the event was a huge success thanks to the cb5 Group. Once the warm weather returns, Dean will be returning to the rooftop frequently. DJ Dean Michaels Bongo’s Mix is available to download below.
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Sassy, yet soulful; Fresh, yet unforgettable- At just 23, singer-songwriter JILLIAN VALENTINE has become a name familiar to many. Creating catchy pop hooks over a variety of rock, blues, & soul, topped with well-crafted, charmingly honest lyrics, her songs are a breath of fresh air in today’s music scene. As if her songwriting skills weren’t enough, it’s Valentine’s sultry, soulful voice that captivated her audience and keeps them hooked to her unique sound and style.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music (John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge, Gavin DeGraw) in Boston, Valentine studied voice, songwriting, guitar, and piano with some of the best musicians/professors in the industry. Musically raised on multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters like Sheryl Crow and Ryan Adams, she considered it crucial to learn both guitar and piano to aide in the songwriting process, as well as to become a better musician and performer.
Post Berklee and Boston, Valentine has since moved to New York City. She is currently in the studio recording her debut album, which has an expected release date for Fall 2009. She’s unsigned.
Listen to Jillian Valentine’s music, on the Home Page Playlist, leave a comment and let her know what you think.