Zombies have taken over the Sentosa Wavehouse, where ZOMBIELAND: The Ultimate Zombie Party was held. The theme was warmly embraced by enthusiastic party-goers who were all dressed up with blood-spatters, ripped shirts and gory makeup with scars and gunshot wounds.
“Halloween parties are my favorite kind, along with beach and pool parties – so this is the ultimate mix of both!” said DJ Reid Stefan, the international music headliner of Zombieland. Reid needs no introduction. The 23-year-old New York City native is an up-and-coming name in the EDM industry, with over 60,000 subscribers on YouTube listening to his original hits and remixes. Now on his Asiant our, he stopped over from the Philippines on his way to Brazil next week. He recently signed with Island Def Jam records and is set to release more music next year. Until then, you can check out his music on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/reidstefan I caught him just before his 11pm set that night.
The dance floor filled up as Reid stepped up to the decks and started working his magic, laying in dance-friendly hits like Florence Welch’s vocals for “Sweet Nothing” with his own beats, building up to an epic bass drop. Reid also treated the crowd to some of his remixes, including an unexpected version of Katy Perry’s current single “Roar” remixed into a party-friendly dance track. Then, a whole bunch of party-goers climbed onto the stage, danced and threw glow sticks into the crowd. This revved up the energy as the entire beach pulsated with music.
I also caught up with DJ Stas, a collaborator with Massive Collective, who was playing later that night. What was he planning to play? “I didn’t prepare,” the open-format DJ admitted. “It could be one of any thousands of tracks, but probably progressive house, techno – anything EDM.” Stas is a regular face in Southeast Asia’s nightlife scene, playing at Mink and FENIX Room in Singapore and Vertigo in Kuala Lumpur most nights. What you might not be aware of is that he actually started off DJ’ing four years ago under the name DJ Ang Moh, but eventually reverted to his real name Stas. His musical style has also shifted during that time, as he used to be a singer in a punk-rock band in Australia, but switched to DJ’ing because it allowed him to share his diverse music interests with more people. Right now, he is leaning towards music production. He talked a little about his mash-ups on Soundcloud, including a K-Pop inspired one featuring G-Dragon: https://soundcloud.com/dj_stas
Stas also loved the idea of a zombie-themed party, where “everyone gets a little crazier when they put on the makeup, and allow themselves to break the rules a bit.” When I asked him if he was getting ‘zombified’, he said he was getting his zombie makeup on later. We happened to snap a picture of him with blood all over his face!
ZOMBIELAND is the brainchild of Fun Raisers, a new event company focusing on unique concept parties. Kendrick Wong and Sabrina Ooi are business partners freshly graduated from the Singapore Management University, where they use to organize parties for exchange students. They saw a niche in themed parties in Singapore’s nightlife scene and drew inspiration from the rising wave of themed runs like the Zombie Run and the ‘zombie craze’. “But why is everyone running?” asked Sabrina with a laugh. Zombieland turned out to be a unique spin on the generic Halloween party. Can we expect the party to return next year? Perhaps. Fun Raisers is looking to cement themselves with more concept parties and events, and Zombieland might just be back. Until then, the busy entrepreneurs are working on other projects. Sabrina is a DJ herself playing at the FENIX Room in Clarke Quay.