Bass Republic is a famous underground dance music party in Ho Chi Minh City and we still remember the crazy night with Tha Trickaz before Lunar New Year 2018. Loop Central had the opportunity to have an exclusive interview with one of founders of Tha Trickaz, DJ/Producer iRaize.
Tha Trickaz is one of the talented Vietnamese-French artists in the international music industry for quite a while. The passion for music came to them early and fortunately, both iRaize and Pho found each other as great partners and companions.
iRaize, also known as Thu being his Vietnamese, can speak a bit of Vietnamese and is also very friendly artist who agreed to talk to us!
What’s the thing first comes to your mind when you think of Vietnam?
Best food in the world!
How do you think about Vietnamese music scene after all these years?
It’s been growing really fast. First time we came to Vietnam to perform, the crowd was 90% expats and 10% local Vietnamese kids. Nowadays, 10 years later, it’s the complete opposite, the crowd is now full of Vietnamese kids who’s actually enjoying our music and know about bass music culture. DJing & clubbing culture have been growing a lot lately by locals, and now kids are starting to produce as well, they know about DAW and music softwares etc., so in the next couple of years we’ll probably witness lots of new Vietnamese bass music producers. Let’s hope so!
How did you meet Pho? And what made you team up?
We met at school when we were 12, so its a longtime friend story. We kind of grew up together, watching the same animes, listening to the same music, and one day we naturally decided to produce our own music ;)
You both have Vietnamese roots and currently living France. So what distinguishes Asians from the European dance music scene?
It’s really different, specially the crowd, because we actually didn’t meet many Vietnamese producers so far, thats’ why we’re waiting for all these newcomers producers to emerge.
We went to many clubs in Vietnam, and the funny things is that Vietnamese crowd enjoy having tables on the dance floor so they can drink, party and chill at the same place.
This is something you’ll never witness in Europe, we don’t have any tables on the dance floor, we have circle pits instead ;)