Widely known as the frontman of highly-acclaimed local rock outfit Electrico, Dave Tan also does a fair share of DJ-ing. Under the guise of Hook, he has been dropping his eclectic selection of disco-infused house, deep house and a touch of rock ’n’ roll whenever the mood hits. Having helmed the decks at KPO, House@Dempsey, Tanjong Beach Club and La Maison, he is currently residing at Singapore’s highest club, Ku Dé Ta. Every Wednesday and Thursday at the club and Friday to Saturday at the Skybar, catch Hook as he drops seminal grooves and old school favorites. “I’ve got A.D.D so you’d be hard pressed to find me playing one genre for a prolonged period of time,” he says. “I love to mix it up anyway and I try to keep an interesting flow and energy going depending on the situation of the room.”
Hook’s Top 5 Selections
Depeche Mode “Nothing”
The grooves and arpeggios in this track are so quintessentially Mode and so damn groovy, it has heaps of attitude and flows very nicely into a lot of the dreamwave stuff that I play nowadays.
Hall & Oates “Rich Girl”
White guys with so much soul, this was their first number one hit back in the day and it’s a meaningful, feel good soul-blues popper. I love to end my sets with stuff like this to ease you out of electronica. Like a nice sorbet.
Tears For Fears “Working Hour”
Songwriting at its best. Complex yet simple and very emotive. TFF will always be an inspiration to me.
Sebestien Tellier “La Ritournelle (Jake Bullit Remix)”
A classic funk jazz number with beautiful haunting vocals; perfect for sunsets. However the Jake Bullit remix stuffs it with some major fat groove and rhythm with a dirty modulated funk-filled bassline to boot. It’s a pimp version. Very sweet.
Massive Attack “Unfinished Sympathy (Kamouflage Loves Fred Mix)”
An amazing deep remix of a Massive classic. A nice ride through tribal grooves and funky percussions to an explosion of ambient melodic vocals in true Massive Attack fashion … then back to the beats. Shiok.