Young club DJs attract full-house crowds

Young club DJs attract full-house crowds
Up and coming DJs (from far left) Lincey, Atran, Zushan and Tinc.

A DJ knows he is popular when the club is at full capacity when he is on the decks. Also, he gets more free drinks from regular partygoers than he can consume.

Those things happen when Kate Yong, 22, hits the consoles.

The booze can get so overwhelming that she has to keep an empty cup behind the DJ console to pour unwanted liquor into - "because if it gets too much, I won't be able to DJ well".

The soft-spoken DJ, who has 1,000 followers on her Facebook fan page, tells Life! with a laugh: "I usually have people buying me drinks and it's the same drinks from regulars. I always accept the drinks out of courtesy."

The fresh-faced newbie, who goes by the DJ name Tinc, is fast becoming one of the most popular young DJs on the Singapore clubbing scene, packing in the crowds at nightclubs Dream at Clarke Quay and Mink at Pan Pacific Singapore.

She joins a new wave of DJs aged 25 and below with a sizeable following at popular nightspots. The others are Asian-American DJ Atran (Alex Tran), 25, who spins at Fenix Room at Clarke Quay and Mink; DJ Zushan (Benedict Teo), 25, at The Butter Factory at One Fullerton; and DJ Lincey (Elvin Lin), 22, at Zouk.

These deck jocks are active on social media - putting up their tracks on Soundcloud, Facebook and their personal websites - and have a growing group of online followers as well as loyal regulars who go to see them spin every week.

Tinc is known for her rambunctious stage persona, getting up from behind the console and climbing atop the dance platform to invigorate the crowd.

Whenever she spins her rousing remixes of commercial hits and big-room house tunes, she receives free drinks from her supporters and gets hit on by smitten male clubbers.

Clubgoer Nicholas Ng is among her supporters. The 29-year-old client account manager in the real estate industry says that since he got to know about Tinc half a year ago, he has been going to Dream regularly to see her spin. They have also become friends.

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