Monday, July 25, 2011

Spin Masters 2 - Generation gap : Tea Dance

I was invited to see the production of Spin Masters 2 at the Zouk KL on one fine Saturday on invitation of the production company, Kyanite TV. It was interesting due to several reasons including that I never seen a reality television production (or maybe any TV production for that matter). The Spin Masters 2 which is has been shown on Astro Hitz and kinda on repeat every day since Wednesday, 20th July 2011 was won by DJ Ramsay (the guy in the green t-shirt in all the photos) from Penang who played an amazing set.

During the event, I was seated among the media and in the middle of it, I had a conversation with a journalist from Fluxxed magazine which covers nightlife events and she was covering the event due to the unique nature of the competition and the main prize being a trip to the Ministry of Sounds in United Kingdom for the winner to spin and show his prowess there for an hour.

When the conversation steered towards tea dance, I immediately feel the generation gap when she asked me "What is tea dance?". I bet not many young Malaysians know what is the concept of tea dance which is quite popular during the 80s and 90s. 

It was an afternoon discotheque sessions which allowed schoolkids in Klang Valley to come into discos (as it was then known and not clubs like what it is known now) and basically have a good time. It will starts around 3pm and would lead up to 7pm, just before the real disco session for adults starts. One of the best well-known discotheque in town was located in the recently announced to-be-taken-down Atria, Picaddily. Picaddilly did try to make a comeback in 2006 but it didn't take off.

From that conversation, I realised that we have moved towards a new era of clubbing with table in the middle of floors and people drinking hard liquor which can never be afforded by schoolchildren. I am not sure whether it is a good thing or just a phase in how to get wasted as fast as possible era.

And from what I heard about tea dance, it is still in existence but nowadays it is serving a different kind of crowd. The maids and construction workers on their day-off on weekends.

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