Hugely popular Singaporean club ZOUK has allegedly interrupted Egyptian DJ’s Aly and Fila so that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s son Norashman could play his own set.
The incident which allegedly occurred last Saturday, has since been disputed by Zouk’s facebook page, but DJ Fila (Fadi Wassef Naguib) has maintained that they were asked to stop their set by Zouk’s new owner so that Norashman could play. A video showing us Fila’s speech after he was asked to stop has gone viral over the past day or so.
You can watch the video below:
The popular DJ’s had this to say via facebook:
“The start of a great night that didn’t end so well:
First of all Zouk Singapore has been one of my favorite clubs in the world, so sad that my last time playing there ended this way. Before you go through my statement plz remember that I can’t blame Zouk in general as there are a lot of great people working there from audio engineer to VJs etc….
I will make it really easy and clear with a list of facts:
1-my contracted set time was 1:30 – 3:30
2-Zouk’s new owner was hosting a “VIP” guest (the Malaysian PM son)
3-I arrived at Zouk at 1:00 am and had a quick interview.
4-Byden who works for Zouk and who takes care of the artists and the night in general told me I can play until the end. I can finish 4:15 and then play an extra 15 minutes more.
5-I went to the DJ booth they introduced me to the the “VIP Guest” and the new owner of Zouk.
6-started my set at 1:40
7-at 3:30 Byden came to me and asked me if I m willing to play back 2 back with that “VIP” guest and my answer was simple:”no way”
8-I continued playing then 15 mins after Byden came to me and he told me that I will have to stop as the new owner wants the “VIP guest” to play.
There was no misunderstanding!!! And instead of apologizing, Zouk keeps posting those lame statements and articles trying to get away with it.
My advice to Zouk:
1-never disrespect artists who helped you build your brand. I m not saying I built their brand, just talking in general. They need to respect their residents and local talents and their international guests.
2-try to fire your new owner smile emoticon
3-fire the PR team
4-admitting your mistake is Brave, but you aren’t.
I did what I did to defend my right as a human being not as a famous DJ or whatever. I was insulted and I reacted. I didn’t expect that it would go viral like that, but this is what I call Karma. I just wanted to let our fans who payed money to see me know the reason why I stopped my set and I didn’t play the 3 hours like every time I have been there.
Fadi Wassef aka Fila from Aly & Fila”
Zouk initially said “With regards to last night’s incident that happened at the end of Aly and Fila’s set, we would like to clarify that it was all over a misunderstanding. We respect all our artists and make it a point to ensure that all artists are able to complete their sets without interference. We have reached out to their management and will be releasing an official statement shortly. Zouk values and respects the performances of all our International artists.” This post came under intense scrutiny by social media users and music enthusiasts alike. Later on they made an addition to their statement . “Following up from our previous announcement pertaining to Aly & Fila’s gig at Zouk on Saturday night, Zouk would like to clarify that DJ Fadi (Fila) was not at any point of time asked to end his set prematurely before the contracted set end time of 3.30am.
Zouk has constantly held our invited artists in esteem and respect their works. We understand that this incident has resulted in some discontent and disappointment but would like to give the assurance that Zouk will continue to value the importance and presence of all artists and our customers, and their interests.”
There have been articles reporting that the PM’s son did not cause the interruption as the Dj’s contract was only up to 3.30 am. This is a fair argument, although may of Zouk’s guest DJ’s have been known to play past their time schedule/
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