An evening with the Stanton Warriors in Phnom Penh.

Howdy Y’all,

Well I have been travelling for 5 weeks and have found music of what I would call good standard hard to find. Being in Siam Riep, I heard from a tout selling pub crawl tickets that the Stanton Warriors were in Phnom Penh on Saturday night in what was described as a “great” sound system. I was interested.

Stanton Warriors in Cambodia.

Stanton Warriors in Cambodia.

I bumped into a girl from Melbourne living here and she wholeheartedly agreed I should go. The first struggle I had was getting there. For the amount of Tuk Tuk drivers there are in this city, when i asked them to take me to “Code Red” they would mumble something back in muffled English and tell me this was not the best venue. That I should go to the “Special” bars, I would enjoy them more with good DJ’s. Starting to get how the hang of all this works, I knew what this meant, politely refused, but silently was getting more and more frustrated.

I finally found a motorbike that knew where I wanted to go. It was a cool way to go to a club. When I got outside I could not fathom how the Tuk Tuk drivers did not know where it was.

When I paid my $8 to get in, I was greeted by a wall of booming sound. This was a massive sound system. I thought my head was being pounded by a massive jackhammer. Even with my 20 db noise reducing ear plugs, my head felt like it had a vice around it whilst being pounded against the concrete.

Code Red inside.

Code Red inside.

The warm up DJ was doing a good job but I think the whole concept of warm up might have been slightly muddled theses days. It was banging, but good bass heavy, house/electo. Having a quick look at his setup, he was playing an Ableton live set with multiple tracks, so he was well prepared.

Stanton Warriors seemed pleased with the warm up DJ. The music stopped, and there was a big round of applause. Then the bass heavy house/breakbeat/cutting edge electronica started. It was a relief to hear great music

Some revellers enjoying the party

Some revellers enjoying the party

I can’t quote any songs just to say everyone was having a great time. As I had a few Vodkas, I then thought it was time to get into the VIP area. Which was behind the decks. I went up to the security guard and told him I was Elton Smith, naturally assuming he knew i was a big DJ and let me through. He stared at me blankly, not seemingly understanding when i was motioning a mix to him and also a jesus pose. He shook his head.. The only solution was to hit the bar and try again later. On my second attempt, there was no-one at the door so i slipped right on through.

Being with my DJ colleagues felt like home. I met a few high profile people but not the boys themselves, they were still busy on the decks.

Mixing from inside the VIP area.

Mixing from inside the VIP area.

Once done and meeting new friends, I decided I had had enough. I went outside and the old bloke on the motorbike was waiting for me. Easy

Stanton Warriors delivered high quality, bass heavy music. And I was back where I belonged.

Have you seen the Stanton Warriors? What did you think?

Cheers,
Elton.

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