Gab Rhome: My Asia Tour Diary

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
June 11, 2019

Gab Rhome: My Asia Tour Diary

With releases on highly coveted labels, and tracks like last summer’s soundtrack “Do Not Grill Inside” (All Day I Dream), French-Canadian DJ/producer Gab Rhome has undoubtedly already been one of 2019’s stand-out artists.

Based in Paris and Montreal, the young artist’s talents and passions don’t stop at his music; he brings an exceptional personal style and individual sense of fun to all areas of his life. As well as quick-fire releases on All Day I Dream, Anjunadeep, Last Night On Earth, Kindisch, Gab has appeared at Burning Man, Tomorrowland, Nocturnal Wonderland Festival (US), Anjunadeep/ADID showcases, Heart Ibiza, and Abracadabra (Scorpios Mykonos). He’s the jewel in dreamy house music’s crown.

With North America and Asia tours already behind him for 2019, Gab was nice enough to share his Asia Tour diary with us, narrating some of the highlight moments of his stops in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand!

This was taken in Singapore. I always thought that my skills were alright, until the waitress discretely slipped a fork next to me. I guess my skills are not as good as I thought and it was a great way to start the tour: it reminded me that I may think I know the area a lot, but I actually don’t. It’s always good to check your ego when you travel because it leaves you in a position in which you can absorb a lot more of the culture around you.

I spent 2.5 days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and I ate at this outdoor stand twice. Needless to say that they didn’t accept credit cards. Food is an important door that leads straight into a culture’s heart. I always try to find at least one place to eat that is a bit more on the humble side of the force when I travel. No ‘’pseudo-fusion-deconstructed’’ meal there. I washed my hands and dug in my plate fingers first. I was lucky enough to sit next to someone willing to talk to a stranger. Malay food has a lot of different influences but is also very unique, just like its people!

My last day in Tokyo! I love this country, some parts of it can make you feel like you’re in the 2000s of an 80’s sci-fi movie. It’s really hard to describe the place but I was lucky enough to be there while the sakuras were blossoming. I first was slightly apprehensive of it because I was expecting some kind of tourist trap event. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much of a special moment it was for the locals. In most places I’ve been to look at them, it was mostly Tokyokko that were celebrating. It was a perfect day for psychedelics.

The day after the show in Tokyo, the promoter and I went to the Sento, aka a Japanese communal baths. It is apparently a tradition to visit these after a long day of work. I was very happy to see so many young people visiting the Sento, keeping the tradition alive. It was the first time I got naked with a promoter and hopefully not the last.

I don’t know why I find this so cute.

This was my workspace in between some gigs. Some well-deserved rest in Koh Phangan after flying pretty much everyday. Quite the inspiring view to reply to emails and work on arrangements. The island is also quite ace, Koh Phangan seems to be a little hippie haven resisting the over-commercialization of its sister island (Koh Samui).

Gab Rhome & Mark Alow ‘Bob Fossil’ is out now on Bar25

Look out for his track ‘Salmo Salar’ with Evren Furtuna, out 21st June on Saisons

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