Singapore takes its food seriously. Here, food isn’t just fuel – it’s an indulgence, it’s self-care. And for some of our island’s coolest musicians, it’s also an opportunity to imbibe the good vibes from the communal affair of dining out.
Offtrack is the brainchild of DJ Dean Chew of Darker Than Wax (left) and Daniel O’Connor, the co-founder of music collective Ice Cream Sundays.
In the past month, rapper Yung Raja, and the DJs, KoFlow, Dean Chew (of Darker Than Wax) and Daniel O’Connor (of Ice Cream Sundays), have ventured into F&B territory, launching their own dining concepts that serve cuisines ranging from Indian-Mex to modern Japanese fare.
Acclaimed turntablist DJ KoFlow (left) and his business partner Amos Poh opened Honcho in the quaint Ann Siang enclave in Feb.
More than just a place to eat, they each stressed that these destinations are extensions of themselves as artists the many creative hats they wear. Indeed, you can find a semblance of a club, a social lounge and a creative factory in way or another in these venues.
“That’s when people will start to love it,” explains the rapper Yung Raja who had also launched a streetwear line called Peace Oeuvre last August.
Yung Raja’s labour of love, The Maha Co., shares his mother’s thosai recipe passed down through the generations.
“They can tell when you’re trying to force something. There’s a certain level of fluidity in how the universe works, and I just try to align myself to it and do what comes to me naturally.”
Ahead, we speak to Yung, DJ KoFlow and Chew on what you can expect when you step into these spaces.
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