We don’t know where the name comes from but we’re guessing that it has something to do with the hyperactive DJ, producer, promoter and designer’s blinkand- you’ll-miss-him persona. Never still for more than a few seconds, Blink, born Lau Hoe Yin in Malaysia not so many moons ago, is constantly gorging on information, filling his head with as many bytes as possible. It’s a sound that’s reflected in the infectious upbeat mix of everything of anything that his wildly diverse sets have become known for.
He may have his own web-community and has kick-started a movement in fashion but it really is all about the music for DJ Blink. Inspired by the rave scene that was exploding in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the end of the 1990s, Blink picked up a pair of decks and started messing with some of the big progressive house tunes that were throwing hands in the air at the time.
At the same time he was being pulled by the sheer energy and technical wizardry of the hip hop turntablists and he turned his attention to that scene, developing a cut n paste style that saw him finish as runner-up at the Vestax scratch Competition in both 2002 and 2003. Naturally, he wanted to bring his two loves – hip hop and house – together and it wasn’t long before Blink was the most promising young breakbeats jock on the Malaysian scene. In 2004 he scored a surprise win at Heineken Music Thirst, to rave reviews from guest headliner Tiesto, and was able to use the boost it gave him to secure his first breaks residency at KL superclub Zouk, often appearing at breaks nights at Zouk’s sister club in Singapore. For most DJs that would have been the end of the story: his own night, occasional international gigs and time for the odd production; for many jocks that would have been enough. But in the same way that he drew energy from hip hop and progressive house at the same time, he was also looking at the electro scenes happening in London and New York – nights like Erol Alkan’s infamous Trash. “We were inspired by the whole indie electro movement,” he explains. “I would go to Twilight Action Girl [KL’s leading indie night] every Friday to jam with my friend Xu That inspired us to put on a small night called Mis-Shapes, inspired by New York’s The Misshapes.”
It wasn’t until they moved venues and rechristened the night Lapsap (meaning rubbish in Cantonese) that it really started to take off. Styled as private parties, Lapsap lit the touch-paper on one of Malaysia’s most exciting emerging cultures, as a small group of trend setters have grouped around the night’s trash aesthetic, defining their own inimitable style, fashion and attitude. A Lapsap dance floor is a riot of outrageous costumes and neon hair, while Xu and Blink spin just about any twisted track they can get their hands on.