How to get a dance studio licence in Thailand
By Simon Collier-Jones The dance studio business in Thailand is booming and with it, a new breed of entrepreneur who wants to bring dance to the masses.
A new wave of entrepreneurs is trying to create a new generation of businesses and this time, the aim is to create something that could be sold to the highest bidder, a concept that’s now being adopted by some of Thailand’s most famous companies, such as the country’s leading music label, Hallyu Entertainment.
But what is dance?
In the words of former music producer Chris Dickson, it’s “the art of being present, in the moment and in the present”.
“If you’ve got a record, you’ve seen the world,” he says.
“If you’re in a nightclub or nightclub setting you’ve probably seen people dance.
If you’re a dancer you’ve been dancing in the past and you’re looking forward to the future.”DJ Dickson started DJing in Thailand and has since worked in a number of clubs across the country, most recently in Pattaya.
“There are a lot of people who are doing it for love of the music, because they love the dancing,” he explains.
“It’s something that’s really exciting for me to be able to make my own dance.”
I’m going to have a dance club where we’ll have all the music in one room.
The music will be done in the studio, I’ll be DJing, the audience will be DJed.
There’s so much creativity there.
“Dickson is one of the most successful DJ’s in Thailand, he’s produced some of the countrys biggest hits including a track from The Chainsmokers hit “Thailand”, and has been known to DJ in front of an audience of millions.”
In Thailand, it is very, very important to have good, professional people in charge of everything.
“There is no other country I’ve been to in the world where they’ve had as many people working in the dance studio,” he continues.
“I feel like it’s the place to be.”
A new breed?
A new generation?
A dance studio is becoming increasingly popular in ThailandThe biggest issue with the traditional music industry in Thailand has been a lack of training and certification for the industry, and that is now changing.
In the past, the most talented and experienced DJs in Thailand were usually brought to Thailand from abroad.
“Dance is the art of showing up, in an environment that is supportive and welcoming,” says DJ Dickson.
“You can be in the best place, but the rest of the world isn’t going to see that.”
If the DJ is good, the DJ’s going to be successful.
“The dance studio scene has been on the rise in Thailand for some time, and with more and more DJs taking to the streets of Bangkok to play, the number of studios has exploded.
DJ Dirlings first foray into the industry was in 2005 when he started DJ Studio Thais.
He was hired by a group of DJs from Thailand who were looking for a place to put their music, and after being accepted, he decided to open his own studio.”
The first year he opened DJ Studio, he recorded tracks in a studio for about two weeks and was quickly successful. “
There are many jobs in the industry that you can’t get, so we thought we could make money by doing what we wanted to do.”
The first year he opened DJ Studio, he recorded tracks in a studio for about two weeks and was quickly successful.
The success of his tracks brought in more and people started asking if they could record in the same space.
“We had a studio in Bangkok that was in a lot better condition than the studio in Pattay,” Dirlies former manager, Domenics father, Dontari, recalls.
“A lot more people wanted to work in Thailand.”
Dontari and Dirls first club went under the name of Thongs Music and was a huge success, but a year later they started a club in the old Bum Chaeng district of Bangkok called Dontara.
It was a big hit with both the Thai public and the Thai DJ community.
“Thongs Music is where it all started,” says Dontaris dad, Dirlys music label manager.
Dontaris music label started out as a music label and Dontars label went through a few changes over the years, but Dontaris brand is still being used by thousands of Thai DJs every year.
There are currently around 200 dance studios in Thailand but the number is expected to grow as the industry grows.
When DJ Dirlins first opened the studio and opened up his music label in 2005, it was a dream come true for him.
“[The DJ] was so talented, so professional, and so experienced,” he recalls.
With his background and knowledge, Dictaris label was able to develop the sound and style of music he was passionate about.
“The first few