Fadi of world renowned production duo Aly & Fila was performing at a nightclub called Zouk in Singapore this past weekend when his DJ set was cut short by powers outside of his control.
The issue began when Norshman Najib, son of Malaysian Prime Minister, asked the club owner to cut Fadi's set so that he could perform, even though he was not on the lineup that night.
Fadi is of course well respected amongst the dance music community and has been a staple at Zouk Singapore for many years. After the request was made he took the mic, declared that he "won't play for Zouk anymore," played his final track and walked off stage.
In the video below you can hear Fadi say, "It seems that Zouk here wants someone else to play. Not only because of that, because apparently he's the son of a prime minister. Thank you so much, enjoy my last track. I'll see you somewhere in the future. Not in Zouk anymore, because I won't play in Zouk any f***ing more. They've insulted me, but I love you guys."
After the incident was brought to light on social media, fans from all over the world voiced their displeasure with the way Zouk handled the situation.
Zouk would later respond after being bombarded with negative comments. They claim the incident was just a huge "misunderstanding" and they plan to address the issue with a more suitable statement. The venue also shared an artice that looks to cover-up the situation, saying the Prime Minister's son was not to blame for cutting off Aly & Fila.
Whatever the case may be, fans did not seem to accept the message which attempted to clarify the situation.
Aly & Fila have since issued their own response to the incident, detailing exactly what took place.
The start of a great night that didn't end so well:
First of all Zouk Singapore has been one of my favorite clubs in the world, so sad that my last time playing there ended this way. Before you go through my statement plz remember that I can't blame Zouk in general as there are a lot of great people working there from audio engineer to VJs etc....
I will make it really easy and clear with a list of facts:
1-my contracted set time was 1:30 - 3:30
2-Zouk's new owner was hosting a "VIP" guest (the Malaysian PM son)
3-I arrived at Zouk at 1:00 am and had a quick interview.
4-Byden who works for Zouk and who takes care of the artists and the night in general told me I can play until the end. I can finish 4:15 and then play an extra 15 minutes more.
5-I went to the DJ booth they introduced me to the the "VIP Guest" and the new owner of Zouk.
6-started my set at 1:40
7-at 3:30 Byden came to me and asked me if I m willing to play back 2 back with that "VIP" guest and my answer was simple:"no way"
8-I continued playing then 15 mins after Byden came to me and he told me that I will have to stop as the new owner wants the "VIP guest" to play.
There was no misunderstanding!!! And instead of apologizing, Zouk keeps posting those lame statements and articles trying to get away with it. My advice to Zouk:
1-never disrespect artists who helped you build your brand. I m not saying I built their brand, just talking in general. They need to respect their residents and local talents and their international guests.
2-try to fire your new owner
3-fire the PR team
4-admitting your mistake is Brave, but you aren't.I did what I did to defend my right as a human being not as a famous DJ or whatever. I was insulted and I reacted. I didn't expect that it would go viral like that, but this is what I call Karma. I just wanted to let our fans who payed money to see me know the reason why I stopped my set and I didn't play the 3 hours like every time I have been there.That's it!
Fadi Wassef aka Fila from Aly & Fila