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    Boosting the trance scene in Asia

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 11/05/2018

    » Trance DJ, promoter, and founder of Pure Pleasure Entertainment, Srangkun Sirisinha better known as Lonskii, is the sole driving force behind the trance scene in Thailand and all of Asia. Starting as a DJ back in 2004 in Melbourne, Australia, and having performed and hosted multiple shows and parties, he sought to bring trance music to Thailand. He is responsible for bringing many high-profile trance DJs to the country as well as expanding the annual trance event Transmission to Bangkok. He recently hosted the three-day long UnKonscious, Asia's biggest trance music festival on the beach this past weekend, held in the private Paradise Beach in Phuket. The event featured 15 international DJs from three trance labels (In Trance We Trust, Grotesque, and Pure Trance) which included Menno de Jong, RAM, and Solarstone as well as regional support of trance DJs from Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

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    Beyond the ropes

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 19/10/2018

    » In Bangkok's Charoen Krung area, tucked within an alley lies Maison Close, a dark bar/art gallery and home to some of the more uncommon tastes in art from abstract calligraphy to ero guro. However, as you enter the venue on some nights, art isn't the only focus but a blindfolded woman hung in suspension with ropes. The ropes have been tied up by a rope artist and her model serves as a canvas for elaborate and intricate patterns. Despite looking uncomfortable, the model, dubbed a rope bunny, is in a state of stillness and relaxation, with the ropes symmetrically wrapped around the curves of her body -- something beautiful or mesmerising. This is shibari or the art of Japanese rope bondage. Enter at your own risk.

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    In a state of trance

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 07/12/2018

    » The trance music scene grew steadily this year, with high-profile festivals such as Phuket's UnKonscious Festival in May and Genesis Festival in July, as well as the Thai debut of Armin van Buuren's trance radio show "A State of Trance" getting onstage at 808 Festival tomorrow. There have been numerous highlights showcasing global international trance artists and DJs for fans to enjoy. Organiser Trance Lovers Thailand have invited high-profile acts to perform in the Big Mango, hosting a series of shows titled "Trance Nights" at Sukhumvit's Insanity Nightclub. Guru chatted with Dutch trance producer Ram Boon, better known by his stage name RAM, to find out his thoughts on the trance scene in Thailand and his future plans.

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    Doors wide open

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 02/11/2018

    » Born and raised in Bangkok before studying in the UK and Australia, Oranan Tangpanitanon is the owner of The Hidden Closet, Bangkok's first erotic boutique, on Thong Lor 6. After working in the film industry for a few years, Oranan decided to open the Hidden Closet with her girlfriends in October 2011. That first iteration of the shop, however, has closed down and it moved location in 2016. The store has satisfied many customers looking to sizzle and spice up their sexual adventures and relationships, from offering sensual lingerie, sexy role-playing outfits, fetish gear such as paddles, handcuffs, ball gags, you name it. She will soon open her second branch, The Hidden Closet Studio on Ekamai 12, which will not only be a store but will include, among other services, a couples photo booth, classes and workshops dealing with various topics of eroticism for singles, couples and groups, art and performance events, and much more.

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    Thailand in film

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 27/07/2018

    » It has been a few weeks since the rescue of the Wild Boar soccer team from Tham Luang cave. With the successful and miraculous feel-good news of the rescue, it was inevitable that plans to dramatise the entire ordeal will be made into a movie. Reportedly, six film production companies are in talks with the Thai government and have expressed interest in obtaining rights to make a dramatic movie version of the events.

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    Working better together

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 06/07/2018

    » Working in a traditional office setting is a thing of the past. Co-working spaces are on the rise and it has begun to change the way people work. Gone are working in isolated spaces in favour of open areas that are flexible, encourage like-minded individuals to collaborate and offer a sense of community. Whether you are a freelancer, a start-up or a small or medium organisation, we visited four stylish and new co-working spaces in Bangkok that will help the way you want to work.

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    Concert peeps

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 16/02/2018

    » Concerts are awesome. Here at Guru, we have been to a fair amount of live shows of our favourite artists and bands, despite the ridiculously expensive tickets. And with every concert we attend, we see and meet the same kind of people. From the fans that seem to know the lyrics of every song to the ones who just can't seem to put their phones down as they record every moment of the show. We took the time to list our favourite (or for some, least favourite) types of concertgoers in Thailand. All in good fun.

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    Loud and proud

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 14/06/2019

    » We've finally hit the half way mark of the year -- June and if you've been out and about, you may have noticed rainbow-coloured decorations (or at least rainbows on your Facebook newsfeed ) because we are in Pride Month. The month in which the LGBTQ+ community promote and express themselves and celebrate gender diversity and sexual identity. The gay pride movement is celebrated throughout the world ever since the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in Manhattan, New York, a pivo­tal event that led to creation of the movement for LGBT rights. Prominent figures in the community tell GURU what pride means to them and what are they proud. We've also compiled a few pride celebration events around the city that are worth everyone's attention.

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    Uplifting Journey

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 29/03/2019

    » After DJing at friends' parties and weddings, John Budh, better known as Jonnie B, went on to become the founder of Trance Lovers Thailand, a community where DJs, fans and promoters can gather and share their love for the music genre. He, along with fellow local trance DJs have been responsible in organising trance events and booking international DJs to play at clubs and festivals. In addition, Jonnie B also manages Pure Decibel Academy, a music production studio that offers courses in DJing and electronic music production. He is developing the upcoming Dontri Festival, a music festival with seven stages that showcases the best Thailand has to offer in terms of electronic music — from electro, progressive, trance, to hip-hop, trap, hardstyle, etc. He talks to Guru about his love for the genre.

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    General Admission

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 15/02/2019

    » It's only February and we're already bombarded by tonnes and tonnes of announcements for concerts and festivals, spelling out doom for our wallets and putting our time management skills to the test. To celebrate the occasion, Guru has compiled simple survival tips for concert and festival-going needs in order to have the best time. What good would it do if you're not prepared?

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