Author: Chris Menist

Chris Menist is a writer, DJ and musician who has been based in South Asia since 2006.  He is a regular contributor to Songlines magazine, as well as writing the 'Paradise Found' column for Bangkok 101.  His writing has appeared in "The Independent," "The Observer," "FACT" and "Straight No Chaser." 

In addition he has co-curated the "Sounds of Wonder" reissue series with the FInders Keepers label in the UK that focusses on reissuing gems from the EMI Pakistan archive, as well as compiling  the "Sound of Siam" (Soundway) and "Thai? Dai!" (Finders Keepers) compilations of vintage Thai luk thung, molam and psych music. He is currently working with Grammy winning "Dust To Digital" on two reissues of Yemeni and Vietnamese music.

Alongside his DJ partner Maft Sai (ZudRangMa Records) he has hosted the "Paradise Bangkok" nights for the last two years, and more recently "Isan Dancehall."  The duo have also taken these nights to Japan. He currently lives in Bangkok, and regularly posts his stories and new vinyl findings on his "Originalpress365" blog.

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Travels with music: How vinyl changed my life

Travels with music: How vinyl changed my life

A traveling DJ argues that buying LPs can lead to far more than a nice record collection