Hibiya Line is not Japanese. Behind that name hides Dan, a Swiss-Vietnamese guy who in 2006 began playing live acts mixing beats, house and techno in his hometown of Lausanne, Switzerland.
A year later, he founded the collective called Digital Natives with 3 other friends. They were performing live, making remixes on stage. They quickly made a name for themselves with this unique setup and were invited to play in some of the most prestigious clubs and festivals around the country such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Paleo, La Bâtie, D Club, Motel Campo or L’Usine, to name a few. In parallel, they were also acting as promoters for different clubs and festivals, bringing a wide range of artists like Etienne De Crecy, Len Faki, Mock & Toof, Burnski, Dusty Kid or Luke Slater.
From experience playing in a range of settings, from small underground parties to big clubs and festivals, a natural path towards playing as a DJ became established. His sound explores house, disco and techno, but his audience can always expect to experience some open-ended style tracks here and there that make the audio journey more versatile and interesting. Hibiya Line likes to play very extended sets in order to allow the audience time to become deeply immersed in the sonic story he wants to share.
Being half Vietnamese, Hibiya Line’s eyes have always been turned to Asia. In 2013, he founded The Observatory, an underground club that is naturally dedicated to the music he likes. Over the 2 last years, DJs from all around the world have been seen behind the decks of this club – based in HCMC, Vietnam – such as Alex From Tokyo, San Soda, Nick Höppner, Tom Trago, DJ Yogurt, Fantastic Man, Trus’Me, Bill Brewster, Etapp Kyle, Ed Davenport, John Morales, Answer Code Request, FKJ, Francis Inferno Orchestra, Trickski, Oskar Offermann, and Max Essa, to name just some of the roughly 100 acts that have been packed into this short yet musically-intense time span. This has seen The Observatory obtain a reputation for itself in the country and broader region as a place that is dedicated to quality dance music, and Hibiya Line’s involvement both behind the scenes and in the booth has allowed him to hone his skills as a DJ that is finely-attuned to the emotions and dynamics of a crowd even further.
BASED IN HO CHI MIN CITY