#MusicMonday: DJs Chris Menist and Maft Sai

Louie Ackelsberg, 128 YinD

This week’s #MusicMonday pick is a mix by DJs Chris Menist and Maft Sai. The two are avid record collectors and have helped spark a new interest in Thai music from the 1960s and 70s. The duo founded Paradise Bangkok Records which re-issues classic Molam, music from Thailand’s Northeast region (Isan), and Luk Thung, Thai country music from the central region. This mix includes a wide range of music from around the globe including a track from their most recent compilation, Paradise Bangkok The Album: Vol. 2.


The two also founded the Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, a modern Molam band that plays around the world. Check out a live performance here. The band recently released their second album, Planet Lam.

For PCVs who happen to be in Bangkok, The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band will be performing live at their album launch party on Wednesday, February 22nd at Rockademy on Sukhumvit 26. Maft Sai also owns and operates Studio Lam bar/club and ZudRangMa Records on Sukhumvit 51 in Bangkok’s Thong Lor area (about a 5-10 minute walk from the Thong Lor stop on the BTS). On Saturday, February 18th, Chris Menist will be hosting a free Isan Dancehall party at Studio Lam.


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