Fleek, probably Singapore’s only full-fledged hip-hop club, celebrates its first anniversary this Saturday, 24 February 2018, and promises a night of fun, revelry and extremely good vibes.
Starting humbly in the heart of Clarke Quay, it is hard to miss the purple/pink ‘Fleek’ sign just off the main fountain with lines of patrons waiting to party the night away to the hip-hop beat.
It is no surprise that within a year, Fleek has gone from a floor level site to a 2-storey club that’s often filled with the young and trendy, and has gained the approval and support of big brands such as Grey Goose that have made the club one of its flagship venues.
We took the chance to catch up with Adonis Cordelius, who at 29 years might just be the youngest club owner in Singapore.
Congratulations on your first anniversary. I’m going to jump right to it and ask, ‘why Fleek’?
Thanks! It’s been a great journey and experience over the last year. Running a club (or any business) that I could truly call my own, that feels a part of me, is something that I think everyone can relate to. I’m grateful that I get to experience the realization of that dream with Fleek.
How did you begin?
Well, it definitely wasn’t easy. Singapore’s nightlife industry is highly volatile and it’s always a challenge to keep up with the times and remain relevant.
After slogging for more than a decade, it would have been easy for me to throw in the towel and try something else, but I just kept going on.
When I first started in my teenage years, I had little support from my family. I pleaded a bar along the roadside of Tanjong Pagar to offer me a gig. I had no musical portfolio and didn’t have a recommendation from any senior DJ and I couldn’t secure any gigs. I only secured my first opportunity when I offered to play for free. Even then, the bar was reluctant.
From DJ to club owner, how did that happen?
Well, I always wanted more. So after a while, I started WhiteHaus, a marketing company, and spent the next two years managing a club as a partner. I got a taste of running the business and kept learning. The rest is history.
What advice would you give to anyone else who wants to follow the same path?
I knew that if I wanted to succeed, it wouldn’t come easy. I took that chance and just kept at it. Lots of hard work, preparation, persistence and confidence in myself got me here.
Denis Waitely said it best: “Failure is a temporary detour, not a dead end.”
Failure is a matter of perspective. Many see failure as the opposite of success. For me, failures are in fact the stepping stones to success. Nothing worthwhile in life has ever been achieved without a series of failures.
Truthfully, I feel like I’m just getting started. I want to show Singapore the sense of euphoria that can be experienced with quality music, sound, service and ambience.
I would really like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my “FleekFam” – Hamza Naqvii, Abdul Rahim, Rizal Kamal aka DJ Raw, and my mentor Mikey who has been a true pillar of strength.