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Jam in Bangkok is a place for underground artists, musicians, filmmakers and anyone who wants to showcase their talent. We speak to Peng who is Thai but grew up in the UK. Peng moved to Thailand in 2012 to work as a full-time photographer...
“I inevitably experienced a massive culture shock despite being a Thai native however, it wasn’t the bad kind of shock. There is just something about Bangkok that I admire - the buzz and the energy is unique from anywhere else I’ve been to”.
What is on offer at Jam?
Jam offers all sorts from homemade burgers, movie-watching to experimental noise nights. The owners are very open minded when it comes to putting on events at Jam as everyone likes different things and they try their best to cater as much as they could for those.
What you see is what you get. The owners try to provide a dynamic range in the arts and present the locals with different kinds of creative skills.
What is the atmosphere, how do you want people to feel?
To feel like you’re hanging out at a mate’s house. The first time I visited Jam I instantly felt comfortable as if I’ve been there since the beginning of time.
The owners are genuine and humble people and they make every customer feel relaxed. They have regulars coming in very often and it goes to show that hospitality is important.
What uniqueness does Jam bring to Bangkok?
Jam, I believe are one of the only few bars who feature underground, experimental music as unfortunately that part of the music spectrum does not interest many music venues around Bangkok.
All the food from the menu is created in-house and the coffees that they provide are sourced locally. Not to mention, they also have two super cute dogs hanging out at the place.
What are your hopes with the business for the future?
To promote more talent and perhaps expand the business having branches around the world - we shall see!
Tell us about a ‘special event’...
As mentioned above, the owners try to provide as much as they can, occasionally a ‘Bathroom singing’ karaoke night is held once a month which is becoming very popular.
What do you enjoy about Bangkok?
Being able to do things ‘freely’, whatever that means. I love the city’s contrast where gleaming temples are situated in front of modern, high-rise buildings. And as stated previously, Bangkok is full of energy and exciting things happen at every turn which really keep you on your toes.
Keep up to date with Jam’s events on our Bangkok event listings