Gou Against The World
Harper's Bazaar Malaysia|February 2020
With her inimitable force and off-kilter humour, South Korean DJ Peggy Gou is a breath of fresh air in music’s prismatic landscape. Here, in between her one-night-only performance in Kuala Lumpur, the 28-year-old shares all— from her beer-shampoo days, to braving the world, against all odds.
Amy Yasmine

There’s nothing more harrowing than having one of the world’s top DJs ask you to put some music on. Quite nervously, for fear of being judged for my confusingly polarised playlist (a mix of Sepultura metal, Girls Aloud pop, and Arvo Pärt classics), I hesitated going through my Spotify, but thankfully for me, South Korean artiste and all-round cool girl Peggy Gou, stepped in. “Let’s play A Tribe Called Quest!” she suggested, to my absolute relief and our crew’s jubilation, saving them from the torture of my wacked-out curation.

Having landed in Kuala Lumpur from Berlin, just four hours shy of our cover shoot, I was surprised to see how amazingly upbeat she was, complete with glowing skin and signature cat-eye liner. “I’m soooo sick, I’m sorry,” she said apologetically, greeting me with a hug before sitting herself down on a plush armchair in The Ormond Chow Kit’s suite, bathed in afternoon sunlight on a humid Saturday. At first glance, she was as real as it gets: warm, unpretentious, and hilariously aloof. “It’s been a long flight for me, and for some strange reason all I ate was popcorn on the way here!” she said, as I shook my head in disbelief, noting how the 28-year-old was slated to headline that very night as part of Ibiza-based entertainment connoisseur, Circoloco. A seminal event for Kuala Lumpur no less, considering how tickets were sold out within days from its release, putting Malaysia on the map for international club scenes. Indeed, it has been a while since Malaysia had hosted such an illustrious event (remember that time when Future Music Festival Asia got cancelled in 2014?), and so when news broke that one of the world’s top DJs was to reach our shores, it was no surprise that her arrival was hyped to the nth degree, with fans customising mementos from “Gou-ala Lumpur” tees, to “Just Gou It” posters. A heavily pregnant friend of mine (you’ll know it when you head on to Peggy’s own Instagram @peggygou_ for proof) had even decked herself out in a personalised “Preggy Gou” T-shirt, much to the delight of her 1.3 million fans on Instagram, sparking comments like “Defo best one so far!” by street style favourite Veronika Heilbrunner, and “She wins” by Canadian producer and DJ, Blond:ish.

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