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Dubbed "TED meets SXSW" by Jason Mraz, Music Matters Live is a free festival featuring live music performances of some of the world's best up-and-coming artists. It is held concurrently with All That Matters, an insightful business conference about Music, Live Events and Sports in Asia.
In just ten years, Music Matters Live has succeeded in becoming a global platform representing the Asia Pacific music industry and a gateway for artists looking to break into the world's most populated region. We continue our discovery of music by connecting the industry with fans in a dynamic line-up of international and local bands.
This year, the All That Matters events get a brand new date, moving from May into one of Asia's biggest entertainment weeks in Singapore: September 11-15, 2016.
Music Matters Live, Asia’s premier independent music festival comes back to Singapore in September 2016, for its sixth edition for 2 full days music discovery.
Abby Asistio is a Filipino pop soul singer / songwriter and Alopecia Awareness Ambassador. Abby gained mainstream recognition after being invited to audition in the very first season of The Voice of the Philippines where she performed bald, proving that her condition is by no means a limitation for her to pursue her dreams. She released her single “Beautiful” in 2014, a song that was inspired by her hairloss journey, and started #thebeautifulproject, a campaign that encourages people to rise above their insecurities and embrace their uniqueness. She is set to release her fun, sassy single “When I’m With You” this April, and her first self-titled ep in May.
The band began its musical quest on January 2nd, 2003 playing live gigs in hotels and lounge bars. It was essentially an acoustic blues band before it kicked off as a rock outfit. Lead singer Abhaya Subba is the founder member and manager of the band, while Rinchen Palzar who now plays the lead guitar joined the band in early 2004. Nabin Lama on the guitar was discovered by Abhaya while she was judging a reality show, The Sprite band challenge and he joined the band in 2008. Birat Shrestha on the bass joined the band mid 2009 and so did Ajit Tamang as the drummer. She formed the band in 2003 with younger musicians than her who seemed to be more accepting of her need to write songs and articulate her full potential as a musician. They have been nominated for several major music awards in Nepal and were awarded the honor of being the Number 1 band of Nepal by Radio Kantipur in 2009. They have performed extensively all over Nepal and are planning a US tour in the near future. They have been invited to major concerts in Hong Kong, Australia and India. Their best is yet to come. They are now in the process of recording their third album and are raring to push the benchmark and to make music a thinking, entertaining and steamy affair.
Angus Dawson is an Indie/Electronic Producer and Songwriter from Perth, Australia who combines and unique blend of ambient serenity with powerful emotive songwriting and productions. Mixing his warm, dulcet vocals against clean and elegant electronic musical environment. Despite only recently delving into electronic production he has already begun receiving attention from the online community and radio as well as sharing the stage with the likes of Andy Bull, Thelma Plum, the Aston Shuffle and Mansionair as well as being hand-selected to represent Australia as part of the Music Matters festival in Singapore.
B. P. Valenzuela is a 19 year old electronic musician with analog sensibilities - aside from being a producer, she is a singer-songwriter first and foremost. She eschews laptops for intimacy, instead arming herself with electronic friends: drum machines, analog synthesizers, loop stations and samplers - having all of them subtly interweave into the sometimes quiet, sometimes dancy, organic and ambient elements that make it a unique experience live. Out of a whim in her freshman year, she began to start writing for herself, and was introduced to audiences and airwaves with her critically acclaimed self-produced debut EP: be/ep. With her debut full-length album, The Neon Hour's recent release - there is definitely more in store for the young producer/singer-songwriter. She has gained traction with the fancy, exuberant internet single "Pretty Car" and be/ep's single, the quiet and introspective "General Scheme of Things". Her songs touch on the grey area of heartbreak, where pain meets joy, where memories meet the present, amongst themes of alienation and her coming of age against the backdrop of meticulous, moody, and catchy electropop.
Music has always been a part of Bastian Baker’s life. Even as a young boy when music wasn’t at the centre of his preoccupations, he lent his voice to a school choir. Today, at only 23, he already sings on Switzerland and Europe’s biggest stages with the self-confidence of experienced performers. To find the first signs of his artistic destiny, a close look at his teen years must be taken; he had his own secret garden, accompanied by just a guitar and a pen. Discovered by Patrick Delarive, who decided to support him, the singer released a first single, “Lucky”, in 2011. In the meantime, the singer sharpens up his knives and impresses the crowds at other Swiss and French festivals.
Boom Boom Cash is the electronic dance music band that includes the sounds of many music genres such as electro, moombah, drum and bass, dubstep, and house. We have been throwing party and fun at more than 250 clubs throughout the Thailand. Our band members grew up with amazing backgrounds in the music industry namely; "Miew" lead singer with 2 years opera world championship, "Kak" the rapper and Base, "Ole" the drum player from famous band Six C.E. and "Ae" the DJ and sound designer that has been producing songs for many famous artists in Thailand. With their first song released "One Life" they won the Chang Export Music Competition, Boom Boom Cash has made the big name for the King of EDM in Thailand.
Global citizen, Buckman Coe, bridges the cultures of Taiwan, Malaysia, England, and Canada. He also brings together the worlds of roots, soul, and reggae. His sun-kissed folk; gospel-tinged soul; intoxicating world-beat melodies, and psychedelic rock provide the sonic platform for Coe’s soulful and conscious lyrics. Buckman and his power trio are touring his grandfather’s homeland of Taiwan before coming to Music Matters, and afterwards his mother’s homeland of Malaysia. He’ll be showcasing his brand new, exciting, and uplifting fourth studio album ‘Malama Ka ’Aina’ produced by world beat scientist Adham Shaikh. Music is his way of bringing a love revolution. Buckman Coe has also been voted best band in Vancouver's Westender and best independent act in the Georgia Straight.
Instead of being defined by one clear genre, they explore a blend of genres such as funk, folk and pop in their song-writing. Their music is fuss-free – they are inspired by what they love hearing and re-invent where the songs lead them, taking their audience on an emotional journey with an open destination.
They believe that music sounds different when it is played live; somehow, without you knowing, you are drawn to become part of the audience. And that’s how they like it. Simple, never taken too seriously, and always to be enjoyed!
Cloud Maze is an experimental electro-rock band from Moscow, Russia. Since their formation in 2013, these Russian rockers have been relentless in chasing their dream. When they aren’t in the studio, Cloud Maze is playing dynamic live shows, meeting fans and touring Europe, bringing their progressive and addictive sound to the masses.
They've already had 4 tours, including Italy in May 2013, Russia-Ukraine tour In October 2014, and the biggest - European tour 2014 as support for our album (Czech Republic, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany) and another Russian tour in December 2014.
Perth emcee, Coin Banks, topped off an unparalleled 2014 with the release of his highly-anticipated, ‘Tails’ EP, led by its ecstatic new single “Someone”. The sequel and spiritual counterpart to his acclaimed ‘Heads’ EP (released in March 2014), ‘Tails’ further embodies the style which is quickly establishing Banks as one of hip-hop’s most exciting new voices: fusing the classic with the contemporary to forge a signature sound which proves as effective as it seems effortless. “Think Of You” earned High Rotation on Triple J falling in the top 100 most played songs on the station, and the most played song on Triple J Unearthed. Banks has since been on several National tours, supporting Cypress Hill, Illy, 360 and Seth Sentry; he was also invited to play at Big Sound 2014 and won the WAM Song Of The Year for his song Someone.
Courtney Conway lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, but grew up in Country Victoria. At the age of 9, Courtney was classically trained on the piano but her true love was always country music. Courtney Conway’s sassy debut single ‘Girly Girl’ gained wide spread popularity, the Girly Girl music clip has received over 130,000 hits. Teaming up with highly respected Australian producer Sam Hawksley, Courtney was able to record her first full-length album ’21 Days’ in Nashville and released it in September 2014. The album release has been a great success, reaching the Top Ten ARIA Australian Artists Country Albums Chart. Courtney has just received the ‘Single of the Year’, ‘Female Artist of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’ Awards for her debut album ‘21 Days’ at this year’s West Australian Independent Country Music Awards in February.
Dave Crowe is an award-winning songwriter and producer based in Alice Springs, Central Australia. With a blend of post-folk and electronic vibes his music finds a lyrical depth yet is undeniably ebullient, catchy and accessible. In the last 12 months, Crowe has picked up a stack of songwriting awards, including winning the recent Accelerate Music prize, which saw him score $15k and a Mitsubishi ad deal for his latest single 'Where Do You Go'. The track, released in February 2015, landed at number 1 on the national Amrap regional airplay charts and has been played on national broadcasters’ triple j, double j and Triple M. As a live performer, Dave Crowe appeared in 2014/15 at national festivals Cygnet Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Wide Open Space and Darwin Festival as well as notable supports and national touring. Recently returned from Los Angeles recording and co-writing with Grammy award winner Francois Tetaz (Gotye, Kimbra), Crowe is working on his debut album scheduled to release in the second-half of 2015.
As Dean says... “I’ve been called mysterious, intense, confusing, crazy and captivating. But at the end of the day, I’m just a guy with a guitar and a story to tell. Live and love...” Australian audiences became aware of Melbourne-based singer Dean Ray on April 4th during the auditions of X-Factor Australia. Dean had the crowd wildly cheering to his own rendition of ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ with Redfoo telling Dean to ‘check your passport, because you’re out of this world man.’ Dean grew up in tiny Meandarra, QLD with his father Chris, a contract stockman, and mother Angie, a stay-at-home mum. Dean says he was born into music. While heavily pregnant with Dean, Angie was playing bass in rock bands. In fact his parents were musicians on the country- music circuit, which lead to Dean travelling Australia with his parents. and sleeping in guitar cases while they packed up their gear to travel to the next beer soaked venue. 2014 was the year for Dean he says ‘Everything has just fallen into place.’ On October 20th Dean Ray was announced the runner up of the X-Factor 2014 series. With 13 songs in the top 200 on the ARIA Chart as well as already reaching #1, it’s only the beginning....
An eclectic blend of earnest melodies and evocative lyrics, DEON's music is an enduring collection of heartfelt songcraft that calls to mind the pop brilliance of Coldplay and the heartburnt drawl of Rachael Yamagata. Setting strong melodies against as an ever-widening sonic palette, DEON is currently exploring new shades of influences not apparent in ANTIPHOBIC - his ability to play multiple instruments has given him a keen sense of song arrangement that he continues to expand upon as he lays down the blueprints for his sound.
Dru Chen is an emerging soul/funk/pop artist who once turned down a Berklee Scholarship to concentrate on his own writing. Equally proficient on guitar, keyboards and bass, Dru stands out first and foremost for his soulful vocals. His stunning falsetto, powerful belting and catchy songwriting draw from the soul lineage of Prince, Stevie Wonder and James Brown. Combined with a keen pop sensibility, Dru is a fresh face in a world steeped in rhythm & blues tradition. Born in Melbourne in 1990, Dru moved to Singapore with his family in 1998, before returning to Australia to study a Bachelor’s degree in Music Production. In 2013, Dru launched his debut EP, ‘Intentions’, at The Toff in Melbourne, shortly after releasing his first single, ‘You Bring Out The Best In Me’. The video for this was directed by Edwin Tejoz and was set in iconic local venues and parks around Melbourne, its upbeat vibe and nod to Soul Train earning it more than 20,000 views on YouTube.
Echo is an indie rock band formed in Taiwan in 2002. Their unique mixing of modern Chinese poetic lyrics and Neo-Psychedelia Rock style music led them to became popular in the indie music community. After one year of live performing, Echo were signed to Crystal Records, and released their debut album 'Sensual Drive' in 2002. It earned recommendations by musicians and media, and achieved a rare success in the Taiwan indie music industry. At the same year, the band won the Chinese Pop Music Media Awards for "Best New Band" in China In 2011, the band was nominated by Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards as Band of the Year with their third LP "Virgin Air". During this period, Echo established itself as the most important rock band of the Millennium generation in Taiwan.
Imagine being programmed into a remote control of a bustling city. Sharp edges like a day old architectural masterpiece. You can suddenly hear the clockwork pounding with beats filled with melodies that tell you that it’s alright, it’s just progress. Soon you will be thinking of your loved ones, feelings that you probably have forgotten when not reminded. Feelings of love and hate. The expert that you are, you then try to venn it into a diagram in your head to decide how to feel. Should it be forgiveness or revenge? Then you come to realise the tone that has been ringing in your head and finally you say yes, “I remember this sound.” It is the sound of ELEKTONE, an android-genetic outfit that clashes electro indie swing and trance dance rhythms with live guitars, synths, ♺ samples & syncopated beats. Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Soundcloud YouTube
Fad plays music mostly influenced in Brit Rock, together with different elements and textures. We followed our band name, thinking beyond another horizon, another feeling, to move with our instincts. Summer 2012, Severe Typhoon Vicente brought Hurricane Signal No. 10 to Hong Kong, we brought our music tour to Taiwan. Spring 2014, we released our self-titled album《Fad》, compiling our music throughout the years into it. Our album release party 《Playground is Fad》has been held in a stylish café in Fotan with different large installations while giving out small gifts music eggs to our audience. In early summer 2014, we published our second MV 《Dream in Dream》, bringing you into a fantastic dream. Fad is now a combination of vocalist Sky Donkey, guitarist Sammy Circle, bassist Carina River, keyboardist Snow Piece and drummer Baller Dust.
Farewell Fair Weather is a Filipino Indie Band (SoulFusion) founded by Gani Palabyab, Mic Manalo and Pao Espiritu on January of 2012. The band originally consisted of vocals, keys, guitars, drums and cello. A second guitar and bassist replaced the cello in the later part of their first year. The original line up consisted of Mic Manalo on vocals/guitar, Kim Hue Jin on lead guitar, Gani Palabyab on keyboard, Ethan Muriel on bass and Pao Espiritu on drums. Tim Odulio replaced Pao in late 2012 and is currently the band’s official drummer. So far, the band has hit several milestones in the indie music scene. Their first single “Rough Skies” launched in 2013, the corresponding music video launched in the later part of 2014. The band’s following has rapidly increased since their music video launch. Their social media following has over 6,000 hits and counting. The band has recently been selected as the “Chosen One” during the 2nd Jack Daniel’s Philippines On Stage Competition. The program included over 100 local independent acts. After nearly a year of onstage performances, recording and rounds of elimination, the fans and judges have spoken and Farewell Fair Weather emerged on top. The future looks bright for this new indie band. Expect to hear more of their fresh soulfusion sound in the near future.
If you imagine life as a Rubik’s Cube you know that you’ll only feel complete when you’re able to put things into the right place. Well, this is not an easy process but the good news about it is that, once you find the secret, you solve the whole thing. In this particular case, Fingertips found this secret in music. That’s why the three of them become one, when talking about their dream, which is touch people’s hearts with their songs as we touch the world with our fingertips. Yeah, you got it...this was the main reason when choosing the name of the band.
They performed in Rock in Rio Lisbon, Shanghai West Bund Music Festival and Eurogym 2012, and shared the stage with Queen and Paul Rodgers, The Corrs, George Michael, Nelly Furtado and The Cure. After all those great adventures and experiences, they can’t hide the excitement of knowing more different cultures, travel to different countries and meeting different people, with only one purpose: show their brand new songs to a brand new world for them!
Froya - the brainchild of Michelle Lee, entered the local indie music scene in late December 2011. Her unique style of music encompasses and blends a variety of genres ranging from folk to electronica; and can best be described as eclectic with a tinge of bittersweet quirky folk and a hint of indie pop. She was heavily influenced by folk, electronic, trip hop and many indie artists such as Imogen Heap, Emiliana Torrini, Sia, Zero 7, Miike Snow and etc.
Her popular singles "Fries in Cream" and “Uncomprehended Child” has topped the charts at #1 for 14 weeks on Hitz.FM, Malaysia’s number 1 radio station. Her first single “Fries In Cream”' also garnered airplay on Women of Substance Radio (a radio station based in Los Angeles, USA) as well as other local radio stations. A percussion-based version of “Fries in Cream” was performed at The SHOUT! Awards 2013 in front of a live audience of 10,000 people and broadcast live on television to over 1 million homes. Froya shared the stage with Malaysia's Teen idol/singer – Najwa Latiff for this one-of-a-kind collaboration. Later she's been featured as the “Artist on Fire” throughout December 2014. Froya released her self-titled EP in June 2013. The highly anticipated release of her debut album - “Panic Bird”, written and produced exclusively by Froya has hit the market in 11th April 2015!
At only 21 years of age, Joel Tan aka Gentle Bones is unstoppably making waves in the local music industry with his distinct style of folk-pop music. His first two singles, Until We Die and Elusive, hit the #1 and #3 spot on the local iTunes charts respectively, both a day after its release. Gentle Bones is at the forefront of the musical movement among the younger generation in Singapore. Having played for the Mosaic Music Festival in 2012, Music Matters Live 2014, and opened for international acts Us The Duo and Christina Perri, Joel's future in music is looking extremely promising.
Glen Check, who made debut with EP album [DISCO ELEVATOR] in 2011, has rocketed as one of the top bands in Korea. The synth-rock duo has won all the hearts of music fans and critics after releasing EP [AU REVOIR] and their first full-length album [HAUTE COUTURE]. Their popularity has led their concerts, including their exclusive 4,000 seats-scaled ‘2012 Year-End Concert’ at the Olympic Hall in Korea, to be quickly sold-out and they took part in the 'SUMMER SONIC FESTIVAL 2012' in Japan. In 2013, they won the grand prize for Best Dance-Electronic Album of the Year at the '10th Korean Music Award'
Since the release of their self-titled debut album in April 2011, GoodLuck have taken the charts by storm as electro-swing act, which claimed the number one position in chart-topping singles off a debut album in the history of South African Music. With six number one hits; including Taking it Easy, Harlem, Hop on Hop off, four international tours and over 350 live shows already behind their name, GoodLuck are making waves beyond boarders. Started as a passion project for producer Ben Peters, after teaming up with singer and songwriter, Juliet Harding, GoodLuck first found fame playing weekly residencies at Karma, which subsequently grew their fan base and led to them opening for internationally acclaimed DJs, Paul Oakenfold and Basement Jaxx. The invitation to headline the Fontys stage at the Festival Mundial in The Netherlands was also highlight for the group in 2012. GoodLuck returned to Europe for a three month summer tour in 2013 and 2014 which included some exciting performances in The Netherlands including Extrema and Solar Festivals and the European and UK Tour of the Holi One Festivals.
The Grizzle Grind Crew is a collective of Rappers, Turntablists, Beat-boxers, Singers, Photographers, Film-makers and Designers. Officially formed in 2013, their mission statement is to champion the Hip-Hop culture and lifestyle in Singapore. Made up of individuals with their own dreams and ambitions, they believe in the spirit of collaboration and pushing the boundary of Singapore arts and music. The boys have grown from strength to strength, releasing their first mixtape Leaders Of The New Skool to critical acclaim and kickstarted a new YouTube channel to present exciting music content for their fans. The Crew started an entertainment company with 2 new arms: Grizzle Films (which specialises in branded video content) and Grizzle Sounds (which does audio production work for clients). Grizzle Grind Crew is founded by ShiGGa Shay, DJ NashD and OszKid. Other members include Charles ENERO, Fakkah Fuzz, Tosh Rock, LINEATH, DJ LeNERD, The Zadon, Yvonne ‘Bucket’ Lee, Willy Tan, Kenneth Yong and Wang Weiliang.
The track “Dance On” on the album Everybody’s God (2010) already set the tone for their second album… A song title that sounded like an invitation, a slogan in the midst of a finely crafted debut album, combining pop with a touch of funk and uplifting melodies. Those who were lucky enough to see the whirlwind GUSH perform live (they started playing together in 2003) know full well what Yan, Vincent, Mathieu and Xavier are capable of.
GUSH followed a 2 year path to their next album Mira surrounding the release of Everybody’s God. A couple of key moments, such as their 2011 world tour (USA, South America, Japan), determined the the atmosphere that would define their new tracks. During the concert they gave in Austin, they realized that what they really wanted was to make the audience dance. Back to the basics, the band decided to go back to the synths in crushing pop funk style.
Formed out of Brisbane’s burgeoning indie scene in 2012, Hey Geronimo have developed into one of country’s most innovative purveyors of warped, indie-pop. Comprised of four genuine songwriters, the band's previous four singles all achieved Triple J rotation, even though they were written by different members. This fundamental diversity, along with a wide range of influences from The Beach Boys to Weezer, has seen the band manage to steer clear of an apparent “indie sound” and craft their own space in the local soundscape. After a pair of well received EPs, Hey Geronimo (2012) and Erring On The Side Of Awesome (2013), the band will release their debut LP in 2015. Having spent the last twelve months in and out of the studio with acclaimed producer Steven Schram (San Cisco, Little Birdy), Hey Geronimo has married retro licks with eccentric, bombastic production to create a record that has further developed their sound following the EP releases. This full-length release is set to build on Hey Geronimo’s substantial local and international attention, including major international syncs, festival appearances, over a million YouTube views, a coveted inclusion in triple j’s Next Crop 2012 list, and an entry in the US CMJ Radio Top 100 charts.
The friendship that we have made since childhood leads us to the same world, music. Started by having a desire to create a different atmosphere, we aside our activity in our previous band to start a side project called Hoolahoop. We started our journey by rearranging one of Rocket Rockers' songs, which was not included in their album Better Season, it is titled "Perjalanan Terindah". Because of this song, we received many positive responses from various media and we saw enthusiasm from local music listeners. That is the beginning when we started to make the side project to become a main project. Aska Pratama, a former member of Rocket Rockers, invited us to work together, He then produced our debut EP. On february 14th 2012, we released the ep which titled "Hari Untuk Berlari". It consists of 7 tracks plus 1 bonus track. In this album, we tried to present music with uplifting atmosphere. Stories about love and friendship became a major influence in making this album.
An award-winning South Korean electronic trio, Idiotape was formed in 2008. Producer and synthesizer player Dguru, who is also a highly-respected DJ in Korea, and synthesizer player Zeze teamed up with the simple goal of making “fun and enjoyable music.” The team originally included a guitarist, but when said he opted to leave in 2010, drummer DR was brought on board. With their dynamic, synth-driven rhythms and electrifying performances influenced by Korean classic rock from the 1960s and ‘70s, Idiotape was quick to earn its fame in electronic and indie music communities. A little after Idiotape was formed, the band had gained enough reputation to participate in major festivals across the world. Garnering praise from critics at home and abroad, the album won the award for “Best Dance & Electronic Album” at the 2012 Korean Music Awards. Idiotape played a number of high-profile events that year including the Seoul Electronic Music Festival, the Jisan Valley Rock Festival, and Sonic Mania in Japan. In March 2013, the group appeared at the Future Music Festival Asia in Malaysia. And in October 2013, the act made their fourth appearance at Global Gathering Korea.
io is all about making what seems impossible possible
io is a pop rock band formed in the summer of 2002 in Vancouver BC Canada. They left their family and office jobs to chase after their dreams of rockstardom. Being Canadian of Chinese descent, they mixed the musical elements of East and West to create a new sound never attempted before; and this new sound has been recognized internationally.
io is the first indie band ever to be nominated in the categories of ‘Best New Artist of the Year’ and nominated multiple times in the category of ‘Best Band of the Year’ at the Golden Melody Awards, the Chinese equivalent of the Grammy Awards in the US watched by hundreds of millions each year. On top of the Golden Melody Awards nominations, io has also won multiple awards internationally. Also, they have performed in landmark music festivals in major cities in Europe, Asia, and North America, showing the appeal of their music the world over.
After posting her first covers on social media in 2011, Irma's first hit "I know" received huge success with more than 14 million likes on YouTube.
The French artist IRMA will embark on her debut Asean concert in Singapore in support of her second album Faces, certainly a great moment of music, just to see how this 25 year old artist captivates her audience with her gentle personality and her powerful lyrics wrapped in sweet melodies.
Jaime Wong is a singer-songwriter who writes about life, death and love (or the lack of it). Influenced by the likes of Damien Rice, John Mayer and Ingrid Michaelson, Jaime started off as a regular in the local open mic circle and has gone on to perform at major music events such as the 100 Bands Festival and Baybeats 2014. A recipient of the Noise Singapore Award for Music in 2012, Jaime's first EP debuted at #2 on local iTunes charts and has been described as a "gorgeous folk-pop suite dedicated to lost love" and "essential". After her EP launch in May 2015, Jaime is set for a regional tour, bringing her music to indie circles in Taipei, Bangkok and Malaysia.
Jason is a multi-platinum, multi-award winning singer-songwriter, producer, meditator, planetarian and wannabe surfer from New Zealand.
Jason Kerrison spent many years at the top of the New Zealand Music Scene with his rock band OPSHOP. He has enjoyed commercial success with 9 X Platinum Status album sales and critical success, picking up 9 New Zealand Music Awards and the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award for Song of the Year.
JK also formed Eclectic Hip Hop group The Babysitters Circus. TBC is the 1st NZ act to sit within the Top 5 most played songs on Dutch and Italian radio simultaneously.
In 2011, JK was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours, for Services to Music.
In 2012 and 2013 Jason was a Judge in New Zealand’s Got Talent. And this month appeared as a Guest Mentor and performer on NZ’s X-Factor.
JK has now released his first solo EP called ‘#JKEP1’. Jason describes it as eclectic stomp pop with acoustic framing and digital renderings. Produced to tickle the soul, speak to the heart and at times shake the hips.
Jeremy Loops is a Trio from Cape Town, South Africa. Folk music is Jeremy’s primary influence, but his eclectic style, borrowing liberally from jazz, rock and hip hop, defies genre constraints. Live Jeremy creates songs using a loop pedal to layer up a variety of instruments. Guitars, harmonicas, banjos, beatboxing, singing, and frequent collaborators are mainstays of his shows. His performances center on crowd participation and collaborations with other skilled musicians. Including vocalist /rapper Motheo Moleko, as well as Jamie Faull on the Sax and Drums, bring a completely unique and positive sound to a new school of alt folk
The nine-piece ska band Kingston Rudieska filter and fuse ska, jazz, dub and nyahbinghi through the Korean perspectives and tastes. They have drawn explosive responses from fans across Asia with their unique music which people have come to call 'Feast Ska'.
Over the past decade, they've come a long way from playing at dingy basement clubs to appearing on some of the nation's biggest stages, fostering a love of Jamaican rhythms to a nation just discovering the genre.
Kingston Rudieska has had the privilege of performing with many popular Korean musicians and artists from all over the world. They have shared stages with Japanese bands such as Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Escargot Miles, Cool Wise Men; North American groups like the Stackers and Chris Murray Combo; as well as, Babylove and van Dangos(Denmark), T-bone(Thailand), Babylon Circus(France), Dr. Ring Ding Ska Vaganza(Germany) and Skazz(Australia).
Kingston Rudieska have taken their next giant leap towards world ska domination with their latest double CD, the 4th Regular F/L album [Everyday People] release. They are ready to spread their love of Jamaican music further out to the world.
lightcraft is a band that thrives under sadness and melancholia and comprises of five long-time friends who, under different circumstances, met and decided to form a band. They pride themselves on their trademark anthemic melancholic sound, crafting atmospheric songs out of sadness and joy. The band got together in 2004, when they were still studying for their degrees. They released an EP in 2006, "The Modern Seasons", and their debut album, "Losing Northern Lights", was released in 2008. The band released their sophomore album, “Colours Of Joy”, back in April 2013, which was officially launched in January 2014. lightcraft recently released a limited-edition mini-compilation cassette titled “Love Songs And Lullabies”.
Linying is a Singaporean singer-songwriter who has prefaced her initiation into both the local and international music scenes with live shows and collaborative releases, having since performed in small festivals at home and abroad while beginning work on her debut record. A keen writer and vocalist, she has also dabbled in house music by collaborating with international DJs like Krono, Lost Frequencies, and Felix Jaehn on chart-topping tropical anthems. Primarily a solo project influenced by the moving lyricism and vivid production of Bon Iver and Dawn Golden, Linying's music reveals its stark emotional perspective through elements of indie-folk, electronic, lo-fi and alt-rock. Her first single is slated for release later in 2015.
Since the summer of 2009, French band Manceau have been composing colorful and elegant pop music shaped with both simplicity and melodic ambition. But Despite being influenced by Britpop icons, their melodies have their own peculiarity. Their 2010’s On a Mellow Day EP, a small collection of sophisticated and happy folk songs was a clear example of this and so was Life Traffic Jam, their subtle synthpop debut album produced by Xavier Boyer and Pedro Resende (Tahiti 80) and released on their own imprint (Monophonics) two years later. In common with the authors of Puzzle is the search for the perfect arrangement in composing intelligent demanding music able to touch everyone.
Since then, their music shaped with both erudition and irreverence has echoed and been acclaimed overseas, especially in Asia. Life Traffic Jam first released in Japan on JVC Victor (5000 copies sold) where the foursome toured in May of 2012. Then, the band licensed the album for release in China,Taiwan and Korea. These deals gave them the opportunity to play and promote the LP in China and Korea in 2013 and 2014.
Manceau’s currently putting the finishing touches to their second album. After a whole year spent at their own recording studio, they’ve collaborated with Stephane “Alf” Briat (Air’s Moon Safari, Sebastien Tellier, Cassius…) who’s mixed the new songs with a French touch’s savoir-faire that fits perfectly with their bright and pastel melodies.
After a research trip to Berlin and New York in 2012, Michelle Xen embarked on a project in musical experimentation. She would combine her artistic skillset, committedly backed by her visual artist/DJ training and love of deep bass sounds, in order to explore the idea of synaesthesia as an electronic pop artist. Her debut EP would then be the beginnings of a twelve month project in art-pop exploration, amalgamating colours, bass, textures, pop and iconography, later extending into a live performance component to include her full live band, Michelle Xen + The Neon Wild. This EP also saw the artist work closely with Quan Yeomans (Regurgitator) and Wally De Backer (The Basics, Gotye) in the studio on her emerging, electro-pop sounds. She has gone on to crowdfund an audio-visual EP, On For You. Based around the concept of building a world for a song and taking an extremely personal approach to songwriting, she pushes the art/music form, allowing for work that is both engaging and open to interpretation. From DIY music clips to bio-artistry, the intrinsic need to have a visual world attached to a song from the beginning becomes quite literal, especially when the Brisbane producer decides to harvest her own cells with bio-artist Svenja Kratz, for the music video My Cells; “Some of my songs have (literally) had a visual world attached to them from the very beginning.” Xen was most recently awarded a 2015 Queensland Music Award for Best Song in the Electronic/Dance category for her latest release: Short Term Plan.
Mitch Advent is an Electronic Music producer who seeks to break new ground by creating music in a flurry of mixed genres. This prolific artist releases content every week to share his evolving music style with friends. In this manner, he hopes to exemplify his journey as a continuous learning experience, which others would be inspired to join as well. Currently the Vice President of NUS Electronic Music Lab, he has since performed at multiple events across campus and was featured at the “Esplanade Presents – Electric Avenue” in 2014. He will be releasing a new album (After Dark), mid-June 2015.
For the love of RAP, which brought them together. Three Young Rising Rappers formed MJ 116 in 2004. MJ stands for MuJa, the hood they are from and 116 the zip code.
For the past decade, MJ 116 has become a phenomenon in Taiwan. Their lyrics are straight forward, which is easy to understand and brings out the very basic desires of Taiwan’s young generation. Their music and revolutionary rap style has taken the Mandarin Music scene by storm.
" MJ116" was established in July 2004 by Eso and Kenzy, the two initial members. They started with South Style music with strong rhythm and rap flow, which at the time was a complete break through in the old school Mandarin Music scene. Their strong rhythm style, quickly brought them as a major favorite in the Taiwan club scene and subsequently a very successful club tour. MJ 116 became the party KINGS of Taiwan with over 100 colleges and high school concerts since they started.
To this day, their music is most popular with students, blasting their songs throughout Taiwan’s clubs and school campuses.
In 2006 MJ 116 was signed to the label: True Color Music, the home of famous Rock Star Chang Cheng Yue and Mandarin rap Super Rap Star MC HotDog.
MOMO desires “to be unique, but not best”.She is a rare individualized singer in Asia, passionate, unruly and charming.She has her own attitude and possesses the confidence and responsibility. She belongs to China, and also the world.She is a new face for this age, and a versatile performer to subvert the era.She is confident, independent and creative, and is known as the representative of “New Feminism”.She is known as Chinese version of LadyGaga.She is a unique post-90s girl. In April 2013, Mo and Beyonce and Nicki Minaj became image ambassadors of Pepsi-Cola’s global theme activity 2013 LIVE FOR NOW. Her new single Live for Now also became the new advertisement song for Pepsi in 2013. And in 2014, the new generation of pop music diva , Momo Wu and Aaron Kwok, Jolin Tsai, Show Luo, Xiaoming family consisting of the latest Pepsi, Pepsi Football together to create the music for the year 2014 MV "Shake Your Body". Enumerate Pepsi has been a star-studded musical feast, the hottest star lineup, with the most cutting-edge professional production team. The debut just two years, Mo became a "minimum age" the spokesman, has been enough to prove her popularity and heat.
Morgan Bain is a multi award winning songwriter, performer and vocalist whose live performances are captivating and reveal a sensibility that showcase his skills in a fusion of style that is unmistakably his own with a mix of Soul, Funk, Blues and Rock. The multi-instrumentalist who at just twenty years of age is blowing audiences away with his talent already has a few EP's under his belt produced at The Wastelands with ARIA award winning producer Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe) and Soundbaker Studio with Rob Agostini. Bain’s debut EP “Another Day” received rave reviews nationally and sold out in just 8 weeks with the award winning tracks gaining radio play. His next self titled release was toured to the East Coast, with award winning single “I Think I’ve Got You” gaining radio play around the Country, including high rotation in WA. Following on from two sold out launches of his latest EP “What You Believe” he successfully toured Australia and Europe in 2014. The upbeat soul influenced single “In the Middle” from his latest release spent weeks in the AMRAP/AIRIT Top 10 Great Southern Charts and was co-written with Joel Quartermain, proving Bain's musical diversity and continuing to boost his fan base.
Nhat Thuy, a singer and graduat from Military University Of Arts and Culture, Viet Nam in 2013 recently launched her official debut album, Wake Up on March 2015. She had previously released her singles “Phia cuoi chan troi” and “Khoan khac tuyet voi” in July, 2014. She has also received several awards including a Gold medal for the students singing competition, Hoc Sinh Sinh Vien, in 2012 as well as being awarded the champion of Vietnam Idol Season 5. She has also performed for the Liveshow “Nhac hoi dem he” in Ho Chi Minh City as well as having a mini-show “Dreaming” to promote the first official album “Dreaming” at 11, March, 2015.
Each of Our Man in Berlin’s ﬁve members has a unique background in, and approach to, creating music. This has culminated in the creation of something greater than its constituent parts. From glitchy, rhythmic electronic production, to organic, melody focused song writing Our Man in Berlin have carved out a unique and interesting identity for themselves, which continues to make ever expanding waves both globally and nationally.
Following on from their 2014 EP ‘is it right?’ 'Molière' emerges as the ﬁrst single from Our Man in Berlin’s forthcoming sophomore EP ‘Spirit Down’.
Our Man in Berlin’s previous four singles received both national and international acclaim. The band have toured the country three times
and received airplay from; College stations in the UK, USA, Greece, Italy, Singapore and on German radio station FluxFM.
At home recognition and airplay has come from Triple J, Triple J Unearthed, 4ZZZ, FBI, RRR, RTR, and many other community radio stations. A considerable online following has amassed through substantial Soundcloud plays in excess of 100,000 and via hugely positive blog reviews that have come in thick & fast from the likes of; IndieShufﬂe, Hilly Dilly, Stereofox, BitCandy, Hype Machine, TheSoundDoctrine, Happy, Pilerats, PressPlayUK, TheMusicNinja and more.
Rinni Wulandari born April 28, 1990 in Medan, North Sumatra is an Indonesian R&B singer. Was born to R.Soetrisno and Sri Hartati Mardiningish. She came from a family of musicians. Her mother was a former lead singer of Quintana Band and her father was a bassist when he was young. Rini became the lead singer of Quintana, following in the footsteps of her mother. She often participated in many singing festivals and performed as a back-up singer for established artists, among others, Keith Martin. Rini graduated from SMA Negeri 1 Medan in 2008. On 28 July 2007, she won the fourth season of the reality television Indonesian Idol, making her the second female winner. At 17, she is also the youngest winner in Indonesian Idol history. Reborn as Rinni Wulandari at 2014 with the release of indie single “oh baby” as sign of the image, have very great responses, across the nation also over seas. and now under GP records, Rinni producing the new album “Independent part 1”
Save Me Hollywood is a Filipino alternative rock band based in Manila, Philippines. Formed in 2010, the band is composed of Julz Savard (vocals), Carlos Calderon (bass), Aaron Corvera (guitars), Kenneth Aranza (guitars) and JR Jabla (drums).
Having released their debut album,Your Story To Tell in 2013, the band has been recognized as one of the country’s top up-and-coming artists since. Their singles “High,” “Changes,” and “Happier This Way” all ranked in MTV Philippines and MYX music countdowns. The band also represented the Philippines in Singapore’s Baybeats Music Festival in 2013 and has shared the stage with international acts touring the region. Nominated for an Awit Award for Best Group Recording in 2014 and a MYX Music Award for Favorite Rock Video this year, Save Me Hollywood is now gearing up for the release of their sophomore record, Headlights, in 2015.
Seth Haapu is a new kind of singer-songwriter. A velvet voice, calm and collected with a soul for inventive melodies, provocative storytelling and arrangements that don't quite go where you expect.
For the twentysomething, music has always come naturally - carving his own path with songwriting, production and various instruments since his formative years.
2011 saw the release of his debut record showcasing soulful laments to throwback R&B, from keyboard rhapsodies to alternative pop. It smoothly set in motion a growing impression that Seth is a rare talent.
Fresh material is in view and if the debut album is anything to go by, things can only get better from here.
Sezairi has built a reputation as one of Asia’s rising and most promising pop stars. This boy next door has been making waves in with not only his charm but also with a rare and honest vocal quality to complement his hit songs.
Featured in Rolling Stones Indonesia as one of the artists to watch in 2014, his latest single, “Jangan Coba Berlari” is a collaboration with Indonesia’s biggest artist of that year, Tulus. This was a follow up to the successful Asian remix of “Vida” the 2014 FIFA World Cup Super-song alongside international
Superstar Ricky Martin, Alif Satar from Malaysia and Judika from Indonesia.
Like any artist who often evolves, he will make his acting debut and star as one of the leading roles, “Adi”, in a big budget historical film “1965” to be released in July, followed by his musical theatre debut at the end of the year.
ShiGGa Shay is a Singapore-based rapper and filmmaker who directs and edits all his own Music Videos. The 22 year old Hip-Hop artist has performed twice for Singapore’s National Day Parade, Singapore’s most-watched live telecasted event (in 2010 and 2014) and several South Asian music festivals like Yfest (SG), Raising The Bar (MY), etc. He has released a mixtape ShiGGa Shay’s In The Building in 2011 and an EP They Call Me ShiGGa in 2012. ShiGGa Shay has a knack for crafting music which instantly connects with the Singapore audience, appealing to the everyman. His current single ‘Lion City Kia’ (Hokkien slang for ‘Lion City Kid’) has drawn extremely favourable reviews and accolades in the media upon its release in August 2014. August 2014 also sees his first-ever magazine cover on Singapore’s top lifestyle/ culture magazine, JUICE. In July 2013, ShiGGa Shay released his English-Chinese-Hokkien single 'LIMPEH' (Hokkien slang for 'your father') which has stayed No. 1 on the iTunes Singapore Charts for 14 days straight and charted the iTunes Malaysia Hip-Hop charts at No. 2. The Music Video has garnered more than 500,000 views on YouTube and garnered him nationwide publicity and accolades.
The lovely and lively allure of this team of seven distinctive girls is difficult to resist. Together, the gentle yet stern spirit of SuMin, clear ringing voice of MinJae, divine presence of D.ana, eye-catching appearance of Nahyun, sophisticated performance of EuiJin, powerful voice of High.D, and songwriting talents of NewSun creates a new point of appeal on each turn. Even before their official debut, SONAMOO gained attention from both domestic and overseas fans through the Green Moon promotion project. As a result, their debut song instantly reached the top numbers in YinYeitai Daily Chart (China) and Kstyle’s Weekly Chart (Japan). With capacity beyond that of a rookie, Sonamoo is a heat-seeker ready to lead a new wave of Korean music culture across the world.
Space Behind the Yellow Room is a Post Rock/Space/Post Metal band consisting of Shoumik Biswas on Drums/Vocals, Devasheesh Sharma on Guitar, Nihar Apte on Guitar and Eshaan Sood on Bass. The project was started in 2012, by Shoumik Biswas and Devasheesh Sharma. Nihar Apte and Tushar Ganguly(bass) joined soon after it’s formation. In 2014, Eshaan Sood took over bass duties. The idea behind the band is to portray emotions and narratives, creating unorthodox structures. We released our debut EP, Conversations that Determine a Life, in September 2014. We are currenty working on an untitled full length album.
From busking the streets of Melbourne with a rusty old saxophone, to fronting bands at Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival, Tommy Spender’s bio reads like a Hunter S Thompson novel, but with music replacing all of the hard drugs.
In the last 2 decades, he has immersed himself in Melbourne’s music scene, in between traversing the country to play, record and produce his own brand of seductive soul power. Spender climbs into a musical crawlspace inspired by the likes of Damon Albarn, Prince and Leonard Bernstein. In here, he creates the perfect space for storytelling and isn’t afraid to employ any instrument, effect or program to make his point. This is a compelling and unique world and it’s starting to attract a lot of attention. In part, this is due to a close circle of musical collaborators that includes some of Australia’s most respected artists, such as Gotye, Clairy Browne, M-Phazes, Mama Kin, Ainslie Wills, and Dune it is these passionate compadres that have assisted in the recording of Spender’s debut ep Modern Pest, delivering a masterpiece of eclecticism and a scrapbook of thoughts that spans a lifetime, several cities and a fistful of genres.
Sphaeras, founded in 2013, is an instrumental rock band from Singapore.
Sphaeras have been very active in the Singaporean music scene for the small amount of time that they’ve existed, most remarkably playing for large-scale events like Baybeats Festival 2014 and Bandwagon’s The Music Market, and opening for renowned Taiwanese band, Elephant Gym. Esteemed local (Leonard Soosay, Bani Haykal and Daniel Sassoon) and foreign (Elephant Gym, Town Portal) musicians have all commended Sphaeras for their distinct style of playing.
Supported by the National Arts Council, Sphaeras released their 10-track debut album, Moirai, in May 2015
Contributing members of society by day, indie pop-rock outfit by night - leading a dual life is the name of the game. The quintet has been making waves in Southeast Asia, playing at Chiang Mai International Music Festival 2014 (Thailand), Beerfest Asia 2014, and MMLive 2014 (Singapore). Take Two's most recent conquests include opening for Scottish pop legends Travis, a short Spanish tour, winning the NOISE 2014 Music Mentorship Program, being nominated as one of the Top Live Music Acts in Singapore by CityNomads and being selected for the Beijing leg of SGMUSO-STB's Inside Out showcase. And if you have not had a chance to see them live, their unconventional and quirky music videos speak volumes about their creativity.
A Sassy Singaporean singer-songwriter, Kewei used to be supporting singer of superstars like David Tao, Ah-mei, Wang Lee-hom, & JJ Lin. She has since released her debut album, which broke through the Asia market in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Count Shaqula, The Dean, Kodak Beach, Chick City.
All key parts of the greater mythology of Teen Sensations. A mythology which has seen these youngsters labelled across the board as "The best band of 20-somethings pretending to be teenagers pretending to be The Beach Boys."
Initial singles "Get Fit For Summer" and "Surf And Sway" solidified them as leaders in the melodic surf pop game. Early 2k14 single "Peruvian 60" showed the world that surf instrumental music isn't dead - it's just that nobody cares about it anymore.
And now here they stand on the beach of hope that leads to the ocean of triumph. Armed only with their new single "Monster Beach Party", their debut 7" and a powerful matching striped shirt aesthetic it's time for Georgie, Your, Jerry & Corky to keep the legacy of Bobby "Boris" Pickett alive.
Taking inspiration from moments in '80s pop music and current indie rock, Sydney's The Never Ever are carving their own sound in today’s music scene.
2014 saw The Never Ever perform at Sydney’s acclaimed Big Day Out festival as well as a national tour of Japan in support of their latest release.
The band have been in the studio since returning from Japan with international touring and releases on the horizon for 2015.
The artist formerly known as Kevin Lester has had a life changing 2014, signing a deal with Black Eyed Peas' Apl.de.ap's BMBX label. He is due to release a new single in Q4 of 2014. The music activist started winning mass appeal with the loved TVC with StarHub & LionsXII, featuring Fandi Ahmad. He had live showcases in Canada and USA in May at Canadian Music Week 2014 to launch his EP. "Put Your City On" Part of Style:MEN magazine's 2014 Best Dressed List . This EP was featured heavily in iTunes USA's New Artist feature page in June. His single "JAMA" was placed as the opening sequence of Canada's top police drama "Rookie Blue" Releasing his brand new single “Light It For Me” at the end of October. His work has also been featured and supported by media powerhouses like HBO, CASBAA, StarHub, 913FM, Lush995, ChannelNewsAsia, 938Live, TEDxSINGAPORE, Straits Times, 8 Days and have produced commissioned pieces with Health Promotion Board & MPA to name a few.
TimeGiant is a Rock n’ Roll trio from Toronto, Canada that features soaring vocals, thunderous bass, stampeding drums, and piercing guitar harmonies making up a modern sound stemming from the 70’s. From numerous morning show television appearances to opening for bands such as The Tea Party, The Headstones, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience and Snoop Lion, the band has spent the year completing its second full-length album. Working alongside critically acclaimed producers Greig Nori (Sum 41, Treble Charger) and Jon Drew (Alexisonfire, Tokyo Police Club) and mixer David Bottrill (Tool, Muse), TimeGiant has created “A Night To Remember”
TULUS is a soloist male singer who built his carreer through independent label that already released two music album. First album is self titled TULUS - Tulus released on 2011 and second album called Gajah - Tulus that released on 2014. Through his carreer, he already got several achievement, one of his achievement received from one of international award called Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014 in "Artis Lekaki Terbaik 2014". In the end of 2014, several media called him as "Artist of The Year 2014".
Good music grasps your attention. But incredible, timeless music pulls you inside it. The songs of Twin Lakes are an absorbing volume of emotional depth. Each melody is a pool in which to drift and drown. Echoed, haunting guitar intros and dynamic drumming arrive at the ears as if passed through the surface of water, arousing the synapses, and inviting you into an immersive sonic landscape. Shimmering, atmospheric and taut melodies lead you to the edge before some small inflection – a single note or harmonic moment – forces you to dive in. The aching, nuanced voice of Eddie Garven is the current that draws you beneath. Born in the suburbs of Newcastle, during downtime for Garven’s other group, Seabellies, Twin Lakes existed in the ether as home recordings of coalesced ideas. But when an offer arrived for Twin Lakes to play a live performance, the singer and guitarist decided that it was time for his project to take the next step. Garven brought together a group of accomplished musicians. Twin Lakes sees Garven work with his brother, guitarist and backing vocalist Huw. On bass is Dan Pavez, who plays in a project with Huw called Ornaments. On keys, bass, vocal and engineering/production duties is Ben Russell. On drums is Sean Kelleher, a fellow Seabellies member who is completing a Masters in Music at the Australian Institute of Music. Twin Lakes is a formidable group of talented artists.
U180 is a pioneer of Chinese hip-hop group from Hangzhou, East coast of China that consisted of rappers Nengnen and T-Jack, and DJ/producer Chopurmind . The group produced two studio albums and may mixtapes up to now. Recently, U180 is one of the well-known hiphop groups in China and actively collaborating with other different artists and producers all over the world, such as Lu1(L.A.),Soundzimage(France),Chee production (Cantonese group),DJ LJ(DMC champion China),Petenuts(GrooveBunny Records), Gavintoo(Mingtown Records).Also, they were invited to perform at Shanghai, Chengdu, Wuhan, Nanning, Hefei and many other cities around the country, during the past few years.
Since its formation in 2011, Villes (pronounced ~Vils) has toured extensively around South East Asia, Japan and Australia.
Villes’ repertoire centers on their personalized brand of post-hardcore music infused with pop sensibilities, evident in their signature blend of screams and clean catchy choruses that are supported by a commanding structure of complex guitar riffs forming groove linearity with the drums. The band strives to make their sound and stories unique yet able to resonate with listeners everywhere.
Villes released their debut EP 'I’ve Seen The World' in 2012 which was produced and mixed by Singapore’s very own rising and award-winning producer, Roland Lim from Sync Studios (Roadrunner Records / Warner Music Singapore / Universal Music Singapore) and mastered by multi-platinum selling American record producer, Joey Sturgis (Rise Records / Sumerian Records).
One voice, one microphone, and some effects units.WAB plays his voice like an instrument; Beat Box, bass, guitar, and trumpets are sampled before your eyes. The WAB sounds; colourful, Afro, Funk, Jazz being what links it all opens the doors to improvisation. Since 2000, he performed as an instrument- vocalist and regularly shared the stage with renowned singers such as Maceo Parker, Noa, Michel Jonasz, Bernard Lavilliers, Babaz, and FFF. His strength and originality hold on a vocal sound mixture to built up beautiful songs, lyrics and acting. With just his voice and simple words he expresses a raft of emotions evoking a sense of the well-being together. WAB regularly releases discs under WAB solo or band, WAB and the Funky Machine or Humanophones (Vocal A cappella band).
Audiences from Australia, the UK, Spain, the US, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, China, to South Korea have all been thrilled by Wicked Aura, a band from the multicultural concrete jungle of Singapore that mashes up glorious Afro-Brazilian rhythms with a chunk of funk, a slab of rock, a ton of reggae, a hint of spicy local ethnic rhythms and dizzying electronica, all packed into one explosive cocktail. Apart from being the only Asian band whose song "Fight" was shortlisted in the Top 20 of the BBC's search for the "The Next Big Thing" in 2007 - the global search for the future of music, the Wicked Boys have also shared festival bills worldwide with artists of varying styles and genres such as the Beastie Boys, Robert Plant, Femi Kuti, The Dhol Foundation, Chico Cesar, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Black Eyed Peas, Tambuco and many more. The debut album, Louder Than Light, released to rave reviews in 2008, was as musically and stylistically eclectic as the rich cultural diversity of The Wickedboys. With the upcoming release of the second album, Beginning The End, Wicked Aura have truly found it's voice - raw, funky, passionate, rock-tinged batucada that has to be seen and heard live to be believed. Imagine one big party with Olodum jamming alongside Parliament Funkadelic and The Clash gatecrashing and you might have a slight idea of the sonic assault that is WICKED AURA.
Zahed Sultan is an alternative multimedia artist from Kuwait. His music has been licensed on an internationally acclaimed compilation (Hotel Costes 15 / France) as well as for television (‘CSI’ / US) and film (‘11.6’ / France). Zahed has been featured on renowned global platforms such as MTV Iggy (US), O2 Academy TV (UK) and the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) as an emerging Arab artist. Zahed is currently set to release his sophomore album ‘eyeamsound’ and is touring various regions around the world with his live audiovisual experience.
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