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WAMM / FUSED Screening #9 was a chilled out and awesome affair. The combination of "Kung Fu, Laksa and A Sausage Named Bob" proved to be one fun Sunday evening. As always WAMM would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to The Actor's Studio for keeping this collaboration alive, the band for coming to play live, the 2 filmmakers who graciously allowed us to screen their films and of course, YOU for coming. 

Above are some pictures of what went down, for those of you who missed out. 

Below is a video of  "Once Upon A Time There Was A Sausage Named Bob" performing their first song at the event, "Truth Be Told". 

Stay tuned for more videos and updates. 
(*Apologies, there are slight audio issues halfway through the Vid below. It will be rectified soon!)
'Once Upon a Time The Was A Sausage Named Bob’ consists of vocalist Esty Richards, Jared Lee and his brother Lee Wei Chen, Anthony JC Lam. Come see them perform live at the Fused / WAMM film screenings on October 2nd at the Actor's Studio Lot 10. Click here for more deets.

 They've been nice to answer some of our questions:

WAMM: Ok, before asking any other question, I think everyone's dying to know: how did you guys get such an off-beat name? What's the story behind it?
Jared: I'll try to explain in the simplest way possible:  4 boys and 1 girl met in college. Decide to join a battle of the bands for fun. Came up with a name which they thought was funny at a mamak in Subang. Won it and won a few more after that. Name stuck. Hahaha!

WAMM: Right, now that we've settled that, can you each introduce yourselves and tell us a bit about yourselves?
Esty: I'm the vocalist and also the youngest in the band. My passion is to make music: live, eat and breathe it. I'm a very open minded and outgoing person. I get along with everyone pretty well. Don't let my poise fool you, once you get to know me I can be very "crack". Haha! 
Jared: The Guitarist! Son of a hairstylist from Subang Jaya! :D 
JC: The drummer. Been drumming for about 5 years now. Everyone close to me would know I'm into food. Seriously, bribing me with food is an option! Umm, music is my passion, writing is my job (I'm working for a local entertainment magazine).
Chen: The Bassist, into competitive gaming.
Anthony: The other guitarist, currently doing sound for a certain company and I am a metalhead.

WAMM: We know Wei Chen and Jared are siblings, but as a group, how did you guys meet each other, and why did you guys decide to form a band?
JC: Actually, all 5 of us were from the same college, IACT. All of us, with the exception of Chen at the time, formed the band for a performing arts club at the college and our first song, This Is The Part, was written then.
Coincidentally, a battle of the bands came around the same time and, in need of another member, Jared got Chen into the band to play bass. The rest, as they say, is history!

WAMM: Tell us a bit about your music, who are your influences, and what's the song writing process like in your band?
Esty: Each of us has different influences which is a good thing. Basically it's either I come up with something and I give it to the band to try it out or the band comes up with a song and I fill in the lyrics. If one of us doesn’t like the song, we'll scratch it out; we want it to be a unanimous agreement.

WAMM: Do you guys have other jobs besides being in a band? Why do you have more than one job? Is it due to difficulties sustaining yourself as full time performers?
Chen: The boys have jobs because being in a band locally is not enough to sustain ourselves finacially speaking.
It'll be great if we can just do music as a full time job and have enough income :)

WAMM: What do you guys think is the reason for so many of our local peforming artistes to hold multiple jobs? 
Anthony: I guess it's pretty obvious because the industry here doesn't allow us to pursue it full-time, I think a big factor in this is because everyone needs to live, but that still doesn't stop us from pursuing a dream. 
The harsh reality of the industry is that you can't sustain yourself with just performing and recording. I would love to see a change, where local music is more accepted and the audience is more supportive (of local music).
JC: Unlike the US or other countries where their local music is thriving, the market for local music in Malaysia is actually pretty small. So based on that alone, making money from just music alone, as a band, is not easy.

WAMM: Do you think that that will change soon? 
Anthony: I really do hope so, if more people are receptive towards our local bands, this could change how things are. As for now, it seems rather bleak.
JC: For now, we'd better keep our daytime jobs. You know, just in case!

WAMM: Do you guys have any plans of going into performing full time? What is the dream or goal for the band?
Jared: We'd love to! That'll be the aim. Actually it's every band's dream to just do music and perform full-time. The current aim now is to open for an international act and tour in the country and outside. We hope to play at festivals outside the country for a start. :)

WAMM: Any last words of advice for aspiring creatives, especially those who have just started their own bands?
Esty: The most important thing is to know the value of chemistry in the band. Have fun writing songs and everything will fall into place. Always look for opportunities to perform and work hard!
Boys: WE AGREE! :D

Interview by Joshua Chong

"Kung Fu, Laksa and A Sausage Named Bob"

DATE: 2 Oct 2011, Sunday 
TIME : 3pm - 5.30pm 
VENUE : The Actors Studio, Lot 10
ENTRY: RM 10 min donation

 WAMM continues with it’s efforts to highlight Malaysian content with an award winning short in “Love & Luksaah” shot in New Zealand by Mei a Malaysian filmmaker based there plus a brand spanking new action comedy Bruce Lee parody “Damaged Kung Fu” by Juliane Block (a German filmmaker whose work revolves much around Malaysia). 

 On top of the 2 films, having showcased Rollin’ Sixers, Asmidar and Bihzhu in the past few screenings – this time, WAMM presents an up and coming band “Once Upon A Time There Was A Sausage Named Bob”!

Link to Facebook Event Page Here.
Malaysia's Largest Rock Festival.

SUM 41, Dashboard Confessional, One Buck Short, Metalasia, Love Me Butch, Kyoto Protocol.... and many more.

When: 8 October, 2011
Where: Carpark A, Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Time: 12pm -- 12am
Visit: www.rockawayfest.com for tickets

Also Featuring:
Hujan, Monoloque, LO, They Will Kill Us All, POP SHUVIT with Project E.A.R., Deja Voodoo Spells, Massacre Conspiracy, Busco, Tres Empre, Oh Chentaku, Dichi Michi, Twilight Actiongirl
The Artistic Exchange is a one off show that would feature an international act from the region. By having such a show, we are able to promote Malaysian talents to our guest as well as garner exposure for our guests that will showcase their style and culture to our audience. The Show would feature 4 acts with a 30min slot each.

Date: 17th August 2011
Time: 9pm to 12midnight
Location: Ecoba Restaurant & Bar
B-G-02, Level 1, Menara Bata (Tower B) PJ Trade Centre, Bandar Damansara Perdana, PJ 03-7710-1118

Supporting acts:

Ray Cheong
Az Samad

Featured Act: Noughts and Exes

One of Time Magazine's "5 Bands to Watch For in 2011"

Timeout 2010 Records of the Year

“An exquisite album reminiscent of Elliott Smith and Damien Rice, with subtle shades of Arcade Fire” - Time Magazine

"There's little doubt that Noughts And Exes are one of Hong Kong's most promising acts" - Time Out Magazine

“It's like Sufjan Stevens, Postal Service, and talent got together and had a kid” – BestNewBands.com

“Deliciously out of step with current trends. Noughts & Exes fashion highly crafted folk pop” - South China Morning Post

"[Noughts And Exes'] songs are filled with warm, rounded layers of multi-instrumental colour, rich harmonies, and vocal lines that regularly threaten to float away into the stratosphere. - Time Out Magazine

“Noughts And Exes, the indie band making waves in Hong Kong … strive for quality in every note they produce. This musical talent lends itself to some stunning tracks” – The Underground

Noughts and Exes are an indie folk pop band based in Hong Kong. With an international line-up of musicians, a mish-mash of inspiration and creative instrumentation, the band has become one of the most unique sounds in the city, earning a strong reputation and cult following.

In the short span of time since the band reformed in mid-2009 with a fresh sound, Noughts and Exes have consistently impressed with their live shows which includes high-profile slots playing alongside internationally acclaimed acts Handsome Furs, Wax Tailor, The Teenagers and CocoRosie.

The band’s first album “Act One, Scene One” (2007) was a truly independent affair, a move that was to become a trademark. Everything from the album art to the merchandise to the music video for ‘A Minor To Major’ – which received MTV airplay in the US and Canada and directed by frontman Joshua Wong – was conceptualized and created by band members. This DIY approach continues to permeate all that the band undertakes.

In November 2010, the band independently released their second album, ‘The Start Of Us’. Produced by the band and Dutch producer, Martijn Groeneveld of “Mailmen Studios”, the album was recorded in Hong Kong and mixed in the Netherlands. It sees Noughts and Exes come into its own with a more mature and intricate sound refined on stages across Asia. ‘The Start Of Us’ features the band’s complex combination of harmonies, keyboards, melodicas, glockenspiels, whistles and cello, as well as the catchy and distinct vocal melodies which have carried the songs into the hearts of their listeners.

'The Start Of Us' was met with great critical acclaim, securing a slot in Time Out Magazine’s '2010 Records of the Year’ and an exciting selection by Time Magazine as one of the '5 New Bands To Watch For in 2011'.

Art, music, visuals and performance are all integral to the Noughts and Exes vision, and the band aims to bring that vision to the world stage in a way never before seen by a Hong Kong band. The band is working on new videos and also a unique project which aims to explore the story-telling aspect of their music in a compelling way.

Debut music video for title track ‘The Start Of Us’ online now. Second video coming soon.
Check out www.noughtsandexes.com for the latest!

Noughts & Exes are: Joshua Wong, Gideon So, Kerrie-Anne Butler, Winnie Lau and Alex Bedwell.

8 Oct 2011
It´s bigger. It´s better. Rockaway is back!

Presented by Livescape and a partnership with One Buck Short & Friends, this 12-hour rock music festival is a showcase of local and international acts, celebrating music and all things rock!

The biggest rock festival, the first of its kind in Malaysia, is committed to highlight the best of both local and international scene. Rockaway 2011 will feature international headliners, Sum 41 and Dashboard Confessional together with our homegrown heroes including :

Massacre Conspiracy (http://www.myspace.com/massacreconspiracy)
Deja Voodoo Spells (http://www.myspace.com/dejavoodoospellsband)
Pop Shuvit w/ Project E.A.R (http://popshuvitmusic.com/wordpress/)
Kyoto Protocol (http://www.kyotoprotocolband.com/)
They Will Kill Us All
Love Me Butch

Opening acts:
Dichi Michi
Oh Centaku
Tres Empre

Rockaway is a platform for homegrown talents to showcase new materials and will be given the opportunity to extend their reach to a wider audience as they play alongside an exciting lineup. The success of the first Rockaway attracted a crowd of more than 10,000 festival-goers and 300,000 unique views online, streaming the show LIVE via Rockaway’s official website.

Get yourself ready and be a part of the Rockaway experience. High-energy live performances await you on the 8th October 2011.

Be sure to log on to www.rockawayfest.com & www.livescape.asia for frequent updates on bands and lineup to one of the most highly anticipated music festivals of the year.

Venue:  Pentas 2, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre(KLPac) 
Date & Time: 20 - 23 Jul @ 8:30 PM, 24 Jul @ 3:00 PM

JazzWorks presents Lush Life: Following the success of her first ever solo concert in 2010, Jazz extraordinary Junji Delfino returns with another show stopper, this time, to celebrate 51derful years of her scintillatingly lush life!

 In this she pays tribute to the geniuses of some of the world’s most prolific composers & lyricists and, subsequently, the singer who made their songs. Part musical, part commentary, Junji will present interesting anecdotes about the writers, the singers, their songs and their struggles in their journey to be heard. Delight in an intimate evening of music brought to you by Malaysia’s first lady of jazz, together with The David Gomez Trio and some very special guest stars.

Entry Fees: 
20th Jul (Preview Night) Flat Rate RM38
21th-24th Jul (Adult/Centre Seats) RM73
21th-24th Jul (Student/TAS Card/Side Seats)--RM38
Website:http://www.klpac.org / www.kakiseni.com / Facebook Event Page
It's that time of the year when there are plenty of summer music festivals around europe and the US. but the spill over effect is pretty apparent here in Malaysia as well. I've noticed quite a few local events building around the festival hype. One of the biggest is Urbanscapes of course, its a one full day extravagansa of all things music,arts, fashion and whatever else.

The line up this year is rather interesting I must say - 

  • Azlan and the Typewriters, 
  • They Will Kill Us All, 
  • Busco, 
  • Khottal, 
  • Kyoto Protocol
Of course there was also a competition by main sponsors TM to allow gig goers to vote newer bands in. All in all, it should be a good day for music. However sadly, this writer has chosen to go watch the Lliverpool vs Malaysian 11 at Bukit Jalil. 

But, do keep a watch for H.W.C. who should be playing about 3pm on Saturday at Urbanscapes!


Also, if your free on the 21st of july, The Artistic Series will be having an Open Mic session entitled Free for all
All talents are welcomed, music, poetry, comedians, dancers and etc! 

It will be happening 9pm onwards at Comida Solaris Dutamas!D2-G3-1, Solaris Dutamas 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

See you guys there!

Alda | The Music Dude
Admission is RM45 @ The Door.
SHOWTIME: Monday, 25 July 2011 @ 8.30pm 
VENUE : Pentas 2, KLPAC

"Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass.
The finger points look through like rosy blooms. 
Your eyes smile peace."
(Silent Noon - text by Rossetti, music by Vaughan Williams)

An evening of songs, lieder and chansons dedicated to lovers.

From the soaring love of Zeus for Ganymede, to the musings of an aging Nightclub Proprietress, these little melodic gems paint unique vignettes of lovers in their varied forms and guises. 

"Ah, at your breast
I lie and languish,
and your flowers and your grass
press themselves to my heart."
(Ganymed - German lyrics by Goethe, music by Schubert)

With songs by Schubert, Hahn, Poulenc, Britten, Rorem, Copland, Barber, Weill, Bolcom, Quilter, Vaughan Williams, and Dring, this intimate soiree will feature Malaysian tenor, Peter Ong, accompanied by renowned Singaporean pianist, Shane Thio. The evening's program will also be narrated by the talented Nell Ng and Janet Lee. 

Come sneak a peek behind the curtains into the boudoir, and revel in the lush embrace of lovers.


Admissions are by donation of RM45 and are available at the door on the day of the show. Thank you.

This music video is from one of WAMM's favourite Malaysian made Directors, Nadiah Hamzah (link to HUJAN PANAS trailer - a film we screened a while back) and is a song by one of WAMM's favourite singer, Reza Salleh (Details on his gig on 26 June HERE)! 
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