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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Doppelganger Indie Picks: Y2K (MALAYSIA) meets Superman is Dead (INDONESIA)

Here we go again with Doppelganger Indie Picks. Each time, we select one local and one foreign artiste to share with you. This edition, we are shaking with excitement as we reintroduce two punk acts, both of whom have been around for quite some time. Whilst our Balinese counterpart, Superman is Dead enjoys a fan base of over 5million on Facebook, the other closer to home (we're speaking of Ampang in Kuala Lumpur) has an insignificant amount of but in our opinion, have the promise of being a really really really (as my Italian friend Valentina says) a smashing big band! So the long and short is, the Malaysian band Y2K has been established since the early 2000s and is about to release it's second album. How many albums did Sex Pistols release? Perhaps this article (Sex Pistols' Steve Jones interview: 'We should do a covers album') could be an inspiration to them to reinvent, repackage and just bloody get their band out there more and more and more :P Can't you tell we like 'em?


Who would never have heard of Y2K? To those who haven’t, they need to stop what they are doing and read up on the Malaysian punk history, pronto.  Y2K have been the silent killers for years since the 90s, occasionally making an appearance on stages (but never showing their faces beyond the eye slits of their stylish balaclavas) to give the most heart racing, fist pumping punk rock there is out there. Tight as a band, and really sound as general human beings, Y2K are definitely still one of the pioneer bands leading the underground scene today. (Written by Celine Belli)

Have a peak at Y2K opening for PARAMORE in KL:


SID, punk rock pioneers of Bali, Indonesia were born and bred in Kuta Rock City and made of Bobby Kool (lead vocal, guitar and a graphic designer), Eka Rock (a family man, bass and backing vocal) and Jrx (drummer).
The name ‘Superman is Dead’ evolved from Stone Temple Pilot’s “Superman Silvergun”. The name moved on to “Superman is Dead” because they like the idea that there’s no such thing as a perfect person out there. SID got together in 1995, drawn by their common love of Green Day and NOFX. Their influences soon extended to the punk ‘n roll genre a la Supersuckers, Living End and Social Distortion, and here they stay.SID public image is described as “Punk Rock a Bali” (a combo of the raw energy from NOFX vs Social Distortion with a Balinese Rockabilly attitude).
SID‘s first releases were with fabulous, small scale indie labels 1997 “Case 15″, 1999 “Superman is Dead”, 2002 “Bad Bad Bad”(mini album, 6 tracks).
In March 2003, SID finally signed with Sony-BMG Indonesia after extended negotiations regarding their right to sing the majority of their tracks in English. That decision resulted in SID becoming the first band from Bali to be invited to sign with a major recording label in Indonesia, the first band in their nation to be recording majority of songs in English and the first punk band in Indonesia to get the national exposure and promotion that working with a major label in a third world country provides. And so the history of Indonesian Punk Rock begins! 
And where are they now?
At the end of 2002, one of the more respectable music magazines cited SID as “The Next Big Thing” for 2003. With the release of their fourth album “Kuta Rock City” followed by major air play nationally and in some countries overseas, coupled with the instant popularity of their newest film clip.
SID found itself suddenly touring continuously throughout Indonesia.In 2003 SID got mentioned by Time Magazine Asia. They also won a few music awards “MTV Awards for The Best New Artist 2003”, “AMI Awards for The Best New Artist 2003” and nominated again in “AMI Awards 2006 for The Best Rock Album”.October 2007, they did an amazing Australian tour, 8 cities, 16 gigs, 33 days with their strong D.I.Y work ethic. June – July 2009, Superman Is Dead held An American Tour, 16 Gigs in 16 cities. 11 gigs of them were the ‘ Vans Warped Tour’ and the last 5 gigs were ‘From Bali With Rock’. They worked very hard to succeed this exciting tour and had crossed the big land from West Coast to East Coast return.
SID have shared the stage with international bands such as International Noise Conspiracy, NOFX, MXPX and Hoobastank.They remain proud, Balinese boys with a love for punk rock. (Provided by SID mgmt)

And so, our friendship struck with Y2K / FYI Entertainment since the early scene beginnings in 2000 has led to #CJPlayground - a mammoth day of music + tech + games with the #CJConcert on 15 NOV 2014 in Cyberjaya where both bands Y2K and SID will share the same stage amongst other great independent bands. Enjoy this session's Doppelganger Indie Picks!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FEYST14 heads to Silicon Valley of Malaysia - Cyberjaya!



The 7th installation of FEYST: Independent Youth Festival will take place over three days from 14-16 November at LimKokWing University of Creative Technology in Cyberjaya.

What started off back in 2008 as a combo music and video games festival, has now gone above the line under the name “CYBERJAYA CREATIVE PLAYGROUND” or #CJPlayground in short. In collaboration with #CJPlayground, there will be four music concerts across two stage! 

  • #CJConcert feat. OAG, Y2K, S.O.G., Couple, An Honest Mistake +  2 Guest Bands from the Region (Names will be announced by 1st Nov)
  • FEYST Concert feat. Phlox, The Rubberbands ++ 
  • GBOB Malaysia (Global Battle of the Bands)
  • DoPPel Music World Open Mic
Other Programmes
  • CJTECHTalk feat. David Garpenstahl (Stockholm)
  • Cyberfusion LAN party by Spotgamers (MMU, Cyberjaya)
Festival pass: Get your FREE passes now. Tickets go on sale starting 1st NOV. Reserve your tickets now at
The GBOB World Final is coming to OSLO!
Oslo City is proud to be hosting this year’s GBOB World Final, at the Rockefeller, on the 8th of March 2015 (Sunday). GBOB is the Global Battle of the Bands, the biggest worldwide music competition for bands playing their own songs, live.
On March 2015, the best new bands from around the world will be gathering in Oslo and performing live before a Norwegian Audience and various Music Industry Professionals from around the world, in an effort to win this year’s title “Best New Band in the World” and a massive International Band Development Package, courtesy of GBOB Worldwide and its Partners. This year’s participating countries include Netherlands, Czech Republic, Australia, Malaysia, Romania, Moldova, England, Scotland, Belarus, and more. 
GBOB is a global live music competition for real, un-manufactured bands playing their own, original music. Other competitions, like Pop-Idol and X-Factor, are all about cover-songs. In GBOB there are only two main rules: all bands have to play their own songs, and play live. 
GBOB has grown year on year and to date has involved more than 40,000 musicians across Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central America. Its reputation for breaking new bands is proven by previous winners who have since signed deals with Warner Brothers, Universal and EMI as well as production deals with leading producers including Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, Charlatans) and Danny Saber (U2, David Bowie). ​To register or know more, please go to
See you at one of our FEYST events!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

VIDEOS: Phlox//Quiver Live Sessions

DMW received an email from Phlox about the release of this live video performance on their first album, Quiver (released 2009 on digital download). Enjoy!

Friday, September 12, 2014

GIG ORGANISERS' CHEAT SHEET: Ever wondered how to apply for Foreign Artiste permits for festivals?



Extracted from Malaysian Immigration portal
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Need assistance with permits for your band into Malaysia? Our VISA RUN service can help at openmickl[at]gmail[dot]com
Visitor's Pass (Professional)
Issued to a foreigner who hold acceptable professional qualifications or specialist skills and enter Malaysia to take up professional work for short term period not exceeding twelve (12) month. Applicant must be outside Malaysia at the time of application.

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Rolo Tomassi, above, are an SXSW success story, but difficult obtaining a visa prevents many UK bands from attending the renowned music conference in Austin, Texas USA. To perform in Malaysia, they may need to put on a sarong though... Photograph: Gus Stewart/ Redferns. Read more:

B. Artistes

1. Category:
i.  Stage Artiste - singer, musician, dancer, concert, theatre, circus, acrobatic, silat,, magician and opera (Buddhist, Hindu, and others)
ii.  Non-Artiste - stage management and screen play filming activities - documentary, interview, fiction, entertainment, commercial advertisement or any other related filming activities of any foreign film production company in Malaysia.
iii.  Live Performance/Shows - in hotels, entertainment outlets, Trade Centre, Cultural Centre, Stadium and other suitable places.
iv.  Promotional Activities by artiste - indoor or outdoor performance, album and film promotions and product promotion excluding alcohol and tobacco products.
For details please go to
2. Application Procedures for Stage/Film Agencies
  1. Letter of Approval from FINAS
  2. Application Letter from sponsor
  3. Form 12
  4. Form IMM 38
  5. 2 recent passport size photographs
  6. Personal Bond
  7. Letter of acceptance
  8. Photocopy of Passport
  9. Photocopy of company's registration Form ( certified copies of Form 9, 24, and 49)
Note: All applications must be submitted in TRIPLICATE
The completed application should be submitted to:
Jawatankuasa Agensi Pusat Permohonan Penggambaran Filem dan Persembahan Artis Luar Negara (PUSPAL)
Bahagian Perlesenan dan Penguatkuasaan
Kementerian Kebudayaan, Kesenian dan Warisan Malaysia
Tingkat 30, Menara TH Perdana, Maju Junction
1001 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50694 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-26127600
3. Fees
Charity concert
Cultural Exchange
Album promotion
Collaboration programme
Cosmetic programme
Food promotion
Film promotion
Magic show
Acrobatic acts

The  completed application should be submitted to:
The Director,
Visa, Pass and Permit Division
3rd Floor (Podium)
Block 2G4, Persiaran Perdana
Precinct 2,
62550 Putrajaya
Wilayah Persekutuan.
Att:Unit Pas Lawatan Ikthisas
Tel: 60-3-88801409/1406
Fax: 60-3-88801374
Next, you will also need to check out the PUSPAL guidelines. Download PDF fact sheet.
For latest updates, please refer to
Have an experience to share about permits application? Tell us! 

Monday, June 02, 2014

Volunteers needed for CD compilation!

Calling indie music supporters!!!

Want to play a part in putting together a Malaysian indie music compilation?

Join us! Email us at openmickl [at] gmail [dot] com. Thank you!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

DoPPel Indie Picks: Of musical debuts... Singer songwriter Bihzhu in a Sondheim Musical & Lorde's EP, The Love Club

DoPPelganger Indie Picks is a selection of some of our favourites. We proudly present you with two artistes for your listening pleasure. 


Introducing Penang-born songbird, BIHZHU - singer songwriter who currently lives in Kuala Lumpur. Her foray into the world of musicals begins with Stephen Sondheim's "MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG" produced in KL by by Pan Productions. BIHZHU is also the voice behind Penang Tourism's TV commercial aired via Asian Food Channel, featuring Dato' Jimmy Choo. 

[New Zealand]

And from the twin towers across the Peninsular of Malaysia, we head across the South China and Tasman Seas to find New Zealander of Croatian/Irish heritage - LORDE. 

Her debut EP, The Love Club, was originally posted on SoundCloud in November 2012 and was available for free download. Manager Maclachlan said: "We felt it was a very strong piece of music and thought, let's just put it out and worry about the money later ... When it got to 60,000 free downloads [the record company] said, we have to stop now." A music supervisor in the United States heard the EP and played it to Lava Records CEO Jason Flom who subsequently wanted to meet Lorde and sign her to his Universal subsidiary label. Flom said: "We saw an immediate reaction around the world ... It was the first spark that lit the blaze of attention and activity that culminated in Lorde’s incredible album debut.  

Source: Wikipedia:

And so here is the story of musical debuts...

But first... this is a nice little project Esquiremy - a music compilation featuring Bihzhu as one of the performers. Check it out!