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 www.cjplayground.com.my.
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 www.GBOB.com
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
Researched by GO M.I.C.E.-a division of Gointernationalgroup.com
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: http://bit.ly/1oA1EST

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 http://www.heritage.gov.my
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 http://www.imi.gov.my.
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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorde

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! 

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Event News: BBoy, Hip Hop, Emcees ready for TYGS 2014 Battle Series??!!

TYGS 2014 Battle Series is confirmed and ready to roll out a killer line up of Hip Hop Battles covering All Elements.

This year, together with The Judgement Day & BBoyWorld Malaysia and in conjunction with Malaysia Got Hip Hop we are getting amped up for some of the illest Hip Hop Battles and bringing the community together in ONE location - Maju Junction Mall

All Happening on Sunday June 1st 2014 from 5PM to 9PM.

Get a glimpse of the latest visuals and take a peek at everyone who is supporting TYGS Battle Series 2014!

Oh and if you can guess who that guy is on the poster, yeah the one with his back to you, you win one of our cool door prizes!

Contact person:

#TheMoveMint Jason 'Vandal' Schadt
Director of Ceremonies
+6016 9851981 [Malaysia]

The power of Connections

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

News: KL International Jazz Fest 2014 is back!

Jazz lovers! Take note. Keep your 17 & 18 May free for the 2014 installation of KL International Jazz Festival! Support!

Diane Schuur

Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the ‘40s and ‘50s, Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents’ generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s ...

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Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui is a citizen of the world. She tours relentlessly and has brought her music to virtually every corner of the globe. Her music transcends boundary and her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her a devout international following. “Music has no borders and it creates a oneness among people,” confides the ...

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Tizer Quartet

Driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, jam band influences and Afro Cuban and world rhythms, Downbeat—the first studio album by TIZER, a multi-cultural band led by Boulder, CO native, keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer—throws down a high powered collection of 12 brand-new originals on this scintillating release of fresh instrumental music from one of ...

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John Beasley

Grammy-nominated recording artist John Beasley’s music career spans three decades.  LA Times jazz critic Bill Kohlhaasee describes Beasley’s music and playing as “a variety of generational influences, incorporating the emphatic chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk and the lush intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal voice.” His credits cross the ...

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Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik

Michaela Rabitsch, singer, composer and Austria’s only female top jazz trumpet player is called a modern day female Chet Baker by the US magazine Jazzscene. Michaela and her ingenious partner, composer and incredible fluid guitarist Robert Pawlik present “Voyagers“, their 4th common CD and a program, inspired by their numerous tours of the last years ...

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Phillippe Sellam Trio

Philippe Sellam was born on the 24 of October in 1960 in Alger, Algeria. He is living in Paris as a musician and composer. He plays the alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baryton saxophone, and soprano saxophone. He has played with Michel Petruciani, Paco Sery group (Joe Zawinul drummer), Michel Portal, Roy Hargrove, Andy Emler, Mino Cinelu, Glenn Ferris, Maraca ...

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Dominique di Piazza with Beyond & Blues Quartet

Dominique Di Piazza was born in Lyon, France, with Sicilian ancestry and a gypsy stepfather. He started playing electric bass in 1979. After some time, he managed to free himself from the pervasive influence that Jaco Pastorius had over most bassists at the time, by creating his own style. Self-taught, he added an extra high ...

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