Monday July 2, 2012
Night of indie music ahead
By FAZLEENA AZIZ
Photos by BRIAN MOH
IN conjunction with KL Festival 2012 next month, the stage has been set for the KL Indiemusicfest 2012 on July 8 at Laman Santai, Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur.
This is in recognition of the contribution of Indie music in the mainstream music industry. Indie music which began some 30 years ago has created many groups like The Karatz, Nemesis, Glottis, Picagari, Punisher, Black Fire and Rator.
The event is organised by Karyawan with the support of National Cultural and Arts Department (JKKN) in association with the music portal 2crank.com. It will start at 3pm and go on until 10.30pm and entrance is free.
It will feature a mixture of new and established acts like Monologue, OAG, Republic of Brickfields, Subculture, Phunk Mob, Tashy’s Ink, An Honest Mistake, Azure for Janne, Silvergun Superman, Angie Lym & Crew, HWC, BobTheSausage, Bliz, Johny Comes Lately and Instake.
There will be a performance by Indian band Chakram and So’od from the group Roots & Boots will be the MC for the event.
Fans will be in for a treat as there will be an exhibition of musical instruments from selected suppliers and music while all independent entrepreneurs are invited to sell their merchandise and hold entertaining events.
Karyawan president Datuk Freddie Fernandez said the concept of the performance was up to the groups.
He said Indie music was a familiar scene in the music industry and their contribution cannot be overlooked.
“Their contribution to the development of the music industry is significant. Many of them produced their own albums or songs, so this will be a great platform for them to showcase their talent.
“We have the Karyawan youth bureau which promotes young talent as well as make them aware of their rights.
“There is an organisation that protects their rights when songs are played over the radio, at hotels, clubs or on television,” he said, adding that some 5,000 people were expected to attend the festival.
Meanwhile, JKKN cultural development director Rosnan Nordin said the indie festival was a platform for the bands to grow and get recognition.
He said the indie music had its own following and potential for growth.
“We hope to make it an annual festival as part of the sub-events under the KL Festival,” he said.
Istana Budaya director-general Datuk Mohamed Johari Shaarani said they were more than happy to have Indie bands perform there.
He said among the first first Indie bands to perform at Istana Budaya were Butterfingers and OAG.
“The response to their shows was overwhelming.
“Being part of the KL Indiemusicfest 2012 is something special to us,” he added.
For those interested in selling their albums or merchandise at the fest, call Jack at 017-4320 989.