Damn. My blog just can’t keep up with my life anymore.
I realised a couple of days ago that i’ve been in 5 cities in the past 7 days.
Wednesday i woke up in London.
Thursday i woke up in Paris.
Sunday i was in KL.
Monday i was in Tokyo.
And today, Tuesday (thinking… yes it’s Tuesday!) i’m in Osaka.
How crazy is that!
One of immigration officers casually asked, ”Where are you flying to?” and i totally stoned cos i momentarily forgot where i was off to next.
What a marvelous problem to have.
To not remember where i’m gonna fly to next…
I would never have thought i’d have this kind of life!
I mean… i would dream and imagine i would, but to think it’s all actually happening so regularly… how AMAZING life is!
Been meeting the most inspirational and creative folks across the world,
all with massive hearts and minds.
I am a lucky girl. Can’t wait till i’m back home so i can settle back in and tell all my stories.
It’s late here in Osaka, i need to wake up at 6am to get some emails done.
For now, here’s my current favourite song that i’ve playing every single morning to give myself a semblance of calm and joy when i get ready FOR A NEW DAY.
Give every day your fucking best and the world will return you so much more.
Tongue in Chic shot actress Sarah, artist Nini and fairy me for a vid for KATE Cosmetics some time back.
You can see MingDaBomb smizing till kingdom come too.
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I watched the preview of Dance on NTV7′s Bella yesterday morning, and was so proud to see two of my friends’ work come together in a video! It’s Melissa Indot‘s third single release from the album MDot called Dance, with an appearance by dancer Maybelline Wong – whose energy just jumped outta the screen.
Mayb’s my neighbour too, and i do stupid things to her like call her frantically when i’m accidentally locked in my own house. Sometimes we do more fun stuff, like exchanging tapau-ed food from Seremban and JB earlier this week XD
Going back to Dance, it’s a song dedicated to Melissa’s mother and calls for all of us to appreciate those who love and care for us unconditionally.
/// The music video takes us on a journey using vintage pictures of Melissa’s fans and friends alike with their Mothers as well as Mothers with their own children, reminding us of the innocent and unconditional love shared. Directed by Susan Lankester, who is known for her active role in the Malaysian film and art scene since 1983 when she debuted in the cult classic “Mekanik” and more recently in the movie, “Take Me For Dinner”.
“It was such an experience making the music video with Susan, as we both had the same attitude towards life and our love for art. We had so much fun with all those involved; I started a campaign on my social media for my fans to send their throwback pictures of themselves and their mums / children. The response was overwhelming with several Malaysian Celebrities contributing too. See if you can spot the iconic Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah with activist daughter, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and film maker grand daughter, Ineza. Also Datuk Sheila Majid, Sofia Jane, Hunny Hatim and DJ Blink. The photos exude pure love, which is exactly what the song is all about”, Melissa says. ///
One of my greatest friends Melissa just released her 1st single “You & Me” in September, and launched her much anticipated album “MDot”!
She promises that it will be a new sound with a very real story to tell – One that will reach out to each and every one of you out there. Vectoring through from her last album, MDot weaves a story of the diverse synergy of life ~ encompassing the realization that we never really stand alone as we continue our life journey.
“You & Me” and ”MDot” has already got much support from radio stations, online reviews, critics and industry contemporaries.
“I believe that every action and thought affects another whether immediately or in the future, whether directly or indirectly, so, we are all connected, be it in the past or somehow, will be, connected in the future”, explains Melissa.
All songs are composed and lyrics written by Melissa, as she returns to Alexis with her band The MSFTS with album co-Producer Paul Morrison as Musical Director and on Drums.
For those who didn’t get to attend the album launch, Melissa will be performing at Alexis GE Mall this Saturday and Entry is Free! (We usually pay RM50 to watch her sing at No Black Tie.) It’s gonna be a mini album showcase with album songs and covers, and always a fun night. Clem and i usually end up dancing XD
“I am a little pop, a little rock, a little dance, a little retro, a little grunge, a little techno … No single person on this rock we called earth is one-dimensional or even two- dimensional … so why can’t we experience them all?”
~ Melissa Indot
Melissa has performed since young, and surprised everybody by enthralling the audience at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the age of 16. At the time, she performed as part of an elite octet, The Queenswood Singers of the Queenswood School Senior Choir. (She went on to lead this Octet the following year.)
After finishing school, she broke into the music scene in the UK in 1997 by debuting her first single “Not in Blue” as part of duo act Confucius Says. They were even featured on the BBC1 National Lottery Programme, televised live to 14 million viewers!
When Melissa returned to Malaysia in 2005, she dived right into performing at events and ”Spinging” (a word she coined = spinning + singing) by adding live performances to her DJ sets (which she just started learning then).
Since then, her first solo album “Eclecticism” won the 2008 Malaysian Music Industry Award (AIM15); and hits from the album like Starlight and This Time were remixed and featured on several Fierce Angel albums, a UK-based dance record label.
Melissa has performed alongside internationally-renowned names like DJ Eric Kupper (US), DJ Sam Young (UK), and DJ tyDi, who was voted Australia’s #1 DJ. She’s also opened for international heavyweights like Natalie Cole, Sean Kingston and Flo Rida during their concerts in KL.
Watch the video for Melissa’s latest single “You & Me”, shot by Redd Bullets:
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Children under the age of 10 are not allowed in during the performance.
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I had the most gorgeous weekend at Urbanscapes hanging out with different friends, lazing on the grass, getting lost finding our way to stages, losing friends on the way, and getting over the stupid rashes some of us got from the grass or caterpillars or whatever it is that caused it.
As i was popping Zyrtec and applying calamine lotion all over my post-festival itchiness, i wondered “Was it all worth it?” Well yes. Yes it was. Having rashes is not cool, but knowing half your friends at Urbanscapes have it too make it more bearable somehow. Like, we’re all in this together! :p
I didn’t have any shows i REALLY wanted to catch except for Tegan & Sara, and i LIKE not having a plan at festivals… just go with the flow, see who you meet, where you end up hanging out, and just do whatever you feel like doing! Trust me… there’s always a lot to do. Four of us (Claudia, Clem, Danny and i) managed to stick with each other for Day 1, and there was always someone who 1) needs to go to the toilet, 2) is hungry, 3) wants to get more beer, 4) find a friend’s store, 5) stopping to talk. So there’s lots to do :p
Day 1: Saturday!
Claudia and i went to stand RIGHT where the bubbles were being blown so they’d all fly toward us.
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DJ Fuzz, DJ Victor G, DJ Goldfish, DJ Blink… these are all names many partygoers in KL are familiar with thanks to the annual Pioneer Digital DJ Battle, which is back for its 11th year running! (It is undoubtedly the most anticipated music and DJ talent discovery event in Malaysia.)
The competition was actually started in Orlando, Florida by a group of party-crazy and audio-savvy Pioneer ProDJ execs; and soon exploded into becoming an international global event with its own Asian DJ Battle.
Today, the event is one of Malaysia’s biggest DJ competitions and continues to attract a large following of seasoned audiophiles, aspiring DJs, clubbers and party-goers. It has become a prominent stage in uncovering new DJ talent, as well as encouraging Malaysian talent into achieving recognition in the local and international DJ scene.
2012 Pioneer DJ Battle Champion Ben Cracko.
I blogged about last year’s finale event *HERE*
The crowd at last year’s DJ Battle
This year, the battle will take place at Zouk Club Kuala Lumpur on 6th December and promises a thrilling display of raw talent, flair and showmanship.
Celebrity judges consist of DJ Victor G, DJ Eugene, DJ Anowl and DJ ET, alongside Mr Raymond Lee, General Manager of Pioneer Malaysia.
On 6th Dec, only the top 5 finalists will be selected to enter the Grand Final. Each finalist gets 20 minutes to showcase their talents and be judged based on creativity in using Pioneer equipment, song selections, mixing & scratching skills, techniques, audience response and overall showmanship.
It’s gonna be an interesting competition going down this December cos last year’s Digital DJ Battle Champion, Ben Cracko, will be defending his title in hopes of qualifying to represent Malaysia for the Pioneer Digital DJ Battle Asian Championship in 2014.
Fans, guests and clubbers who attend can expect additional great prizes and giveaways from Pioneer and participating sponsors. Get your free guest pass from www.pioneer.my.
This event is jointly organised by Pioneer and participating sponsors JUICE (Official Magazine), PUMA (Official Apparel), ICE-WATCH (Official Timepiece), GATSBY (Official Body Care), 8TV (Official TV Station) and Heineken.
The Top 3 Winners will spin their way to win great prizes totalling RM35,000 and more;
including a range of the latest Pioneer DJ equipment models:
Champion: 2 x CDJ Player (CDJ-2000NEXUS), 1 x DJ Mixer (DJM-2000NEXUS) and RM2,000 Cash Prize
1st Runner-up: 1 x DJ Mixer (DJM-900SRT)
2nd Runner-up: 1 x Remix Station (RMX-1000 Remix Station)
With a much larger crowd turnout anticipated, this promises to be the biggest and best Pioneer Digital DJ Battle yet.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR URBANSCAPES!!!
Well… i’ve been excited since early this year and even penned the dates down then just so i know NOTHING will come in my way between me being at Urbanscapes!
I AM SO STOKED that Tegan & Sara are performing! And Franz Ferdinand!
There’s gonna be so much to see and do that i’m already feeling quite overwhelmed as to WHAT to head for and plan out my strategy XD
2013 is proud to announce new additions to its already massive Big Weekend of creative arts, music and community at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang.
Franz Ferdinand, Tegan and Sara, Two Door Cinema Club and Efterklang provide the international highlights to a list of some of the world’s most exciting music and creative arts talents.
On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November they will be joined by dozens of local, regional and international bands, musicians, comedians, sculptors, performance artists, visual artists and other zeitgeist-defying acts when Urbanscapes Festival 2013 – The Big Weekend – opens its doors at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) for a weekend-long carousel of creativity and fun for all ages.
Joining international acts like Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club, and Tegan and Sara are Australian indie rockers Last Dinosaurs, Aussie audio-visual group The Wires and UK a capella ensembleBlack Voices. On the local front, there’s singer-songwriter Asmidar as well as a specially presented show by The Wknd Sessions featuring scene veterans Damn Dirty Apes and Nice Stupid Playground.
Add to that some improv comedy by the likes of Patrick Teoh and Afdlin Shauki for Actorlympics, a Real Horror Show by Kult from Singapore and an eye-opening installation by Market of Experiences, and it’s sure to be a Big Weekend to remember!”
For more of an idea of what has been planned out for you, check out their blog - www.urbanscapes.com.my/blog
Date: Saturday 23 November & Sunday 24 November 2013
Time: Doors open 2pm (daily)
Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang
43400 Serdang, Selangor
Age: Urbanscapes practices an all-ages festival policy. Children under 12 years old enter free of charge but must be accompanied by an adult.
All-Access Pass: RM397
Weekend Pass Pre-Sale: RM227 (limited)
Weekend Pass Regular Sale: RM247
Satellite Shows: RM177 (per show)
Online at http://www.ticketpro.com.my/jnp/festivals/1121690-urbanscapes-2013.html and at the following outlets:
- Tower Records Malaysia, Berjaya Times Square
- Rock Corner outlets: 1 Utama, The Curve, Subang Parade, The Gardens, Mid Valley Megamall, KLCC, Bangsar
- The Guitar Store outlets: Cheras, Desa Sri Hartamas, Damansara Perdana, Kepong, Balakong, Puchong
- Victoria Music Centre outlets: Sungei Wang Plaza, Tropicana City Mall, Bangsar
- Loud + Clear, Bangi
- Life Centre
*all info above provided by Urbanscapes*