Monday, May 31, 2010
A stupid comment:
Those young punk rocker people were arrested because of excessive din and noise . The situation might be different if they attended an 'illegal" soothing sound of a jazz gig. Drugs are everywhere and all over the town. It is easily available in KL. Especially the eramine 5 . Even if they cant afford such drugs they still be able to get high by sniffing industrial glue which retails for a few dollars . Now more readers will know why the young punks are inhaling from a plastic bag and starts to hallucinate. That is glue inside the bag. And the situation gets worse when they ride their motorbikes. There must be a law for glue sniffers as the effect is same as drugs
my reply:have you actually been to Noisy Studio? have you looked around? there are no 'residents' around there. and from the outside, you can hardly hear any noise coming from inside the place. whoever did the report did it with purposeful intentions to cripple the gig and cripple the image of the punk youths. the 'authorities' are frightened by the growing scene. it is likely, it happened before, it can happen again. Face the fact that drugs and abuse is found everywhere, not only amongst "these punk rocker people" and these guys are the ones highly blamed for it all. This is injustice for you.
- Do they owe us a living? Course they fuckin' do. -
Friday, May 28, 2010
What was Noisy Studio ratted on for? What crimes? None.
Noisy Studio, a long well-known area for gigs (mainly low budget punk gigs) near the Ampang LRT was raided by police yesterday night during Berantakan's Album Launch.
Four trucks arrived and a total of 160 people were arrested and brought to the station. A few foreigners and mostly Malaysians.
Apparently someone ratted on the gig to the police, for reasons unconfirmed yet.
But that is such a fuck up thing to do. Why? No way in hell it could've been due to 'noise' because I've hung out outside the place many times and I can tell that the music inside the studio can hardly be heard and considered as 'noise' from the outside.
Because of this, the equipments might be taken away from the studio and the upcoming gigs might have to be postponed. (This might include Speak Out, Dance Punk Party and of course Whatever That Means & Kill The Apprentice LIVE @ Noisy)
What else is there to say?
What we do is not a crime.
Whoever it was who tried to make it seem like a crime;
rot in hell.
My comment (whether they approve or not, it's now here for all to read):
It is obvious this particular arrest is going to affect a lot of the youths' already negative outlook on the agents of society (gov, police, etc) and worsen their perspectives even more. These concerts have been going on for a very long time, and rarely anyone have gotten into serious harm that requires police's attention. It is pathetic that whoever reported this event only chose to do it now, during an event that disturbed nobody, an event of youths enjoying themselves, an event youths went to for an outlet from reality. I am pretty sure police have been aware of all these shows up until now. So why act only now? Looking for drug and alcohol abuse at a gig is definitely a prejudiced move; punk gigs are considered delinquent and stereotypically bad. But if you compare the activities and intentions that are in a gig to a CLUB, you'd find out the police who did the arrest on this studio wasted their time, when they could've gone to a club somewhere and arrested a lot more who actually are out for trouble. As for the gig being illegal? Who's to blame? The society is so strict on the religious values and 'righteous' values, will it be easy for us to get a permit for events like these? No. And getting a legalized permit would enter the event in the government's system, which would most likely cause even more of unwanted attention from the police body, which the youths do not FEAR, but merely wish would leave them alone. Have you ever heard of people being arrested purely because of their outfit? It only happens here. Come on, you get more corrupt minds in suits than in extreme/young clothes. Organizing and attending these concerts are part of the youth body, don't tell me the government is intending on tarnishing this growing part of society. On a more positive outlook; concerts bring people from outside the country in. In the music world, our neighboring countries envy Malaysia's scene. It does us well. So if I were one of the upper men, I would just keep quiet and let things be, because the events bring Malaysians and non-Malaysians together, and it is the events that spark an interest in many youths, making them proud of their country.
Monday, May 17, 2010
It kills me when I look at some things people who are completely unaware of our scene say (whether they are from or not from Malaysia). It's even worse when they are people who actually reside in Malaysia and perceive the place as their home. People who have been influenced so much into thinking "oh-my-god, international bands, awesome stuff, blows my mind, nothing can compare to these bands who are famous, these bands who are not your friends, these bands you need to go through security to meet!". These people who indulge in the intangible that they forget to appreciate those that are nearby and reachable. These people who look down on the things in front of them.
I have read somewhere of a person who has never received any promos, materials of any sort from Malaysia, but somehow manage to find a judgemental point of view, gutsy enough to say "releases from that area tend to be crap". Where's your proof? Where are you going to hide your face if you come down and witness a gig for yourself? Sure we do have crap gigs, but so do other countries all over the world. It isn't based on WHERE, as I have said once in a previous post. Sure, we do not have havoc similar to HellFest at our hardcore gigs, but the music is still good, the crowd is still devilish, the people still unite. Who gives a shit if the country is small and we are not known enough, when we have our own fun and we share our own happiness amongst one another? When will people understand, you don't need to be a colossal, rich and famous country like the US to have a strong ground of music? When will people realize that music did not just evolve from ONE place, but music found at one area can also be found in many others? You cannot say Asian music is shit, because Asian music can be similar to other music. You can't say Malaysians don't know how to produce, because it has been obvious that we have amazing music producers and bands around our country, some yet to be discovered, some already are.
We wouldn't have Restraint being compared to Sworn Enemy or Hatebreed if our music was shit. You wouldn't have Zee Avi being compared to Norah Jones, or Love Me Butch compared to Deftones, or big otais like our own Cromok being mentioned once in a Metallica interview as a "true meal band".
I also once came across a guy who rudely named our music scene as shitty, and compared our bands to Coldplay. When I asked him if he had even heard any Malaysian bands before, not those stupid songs you hear in a mini-market or whatever, he went 'no'. So who the fuck are you to judge? If I placed him in front of any random gigger, and told them to compare their music knowledge about international bands, he would've lost. No doubt.
Just because our scene is small, and hidden, and unexposed, it doesn't mean our minds are the same. The scene is our pillow to fall back on, but our minds are free to roam anywhere and everywhere. How would we get inspiration for music if we were unexposed to the outside world? Yeah, we do have jungles in Malaysia, but this does not make everybody living here orang kampungs. Fucking re-set your minds people. I have spoken to big acts like Shai Hulud and Buzzcocks, who were amazed at how active the scene was. I had a white guy attend a Buzzcocks gig in Malaysia and was completely blown away by the number of people in crust pants and mohawks and safety-pins he saw attending the show, unaware that there were even punks in the country. We have had overseas bands willing to come more than once because they loved the crowd that much. Our scene is our home, this feeling should be felt for every country with a local scene. Home.
We have Singaporeans loving our scene more than their own (though they should really support their own scene too) because of the pure unity and positive vibe they get from our scene. Okay, we're not a bunch of hippies, we have chaotic incidents too, but it's normal in a scene. It doesn't matter the size, it doesn't matter the place, as long as there's a scene, there's a dream and we fight for it.
You cannot simply judge music before hearing it, or judging the existence of a scene before attempting to find it. That just makes you an ignorant, oblivious and shallow person unworthy of being appreciated as a music-fan.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
An Addition to my previous post which I posted a while back, a year or two ago.
Understanding the event:
You are the organisers. You understand who and what type of band you invite to play at your show. You would've, if you are a good organizer, listened to their tunes they have sent to you or available on their sites.
Be sure to get the right amount of equipment.
Bands that are willing to play won't be expecting Fender/Marshall equipments, or any of that sort, but they will be expecting a good enough set of equipments to allow them to play a full set. Experiences have led me to realize how a wrong set leaves the band feeling disappointed.
If the band needs 3 amps, get three amps. If a band needs a keyboard stand or 2 microphones, get them. It isn't difficult to get things like these right. You cannot expect a band to thank you whole heartedly if by the end of the show, they needed to change their set or minimise their sounds, use a mixer, or any of that sort. Think it through.
A good promotion:
Don't depend on people to just find out about the event. As organizers, it is your responsibility to promote the event to as much extent possible. If this results in you having to walk around the streets handing out flyers, do it. It is not difficult to create an event page, with full details, and invite friends, tell them to invite friends, etc etc.
And be smart about where you promote. Promote at places where you know your targeted age group or giggers linger. Bukit Bintang, Kota Damansara, Uptowns... all that. Shopping malls too.
A good location:
A lot of giggers are teenagers. This means they usually rely on public transport or their own minimal transport to get there. Don't find a place where people will have difficulty in accessing. Take MCPA Hall. It was easy. Monorail station right in front of it. One Cafe. Monorail station right in front of it, and a very famous road behind (Chow Kit). People know these places. Even if you decide to get a place that is unknown or new, you must keep in mind how the transport to get there will be. I've been to a gig where only a handful people showed up because of transport difficulty.
Think it through. There are a lot more things to consider when you want to plan a gig.