The Barlai Open Mic #5 : SayangKinabalu #1

9th July 2015: The Barlai Open Mic #5 : SayangKinabalu #1 at Barlai, Jalan Sin Chew Kee. Here’s Endee Ahmad! Rocking voice.

Ian Steven Ong.

The crowd.

Mikhail Iskandar Hanafi.

Winnie Chua.

Ian Tai. I missed Ruben Kelvin who performed after him.

Bobby Tan.

Saturday Afternoon. Fariz started first, with Melissa joining on stage…

…then Melissa did her stuff solo.

Rozella, who was helping to collect donations for the Mount Kinabalu guides affected by the recent earthquake.

Shaneil Devaser, emcee and organizer.

Jo & Jermaine, Across The Road

3rd July 2015: Jo & Jermaine play live! at Across The Road, Jalan Bangsar Utama 1, behind the Bangsar LRT station. I decided it would be leg day and hoofed it for half an hour down a sloping road!

This is Jo.

This is Jermaine. They are sisters!

Jo, I’d seen in various band/format incarnations, as pop-jazz, R&B and rock and roll (complete with pleather pants). This was the pop cover side.

The Barlai Open Mic #4

9th July 2015: The Barlai Open Mic #4, at Barlai, Jalan Sin Chew Kee.

Here’s Joanne Lim with emcee and host Shaneil playing guitar.

A quiet, quaint little bar this was, by The BIG Group.

Winnie Chua.

She was rocking the warrior stance!

I brought my Sony Alpha 7S and Mitakon/ZhongYi Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 Dark Knight Pro Edition for low-light situations like these.

The amazing, soulful Kafayat Quadri.

Ian Tai has some interesting singalongs.

Ruben Kelvin does a mean impression of Johnny Cash.

Shaneil Devaser ends the night.

Melissa didn’t perform, but she was amazed by her Sony Alpha 7 Mark II and the Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*.

Feedback Open Mic ft Cassandra Mary & Aalex Termizi @ The Bee Publika / June 2015 Edition

23rd June 2015: Feedback Open Mic ft Cassandra Mary & Aalex Termizi @ The Bee Publika / June 2015 Edition. Here’s Razlan Shah!


Ruben joins her on stage.


Mikael Ryan.

Ryan & Lily.

Tasha Aleia.

Awesome vocals and rhythm guitar, as always!

First featured act, Aalex Tarmizi.

Up Yours.

Second featured act, Cassandra Mary.

The boys from her band.

Regular Ryan.

Herman Ramanado, who played for Cassandra, stayed on stage for his own set.

His second song, Someday was an original. He wrote it on guitar and didn’t write the bassline, but like any talented ICOM student he made the bassline on the spot.

Reza Salleh, emcee and organizer, ends the night with Zalila accompanying.

Hard Rock Cafe Melaka

20th June 2015: I finally entered the Hard Rock Cafe in Malacca. But first, here’s a sunny shot from the day before.

The interior is huge! If you’ve been to the dark, original Hard Rock Cafe in Kuala Lumpur, you’ll be amazed at how you enter this one in a wide room and its ceiling further expands. The KL one has memories for me though, as the first place I had alcohol – a Long Island Tea that ordered coolly, as if I had drank before.

The grand stage.

There was Devotion, a band from Indonesia, that night.

They played pop covers.

Probably the best of the three vocalists.

They didn’t play old school pub rockers, so I can’t say it was my cup of tea.

Very daring – retuning your double-locking floating bridge guitar on stage in between songs! Anyone who owns a double-locking floating bridge knows how much of a risk this is.

That guitar was labelled to be related to Faith No More. Whether it was used in recording, live or just as an autographed guitar, I can’t tell.

Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Gamaharu & Shaneil Devaser / June 2015 Edition

9th June 2015: Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Gamaharu & Shaneil Devaser / June 2015 Edition. Here’s Red Panda!

Isaac Ho getting introduced by emcee and organizer Reza Salleh.

Isaac has comedian Ross Stephenson up to sing a song.

First featured act, Shaneil Devaser.

The Message.

Second featured act…


Haru is joined by Reza in this picture.

Gama joins the crowd.

He brings the percussion to you!

Melianne, featuring a familiar Melissa…

…and Dianne.

Reza Salleh ends the night with Gama backing him up.

Music Marathon X Fete De La Musique

6th June 2015: Music Marathon X Fete De La Musique, at Laundry Bar, The Curve!

Here’s Armon.

Emcee Melissa Th’ng.

I missed Son Of A Policeman earlier, but I managed to take a band picture of them. Also missed – Resya Rahman and Talitha Tan.

Kent Sim

…and his steady cajon player.

Jon Liddell.

Now, with a band!

Army Of Three, three plus one.

Relent – one with neatly combed hair, another who doesn’t comb.

Back2Basixx sees our local John Legend, Christian Theseira, pick up a double-locking tremolo-ed guitar.

A special occasion indeed, with Krystal (Small, of Big & Small) coming on to sing a song.

Vocal harmony quintet turned full band.

Daryll (Big, of Big & Small) takes over the guitar here.

So why is she called Small again?

With 4 people in the band and 1 guest vocalist, the musicians on stage turned from the regular 5 to 10 instead.

Aster Kyle Cow G. on the right.

Cool cow.

Then I’d see the full electric, new lineup of An Honest Mistake!

Darren would take all vocal duties.

It is always leg day.


Always a fun act to photograph, for the musical breakdowns!

OJ Law, who I’ll always look forward to catching, for his songwriting genius.

The dark electro-pop of Gran Kino.

They hailed from France!


31st May 2015: SOUNDSTRUCK : FEST! at The Bee, Publika. Here’s They Forgot Jasmine!

Night Skies & Visions.

Cool bass stance.

I have a thing for triple-humbucker SG guitars.

A rather unique pickguard.


Talitha Tan.

Solo this time.

Deeply Mauved.

The boys!

The vocalist…

Melinya Sarah DeRich, usually seen behind the sound console. Her one time sound engineer boss was drummer for Seven Collar T-Shirt.

Cool-looking purple pedal.

Kelly Siew.

Omar on drums.

Vicky, the fill-in Crinkle Cut member, catching up with Korean dramas while playing keyboard.

She is right on point.

Always one fun performer to photograph.

Daniel comes up for a song.

Then came the open mic competition, with finalists battling it out to win the points of judges.

Here’s The Field Of Innocence/The F.O.I Band.

Lyanne Low Hui-Yi.

Spotted in the crowd: Tali Tgn, not to be confused with Tali Tan.

David Soh.

Lisa Sabrina.

I missed Amrita Soon’s open mic performance. Here, Kelly Siew being a judge, gives her comments.

Deborah Gan.

Kee Vern Lai.

Fuzzy was the last contestant.

Flying Pan.


They sang a special song…

…for an engagement proposal!

I was outside when the commotion happened so I missed the chance to get close, wide-angle shots.

Wanted Symphony.

An Honest Mistake.

Why is Darren Teh so shy?

A slightly different configuration…

…with Tomas on acoustic guitar instead of bass.

Then it was time to announce the winners, with Lyanne winning a cajon!

David Soh won a guitar.

Son Of A Policeman (SOAP).

This was a new lineup to me.

A familiar face.

For their song Maria, they all don fake moustaches.

Don’t know where his went.

Jee shows us that you don’t need a Keytar with a strap to rock out on stage. 61 keys beats any Keytar, anyway.

Joshua, frontman.

Takaki guest drums.

Daniel Wong, emcee and organizer.


They did a cover of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers theme song, awesome!

A deejay ended the night.

Halfway Kings “Bare Bones” Album Launch

30th May 2015: Halfway Kings “Bare Bones” Album Launch, at Chaos Hotel, outside Fahrenheit 88/KL Plaza.

Emcee Joachim.

This is a representation of the way to get there, from one of Jalan Bukit Bintang’s many side roads.

Opening act…

The Fridays!

Awesome indiepop band.

Gotta love their stage energy!

Then came the band whose album was just released…

Halfway Kings.

The crowd.

I like it when places use proper embossed signage.

Some Mike Patton-esque looker above.

Joachim, again.

A hidden drummer.

Adeline, on vocals and tormented lyrics.

For some reason his basslines remind me of Flea’s basslines in the Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication album, in a great way.

Their supportive supporters.


Gerard Singh and The Union at Backyard Pub, Sri Hartamas

29th May 2015: Gerard Singh and The Union at Backyard Pub, Sri Hartamas!

These guys play strictly 80s music.

Gerard Singh has unlocked a level of accomplishment by making it into the US Billboard without stepping foot in the US in 2014…

…so I guess you can’t call his own tune one of the 80s.

The vocalist, who sometimes lets Gerard sing.

The guitarist.