Feedback Open Mic at The Bee, Publika, 24th July 2012, saw Natasha Ejaz up on stage.
Genji, if I caught his name right, beatboxed.
Jared and Max.
Rafael, with a most awesome solo jazz vocal performance.
Figure It Out had a sound like The Strokes.
Ray Cheong, the first featured act, in a pre-performance moment as opposed to his usual fretboard gymnastics.
Narmi, touted as king of jiwang.
Remy J, the second featured act. Why Remy J? I am guessing it is because Jeremy L. doesn’t roll off the tongue the same way.
Bassment Syndicate, neo-funk-soul.
Why yes Davina does have… a B.R.F.!
I don’t know what happened but Sharon Chong was suddenly on bass (with Fook shifting over to drums).
The Boon Band covered Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely.
As always when I bump into Gregory Ramanado we take a picture like we were spotted in a club by a bored photographer looking to look busy.
And here’s Davinaaargh. I don’t remember how we got to camwhoring like Elmos.
8th August 2012, saw me at The Bee, Publika again, for The Songwriters’ Showcase Series #5. Here’s Jasemaine Gan, host and emcee!
Reza Salleh was up, and I think I remember him singing a Chinese song for the Chinese crowd.
Ray Cheong, again. He has a load of funk in his guitar slapping.
14th August 2012, was Feedback Open Mic at The Bee, Jaya One. Here’s Van Carlson the band, with a most shiny guitar!
I really don’t come here often because it’s in Petaling Jaya, next to Section 17, home to many mosquitoes. I grew up there and fed many generations.
The vocalist looks a lot like Jacob of Twilight.
George Wong of Two Storey Heart, meanwhile, has a better love story.
Eu Gene does her basslines.
Natasha Ejaz from Pakistan, the first featured act, does a killer trumpet vocal solo.
A 5-string fretless bass! This was the lined, inlayed variety. 24 frets, interestingly.
Nicky and Aliff do an interesting take on Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Nicky also beatboxed over a loop pedal.
Ariff AB has that ever clear voice that cuts across the crowd.
Ryota Katayama, the second featured act, has a melancholic emo voice.
Narmi at close range.
Remy J again, closer.
David Ling does a fascinating clarinet solo, backed by Fook on bass. How do I know this is a clarinet? I made a wild guess and Googled it, to find the exact same clarinet at the top of the search results.
All shots with the Sony Alpha NEX-5 and Opteka 85mm F1.4 on a Sony LA-EA1 adapter (with the wide shots on the Sony E 16mm F2.8 pancake lens.)