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V3: A Nite Jam Project And Flashbacks!

27th June 2014: v3: A Nite Jam Project, at BullsEye Pub & Restaurant, Publika!

This pub has been around since I was working in Solaris Dutamas, before Publika’s construction in the middle of Solaris Dutamas was complete. I remember coming with colleagues, but without the live music back then.

Velan, on drums!

The first time I saw V3 was at KL Jamasia’s Anniversary, 24th March 2007. It had a different lineup then, with Velan on drums, Ojie of Stonebay on vocals, the late Alda Tan on bass, and a guitarist I can’t identify. (Ironically, Velan would also play drums for Stonebay.)

Jocelyn Wong on vocals, doing all out good ol’ rock, ranging from Bon Jovi and The Beatles. Here’s a video of them covering The Beatles – Come Together!

Roni on bass, also from Stonebay.

Chot on rhythm guitar. Awesome T-shirt!

Kamal on lead guitar. Peak beard!

BullsEye is owned by C.S. Nathan, Velan’s father, who also owned KL Jamasia!

Nathan on the far right, and Velan on the far left, with their friends.

A clearer shot.

I tend to get asked to take pictures.

Jo in leather in this weather.

I’d seen her from other scenes, but this was a first in this admittedly older scene.

Then again, as clumped as the music scene in the Klang Valley is, I know there is still so much I haven’t seen, such that I’d only been to the legendary Waikiki this year, and I don’t have any pictures of it with a proper camera.

I then took a walk around Publika (I had come from The Bee earlier) to see what else was going on, on a Friday night.

Some Tamil music, I think.

I came back, and bumped into Rudy, an old friend from the scene, who I also met at Jamasia. As we sat at the table catching up, I then spotted a particular, familiar Epiphone SG…

No way, flashback! (Reza Salleh’s new Feedback series, without the Open Mic suffix, 12th January 2007.)

Could it be? So we asked to see the back of the guitar, and viola!

It was the same guitar that stood on the speaker! (From A Night Of Magic & Music with Auburn, 29th April 2007.)

Rudy then picked it up and played with it a bit. This guitar used to belong to Ian of Milla, who smashed it on stage.

Nathan then got his workers to glue it back together. (This picture from 12th January 2007.)

But wait! That was not its original location! It was originally hung from the ceiling! (This picture from the Xcited Screamers album launch, 24th September 2005, and this wasn’t even with a SLR, but my second ever camera, the Canon Powershot A400!)

I remember this epic wall, too. There were actual strings on that guitar. (Not metal nor nylon ones, though.) Also, spot Rudy! (This from the 29th of April 2007.)

From the same gig, you can see where the guitars were.

Fadhil was the emcee for the night. So you know what the doors look like.

Speaking of the epic wall, there were quite a few signatures that were etched in my mind, like this one from Emmett of Butterfingers. (From 12th January 2007.) The full quote is from their live performance of Faculties Of The Mind off the album Butter Late Than Never, and it goes like this:

Like I said, if I could only see your faces. The like, the hate, I don’t know but just enjoy the music. I hate the lights. I hate the lights… it makes me a star. I’m no better than anybody else.

From Fireflies And Something Something: Hey Man, Nice Shoes, 27th July 2007. The scene was tight, as we all crammed into a upper storey shoplot.

Same gig. Jamasia was on the first floor, and the smoking section was outside. Cool idea, this!

The last time I was there was for Khai’s birthday, 25th July 2008. The red guitar had been painted over as a seafoam green Stratocaster! Signatures, autographs all gone!

So back to that time I only had a Canon Powershot A400… I camwhored, as we’d call it before it was renamed a selfie, with a mirror in the toilet of Jamasia. I decided to not have any blade touch my hair at all, and this is how long it was on the 24th of September 2005 (last cut on the 11th of October 2004!)

Laundry X AHM Records X Vans: #ProjectOffTheWall (June Edition)

26th June 2014: Laundry X AHM Records X Vans: #ProjectOffTheWall (June Edition) at Laundry Bar, The Curve!

But first, let me take a selfie.

Stanley Oh on guitars and vocals, forming the OH…

And Neo Ann Na on vocals, forming the NEO!

And so they formed the first act of the night – OHNEO!

Nabeel on bass and Ian on keyboard…

…passing dragon cajon duty to one of the two songwriters.

Also my first time seeing Ann Na play keyboard for a little intro.

Darren Teh, organizer and emcee (left) with the ever-amusing Collin Chin.

I used to see him in rock band Car Crash Hearts. He’s bringing it back!

But first, a sexier back.


He is smooth. (Also, on an unrelated note, Vans replaced the posters hanging on the wall with their own Vans concert posters. Very cool!)

He does a crazy mix of everything New Jack Swing to today’s R&B.

Man he got soul.

Meanwhile, outside, a band practices.

The same guy behind the deejay deck plays for the next performer…


She does a bit of Britney and a lot of swag.

Her boys be pumping on the speakers!

Then came a much less dancy act…

Annatasha Saifol!

Herman Ramanado on bass…

…and Isaac Ravi on guitar and Ryan Lee Bhaskaran on drums!

This group asked me to take their picture, and so I did.

Collin gives some advice to the bassist of the next band…

A Ruthless Cleansing!

Hard, heavy, modern-day riffage!

A very sexy Jackson Randy Rhoads in white with pinstripes!

A fan recording their brutal metal… with a Hello Kitty phone cover.

Feedback Open Mic ft Ida Mariana & Quirky Qwerty @ The Bee Publika / June 2014 Edition

24th June 2014: Feedback Open Mic ft Ida Mariana & Quirky Qwerty @ The Bee Publika / June 2014 Edition. Here’s emcee and organizer Reza Salleh introducing Flip The Table. Check out that nifty Traveler Escape headless guitar!

Triblues. Three dudes playing the blues.

He sings Pink Floyd – Money and Wolfmother – Dimension!

Solid solos. The theme for the night was Singing The Blues – you don’t have to follow the theme, but the one who follows it best, and stays to the end when the results are announced, wins a prize.

I bumped into Robin Wong and Jackie Loi there (I’ve linked to their pictures from this same night), both fans of the Micro Four-Thirds camera system.

Above is my Sony Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2.0 ZA SSM next to a Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4. My Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM is the same size as my 24mm, so it gives you a good idea my full-frame lenses scale to Micro Four-Thirds lenses. (Of course, my Minolta 50mm F1.4 Original, with a 49mm filter thread, is closer to the same size as the Panasonic, but its optical quality is probably nowhere near when shot wide open compared to my Carl Zeiss.)

Below is my Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA next to the Olympus 75mm f1.8. Ironically, the Olympus gives a bit more reach!

And now, for the homecoming Ariff AB.

Sharon Chong chilling on the sofa.

Ewaz? I didn’t get his name.

Awesome, awesome singing and loops and ambient wizardry.

Towards the end he suddenly brought this out!

Black & White.

She sang Elton John – Your Song while he sang Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe. Yup, Hey Joe, a classic blues song.

Saturday Afternoon.

Danish & Natalie with a cover of John Mayer – Slow Dancing In A Burning Room.

Instrumental progressive rock band Black Lightbulb! Raja Farouque on millions of notes.

Simmy, on millions of notes, too.

Zaim keeping it cool. Interesting that the number of knobs matches the number of strings.

Ash on the beat.


You’d normally see her on the other end of The Bee, at the sound engineer’s console.

Ida Mariana, first featured act.

She was backed by the legendary Wan Gigi of Alcentric and John Thomas And The Phunk Mob Experience.

Quirky Qwerty, second featured act.

One interesting cover was that of Herbie Hancock – Watermelon Man.

So yeah.

They normally dress up as a polka band, but in conjunction with World Cup they wore jerseys instead.


Disco rock!


Chairs crowning the table.

Fish De La Musique 2014

21st June 2014: Here’s the last from the series of Fete De La Musique Malaysia 2014 pictures, except that none of these pictures have to do with musicians performing music.

Instead, here are musicians and their best friends! I think I removed barrel distortion by pulling a slider in DxO Optics Pro to 100.

My Peleng 8mm F3.5 circular fisheye, at F3.5, doesn’t let in a lot of light in a place without a lot of light. This was one reason I didn’t bring it out for many years.

This causes some slow shutter speeds to be used, unfortunately.

DxO Optics Pro has this slider to remove Fisheye distortion. Here’s what it looks like all the way to 100.

Another defished picture – though you can still see the fisheye effect, unless you double-defish. A single-defish makes for a good crop, like this picture and the first.

Jia Wen discovers that I am indeed fishy.

She then discovers that she, too, is a fish.

She thinks the fisheye will look good in her belly.

A circular fisheye, as opposed to a diagonal fisheye, has a circular image and covers 180 degrees from opposite ends of the circle. (A diagonal fisheye covers 180 degrees from opposite corners.) This makes the circular fisheye have a wider angle of view, but is much harder to compose without getting everything in. Thus the usual shots are either from the top facing down… (and spot Jia Wen unhappy that she is not eating my fisheye…)

…and facing up.

It cries to be in the center of the action. The nearer an object is, the larger it appears.

Part 2 here.
Part 1 here.

Fete De Late Musique 2014

21st June 2014: Fete De La Musique 2014 at Jalan Mesui, off Bukit Bintang! Here’s the late evening half of it.

Back2Basixx at Table 23, the Pop Stage.

Knights of vocal harmony.

Hameer Zawawi, prince of dark melody, at Lima Blas, the Traditional Stage.

Caleb Savari (also on guitar, not depicted) at Pisco Bar, the Indie/Electro-pop Stage.

His band of awesome musicians!

I first saw him at the ICOM Celebration Series Tribute to Bee Gees.

Talitha Tan, just over 2/3rds of 23, at Table 23.

Very cool guitar!

Danielle videographing while looking like she’s on a catwalk.

Fete De La Musique, for me, isn’t just about the music, but a mini-reunion of the scene, and bumping into old friends.

The lyrics sheet that doubles as a light source.

Cassandra Mary is pure rock. Lima Blas.

Crinkle Cut, disco at the Pisco. Well no, they don’t play disco.

Frances on soul vocals.

Melissa on backup vocals and acoustic guitar.

Ashley on cajon.

Just a Grace in the crowd.

The vocal effects blows Ashley away.

Nah here no duckface!

Son Of A Policeman (SOAP) at Table 23.

The band also merged with Nate Francis, Aaron Francis, Mustafa Kamal Yahya from Revolution Kingdom, Ravin Puspalingam and Rachel Bridget Chee to form Sabun Kingdom Alliance Force (SKAF). Thanks Joshua for the heads up on the band name!


The guitarist also gets on the melodion.

Eyyy Maria! Their catchy song has a dress code.

Bill Murray spotted in Table 23.

Hameer Zawawi, Table 23.

KissKillMary, actual disco rock at Pisco Bar.

The band.

This was before Jenn asked…

…do you want to take a selfie?

Like Silver.

This, at Nagaba, the Electronica/Hip-hop Stage. Very cool interior.

Left to right: Adeline Chua (also from Halfway Kings), Adlin Rosli (also from Lied), Eng Hooi (also from Sulyn Ooi and Halfway Kings), and Sulyn Ooi (also from Sulyn Ooi and The Vochale Project).

And of course, Eugene (whose bands are too many to list or remember.)

Avril Chan and Arlyne!

Shaneil Devaser with Riz, at Table 23.

Santosh Logandran, Lima Blas. Yes, I attempted to merge 3 separate pictures together.

Part 1 here.

There’s one more part remaining. Soon, I hope!

Fete Day La Musique 2014

21st June 2014: Fete De La Musique Malaysia 2014 at Jalan Mesui, off Bukit Bintang! Here’s the day half of it; I’ll upload the evening ones and some other shots later. Here’s Santosh Logandran with a cool ukulele strap. I like how it grabs on to the soundhole!

His guitarist. This was the Acoustic Stage in front of Feeka, a new hipster coffee shop.

Christian Theseira, at Lima Blas that had the Traditional Stage (they serve my favorite Malaysian coffee, tasting a bit like Kopiko…)

He had a different lineup – Melissa of Crinkle Cut on guitar…

…and Ashley of Crinkle Cut on cajon!

Melissa and her megawatt smile.

Emcee for another location, Table 23, for the Pop stage.

In Lobby, the Rock Stage, was hard-rocking Black Lightbulb featuring Hameer Zawawi.

I… don’t know her name. She looks like Simmy, but I can’t be sure.

Zaim Zaidee is zen.

Ash and the crash (cymbal).

Raja Farouque (right) with his bandmate from when he performs as Raja Farouque.

More of his bandmates, all in separate bands! Left to right: Grace Cho (in Fazz) and Kelly Siew (as Kelly Siew).

Hameer singing rock vocals, a rare sight – the last I’d seen him like this was for Ask Me Again, back at Rock The World 9, 26th December 2009.

I then switched to my Peleng 8mm F3.5 circular fisheye, that makes a circular image. This, however, is a defished image in DxO Optics Pro Elite – de-fisheye slider set to 100.

Farouque’s metal guitar slide for some sweet soloing.

Headbanging Hameer.

Outside, back at Feeka, was a quieter gig.

Joey Tong. Her guitar duty was transferred to the cajon player from this point onwards.

A friend compared the lineups between Fete De La Musique happening at The Curve and Jalan Mesui (on this same day) and said, “oh Jalan Mesui has the husky-voiced YouTube singer.” I don’t know if she was referring to Joey.

But yes, somewhat husky. Cool maneki-neko top!

Cassandra Mary at Table 23.

Another emcee!

Just So You Know.

Talitha Tan at Feeka.

Always the cheery summer child.

Familiar audience!

SICK, back at Lobby.

These guys bring me back…

…to the early 2000s with Limp Bizkit-like stuff. He had an angry song about his ex. I miss songs like these.

Outside, at Table 23, was Panda Head Curry.

Ever quirky, as much performance art as it is music and clever lyrics.

Jumero at Lima Blas. This picture is merged and blended from two pictures.

Back at Lobby…

…was HIX.

Nice! Epiphone Signature Zakk Wylde LP Custom Plus.

Rock, as the stage is.

Sulyn Ooi at Feeka.

Eugene’s sweet neck-through bass.

According to the schedule, this would have been Jocelyn Wong, but I didn’t see her when I dropped by to take these pictures. (Fete De La Musique schedules everyone on at the same time, so you have to do a bit of walking and you might miss some people, unless they have been scheduled to perform more than once at a few venues.)

Liam Callan.