The first round of Asian bands and artists who are showcasing at SXSW 2015 has been announced. Notable SXSW returnees include Korean acts Big Phone and No Brain. From Japan Chihiro Yamazaki + ROUTE14 band makes their return after playing at SXSW 2013. Hello Asia! will bring you all the excitement and madness of SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas in March next year.
When I arrived at the HP Showcase at the New Zealand themed bar Fern & Kiwi, as part of the 2013 Music Matters LIVE event in Singapore, I was greeted to a band from India called Indus Creed (pictured above), members of whom I saw take part in the Bombay Metal Project at the NH7 Weekender in Pune, India, last year. The group are one of the most influential rock bands in the region, being formed back in 1993 and leading the way for a new generation of musicians - though their origins date back all the way to 1984 when they performed under the name Rock Machine, releasing the "first all-original rock album" that came to underground acclaim around the world.
After a hugely successful event at this year's SXSW, the K-Pop Night Out Korean music showcase comes to Music Matters in Singapore. The free event featured artists including classical guitarist Park Juwon, harmonica player Jeon Jeduk, girl groups AOA (pictured above) and SPICA, garage rock act Eastern Sidekick, hip hop boy group M.I.B and K-Pop veteran Lena Park. A massive turnout of teenagers at the Fountain Stage at Clarke Quay made for a great atmosphere. Photos by Johnny Au
Following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Korean music showcase at SXSW, the K-Pop Night Out showcase will be featured as part of Music Matters Live 2013 in Singapore on Friday 24th May at the Fountain Stage in Clarke Quay.