Independent bands thrill crowd at two-day concert in Penang

Local band TMJB delighting the audience during the IndiePG 2016 concerts at Straits Quay.

MUSIC lovers grooved to diverse melodies from Malaysian independent bands during IndiePG 2016 held at the Performing Arts Centre of Penang in Straits Quay.

With 19 acts playing original compositions in concerts spread over two nights, there was a boisterous atmosphere befitting the theme, ‘United We Rock’.

The groups, hailing from Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang, included Reach For The Skies, Four Leaf Clover, Project Familia, Sleepside, Zero, Ariff AB, Morphing Minds, Duo K and TMJB.

Completing the lineup were Army of Three, Lux Spectra, Ocean of Fire, South and The Lowlands, The Mash, Lunatic Garden, Raggy, Jester, Armon, as well as Billie Blue and The Nowhere Men.

Prior to the recent two-day concerts, there were also several workshops, including a session by Jennifer Thompson that gave participants the low-down about the music industry.

Jean Sibert shared insights about the electric guitar and his own personal techniques, while a team from musical instrument manufacturer Roland, calling themselves Enope, highlighted the latest melody-making gadgets.

Kelvyn Yeang, who co-founded IndiePG with Ang Eng Bok, Raggy Singh and Jaime Gunter, said the aim was to engage the public and show what independent musicians can do.

“It is important to have a platform for those who write and produce their own music, to get themselves heard.

“That is the biggest challenge they face, because when you try to be unique and do something that’s not mainstream, you need to put in extra effort to convince people.

“At the same time, we also hope to inspire new musicians by showing that with modern equipment, once can easily make music at home,” Yeang said.

The event had grown from strength to strength since making its debut with two instalments in 2013. It has been held once a year since, and this was the fifth edition.

“We have a different theme every year, and this time, ‘United We Rock’ was fitting as music creates a positive feeling and brings people together.

“Besides the local acts, we’ve also received interest from those in Singapore and Hong Kong. If we can get more sponsors for future editions, we’d like to bring them in,” Yeang added.

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