Big Bag was formed in April of year 2000 in Yangon, Myanmar. The band is led by Kyar Pauk (playing Drums and vocals) and Zaw Zaw Win (guitarist) and has gained in popularity as one of the top Myanmar punk rock bands. A week after forming, the band had their very first bass player Banyar, who gave up the band after 6 months of playing. -Facebook
Laila’s Lounge was formed in 1998 and is currently based in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Originally formed by Hadi (Vocals/Lyricist), Bai (Guitars), Icham (Guitars) and they were later joined by Bulat (Bassist), Sham Daging (Drummer) & Ajeep (Keyboards). They played numerous shows in the late 90s and early 2000, captivating audience with their musical textures and sonic-like soundscapes garnering positive reviews from the general gig going community in the process at that time. But due to a number of personal issues, (including Sham Daging deteriorating mental health) they were sent to nowhere land causing Sham Daging to be replaced by Just as the drummer. After Bulat and Just left the band, they were replaced by Anaz (Bassist) and David (ex-Polythene, now with They Will Kill Us All) joined the band on 2nd Guitars with Icham switching to drums. Later, after several frustrating chain of events, Hadi quit on the band and moved to KL where he joined a local theatre group called Sanggar Karya. Bai, the most influential member of the band then followed Hadi’s suit leaving the band on the verge of an impending breakup. It was not until in the later half of 2004, that Anaz’s passion and determination managed to persuade Bai and Icham to rethink about continuing their musical journey and reform the band. Toya now already part of the band and together they worked on new materials until they were later reunited with Hadi in 2006. -last.fm
BY2 is a duo from Singapore composed of twins Miko Bai Wei-Fen (白緯芬) and Yumi Bai Wei-Ling (白緯玲) (born March 23, 1992). Their duo band was named “BY2” after their surname “Bai” and that they are twin sisters and have a 10-year contract with Ocean Butterflies Music Pte Ltd.
They debuted with their album “16未成年” on 21 July 2008. These sisters have been given different hairstyles for easy identification due to their uncanny resemblance. However, they claimed to be different in terms of personality. Miko has been described as more introverted and quiet while her sister Yumi, has been described as a more extroverted and outgoing person.
Since young age, both of the sisters have been exposed to performing arts and have learned the violin, piano, ballet and many other styles of dancing. At the age of 13, both of them joined the Ocean Butterflies’ Music Forest’s “非常歌手” training course. The course aims to teach singer-wannabes how to perform on stage and techniques in singing and dancing. They graduated from the course clinching a “Best Costume Design” award. Billy Koh of Ocean Butterflies Music Pte Ltd noticed their talent and gave them a 10-year record deal.
The duo moved to Taiwan in 2007 to further their career. -last.fm
Preap Sovath (ព្រាប សុវត្ថិ) born February 27, 1972, in Kandal, Cambodia, is a cambodian/khmer pop singer. Sovath started his singing career in 1992. He records for Rasmey Hang Meas (RHM), generally regarded as Cambodia’s most progressive recording label. Apart from being a singer, Preap Sovath is also an actor, restaurant owner and owner of a wedding boutique.
Preap Sovath performs the style of music known as “Khmer Karaoke”, the name derives from the fact that most sales are of VCDs rather than CDs and all VCD film clips come with karaoke-style subtitled lyrics.
Rico Blanco (born March 17, 1973) is a Filipino musician. He is one of the founders of Filipino rock band Rivermaya, where he served as vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and chief songwriter from 1993 to 2007. Blanco has so far recorded, written and produced more local and regional number one hits than any other musician since 1994, and has sold over a million albums in the Philippines and Southeast Asia during that period.
For those who waited a year, Rico Blanco’s new album “Your Universe” is definitely worth it. It’s a defining mark in the 35-year-old musician’s career, and a reminder that he has the freedom to experiment and collaborate with others without compromising sound.
Through the ten tracks of “Your Universe,” we can confirm that Rico’s personal passions are gracefully translated into songs distinctly and undeniably his, even as he collaborates with some of the industry’s best musicians for this album.
He knows how to tickle the fancy of Filipinos by delivering the right amount of romantic prose minus the extra saccharine shot of sap. Perhaps it can be said that he knows the formula of the Filipino’s heart which makes his music work. Definition and identity. This is what sets Rico Blanco apart from most of the local acts. He knows his niche in the industry and makes his mark the way a true blooded artist should: original and a strong definition of one’s identity. -last.fm
The Ngũ Cung Rock Band (Pentatonic) was established to contribute to the Progressive-Hard Rock market, aiming at becoming THE most famous progressive rock band in Vietnam and beyond. They wish to promote the strength of progressive rock music well know in other countries (and yet still bring forth music that has an identity of Vietnamese pride. Although Ngu Cung composition is based on a variety of dramatic “themes & stories” (native to progressive rock), the band also tries to write lyrics that their native fans (of Vietnam) can follow & identify with during normal/everyday life in that country & culture (past, present & future). Now that Ngu Cung has reached a strong level of national fame in its own country, they have branched out to perform live in larger-scale public events & begin penetration outside of Vietnam. -last.fm
In 2008 Pop singer Jida (or Jidapa Niyomsrisakul) received two big awards: Best Female Artist and Best New Artist for her album titled “Dizzy.”
In 2010 the image of a focused female vocalist with a charming voice returned (inducing prosperity and success) by working with the music label: Small Room. Jida brought back the sound everyone heard on her single “Plaeng Khuen” from the album “Small Room 007: Boutique.”
On Jida’s newest album “Boy Friends” she performs with a new group of musicians: Patjapong “Gap” Supachaicharoen (Bass), Nattawat “Mai” Kripitch (guitar), Charapat “Ja” Leenanupunth (guitar), and Thammarat “Aem” Sukwat (drums) together they are making their music more fun, full, and enjoyable.
Formed in 2003, D’Masiv was A Mild Live Wanted 2007 winner from Jakarta, Indonesia. The band whose members are Ryan (Vocal), Kiki (Guitar), Rama (Guitar), Ray (Bass) dan Wahyu (Drum) had release an indie album called “Menuju Nirwana”. D’Masiv made a difference style in the music so that it is more publicly accepted.
Although they are so many disputes about their first major debute album called “Perubahan”, they are still on top of Indonesian top music industry. The controversies about them being plagiators of Switchfoot, Muse, Mew, etc seem to have no effect on their carrer.
Now they are back with their 2nd album called “Perjalanan”. -last.fm
Yuzana (Burmese: ယုဇန, pronounced: [jṵzəna̰]; born Yuzana Myint Ngwe) is a female Burmese pop singer. Her parents are songwriter Myint Ngwe (Hinthada) and singer Tin Tin Aye. Yuzana first entered the music industry with the band 102.7. In February 2008, she married an Australian national, Thein Htaik Aung. Her brother Phyo Gyi is also a Burmese singer. -wikipedia.org
Lunarin is a band from Singapore who enjoy playing music in the alternative rock vein, and are often described as “heavy yet lyrical”. Their style of music has earned them much recognition in Singapore’s local music scene.
The members of Lunarin were all classmates in Secondary School. Their common love for music, disenchantment with the world and morbid sense of humour gave rise to a tripartite friendship that would in time last for more than 12 years. Kurt Cobain died the year they turned 16. That same year, they decided it would be fun to form a band. So they did. They roped in a fourth member, Shawn Grosse, when they were in Junior College and called themselves Fuzzbox. Eventually, however, the original trio found themselves questioning their roles in Fuzzbox – they were bored with the manner that Fuzzbox were progressing and missed the initial joys of creating songs and playing music. They therefore began writing songs in secret. Eventually however, the burden of the songs became too much to bear. They therefore disbanded Fuzzbox and created Lunarin.
Lunarin consists of Ho Kah Wye (Guitars), Loo Eng Teck (Drums) and Linda Joelle Ong (Bass, Vocals). All 3 members of Lunarin were schoolmates in Dunman High School, Victoria Junior College and the National University of Singapore. Kah Wye holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering and is currently a chemical engineer. Both Eng Teck and Linda pursued law and are both litigation lawyers in litigation-based law firms in Singapore. -last.fm