Magnificent setting for the indie scene

The Magnificent 8 musical gigs show super performances by native singers and musicians at venues across the metropolis

NEW underground music occasion The Magnificent 8 has been serving as a platform for native indie bands, musicians, and singers, giving them an opportunity to advertise themselves and develop extra independently.

The Magazine 8 gigs, which have been held since final yr, are divided into completely different sequence, with eight performers from throughout the nation showcasing their expertise and acting on particular days.

I used to be granted the chance to attend The Magazine 8’s Quantity 19 gigs on Feb 26, which differs from the earlier sequence because it additionally options hip-hop, relatively than their traditional punk, rock, and steel.

Being held at Migos Storage, Seri Kembangan, the exhibits went extraordinarily nicely, (even with a slight delay in timing) with each performer giving their best possible efficiency.

Along with up-and-coming band Smesta, the sequence additionally featured rising stars ROHA, Gessavic, Vota, Mellowflowers, 3i1e, Northeast Childs, and Jinxte.

Contemplating that the occasion has reached 19 volumes in underneath a yr, I spoke with The Magazine 8 organiser, Megat Yaesree, in addition to Vol 19 co-organiser, Zurin.

“The concept of [The Mag 8] got here from Storage Area (beforehand Storage Studio), situated in Ampang Hilir, the place it was particularly [a place for] native indie bands to carry out and acquire expertise, in addition to selling their band earlier than [they went] to the following stage,” Megat stated.

“At first, it was only a idea for a collaboration, and earlier than I took over, steel was the chosen style. Only some exhibits had been produced on the time.

“Once I was assigned to deal with the occasion, I used to be requested to search out some recent, up-and-coming bands to play on the gig, and this time it might be [a genre] apart from steel.”

Megat added: “So I appeared for them on varied social media websites, together with Twitter, Instagram, and others. Fortunately, this led to lots of optimistic suggestions, and lots of bands have since contacted me to request to play the gig.”

In the meantime, co-organiser Zurin’s perspective was barely completely different, on condition that it was her first time dealing with and helping the Vol 18 occasion, in addition to being given the duty to host your complete night.

Zurin defined: “My first gig expertise noticed individuals go wild, mosh and rage, but they had been nonetheless inside the restrict as a result of there was no alcohol or medication concerned. And I observed that most individuals had unfavorable misconceptions about these native impartial musicians.”

“Therefore, I abruptly felt compelled to assist these individuals by organising extra gigs sooner or later. I teamed up with my good friend @tutythecengkih, and she or he helped me lots throughout the course of.

“And naturally, seeing different individuals glad makes me glad too.”

The rising underground scene seems to have caught the eye of increasingly more younger individuals lately, contemplating they can convey ideas and emotions by the type of music.

The latest Vol 19 gig sequence acquired a optimistic response from the aidience, which is extraordinarily encouraging for The Magazine 8 because it continues its efforts to enhance.

Despite the fact that the venue needed to be modified on the final minute resulting from an issue that arose throughout the earlier sequence (Vol 18), Migos Storage proved to be a wonderful alternative, because it was in a position to present lighting and décor that suited the hip-hop and punk environment of the night, which made it extra fascinating.

Because the occasion progressed, Zurin shared the true which means and goal of those exhibits, in addition to the potential advantages that most of these actions might result in.

“This type of gig is essential as a result of I consider that some Malaysian artworks are underappreciated,” Zurin stated.

“There’s a lack of creative sensibility, poetic lyricism, and grunge sound within the present music trade, so I consider you’ll solely expertise it at exhibits like this. And it might be unfair to disregard these impartial underground artistes, as every possesses nice potential and a novel fashion.”

“Nonetheless, solely with most of these gigs would they’ve the chance to actually conquer the stage, acquire expertise performing in entrance of modest crowds, and study what it’s wish to be an entertainer.

“Subsequently, native gigs like this ought to be continued and promoted. It actually makes me glad to see how onerous work and energy have paid off.”

With the sequence of exhibits having acquired lots of reward among the many indie neighborhood, Megat revealed that his dream was to organise a large-scale music pageant with an area for distributors and meals vans, in order that attendees might take pleasure in music whereas additionally supporting native companies.

He stated: “Isn’t it unimaginable that these native indie bands have the prospect to carry out in entrance of a whole bunch or hundreds of individuals? That may speed up their development whereas additionally giving probabilities to different native companies.

“I have already got a bunch of pals and a crew that’s ready to commit. I’ve full assist, together with the venue, however there are nonetheless some points right here. Maybe I want extra time, and I hope it’s going to occur in the future.”

The Magazine 8 is predicted to proceed its journey, with Megat promising it’s going to conclude the gigs sequence for this yr with Vol 39.

In the meantime Vols 20 and 21 already deliberate, and followers of underground music could hold a watch out on the Instagram hashtag #themagnificent8 for extra info.