KOKO Asia Exclusive

KOKO Asia Approved is for those from the region or are touring the region. We watch a local band and we love it then we will review it. We watch an international band touring the region and we love it you guessed it we will review it.

Artists Today

Date: 7 August 2009
By Mayho

If you look hard enough around the music scene you will find the vast majority of artists are whining about how the internet is killing their trade via illegal downloads. These are people such as Metallica, Britney and Blink 182 who state that by downloading their music they simply can’t afford to continue to perform - as if they are on a similar record deal to a London underground busker.

The reality, of course, is that they are not.

What a lot of musicians are failing to realise in today’s fifteen minutes of fame is that if you produce a record of good enough quality and substance, people WILL flock like proverbial sheep to see you perform and play live .

Let’s be honest, any credible song writer will spend their time conjuring tracks in mind to be performed on an intellectual level (as Scroobius Pip will testify) rather than over some stadiums loud speakers. The test of time proves that good quality artists write tracks that will be performed in decades to come by rather than what will get them to #1 in the charts at any given point in time.

This is why it’s so refreshing every once in awhile to see a band like The Aftermiles come along. With the simple motto of “Fuck fans, make friends” they personify pretty much everything that is right with music today.

You don’t write a piece of music and simply slap a dollar sign to it. If you really care about your profession you write songs and beats that people can relate to and embrace. You have the belief that if you are really as good you think you are then you have the material to back it up - not the multi-million marketing platform (Lady Gaga, case and point).

So, without further ado, I give you The Aftermiles with their brilliant first LP “Kids On Riot”. Ladies & Gentleman - please hear the quality and spread the word. This is the future of the music business. Not bands who shamelessly promote themselves through faceless sponsors, but simply people with a talent who deserve to be heard.

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Oasis Live In Hong Kong

Date: 20 July 2009
By Matt Smith of The Standards

If you think Oasis are 'shit', or 'past it' or 'irrelevant' then quite honestly you are wrong. For thousands and thousands, if not millions of people, they are the absolute cornerstone of rock and roll and at the top of their game... Read More

Goodbye Oblivion... Hello Club KOKO

Date:26 May 2009
Interview by Johnny Mayo

KL indie heavyweights Deserters will have the honour of being the first band to play CLUB KOKO come June 5th and with the hype surrounding their new album ‘Goodbye Oblivion’ the stage is set for one almighty show from Zack Yusof and co....Read More

Simon Subsonic Speaks to KOKO Asia

Date:19 May 2009
Interview by Johnny Mayo

This will be your first gig in Malaysia, what can they expect to hear from you?

Yes it is and I am very excited! I always notice that there are a lot of Asian people at KOKO in London and they always seem well up for the latest tunes, so I am going to try to bring as much of what is cutting edge in London (as I can get away with) to KL... Read more

Meet The Standards

By Robin Banks
Date: 16 April 2009

They’re loud, they’re feisty and judging by the collection of cool songs at their disposal, nicely poised to give the regional indie scene a long overdue shake up. Who am I referring to? Well, none other than Thailand’s premier Britpop outfit The Standards of course...Read More

When Mogwai Came To Town

By Robin Banks
Date: 14 January 2009

Scottish accents, smelly taxis, exotic food, local beer, awesome caves, cute monkeys, baby cobras, Tuborg girls, intense rock action...Read More

Metal Machine Music

Esplanade Theatre
Date: 3 December 2008

Man or Machine? Imagine if you will, four non-descript looking German blokes with matching dark uniforms and neat, short accountant haircuts standing stock still in a vertical line on a bare... Read More

Passion Play

Manic Street Preachers
Fort Canning Park, Singapore
Date: 24 November 2008

It was a long time coming but as the old cliché goes, all good things do eventually come to those who wait. And wait. And wait a bit more. Read more.

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