Friday, August 29, 2008
Just informed by the lady who takes care of the promotion of my products that 2V1G's 新不了情 has been selected by Radio Televsion Hong Kong, the , as Pick of the Week for 2 weeks starting from . Every week about 30 to 40 new songs fight for a slot in the Pick of the Week and only a few songs will be selected. You probably cannot imagine how difficult to get a song to be selected as Pick of the Week if you have never worked in the music industry here before. This will guarantee quite frequent air play for the song in the forthcoming 2 weeks. Though it might not guarantee better sales as too many people are downloading songs instead of buying CD. Anyway, it would help to bring 2V1G to the attention of people who are not audiophiles.
I am very glad about this and I hope you are happy about it too.
Rock In Music
Thursday, August 28, 2008
everyone in 2v1g is very busy, with the forthcoming buddhist musical rehearsals going full steam and the forthcoming gig in no black tie on october 7th and 8th.
just to let you in on our repertoire for our first gig - we will be singing 6 songs from the album with the rest being all "new" songs. some of them include:
被遗忘的时光 (蔡琴) - this will be arranged in bossa!so you see, there is variety to please all and sundry! regine will also be singing one of her compostions which became a hit for gigi leung.
always on my mind (michael buble's version)
getaran jiwa (p.ramlee)
additionally, the two "V"sl be taking some vocals lessons with mia palencia, our local jazz queen. well, our singers never stop learning because they believe they can learn a lot from mia.
we will be announcing the ticketing/reservation info soon in this blog. watch this space!
Monday, August 25, 2008
the cd pirates now have gone shopping in taiwan and hong kong. either that, or they are now shopping in yes asia, the largest online chinese cd web store in the world.
they now bring into malaysia many chinese titles well in advance of the malaysian market. (at least 2-3 months ahead). this is something unheard of in the past. and some titles so uncommercial that you wonder why they bother.
it is obvious - the pirates are looking at the bigger global picture now - they want to rule all and sundry.
it is a sad day for music. the music industry and record shops in malaysia are promised of an expedited death.
oh, btw, just in case you ask - 2v1g has been pirated. what an irony in all sense of the word.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
ok, i am a bit late in discovering kokokaina - the latest singing sensation from boleh land. but what a voice! since we already have malaysia's michael buble in sean ghazi, now we have our own norah jones. she has the same shock factor as joanna wang due to her young age. some say she is better than norah jones - she is our own junior billy holiday!
check out this video - which has close to 700,000 views in youtube.
amazing talent she is. wish i could sign her up!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
we didn't receive a single demo from malaysia but we were referred to many talented singers in tiny dot singapore.
we were amazed. we are only a crossway apart but the availability of talent pool in tiny dot is so much better than in malaysia.
let's me tell you the profile of singers in SG - they are all good-looking, sophisticated, bilingual (singing jazz in mandarin and english), resourceful (they all release EPs under indie labels), confident and the ability to fuse the west and the east. their portfolios are all impressive. eventho' some of them have very "young" voices, their resourcefulness really impress me.
why is that we don't have such talents in malaysia? to start with, we are not a metropolitan city like SG and we don't have such vibrant cultural landscape, environment and music scene. the goverment in MY also don't support arts and culture as whole-heartedly as the government of SG.
frankly, these are not surprises, knowing how sophisticated the SG society is. but it is really nice to know how vibrant the indie and jazz music scene there.
oh, btw, we are not looking for "diva" la. just some big words to impress. so how about "diva in the making"? ;-)
we are still searching patiently.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
this blog chronicles the making of jz8, the search for the ultimate chinese jazz vocalist, the recording process and everything you need to know about jz8.
if you reach here by accident then you have every reason to bookmark this blog.brought to you by the same producers who gave you 2v1g, jz8 is made up of an accomplished jazz pianist and a (still searching) sensational female jazz vocalist. together, they titillate your aural senses with refreshing intepretations of contemporary chinese classic love songs with a pop/jazz flavour, much like 2v1g.
we are now hunting for that elusive jazz vocalist for this project. well, she has to be below 40 year-old, preferably chinese. she sings well in mandarin, preferably with a strong inclination to jazz. she has to be a very musical performer because our pianist is very free-style, free-flowing and highly improvisational. of course, good looks is a bonus ;-)
we have provided here some samples piano tracks without vocals. those who are interested can download it and try! s
so, do you know anyone who fits into this role? please help to spread this message around. successful candidate will be awarded a 2-year contract with musictoxin productions and get to release two albums which will be launched in the international chinese market.
please submit your demos to email@example.com or call leslie at 012-2083790 for an audition.
Friday, August 8, 2008
what a stylo pose ;-)
this is the famed AKG c12VR mic that gives us the beautiful sound you hear in the cd.
thanks to winnie who passed me this photo almost one year after it was shot!
on that day, the team had so much fun doing the shooting. the theme for the cover was "music in motion" and the 2v1g trio needed to make all sort of (funny, clumsy) movements.
looking back, the journey was filled with bittersweet memories.
we are now looking forward to the making of the 2nd album with much more confidence.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
easy - what's the common denominator between 2v1g and double take?
the first one to give correct answer will get a free giant poster of 2v1g, to be given away during the NBT gig on 7th and 8th of october!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
因为有他们的坚持，音乐不死。Thank you guys!!
LET'S GO MAMAK! aims to serve you up a slice of that Malaysiana through music!
Composers - Ken Hor
Music director & saxophone Julian Chan
Violin Fung Chern Hwei
Trumpet Eddie Wen
Piano Tay Cher Siang
Drum Martin Ngim
Bass Daniel Foong
Tabla Prakash Kandasamy
Malay Drums Kambulbahri Hussin
Chinese drums Jimmy Ch'ng & Chew Soon Heng
Cak Lempong Shamsul Zin
Bamboo Flute Sesatre Krishnan
Gu Zheng Lim Hui Chieh
autograph signing - regine
2V--Two Voices何芸妮和戴丽津真情流露、干净剔透的歌声；1G--One Guitar我国爵士吉他第一人Roger Wang深情浓郁、挥洒自如的吉他演绎，加上严谨的制作，为了要达到最理想的听觉效果，制作队伍更特邀香港公认发烧天碟制作第一人Keith Yip负责母带后期处理，而为了酬谢《2V1G》的支持者，首批限量3,000张CD全在香港生产，空运返马，于是，这一张充满诚意的专辑终于诞生了。
付款的方式是通过maybank2u 或 paypal 。请发电邮lesloh@yahoo.com 和请记得写上你的地址！
maybank 户口是 : LOH HIP PING 114208794020
如用 paypal 请付给电邮 firstname.lastname@example.org. 请付美元 (paypal only!).
如有疑问，请拨电话 +6012-2083790 (leslie).
we accept internet orders for the album. to date, we have sold more than 3,000 copies of the album! this is some kind of achievement considering the global downtrend for cd sales.
2v1G CDs are also being sold in major record shops nationwide. we have sold out our limited edition first pressing. what is available now is the 2nd pressing.
this is an imported cd pressed in hong kong. the price for the CD is RM39.90. if you are in west malaysia, please add additional poslaju shipping charges of RM4. if you are in east malaysia, please add additional poslaju shipping charges of RM7. please note that these are subsidized rates - normal poslaju rates start from RM6 to west malaysia and RM9 to east malaysia.
payment can be made via maybank2u or paypal.
for maybank2u, please deposit into account: LOH HIP PING 114208794020
if you pay via maybank2u, please remember to fill in the email address email@example.com so that a confirmation email will be sent to us. write a separate email to firstname.lastname@example.org to provide your address.
for paypal, please pay to email@example.com
for payment via paypal, you will have to pay in US dollars:
1) for west malaysian buyers - USD14.30 (paypal fee of USD0.80 already included)
2) for east malaysian buyers - USD14.90 (paypal fee of USD0.80 already included)
3) for buyers from other countries - please email us separately. our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
please remember to provide your shipping address!
if you have queries, please call leslie at +60122083790.
thanks for supporting 2V1G!
Monday, August 4, 2008
unprecedented glory in hk - 2v1g has done us proud!
you can also read about it here
Sunday, August 3, 2008
2V1G的概念源自监制Leslie Loh和制作人周金亮，这一张专辑以捕抓纯音为大前提，通过两把优质女声（何芸妮和戴丽津）加上一只木吉他（Roger Wang），选唱了十二首家喻户晓传唱不衰的华语情歌，她们的歌声绝对可以让你听后回肠荡气，木吉他的演奏肯定会令你惊艳、兴叹。
大马第一张跨越流行和发烧碟双层领域的专辑，全程以经典AKG C12VR真空管麦克风录制，力求达到发烧碟之规格，同时也不失流行亲和的温度，再加上香港发烧碟天后Susan Wong录音师Keith Yip母代后期处理，CD最后制成品在香港压印空运回马，这样的一张专辑，你可以错过吗？2V1G is the brainchild of producer Leslie Loh and Chow Kam Leong. They wanted a simple yet heartfelt approach to classic Mandarin love songs. To start with, they needed two beautiful female voices that can complement each other, at the same time, provide enough contrast to differentiate from each other. And they needed a supremo guitarist who can weave some magic into the solo guitar and arrangement. Winnie Ho, Regine Tai and Roger Wang were selected based on those criteria. Simply put, 2V1G aspires to be an unique acoustic trio that makes music that touches people's hearts.
For the debut album, the two producers decided to select some of the most memorable love songs for the last 2 decades and give them an acoustic treatment. These are not only classics in their own rights but eternal love songs that strike a chord in most discerning music lovers' hearts.
Whereas Winnie impresses us with her excellent vocal techniques and gorgeous tone, Regine scores with her emotive, straight-from-the-heart and nasal voice - neither voice outshines each other; they only serve to complement each other in a very harmonious way. And Roger's guitar, what more can we say, is heartbreakingly beautiful. Some of his guitar solos (like the one in 心動 Tempting Hearts), with its beautiful chording, can make us weak and bring tears to our eyes.
This album has taken us close to one year to produce. There's much sweat and tears along the journey. We also had so much fun making the album. We are proud of the fact that we can make such sincere album against the tide of today's dwindling music industry.
We hope that you support us and enjoy the music too!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
how we wish we live in korea or japan where broadband is lightning fast.
stay tuned. we have many posts to update!