we are sure you have heard in the grapevine that she is back. we are, of course, talking about joanna wang, the one with the husky voice.
we checked with our fastest supplier in town - eric the fast delivery man in amcorp - for her album last sunday at amcorp mall. eric didn't have it but he said it should be out this week and we believe it has already hit the record stores.
joanna's debut was great, the second one was really ordinary so we can't wait for this one.
1. Raindrops Keep Fallin’
on My Head
2. You’ve Got a Friend
3. The Things We Do For
4. Wild World
5. Lemon Tree
6. Dirty Work
8. You’ve Got a Friend (Acoustic
9. Wild World (Acoustic
10. Stay (Acoustic Version
we have been asked many times by an event manager: can we discover more new voices with calibre like zyan and winnie? she personally has auditioned many singers, but very few can meet her standards other than the two girls.
it is easily said than done. the two singers have more than 10 years of singing experience respectively, predominantly in live singing, coupled with studio recording experience. so, it naturally excludes singers who are younger than 25 year-old (unless you are a prodigy like david foster's charice from philipines). you may be able to sing in karaoke, or small chinese cafes, but hand you a bigger stage or usher you into a recording studio, most likely you would panic and freak out. a lot of karaoke singers think just because they can sing karaoke well, they can be good singers. this, of course, is the greatest fallacy. karaoke is noisy, full of distortion, and often masks the singer's true voice, tone and pitching. all you need is a high-octave voice that can cover the noise. a lot of great singers i know don't even frequent karaoke.
anyway, the point is: we have always been on a look-out for great voices, be it male or female. our criteria are pretty stringent. we don't want singers who are too poppish, if you know what we mean. we have auditioned many in the past but to no avail.
this voice that we discovered now has been a distant friend of ours. it is a HE. it has to be a he, because pop pop needs a male singer.
he has always been a good singer with a great tone and character, it is just that he escaped our radar each time. or more to the point, the time has come (with our increased rate of activities) for us to look for a new addition to the pop pop family.
to cut to the chase: he will be performing in the upcoming danny chan tribute launch party on 9th and 16th of november. so, please block off those dates and make yourself available at NBT.
she does not have the looks of an idol; she isn't the tallest nor prettiest; she does not conform to the fickled and trivial pop music game... she is simply not your ordinary songstress.
many have dismissed her of having a chance of making it in the convoluted pop music industry. but she does not give two hoods about it. she does not need all these illusions and make belief. all these years, she marches on with her own will and agenda. she does not believe in anyone but herself and her music.
pop pop music recognized the supreme talent in her. we gave her the liberty to do what she wants with her voice and her music.
3 years later, with two successful audiophile albums and a stunning solo concert, winnie ho, like the proverbial cliche, has truly arrived.
come and be part of the witness.
Date: 14th October 2011 (Friday)
Showtime: 08.30pm -10.30 pm
Venue: Bentley Music Auditorium, Mutiara Damansara, PJ
Admission Pass: RM150 | RM110
Booking and Enquiry: 6012-208 3790
Online booking : http://www.airasiaredtix.com
Ticketing Outlets : All Rock Corner (except Bangsar Village) and Victoria Music outlets.
have you ever wondered, why godfathers like liu jia chang and jonathan lee woke up from their retirement and started being active again in chinese pop scene?
liu jia zhang made a glorious comeback recently in taiwan's top reality superstar show as an esteemed judge. his appearance not only gained utmost respect from the younger judges but also spawn hope for the miserable chinese pop scene. let's ask him to compose again!
mr. liu, at his peak, could compose up to 40 new songs a day. one of his classics "mei lan i love you", he did it in 3 minutes. he has so far amassed more than 2,000 compositions in his fantastically-productive career, a record that no other chinese composer is ever gonna break.
another record that he is holding is: his many pupils are all legendary singers that include yuya, jenny tseng, tracy huang, fong fei fei, fei yu qing, jiang yu heng and many others.
come march 2012, we are gonna do a jazz concert playing all his classic tunes!
last night we witnessed something truly magical: the arrival of a local indie queen, much like taiwan's cheer chen. the arrival of liyana fizi.
her launch/showcase in bentley was exceptional not because only of the indie spirits she proudly and smartly exhibited but the quality of her music, her musicianship, and the whole production which is really remarkable.
look at how creative liyana does her showcase and you will be proud and embarrassed for reasons only known to many local chinese pop singers/musicians. come on, we need not say much for diplomatic reasons.
liyana has a big fan base and it is obviously the fans are the mild-mannered indie boys who likes her sweet looks and her equally sweet music.
we are impressed with how the whole production is put together. the lighthing, the visuals, the sound systems are good, so much better than your typical cantopop concert in genting. if anything, it has got class, oodles of class. of course, bentley auditorium's natural good acoustics help a lot.
buying her cd for RM35 and you get to enjoy the whole show. isn't that a brilliant idea? one night alone, liyana sold close to 400 cds and that's close to RM15,000 in gate collection.
the visual showcase is impressive. a cloth is hung in front of the stage (see photos) , allowing the projection of visuals and painting done on-the-spot by two artistes. visually, liyana seemed like being surrounded in a kaleidoscope of colors and images. it is very cheer chen like but hey, we are talking about a young malay indie artiste doing this kind of creative artistry right in malaysia. impressive!
what we see is a self-made DIY indie girl who is smart, resourceful with a great sense of melody and tune in her compositions. she could be a pop star if only she wants to. but you can tell she is an indie girl thru and thru.
what we see is a gem who could be developed into a huge indie queen much like cheer chen developed her career in taiwan.
given a good A&R, a super deal maker, a good production team, liyana could go the same way as zee avi.
once again, as we have always emphasized: talent knows no racial or language barriers, we are going to attend the launch of local singer-songwriter liyana fizi's debut solo album in bentley music auditorium tonight!
formerly from indie band estrella, liyana has caught our attention as being an immensely talented singer-songwriter with a huge sense of pop sensibility.
we are bringing many friends to attend this launch, eventho' we expect to see many malay fans in the crowd.
truth be told, she is the kind of singer-songwriter that we would like to have in our label. let's see what will come out from this launch!
to have a listen to what liyana's music is like, click here.
industry watchers would have observed the recent trends:
1) of major labels issuing tonnes o K2-HD mastering back-catalogues (milking the bloody cow dry, again)
2) of many HK music labels pouring tonnes of money and technology into their live concert video productions, often with audiophile aspirations.
bianca wu 【胡琳】 is one artiste who is currently being heavily promoted by HK's BMA, an independent label rumored to be backed up by some rich tycoons. it is no longer correct to label bianca as audiophile singer cos the way they promote her is very similar to major label's pop artistes: big A&P, big productions, overseas musicians etc etc.
we picked this dvd up and was completely amazed by its sound quality! we are no videophiles, the HD quality is impressive enough but the sound, oh, it 's another level. it is so far the best from the crop of chinese concert DVDs we have in our collection, including cai qin 2007 concert.
this is a good sign. it shows that the bosses or decision makers want to aim at those who value quality and those who are willing to pay real money. we suppose that's the only way to survive. if you want to cater to teeny boppers, you would adopt an entirely different strategy. (like selling ringtones!)
bianca live dvd is worthy of collection on sound quality alone. this is a demo-quality dvd. as to her singing, we leave the readers to find out themselves.
other examples of big productions from hk are the recent george lam's album, prudence lau mei kuan's album and bondy chiu hock-e's album (who employed the ever-rising mastering engineer kent poon, who is currently the most sought-after mastering engineer in hk).