it must be more than 10 years ago. my fist meeting with double take was in the then no black tie jazz bar located at the same row that is jalan mesui.
NBT then was a smoky joint with poor ventilation, with glass bottles adorning the wall, which also acted as some sort of acoustic treatment i guess. the ambience was great, so was the acoustics.
my first visit was to watch roger and mia, with guest guitarist, the brother of tommy emmanuel. sorry, i forgot his name... it was so long ago. i remember vividly roger jammed with him towards the encore.
i was stunned by the duo. mia was only, 18? she possessed a deep and bassy tone that belies her age and both of them had so much chemistry on the small stage. what stunned me was how a simple guitar can accompany a female voice. i already heard of tuck and patti then but i don't subscribe to ALL their songs. double take was even simpler, and less jazzy than tuck and patti. it was closer to pop actually. i remember i was riveted to my seat when mia sang "my romance". i had goose bumps, i remember.
being the thick-skinned producer wannabe i was, i approached roger after the performance and asked for his friendship. roger was so much thinner and handsome then, and with more hair, on his head. he is really a friendly chap and we started talking about working on some projects. one led to another and we became friends.
i couldn't remember how many double take gigs i have watched over the past 12 years but the best ones were always at NBT. not equatorial FLO, i don't like that place. not at all. the one at DFP was good but not definitive.
from a producer's angle, double take is the perfect act for a music label like pop pop but then i hadn't even started pop pop then. to date, double take only have two albums, which is a pity. they could have more.
over the past 12 years, double take managed to accumulate quite a loyal fan base, but they were never mainstream. i guess the lack of albums is one but many of the reasons.
radio stations are still playing their debut album once in a while, which is a shame because they have progressed so much since their debut.
roger went on to do many collaborations while mia pursued her solo career.
in no small ways, it is double take who inspired me to start an audiophile label and you guess it, 2V1G project.
over the past 3 to 4 years, roger's partnership with mia was an on-and-off thing. the talk of their 3rd album never quite materialized, nobody knows why.
fast forward to 2012, 12 year after their formation. roger thought it is the RIGHT time to have a reunion concert with mia, who has spent two years in tasmania pursuing her studies in music. roger approached me to host it. without much hesitation, i took up the challenge.
while i am fully aware of roger's progress as a guitarist/musician, i have lost touch of mia's. in last week's rehearsal at my house, i heard a mia palencia who is so much more composed, richer tonally, and has so much depth in her voice that had me yelling: " I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE CONCERT!"
the same chemistry that makes them so likeable and enjoyable is still very much intact and alive. roger treats mia like his own sister. you seldom see roger being so at ease and comfortable with his vocalist. trust me, i know.
so, ladies and gentlemen, so if you are like me, eager to watch the bigger-and-better double take, get your tickets now at REDTIX.