Gig #112 & #113

I’m officially ending my brief hiatus this week! It’s actually been 8 months since my last gig. Not much to say other than I’ve got some new tunes prepared – hope to see you guys at the shows! <3

The Grind 22 Open Mic #42 [Facebook Event Page]
Date: 19th September 2018
Time: 8-10pm
Venue: Grind 22, Bangsar [Google Maps]

It’s a long road when you’re on your own – thankfully, rough tides are made smoother when we’re together at Grind 22. (That first bit was a Rambo reference.) 💪🏻

Join us for coffee, music, poetry and whatever else comes your way. It’s an unexpected treat every time. ☕️💬🎶⚡️🎙

We start at 8PM and end at 10PM on the dot. Sign up by dropping us a line at us@openmicmalaysia.org!

1 • Zariq Syafiq
2 • Uncle Cocco
3 • Zhana + Syazman
4 • Hee Ian
5 • 2storeyheart
6 • Fathee

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Open Mic Malaysia is the brainchild of Shaneil Devaser, frontman of The Endleaves. Established in 2012 and currently operating in Sabah, the Klang Valley and Penang, Open Mic Malaysia aims to create sustainable avenues for bedroom musicians, singer-songwriters and professional musicians to share their music and experiences with each other and the public, over evenings of wholesome indie goodness. In partnership with Ian Tai of The Propositions, Jaime Gunter of Volatile and Boy Sunny of Meteor Crates, Open Mic Malaysia aims to… Make Malaysia Great (for indie music) Again.


The Poolside Open Mic #56 ft. Kien Lim [Facebook Event Page]
Date: 20th September 2018
Time: 8-10.30pm
Venue: KL Journal Hotel [Google Maps]

The Poolside Open Mic is our 3rd longest running open mic night which happens every Thursday evening right on TOP of The KL Journal! Each installation features one of our finest musicians, with this one featuring…

***KIEN LIM***

Kien Lim is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, born in Brighton, United Kingdom, and residing in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. He likes words, loud guitars, and big drums.He released an EP entitled “The Red Room” in 2015 and gigs either as a solo artist or as a duo featuring electric guitar, drums, and voice.

Follow him: https://www.instagram.com/kienlimmusic/

***OPEN MIC***

#1 Zhana
#2 2storeyheart
#3 Hongman
#4 Ariff Jazzmi
#5 Helloluqman
#6 Hafizul & Yaaziq

To sign up for the open mic, email us@openmicmalaysia.org 😀

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Open Mic Malaysia is the brainchild of Shaneil Devaser, frontman of The Endleaves. Established in 2012 and currently operating in Sabah, the Klang Valley and Penang, Open Mic Malaysia aims to create sustainable avenues for bedroom musicians, singer-songwriters and professional musicians to share their music and experiences with each other and the public, over evenings of wholesome indie goodness. In partnership with Ian Tai of The Propositions, Jaime Gunter of Volatile and Boy Sunny of Meteor Crates, Open Mic Malaysia aims to… Make Malaysia Great (for indie music) Again.

drunkstoreyheart

Ever done anything so terrible you wish you could turn back time? I know I have. Plenty of times. The last one just happened a few days ago.

After a night of celebrating a bar’s sixth-year anniversary by drinking a lot of six baht beers, my friends and I headed to another watering hole for some drinks and beer pong. After we were done with our never-ending table of cups (on a sidenote, beer pong isn’t as easy as it looks), we headed to the tables closer to the stage to watch the live band, and drink even more beers.

I had lost count how many I had downed throughout the night at this point, but for some reason I was still on my feet. Anyway, cut to a few songs in, for some reason I get invited by the singer of the band to go up on stage to play a song. Overconfidence, which turned out to be just my drunken stupor, got the best of me and the next thing I know, I was climbing on stage and taking the guitar away from the band’s guitarist. (Hindsight is a bitch, but the correct response here would have been to decline the offer and stay the fuck seated. Then none of this would have happened.)

I strum a few chords, guitar seems to be in tune. I step up to the mic.

“Hello everyone! I am George from Malaysia,” I spoke into the mic (as far as I could recall, there was only one other table occupied at the bar that night – but that was bad enough). “This is a song I wrote.”

I strummed the first chord of Reason. I thought to myself, hey – I think I got this! I started singing.
Holy shit. I was terrible. However, I figured I’d pick things up mid-song – it was an original anyway, and nobody had ever heard my stuff before (I’m sure after that night, nobody would ever want to listen to my music again). The chorus came – I forgot the chords, played the same chords as the verses. I sang out of key. I repeated lines. I forgot lyrics. Honestly, I don’t think I could have put on a worse show in my life if I even tried on purpose.

Maybe they were polite. Maybe they thought they would give me a chance to redeem myself. Or maybe it was just all in my head, and the band actually wanted me to get off the stage. For some reason, they told me to play one more song. I think they thought they had discovered the next William Hung and wanted me to continue with the shit-show. So I did. I played a second song. It was all a blur at this point. I don’t remember even finishing the song. I probably ended it right after the second chorus. I can’t remember. At least I didn’t knock anything over or stumble off the stage.

My friends cheered for me when I got off the stage. I felt euphoric. The pub band probably had the biggest laugh of their lives or were horrified.

Fast forward to the next day, when I woke up and pieced the previous night together. Holy shit. What the fuck did I do? As if on cue, in came the texts from my friends – photos and videos of my god-awful performance. Nope, it wasn’t a dream. And nope, I’m not sharing shit. You might think I’m being a tease by writing about such an occasion and not releasing the video, but this shit was shameful. I intend to take it to my grave. If anybody else posts the video, fine, but you won’t be getting it from me. This post is here to serve as a reminder that I’m a terrible drunk.

To Brownies, if you guys ever for some reason stumble upon this post, I’m truly sorry for ruining your wonderful set. You guys were amazing live and I hope you guys go far in your careers. Couldn’t find you guys on Instagram/Facebook to personally apologize (but I’ve sent you guys an email). If you guys ever do drop by KL, drinks on me. Just don’t put me on stage again if I’ve had one too many.

Royalty

Just a song I wrote a few months ago. Finally finished it and recorded a rough demo on a productive Thursday night. Enjoy

Royalty

on your bed you lie like royalty
in your mind you wish that you were free
all the luxuries meant for a king
but are you truly?

when you trade your air for water
all our words fall upon deaf ears
you look forward to be released
follow the bright light

watching over you like guardians
just like statues we wait
as the waves crash all around us
behind a glass display

tethered to a bed, is it living?
lines on a graph, numbers falling
your whole being reduced to
beeps on a machine

(take my lungs, I didn’t treasure them anyway)

when you trade your air for water
all our words fall upon deaf ears
you look forward to be released
embrace the darkness

waiting for the full collapse
your last dying breath
we mutter empty words to comfort ourselves

it’s all up to you now
it’s time to say goodbye
we mutter empty words to comfort ourselves

Gig #111: KL Journal Open Mic

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote one of these. Tomorrow I’ll be playing my first show of 2018, also my first gig since playing with The Propositions in Penang last November. Should be fun! Drop by if you guys wanna listen to cool tunes while drinking chill beer. Brendan de Cruz is headlining, that dude’s voice is smooth as silk.

Event Page [Facebook]
Date: 18 January 2018
Time: 8-11pm
Venue: KL Journal Hotel [Google Maps]

The KL Journal Open Mic is our brand spankin’ new open mic night right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur that happens every Thursday! #openmicmy

***FEATURED ACT***

BRENDAN DE CRUZ

Passion, and persistence without exception are the two key things that would best describe Brendan de Cruz as a person, and most of all, as a musician.

His strong vocals make up for his seemingly reserved personality, but stay a little longer and you’ll learn that this talented musician is so much more than meets the eye.

With a heart made for music & a voice that leaves quite an impression, Brendan James best defines who he is & what he does when he says,

“As long as I’m making music, I’m happy.”

Follow him: https://www.facebook.com/brendandecruz/

***YOUR HOST***

SHANEIL DEVASER OF THE ENDLEAVES

Shaneil Devaser has been around the block! From fronting Crossing Boundaries back in his college days, to backing Mystery Tapes on bass and vocals. He has gigged all over Malaysia and beyond, including stints in Singapore, Australia, USA, Japan and Hong Kong, and has even pocketed a couple of VIMA awards! With 2 albums and a few EPs from various projects under his belt, he now tours with his rock band The Endleaves to promote their releases nationwide and across the great divide! Join the revolution!

Follow him: https://www.instagram.com/shaneildevaser/
…and his band: https://www.instagram.com/the_endleaves/

***OPEN MIC***

#1 Jenssen Kuek
#2 Dowandofla
#3 Yasher Shafiai
#4 Yo-Gi
#5 2storeyheart

Sign up by emailing us@openmicmalaysia.org 😀 #kljournal

JOM!

#jointherevolution

For more info on our other events, visit: http://openmicmalaysia.org/

Gig #110: Karnival Open Mic Malaysia

Played two sets earlier this week that I didn’t have time to share about on my blog – PLOY’s Monday open mic night and KL Journal Open Mic last week, which makes my next scheduled appearance number 110.

Karnival Open Mic Malaysia | Event Page
Venue: La Frontera @ Jaya One
Date: 28/10/17-29/10/17

It’s going to be a two day long event with 42 acts – sign ups are still open if anybody is interested, just get in touch with them if you’re interested in playing.

I’ll be playing on the first day (28th October) some time in between 1-4pm. Drop by for some music and beer <3

Gig #107

Whoa, I just realized it’s been over three months since I played my last show. Anyway, gonna dust off my guitar for tonight at I Don’t Know bar’s open mic. It’ll be my first time playing at the venue and one of the few times I’m performing in Bangsar. Brand new crowd, should be fun! Come drop by if you’ve got nothing planned.

IDK Bar Open Mic #2 | Event Page
Venue: I Don’t Know Bar KL | Location
4, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Time: 8-11 pm

The IDK Bar Open Mic happens every 2nd & 4th Friday! #openmicmy

#1 Shaneil Devaser
#2 Ian Tai?
#3 Jenssen Kuek
#4 George Wong
#5
#6
#7
#8

Sign up by emailing us@openmicmalaysia.org 😀 #idontknowkl

JOM!

#jointherevolution

For more info on our other events, visit: http://openmicmalaysia.org/

See you guys tonight!

Day Tres in Strawberry Land

Sitting here alone in this dimly kitchen, I wonder to myself, was this really necessary? Did I really need to get away from the city. What was the point of the trip? Do people really ‘find themselves’? Why do they need to travel so far? Does the distance help? Or is it just the act of going away that’s enough. Is it symbolic? Would things have been any different if I stayed in KL and just locked myself in my room? Maybe.

Maybe not. Being completely by myself for the past 3 days has made me realize I can live alone. I don’t really need to talk to anybody – it’s okay being by myself. I mean, sure, I respond to texts and Instagram comments, but that’s about the limit of my social interaction. I haven’t felt the need to talk to another human being in person. In fact, it feels good not having to deal with anybody right now. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the company of other people. It’s just nice to do things all by yourself every now and then.

Continue reading “Day Tres in Strawberry Land”

Gig #106

Back from the US and UK, with no new songs – why do I even bother?
I’ll be playing some tunes tonight at La Frontera, drop by if you’re free!

Event Page
8-11pm
La Frontera
Jaya One, PJ

Open Mic de la Frontera is our weekly Tuesday open mic night that we run at our favourtie ‘lil Mexican joint Frontera Sol of Mexico in Jaya One PJ 😀

Sign up by emailing us@openmicmalaysia.org or dropping us a message!

#1 Sharlene Darshini https://youtu.be/BS_QlE62Mhc
#2 Sia Nicholas https://youtu.be/mxsfBhyjLLM
#3 Bob Brian https://goo.gl/b8iZom
#4 Ian Tai https://youtu.be/LvwBvf07Qow
#5 Andre D. D’Cruz https://youtu.be/URTxhsyAEIU
#6 Faith Ling https://youtu.be/87h41_SSCUI
#7 Qhotakmusica https://youtu.be/hWZV0Ah-1bw
#8 2storeyheart https://youtu.be/hFFZ3Y8-3KU

Oh and tacos go for RM6+ and tequila shots for RM9+ all night long yo!

JOM MAKAN DAN MABUKS!!!

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#OpenMicMalaysia

http://openmicmalaysia.org/

Gig #104

Nothing much to say except that I’ll be performing tomorrow night for the first time at Ril’s Bangsar. Should be fun! Drop by for some good music and drinks.

Ril’s Warehouse Sessions | Event Page

Thursday, April 13th
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Ril’s Bar
30 Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

THIS JUST IN! We are running a pilot open mic night 8.30pm onwards at Ril’s Bar, Bangsar on Thursday, April 13th! 😀

#1 Kahlilfornia https://youtu.be/z7CKYJ2lRkw
#2 Jess A Craig https://youtu.be/OOtChwFLR6M
#3 Arisha Akhir https://youtu.be/669-klj4qBc
#4 Sarah Daniella https://fb.com/sarahdaniellamusic
#5 Sia Nicholas https://youtu.be/mxsfBhyjLLM
#6 Darryl Thomas https://youtu.be/b_TKjP9ddwU
#7 Maha Jeffery https://youtu.be/vTp_Xzn6icE
#8 2storeyheart https://youtu.be/hFFZ3Y8-3KU

Sign up by emailing us@openmicmalaysia.org 😀 slots are limited so get in touch ASAP! It’s gonna be a mad one! 😉

P.S. Shaneil Devaser of The Endleaves will be kicking off the night, Ian Tai of The Propositions will be in the middle, and Boy Bravado will be closing!

We’ll also have a lot of drink promotions, so don’t miss out this Thursday night!

Completed: Renewal of blorgy.net for 1 years/Gig #103

Is it so hard to remove the s at the end of years if the preceding number is 1? Why not just make it year(s), that way you don’t even have to change anything?

Man, this blog is almost 10 years old now. I’ve spent a third of my life writing on it. 10 more years to go before I die a triumphant death. Can’t wait. I wonder if anybody will bother to help me keep it running. I guess I could pay my hosting fees for a hundred more years before I die. Maybe blogs won’t even exist in the future anymore. Everything would be VR and shit. This site would be a relic of the past.

Like paper. Not really. People still read physical books. And magazines. And newspapers. Maybe only hipsters will read my blog next time.

Anyway, it’s that time of the job again – where I get super busy right before a sale. This time even more so because Jakarta 2017 is gonna be bigger than before. I’ve cut down my dota time to once a week. I haven’t even been able to keep up with all the DAC matches. But OG has been kicking ass, so I’m rooting for them to win the whole thing.

Tomorrow I may be playing my 103rd gig. Not confirmed because I don’t know what time I’ll get off work – but if I am able to make it on time, you’ll be able to catch me at:

Open Mic de la Frontera #29 | Event Page

April 4 2017
8 PM – 11 PM
Frontera Sol Of Mexico, Jaya One

Lineup:

Open Mic de la Frontera happens every Tuesday night! #OpenMicMY

#1 Sarah Daniella
#2 Ian Tai
#3 Arisha Akhir
#4 Jojoe
#5 Shavkat
#6 Darryl Thomas
#7 Cikicikiboomboom a.k.a Harissa Halim
#8 2storeyheart (maybe, maybe not, but definitely maybe)

See you if I see you!