Roaring good time

> Tiger Jams comes to a close with solo show­cases from lo­cal and re­gional artistes, and a per­for­mance by Scot­tish band Chvrches


MU­SIC and art plat­form, Tiger Jams, re­cently con­cluded with a grand fi­nale event on Sept 2 at the rooftop of Rhap­sody Square in TREC Kuala Lumpur.

Lo­cal bands Dona­marie, Rozella and Son of a Po­lice­men (SOAP) beat seven other tal­ented bands in an on­line con­test in June, which saw over 100,000 votes cast by fans, and took home a cash prize of RM15,000 each.

While the cash prize was def­i­nitely a wel­come re­ward, what prob­a­bly made it even sweeter for the fi­nal­ists was the chance to work with ac­claimed Asian acts such as Hong Kong’s punk pop band ToNick, Sin­ga­porean pop band The Sam Wil­lows, and Malaysia’s very own elec­tro-guru Dar­ren Ash­ley to pro­duce one orig­i­nal track each.

They also got to work with es­tab­lished vis­ual artistes such as Don­ald Abra­ham, Kenji Chai, and Flex to pro­duce a mu­sic video for Tiger Jams.

Through­out the month of Au­gust, the three bands also got to host their very own solo show­cases, where they were ac­com­pa­nied by their mu­sic men­tors and vis­ual col­lab­o­ra­tive artistes.

The solo show­cases be­gan on Aug 6 with SOAP per­form­ing at Slate, The Row to­gether with The Sam Wil­lows and Don­ald Abra­ham, fol­lowed by Rozella’s show­case on Aug 13 at TREC, KL with Dar­ren Ash­ley and Flex.

Last but cer­tainly not least was Dona­marie’s show­case on Aug 20 at KL Venue, Fahren­heit 88 with ToNick and Kenji Chai.

How­ever, only one of the three fi­nal­ists was given the chance to col­lab­o­rate with an in­ter­na­tional group to pro­duce an ex­clu­sive Tiger Jams remix.

The group in ques­tion was Scot­tish synth-pop trio, Chvrches, who are known for their catchy beats and lyrics.

Based on the orig­i­nal tracks per­formed by the three fi­nal­ists, Chvrches spe­cially hand­picked Saba­han songstress Rozella for the col­lab­o­ra­tion, based on the strength of her song, Home to You.

When asked how she felt about work­ing with Chvrches, Rozella said: “Hav­ing Chvrches remix a song that I wrote is still some­thing that I am try­ing to di­gest. I hope that it will open more doors for me in the near fu­ture.

“I ab­so­lutely love the remix. It’s very dif­fer­ent from the orig­i­nal – very cin­e­matic. It re­ally brought out the lyrics and changed the emo­tion of the song.”

Be­fore the fi­nale, we also talked with mem­bers of Chvrches, Martin Do­herty (syn­the­sis­ers/vo­cals), Iain Cook (guitar/bass/syn­the­sis­ers), and Lau­ren May­berry (lead vo­cals) on why they de­cided to work with Rozella.

“It was her vo­cals that stood out from ev­ery­thing else,” said Do­herty.

“And when we lis­ten to mu­sic for the pur­pose of remix­ing, we also look for a hook in the vo­cals or sim­ply put we look for a line, or a way that we can re-imag­ine or re­con­struct the song by us­ing one key el­e­ment.

“We just saw her vo­cals mar­ry­ing well with the pro­duc­tion we’re known for.

“Other than that, we also re­ally liked how the melody was con­structed and the lyrics she wrote.”

The fi­nale saw hun­dreds of fans tak­ing over Rhap­sody Square to watch the Rozella, Dona­marie and SOAP per­form sev­eral of their songs on­stage. The event also fea­tured per­for­mances by the fi­nal­ists’ men­tors.

The high­light of the night was a riv­et­ing per­for­mance by Chvrches, who thrilled the audience with high-en­ergy show­man­ship.

It was quite a sight, and the per­fect way to end the ex­cit­ing Tiger Jams jour­ney.


(right) Muse for the mu­sic ... Rozella (third from left) to­gether with mem­bers of Chvrches (from far left) Cook, Do­herty and May­berry at the Tiger Jams fi­nale. (left, top and bot­tom) Chvrches and Rozella per­form­ing at the event.

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