Fresh from launching his back-to-back sell-out show, Jo Koy will be heading to Oceania and Asia with the astounding 'Break The Mold Tour 2018'. Jo Koy has become a household name since the success of his breakout Netflix special 'Jo Koy: Live From Seattle', a project he self-produced and partnered to the streaming giant in 2017. The comedian has since broke multiple records in tickets sales, one of which earned him the declaration of November 24th as “Jo Koy Day" in Honolulu. The Filipino-American comedian who is based in Los Angeles has worked his way up the comedy club circuit in Las Vegas, to eventually honing 3 highly-rated stand-up specials. His best known material is centred on growing up with a single mom, “who raised us like she was still in the Philippines.”
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Later this year, Koy can be seen as “Vladimir Lenin” in the upcoming live-action film Anastasia, co-starring alongside Brandon Routh and Donna Murphy.
In the meantime, here's where you can catch Jo Koy at the ‘Break The Mold Tour’ show:
June 16 (Click Here)
Bruce Mason Centre
Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
June 18 (Click Here)
Newtown, NSW, Australia
June 19 (Click Here)
June 20 (Click Here)
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
June 21 (Click Here)
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
June 22 (Click Here)
Newtown, NSW, Australia
June 24 (Click Here)
June 25 (Click Here)
The Tivoli Brisbane
Fortitude Valley, QLD
June 27 (Click Here)
Astor Theatre Perth
Mount Lawley, WA, Australia
June 30 (Click Here)
Zepp BIGBOX Singapore
July 1 (Click Here)
KLCC Convention Centre (Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Snatched. Slain. Murdered. These are what I had become after experiencing Rich Brian’s show at 170 Russell Street, Melbourne.
Rich Brian has built himself a huge following and a great reputation around the globe. He started making video skits and posting them on Twitter before he wrote, produced, and released his music material onto YouTube in 2015. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned tickets to some of his shows in Australia and overseas had sold out. It should come to no surprise, especially now that the rapper has worked with artists such as Diplo, Charli XCX, Ghostface Killah, Baauer, and Kris Wu.
Shantan Wantan Ichiban opened the night with a heavy set of bangers and mash-ups. He is a well known DJ and a charismatic presenter on Triple J, but for tonight, he was a gallant knight of the round turntable. The part-time elbow model knew his audience well by mixing tracks by Drake, Migos, and Cardi B into his set, accompanied by a hilarious back drop drop of a e s t h e t i c memes from the internet. It would be cruel to describe Mr. Ichiban as a ‘warm-up’ act, not only because he was straight fire, but because he also provided the sound for supporting act NIKI and the man himself, Rich Brian.
NIKI then took to the stage and provided a wonderful set of songs from her repertoire. She performed heartfelt ballads and edgy hits, while also commanding the stage with her presence. She is an artist who has also come from Indonesia, and from 88rising, the same record company as Rich Brian. NIKI certainly captured the attention of the audience, some of whom were standing in the mosh pit singing along to her songs.
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Shantan again hypes the hundreds of guests with a brief set before the main act. SWI gets the crowd going with heavy chants and making sure we’re all feeling good. He is not only the DJ or ‘the sound guy’, he is also the hype man, a rapper, and a beautiful beast. Just when I thought we were as wild as we were going to get, Rich Brian comes out, and the audience goes ballistic. The energy in the room increases tenfold and the heat in the atmosphere starts to rise even higher. People are screaming. They dance, sweat, rap along, and some even attempt to twerk in the middle of the mosh pit.
In between songs, Rich Brian dials the tone down and interacts with the audience. He talks a bit about his experience in Australia and his life in general. Someone yells out he partake in the ancient Australian tradition of a “Shoey”, but unfortunately, he declines. He has to perform a show every night this week before flying back to America!
Rich Brian continues wowing the crowd with his incredible skills. He breathes out straight fire while the crowd are the fan to his flames. Three years ago, Rich Brian began teaching himself English by listening to his rap idols Childish Gambino, Macklemore, 2 Chainz, and Tyler, The Creator. Now, he is an international rapping icon, performing all around the world.
Sadly, the show comes to an end and he leaves the stage. The crowd wails to an empty stage, “ONE MORE SONG”, and as if God himself had come down to answer their prayers, Rich Brian comes back onto the stage to perform an encore of “Dat $tick”, the song that launched his career to international success.
Asian Pop Radio would like to thank 88rising and 170 Russell Street. We also warmly thank Livenation and for their continued gratuitous support.
Written by: Jhube Veradio
Photos by: Jhube Veradio
Tabitha Nauser has returned with her much anticipated third single – ‘Rules’!
Since the debut of her first two explosive singles ‘Bulletproof’ and ‘Body Language feat. SonaOne’ – which both took the airwaves by storm and catapulted Tabitha to the forefront of the music scene – the street style loving fashionista has been on an ardent musical pursuit, meticulously putting together the final pieces of her upcoming releases, as well as continuing that energy from 2017 and setting up the right tone for 2018, beginning with this next single – ‘Rules’.
The Swiss-Indian beauty made a trip to Australia to work with Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Michael Fatkin (Jai Waetford, Stan Walker) on this new edgy track, which illustrates the resident vocal-powerhouse pushing her creative boundaries and honing in on her musical skillset through the experiences she has garnered these past couple of years.
Having laid the basic groundwork with her first two singles, Tabitha expands that horizon with this latest body-swaying number, introducing some new elements to her sound and mashing it with pensive lyrical content that encourages straying from the pressurizing conformities this modern day era inadvertently cultivates. With the singer herself explaining: “This song is for anyone that’s bottled up their struggles all their life and pushed through the grind only to feel defeated at the end.
My only hope is for this track to be their anthem and give them an outlet, cause I know what that feels like and there’s only so long before you realize that sometimes you just have to correctively go against the tide and forego the conventions in order to see something truly genuine come to fruition. This song is meant to celebrate boldness and encourage people to be creatively daring in the appropriate context.”
The track was written by Michael Fatkin (Jessica Mauboy, Tina Arena, Jai Waetford), Tabitha Nauser, Jess Porfiri, Ryan Yates; produced by Michael Fatkin and mixed by Ben Whincop (Hillsong) with additional production by Tabitha Nauser.
Tabitha also gained the attention of acclaimed Dutch DJ duo Yellow Claw and has recently come back from trips to Jakarta and Amsterdam, where she collaborated with them and is featured on a track called ‘Crash This Party’ (released 11th May 2018) from their latest album. The music video for ‘Crash This Party’ was released on the same day and has since amassed over half a million views. She is currently gearing up for the release of her debut EP, which can also be expected to drop sometime this year.
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Below: Tabitha's features vocals in track by 'Yellow Claw'