Loneliness is a crowded word. The lyric from this new tune serves as the mission statement for Jasmine Sokko’s return piece of work. Her 3rd single ‘Porcupine’ evokes the spiky mammal. She often shares with the following anecdote when she performs this song. She explains why she has borrowed the title from the ‘porcupine dilemma’ -- a metaphor capturing the difficulty of human intimacy.
Just as how porcupines are impeded by their spikes to cuddle for warmth during winter, the emotional distance humans create around themselves out of self-protection and self preservation socially cripples them. She adds, “As isolated as the word ‘loneliness’ might signify, it is crammed with alphabets -- synonymous to how many people experience this form of isolation.” Released on Wednesday 2 August 2017, Jasmine Sokko’s up-tempo and infectious new song is available on Spotify, iTunes and other digital streaming platforms via 13 Orphans Records. Best yet, its just been added to Asian Pop Radio's playlist and has gained itself the 'heavy rotation' tag meaning theres a good change you're going to hear it a few times a day when you tune in to our stream.
Porcupine’ is composed and produced by the upcoming electronic music artist with additional production from music producer Fulses and vocal producer Jason Gelchen. The song is mixed by Shorya Sharma and Kwok Fang with mastering done by the latter.
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Below: Jasmine speaks to Asian Pop Radio, early 2017
Below: (Audio) Jasmine Sokko's new release.
KCON 2017 AUSTRALIA, THE WORLD’S LARGEST KOREAN POP CULTURE CONVENTION COMING TO SYDNEY FOR THE FIRST TIME
- KCON, global phenomenon K-pop music and culture convention, set to take place on September 22-23 with two days of festival and concert
- Pre-ticket sales open 11 August at 12 noon
Sydney – Thursday 3 August 2017 – KCON, the world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival, is coming to Australia for the first time in September, held at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney.
The two-day spectacular will showcase everything about Korean lifestyle including K-fashion, K-beauty, K-food, K-dance, K-drama by day, and then unleash the high-energy sounds and sights of top K-pop artists by night.
KCON started in California in 2012 and now attracts over 100,000 fans to the U.S.(New York, Los Angeles) version. Sydney joins Abu Dhabi, Paris, Mexico City and Tokyo in hosting the unique event.
Shin Hyung Kwan, CJ E&M’s President of Music Contents Business division who is in charge of KCON said,
“We’ve come a long way across the world (Latin America-Asia-North America) to finally arrive in Australia as our last stop on KCON 2017 tour. As world’s largest total lifestyle K-culture convention, we’ve pushed forward to expand Korean wave and to make people experience different aspects of K-culture, exploring new territory and meeting diverse people worldwide. Together with TEG, we will provide fascinating experience by connecting Australian fans into one through Hallyu.”
TEG CEO Geoff Jones said he was proud to bring the amazing KCON to Sydney.
“The global spread of K-pop is one of the biggest waves to sweep entertainment over the past decade and we know there is a massive following across Australia,” said Jones. “The youthful energy behind KCON makes it an absolutely unique concept and TEG will make sure that KCON in Sydney is unforgettable.”
The two-day KCON will be staged at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September. The pre-sale opens on 11 August and the general public on sale commences on 14 August at www.ticketek.com.au
Various hottest K-pop acts have already been confirmed including one of the biggest K-pop acts in the world. As it is the first time being held in Australia, expectations from the local fans are higher than ever.
Since its launch in 2012, KCON has grown exponentially to become the undisputed epicenter for all things Hallyu (a.k.a The Korean Wave). KCON first began in California in 2012, and the festival began to expand in earnest last year, holding KCON UAE(Abu Dhabi), France(Paris), Mexico(Mexico City), Japan(Tokyo) and U.S.(New York, Los Angeles). In total it drew over 460,000 Korean culture fans around the world, over the past 6 years.
The KCON 2017 festival will operate under the banner theme of “Let’s KCON,” which underlines the festival’s essence – present since its inception – to promote engagement between the fans themselves, between fans and the stars, and between fans and the multi-faceted cultural phenomenon of Hallyu.
For further ticketing information, artist line up announcements and everything about KCON, fans are invited to visit www.ticketek.com.au or mwave.interest.me/kcon-australia, and follow the Ticketek and KCON Australia Facebook page (facebook.com/KCONAUSTRALIAOfficial)
KCON 2017 AUSTRALIA
Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena: 22 – 23 September 2017
My Ticketek Pre-Sale: Combo concert tickets (2-day event) pre-sale from Friday 11 Aug 12 noon
General Public Concert Tickets Go On Sale Monday 14 Aug at 2 PM
KCON is produced by CJ E&M, Asia’s leading content company, and its global music channel, Mnet.
To celebrate our 10,000 likes on our Asian Pop Radio Facebook page and the fact that the amazing G-Dragon will be in Australia from this weekend (oh my god!!!), we are giving away 2 x Rockzone tickets to the Sydney event!
Just share the Facebook post about the giveaway, tag a friend and follow the link to our website and comment your Top 5 GD songs below!
5. 'She’s Gone'
G-Dragon is often known for elaborate music videos and concert performances, but “She’s Gone”- part of his 2009 album “Heartbreaker” - stands out from the rest. Before releasing the just-as-thrilling “Coup D’etat”, “She’s Gone” sent chills up fans spines with the the slowly building chord progressions and tale of a jealous lover falling into madness. The music video was released as part of a concert tour, with some parts acted out on stage, and others projected onto screens. The combination was innovative and made for a very immersive and creepy storyline. Showcasing G-Dragon’s creativity, this song comes in at number five on our list.
4. 'Untitled, 2014'
In comparison to the other songs on this list, “Untitled, 2014” showcases a more sentimental and vulnerable side to the singer. Performing as Kwon Jiyong rather than under his normal stage name, this song is about regretting having hurt someone you loved. The soft piano combines beautifully with Jiyong’s voice as it lifts up to mournful high notes and dips down gently in the verses. This song is a breath of fresh air amongst G-Dragon’s numerous party tracks, and with a simple music video to match the sincerity of the song, this song was bound to place in our top five.
3. 'Good Boy'
We love collaboration songs, and the energetic trap sound of Good Boy is a firm favourite! Taking to the stage with his Big Bang group member and vocalist Taeyang, the duo released this song with a lively and eye-catching routine. Using blacklights, bright neon colour schemes and a club-like video setting, the two artists showcased a modern style and fun to copy dance routine. Equally suitable for clubbing with your mates or going wild to in your room, once you hear this song, you won’t be able to stop humming along! That’s why this song takes spot number three on our countdown.
G-Dragon really let loose with this song and video! Making reference to Heath Ledger’s Joker, Pinnochio, and a number of famous actresses, GD asked listeners “why so serious”; promoting a more carefree, party attitude to life. This song is bound to make fans get their own “cray-on”, with a chorus that you just can’t sit still and listen quietly to. It’s a song that’s perfect for any form of party where you want to get people up and jumping: this song definitely deserves its spot at number two on our list!
1. 'One of a Kind'
Despite releasing this song in 2012, One of a Kind still tops our list as the best GD song out there. With a catchy bassline and clever wordplay, GD showed off his wild side with eye-catching animal prints and trendy accessories that only he could pull off. The song lyrics explain just what makes GD stand out from the rest: setting trends, breaking stereotypes and choosing his own destiny rather than letting it be dictated for him. Through this song, G-Dragon proves once and for all that he really is one of a kind, and that’s why its number one on this list.
Agree with our choices? Let us know your top 5 in the comments below!
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Written by: Katy Phillips
If there is an upside of living in a country (Australia) that's filled with radio stations that are often ignorant to the brilliance of the Asian music market, its that on occasion you go on your own hunt for something unique and you find an artist overseas that impresses you from the very moment you learn of them. For me, one of those musicians is Sezairi a pop, soul singer from Singapore.
Yes it has been know that in recent times I have become a little obsessed with the the Singaporean music scene and to a further extent whats happening over the Causeway in Malaysia but its for good reason, there are so many amazing musicians spurting up across a heap of different genre's in both nations.
Sezairi's break was perhaps his appearance on Singapore Idol Season 3 in which he took the top spot in 2009. His first full-lenght album 'Take Two' around a year later earned him further street cred with his debut single 'Broken' which received great traction on local radio. A few years later his first Malay track 'Sayang' was well received in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
In 2016 the artist released the dance floor banger 'Fire to the Floor', a song that I found difficult to get out of my head. The retro-style track had a very catchy tune and a lively music video to accompany it. The song was loved so much by the Asian Pop Radio team, it ranked highly on our end of year charts for Asia's best songs of 2016.
Now the soulful maestro is back with his latest ear-worm ‘70s’ to give everyone a legitimate reason for busting out their long retired dance shoes. Collaborating with internationally renowned Swedish writers/producers Ronny Vidar Svendsen, Anne Judith Stokke Wik, Nermin Harambasic, Martin John Kleive Mulholland and Hugo Solis (whose works include KPOP girl group TWICE, Girls Generation, Nathan Skye & more) on this latest track, the experienced musician elaborates on how the song comprehensively encapsulates all of his personal quirks in 3 and a half minutes - “I would best describe ‘70s’ as the culmination of all the things I love and all the joy I feel when I make music. It's about losing yourself and finding yourself at the same time. It’s an aural experience of things that make me feel alive.”
His Idol days may seem like a thing of the past, but Sezairi has since used that momentum and lengthened it out over the past couple of years to establish himself as a versatile live performer with a distinct and one-of-a-kind groovy sound. Still buzzing from his recent Shine Fest 2017 performance, Sezairi is all geared up to rekindle the dance floors once again, this time with the nostalgic and Motown-infused throwback track ‘70s’ to make everyone remember just why his musical chops and homegrown charm are a force to be reckoned with.
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Below: Sezairi's new MV ''70's'
Further down: Sezairi's 2016 MV 'Fire to the Floor'
Written by: Jay John