Music has played an everyday part in ANDREAH’s life from a very early age. Inspired by her mother and singing in the local church choir, she participated in school music events and joined her first band in Year 6, performing during graduation. ANDREAH took up piano at the age of eight, began singing lessons at ten and starting to write songs with friends ‘for fun’ at thirteen.
By the age of 14 she was writing on her own and teaching herself to play guitar, thus enabling her to develop more songs. At 15, her first serious solo creation was Magic a song based on a personal experience, which she has chosen to share with us all. Her first release and Asia POP 4O’s recent BUZZ track, Best Friend was written as a parting gift to her best friend whose family moved to another country. “I hope my music can help people through rough and difficult times, as it has helped me,” she states whilst providing an insight to her life story, which the young singer/songwriter describes as a somewhat “scary” experience.
ANDREAH’s love for performing, which she embarked on locally several years ago, resulted in an invitation to support The Script in Singapore Hong Kong and Manila in April of 2018. More recently she headlined Singapore’s Heartstrings concert at the Repertory Theatre in August on behalf of the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
She cites both The Script and Ed Sheeran as the driving forces behind her love of songwriting and aspiration to continue performing. “It was simply a dream come true to be up there in front of such large audiences, and I enjoyed every minute,” she shared.
Los Angeles based producer Qura Rankin, who joined her band on stage for these performances, heard ANDREAH sing and believing “she has what it takes if she wants to take it”, offered to record and produce a selection of her early songs.
The two spent some time at Thailand’s Krabi Road studios in April. There is nothing pedestrian about the mood and narrative these first six recordings captured in the most natural of environments. To have recorded so close to home where her songs were written, is an integral part of this narrative.
As an active member of her local school, she enjoys all school activities, playing both soccer and basketball. In 2017, she spearheaded a fundraising talent contest to help build a school in Cambodia and attended its opening ceremony there. Insisting that her priority remains to complete her education and, with exams scheduled later in the year, ANDREAH’s foray into Japan, Australia and European markets will have to wait until mid-2019.
K-Pop group NU'EST W are preparing for a comeback! Everyone is gushing over the news that they are busy filming their upcoming music video and they have plans of releasing the song in mid-November with a guess being on the 11th.
While fans around the world are excited for this comeback, we are also excited for NU'EST to return to being a whole group again when Minhyun returns on the December 31st. He won't be able to be apart of the November comeback, but we're still counting down for big things from them in 2019. This comes after his unique situation from his participation in the reality television series Produce 101 Season 2 and winning his place as a member of Wanna One.
What kind of style are you hoping they will do for this comeback?
Written by: Siobhan Stollznow
Edited by Jhube Veradio
The electro-pop artiste Rozella is back with her latest tune ‘XOXO’.
The Malaysian artist, originally from Borneo, lays down her sultry vocals on a bed of modern pop synths with an 80's drum riff. She has currently amassed 11 New Music Friday playlists on Spotify after 4 days of release of the song. She is one of the very few Malaysians who have been fortunate enough to be featured on the New Music Friday playlist in the US, which is certainly well deserved as the song surpasses the trends led by the likes of Troye Sivan, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen and Ariana Grande. Rozella has fast become a pop princess!
The songstress spoke to us early last year about being the winner of Tiger Jams 2016 and how her past single 'Home to You' was handpicked for an exclusive remix by Scottish synth pop band CHVRCHES. In this podcast the musician speaks to Jay John about, music, life and creating positive body image. Rozella is planning more music to be released in the coming year and the start of 2019. The future is bright for Malaysian bred music.
The latest single 'XOXO' is Rozella’s ode to music. After stepping into the limelight three years ago, her love for songwriting and performing has deepened. This song is a reflection of the joy she feels every time she’s creating music.
“There’s nothing else in the world that I enjoy more than being in the studio and working on music. It’s like a sugar rush for me. When I’m on stage or when I’m songwriting, the whole world disappears and nothing else matters.”
XOXO is available on all digital music platforms.
'XOXO' is playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7.
Written by Jhube Veradio
Thanks to Dex Wong
You may not already know, but Asian Pop Radio take requests almost every hour of the day right across the week and its easy to select your fave song too! New and old, there are a huge list of songs to choose from and you can view our entire library of tracks by heading to asianpopradio.com/request or in this instance, via the search tool below.
Want to hear a track on Asian Pop Radio? Search for your favorite artist or track name click the play button and it could play within the next 15 minutes. Asian Pop Radio is the only Asian pop station in Australia that allows you to choose the playlist in real time, so have a go today!
Note: Requests can not be made during our specialty programs including, 'Boys Hour', 'Girls Hour', 'Newbies@9', 'Top 10 Countdown', 'The Old Skool Show' & 'The Japan Hour'
Why not tune in to our Top 10 Countdown to see if your song is also being requested by other Asian Pop Radio listeners. It may be getting requested enough by our community to make it to our daily countdown. Our Top 10 Countdown airs 8am and 8pm weekdays and is hosted by Asian Pop Radio's music director Trav, aka Skuff Asia. If you like the show, share it with your friends and tell us!
I am honestly proud to call Melbourne my home but I am sure you will sympathise with me, that as a seasoned traveller to the wide and wonderful parts of South East Asia, I usually head home at the end of a trip missing the late night food culture. Places like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand all have such wonderful public outdoor spaces for a late night feed, more often than not, our city is usually 'out like a light' at the time of the evening when so many in Asia are popping out for dinner with friends.
I have so many fond memories of heading out for a night of clubbing in places like Taipei and when the club was about to close ('Funky'.. don't hold it against me) we knew we had a stack of options we could go to in order to boost our energy as the sun was rising. Being in Kuala Lumpur for work and having limited options for a bite at conferences then looking for a late night 'fix' and finding a popular food court in the city that was packed door to door with delicious hot and spicy noodles and tofu dishes to choose from. My trip to Ho Chi Minh City where the streets would be converted each night to a marketplace of Hawker stalls offering everything from local beers to the popular Chè that was being enjoyed by locals.
Thankfully, I feel like my luck is about to change as Melbourne's world renowned Queen Victoria Market embarks on a new Asian inspired late night food offering Wednesdays until October 24. The market has already dabbled in the extremely popular Summer and Winter night markets and have now for a few years, but this time round comes an authentic experience that will please anyone like me that reflects on those fulfilling foodie moments from Asian holidays gone by.
Hawker 88 Night Market brings the tastes, sights and sounds of the Orient to Melbourne’s favourite market. Step under the Market’s iconic sheds and be transported to the streets of Asia to feast on authentic street food from right across the continent, from China to India, Vietnam to Korea, and Malaysia to Japan. More than 20 street food stalls selling traditional dishes such as Malay satay, Filipino barbecue, Indian curries and Korean pork belly. Long communal tables provide the perfect place to share great food with friends and family.
Melbourne’s new independent brewery Brick Lane Brewing Co. are also marking the occasion by creating a special craft beer, fittingly named H88. Made using a Japanese hop cultivar Sorachi Ace, it is a light-bodied lager that pairs perfectly with Asian cuisine. Over six weeks, visitors can explore different regions of the Orient through the five senses to learn more about their cuisine, culture and traditions.
The weekly themes are Mooncake Festival, Durian Festival, Asian Festival, Filipino Festival, Bollywood Festival and Thai celebration. The experience comes complete with the colours and sounds of authentic music and entertainment from each region. Traditional Lion and Bollywood dancers, Malaysian bands, Filipino singers. Those that attended last week would have enjoyed viewing a performance by Melbourne's own AO Crew! There will even be karaoke for those game enough to show off their talent, plus eating competitions for those with the right kind of hunger!
Market-goers can also look on in awe as the professionals demonstrate the crafts of mooncake and noodle making. Inspired by the number eight – the luckiest number in Chinese culture – Hawker 88 Night Market has 88 lanterns hung from the Market sheds, creating an intimate and colourful canopy. You can also shop for weird, wacky and wonderful wares from more than 20 Asian market stalls.
Don't miss your chance to enjoy Hawker 88 Night Market for yourself. Its for only a few more weeks! Asian Pop Radio look forward to supporting the event into the future and celebrating this diverse offering that celebrates Asian cultures and people coming together in the heart of the city.
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Edited by: Jay John
On the night of Sunday 7 October, two of Thailand’s leading female stars Beau Sunita and Am Saowalak made their way to Brisbane for the first time. Both Beau and Am are very well known singers in Thailand earning themselves their fancy titles as the “Divas of Thailand” due to their fames and talents and are noteworthy in the music industry. The show was held at The MET Nightclub in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
The two women put on a stellar show by singing their most popular songs from the 80s and 90s. This brought back memories to the kids and teenagers who grew up in that time. Most of the audience are now parents and even though they were high in ages, this does not stop them from stepping on the dance floor and putting on some moves in front of the stage.
I was hanging out for Am's "Half of my Life" and Beau's "I Know" and they delivered! They had me absolutely speechless both times and I'm glad I was there to experience these songs in person.
The night ended with an overwhelming success! Beau and Am thanked and praised the people of Brisbane for their kindness and playful personalities. They assured us they will come back and make Brisbane shine again!
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Written by: Paul Tipchote
Edited by Jhube Veradio
Did you know the Korean Cultural Centre in Sydney screens FREE Korean films? The movies are aired with English subtitles on the 2nd Thursday evening of every month and it’s free for everyone! What a treat! There might be some people who haven’t seen a Korean film out there, but there is no one who has seen a Korean film once only. We bet once you join this event, you will fall in love with Korean films.
This month, the comedy/crime "Accidental Detective" will be the feature film at KCC. Leading actor Kwon Sang-Woo plays comic book store clerk, Dae-Man, who teams up with the troubled Sr. Detective Noh (played by Sung Dong-Il) when they find out mutual friend and detective, Joon-Soo (Park Hae-Joon) is wrongfully charged with murder. The duo team find out a series of murders are related to the case. While unravelling the whodunit, drama and hilarity ensue.
TIME: 6PM (No one will be allowed in after 6:40pm)
DATE: 11 October 2018
VENUE: Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney, Australia
WHO CAN JOIN? Everyone! (Booking required)
HOW TO BOOK?
Please RSVP with the movie title, your name, number of seats and contact number via; firstname.lastname@example.org
Details may be subject to change.
Find more information at http://www.koreanculture.org.au/portfolio-posts/cinema-k/
Fans of K pop boy group ‘The Rose’ got the shock of their life earlier this evening when during the Arirang Radio program ‘Super K-pop’ the boys seemingly broke the news that the idols would “soon” be heading to Australia. As it usually is in this country, the news spread like wildfire in K pop circles and the video was re-shared on popular Facebook page ‘K pop Concerts in Australia’.
Super K-pop host Sam Carter (a former interviewee on Asian Pop Radio) read a question from one of their Aussie fans out to the band members Hajoon, Woosung, Dojoon and Jaehyung, stating: “Samantha from Australia says I heard you might be coming to Australia, I do hope you do”
The band then responded with “Yes we are, yes we are going, we talked about this, didn’t we talk about it here?” referring to the previous time they were on the music show.
During the interview the boys referred back to their past conversation, where they had expressed wanting to come to Australia, but also their uncertainty over when or if it would happen. In this latest appearance however, the four idols were able to fully confirm their trip down under, telling their Aussie fans “we weren’t sure, we are now sure”. When prompted for a timeline for such a concert their chorused response was “soon, soon, soon”.
It’s been a fast rise to success for the group, having only debuted last year with their single ‘Sorry’. Since then, the band have gained a huge following world-wide and have continued to grow alongside their fans, known as ‘Black Rose’.
Nevertheless, a question remains: if they are heading to Australia, which city(s) will they be coming to? With the growing presence of the Hallyu Wave in Korea, a recent study by ticketing giant ‘StubHub’ examined which cities purchased the most K-pop concert tickets downunder. Melbourne accounted for 31% of K pop ticket sales across 2018, while Sydney recorded 28% of all sales. Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide 4% respectively accounted for 9, 6 and 4% of sales (read more about the study here).
If the numbers above are any indication we are likely to see the band perform in Victoria or New South Wales once again, but there is still the possibility that the boys and their agency will think outside the square and perform elsewhere too. One thing is for sure, we will continue to save up our pocket money for what is set to be an amazing show!
Keep listening to and following Asian Pop Radio for more details. To get you pumped and ready for their trip to Oz, check out the group's latest MV for their new release 'She's In The Rain'.
Indonesian Dipha Barus has released his latest single “Money Honey (Count Me In)”, a blend of Pop/R&B jams filled with gospel vibes and Indonesian traditional instruments of Rindik Bali ambiance. The song, which features up-and-coming singer, Monica Karina, serves to remind listeners about the things that truly matter in life, such as stepping out of one’s comfort zone and daring to take a leap, hoping these decisions will lead us to better opportunities and outcomes.
Starting his career since 2008, through over a decade of experiences in the music industry Dipha Barus established himself as a musical phenomenon. His journey started from being a member in one of Indonesia’s most celebrated electronic group Agrikulture, touring relentlessly to all cool clubs and headlining on major music festivals all around Indonesia such as Djakarta Warehouse Project, SAGA Festival, Soundrenaline Festival, Pacha Festival and numerous others .
With his determination and passion for music, now he has became one of the most-sought after Music Producers that works with top Indonesian artists including Afghan, Andien, Bunga Citra Lestari, Slank, Titi DJ and many more. Since day one, his main focus has been spreading good vibes through elaborate Indonesian musical instruments but keeping himself relevant audiences locally to worldwide.
His unique musical vision and creative output has gained appreciation from the music Industry, two years in a row when Dipha came out on top for ‘Best Electronic Music Production Of The Year’ at the AMI Awards, first with his single ‘No One Can Stop Us (Feat. Kallula)’ in 2016 and ‘All Good' (Feat. Nadin)’ in 2017. Collaborative works with different musicians, artist, record labels and brands are the cornerstone that contribute in most part to Dipha Barus’ development as an artist and music producer and he’s still experiencing to create something exciting and meaningful which will add colour to his upcoming projects.
The track makes its way to Asian Pop Radio from this week. Tell us what you think in the comments below. Don't forget that you can request this track or any other right across the day where you can literally choose the song you want to hear and program APR for us at asianpopradio.com/request - you are in control so make it happen!
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Media release by: Ageing Youth
Edited by: Jay John
I don't know about you lot but I have a little bit of a Friday afternoon ritual at work. Getting a little excited for the weekend that's fast approaching and once the clock hits 4pm I go into Kpop mode and seek those high energy tracks to kiss another long week goodbye. Yes I am a little old-school and for someone who started their own Asian pop radio station and website I would come last in a quiz on modern Kpop. I am more of a classic K-..guy!?
I first fell for K pop around the beginning of 2008, so the soundtrack to those summers were songs like TVXQ's Mirotic, Jewelry's 'One More Time', Lee Hyori's 'You Go Girl'... I could go on all day. These are the songs that form my Friday afternoon party playlist as I finalise my final work emails for the day and pump out the last few bits of work.
Walking past my production booth as the week drew to a close there was a good chance you would hear Seventeen's 'Very Nice', SISTAR's 'Shake It' but when I needed to really perk-up, my go to always was and always will be MFBTY's 'Sweet Dream'. It's a banger through and through.
Like most of you I took on the title of K pop Ambassador for a good period of time. I would share this track with anyone who gave me that dreaded line 'Oh yeah K pop, like Gangnam Style'. As ambassador, I knew it was my duty to show people what Korea really had to offer. I tell you, after watching the MV for Sweet Dream, there was never a negative comment and the viewing usually ended in a 'wow, just wow'.
To this day the track still sends shivers down my spin, in a good way. It transports me back to a time where I lived and breathed K pop, the time I really started to explore what Korean hip-hop was all about. I would dream of a day that a fully English version of the track would be released so that it could rocket up the Aria singles chart.. sadly that concept didn't eventuate.
On October 21st 2018 Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy will hit Sydney's Big Top at Luna Park as part of their first ever tour of Australia, it's been a long time coming since the group kicked off in the late '90s and for all we know this kind of thing might not happen again. I strongly urge you to head along and experience this amazing trio in the flesh.
Tickets range from $79 to $129 for VIP and are available now via the Big Top website. The show is made possible by one of our local favorite promoters JK Entertainment, who has been a leader in bringing your favorite Korean groups to Sydney and Melbourne for around a decade now.
Don't miss your chance to be at this amazing event and as a fellow Ambassador of K pop, remember to tell your friends.