Below: (podcast) Amanda of Intrasia speaks to Jay John ahead of Animenz concert 2017
Angela of Intrasia drops by to chat a little about the Animenz Melbourne show next week at the Melbourne Recital Centre. It promises to be a night of good music, colourful cosplay and interpreted Anime tunes from a performer that has modernized classical music for a new generation.
Animenz is a young Chinese musician with more than 980,000 subscribers on YouTube, followed by over 160 million fans. Born in Bad Urach, Germany, he grew up in Metzingen, a small town in south Germany where he attended his first piano lessons by Mr. Kramer. Animenz 2017 Australia Tour will feature his most famous ‘Unravel’ and more.
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Below: (video) Animenz Youtube channel trailer.
Written by: Jay John
Below: (podcast) Joni Sheila speaks to Jay John on Asian Pop Radio
Joni Sheila has a pretty amazing day job, she spends her time travelling the globe busking, sharing her beautiful voice with street audiences, sometimes in venues back home in Belgium. Currently she is spending a year in Melbourne and that's where Jay John speaks to her now, from the JOY studios on Bourke street where she has just picked up a permit to perform for the next two months. Performing on Bourke Street for a street artist/ busker is highly sort after and she's about to join that somewhat exclusive club.
Joni Sheila is a half-Filipino, half-Belgian singer-songwriter and street performer who grew up in Gent, Belgium. She was named after Joni Mitchell. She taught herself to play the guitar and to sing. By competing in several music contests and working with other artists, she has gained a lot of experience. She also has a communication management degree and applies her communication skills to her music on stage, online and in the streets.
In June 2013 Joni launched a successful crowd funding campaign to record her debut album "Change". It was released on November 7th, 2014. A year later Joni was invited to Vienna (Austria) to give a TEDx talk about her experiences as a street performer. Watch her talk here: http://bit.ly/1QaKM7J
In November 2016 Joni commenced a busking tour around Australia. She is currently planted in Melbourne. She won the Time Out Melbourne "Battle of the Busker 2017" as the only solo and female street performer. At the same time she is creating new songs inspired by her travels. She wants to release an EP this year using Patreon: www.patreon.com/jonisheila.
Below: (APR Youtube) Joni Sheila performs live for Asian Pop Radio (raw footage)
Written by: Jay John
Below: (podcast) Jenet Sacro interviews HIKO at Animaga Expo, Melbourne, September 2017
Taiwanese cosplay icon Hiko has been a part of the Cosplay world for over 17 years. Recently, she made her way to Melbourne's Animaga Expo. Asian Pop Radio were official radio partner to this years event and in this podcast episode our girl Jenet interviews Hiko one on one to ask about her involvement in the cosplay community, where she got started and some of the challenges associated. Listen to the podcast about to hear more!
Keep following Asian Pop Radio on Facebook, Twitter and our website for future Animaga Expo updates. Asian Pop Radio appreciates our involvement in this years event as official radio partner and we are hopeful that we will again be involved in the 2018 event.
Written by: Donny Tan
After a month long’s worth of video promotions (tagged #witnessalive) on his youtube channel, audiences have given an inside view on the things that keep the songwriter Leon Markcus 'alive'. From the song cover of the National Anthem to a raw and authentic footage of the recording process for the track ‘Alive’, viewers now understand Markcus better on an emotional level, and knows what he truly stands for on the path of music.
Local singer/songwriter, Leon Markcus who took the music scene by storm in 2016 with his unique blend of alternative pop & electronic music, is now making a comeback with a new music video for ‘Alive’ — directed by Alvin Ling and in collaboration with the National Arts Council, Noise Singapore and music producer Jeff Hue (NOISE AWARDEE 2016). The video aims to debunk the often misrepresented stereotypes of people with suicidal thoughts and makes it clear that suicide can happen to anyone.
The official music video features two friends struggling to overcome the harsh challenges faced in their personal lives, resulting in one individual attempting to take his own life. The video aims to strike a chord in the hearts of its audiences to bring about more awareness towards people who are at risk of suicide and how it can affect anyone; not just a group of people who displays stereotypical characteristics of depression. Markcus will also be going on a short island wide tour to promote his single.
‘Alive’ as a track has been doing commercially well, and has been streamed at several bars, restaurants as well as festivals, like SHINE Festival & Pink Dot 2017.
If you or someone you know if experiencing anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts, help is at hand. There are a number of resources that can help including Beyond Blue and Lifeline (or call 13 11 14). If someone is immediate danger, call 000 (triple zero) in Australia or the emergency services number in your locality.
Below: (podcast) Leon Markcus introduces himself to Asian Pop Radio, April 2017.
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