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Adam Kasturi interview
‘I don’t think I get the credit that I deserve but I don’t really care, at the end of the day it’s all an illusion,’ says KL’s Adam Kasturi, the prolific producer of electronic music. The sentiment is expected; it wouldn’t surprise people in the know, people familiar with him and his music. Not many are, though the outlier has made a habit of regularly releasing tracks, original collaborations and remixes – ominous, post-grime productions of stunningly sinister scopes – to satisfy our gleaming fetish of indulging in boredom, the never-ending, post-modern plea for newer-than- new music. Adam Kasturi isn’t exactly bored – no, he has a deep reverence for the Artist and the Work. A snapshot of young, urban frustration, his work is pure kinetic energy; cold, forceful, lurching, with percussion popping off in pulses. At 14 years old, he began making music on a PlayStation application, amassing a sea of unreleased songs before dropping his debut album ‘Jaguar’ in 2012 when he was 26. This month, he puts out ‘Amok’, his third LP. You’ve been described as being a ‘workaholic’. I love making music, that’s why I’ve been doing it for years and years. Every artist is his own worst critic, but when you’re good at one thing, you get bored of it easily, and then you try to break away from it. You don’t know how far you can go with the sound, what’s the point, what’s the motive when you write, do you do it because you’re trying to look cool, or is it more than that? I question these things;
The Fridays interview
It’s never easy, so I go back to bed,’ Acap F sings on ‘Responsible’, a call-to-arms tagline to the currents of disaffection and disenchantment for Generation Y, the semi-mythical swath of selfie-takers, social media narcissists and slackers. The Fridays – fronted by Acap, with Afniaz ‘Kakak’ Afiq on drums, Muhammad Said on keyboard and synthesizers, Yazid Beruang on bass, and Pak Iran Squire and Wan Bellon on guitars – released ‘Verklempt’, their debut album in May. It was ten years in the making. It’s not surprising, then, that much of the conversation surrounding the six-piece cites the slacker factor: Both in art and in real life, The Fridays sling sarcastic assaults on their generation, while simultaneously celebrating self-flagellation and self-mockery. It’s an ambivalent, almost two-fold relationship: playing to and perpetuating the slacker stereotype, but satirising and squandering it. The thing is, though, The Fridays disagree. ‘There’s more to all these than meets the eye. We’re laidback, we’re passive aggressive, self-loathing, but I think we have a strong work ethic when it comes to songcraft and song writing,’ Acap stresses. Take ‘Lemons’, for example: The fatigued lyrics, the frazzled, jangly fingerwork, the frenetic furor of solid, strong, simple rhythms, all aspiring to an early-The Strokes – and The Coral-meets- Sonic Youth – aesthetic, but more importantly, this gem of a line, ‘’Cos you cease to exist / when you lose your pin number’. This post-modern, p
Upcoming gigs and music events in KL
For the love of food and music, come to this party where food and vinyl vendors will be selling their goods amidst tunes by DJs Smek and Zamir of Killeur...
Band Nights at Tujo
Treat your ears to acoustic tunes and urban grooves at Tujo. On Tuesday, catch Joven Goce, a singer-songwriter from the Philippines whose fun covers and...
Elevation Tuesdays at Marini's on 57
The Lounge at Marini's on 57 presents live music from the likes of Sachie Amira, Poova, Rozz, Janet Lee and many more. Check their Facebook page for updates...
Club nights and parties in KL this week
W-Night at Marini's on 57
Ladies get the special treatment on Wednesdays with complimentary cocktail shooters at Marini's on 57. Dress to the nines and play up on colours to show if...
Open Wednesdays at M8 by Marini's
Every Wednesday, present your costumed self at M8 by Marini's for a night of outlandish garb and house music. It's a Tiki party this August, so wear anything...
Ladies night at La Bodega
La Bodega is offering ladies free flows of house wine, beer and sangria every Thursday from 8pm to 10pm. There's no catch here, just free alcohol.
Kuala Lumpur Pub Crawl
Always wanted to organise or join a pub crawl but have no idea where to start? You’re in luck. Happening every Thursday and Saturday at Changkat Bukit...
Mambo at Zouk
Sometimes all you need is the right mix of hip hop, R&B and popular '90s and early 2000s hits to get the party going. Lucky for you, the duo of Radzi and DJ...
Bars and pubs promotions in KL
Brotzeit 3L Challenge
Finish a three-litre beer within 15 minutes and you’ll get the beer for free, a Brotzeit t-shirt, and your name on the 3lit Hall of Fame. If you fail you’ll...
Beer o'clock at La Bodega
From 12noon to 8pm every day, it's RM20nett per pint for mugs of Stella Artois, Asahi, Hoegaarden, Erdinger Weissbeir and Erdinger Dunkel at all La Bodega...
Happy Hour at Torii
From 5pm-7pm, purchase two drinks to get one free. Take your pick from six beers including Guinness, Kirin Ichiban, Strongbow, Kilkenny, Paulaner München,...
Latest album reviews
Julio Bashmore – ‘Knockin’ Boots’ album review
As well as New Labour, Jayne Middlemiss and Lynx Africa, the ’90s also introduced us to the concept of the Great British Dance Album. These were big, ballsy records that took rave music beyond the underground and gave the nation a soundtrack for a weekend of primo hedonism – from the giddy thrill of punching out of work on Friday to returning, spiritually altered and on an all-consuming comedown, on Monday.
Foals – ‘What Went Down’ album review
Yannis Philippakis was once the Napoleon Bonaparte of the British indie scene. As frontman for Foals, he was the little guy with big ambitions and the iron will to make them real. But now there’s a better parallel. Mocked for years and dismissed as a has-been, he’s attracting a new generation of adoring fans. The passion, the sincerity, the love of gardening, the beard – it’s all there. Yannis is the indie Jeremy Corbyn.
Years & Years – ‘Communion’ album review
Years & Years’ debut album arrives on a cresting wave of expectation. The London-based trio – singer Olly Alexander, bassist/keyboard player Mikey Goldsworthy and synth whizz Emre Turkmen – reached Number One in March with their irresistible single ‘King’, and recently attracted such a hefty crowd to their Glastonbury set that fans had to be turned away from the tent. When they topped the BBC’s Sound Of 2015 list earlier this year, Alexander noted shrewdly, “We’ve just got to not muck it up.”
The Chemical Brothers – ‘Born in the Echoes’ album review
Back in the ’90s, dance music was different. A lot of the era-defining beats and bleeps were made by artists who considered themselves more musician than DJ, and showcased their sound by releasing full-length albums rather than spinning tunes in a club. Few did this better than the Chemical Brothers: Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, a duo whose psychedelic breakbeats won over countless clubbers and indie kids alike.
KL's best music and nightlife
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