Funky Gong | Hard Rock Café Bali – Friday & Saturday 14 Dec – 5 Jan | The Beat Magazine

Funky Gong | Hard Rock Café Bali – Friday & Saturday 14 Dec – 5 Jan | The Beat Magazine.

Japanese musician Funky Gong has been playing guitar in bands since 1980. He tuned into the decks during the 90s and has been combining an eclectic mix of psychedelic rock and dance beats ever since. He’s back in town for a month long stint at Hard Rock Cafe Bali and the beat had the chance to pose some questions last week before his opening gig.



1. What would you call the kind of music you play? This time I prepared a very special and new style Funky Gong rock set influenced by the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s classic rock and I play mash up electro style. Everything mixed up together! I use pioneer FX for looping, beat krush and delay filters etc… Sometimes I will play electric guitar to give a more live emotional feeling!
2. Has your music been evolving lately, morphing into some new foreign territory? Yes! I am brushing up a new Joujouka album while I am in Bali. Our sound is very new and we are planning to go on tour 2013. I am getting inspiration in Bali to work for my upcoming solo album with more tribal, bass, many rock styles, tech house, African beats and maybe 70s funk like “mixture techno”. My DJ sets include many more styles now like techno and progressive beats. I love 80s punk, new wave, metal, hip hop very much and rock n roll of course. Jeff Beck’s “What Mama Said” or Mick Jagger’s “Think” I like very much. At the moment my heavy rotation play is a techno track “Phunk  Investigation / Say Goodbye (Tomcraft Remix) / Tiger Records”.
3. You’ve played a number of times in Bali before, what were the highlights on those occasions? 66 Club with Joujouka for New Years Eve 2007 I think and a Boat Trip to the Gillis for Love Movida 2005 with 5000 Watts Sound System and F Lounge for New Years Eve and very fun underground Party 2006 with Suicide Glam organized by Mammasitta, my Manager (Massivevibrations). Oh and big Madskippers party together with Rinko, Tsuyoshi and Theo , Gibran from Jakarta and Alex Joy. Very much fun with all my friends together. One time I also played at Home Café.
4. You were playing in bands during the 80s. Then joined DJ Tsuyoshi Suzuki to form JOUJOUKA, breaking new ground in the rock/dance music world. What do you like best about the live guitar and dance beats mix you guys have come up with? We want to make images for the techno, house, electro, and trance party DJs imagining Jimi Hendrix among us! I want to give the experience! I think it’s a very very exciting situation to combine rock with dance music. I’m not Jimi Hendrix but I play Jimi Hendrix tracks sometimes to create a live atmosphere like in the old days.
5. You are going to be playing at Hard Rock Cafe for a whole month of weekends until January 5. Are you playing with the DJ or with the band? What’s it all about? I’m invited to play as a DJ this time but will play electric guitar tracks with my original music from my last album “blow”. Hope I can come back with our live five piece band Joujouka another time. Tsuyoshi misses Bali so much.
6. Can the Hard Rock crowd expect anything different from you this time around?  I have a totally new DJ style! Never been heard before. I collected so many good rock tracks from the 50s until now. Just wait and rock on with me Bali! Bali is such a good inspiration for me because it’s a very spiritual land. I meditate every day and there’s a good energy for the gigs. I am very thankful for coming to Indonesia many times.

 You can catch Fungky Gong Friday and Saturday nights for the next few weeks live at Hard Rock Café Bali.

Funky Gong


Loveintents x Massivevibrations X Sabre X Huu Bali X DIPLO

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Diplo | Hu’u Bar – Thursday 06 Dec


Sabre & Johnnie Walker proudly presents

a Massive Vibrations & Love in Tents production

/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ DIPLO (Mad Decent) /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

Opening act by: SAMMYTHEBULLET

Thursday 6th December 2012

at Hu’u Bar Bali

Cover Charge: 200K

Photographed by The Bali Party.

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Known internationally as a curator amongst the worldʼs most cutting edge DJs, producers, and musical movements Wesley Pentz (better known as DIPLO) has experienced a variety of successes. The last few years have been spent running through the club circuit and having chart-topping hits with refreshing irreverence. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1978, Pentz spent most his childhood in Florida working in his father’s bait shop and being turned onto music through then-new mediums like MTV. Drifting North through the state came Miami Bass, and from the West came the sounds of Southern Hip-Hop artists. The musical influence and variety coalesced, and at 18, Pentz moved to Philadelphia for college at Temple University to study Film and Music. While a student he took a job in the South Philadephia community as a social worker and created the influential Hollertronix club night, which was the beginning of his fledgling career as DIPLO.

In 2004, Pentz realesed his debut album as Diplo called, “Florida.” It received praise and accolades in the underground community. The music embodied on this album led to an introduction via an A&R man at XL Records to M.I.A. In 2004, he partnered with M.I.A. for the mixtape “Piracy Funds Terrorism.” Pentzʼs cultural impact had started to snowball. Together they worked on her first album “Arular” and much of her second “Kala,” including the 2008 mega-hit “Paper Planes,” which reached No. 3 in the U.S. Charts and earned him a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. His production credits have evolved since to include Santigold, Lilʼ Jon and Missy Elliot, while remixing works by Beck, Radiohead, Britney Spears and countless others. In 2009 Pentz teamed with frequent collaborator Dave Taylor (aka Switch) to release the futuristic dancehall album “Guns Donʼt Kill People… Lazers Do,” under the guise of Major Laze — a Jamaican militant at war with an evil army of zombies, mummies, and vampires.

Meanwhile, his record label Mad Decent has helped to introduce Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro, and other marginalized music to clubs around the world, developing as a trendsetting force with which to be reckoned. With the same mission in mind, some of the varied acts Pentz has signed or produced include Rye Rye, Bonde do Role, Crookers, Blaqstarr, Boy 8-Bit, Buraka Som Systema, and Rusko, allowing Mad Decent to act as a launching pad or home base for many others while spreading its influence across the globe. Through the label, Pentz has founded a charity called Heaps Decent as a social relief program to help children in Australia as well as with additional efforts internationally. In early 2009, Pentz debuted his film “Favela on Blast,” a five-years-in-the-making documentary exploring the Brazilian slum favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the thriving baile funk music scene that exists within. He is currently developing a TV show to air in 2010.

Through a widespread assortment of releases and artistsʼ works – from cumbia
to dubstep to punk and beyond – Diplo has shown dynamic range with interests that span far beyond any singular culture or musical realm, standing as a working model for the truly 21st Century artist.

MIYAVI | Hard Rock Cafe | Friday 12 Oct | The Beat Magazine

MIYAVI | Hard Rock Cafe | Friday 12 Oct | The Beat Magazine.

The heat that night couldn’t keep fans from turning up at Hard Rock Café to see the Japanese guitar hero showing off his guitar slapping technique in the Bushido-like performance that hid a distinctively strong character behind a very aggressive sound that drove the crowd nuts. They all went even crazier when Miyavi closed the show with his latest single “Day 1”. Immediately after he completed the song the crowd let Miyavi know that they wanted more from him. The Japanese star was happy to oblige and launched an explosive guitar solo that served as a fitting closure to such a high energy show.

Funky Gong


onARTBALI – my Vision – Bio

My name is Silvie N.Beatrix

Text by Tahnee Y.C.Nebauer

I was born 1958 in classical, ‘artsy’ Vienna, Austria where I lived and studied until I moved to Paris and later to Italy. I then moved to New York City in my 30’s. After an unforgettable ceremony at the spiritually awakening Tirta Empul Temple (located in Tampak Siring, Bali) in the year 2003, I was given my Balinese name Iluh Silvie Cempaka.

It’s been over 12 years since I decided to follow my destiny and move from the busting ‘concrete jungle’ known as Manhattan, New York to Bali. It began with me, so accustomed to the European lifestyle, craving something ‘new’.

While I knew every nook and cranny of Europe like the back of my hand, I knew next to nothing about Asia, so my curiosity about it continued to grow until I finally decided to embark on a journey across South East Asia and, most importantly, the Indonesian archipelago, discovering its dynamic and rich history along the way. That is not to say I was ‘bored’ of Europe – let me tell you, I am never bored.

I moved to the Island around the millennium (Jan 15th, 2000) and shortly after was introduced to Pak Wayan, his lovely daughter Dian and his family, by my dear friend Made Bagus who is now my husband. We went to visit 4 of his art galleries and were in awe of the thousands of breathtaking, one-of-a-kind artifacts.

I started out studying to become a teacher in Vienna until my overwhelming passion and dream to be surrounded by musicians overtook my desire to teach, and I ended up in the music entertainment business for nearly 35 years. I managed and promoted several artists and traveled around the world and back before settling down in Indonesia.

In general, I choose to live and work ‘onART’ 24/7 and thus enjoy supporting all forms of creativity such as music and photography.
My Team aims to open a gallery wherein children and adults, locals and tourists, or anyone with an interest for that matter, can visit to learn more about Indonesia; its Ancestors, Art, Culture, as well as where they all originated from and why.

The purpose of this Museum-like gallery is to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of Indonesia’s roots.

That’s not the only thing on our minds! We have also stared the ‘onARTBali’ project. In said project, we aim to create a book that illustrates, captures and introduces Indonesian Contemporary Treasures to the world.

The book, much like the gallery, serves to educate and, in turn, preserve the richness of Indonesia’s diversified cultural heritage. The book will feature original antiques/the pieces Pak Wayan has been collecting for the past 5 decades in addition to an in-depth interview and Biography.

It would be a dream and great honor for me to visit and document on film the many provinces these great antiques came from.

Hopefully the book will be successful enough for me to receive this opportunity!

“All we have to do is look for beauty, and she is there all around us at any given moment”, my daily ohm

Please help by donating for our Project to build a small museum

onARTBali - onARTIndonesia

Text edited by Tahnee Y.C.Nebauer


My name is Silvie N.Beatrix.

I was born 1958 in classical, ‘artsy’ Vienna, Austria where I lived and studied until I moved to Paris and later to Italy. I then moved to New York City in my 30’s. After an unforgettable ceremony at the spiritually awakening Tirta Empul Temple (located in Tampak Siring, Bali) in the year 2003, I was given my Balinese name Iluh Silvie Cempaka.

It’s been over 12 years since I deciced to follow my destiny and move from the busting ‘concrete jungle’ known as Manhattan, New York to Bali. It began with me, so accustomed to the European lifestyle, craving something ‘new’.

While I knew every nook and cranny of Europe like the back of my hand, I knew next to nothing about Asia, so my curiosity about it continued to grow until I finally decided to embark…

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MIYAVI | Hard Rock Cafe | FRIDAY 12 OCT | The Beat Magazine

MIYAVI | Hard Rock Cafe | FRIDAY 12 OCT | The Beat Magazine.

Though a man of few words, Takamasa Ishihara, AKA Miyavi, is one of the hottest Japanese visual kei rockers on planet earth. His shows cover pop, rock, hip hop and metal as well as showing off some absolutely fabulous costumes that display fierce androgyny that the visual kei genre is known for. Catch him at the Hard Rock with Funky Gong.

Q : Hi Mr. Miyavi, how are you doing today?
A : Cool as always, just got done with mixing my new album Samurai Sessions Vol.1 tonight!

Q : Can you please describe your music in a way that resembles a recipe from a cookbook?
A : No appetizers, salads, carbs or desserts, only meat. And it’s well done.

Q : People can be categorized and generalized into specific subcultures (emo, hipster, goth, etc), if you had categorize yourself, what subculture would you fall into?
A : Samurai (just slapping the six strings).

Q : If you could kill one musician and wipe out said musicians’ very existence from the face of the planet and all living memory, who would it be?
A : I kill no one.

Q : Other than performing at the Hard Rock, any big plans for Bali?
A : Nice massage

Q : On a scale from 1-11, how hard will your show be?
A : 1.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000001

Q : Craziest thing you’ve seen on stage?
A : A drummer who wears swim shorts.

Q : You were once credited under the Miyabi moniker when you joined Due le Quartz, have you ever met the other Miyabi?
A : Sorry, I don’t know who you are talking about.

Q : You’re looking at these questions on a screen of some sort, what is directly on the left of the screen?
A : My kids’ faces on the desktop.

Q : How do you feel about the escalating territorial dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku islands?
A : All bulls**t. I dont get why we have to fight each other as Asians over an island that nobody lives in… No more hate.


19th Anniversary @ Hard Rock Cafe Bali w/ MIYAVI LIVE & DJ Funky Gong

Hard Rock Cafe Bali 19th Anniversary featuring MIYAVI LIVE !

MIYAVI‘s official web site

MIIYAVI’s record label’s web site

and DJ Funky Gong from

Friday, 12 October 2012

Tickets a re on sale now at Hard Rock Cafe Bali

Tel: 62 361 755661


Official Partners: Win Mild, MassiveVibrations, Johnnie Walker, San Mig Light, Rentalika, Autobagus Rent Car Official Hotel: Hard Rock Hotel Bali Official Media Partners: FHM, Trax, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Hard Rock FM Surabaya, Hard Rock Radio Bali, Phoenix FM Bali, OZ FM Bali

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Miyavi and Funky Gong Coming to Indonesia


Miyavi and Funky Gong Coming to Indonesia.

Miyavi and Funky Gong Coming to Indonesia Written by Wardhana, 18 September 2012 Miyavi and Funky Gong Coming to Indonesia Ekspansi musik asal negeri Sakura kian merambah Indonesia, setelah Galaxy 7, TOE dan Laruku, kali ini giliran Miyavi dan Funky Gong yang akan melakukan pementasannya di Indonesia yang direncanakan tanggal 12 Oktober di Hard Rock Cafe Bali. Namun Miyavi juga akan melakukan penampilannya di Jakarta juga pada tanggal 10 Oktober mendatang. Miyavi yang memiliki nama asli Takamasa Ishihara ini dikenal sebagai musisi solo berbakat yang memiliki keahlian bermain gitar berbeda dengan musisi lain, dengan gayanya yang unconventional dimana saat pentas menggunakan gitar elektronik (listrik) ia terbiasa untuk tidak menggunakan pick melainkan hanya dengan tangannya dan original slap style yang membuat ia sangat diperhitungkan dalam japanese music scene. Funky Gong sendiri adalah DJ dengan genre electro yang akan memeriahkan juga acara yang sekaligus menjadi anniversary party Hard Rock Cafe Bali ke-19 ini. Funky Gong dan Miyavi sendiri sebenarnya sangat senior di scene musik Jepang, Funky Gong yang aslinya bernama Minoro Tsunoda ini sudah aktif dari tahun 80an, sementara Miyavi di tahun 1999 sudah ikut dalam band alternative rock bernama Due le Quartz.

“ ART ” Silvie N. Beatrix, Bali – Be the One Light

“Art” Silvie N. Beatrix, Bali – Be the One Light.

“Art” Silvie N. Beatrix, Bali

“Art” by Silvie N. Beatrix, Bali for Women in Green Forum


“All we have to do is look for beauty, and she is there all around us at any given moment” – daily ohm

My whole life I look to surround myself with beautiful things such as music ,photography ,original Indonesian antiques , the warmth and friendship provided by animals.
I am currently preparing for our first auction to expose true original Indonesian treasures , antiques collected by Pak Wayan, a Balinese Icon who has been traveling all over the country for the past  40 years.
My sales associate Lulu and I are also working on creating a book which will help to educate as well as preserve the richness of Indonesia’s  diversified cultural heritage . I choose to live and work to be ‘onART’ 24/7 , enjoy to support all forms of creativity and promote ART & it’s beauty .

What are my biggest challenges?
My biggest challenges are patience for human ignorance, discipline to stay strong and conquering my anger which I often find overwhelming when it comes to the destruction of  our environment.
I also have trouble accepting my inability to fully help  animals and children in need.
I am a rebel at heart who wishes to change the world and live without injustice, cruelty towards our forests , oceans , animals , the poor, etc
I dream of a peaceful and happy home for us all and generations to come .
I would like to paint the whole globe , our mother earth in green, blue, orange and colors to secure a safe planet for my daughter Tahnee.

Advice I would give to the rest of the world:
Bali is a paradise, as some say. Luscious rice fields , glistening white sand beaches and smiling locals just waiting to get to know you.
In just a few years this could all be gone .The vibrant culture and exotic landscapes, lost forever. But wait, there is still hope.
There is power within all of us to save and protect this sacred land many of us call home.
Stop deforestation. Stop superfluous plastic consumption. Stop animal abuse. And save Bali.

Please help by donating to welfare organizations such as BAWA, BARC, JAAN and many more brave  individuals.
Feed one if you cannot feed all , adopt strays instead of buying in pet shops or breeding .
Be active and creative in your community, every idea brings us one step closer to change.

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