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.
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.
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.
- Diplo on music: ‘I’m not good at anything else’ (guardian.co.uk)
- Diplo (person) (everything2.com)
- Diplo & Friends To Debut Friday Nights In L.A.On 98-7fm (allaccess.com)
- Diplo Recording With PSY and 2 Chainz (pitchfork.com)
- Diplo – Mix for #SwayInTheMorning (snapthemole.com)
- Diplo- About That Life (Feat. Jahan Lennon) (rhythmrevolt.wordpress.com)
- Featured Artist: Diplo (ftwonline.me)
- I’m In Love With Diplo (thehottestmedia.wordpress.com)
- Psy working on a song with 2 Chainz and Diplo? (allkpop.com)
- Three Loco (RiFF RAFF, Andy Milonakis, and Dirt Nasty/Simon Rex) to Release EP on Mad Decent (pitchfork.com)
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.
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.
MIIYAVI’s record label’s web site http://www.emimusic.jp/miyavi/
Friday, 12 October 2012
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 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.
The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is excited to announce that Nick Cave will feature as part of this year’s program.
Nick Cave is one of the most respected singer-songwriters of his generation. From 80’s post punk The Birthday Party, to his legendary band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, and the more recently formed Grinderman, he has been hailed as a “21st century genius” (Mojo). He is an acclaimed composer, script writer, novelist and occasional actor.
Cave’s literary career began in 1989 with his debut novel And the Ass Saw the Angel while his second novel, The Death of Bunny Munro, was published in 2009. Cave has also published collections of lyrics and prose. He has written mesmerising film scores and penned the screenplay for the soon to be released Lawless, starring Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce. He continues to record and tour with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and collaborates in an ever-increasing variety of music, literary, film and theatre projects.
“Our festival celebrates great writing wherever it is found, in books, on screen, in journalism, song or on stage. To find an artist who straddles almost every genre and creates images and narratives of surpassing beauty and emotional intensity in every one of them is rare, and it is an honour to include Nick Cave in our already stellar line-up”, said International Program Director Jeni Caffin.
Visit www.ubudwritersfestival.comfor more information or to purchase the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival – Four Day Pass.
Kidz Drawings vol. 1 memajang karya bibit talenta muda George Bowcock dan Rama Pranawa. Acara akan dibuka pukul tujuh wita Jumat malam, 27 Juli 2012 dengan agenda private preview satu jam sebelumnya; 5.30 – 6.30 Wita.Neighbor Hood Initiative by Igo TheBlado and Akkineni Breese and my little Friend Georgie to help our Bali Doggies !!! COME and SUPPORT buy these Kids artwork !
Selain pemajangan karya, pula akan diadakan lelang kecil plus donation-box yang hasilnya disumbangkan ke Yayasan Bali Dogs pada acara penutupan tangga 29 Juli 2012.