10 New Asian Musical Discoveries #MM12

Through the six days I’ve been in Singapore for the Music Matters conference, I’ve had a chance to discover some new acts that I think are worth passing on to you.  Lemme tell you something:  there’s a lot–a LOT–of good stuff happening in the Asia-Pacific region right now.

Midnight Youth (New Zealand)

This rocks. I gotta hear more from these Kiwis.


Monster Cat (Singapore)

Local band that tweaked the interest of Canadian super-producer Bob Ezerin, one of the speakers at Music Matters.


Direct Influence (Australia)

Lots of influences come together to create a sound that’s very international.


Roman Foot Soliders (Indonesia)

Jakarta group that sounds like it’s part of some English indie scene.  Impressive.


Lab the Rat (Malaysia)

A real family affair with a husand and wife, a couple of brothers and two family friends.  Nice breezy indie sound.


Warning Birds (Australia)

Four-piece that has more than a little bit of indie Canadian goodness to their sound.  Anyone else hear the Waterboys in here, too?


Minor Soul (Hong Kong)

Gentle singer-songwriter duo championed by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.


The Great Spy Experiment (Singapore)

Four-piece local act with a strong local fanbase.


The Aftermiles (Indonesia)

Great alt-pop that wouldn’t sound out of place coming from California.


The Auditory Effect (Singapore)

Once this song resolves itself, it become a post-indie rocker.  I hope there’s more where this came from.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “10 New Asian Musical Discoveries #MM12

  • May 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for the post! I was born in Singapore but grew up in the US, and on my last couple of visits I tried to explore the Singaporean music scene to find only cover bands and terrible pop singers. As a singer-songwriter myself, it was disappointing. It's good to know there is some good original music in the city!

  • May 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks for this update! One of these years I'm going to be able to go to events like this myself, but for now your blog is an amazing second hand music education.

  • May 28, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Thanks so much for sharing these, I have a feeling we probably wouldn't have heard this great, new music with YOU! 7 out of 10 have my attention so I'll be on the lookout for music from them in the days to come.


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