This week at Green Jam, we team up with BrisAsia Sounds to showcase a number of young and emerging Asian-Australian artists shaping the local music scene today.
The sensational line-up includes headliners indie-rock band Twelve Past Midnight, electronic artist Namie Rasman from Singapore, atmospheric future R&B artist May Lyn and Jackie Yuen, singer song-writer best known for her soothing voice.
Presented as part of the BrisAsia Festival and QPAC’s Green Jam, BrisAsia Sounds is a free event where you would want to be on a Friday evening for great live music by the young, talented musicians of Brisbane!
While you listen to the tunes, grab a drink from the bar or enjoy a Korean inspired dish from the Green Jam Eats menu, served up fresh on the night.
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Malaysia-born, Brisbane-based artist, May Lyn draws influences from R&B and ambient soundscapes, expressing herself through lush electronic beats that combine texturally rich and fluid layers with honest and sincere lyricism. Carrying her tunes with strength and emotionally vulnerable vocals, her eclectic, genre-defying sound has been dubbed as Atmospheric Future R&B.
In 2015, May Lyn released her debut EP, Ascension with Dub Temple Records. Following up with a new single in December 2016, “Escape” has received support from triple j Unearthed, rage, and 4ZZZ - reaching #11 on their Top 20s chart. The release of “Escape” got her featured as triple j Unearthed's Spotlight Artist on their website.
Her innovative work gained the attention of the Brisbane City Council, giving her the opportunity to compete as a finalist in The QUBE Effect. Additionally, May Lyn was selected as a winner for triple j Unearthed's NIDA competition. The prize includes an opportunity to film a music video for her bold new single, “Soldiers” which aired nationally on rage in September 2017. May Lyn’s accomplishments include being featured on Filtr’s Stay Sharp playlist on Spotify and Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Hiptronix playlist. Her subsequent release, “Soldiers” remained on the Top 10 of 4ZZZ’s Top 20s chat for 3 weeks and has garnered praised from industry members and bloggers globally.
May Lyn released her sophomore EP, Vessels in July 2017 which was recorded, self-produced and mastered in her bedroom studio. The EP has received airplay globally and managed to claim the #1 spot on 4ZZZ’s Top 20s chart.
TWELVE PAST MIDNIGHT
Twelve Past Midnight are your new indie-rock cure. They capture the heart of modern popular music and seamlessly create their own fun blend of indie rock and pop.
Piecing together influences from bands like The 1975, Catfish and The Bottlemen and The Last Dinosaurs, these four Brisbane heartaches have been blowing up venues like Black Bear Lodge (Salt Lines Launch), QPAC and Max Watt’s as well as Gold Coast’s established Night Quarter.
The boys are riding a stellar year with supports with The Vanns as well as being selected for QMusic’s Little Bigsound. This is an upcoming act to keep your eyes on.
With an almost too sweet of a line-up, consisting of lead vocalist Jordan Pineda (QMA 2016), Ryan Brook (lead guitar), Alex Cremin (Bass) and Aidan Salvador (Drums) - these four boys, now turned men, are the culmination of your music library.
Singer-songwriter Namie Rasman has performed in venues islandwide such as The Esplanade, Singjazz club, Blujaz Cafe and many more. She has also ventured overseas to perform at JB Arts Festival in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and collaborated with Brisbane's Ravi Welsh Trio for a tour in Brisbane, Australia.
In mid-2015, she joined an Esplanade mentorship program called Mosaic Jazz Fellows together with other like-minded youths and formed the band Octaves, under the mentorship of Singapore's top Jazz musicians, Chok Kerong, Joshua Wan, Tony Makarome and Melissa Tham.
Growing up, she naturally tuned in to the sounds of Billie Holiday and her contemporaries, eventually choosing the voice as her main instrument. With her ears and instinct, she colours her compositions in a delicate and cathartic manner, inspired by the universe, nature and relationships. After an eye-opening collaboration with George E. Lewis under the Nu Ensemble assembled by Tim O’Dwyer at Singjazz Club, her musical ideas and direction expanded. She is currently in the midst of writing for her debut album.
On another side of the spectrum, Jazz singer-songwriter Namie Rasman is part of an Electronic Music group, Canvas Conversations, who received the 2015 Noise Singapore Award and is currently working on their full-length album as well as an interactive sound installation.
With the belief that music comes from the heart and has no boundaries, she looks forward to collaborating with different musicians and resonate her voice not just within but beyond this little island called Singapore.
LISNER is the latest venture for singer-songwriter Jackie Yuen. Originally from Hong Kong and growing up in Brisbane, Jackie developed her musical craft from chasing sonic daydreams and going on many introspective escapades.
Jackie has been involved in the Brisbane music scene for a number of years and was a key songwriting force and multi-instrumentalist for the local electropop band Frolik.
LISNER brings Jackie back to her singer-songwriter roots with an honest stripped-back style that blends her soothing vocals with doses of folk, pop, blues and alternative rock.