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Country folk with Tai

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Country folk with Tai

music June 14, 2019 01:00


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Luk thung singer Tai Orathai performs her debut solo concert, “Dokya Klang Muangyai” at GMM Live House on the eighth floor of CentralWorld on June 22 at 7pm.

The singer, who has been on Thailand’s music scene for more than 16 years, has produced a series of hits including “Dokya Nai Papoon”, “Kin Khao Rue Yang”, and “Yoo Nai Jai Samer”.

Her guests include Pai Pongsatorn and Tree Chainarong.

Tickets cost from Bt1,500 to Bt5000 for VIPs, the latter also getting a hooded sweater and an MP3 recording.

They’re available at

In memory of Sa-nga

Sala Chalermkrung remembers National Artist Sa-nga Arumpee with the concert, “Khid Thueng … Khru Jaew 98 Pee”, at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre on June 23.

Concertgoers can expect to hear many hits from such TV dramas as “Namta Sangtai”, “Sabai Prae”, “Monrak Dokkamtai”, “Ruan Pae”, and “Sud Thirak”. They’ll be covered by veteran singers Suthep Wongkamhaeng, Jintana Suksathit, Wiratch Yoothaworn, Winai Panthurak and Nantawan Mekyai.

The concert starts at 2 and tickets cost Bt1,000 at the door.

Call (02) 225 87578 and (02) 623 81489 or visit

A toast to love

Lyricists Nitipong Honark and Boyd Kosiyabong will present their timeless songs in the upcoming concert, “The Lyrics of Love: Greatest Hits of Dee & Boyd” being staged at Royal Paragon Hall on July 13 and 14.

Amp Saowaluck, Nop Ponchamni, Christina Aguilar, Pod Tanachai, Mai Charoenpura, Burin Boonvisut, Masha Wattanapanich, Noi Pru, Nat Myria, and Ben Chalathit will perform.

Tickets are from Bt2,000 to Bt5,000 at Thai Ticket Major. Call (02) 262 3456.

Pedal to the metal

Pong Stone Metal Fire, Blackhead, Billy Ogan, Eed Fly, Kob Taxi and Retrospect as well as guest Sek LoSo will rock the stage in “The Rock Power Concert” taking place at Thunder Dome, Muang Thong Thani on July 27.

The show starts at 7pm and tickets costing from Bt800 to Bt1,200 are selling out fast at Thai Ticket Major.

All rapped out

The winners, contestants and commentators from all seasons of “The Rapper” are getting together on July 27 at Royal Paragon Hall for the hip-hop extravaganza “The Rapper All-Star Concert”.

Producers Joey Boy and Khan Thaitanium along with commentators Golf F–king Hero, UrboyTJ, Twopee Southside and Pujan Longmike will share the emcee honours.

Tickets are available at Thai Ticket Major counters and online.


Orchestral manoevres in the light

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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French violinist Renaud Capucon practices with the new application “NomadPlay”, created by the French startup Digital Music Solutions, which can replace virtually every orchestral musician.
French violinist Renaud Capucon practices with the new application “NomadPlay”, created by the French startup Digital Music Solutions, which can replace virtually every orchestral musician.

Orchestral manoevres in the light

music June 14, 2019 01:00

By Agence France-Presse
Aixen-Provence, France

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Solo, yet tutti: A new app puts an orchestra in your living room

It’s a musician’s dream – rehearse alongside a full orchestra, but in your own living room.

And the immersive experience is possible because, yes, there’s an app for that, courtesy of a French startup, Digital Music Solutions.

“NomadPlay” is all down to an algorithm which separates out the sound components of a score to remove any instrument as desired, fading out an oboe or piano part for instance, and allowing the home musician to join the fray.

“When we were young we all practised with records to get the impression we were playing along with the Vienna or Berlin philharmonic. That was very gratifying,” says internationally renowned French violinist Renaud Capucon, 43.

“But it was a nightmare when our parents heard us play because it just wasn’t the same thing!”

Now, thanks to the app, “you’re accompanied by an orchestra all on your own in your room – it’s extraordinary.”

Clothilde Chalot and Hannelore Guittet started Digital Music Solutions in Paris five years ago.

Their app can be downloaded for free on a phone or tablet and offers a catalogue of albums, ranging from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to Schubert’s Fantasia in F Minor.

Amateurs and professionals buy the pieces for between five and 20 euros (Bt175 and Bt700), Capucon, the app’s “ambassador,” gave a demonstration of its capabilities at the Festival de Paques in the southern town of Aixen-Provence in April.

Taking Ravel’s string quartet, he clicked on the violin symbol to eliminate the sound of the part, before accompanying the piece with his own instrument.

The concept is similar to that of karaoke, where fans grab the mic to provide their own vocals to the original backing track.

Yet the NomadPlay app is more elaborate.


French violinist Renaud Capucon practices with the new application “NomadPlay”, created by the French startup Digital Music Solutions, which can replace virtually every orchestral musician.


First off, you can search by level – beginner, intermediate, experienced or expert – or by instrument, as well as by composer.

You can increase or slow down the tempo, repeat a bar or part of a bar and even annotate the score.

Capucon says the app is brimming with educational promise as it can help budding musicians “learn a work more quickly with this harmonic help.”

For professionals such as himself, the system offers a “huge time gain” as “when finally you practise with the others, you already have the reflexes”.

He does concede, however, that the app per se will not transform the user into a musical genius.

“It’s not going to turn you into a (Yehudi) Menuhin or (Mstislav) Rostropovich”.

Indeed “if the pupil only works with the app you could say it’s dangerous… but from the point of view of speeding up the job, it is very positive,” Capucon adds.

For Marc Bourreau, a teacher and lecturer at engineering college Telecom ParisTech, applications dedicated to music, be it for listening, mixing or editing, have become ever more sophisticated.

“This digitally-pushed evolution eliminated the frontier between creator/artist and consumer,” he says.

In an age where “children grow up with their tablets you have to give music this technological and entertaining side to spark their interest,” adds Dominique Bluzet, executive director at the Festival de Paques.

Bluzet says concerts these days are no longer the only way to introduce young people to music.

NomadPlay is already working with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of France’s Ile de France region around Paris and their Rouen-Normandy equivalent.

It hopes to extend its repertoire by September to include scores played by a broader range of ensembles.

“We shall be able to try out the tempo of different conductors (and offer) preparation which affords musicians greater flexibility,” Capucon enthuses.

Chalot says the app can offer discs a second life.

“We wanted to find a new economic model for recorded music which has been around for 100 years,” adds the 38-year-old, who has worked at the Paris Opera and the Rouen-Normandy Opera.

“We tell independent and major labels that ‘this is also a way of getting your artists known’,” said Chalot.

Around a dozen people worked on the app, whose creation was partly funded by the CMCIC Innovation investment fund and French culture ministry.

“The day we ran the first tests I cried. It was magnificent,” Chalot recalls.

To date, the catalogue is purely classical music but the company says it is in talks with independent pop and rock producers as it looks to “open up to all genres.”

Top Malaysian DJ in town

Published June 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Top Malaysian DJ in town

music June 13, 2019 01:00


DJ Reeve, the Red Bull Thre3style Malaysia Champion, makes his way back to Bangkok for a second gig at Sugar Club Bangkok on June 20. From his humble beginnings growing up in Melaka, Reeve has become one of Malaysia’s most passionate and prominent comeups.

He will be the main act after MD Mochio, DJ Golf Indro, DJ Ethemiz, Triple Threat and Sugar Babes.

For more information and reservations, call (061)391 3111 or email:

The scene at Seen

Seen Rest aurant & Bar, located on two floors of Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel on Charoenkrung Road, launches a new menu and introduces beats by DJs Kraak and Smaak tomorrow night starting from 8.

The 26th-floor restaurant and lounge is a 1980’s-meets-Art Deco hideaway of indoor-outdoor spaces, framed by floor-to-ceiling views of the Chao Phraya River, with a menu featuring organic creations by inspired chef Alexandre Castaldi.

The 27th-floor rooftop bar features daybed seating overlooking the skyline, accompanied by crafty cocktails by headmixologist Mochammed Fadli.

Book a seat at (02) 431 9120 or visit Facebook/Seen Restaurant & Bar Bangkok.

Beating those drums

Dubway Sessions – Thailand’s premier bass music event created by respected Bangkok drum & Bass DJ Dragon is bringing the renowned selector from the legendary DubStuy crew, Q-Mastah from Brooklyn to De Commune on Sukhumvit 55 on Saturday night from 9pm to 2am.

The American DJ will showcase his full spectrum of bass heavy beats as well as reggae, dancehall, future dub, dubstep, jungle and electronica, together with local DJs Fiyah Burning and Olbi Iyah.

Find out more at Facebook page Dubway Sessions on messenger.

He’s got rhythm

Insanity Nightclub on Sukhumvit 11 is holding a night of quality house music featuring a special guest, one half of Flaremode, Johnny Chiappetta from Italy, on June 19.

Chiappetta is a resident DJ at DJ Mag MY Radio and has made regular appearances at the biggest venues and festivals worldwide, including Tomorrowland and Billboard Radio.

For more information and reservations, call (082) 731 8885.

Sweet dreams with Nghtmre

American DJ and electronic dance music producer Nghtmre will come to Thailand for a show at Onyx on RCA on June 20 from 10pm to 2am.

The Los Angeles-based DJ will thrill the audience to his high-energy electro house and bass-heavy trap and future bass music.

Call (081) 645 1166 or visit facebook page: ONYX and its website.

Rapping like a superstar

Published June 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Rapping like a superstar

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Twopee – one of the biggest names in hip hop coming out of Thailand and co-founder of Phuket’s rap duo Southside – is all set to perform live at Sugar Club in Phuket on June 17.

Crowned “Rap Is Now” Artist of the Year and GQ Man of the Year, Twopee is a force that isn’t looking to slow down anytime soon

Entry is Bt200 including a drink. Make a reservation by calling (098) 889 8590 or email

Justly Justus

After an amazing show in 2018, DJ Justus, the young talented DJ & producer from The Netherlands, returns to Bangkok next Thursday for a gig at Levels Club on Sukhumvit Soi 11.

Since his career start in 2015, he’s been playing in top clubs all over the world, spinning the latest top hits combined with some classics and exciting house music mashups.

Tickets are Bt300 for men and Bt200 for women. For more information and reservations, call (082) 308 3246.

A Rose by any other name

English singer-songwriter and musician Lucy Rose is another star coming back to Bangkok and she’ll be performing at Live Arena on RCA on June 16.

Tickets cost Bt750 at

It’s a Knockout!

Thailand Band Knockout – a music competition organised by Kodindy and Gold City – is back for its second year and this year is on the theme “Let’s Go: Sai Lui Mai Khui Hai Sia Wela”.

An invitation to take part is being extended to students from high schools nationwide who are eager to show off their musical creativity with a band.

The band must rearrange the theme song, “Let’s Go”, which can be downloaded at, and play it live then record it on the band’s YouTube, before sending it to fan page Thailand BAND Knockout together with an application form before July 30.

The 24 qualified bands will be announced on the fan page on August 11 at 6pm. Scholarships and other prizes worth Bt3 million are up for grabs.

For more information, visit or scan QR at

Nichkhun comes “Home”

Nichkhun Horvejkul, the sole Thai member of South Korea’s popular boy band 2PM, will make his debut solo concert, titled “Home”, at Chaeng Wattana Hall on the fifth floor of Central Chaeng Wattana on July 27 at 6pm.

Nichkhun released his debut solo album “Me”, the end of last year. It features such tracks as “Lucky Charm” as well as the English & Korean versions of “Umbrella”.

Tickets cost from Bt2,000 to Bt5,000 at

Sand, sea and samba

Published June 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Denzo Hines is all set to jam with Thai outfit ETC.
  • New York Round Midnight performs tonight as part of the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival 2019 tonight on June 7.
  • Sound of Siam, led by Koh Mr Saxman, takes the sage tomorrow night.
  • Beets Brothers will feature diva Deborah Brown.
  • Winnie Ho, Janet Lee and May Mow of The Shanghai Sisters from Malaysia.
  • Rubem Farias will perform the Brazilian music.
  • Richard Jackson
  • Takahiro Miyazaki, a member of J Jazz Super Project.

Sand, sea and samba

music June 07, 2019 01:00

By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul

Latin sounds by Brazilian masters are among the highlights of the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival, which gets underway today

Now a regular fixture on the Thai calendar, the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival returns to the popular seaside town this weekend for its 15th edition.

The event, which takes place tonight and tomorrow, is bigger than ever this year, with more than 500 musicians and artists, both local and international, all set to perform 50 shows on two stages over the two days.

“I’m trying to think of the right word to describe the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival 2019 and ‘mighty’, ‘magnificent’, ‘enormous and ‘phenomenonal’ all come to mind,” says Sekphol Unsamran, aka Koh Mr Saxman, a distinguished jazz saxophonist and the festival’s music director.


“I would also like to call it a reunion of sorts, as we welcome home all the jazz musicians and artists, who have performed here over the year as well as those who like their jazz. It’s like a family get-together.”


Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Hua Hin Municipality, the festival takes place on the beach and promises to thrill music lovers with an outstanding lineup of world-famous artists. Among them are The King of Samba from Brazil, saxophonist Christina von Bulow from Denmark, the daughter of jazz guitarist Fritz von Bulow, and Rubem Farias, one of the best and most respected bass players in Brazil who currently lives in Stockholm. Also taking the stage are leading saxophonist and flautist Mitch Frohman, winner of the 2016 Latin Jazz USA “Chico O’Farrill” Lifetime Achievement Award, jazz vocalist Deborah Brown and the Shanghai Sisters from Malaysia featuring Winnie Ho, Janet Lee and May Mow.


The Thai side includes Sound of Siam led by Koh Mr Saxman, The Glass featuring Jirapan Ansvananda, Viyada Komarakul Na Nakorn, Patchara Dila, and Pom Autobahn, ETC featuring Denzo Hines from Australia and reggae ska band T-Bone.


“Hua Hin is a seaside city and the sea and samba are in perfect harmony. The best samba in the world comes from Brazil courtesy of The King of Samba. I got to know Deborah [Brown] quite by chance from her live posts. She lives in Thailand and Australia. And we are also welcoming the Klai Kangwon School Band,” Koh Mr Saxman explains.

Visitors can choose between two stages. The Beach Stage is in front of the Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin and will feature 15 shows starting from 4.30pm and opening with a set by the 20-piece big band from Klai Kangwon School. The ground-level Art Stage meanwhile will see performances by more than 30 international and professional bands. It is also more relaxed, allowing the artists to play music, talk and communicate with the audience rather like street musicians.


“We will make the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival one of the most recognised events in the world,” Koh Mr Saxman says.

“Hua Hin International Jazz Festival has reached a musical milestone with its 15th anniversary this year. As everyone knows, Hua Hin is a city for music. But now we want Hua Hin to become known more specifically as a jazz city. TAT is making several upgrades to bring even more quality to the event. Hua Hin International Jazz Festival is the TAT’s project and is designed to create a good image of Thailand as a tourist destination for art and culture. The decision to hold it in June at the start of the green or rainy season aims to add a different atmosphere. The TAT is confident that this music event will serve as a magnet and attract more local and international tourists to visit Prachuab Khiri Khan province, especially Hua Hin.


“The hope is that tourists won’t spend all their time in Hua Hin but also visit other tourist attractions such as Pranburi town and the surrounding area, Cha-Am Beach and Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi, all of which have high potential for tourism,” says Tanes Petsuwan, TAT deputy governor for marketing communications.

“Some Thai people and foreigners might wonder why we hold the festival here rather than in Bangkok. The answer is simple: His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was renowned as the jazz king and spent the final days of his life here. Every time HM the King stayed here at Klai Kangwon Palace, he played his beloved saxophone. I appreciated his musical genius and his compositions, which have been covered by many artists as well as the new generation of musicians. His love of music remains in the minds of all Thais and that makes Hua Hin the most suitable venue for a jazz festival.”

Hua Hin is one of the top tourist destinations of Thailand and has the advantage of being relatively near Bangkok. The city has many incredible beaches, mountains, viewpoints, temples, night markets, water parks, and fine restaurants.

“I have been in Hua Hin for almost 20 years and fully support the TAT’s stagegy. This is a safe city and we are more than ready to cope with traffic flow and parking over the festival weekend. Visitors can park at the Hua Hin Municipality Office, which has a capacity for up to 400 cars, at Hua Hin Queen Park, Bluport Huahin Resort Mall, and Paemai Resort and Restaurant. So, no matter how many the tourists come, we can accommodate them all,” says Sirapan Kamolpramote, adviser to the Mayor of Hua Hin.

All that jazz

– For full details and programme of the event, visit

The ‘ancients’ return

Published June 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The “prehistoric boy band” in action.
The “prehistoric boy band” in action.

The ‘ancients’ return

music June 07, 2019 01:00

By Kittipong Thavevong
The Nation

Three stars of the ’80s prove they still have what it takes

Two veteran singers and a seasoned music producer collectively known as the Duek Dam Ban Boy Band were back on stage at Bangkok’s classic Scala Theatre last Saturday for their third concert in as many years.

The trio – whose name means ancient or prehistoric in a reference to their ages – received a warm welcome from their fans, keeping them all thoroughly entertained during two and a half hours of song and laughter.

The 1,000-seat hall was filled to capacity, with two extra rows of seats placed along the aisles next to the walls to cater to the crowd.

The trio are joined by guest singer Kob Songsit during the encore.

Veteran singers Paiboonkiet “Pun” Khiewkaew and Charas “Tam” Feungarom, and long-time music producer Ponthep “Tun” Suwannaboon have been friends since their university days back in the ’70s.

Charas, 68, Paiboonkiet, 66, and Ponthep, 67, have been in the music industry for more than three decades giving the trio a combined experience of well over a 100 years. Both singers began their career in the early 1980s and most of their successful works were produced by Ponthep, who has been involved in the composition, arrangement and production of countless bestselling albums.

The concert, organised by BEC-Tero Entertainment, started with the three veterans walking down from the back of the hall towards the stage, each taking a separate isle, to loud applause from fans.


Tam Charas did most of the talking during the concert.

They began their set with “Kon Khi Ngao” with Charas singing, Paiboonkiet and Ponthep playing guitars and doing the chorus. Paiboonkiet then crooned his hit “Fao Koy” with just as much vocal power as in his heyday and Charas and Ponthep joining him in the chorus.

A host of hits by both Charas and Paiboonkiet followed, with the added vocals giving golden oldies “Rak Lon Jai”, “Oh Jai Oey” and “Thale” a new lease on life. The fans sang along and applauded long and loud to show their appreciation.



Thundering applause and cheers greeted actor/singer Songsit “Kob” Roongnophakunsri as he came on stage to sing hits “Kheed Sen Tai” and “Patiharn”, with the trio again providing the chorus. His fans sang and moved happily in their seats.

Music backup was provided by the five veteran musicians making up the NangLen Band whose popular covers of Thai pop songs have drawn millions of views on YouTube.

Later that night, Charas and Paiboonkiet took turns to sing a long set of songs, mostly made up of their old hits and numbers they wrote for other well-known artists of yesteryear.



Charas’ part featured “Kon Mai Mee Wassana”, “Proh Chanan” and “Roo You Kae Jai”, the number that propelled him to fame. Paiboonkiet’s section, meanwhile, included “A Tu Corazon” in Spanish and Thai, “Rak Nirun” and “Rak Yuenyong”.

Songsit rejoined the trio for the encore – a cover of Charas’s hit “Phisua” (Butterfly).

Charas did most of the talking during the concert, joking with the audience and teasing his colleagues on stage and fans about their ages. He also encouraged audience members to repeat funny extra lyrics after him.

With Saturday night’s show the first to reach sellout status, Charas joked that he hoped the trio would be back for a fourth concert next year. And judging from their reactions that night, most of the fans were in full agreement.

Twice as nice

Published June 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Twice as nice

music June 06, 2019 01:00


Four years after making their debut in 2015, the renowned K-Pop girl group Twice is coming back to delight their loyal “Once” – as their fans are known”. Performing as part of their highly anticipated 2019 world tour “Twicelights”, the girls are expected to set the stage on fire with a mesmerising show on June 15 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.

Playing what they refer to as “colour-pop”, Twice has garnered over 3.6 million monthly listeners and 3.1 million followers on Spotify. The K-Pop sensations, who recently released their seventh EP “Fancy You”, have sold a total of 3.75 million copies from their 12 Korean releases, making them the best-selling Korean girl group of all-time.

To get in the mood for the concert, Thai fans can head over to the “This is Twice” playlist and listen to the greatest tracks from their discography – don’t forget to tap the LIKE button to quickly save songs to the library. Tracks fans can start with include “TT”, “What is Love?”, “Likey”, “Yes or Yes”and “Fancy!”

Formed through a competition held in 2015 by JYP Entertainment, Twice features Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Dahyun, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Chaeyoung, Tzuyu, and Momo. The girls debuted with the mini-album “The Story Begins”.

For more of Twice’s sounds and the very best of K-Pop, head to Spotify’s best-loved K-Pop playlists Bubblegum K-Pop and K-Pop Daebak. Follow@SpotifyKDaebak on Twitter for more exciting updates!

A night of pure ‘Harmony’

Published June 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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A night of pure ‘Harmony’

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A string quartet from Mahidol University’s College of Music will be downtown on June 16 performing compositions old and new at the concert “The Harmony of Classical Strings” at the Neilson Hays Library.

The programme includes Mozart’s “String Quartet No 15 k 421” as well as works by Karl Jenkins and Astor Piazzolla.

The string quartet features Teesin Puriwatthanapong on violin, who has attended various master classes with acclaimed musicians and also played with the members of the Carmina Quartet and Michael Bochmann.

Violinist Kittipith Kaivikai has been a member of several orchestra performances including with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been concert master of the Mahidol Symphony Orchestra, Salaya Chamber Orchestra, and Mahidol Pops Orchestra.

Phattarapoj Sawangchaeng on viola graduated from the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music as Viola Major and is currently a musician and violin teacher, while cellist Chayuth Kaivikai won the first prize in Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music chamber competitions in 2015, 2018 and 2019.

The recital starts at 6pm and tickets costing from Bt100 to Bt450 are available at the Neilson Hays Library website, by calling (02) 233 1731 and by emailing

Make a video, win a meeting with The Chainsmokers

Published June 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Make a video, win a meeting with The Chainsmokers

music June 04, 2019 17:10

By The Nation

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TikTok, the world’s leading short video platform, has partnered with Live Nation, the live entertainment company, to support Grammy award-winning and Billboard chart-topping duo The Chainsmokers’ “World Way Joy” tour, with the #WhoDoYouLove online challenge launching in Singapore, Philippines and Thailand.

The #WhoDoYouLove challenge in Thailand encourages users to create their own videos featuring the duo’s latest hit single “Who Do You Love.”

For the most creative videos on TikTok, 10 lucky winners will be chosen to get access to a meet and greet with The Chainsmokers during the Asian leg of their tour in August – the lads are in Thailand on August 20 at Impact Challenger Hall 1). Winners also get to take home special Chainsmokers merchandise.

To drum up excitement for the #WhoDoYouLove challenge, local pop icons, influencers and creators, tapped into the music recommendations under the music discovery function to feature personalised videos as part of the campaign.

“TikTok allows users to capture and present the world’s creativity, knowledge and moments that matter in everyday life, and is committed to building a community by encouraging users to share their passion through their videos,” says Steven Tannason, Strategic Partnerships, South East Asia, TikTok.

“Together with Live Nation, we are launching the #WhoDoYouLove hashtag challenge to empower people to express their creative ideas, as we celebrate trends and embrace diversity on this vibrant platform.”

TikTok is now available in over 150 markets, and in 75 languages, with a robust localisation strategy to encourage users to create and interact with content relevant to local cultures and trends.

To learn more about the #WhoDoYouLove challenge, please visit:

Sounds and seagulls

Published June 1, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Musicians Oguzhan Erdemm plays the ney, Eren Koc on keyboards and Zafer Saka on guitar during a ferry trip on the Bosphorus from Kadikoy to Eminonu, in Istanbul.
Musicians Oguzhan Erdemm plays the ney, Eren Koc on keyboards and Zafer Saka on guitar during a ferry trip on the Bosphorus from Kadikoy to Eminonu, in Istanbul.

Sounds and seagulls

music May 31, 2019 01:00

By Agence France-Presse

Istanbul’s musical ferry can be a soulful experience

It’s already one of the world’s most original commutes – the ferry trip between Istanbul’s European and Asian sides gives a daily quarter of a million passengers unforgettable views on their way to work.

Now the Turkish city is offering music to offset the seascapes, and for the amateur musicians providing it, it’s a chance to make some crucial money in difficult economic times.

The musicians work hard to ensure their music reflects Istanbul’s unique position as a city straddling East and West.

“We travel back and forth between the two continents and we try to express emotions sparked by the two cultures: a kind of fusion, a synthesis,” says Oguzhan Erdem, one of the ferry musicians.

Until recently, ferry musicians played without authorisation, but city authorities realised they were missing an opportunity and launched a project to make them an official part of the experience.

Erdem plays the Turkish ney reed flute, an instrument traditionally used by Sufis, a mystical branch of Islam, while his band mate plays a Western-style keyboard.

“It’s merging the East with the West,” Erdem smiles.

In total, 82 musicians work on the intracity line from 9am until the last ferry at 1am.

Ferry musicians rely on the tips to make their living and it has offered a lifeline for those struggling with Turkey’s economic downturn.

Erdem, who also plays in the streets and with his band “DoguBang”, had failed to find work as an interior designer.

“The job market is so bad. When I was brooding over what I will do, I saw a young girl singing in the ferry one day and asked myself ‘why don’t I give it a try’,” he explains.

He has now been playing the ney on ferries for the past nine months.

Istanbul is full of buskers – both Turkish and foreign – particularly on its busy shopping hub of Istiklal Avenue.

Eren Koc, who plays the keyboard, is a sculptor by profession and found himself playing on the ferries after visiting the city for one of his exhibitions.


“There are interesting moments on the ferries. When applause suddenly breaks out or some people stand up and dance – it is like being in a movie,” he laughs.

For some commuters, it can be a truly emotional experience after a hard day at work.

“The tunes speak to my soul and rest my mind. It takes me back to the past,” says Nimet, with tears in her eyes as she listens to the ney.

“Like the water flowing in the Bosphorus, it is triggering a flow of emotions inside,” she adds wistfully.

Erdem is happy to inspire people.

“In the evenings people leave work and return to their home. They empty their mind, reach a kind of serenity. I see many sleeping in peace. This is a source of great pleasure for me,” he says.

Tunc Baydar, coordinator of the project for the municipality, explains that having musicians play in an unauthorised fashion had previously caused problems for the crew and security personnel.

“We kicked off the ‘Music on the Ferry’ project in 2016 so that we could create an environment for those musicians to play in the ferry with permission, more comfortably,” he says.

“We have turned the ferry musicians into part of our brand.”

Baydar says that they were always on the lookout for new talented musicians.

“We watch their videos on social media. We’ve even begun recruiting conservatoire students.”

Many world capitals have great buskers – and some have even become megastars like Ed Sheeran – but few cities offer as stunning a backdrop.

“We listen to music in the metros in Europe but it’s so beautiful on the sea,” says Berker Colak, a tourist from Germany who came to Istanbul with his partner.

“The seagulls and the music create a really authentic ambience, a real harmony.”

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