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This time around, we want to introduce a band from down
south with members based in both JB & Singapore. The band is called
Dulcinea and they’ve released 2 albums so far. Read the interview below to find
out what their new album is all about and how they have matured as a band
throughout these years.
Post A Gig : Hi Dulcinea, please do introduce yourselves. So
who plays what instrument? How did the band start?
members of Dulcinea are Gerard Richards - vocals, Jason Ng - bass, Rashid Said
- drums, Paul Yong and me (Mathew Thomas) on guitars. I formed the band with
Jason and Rashid in 2007. We've been playing together in various bands for
years prior to that.
Post A Gig : What kind of music do you describe Dulcinea?
Who are your influences?
To be honest, we've never taken genres seriously. After 2
albums, we've been categorized as Progressive Rock which makes sense in a way. Language
is a way to create a symbol for something so Prog Rock is just as accurate or
inaccurate as anything else used to describe our music. I think we are somewhere
between Alternative and Progressive Rock.
ranges through Pink Floyd, Soundgarden, Metallica, Neurosis, Black Sabbath,
King Crimson, Alice In Chains, Guns N Roses and countless other bands. Each of
us have different tastes but we meet somewhere in the middle. Visual art, books
and filmmakers such as David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky are a huge
influence especially for me with regards to the band's art direction and song
Post A Gig : How was the response of
your first album and how it changed the band?
The first album "The Politics of Fear" was a free
digital download and we had a modest amount of downloads. It was largely made
by Jason and me and it established the parameters that we wanted to explore
musically. The rest of the guys joined us when we needed to play the songs
live. From this, we evolved into a proper band.
Post A Gig : How would you describe the differences between
your first album and your second one?
our lives and interests change, so does our musical output. Unlike our current
album, the first album was heavily influenced by industrial and experimental
music but it had the elements we continue to have such as odd time signatures,
ambient passages, distorted voices and guitar harmonies.
Post A Gig : After listening to your “In The Shadow of The
Sun” album, we find that the song structures are quite progressive. Who write
the songs and how do you come to a finalized song structure?
come up with the initial musical ideas and structure and then we jam them out
as band and everyone adds their own musical personality into it. Our singer,
Gerard writes the lyrics. We tend to work towards a theme so we are unified in
our pursuit of a common goal. There's no
need to divulge the personal stuff that influences the songwriting, themes and
artwork but I hope people that listen recognize the music comes from a very
Post A Gig : Generally the album is quite dark. Do you work
on a theme for each album? Is there a story for each of the songs?
believe in confronting the darkness in order to reach the light. The theme for
this current album is healing and how art and music can be used to heal from
emotional wounds. Personally, more than the end product, making music and doing
the artwork has always been about the process. I learn so much about myself, my
hang-ups and other issues through that process and it helps me progress as a
Post A Gig : What are some of the challenges for you as a
band? How have you been able to overcome those challenges?
half the band is based in Singapore so that’s a challenge right there. But we
make it work by making the effort that is needed for rehearsals.
Post A Gig : How often does the band practices?
The band practices once a
week but when we've got an important gig coming up we intensify our practice
Post A Gig :To be
honest, we have not heard much of Dulcinea. Have you tried submitting your
songs to the local radio stations? Any responses?
reason that we started this band wasn’t to be well-known; we started this band
to create music. However, everyone whether they realise it or not, wants their
music to be appreciated but our disdain or laziness for self promotion gets in
the way of reaching new listeners. We don't feel radio is an appropriate medium
for our music at this point.
thing that goes against us is we don't fit in any particular scene. We are not
post-rock, indie rock, grunge, metal or any of the more popular genres so you
won’t hear us on the radio or see us on the TV and people don’t write about us
very much. From getting the right gigs to getting a magazine feature, it's an
uphill battle for us.But these things
don't matter because for this band this is the path we have chosen. We aim for
a great discography that pleases us and in time if our music is good enough it
will reach more people. If it doesn't, it’s ok too. Like I said earlier, what
matters is the process.
Post A Gig :Did you
try to get your materials promoted overseas? Is it well received?
The response overseas has been
amazing and we had no idea that this would be the case.We've managed to get our songs on radio in
Argentina, Brazil and Holland. We've also been featured in a French prog
magazine and a Bulgarian radio station interviewed Gerard (the singer) on air.
Perhaps the style of music we play, prog rock or whatever, has a larger fanbase
in those countries so they appreciate what we do.
Post A Gig : How did the band got signed with Spiral
Records? Can you tell us about the journey with Spiral Records?
To maintain complete control over
our music and future projects, I started Spiral Records. There were actually a
few labels that we were in negotiations with but we wanted the freedom to do
whatever we wanted. For example, one of the international labels we were in
advanced negotiations with, wanted us to perform regularly in Europe but with
our day jobs, this is difficult.
So with Spiral Records, we fully embrace the DIY ethic. It's a labour of
love, with no expectations and no rules to adhere to. For distribution, we are
signed to Sonic Blast Media which is a Singaporean label owned by the guys in
Rudra. They've been supportive and have given us plenty of useful advice.
Post A Gig : What do you think of the local music scene?
Active/inactive? What do you think can be improved?
think Malaysia has a lot of brilliant and creative bands. My band has organised underground gigs in
both Singapore and Malaysia and we get our favourite underground bands to play
and it's always a fun experience.
But local music lacks the machinery to propel bands
from the underground towards public consciousness if you are not making
immediately accessible music. The media needs to be more interested in bands
that choose to do something unique instead of being the next local version of
Post A Gig : Who are your top 3 local bands and why?
of my favourite local bands is a band called Janitor. We played a gig with them
once in Shah Alam and they were mind -blowing. I also like Tempered Mental, Phlox
and Stillaway. I think these are interesting bands.
Post A Gig : What's your ultimate direction for your band?
How do you plan to achieve that?
philosophy in Dulcinea is that music is communication and we try to communicate
and express the things that bug our subconscious in a way that is personal to
us and hopefully that is felt and heard within the music. We’re just trying to
learn something about ourselves. At times, it’s difficult and challenging and
that’s how we know that we are doing the right thing.
Post A Gig : Any advice for your fans who wants to form a
band in Malaysia?
The internet is
a great tool for promoting your band but there are millions of bands both good
and bad that desperately want attention. Know what is it you want from your
music and what you hope to achieve with it and approach everything else from
If your goal is
popularity and selling lots of albums then there are ways for that and it’s
best you approach a label for help. The methods of getting your music across
can vary for different bands. For example, if you are a metal band, its best to
get in touch with metal webzines, radio stations, publications and take things
from there. Not all methods of promoting your band will suit your band
specifically and if you are not careful you'll end up in uncomfortable
situations or be forced to water down the artistry of your music.
A Gig : Anyone you would like to thank for supporting you in your musical
The fact that people come to our
shows is something I’m very grateful for. To be able to play music and have
people who listen to it and appreciative it is the highlight for me. So we are
thankful to anyone that takes the time to listen to our music.
A Gig : How can the fans contact you? FB? Email? Website?
Our facebook page has our music
videos, articles, music and other useful info:
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Date : 20th October 2012
Time : 12pm
Venue : Helipad @ Sepang International Circuit
Bands : The Padangs, Massacre Conspiracy, Bunkface, Akta Angkasa, Muck , Deer Society , Koffin Kanser, Love Me Butch , Hujan , and many more... also featuring MXPX All Stars (USA), Set Your Goals (USA) , Unearth (USA) , Soulfly(USA)
Price : RM138 (presale) , RM178 (at the door)
With an already extensive line-up announced back
in July, Livescape announces another wave of acts which includes a
total of an international band, two regional acts and three more local
bands. The main highlights of the newly announced acts are the return of
'ska specialists, Gerhana Ska Cinta and the highly prolific underground
scene legends, Koffin Kanser.
"We're more than excited with the additions of these
two amazing bands of our times. Gerhana Ska Cinta are celebrating their
10th anniversary at Rockaway Festival and we couldn't deny that Koffin
Kanser is the perfect band to open up for Soulfly. So now we've got two
heavy metal legends rocking up the Rockaway stage. This is what we'd
like to call a festival," says Rahul Kukreja.
In addition to that line-up, American pop punk punters,
Set Your Goals will be joining the mainstage alongside Macbeth chosen
bands, which includes, the fun loving Indonesians, Pee Wee Gaskins and
the highly energetic, Plainsunset from Singapore. If that's not enough,
Malaysia's scene heavyweights, Hujan will be joining in all the fun too.
"This year's festival sees us teaming up with Macbeth
in a bigger scale. We have Pee Wee Gaskins and Plainsunset joining us at
the festival and these guys are brought in by Macbeth and they are also
hosting their own 'road shows' in Singapore and Indonesia," added
This year's festival that is set to take place at the
Helipad located in Sepang International Circuit on 20 October 2012 is in
conjunction with the inaugural, Moto GP. Moto GP ticket buyers are
entitled to 20% discount off Rockaway Festival tickets.
Addressing the issues of transportation to the venue, Livescape Asia
also revealed that there will be FREE shuttle busses for Rockaway
Festival ticket holders that will take them from KL Sentral to Sepang
International Circuit and vice versa. These shuttle busses will begin
their route at 11am on festival day.
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The Curve (TEL: 03 - 7733 1139)
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