Refreshing Green Room

THIS year’s Heineken Green Room marks the start of a new beginning for the long-running annual music event. Over the past few years, the Green Room has been increasingly focused on art as well as music, and this year, it managed to strike a perfect balance between the two elements.

A group of local artists were invited to create some graphic pieces for an on-site exhibition, which greeted visitors when they entered the venue.

The works, by Stephen Lau, Ajim Juxta, the Off-Day and James Ly, were inspired by the theme Social Design, and allowed them to explore their own ideas of music and its relation to art.

There was also a special edition of Pecha Kucha, the global design networking and social event presented in collaboration with the British Council, and featuring presentations by some of Malaysia’s best known creative talents, including photographer Vincent Paul Yong, visual artist Melor Hidyah, Capital FM’s June Low and radio presenter and DJ Mmmeng.

Local DJ collective Twilight Actiongirl, comprising Bunga, Ribut 10:59, ChaseyLain and XU, also celebrated their 10 years in the local music scene with a small exhibition space featuring music, posters, flyers and projected visuals from their various gigs over the years.

They were also the opening act of the night, taking to the stage and thrilling the audience with a mixed selection of classic indie and punk anthems, and some modern day dance hits. They repeatedly thanked their loyal fans who had been following them for the past decade.

Next up was rising star Darren Ashley, who displayed his own unique set of skills, combining his own vocals with some solid mixing. His highly charged ­­30-minute set got the crowd pumped up, and he definitely left the crowd wanting more.

The first international act to take to the stage was The Drums. The New York-based indie band was warmly received by an eager audience, many of whom sang along to their music, including hits like Let’s Go Surfing, Money and Days .

After that was Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED), the well-known record producer and DJ, who mixed up some disco, deep house and leftfield tunes to bring Heineken Green Room a taste of the sound that will be dominating this year’s international dance music festivals and destinations like Ibiza.

To finish off the night, local DJ collective The Deer Society, made their Green Room debut. These celebrated party organisers and scene-makers pushed the disco envelope even further, with some twisted deep tunes that had the floor rocking late into the night.

If this is a taste of things to come for the Heineken Green Room, then the future definitely looks bright for this iconic and innovative music event.