Malaysia amongst 18 countries at 8th GBOB World Finals in Chiang Mai
Kuala Lumpur, 21 January 2014 – Seven-piece progressive funk band, The Nose takes home the trophy as Malaysia’s Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB) champion for the biggest music competition for bands playing their original songs live.
Shah Alam band, The Nose challenged 12 other bands at the GBOB Malaysia Finals in Penang recently to secure a slot at the 8th GBOB World Finals in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 8 February 2014 to perform two original songs live. There, they will share the stage with 17 other bands from around the world.
“We support GBOB because it focuses on bands playing their original music in front of a live audience. The Nose will represent Malaysia in Chiang Mai because they presented passion, good songwriting skills and great showmanship to the judges. GBOB is not a popularity contest and the champions were selected based on five criteria; technical skills, songwriting, showmanship, relevance. I’m pleased with the selection, although it was a tight competition especially between the top six bands,” said event promoter, Jasmine Low.
The Nose band members are Samuel Anak Andria Bangit (vocalist), Muhamad Zharif bin Muhamad Zaki (alto and tenor saxophonist), Muhd Tareeq Aziz bin Che Abdul Muhsin (bassist), Mohd Zairul Azreen Shah (guitarist), Thadeus Anak Saga (guitarist), Ahmad Suhaib bin Hidzir (drummer) and Shammir bin Horace (keyboardist).
The GBOB World Finals Concert is organised by GBOB Worldwide Ltd in collaboration with the Chiang Mai Singers Artists Association (CMSAA) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). It will be hosted by Thailand’s top two TV personalities – Sonia “Pim” Couling and MTV VJ, Michelle Waagard and will take place at Chiang Mai’s International Convention and Exhibition Centre at 6pm (+8 GMT) on 8 February 2014. The live concert will be streamed via www.livebox.me.
13 bands signed up to compete in the GBOB Malaysia Finals held at Soundmaker Studio and Chinahouse in Penang on 4th and 5th January 2014. Judges comprising of three music industry independents had their identities kept secret until after the competition. They are; Saiful ‘Hermano’ of Y2K band, GBOB Malaysia Champions 2009, Cole Yew of Soundmaker Studio and Marco Ferrarese author of ‘Nazi Goreng’.
The bands were scored based on a point scoring system and the top six are; The Nose (Shah Alam), Djezna’s Stalker (Cheras), The Outbreak (Kuala Lumpur), Fin Chemistry (Penang), Son of a Policeman (Subang Jaya) and Viv Adram and the Northern Jazz Unit (Penang).
The Organisers have teamed up with Zenith Travel & Tours to offer a tour package for fans and the general public to visit Chiang Mai in support of the Malaysian band starting from RM1250 nett per person inclusive of return flight from Kuala Lumpur, 2-night hotel stay and return transfers to the airport and concert. Interested parties can contact Khairul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gbob Malaysia 2013/2014 is crowd-funded, and welcomes brand sponsors to come forth for a larger scaled 2014/2015 season.
“We would like to thank all participating bands for their passion and especially partners like Narelle McMurtrie and Kien Lim of Chinahouse for their support” added Jasmine Low.
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ABOUT GBOB MALAYSIA
GBOB Malaysia is held as a part of FEYST: Independent Youth Festival, a homegrown video games and music festival established since 2008. FEYST has sent over 42 Malaysian youth to participate in video games, youth and music festivals around the world including Malaysia Fest in Australia, Shanghai World Expo in China, Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) in France, USA and China and DreamHack in Sweden. Go International Group Sdn Bhd is a brand marketing agency that owns FEYST and is the licensee for GBOB Malaysia. More information: www.gbob.com or www.feyst.com.
ABOUT CHIANG MAI
Thailand’s “Rose of the North” is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions and welcoming hospitality.
The old city of Chiang Mai is a showcase of the north’s fascinating indigenous cultural identity that includes diverse dialects, a delectable cuisine, distinctive architecture, traditional values, lively festivals, numerous handicrafts workshops, northern style massage, and classical dances. Chiang Mai is also blessed with pristine natural resources including mountains, waterfalls, and rivers. The presence of numerous hill tribes that feature a wealth of unique cultures enhances Chiang Mai’s distinctive diversity. Hill tribe trekking often combined with river rafting and elephant riding has always been one of Chiang Mai’s greatest tourist attractions. Nowadays there are innumerable activities and attractions both in the city and the surrounding province, including massage instruction and golf. Moreover, visitors can visit workshops where they can learn about the production of silk or silver, and purchase memorable, handcrafted souvenirs. With such a diverse range of attractions and an equally grand selection of dining and accommodation options, Chiang Mai is a place where both backpackers and luxury tourists can enjoy the ultimate Thailand holiday.