Tiger Beer’s latest music and art platform created the website www.tigerjams.com to house an original track from each of the 10 shortlisted bands, as well as to serve as a polling station for music lovers to cast their votes.
There were also 3 mini gigs held at Laundry Bar (16th June), VoizsUp (18th June) and Timbre (23rd June) for the shortlisted acts to further showcase their talents in hopes of securing more votes.
Over 100,000 votes were tabulated following Tiger Jams’ 3-week voting period to identify 3 of Malaysia’s finest emerging artistes that will be moving onto the last leg of Tiger Jams. Home grown bands Donamarie, Rozella, and Son of a Policeman (SOAP) garnered the most number of votes during the online polls held from 13th to 30th June and overcame 7 other hopefuls to be one step closer to collaborating with a mystery international act.
Rap rock band Donamarie were ecstatic when they received confirmation that their young band of 4 years has made it to the final round. Having only performed on small stages thus far, the band said that this journey has been their “biggest milestone” and grateful to have been given the opportunity.
Originating from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, singer Rozella was glad she had the backing and support from family, friends, fellow musicians and fans to help her persevere through the trying competition.
Also surprised by the news were Son of a Policeman (SOAP). Their song, Fire, got the attention of Tiger Jams’ curators, who voted the “indie rojak” band into the Top 10. Prior to the competition, the band had been focusing on the production of their debut album.
Up next, the bands will each be paired with one acclaimed Asian act (either Singaporean pop band The Sam Willows, Hong Kong’s punk pop band ToNick, or Malaysia’s very own Darren Ashley) and an established visual artist (Donald Abraham, Kenji Chai, or Flex) to produce an original Tiger Jams track and music video. This track with be the deciding factor for the mystery international act to handpick one of the 3 for a collaboration. The 3 finalists will also receive a cash prize of RM15,000 each, and all 3 bands have plans to upgrade their equipment and produce an album with the money.
In August, these 3 bands will be hosting a gig each prior to the big finale event:
- 6th August: Son of a Policeman (SOAP) at Slate, The Row together with The Sam Willows and Donald Abraham
- 13th August: Rozella at TREC, KL with Darren Ashley and Flex
- 20th August: Donamarie at KL Venue, Fahrenheit 88 with ToNick and Kenji Chai
Tiger Jams celebrates the sights and sounds from Asia and aspires to bring the freshest talents together in celebration of music and art.
For more information, visit www.tigerjams.com.