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Thriving in independence

May 7, 2012

Why everyone nearly everywhere is going head over heels over Oh Chentaku

OH CHENTAKU, consisting of five friends, was formed in 2007. Myo, Naem, Jimmy, Shah and Amber have been gigging around the globe, touring Indonesia, Singapore and many other places such as Luzern, Zurich, Manchester, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Lugano, Tokyo, Bangkok and York. Some people have mispronounced the band’s name as “Ocean Taco”.

They play rock and the sounds gathered from other influences such as Punk and Dubstep.

Oh Chentaku has chalked up more than 200 shows to date and shared stages with big names such as MXPX (US), Caliban (Germany), We Are The In Crowd (US), We The Kings (US), Crossfaith (Japan), The Used (US), Story Of The Year (US), All Time Low (US) and popular local acts like Yuna, Bunkface, Hujan, Joe Flizzow, Massacre Conspiracy and more.

The band has demurred from signing with any major record label, and has thrived in its independence.

Q&A

1. What would you like to be remembered for?

We would like to be remembered for who we are, how we took the music industry by storm. People will still share our music in the next decades. Oh Chentaku is the Malaysian young rockers who rocked every concert and festival.

2. Share with us two of your favourite quotes

Chappala Kendels. Sing It Rock and Roll.

3. What are your songs about?

We love sharing our experiences, what we see and touch, how we feel when we’re in love, heartbroken, angry and happy. Our songwriting mostly involves the engagement of feelings and we write music to express our thoughts. Sometimes it gets very personal, but never preaching on political bullshit. We are here to entertain the people, not to run an election.

4. What has been your biggest achievement to date?

We were recognized as one of Juice’s 2011 Local Acts of Eargasm and we were invited to join an American pop punk outfit, We Are The In Crowd, on their South-East Asia Rumor-Mill Tour to Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. We have just released and premiered our new official music video for “Sing It Rock & Roll” on MTV Asia two weeks back. The song is currently topping the Hitz FM chart and getting massive airplays from local radio stations like XFM, Hitz FM, Era FM, Hot FM, Traxx FM and also on rotation on Ardan Radio Bandung.

We were also the National Champion of GIG Battle 2011, organised by TV9, and 1st Runner up of Hard Rock Rising Battle 2012, not forgetting that we were featured on 8TV’s popular TV series “ProjekPop” and TV9′s current hit “Friday, I’m In Love”.

5. What is your advice to up and coming musicians ?

Follow your heart! Believe in what you’re doing and keep doing what you think is best for yourself, the band and the world. Music brings peace, keeps us feeling alive and strong.

6. If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Change our mindset to find the best way to enhance, grow and support our local music industry. We hope to get Malaysia on the map for the whole world to notice that Malaysia also produces great musicians, very up-to-standard, such as Yuna, Joe Flizzow, Zee Avi, Hujan, Bunkface, Love Me Butch and more.

We need to stand together. Enough with all these band wars and jealousies. All rise.

7. What are your thoughts on music piracy? Would you give your music away for free?

For us, music should be respected and the artists should have the same objective when making music. It’s not entirely about making money. It is also about appreciation towards what we’ve crafted. As for Oh Chentaku, we have given out our songs and music videos for free previews on our website and that’s part of our marketing strategy.

Ask yourself, are you going for the money or are you going for the valuable experience?

We would pick the fun of touring around, performing on stage in front of thousands, and then only the money comes in.

LINKS

Here’s the link to the video

Sing it Rock n Roll

Sing it Rock n Roll: Behind the scenes

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