The On The Beat and Path soundtrack, released May 5, is a collection of 18 tracks that were recorded in five countries around the world.
Bored of Directives and On the Beat and Path recently released their travel/music documentary, Songs from the Mekong with three screenings of the film, a CD release and a live show featuring artists from Malaysia, Canada and America.
The free screenings were held at the Black Box at MAPSKL in Publika. AFO Radio provided the outdoor entertainment as all three screenings were well attended with the final screening exceeding capacity.
On The Beat and Path host, Steve Northcott addressed the crowd at each of the screenings thanking the audience for their support and noting that this free screening was On The Beat and Path’s “letter of appreciation” to Malaysia.
Producers Steve Northcott and Gary Blanton have spent a combined 16 years on the peninsula and have enjoyed their time as a part of the art community.
In attendance for the final screening were Songs from the Mekong co-stars Azmyl Yunor, Jason ‘Vandal’ Schadt, Nadhira and videographer/photographer Kyra Boyer.
All of the artists featured in the film were a part of the live performance held at the BEE (also at Publika).
“It was important to have a celebration for this project”, Steve noted.
“So many great artists lent themselves to this project from the production of the music to the filming of the documentary. To be able to party with everyone’s respective fan base is an honour,” he said.
The On The Beat and Path soundtrack, released May 5, is a collection of 18 tracks that were recorded in five countries around the world (Brazil, Cambodia, Malaysia, India and Laos) and is the result of collaborations with over 22 guest musicians.
The album can be purchased at On The Beat and Path’s online store
The live show started with Steve and Gary’s band who were on this particular night called ‘The Funk Dusters’.
Steve and Gary were once previously known for their rock outfit, Benchmarx who released two albums in Malaysia and in 2008 won a VIMA award for Most Exhilarating-Electrifying-Exciting live act.
The Benchmarx as a collective stopped performing in 2010 but Gary and Steve continued to play music with local expatriates Erik Richardson, David Ross and Brian Morefield.
To keep things interesting, they would change the name of their band every time they performed.
The Funk Dusters ran through a number of originals from the Benchmarx catalogue in addition to songs recorded on Steve and Gary’s travel series, On The Beat and Path.
Award winning, Nadhira graced the stage to perform ‘Closer’ from her recent ’12 Shades’ album and ended her short 2 song set with a rendition of Happy Birthday to a friend with the assistance of all in attendance.
Hip-hopper Vandal rocked the crowd with his impressive brand of Hip Hop with songs from his entire catalogue of music.
Ending the night were the tireless Azmyl Yunor and the Sigarettes. Leaving no mic stand upending, Azmyl and his band ending the night as any night should end as they left everything on that stage (except Azmyl who at one point was on his back on the floor continuing to rock out).