How to set up your own record label? Read this!

All images credit Daniel Anthony When Daniel Anthony from Petaling Jaya failed Grade 8 music theory, he decided that the path of a classical musician was not the one for him. However, he refused to give up on his dream of a career in music. Now, when he’s not working as a journalist, he’s running his own record label, Crystal Empire Records (CER), under the stage name St. Pinkie. Yes. You read that right. St. Pinkie. “CER was born in 2014 in the lead-up to Canterlot University, a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan convention that took place...

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Mekong Review, the accidental Southeast Asian literary journal

Image credit Saigoneer Good Southeast Asian literature and its related commentary can be hard to find for some of the people living in this region’s – however, it is possible. One such gem is the Mekong Review, a quarterly literary journal that aims to bring the region’s literary and intellectual life to a broader audience. Publishing fiction, essays, reviews and poetry from Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, the Mekong Review is an independent publication with no political, institutional or commercial affiliations. On January 28, thanks to organisers PUSAKA, Tintabudi and IBDE (Inisiatif Buku Darul Ehsan),...

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Fa Abdul is set to take pillow talks to a whole new level!

All images credit Big Nose Production You might know her as the bad ass, no holds barred, no nonsense, not mincing her word societal critic. She’s a social media activist who regularly has her opinions and thoughts published on Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insight. You might have come across her name; Fa Abdul. Does the name ring a bell? Did you know that Fa Abdul has also been actively involved in directing thought provoking, in your face comedic plays for the past four years through Big Nose Production, her theatre company? Starting off with Tales from the Bedroom in...

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2018 gets off to a colourful start through these artworks!

It’s been a year since we’ve been organising Eksentrika’s Art of the Day. Just like the previous months, January 2018 began with a nice colourful start! From flowers to pop culture references to mermaids, here are some of the best artworks that were submitted to us with some we hand picked ourselves from the Doodle Malaysia – Do you doodle? Facebook group. And ofcourse, how can we not forget Eksentrika’s Art of the Month for January 2018. Created painstakingly through colour pencils, it was no surprise when Fadzwan Wan‘s “Kedai Nyonya” was voted the most number of times by our...

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This M’sian musician’s EP was mastered by the same guy who mastered for the Rolling Stones

All images credit Brendan de Cruz Ever heard of Pete Maher? For those who’re scratching their heads, Pete is a renowned mastering engineer abroad and has worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Snow Patrol, Nine Inch Nails, U2, Katy Perry, Nicole Scherzinger, Lana Del Rey, Damien Rice, and the list goes on and on. You can read more here. Hailing from London, United Kingdom, Pete had entered the UK music scene in the 90’s as a musician. But in 2002, he discovered his passion in audio mastering when he stumbled upon some audio mastering tools. But wait,...

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BOOK REVIEW | Micro Malaysians!

Editor: Anwar Hadi Publisher: Fixi Novo Genre: Fiction Novel Pages: 144 Micro Malaysians! is a collection of 100 stories, chosen from 1,163 entries from all across Malaysia, each no longer than 150 words. Accompanied by illustrations by Caryn Koh, the book promises “a smorgasbord of the Malaysian experience, bite-sized and biting”. On first glance, this book does not seem to have a particular audience in mind, aiming to simply satisfy one’s curiosity just how much a writer could tell with so little, and if the tales are truly reflective of the Malaysian scene. The stories are not arranged via...

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This woman is reshaping people’s perception of OCD through theatre

Image credit The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre Ho Lee Ching was eight-years-old when she began making involuntarily sounds and movements for no apparent reason. Her parents who initially thought that she was just being a mischievous kid later grew concerned and took her to a doctor. “I was 14 when the doctors confirmed that I have Tourette Syndrome,” the 27-year-old says. The syndrome is a neurological disorder largely characterised by repetitive and involuntary movements and sounds (they’re called tics). “Tics that produce movements are called “motor tics” while those that produce sounds are called “vocal tics”. I have...

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BOOK REVIEW | Dark Demon Rising by Tunku Halim

Author : Tunku Halim Publisher : Buku Fixi Genre : Fiction Novel Pages : 264   For many, an inheritance is typically physical property one inherits when one’s parents passes away. In some unfortunate cases, some family inheritances could also be a terrible burden and a responsibility. Would you choose to accept your inheritance if you were told to become a bomoh (shaman) just like your father? First published in 1997, Dark Demon Rising tells the story of kampung-born city lawyer, Shazral, who left his home in pursuit of his dreams and life only to receive a call informing him...

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BOOK REVIEW | The Tudung Anthology

Editor               : Azalia Zaharuddin Publisher          : Matahari Books Genre               : Various (Fiction and Non-Fiction) No. of pages    :  201 In the preface for The Tudung Anthology, Azalia Zaharudin states that the book is a collection of personal reactions to the ‘never-ending questions and judgments, be it from Muslims or non-Muslims’ by ‘women from different walks of life’. Its aim is to provide a ‘bigger picture’ on the wearing of the tudung beyond choices of wearing it or not, and (perhaps as an attempt to steer accusations of challenging religious dictates away) it is emphasized to be ‘not a religious...

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Artwork of an endangered rhino becomes Eksentrika’s Art of the Year 2017

After a week of voting process on our Instagram page, our readers have finally decided. Ladies and gentlemen, here’s Eksentrika’s Art of the Year 2017! Garnering a whopping 570 votes, Ivan Alexander Francis‘ artwork was of the black rhino, an endangered species. “I was always fascinated by rhinos. And it literally broke me when I found out that there aren’t that many left in Malaysia. “When I heard about the rhino in Malaysia that was ill and found out that there are only three Malaysian rhinos left, it gave me the drive I needed to complete it” Ivan who...

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Want a popular virtual superstar to sing your songs? This guy did it!

Perhaps you are a songwriter who wants to get your music out but can’t bring yourself to perform it yourself? Traditionally, you would have to get someone else perform your music but what if you didn’t need to. What if you could do it on your own without having to collaborate with anyone at all? What if that moment is already here? Enter “vocaloids”- the precise answer to all those “What ifs”. The voice synthesizing program by Yamaha Corporation combines real human vocals with the use of androids to sing your tunes for you. It lets you put a voice to your songs...

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Here are 12 best artworks for 2017 and you get to pick the winner!

Eksentrika’s Art of the Day began as a spur of the moment thing. It began with a sole aim to add local flavour and colour to the depressing state of the social media. We discovered that there are so many beautiful artworks being shared on a daily basis on the Doodle Malaysia – Do you doodle? Facebook group that we decided to showcase some of these talents on a daily basis on our Facebook and Instagram pages. And boy, we weren’t disappointed! Much of these artworks were selected by us with a handful submitted to us by the artists...

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february, 2018

9jan - 11febjan 99:00 amfeb 11International Conference of Performing and Visual Arts 2018

1feb - 38:30 pmfeb 3- 8:30 pmMak Yong Titis Sakti

1feb - 48:30 pmfeb 4- 3:00 pmThe Bee by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan

4feb3:00 pm- 5:30 pmMak Yong Titis Sakti

7feb - 11feb 78:30 pmfeb 11The Bee by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan

10feb3:00 pm- 4:30 pmJumpa Dalam Reban: On The Malaysian Vinyl Trail