Category: Interview

Interview: Beatburns

By Adani Bakhtiar This alternative indie band is no stranger to the music industry in Malaysia. Beatburns started out 6 years ago, back in 2011, and have become one of the premier names of the indie scene. Recently signed with Universal Music Malaysia, the guys and gal of Beatburns are destined for a great thing with their penchant for the catchy and the unusual. Last year, they released their 12-track album ‘Rebirth’ and just recently, put out a video for the track ‘Fire’. With these new outcomes on their horizon, we knew we just had to catch up with...

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Interview: Introducing Maggie Lindemann

By Shazwan Zulkiffli For some, Instagram is kind of like a photo/video diary. For others, it’s a platform, a place to be discovered, and maybe, find a way into the rarefied air of the artists. Social media powers the star machine, and the rags to riches social media story is more than just a fable as rising US singer Maggie Lindemann shows us. First gaining the attention of her manager through an Instagram video, Maggie released her debut effort last year, ‘Knocking On Your Heart’. The song broke the iTunes Alternative Charts Top 20 within 24 hours of release,...

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An Afternoon with Stars and Rabbit

By Muhammad Nabil Indonesian folk duo Stars and Rabbit performed at The Bee recently as part of the citywide arts festival Urbanscapes, and took the crowd by storm with their enigmatic and energetic performance. Naturally, we were interested in knowing how the minds of one of Indonesia’s best bands came together, so we talked to them about how they came up with their name, evolution of their sound, and their inspirations! Read on for the full interview below. How did you two meet and form the band? Elda: We were actually old friends! We were friends way before the...

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A Chat With The Creator of We Bare Bears

By Muhammad Nabi We Bare Bears presents itself as a feel good show depicting the lives of three bears trying to survive the urban maze that is San Francisco. With a premise as interesting as this, it’s no surprise that the show then gained traction amongst a wide audience here in Malaysia – and The Level scored an exclusive interview with the creator himself, Daniel Chong, to tell us a little bit on the creative process, his inspirations, and which bear he likes the most! Hi Daniel! Tell us a little bit about yourself. How you did you get...

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Malaysian Figures Out The Key to Taiwan and South China Sea

By The Level Author Chai Boon Kheng, author of the recently released book Island Formosa, takes a look at the complicated relationship between China and Taiwan, and how the Middle Kingdom’s behaviour is set to impact ASEAN as it asserts more and more authority over the region. The Taiwan question has been one that has troubled ASEAN politics observers for decades, and with its strong independence movement, it is not like the country will bend a knee to China anytime soon. Boon Kheng claims to have found a piece of historical evidence that changes the entire narrative, and we...

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