Alijo is a familiar face in Kuala Lumpur's music scene and is involved in multiple roles, be it as the drummer of post hardcore / post punk band Killeur Calculateur, a Selecta serving up dub / reggae grooves, and host of a number of shows on Klang Valley-based radio station BFM 89.9.
Between drumming on classic releases such as Killeur Calculateur's "Valley of the Dead" and "Book of Flags", hosting underground-centric radio shows such as Wavelength and Very Noise on BFM, and holding down regular reggae nights at Shelley Yu's in Bangsar, Alijo has a wealth of experience in composing and identifying quality music and brings said experience to the judging panel.
Adly Syairi Ramly have been documenting Malaysian independent music since 1994. First, as a bedroom editor for a fanzine called “Piss of Mine,” then as a senior editor for TONE Magazine, Malaysia’s pioneering English music mag, before moving up to become the Entertainment Editor for The Malay Mail.
After 14 years in print, he made the jump into radio broadcasting. He still did the same thing – to document Malaysian independent music – but this time on a different platform. Together with XFM he opened the floodgates for Malaysian independent music to be heard by a bigger audience.
In conjunction with Astro’s the late Tan Sri P Ramlee campaign in 2011, he curated “P Ramlee – Dimana Kan Ku Cari Ganti: 1 Indiepretasi,” compilation. Featuring 18 bands and artists, the compilation was the biggest tribute by Malaysian Indie music scene to the icon. The Indiepretasi brand spawned two other similar tributes, for the late Puan Sri Saloma and the late Sudirman Haji Arshad.
With print and radio done. Adly made the jump into broadcasting in 2012 where he started Thinker Studios, one of the biggest entertainment content creators in the country.
Today, he spends most of his time playing with LEGO and co-hosting “Review Uncle” on TapauTV together with Sevencollar T-Shirt’s guitarist Ham Abdullah.
The Venopian Solitude
Takahara Suiko started off as a bedroom singer-songwriter, who won the inaugural The Wknd Recording Fund in 2013. She then founded The Venopian Solitude, and from her debut album Hikayat Perawan Majnun, the band was nominated for three categories in Anugerah Industry Muzik 2014 for Best Engineered Album, Best Arranged Song, and Best Music Video, and recently won Best Hip-Hop Song at AIM 2016, on a collaboration with Altimet titled Janji, which was also nominated for Song Of The Year 2016.
Her work with The Venopian Solitude has brought attention, leading to publishing a lyrical compilation of over 100 lyrics on her book Diari Nona Gila, writing scripts, lyrics for various artists and production houses.
She was consecutively invited to Read My World Literary Festival 2015 in Amsterdam alongside Bernice Chauly, Farish Noor, and other notable literary figures from around the region, and was one of the ten selected out of 150 participants from around the world to join Pop Kultur Nachwuchs 2015 in Berlin, Germany. She was also among the 70 chosen out of 3,500 applicants around the globe to join the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy 2016 in Montreal, Canada.
Apart from that, she was also involved in various projects with Red Comm in their webseries Marking Grids and Hey Orang Kita!, as well as the telemovie sequel of Hey Orang Kita!.
Today, she is currently working on The Venopian Solitude's sophomore album, set to be released by the end of the year, alongside various projects.