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    TRAILER | SLUMDOGS AT WACKEN: A TRUE METAL FAIRYTALE | New Doch Chkae documenatry

    This summer, the slumdog kids of Doch Chkae left Asia for the first time in their life to play at Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest heavy metal festival. Their energetic show in front of a huge crowd was simply mind blowing. We are currently editing the documentary about their journey, it will be unveiled next month! And here is the first trailer, we hope it transports some of the excitement and positive energy that all people involved felt and won’t ever forget!

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    UNERHÖRT! Music Film Festival will screen our documentary Slumdog Metal

    UNERHÖRT! Music Film Festival will screen our documentary Slumdog Metal We are excited to announce that “Slumdog Metal”, our short documentary about the Cambodian band Doch Chkae is participating in the UNERHÖRT! Music Film Festival in Hamburg & Kiel, and the screening will be in the real cinema!! Stop by on 7th of November for the movie, a Q&A and the premiere of the trailer for part 2, “Slumdogs at Wacken”

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    RESOUND EP2: YES NO WAVE – A FREE MUSIC MODEL AGAINST THE CAPITALISTIC WORLD

    Based in Jogja, YES NO WAVE MUSIC is a legendary nonprofit music label which is responsible for some of the earliest releases of some of the biggest indie bands in Indonesia, such as Senyawa and White Shoes or The Couples Company. YES NO WAVE releases all of its records for free. WOK THE ROCK, the label owner, says: “In this capitalistic world, it is an experiment, a free music model for all music lovers”

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    RESOUND EP1: CAT JUNK NOISE

    Meet Mahamboro, an experimental music nerd, a sound explorer based in Jogja, Indonesia. Inspired by the Javanese instrument siter, He turned a trash bin into a sound weapon. RESOUND is a documentary series that discuss the innovation spirit in the Jogja music scene.

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    Trailer | RESOUND–Innovation of the Jogja Music Scene

    This month, we will release RESOUND, a short documentary series about the innovation of the Jogja music scene. Jogja is the cultural center of Indonesia and an important subculture hub in Asia. The city is full of artists, musicians and creators. Creativity is seeping into every corner of this city, and Jogja’s underground music scene is especially active. Many of these experimental musicians don’t let what’s mainstream dictate them and integrate this spirit into all aspects of their creations and life. This short documentary series will capture five dimensions from within the scene, digging into what makes it tick !

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    ‘Journey:Improvised’ in Rolling Stone!

    We are so proud and excited that Rolling Stone Magazine covered our Damo Suzuki documentary today! Besides the story of the Krautrock legend’s first ever China trip,  ‘Journey : Improvised’ is also about new beginnings, creative independence and magic of being in the present.   WATCH IT AGAIN HERE! 

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    Doch Chkae Heading to WACKEN Open Air 2019!

    It’s really happening!! Doch Chkae, the Cambodian Death metal band from the slums of Phnom Penh will play at the Wacken Open Air this year! We are really glad that our documentary inspired the world’s largest metal festival to give these boys a chance and that their Visa-complications from last year were finally sorted out in an amazing team-effort. More than 10000 people signed a petition last year for the authorities to grant Doch Chkae the necessary visa to allow the young Cambodian band to perform at the Wacken Open Air 2018. Despite intense public campaigning and strong political efforts their application was unfortunately turned down in the end. Yet the band,…

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    JOURNEY:IMPROVISED — Damo Suzuki’s China Tour And Beyond Premiere Date

    After beating cancer, the legendary Damo Suzuki, former singer of krautrock band Can,  embarks on his first ever China tour. “Coming home after 3000 years” says the Japan-born rock shaman. Last October, Subtropical Asia was invited by DAFU records to make a documentary about Damo’s China tour.During the production process, everytime we listened the dialogue with Damo or recalled every detail of getting along with him, we would feel a strong inspiration——we realized that it’s not a documentary only related to the tour only,it also tells the personal philosophy and lifestyle of Damo Suzuki,a cosmopolitan which has traveled 50 years around the world.So we would say it’s a documentary about new…

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    Tropical China First Edition

    Tropical China  热带赤县项目 Tropical China is a cross-cultural collaboration that aims to compose, record and distribute original contemporary music by Brazilian and Chinese artists, producers and record labels. The project was conceived by the Sino-foreign joint venture production company Subtropical Asia in partnership with the Brazilian Embassy in Beijing and Chinese record label DaFu Records. “热带赤县” 是一个跨文化合作项目 旨在制作、录制和发行中国音乐人与巴西音乐人联合创作的前卫音乐 并推动中、巴两国之间年轻一代的文化艺术交流 该项目由中外合资文化制作公司Subtropical Asia与巴西驻北京大使馆和 豆瓣音乐旗下厂牌大福唱片共同合作构思。 First Edition  The first edition will take place in March featuring 33EMYBW & GOOOOOSE on the Chinese side and AVA ROCHA & NEGRO LEO on the Brazilian side The first co-produced avant-garde music album in the history of China and Brazil; A music travel documentary directed by a Brazilian award-winning directing duo; Two…

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    Diskoria—Making Indonesian Old School Disco Great Again!

    Meet Diskoria Selekta! The DJ duo from Jakarta is making Indonesian old school disco great again – a genre that has long been labeled as so uncool in its home country, that you could even get banned for playing it in the club. Their Suara Disco Parties are a colourful get-together of people of all classes, religions and age groups. Even muslim girls with hijabs, a rare sight in Indonesian night-life, show up to dance to the classic Indonesian disco tunes from the 70s and 80s. Diskoria’s unexpected fame even brought a fallen Icon from the past back into the limelight: the legendary Fariz RM, who had to serve time…