Asia Focus: Dreamy Ambient and Dark Electronica from Kuala Lumpur

Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?
+2dB consists of Jeannie and Jo Ann, best friends based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

How would you describe your musical sound? Do you perform live?
Jeannie: Our sounds range from dreamy ambient to dark electronica.
Jo Ann: Yes, we have played at numerous local events and music festivals such as Future Music Festival Asia.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Jo Ann: Our songs are mostly influenced by experiences and lessons from life and people. We prefer telling stories and then relating them to the feel of the song. We try to keep our concept quite abstract.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band’s name?
Jeannie: +2dB doesn’t mean anything, really. We started the band randomly, people began asking for our name, we came up with a few options, tossed the idea around with some friends, and the majority picked “+2dB” because it looks and sounds electronica-related.

Currently there are two members in your band; can you tell us more about your individual roles in the production of a song? What are you guys working on currently?
Jeannie: I get into more producing and vocal work
Jo Ann: I tend to write and play. Sometimes I try to help by backing Jeannie’s vocals.
Jeannie: We spread out the general work as even as it can get.

Can you tell us a little bit more about your future projects and which direction do you see your music heading? Are you open to international collaborative projects?
Jo Ann: We are currently working on an EP, to be released in the next few months hopefully. As for the direction, we love bending genres and therefore have no idea where it might go, but that’s the fun part about it all.
Jeannie: Yes, we are currently working with some producers from Spain and USA. Nothing big scale, yet.

Tell us about a feedback you have received for your music which stayed with you guys.
Our Daft Punk cover song received the most feedbacks and we didn’t see it coming prior to releasing it, so it was quite overwhelming all in all, specially when people tell us that it’s better than the original song. It’s a great feeling.

Name five electronic music producers from Malaysia everyone should check out.
Pastel Lite, Like Silver, Nick Davis, Darren Ashley, chiiiiing, DANGERDISKO, Stellar Dreams.

What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We’ve been listening to quite a lot of AlunaGeorge lately. But when it comes to our musical influence, we have to give it to Grimes, The XX, and Purity Ring.

How would you describe the scene in your home country of Malaysia, do you represent the mainstream electronic music scene in Kuala Lumpur? Tell us more about the home-grown scene there.
Jo Ann: The scene is looking pretty good in Kuala Lumpur. We are getting a lot of international music acts here on a weekly basis for concerts and festivals, so there is no shortage in inspiration. In these few months alone we got Franz Ferdinand,  Metallica, Two Door Cinema Club, Smashing Pumpkins, What So Not, to name a few. There’s a massive hip-hop movement here as well, and the rock fan base is pretty sizeable, too.
Jeannie: Lately, there’s been a surge of electronica acts and it’s thanks to events like “Tekan Tekan” (which means the act of pressing buttons) and such that we got to meet a lot of similar acts and learn from each other. We discovered a lot of talented young people too…which strongly suggests that this new scene might be the next big thing.

Your cover of Daft Punk’s track has received considerable attention? What’s the story behind this song?
Jo Ann: We have wanted to do a cover song for ages as it’d be an interesting challenge, to be able to flip the song in another direction and still make it come off as sounding good. Somehow it didn’t really happen until a local radio station, Fly FM contacted us to perform for their live segment show called “Stripped” which mainly showcases local musicians. The rule was to perform an original song and a cover song.
Jeannie: We jumped on it and picked Daft Punk’s Get Lucky because we’ve been fans of Daft Punk since time immemorial.  


Your favourite +2dB track would be…
This is a difficult question. We can’t possibly answer…they’re all different and precious in their own way. But if we really had to pick, Jeannie prefers “Islands” our latest original track and Jo Ann is still deeply in love with our first ever track, “Syren”.

Thanks guys!

Words by Khan Mohammad Faisal

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