Sunday, May 17, 2009

Doppelganger Indie Picks . May 2009

Hi! Welcome to our new regular segment. Each month, Jaz will be on the lookout for some of our favourite local, regional and international indie acts and will link it here. If you know of anyone and would like to recommend it to us, email openmickl@ and we'll check it out. This week, allow us to recommend the following singer songwriters:


Artist: Zee Avi
(aka Kokokaina)

Bio: Born in the tiny town of Miri in Sarawak on the island of Borneo, Zee grew up near the South China Sea in a liberal, encouraging household where her father owned an energy consultancy. “I was bred to be a lawyer,” she says, but music was in her blood. Her father’s father sang and played double-bass, accordion, violin and guitar in bands. At age 12, Zee moved from Borneo to Kuala Lumpur where she has been based since. At 17, Zee started locking herself in a room for hours on end to learn to play guitar. Guitar took a back seat for 4 years while she was studying fashion design in London. When she returned to Kuala Lumpur, she picked the instrument back up and began writing songs and performing with a band. Zee began recording her songs on a webcam and posting them on YouTube for a friend to hear. “I remember getting so excited when there was one new comment from some random person I didn’t know… One read ‘I’m lost for words - I shall favorite it and ponder if that’s OK,’ ” which was written by Kris Rowley, a U.K. singer-songwriter with a YouTube following under the name Zzzzzzzzap. He began posting her videos on his site, which began a viral snowball effect.


Artist: Emiliana Torrini
Song: Jungle Drum

Bio: I first found out about Emilliana when I was visiting in Australia and caught the Icelandic singer songwriter on a music video show on tv. Just addicted to Jungle Drum!!

And so, here's this month's Doppelganger Indie Picks. Have someone you love and would like to share with us? Email it to us for our consideration at

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