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HK Magazine: How did Very Ape get together? Hisakazu Koya: We’re all Japanese. The Japanese community in Hong Kong is not so big, and the music community within that is even smaller. I owned a studio and did engineering, and the two other guys were musicians, so they came here to jam. The...
Oct 5 2006
I was born in Tahiti and moved to Hong Kong when I was two years old. We lived in Wan Chai, Sha Tin, Central, Tai Po, Peng Chau... My parents loved to move. My mom is really surprised I became a singer. I’ve always been a really shy person. I was the invisible one. If I didn’t go to...
Sep 28 2006
Feeder on the main stage, Rockit 2005
Rockit 4.0 – coming your way this October 14-15. Hong Kong’s biggest, and only – and yet totally fabulous - outdoor music festival has cemented its place on the short list of stuff that really blows our minds. Last year’s festival was dogged by the government’s initial...
Sep 28 2006
Favorite noise: The chattering of people and clattering of eating utensils in Chinese restaurants. In your pocket: A Van Gogh fountain pen. Stupidest trend: Everyone holding a PSP on the MTR, with the volume turned up to max. Best gig: The people clapped and girls danced when we didn’t...
Sep 21 2006
HK Magazine: What got you playing the violin? Yang Liu: When I was a child I had a neighbour who played the violin late at night. As a four-year old, I would sneak up to her window to listen to this beautiful sound. But because I couldn’t see in the window, I had no idea it was coming from a...
Sep 14 2006
HK Magazine: You’re so famous for character design - are any of the characters you created based on anyone you know? Yoshitaka Amano: All the characters I’ve designed are completely imaginary and mostly based on the storyline itself. For example, the storyline of the “Final...
Sep 7 2006
I was born in Hong Kong in a family with three children. I am the youngest child. My family has been very supportive. I had the privilege to pursue my dream because my elder siblings had to earn a living. I was forced into introspection, asking myself what I would really like to do. Then in one of...
Sep 7 2006
HK Magazine: So, the big question. Why Johnny Hi Fi? Eric Hsu: Well, originally the Johnny part was a tribute to Johnny Greenwood –the guitarist from Radiohead – because he’s an amazing musician. But it gradually became a sort of adjective or metaphor for personality in a way,...
Aug 31 2006
I came over in 1984 to see the beginning of the negotiations for Hong Kong’s future. I was so fascinated by it that I decided to come and live here. I was quickly aware that this was not the heart of Asia. Chris Patten and I had an argument about this – I’ve always maintained that...
Aug 31 2006
HK Magazine: What’s the point of World Battle of the Bands? Andrew Featherstone: Well, for bands, it’s a way to get some attention, make contacts, win stuff, get aboard, get signed, make steps towards career growth. For me, it’s a way to find new acts for my label, work more with...
Aug 24 2006