HK Magazine Vintage Covers
HK Magazine: Do you claim to be the best drummer in Asia?J-hoon Balbuena: No, no! Definitely not. I won some Carlsberg competition for that title once, but that was ten years ago. There are tons of awesome drummers in Asia.HK: What’s your connection with Hong Kong?JB: I grew up here for 20...
Sep 28 2007
My childhood was full of fun, laughter, and piano. At times, it felt like a dreaded curse to practice, but after a while, I figured the only way out was always to do what she said. My mother coddled me, but with iron fists. She demanded the best from myself, but more importantly, she made me demand...
Sep 27 2007
Ever felt the need to get in touch with your inner tribal warrior? The monthly drum jam at the Fringe Club is an opportunity for people to come together and create music, without rehearsals or rules. Each session attracts around 100 people who come for two full hours of hands-on drumming. There are...
Sep 27 2007
"Sky Girl"
New art: Back in 2000, I studied oriental culture. I previously hadn’t paid much attention to it, as I was heavily involved in Western styles. I eventually realized that traditional Chinese art culture is hard for people to relate with and that a new modern value system will soon be formed....
Sep 20 2007
I never felt really intimate with my family. My parents divorced when I was young. I was then sent to a boarding school since nobody had the time to take care of me. Isolation is the best punishment. Boarding school is a small community, and karma has a fast turn around there. Do bad and you will...
Sep 20 2007
Beijing Pop Festival
They play punk in Beijing, metal in Central China, and electro-hardcore down south. Wuhan is hot for noise and punk, and apparently Chengdu is home to an awesome music scene. Even Rolling Stone magazine opened a China office last year. Granted, its Chinese name is “Audio Visual World”...
Sep 20 2007
Circus by the numbers: Three musicians and nine people who do everything else from walking on the ceiling to zipping through space. Look out for the: Flying trapeze act. Most ill-advised act: We once had a human cannonball we’d fire from outside the theater over the audience’s heads...
Sep 13 2007
I was born in Guangzhou, China to a very rich family, so when the Communists took over we became the enemy of the people. When the adults in the family were sent to labor camps. I had to make most of the money for the family when I was ten. I carried bags for people at the railway station. It was...
Sep 13 2007
Their style: In a way, “Come to Me” [single off “Koop Islands”] sums it up. We’re a mixture between electronic and jazz with lots of samples and live instruments. And a little short and sweet. Our “thing” is probably the layers and layers of samples....
Aug 30 2007
I was born on October 10, 1984 and I am the only daughter in the family. Like many only children, I am rather subjective. Blame the Barbies. That was all I had to talk to when I was young. I am glad my parents sent me to an international school when I was 15 so I didn’t have to waste time...
Aug 30 2007