Long-running internet music series, The Wknd Sessions will resurface as The Wknd Session Live (TWSLive) on 12 June 2015 as part of Cooler Lumpur Festival. The re-imagined series will now be recorded in front of a live audience and will feature performances by ten noteworthy Malaysia acts held at multiple venues throughout Malaysia. TWSLive is an exclusive collaboration between The Wknd and Hotlink.
The music series is focused on showcasing the best musical talent in Malaysia, and each TWSLive event will feature two artistes across two 45-minute sets. Performances are recorded in high definition and will feature The Wknd’s signature sonic imprint. The ultimate goal is to remove labeling of mainstream and indie music, because The Wknd believes that ‘there’s only good music.’
Videos will be made available on www.the-wknd.com for viewing.
The inaugural TWSLive event will kick off at The Bee, with performances from Bil Musa and Jaggfuzzbeats.
Subsequent events will be held at different venues featuring an eclectic mix of artists. Information will be announced later.
To support the music scene at the grassroots, The Wknd and Hotlink will be launching The Wknd Recording Fund (TWRF) — a platform for new Malaysian musicians to record, produce, release and market recorded material.
The winner of the fund will walk away with a professionally recorded single, as well as the opportunity to perform for a live audience at the final TWSLive event, together with the headliners of the final show.
During the launch event at The Bee, Hotlink will provide the facilities for budding musicians with original material to record their submissions to TWRF. Interested to record a submission? Visit The Wknd for details.
Call for submissions start from 12 June till 31 August 2015. A winner will be picked via a combination of online voting, and a panel comprising of The Wknd’s internal producers, as well as a hand-picked jury of personalities from the Malaysian music scene.
Online voting kicks off from 1-30 September 2015.
Hotlink will be contributing cash prizes to winners: RM10,000 to the winner, RM3,000 to the first runner-up and RM2,000 to the second runner-up as funds to develop their craft.
The Wknd aims to introduce the best of Malaysian and Southeast Asian music to the public, and has featured over 100 Malaysian and Southeast Asian artists since its birth in 2008. Over 300 music videos have been produced. Local artists who have been featured include Noh Salleh, Bunkface, Tres Empre, just to name a few.
Hotlink has been synonymous with music and the partnership with The Wknd shows its commitment to develop and promote the local music scene, and to nurture local talents.