are the Soundschemers?
are a group of individuals who help in grouping together bands and
talents to collectively produce recordings for release. We realise
that we have to learn to be self sufficient in any way without the
support of major players and governmental campaigns. Furthermore,
we have never had the advantage of a real established music industry
like our counterparts in South-east Asia and the rest of the world.
made you decide to do this compilation?
was a collective idea by some of the band members themselves. We
put it out primarily because the last decent compilation was probably
Flush After Use in 1997, which included Sideshow Judy, Seberynic
and The mother. That was six years ago!
the groups projects non-profit or commercial?
say that our projects are not for monetary reasons. We mean it more
as a novelty item. If in any event whereby we do rake in profits,
it will be given back to the bands. We do not take in a single cent
from the sales.
does the funding come from?
the bands themselves.
was the selection process done?
primary concern is the bands commitment towards releasing
did work on TSMGO start?
in March 2002.
would you describe the recording process?
bands were given a time frame to come up with the recorded songs.
It was up to them which studio they want to go to.
were the problems in the project?
weren't any major difficulties during the making of the CD. Everyone
involved in Soundschemers had a specific role and everyone, including
bands, did their part. Maybe our only gripe is that we didn't have
as much funds as we'd like to. Then, we would have done certain
things differently. But I guess the real difficult part was after
the completion of the CD. We had to find a proper place to launch
the CD and we realised that it's an uphill task to promote original
local music to the local media/record stores. Fortunately Tower
Records did us a big favour by allowing us to launch the CD at the
store. The CD was also featured in some magazines, websites and
newspapers and we're quite pleased that this first release received
favourable reviews from them.
does Soundschemers hope to achieve with the release of the compilation?
hope that we could jolt some interest in the local scene and, hopefully,
create some form of awareness for the public, to witness local music
in its raw state, alive and energetic. We also hope that the release
would be a landmark item for the scene. Homegrown music has always
been a taboo subject for parents and we feel like outcasts in a
preset system where success and satisfaction is measured by the
number of digits in your bank account. To us, success and satisfaction
lie inside deeper than what your eyesight permits. No use complaining
and passively watching from the sidelines. We feel that we need
to carry on the musical struggle left behind by the generation before
us. It has now become a situation whereby if youre not part
of the solution, youre part of the problem.
The Show Must Go On is available from Tower Records, Velocet Records,
Roxy Records and the BigO website.