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Homegrown rockstars, kyoto protocol, kicks off nationwide #Milikkita Tour

MALAYSIA alternative-rock legends, Kyoto Protocol, are back with what promises to be an exciting end to 2018 with a new tour, titled #MilikKita, in celebration of their latest album ‘The Pen Is Mightier’, which also inspired an eponymous documentary.

Founded in 2008, the quintet rock outfit consists of lead vocalist Fuad Alhabshi, bassist Shakeil Bashir, keyboardist Gael Oliveres, guitarist Hairi Haneefa, and drummer Shan Reddy; and has been integral to the Malaysian music scene over the years, from humble beginnings of performing in local bars to being one of the biggest Malaysian acts to represent the nation on global stages across the region.

The nationwide tour kicked off in Miri on 16 November, with three consecutive dates across East Malaysia. The seven-show tour features a slew of talented Malaysian musical acts to open the shows and is made possible by U Mobile, MINI Malaysia and Fred Perry Malaysia; and is entirely free of charge as a gesture of appreciation for all the support the band has received from fans over the years.

Speaking of the tour, lead vocalist Fuad Alhabshi said, 

“We’re stoked to get back on the road with new music for our fans. We were specific in wanting our shows to be completely free of charge as we wanted to show some love to our fans - we wouldn’t be here without their support. 
And thanks to our sponsors who believe in our talent and vision, we are able to make that happen so we can’t wait to get out there and put on a great show for the fans.” 
“U Mobile has had a wonderful working relationship with Kyoto Protocol. As a Malaysian company, we are proud to be collaborating with one of the most notable local bands. 
This year, we had a role in the making of their music video and now we are happy to be able to fund their unlimited passion through their Malaysian tour,” said Tiffany Chew, Head of Corporate Branding and Communications at U Mobile.

The band previously debuted their latest album ‘The Pen Is Mightier’ for sale exclusively at Good Vibes Festival 2018 this past July, and will only be selling physical CDs for at their shows during the #MilikKita tour. 

Fans can otherwise check out the full album upon its digital release on all online streaming platforms in December, and jam to hit singles off the album such as ‘Guilty Plea’ and ‘Delta Wing’.

Speaking about the album, Fuad said, 

“The inspiration for the album came to me after going through a devastating bout of heartbreak. The silver lining of this cloud was that it inspired me to rediscover the power of songwriting to heal my wounds, which explains the title of the album. 
Before ‘The Pen Is Mightier’, I was going through a dry spell and had not written a new song in about 2 years. Today, I can proudly say that ‘The Pen Is Mightier’ contains my best work from a music and lyrical perspective. 
‘Delta Wing’ for example, came to me when I was watching a Vox documentary about the failure of the concorde plane, hence the plethora of aviation metaphors. Musically, I worked on each song’s skeletons very closely with Shakeil which was a big help before we brought it to the rest of the band.”

Shakeil, who took on the mantle of producer for the first time had this to add, 

“It was good timing that we have met the awesome team from Maveriq Studios whose enthusiasm for our music was so infectious that we decided to record with them. In each recording session we were running at 110%!”

Accompanying the tour and the release of the new album, Kyoto Protocol will also be debuting a mini documentary in 2019, titled ‘Milik Kita’, that celebrates the unique music-based subcultures in Malaysia and to remind ourselves that the local music scene belongs to us all.

About Kyoto Protocol

Not to be mistaken for members of Greenpeace, Kyoto Protocol are a five-piece outfit based in Malaysia who kick-started a musical renaissance in the local music scene.

Since their humble beginnings playing covers in bars for 3 hours a night in 2008, Kyoto Protocol are no longer strangers to the big stage having opened for international acts such as The Killers, Yuna, and Death Cab for Cutie; across major festivals, both local and international, such as Baybeats in Singapore, The New Wave in Goa India, and Beastie Rock in Taiwan. The band’s musical influence abroad has also enabled them to conduct concert tours in Japan.

Their debut 5-track offering, An Album, was released in 2011. This offering would prove to be a success as their first single “Pussycat” garnered heavy rotation on the airwaves, even reaching number 1 on the Hitz.FM’s Malaysian English Top 10, FlyFM’s Campur Chart and TraxxFM’s Upstage Charts. Subsequently, the band received a nomination for “Best New Artist” from Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) in the same year.

The band’s participation in local reality television program, Versus (TV9), in 2013 would result in smash hit single ‘Jelita’, opening them to a wider audience across the nation. In 2015, the band would release their sophomore album ‘Catch These Men’ to acclaimed reviews. - 7KLIK  

[CREDIT: Kyoto Protocol]

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