Five Hong Kong indie acts on the verge of breaking through
Hong Kong may not be known for its indie music scene, but there's no shortage of passionate performers eager to get their sound out to more people. Here are five acts breaking through into public consciousness:
GDJYB The four-girl band produces music that's like nothing else out there. Describing their sound as "math folk" the band combine the complex patterns of math rock with folk music. Their lyrics are written in "Honglish", or Cantonese-style English. Their name - made up of the first letters from the Cantonese for "steamed egg and minced pork" - exemplifies the style.
Michael Lai Hiu-yeung Lai got hooked on performing after finishing school and, armed with an acoustic guitar, took to busking full time while earning pocket money from a part-time job. He has since figured among the warm-up acts for Jason Mraz and Jacky Cheung, and is now preparing to launch his first album through Music Bee.
Heyo Fok The rapper became a full-time hip hop artist two years after he started jamming on the streets. He has won the Iron Mic rap battle twice and released his first mixtape in 2013. Most recently, Fok was featured in the The Way We Dance, the hit movie about a Hong Kong dance crew succeeding against the odds.
Subyub Lee Chi-fung An acting graduate from the Academy for Performing Arts, Lee picked up the guitar, piano, bass and drums after getting into British bands such as Muse, Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys. Since 2011, his work has been featured in local films including Vulgaria, Love in the Buff and Golden Chickensss.
Serrini The folk singer started composing while studying at university in Tokyo, and released her first album Why Prey'st Thou Upon the Poet's Heart in 2011. Since then, she has performed at venues such as the Full Cup music cafe in Mong Kok, K11 mall, the Fringe Club and PMQ art hub in Sheung Wan.