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Justin Sweeting Thinks You Can Be an Indie Star

You just need to try hard. The Music Director, Magnetic Asia and co-founder of Clockenflap talks to HK Magazine ahead of Clockenflap.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 November, 2015, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:53pm

A major issue in Hong Kong is the low glass ceiling and a lack of venues to support the artists as they grow. Once you’ve filled a 300-capacity and then 600-capacity venue, what do you do next?

Events like Clockenflap provide a different rung on that ladder. The majority of the festival artists have been local from day one, and it’s been our mission from the start to nurture and contribute to growth in the local scene in a positive way.

We’ve put bands like Noughts and Exes and Chochukmo on the big stage and they absolutely nailed it with incredible performances. This year I can’t wait to see acts like Life Was All Silence, Leah Dou, Jing Wong, OWK and many others do the same.

As a band, make it impossible for us not to book you. Spend your time focusing on your songs and performance—if you get that part right, all the other stuff should follow naturally.