Marco Ferrarese interviewed by Sharpened Word in Ipoh

On the last 18th June, the entity known as Marco Ferrarese participated to Ipoh’s Sharpened Word Literary matinee.

Before that, I was graciously interviewed on Banana Punk Rawk Trails and my opinions on metal punk music today.

The footage was assembled by CP Lo, who has also served as ‘rational inquirer’ and edited a segment of me thrashing on my guitar  at the end of this video. Check it out.

And if you have enough time (about 45 minutes) to go through the whole interviews, you can know more about Malaysia, its literature, and more of my musings by having a look here. 



Joe Kidd to co-host Penang launch on 16 January

I’m stoked to announce that Joe Kidd, guitarist of Malaysia’s seminal punk band CARBURETOR DUNG, will be co-hosting a NUSANTARA Forum with me in Penang on 16 January! The event has been organised by Gerak Budaya Penang and Penang Institute, and hosted by Gareth Richards… thanks folks!

Nusantara Marco

We will discuss my experience in the Malaysian scene and the struggle of doing underground in shackled Southeast Asian societies… be there or be square!!

Here is Joe’s bionote:  “Joe Kidd is a writer, designer, musician, youth subculture researcher and music archivist. He plays guitar in one of the oldest Malaysian punk bands CARBURETOR DUNG (aka DUNG) and has been actively involved in the regional DIY hardcore-punk scene since its nascent beginnings in the late 70s. As an Asian Public Intellectual Fellow, Joe recently completed his research and academic paper on the History of Southeast Asian Punk. He is currently writing a book on the subject while setting up a comprehensive  Southeast Asian youth subculture archive.” Check out Joe’s Ricecooker website here.

And I’ll leave you with some CARBURETOR DUNG, of course!

The Other Option Documentary: Australian Bands in Southeast Asia

I recently discovered that, besides BANANA PUNK RAWK TRAILS, others are producing interesting work on Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean hardcore punk.  The Other Option is a recent documentary on Australian punk and hardcore bands and their touring routes to Southeast Asia. Check the official trailer here:

Intrigued by it, and especially because I lived in Australia in 2009, I immediately contacted director Rohan Thomas to ask him why he decided to get involved in such a project. I also wanted to know if it’s true that, as I thought, Southeast Asia has become a crucial territory for the promotion and touring of Australian hardcore punk bands.

The following is an interview I conducted with Rohan by email in December 2015.

What moved you to investigate this particular topic?

I used to run a punk rock podcast before working on this film. For my third show I interviewed a band from the Gold Coast called Not OK who had just toured South East Asia. Two things jumped immediately out at me. First, there was a punk scene in South East Asia – and I wondered, what it was like?

Second, I just saw Not OK play a local show in front of about 10 people. How did they go from this to playing a 12 date overseas tour in Asia to packed rooms and festivals? Once I started investigating these two questions, I thought that the history of Australia and Southeast Asian punk rock touring was interesting enough to try and document it. Continue reading The Other Option Documentary: Australian Bands in Southeast Asia

Metal Punk Journeys in Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia