EXCLUSIVE: Future Music Festival Asia 2013

Photo and article by: Syafiq Zaini for Elements Magazine Malaysia land was hit by two massive international festivals in two consecut...

Photo and article by: Syafiq Zaini for Elements Magazine

Malaysia land was hit by two massive international festivals in two consecutive days - A State of Trance: The Expedition Episode 600 and Future Music Festival Asia, which brought in HUGE international acts to Sepang.

A State of Trance 600 (known as ASOT 600 by many), headlines world number one DJ, Armin Van Buuren to rock souls till their body aches. He was joined by music duo W&W, Cosmic Gate, Ben Gold, Super8 & Tab and Aly & Fila. Armin challenged the audiences with a, "who's afraid of 138?!" statement to which he and his DJ troopers dropped 138 beat per second back to electronic dance music (a real change to the slower beats which the current scene is pampered with).

The massive dance party dazzled party goers with the lights and magic of the future. Sepang ambience turned into the world of The Matrix and Tron grids with vibrant electric light show and glorious high fidelity sound.

The next day, Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) brought a different game to Sepang. The Australian-originated music festival sets up four stages with line-ups from diverse music genres.

The main attraction was the Flamingo Stage where they served indie, alternative and pop cuisine. Kyoto Protocol was a good entrée for those who are new to local indie scene. Temper Trap mesmerized many, with Dougy Mandagy's dreamlike voice and beautiful music; simply one of the best act of the day! Rita Ora appeared to be the diva of the night despite technical problems that frustrated many. PSY'S 'Gangnam Style' was as hot as the Sahara sand, even if it's not hip anymore. Fun. gathered voices to sing their anthemic catchy songs.





On the other side, Gnome Stage attracts gig goers with hip hop and electronic dance music. The stage features local electro diva, DJ Eva T, hip hop legend, Joe Flizzow, Grammy Award-winning old school hip hop trio, Naughty by Nature, Indonesia's number one DJ, Angger Dimas, Dutch house jockey, Sidney Samson and popular local DJ duo, Goldfish & Blink.

Then there's also Red Bull Hanger, where renowned DJs such as DJ Fuzz and DJ Bento tuning their beats for the dancers.



The Primary Stage was Warrior Dance Arena, which presented drum and bass (D+B) acts like Tenzin and Timmy Trumpet, Idiotape, Zeds Dead, Feed Me and Kill the Noise.

With all the glory of FMFA, the legendary English EDM music group, The Prodigy takes the stage to end the night. The Prodigy played their soundtrack from 21st century such as Invaders Must Die, Omen and Take Me to the Hospital. They also threw in their 90's classics like Smack My Bitch Up, Firestarter, and Breathe.

Prodigy erased the line between Party Goers and Rock & Rollers, putting audience in state of confusion. They taught moshers how to rave and clubbers how to slamdance. No wonder Mixmags accused them for killing raves, because they invented limbo between rock and roll and rave in electronic dance culture. It was a very great and energetic performance. The highlight and the best of the day!

Sadly FMFA sound wasn't satisfying as ASOT600 as you can't really hear the midtones.


All in all, ASOT 600 and FMFA gathered people from all over the world in one place to share their love for music in Malaysia. It was a very exhilarating moment to see great acts in a festival in Malaysia!

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