What’s the story of Kyoto Protocol?
We’re just a bunch of guys who enjoy to play music, plain and simple. That I suppose is a complete contrast to the kind of music that we like to make. We’re big on the true meaning of punk, music without boundaries. You only get one shot at life; we’re trying to make the most of it.
Separately, we come from varying backgrounds, nationalities and musical influences. Collectively, we’re fighting the good fight to make our lives work in the face of unconventional career choices, pay checks and the cost of living.
If you’re asking about the name (everyone does), it was a gift from lady luck. I thought of the name “Redux Initiative” as a literal description of the music, but a friend weighed in with his comments, “Redux Initiative? Sounds like Kyoto Protocol or the Geneva Convention.” Needless to say, we were almost called Geneva Convention. Not that we haven’t had our fair share of windfalls with the peculiar name. We were featured on Al-Jazeera once because of the name. Plus you’d be shocked to know how many people don’t actually know what the Kyoto Protocol (the accord) is.
Your debut “An Album” was released last year, you’re featuring the line-ups of big festivals (BayBeats in Singapore, Rockaway and Future Music Festival Asia in Malaysia, etc.), what’s driving you and what are your plans for the near future?
We can’t stop now can we? We wanna see how far this crazy ride will go on for. We’re looking to branch out regionally first, but we’re also open to the idea of anywhere else in the world that would kindly have us. The aim is to reach a larger audience and represent Malaysian music in a way that has never been done before.
How do you see Kyoto Protocol in the South-East Asian scene?
I reckon we’re unique enough to cause enough turmoil to the region haha. A different flavour, if you will. Mind you: not everyone likes to trying new things. We played in Singapore for Baybeats once and it was an interesting experience. We heard horror stories of Singaporean crowds being blasé even when watching huge international bands perform, so we managed our expectations. To be very honest, it was quite the opposite: a lot of people were rocking it out.
I can’t imagine what it would be like in Manila/Jakarta where they are famous for knowing how to have a good time.
Which bands are you excited to see perform at Future Music Festival on March 17?
Definitely excited to see The Wombats do their thing. They are dynamic, they sound fresh and most importantly they WILL show everyone a good time.
Another act to look out for would be Tinie Tempah. He’s the UK’s true megastar of hip-hop. He’s Europe’s answer to the likes of Kanye West, Drake, etc and the dominance of US hip-hop.
Of course, you’d be a fool to go for Future Music and not catch The Chemical Brothers. They’re arguably the biggest draw of the franchise.
Catch Kyoto Protocol at Future Music Festival on Saturday, March 17 (Sepang International Circuit, KL) on Las Venus Stage from 4:15 to 4:45pm.
Visit their website, Facebook Page, and watch their comical videoclip for “Pussycat”: