This year’s Future Music Festival sees an influx of big names from all over the world, from  the British Bloc Party to US natives Fun., and of course, Psy. But our local acts should not be forgotten among the excitement. Should you head down to Sepang this weekend for the festival, don’t forget to check out these Malaysian talents too. Here’s a playlist to get you started!

Kyoto Protocol

These gutsy anak Malaysia recently wrote an open letter to Kuala Lumpur in the form of their latest single aptly titled, KL I Love You. Their opening riffs are enough to get any crowd dancing while the catchy chorus captures the frustration and love for our city that many of us wish we could shout out loud. It would not be fair to classify Kyoto Protocol into one genre, but expect raucous vocals and zany interpretations of alt rock. If there is any reason to come early to the festival, it’s Kyoto Protocol’s early set at 5:20pm.

They Will Kill Us All

Office chatter culminates into the best sort of talk when They Will Kill Us All (TWKUA) is mentioned. After a lull, they set the local music scene abuzz this year with their latest album, Vultures. An eclectic 5-piece band that will open for Bloc Party, TWKUA has an enviable position in Future Music’s line-up. My money is on their track “Sirens” roaring over Bloc Party’s “Silent Alarm”.


If you are ever channeling a disco bandit, there is no better way to flaunt your moxie than when Dangerdisko is manning the dance floor. Expect random nyan cat remixes and other evolutions of music spawned by the internet, along with eclectic mixes of indie dance and house music. Dangerdisko is the first band slated to play at the Flamingo stage and we’re hoping for their remix of Yuna’s “Someone Out Of Town”.

DANCE OF THE DEAD (Exclusive FMFA 2013 Mixtape) by Dangerdisko on Mixcloud

The Deer Society

Word has it that house parties curated by The Deer Society are legendary. The Deer currently seeks residence every Saturday in Jalan Mesui’s beautifully elegant The Establishment, following a long stint at Daikanyama. Already familiar to the Changkat crowd, this Saturday their antlers are set to tangle and mingle with the wild at Future Music Festival.

Twilight Action Girl

A household name that has been spinning for almost a decade now, one can only be glad that there is plenty of action yet from Twilight Action Girl. Being the designated changeover DJs at the Flamingo stage, partygoers will be treated to dance-happy tracks from these local favourites, usually seen spinning at Barsonic, Zouk.

Bunga’s Sonic Bloom Mix by Lim Kok Kean on Mixcloud

Watch all five local acts in action this Saturday 16 March at Sepang International Circuit. For more information, see Future Music Festival Asia.

Cover photo courtesy of Kyoto Protocol.

By EeLiza Tan