We hope you enjoyed the first wave of answers by the Baybeats performing artists, but it only gets interesting. Here's Round 2, read on, you might find some pretty secret recipes on how to #enjoylife.
Every night we go to an abandoned house, create a pentagram out of chilli sauce and sacrifice an egg to the God of Metal... NOT. We're not cultists. We actually do what every other band does. We have practices over practices to make sure we are at our best optimal performance for Baybeats 2013. We simulate our performance set too! On top of that we promote Dyeth in all the social media networks we know and try to get videos of ourselves on YouTube to drive the anticipation for the show. We aim to entertain, so we hope we'll be able to see people insanely enjoying themselves during our set.
Besides learning how to cope with each other for countless of hours, it's just a whole lot of practices and meet-ups. We all try to keep ourselves physically healthy and get into that right frame of mind mentally. Besides that, it's been just a matter of constantly keeping in communication with each other to make sure everyone's on the same page.
Nothing To Declare (JP)
We're almost done with learning how to string our guitars and we also invested in these things called overdrive pedals they make our guitars sound nice and rock. We've also almost mastered the art of nodding whilst playing our instruments too, just got to make sure to stay in time. Other than that we've been on a promotional tour across Japan for the latest album "Your Obsession" which just came out last month. It’s going to be a good time.
We are making sure we don't rehearse too much that we lose the feeling we put into songs when we play. That involves in going out to eat good Thai cuisine, enjoying the Sun and heat on the beach, or just hanging in your favourite music stores to find more things you want when your bank is not empty for a change. Anywhere as long as it's not a rehearsal studio :)
I stare at nothing until it dawns on me that I AM performing in an international music festival!! At this point, I start hyperventilating. I readily grab a paper bag and start breathing into it, later sealing the bag (by then filled with butterflies from my stomach). When I collect enough bags, I feed the contents into my "Shiny Machine" (patent pending), which converts the butterflies into a great beam of positive energy! Finally, I use this energy to charge my cellphone.
Priceless Stupid Box (MY)
The setlist has been set but sadly, our trombonist will not be joining us due to immigration blacklist/financial crisis and that was such a huge brick to us. We had to find a good replacement in three weeks and with luck still by our side, we met Ishyam Lal of The Full Pledge Munkees who wass ready to sacrifice his time, his sleep and his love life blowing his ‘machine gun’ with us.. :-)
We also practice horns in the park till sunrise while still keeping up with dayjobs, staying connected with our “offshore bassist” by using the internet (Facebook, Whatsapp, Wechat video call) - it's been such a MENTAL AVALANCHE but a valuable experience to us. :-)
But nothing ever comes to real till it is experienced. Can’t wait to skank & mosh with you guys at Baybeats 2013.
These Brittle Bones (SG)
For this year's Baybeats, we have been putting on 1920's New York Jazz hats as we include a new element to the acoustic set - the upright bass. Accompanied by warm Violin strands too, it'll be the first gig I've ever played on a Grand Piano so can't wait! It'll be very intimate.
A Vacant Affair (SG)
I usually go for runs to train up my stamina for big shows. For Baybeats, it's no different.
250 g unsalted butter
200 g good-quality DARK chocolate, broken up
50 g chopped nuts
80 g cocoa powder, sifted
65 g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
360 g caster sugar
4 large free-range eggs
500ml vanilla ice cream, not optional
Preheat oven to 180°C. Put on The Roots. Turn up the volume to 10. Line a baking tin with greaseproof paper. In a large bowl over some simmering water, melt the butter and the DARK chocolate and mix until smooth. Add nuts, and stir together. Make sure to groove while stirring.
In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder; flour, baking powder and sugar, then add this to the DARK chocolate mixture. Stir together well. Keep the groove going. Beat the eggs until they submit, and mix in until a silky consistency is achieved.
Pour the mix into the baking tray, and place in the oven. Pray silently to ?uestlove’s afro. Turn off The Roots. Watch exactly one episode of Adventure Time. Laugh appropriately. Salivate as the sweet smell of brownies fill the air.
Remove from oven. Become impatient. Pinch a little off the top and burn both fingers and tongue. Allow to cool in the tray, then transfer to a large chopping board and cut into chunky squares.
Dish out a generous portion smothered with vanilla ice cream. Watch more Adventure Time. Laugh appropriately. Make mental note to atone for your sins run in the morning. Go for seconds.