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Travel Profile: Capturing the World through Anjo Miranda’s Camera Lens | 旅游封面人物:随着Anjo Miranda的镜头捕捉世界的奇迹

International award winning travel and lifestyle photographer, and sour candy connoisseur Anjo Miranda doesn’t just take photos, he freezes perfect moments to share with the world. His photography inspires thousands of people to promenade our planet, sharing his enthusiasm in celebrating our wonderful world. Anjo was not only one of AirAsia’s #SnapandWin Top 12 Finalists, but won Sony Mobile Photography #PremiumAustralia, as well as countless other accolades.

国际屡获殊荣的旅行和生活方式摄影师,以及酸味糖果鉴赏家Anjo Miranda不仅仅是单纯地摄影,他还凝结了完美时刻与世界分享。他的摄影激发了数千人对地球美景的热爱,他的热情与我们共同分享我们美好的世界。 Anjo不仅是亚航旗下#SnapandWin的前12名决赛选手之一,还赢得了Sony手机摄影#PremiumAustralia以及无数其他荣誉。

His baffling photography skills have taken him around the world, all around Asia, America and Africa, most recently Hawaii. In Hawaii he experienced some fearsome flooding and storms as infamous Kilauea volcano erupted – but that didn’t stop him from managing to capture the softer side of Hawaii even through the turmoil.

他独特的摄影技巧让他走遍全球,遍及亚洲,美洲和非洲,最近刚去过夏威夷。在夏威夷,由于著名的基拉韦厄火山爆发,他经历了一些可怕的洪水和风暴 – 但这并没有阻止他设法捕捉夏威夷的柔和一面,即使在动荡中也是如此。

 

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Places Anjo has travelled to: Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Mauritius and recently USA.

Anjo去过的地方:香港,澳门,菲律宾,新加坡,泰国,南非,阿联酋,越南,毛里求斯以及最近刚去的美国

Travel tip: Always bring your camera! Take lots of photos and videos but don’t forget to just enjoy the moment. Try to visit the local markets as well to get a feel of the local vibe.

旅行贴士:永远带着你的相机!要拍很多照片和视频,但别忘记要享受当下。试着去当地市场,还有感受当地文化气息。

Anjo’s ultimate, dream trip: I’ve always wanted to go to USA’s big cities like New York, Boston, San Francisco and LA. Growing up in a heavily Americanised nation, the Philippines, I grew up admiring American history, sights, culture and food.

Anjo 的终极梦想旅行:我一直都很想去美国的大城市,想纽约,波士顿,旧金山,洛杉矶等。在浓浓美式化的国度,菲律宾长大。我从就仰慕美国历史,环境,文化和美食。

 

 

What came first, the travel or the photography? Was becoming a travel photographer your plan, or did it you fall into it?

对你来说哪个更重要,旅行还是摄影?你的计划是成为一名旅行摄影师还是你碰巧进到这个行业的?

I’ve always enjoyed design, arts and photography as a kid. Although I’ve only really gotten into Photography when I was able to afford a very good camera phone, my good old iPhone 4. The perks of having it as well was connecting with the creative community who share the same passion. This actually inspired me to learn more and to travel more.

我从小就喜欢设计,艺术和摄影。虽然我真正开始摄影是在好不容易买到的第一部老式iPhone 4才开始的。与创意社区的人共同拥有同样的热情。这实际上激发了我学习更多,旅行更多。

 

How would you describe the work you do?

你如何描述你的工作?

I mostly do Travel, Portrait and Lifestyle photography. This includes taking photos of the cool stuff I use, the pretty food I find, and of course sharing my travel adventures to everyone. I also enjoy taking portraits of people in different environments and I find joy in incorporating nature to the portraits I do.

我主要做旅行,肖像和生活方式的摄影。这包括拍摄我使用过很酷的东西,我找到的精致食物,当然还有分享我的旅行冒险给大家。我也喜欢在不同的环境中拍摄人物肖像,我喜欢将大自然融入到我的肖像中。

 

How do you think social media has changed travel? How do you think Instagram has changed the face of travel photography? How has it impacted your career?

你如何看待社交媒体改变了旅行?你如何看待Instagram改变了旅行摄影的面貌?它如何影响你的职业生涯?
Social Media has been very influential to travel. As Instagram is one of the best visual online platform, it has become so easy to get inspiration to travel. You can pretty much check it anytime and anywhere and learn something about a place. I also love the social aspect of it as you can connect to other travellers or photographers to learn more about the place or even techniques in photography.

社交媒体对旅行非常有影响力。由于Instagram是最好的视觉在线平台之一,它已经变得如此容易获得旅行的灵感。你几乎可以随时随地刷新它并了解某个地方。我也喜欢它的社交方面,因为你可以接触到其他旅行者或摄影师,以了解更多关于能够摄影的地方甚至技术。

I am fortunate enough to be able to work with different brands and organisations through this platform. I have been able to travel for free and earn a little bit more though travel and photography and it’s just amazing because it doesn’t even feel like work when you’re passionate about something.

我很幸运够通过这个平台与不同的品牌和企业合作。通过旅行和摄影,我可以免费旅行并赚取一点收入,而这种感觉真是太棒了,因为当你对某些事情充满热情时,它甚至不会觉得自己在工作。

 

As a renowned travel photographer, what do you think is the most exciting part about traveling and photography?

作为著名的旅游摄影师,您认为旅行和摄影最令人兴奋的部分是什么?

I get the most satisfaction in sharing my travels. Photography is a great platform to express all the excitement I feel about travelling. Creators express themselves with how they edit and set a certain tone to their images and this whole process is something I truly enjoy. It’s also getting to interact with the community who gets motivated by my photos.

分享我的旅行让我感到最满足。摄影是表达我对旅行感到兴奋的绝佳平台。创作者用自己的方式表达自己,让他们对自己的形象进行编辑和设置某种色调,这整个过程是我最喜欢的。它也开始与被我的照片所感染到的社区互动。

Photography equipment can be heavy – when you travel, what equipment is essential? What advice do you have for packing for your travel photography adventures?

摄影设备可能很重 – 在旅行时,什么设备是必不可少的?你为旅行摄影工具有什么建议?

At the end of the day, you have to make sure that you still get to enjoy your travels and not be bogged down with all the equipment you have to bring. On my recent trip to Hawaii, I brought with me three heavy lenses and my DSLR but I ended up just using my phone most of the time and I still managed to get really good photos. It also really depends on your style of photography. For travelling, if you really want to bring your DSLR, make sure you bring with you a wide angle lens to capture more of the landscape (eg. 16-35mm lens). There are even wide angle lenses you can get for your smartphones. I got the Moment wide-angle lens for my recent trip for my current smartphone.

在一天结束时,您必须确保您仍然可以享受您的旅行,并且不会因为您带来的所有设备而陷入困境。在我最近去夏威夷的旅途中,我带来了三个沉重的镜头和我的数码单反相机,但最终我大部分时间是在用手机,并且仍然设法拍出了非常好的照片。这也取决于你的摄影风格。对于旅行,如果你真的想带上你的数码单反相机,确保你带上一个广角镜头来捕捉更多的景色(例如16-35mm镜头)。你甚至可以为你的智能手机安装广角镜头。我最近为我目前的智能手机进行了改造,安装了Moment广角镜头。

 

What are your personal favourite travel photos you’ve taken? What’s your favorite travel photography destination? Why?

您拍摄的个人最喜爱的旅行照片是什么?你最喜欢的旅行摄影目的地是什么?为什么?

My photos from South Africa. It’s a dream for most people to be able to go to a safari adventure and that’s something I was able to accomplish in 2017. Being there with nature was absolutely life-changing and it’s definitely something I’ll never forget.

我的照片来自南非。对于大多数人来说,能够参加一次野生动物探险活动是一个梦想,这是我在2017年完成的事情。与大自然相处绝对是改变生活价值观的,是我永远不会忘记的回忆。

 

How do you approach travel? Is it something you prefer planning for, or going on the fly?

你如何对待旅行?你更喜欢提前计划还是飞了再说?

Travelling is expensive no doubt. It’s definitely something I have to save for. Booking in months in advance will definitely save you a lot of money may it be flights or accommodations. I do my own itinerary which helps out with the budget, instead of going with a package. Also, travelling with someone will make it a bit easier to plan out things.

旅行无疑是昂贵的。我必须要为它存款。提前几个月预订,一定会为您节省很多钱,航班或住宿。我做我自己的行程这帮助节省了预算,而不是拿了包就走。另外,和别人一起旅行会让事情变得容易一些。

What do you think makes for a good travel photograph and what tips would you offer to amateur travel photographers trying to improve their photography skills?

你认为怎样才能拍出好的旅行照片,以及为业余摄影师提供哪些窍门以提高摄影技巧?

First thing to do is find your style. You can easily get inspiration from social media like pinterest, flickr, smugmug and of course Instagram. Go out there and shoot as much as you can. Find things that you enjoy capturing and develop your own style of editing.

首先要做的是找到你的风格。你可以很容易地从社交媒体获得灵感,比如pinterest,flickr,smugmug,当然还有Instagram。走出去拍摄尽可能多的照片。找到你喜欢捕捉的东西,并开发你自己的编辑风格。

You do not need an expensive camera to take amazing photos. Most Instagram superstars started their photography with their smartphones!

你不需要昂贵的相机拍摄出惊人的照片。大多数Instagram网红用他们的智能手机进行他们的摄影!

Never stop learning. As with most things, it’s always good to improve on your craft and learn more techniques. Learn the basics of composition as this will help you build up your individual style too. YouTube is a great resource to learn techniques. I still watch different tutorials regularly from some great photographers around the globe. Best of all, it’s free!

从不停止学习。与大多数事情一样,改进技术和学习更多技巧总是好的。学习合成的基础知识,因为这可以帮助你建立你的个人风格。YouTube是学习技术的好资源。我仍然经常看一些世界各地伟大的摄影师不同的教程。最重要的是,它是免费的!

Finally, connect and collaborate with other creators. Not only will this be a great resource of learning and getting to practice photography, it is also a great way to get your name out there. I’ve been active on local Instagram community meetups (aka Instameets) both here in Melbourne and in Manila and I’ve met really good friends through the meet-ups as well.

最后,与其他创作者联系并合作。这不仅是学习和摄影练习的好资源,也是一个提高你名气的好方法。我一直活跃在墨尔本和马尼拉的本地Instagram社区聚会(又名Instameets)上,我通过聚会也认识了很多好朋友。

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Make sure you stay updated with Anjo’s travel adventures and magnificent travel photography through his  twitter, instagram and official Facebook page.

别忘记关注Anjo的旅行冒险记,他在  twitter, instagramofficial Facebook page都放了他的旅行作品。

Travel Profile: Exploring the Flavours of Asia with Gwen Tan

Gwendolyn Tan is a food loving social media queen, working in international social media management across Asia. Currently based in Melbourne, Australia and originally from Singapore, Gwen spends a lot of her time travelling the world chasing the newest flavours and sights from her favourite places.

 

Gwen currently manages the social accounts of some of her favourite food spots from around Asia, while working with a collective who offer some of Asia’s top food vendors a home to display what they’ve got to offer. One of these places is HWKR street food, located in the heart of Melbourne. Gwen’s current travel goals are set on exploring the land down under, and experiencing all Australia has to offer. From the vast open deserts, bustling laneways, award winning beaches and unique flora and fauna Gwen has a lot of travelling ahead to see all that Australia has to offer. We had a quick chat with her about some of her top suggestions for places around Asia to grab a bite to eat, her ideas on how travelling impacts creativity and how she thinks travel is changing for the solo millennial.

 

Places been: Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia

Going to next: Probably Adelaide, Australia. Maybe I’ll go in February too because Fringe Festival is on then and they have some really incredible international acts I’d like to see. And pretty good food too.

 

Ultimate travel tip: Plan where you want to go in advance. It helps having an itinerary, especially if you’ve not been to the place and you only have a few days. It helps you build up the excitement too.

Favourite country in Asia for food: Japan has the best food for sure. I don’t really have a specific place in mind, but I suggest the fish market (Tsukiji I believe). One of the most interesting foods I’ve eaten was raw horse meat sushi. It tasted way better than it sounded.

As a creative person, do you find that travelling inspires you? Which destination have you found has inspired you the most and why?

Definitely. I love Japan the most. Tokyo was a great place with amazing food and culture. They are very advanced in technology and you get to learn quite a bit. I went to Akihabarai and there were so many interesting and new things. One night I went to a  Robot cafe which my friend recommended I go and see. It was amazing how the people had choreographed their performance with the robots and got me thinking about the future of people and machines. Another place I thought was cool but bizarre was the maid cafe, where there are girls dressed as traditional western maid who you can take photos with and drink interesting teas.

 

Taiwan was another place I found which was very rich in culture and again, had crazy delicious street food. I went to the museum of strange things and I got to see really weird creatures like (alive!) three-headed turtles and fish with two mouths. These experiences are etched in my mind, which could become useful whenever we need some creative ideas for campaigns!

 

 

What advice would you give to anyone travelling to Australia for the first time?

Plan ahead and do a bit of research. Travel with someone who can drive too because you’re going to need it for all the road trips. Some of my favourite road trips in Australia are the 10 day trip around Tasmania, driving up the East Coast of Australia, and many of the beautiful drives in Victoria all within a couple of hours of Melbourne.

 

 

How has your experience moving to a new country impacted your view of the world and how you travel?

I would say I became more open. I feel that my ideas are more accepted here compared to my home country. Melbourne is a very creative city. It inspires me everyday, from its streets to culture to food. I am also more independent than I was previously. I feel like I can be more creative now and express myself better.

How do you think social media has changed the way young people travel? How do you think it’s changed the way we experience food when we travel?

Those travel videos on Facebook and Instagram Stories and posts makes people want to travel. There’s this travel bug going around when you see amazing and beautiful snaps of a certain place. We save these posts so we can revisit them or they could be a reference when travel to that particular destination. It’s kinda like a bucket list (I’ve done a similar campaign that saves IG photos where you can build a bucket list). For food, obviously we’d love to save those social posts we want to eat. #foodporn is one example of how people who love social media + food came about. We travel with our smart phones and updates our friends/followers almost instantaneously wherever we are. E.g. If I’m at the Grand Canyon, I want people to see that I’m there and share the beautiful sights. I saw a friend share her snaps on Grand Canyon a couple of days ago. I was so jealous!

What advice would you give you travellers who want to take more creative photos, see more creative places, or embrace creativity in a new way?

No advice. Just be yourself! Capture whatever you feel will tell a great story. If you want to experience wild and crazy things while you’re overseas, obviously the experiences you have will affect your capacity to take crazy photos (like the one I took when I went skydiving). If you’re into more calming, relaxing travel, then find your niche and stick to it. I think authenticity is important because we travel for ourselves, not the camera or the internet. If you’re having a good time, and experiencing what you want to, then just so happen to capture it in a photo – that’s going to be so much more valuable than trying to plan your trip around pleasing the internet.

Travelling with friends, or allowing yourself to meet new people along the way can often be the best way to discover new and creative places. If something is underground, it’s underground for a reason. The more you talk to people and explore, the more you’ll learn and discover. Also, travelling to places where you might not speak the language isn’t always an issue if you’re good at making friends or know how to use technology. I find that no matter where I go I can always find someone who can speak English and Chinese (I speak both) as well as the local language. We help each other out. Otherwise, the internet has really good translation apps,  and oftentimes you can pick up on social cues to work out what’s going on.

 

Written by Stefan Petersen.

 

Uncovering the past: The Most Underrated Museums in South East Asia | 东南亚被低估的博物馆

By Justin Vidamo (2012)

It’s a lovely experience walking around a museum by yourself. You can move at your own pace, allow yourself some solitude to mentally engage with carefully curated artefacts, and welcome inspiration from introspection and self-reflection. Travelling can sometimes end up in a flurry of things to do, see and taste, without having the time to really take in the subtleties of the foreign environment you’ve entered. Museums can empower you with archives of knowledge, and give you the opportunity to pay respect to the extraordinary cultures and histories of thousand year old cultures . As noble peace prize recipient Orhan Pamuk put it, a museum should not just be a place for fancy paintings but should be a place where we can communicate our lives through our everyday objects.

To pay our respects to International Museum Day this Friday 18 May, we’re uncovering what we think are the most underrated Museums in South East Asia. We believe that the following historical archives pay due to the liven experiences of, and beauty of South East Asian cultures.

这是一次非常愉快的博物馆体验。你可以按自己的步调前进,让自己独立思考那些精致的文物,从内而外地获得灵感。旅行有时候会有一系列要做的事,要看的和要品味的,而没有时间去真正了解你所身临其境的微妙之处。博物馆可以为您提供知识档案,并让您有机会尊重千年积攒的非凡文化和历史。崇高的和平奖获得者奥尔汗·帕慕克(Orhan Pamuk)说过,一个博物馆不应该只是一个充满花哨画作的地方,而应该是一个可以通过我们的日常物品来传达我们生活的地方。

为了表示我们对5月18日星期五国际博物馆日的敬意,我们发现了我们认为是东南亚最被低估的博物馆。我们相信,以下历史档案是由于东南亚文化的活跃体验和美丽而产生的。

Vietnamese Women’s Museum – Hanoi, Vietnam

To best summarise Hanoi’s Vietnamese Woman’s Museum, the word “inspirational” would suffice. Although the Museum features the word “Women”, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s not equally fascinating and enjoyable for both men and woman. The gallery offers a fascinating introduction to the life of Vietnamese women, their hardships, achievements, and historical milestones which assisted in progressing Hanoi into Vietnam’s magical capital of today. Besides displays on everyday life, marriage and childbirth (which are far from banal) it also brings to life the lived experiences of women in the wars against the French and Americans.

Other rooms deal with contemporary phenomena like the roving merchants of Hanoi, and the cult of the Holy Mothers with Mother Goddess. The museum’s final floor features traditional clothing of women from each of the 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam. Another floor exhibits a collection of agricultural and domestic tools used by women throughout the country. The exhibits in this one museum will begin to open any traveler’s eyes to much that is compelling and special about Vietnam.

为了最好地总结河内的越南女人博物馆,“励志”一词就足够了。尽管博物馆展示了“女性”一词,但是男性们同样很享受这里的品味。画廊提供了一个关于越南妇女生活的有趣介绍,他们的艰辛,成就和历史里程碑,帮助河内进入今日越南的神奇之都。除了日常生活,婚姻和分娩(远非平庸)之外,它还展示了妇女在与法国和美国的战争中的生活经历。

其他展示厅则装饰成像河内流浪商人那样的现代现象,以及与母亲女神的圣母崇拜。博物馆的最后一层是越南54个少数民族妇女的传统服饰。另一层展示了全国各地妇女使用的农业和家庭用具。这个博物馆中的展品将打开你的眼界,这是越南引人注目和特别的地方。

Angkor National Museum – Siem Reap, Cambodia

As the largest religious monument in the world, it’s no surprise that World Heritage listed Angkor Wat is the most popular tourist destination in Cambodia and in everyone’s top 5 must see places to visit in South East Asia. The once in a life time experience can be quite overwhelming in the humid Cambodian tropics, crowded with millions of patrons each year, all trekking through miles and miles of fascinating temple, Fully absorbing all Ankor Wat has to offer can be an arduous if not impossible feat while immersed in the ancient temples. Take some time to explore Angkor National Museum before heading to Angkor Wat. 

Angkor National Museum is an archaeological museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and presentation of Angkorian artefacts. The museums 7 galleries feature collections mainly dated from the Khmer Empire‘s Angkor period. There is an extra gallery dedicated to history of hundreds of years of Buddhism, with 1,000 Buddha images highlighting the religion’s significance in Cambodian culture.

作为世界上最大的宗教纪念碑,世界遗产名录吴哥窟是柬埔寨最受欢迎的旅游目的地,并且是每个人在东南亚必去的前5大参观地。一生中有一次经历可能会在潮湿的柬埔寨热带地区,相当令人难以置信,每年都有数百万的顾客涌入,所有徒步穿过数英里的迷人寺庙。Ankor Wat让你完全沉浸在古代寺庙中的。前往吴哥窟前需要一段时间探索吴哥国家博物馆。

吴哥国家博物馆是一个致力于收集,保存和展示吴哥文物的考古博物馆。博物馆7个画廊的特色收藏主要来自高棉帝国的吴哥时期。还有一个额外的专门展示佛教数百年历史的画廊,其中有一千幅佛像彰显了这个宗教在柬埔寨文化中的重要意义。

Penang House of Music – Penang, Malaysia

Travel to one of the most-loved cities in Malaysia is always a good idea, especially when it has some of the best food, festivals, street art and museums. Some of these include the Upside Down MuseumCamera Museum and Ghost Museum, but here at chozun 途赞 we think one of the most underrated museum in not only Penang, but the whole of Malaysia, is Penang House of Music. Located in vibrant George Town, the museum hits the sweet spot between meticulous research and an engagingly fresh vibe.

Penang House of Music vividly display a plethora of traditional Malaysian musical instruments, holds jam sessions with respected local musicians, live sets, and has interactive exhibits to fully immerse yourself in rhythmic sounds of Malaysia.

前往马来西亚最受受喜爱的城市之一总是一个好主意,特别是当它有一些最好的食物,节日,街头艺术和博物馆。其中一些包括颠倒的博物馆,相机博物馆和幽灵博物馆,但在这里chozun途赞我们认为整个马来西亚里,位于充满活力的乔治城拥有一个槟城音乐博物馆,它在人们精心研究和引人入胜的新氛围之间打出新鲜感。

槟城音乐博物馆生动地展示了大量传统的马来西亚乐器,与当地尊贵的音乐家,现场音乐家进行爵士乐演奏,并互动式地展示乐器,让您尽情享受马来西亚的节奏感。

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Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre – Luang Prabang, Laos

Laos is the super chill capital of South East Asia, with awesome food, stunning sunsets, copious amounts of roaring waterfalls, and world-class hand crafts. Weaving, silk work and dyeing run deep in Laos culture, and The Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre offers insights into these age old tradition.  The centre is a cultural hub of artisans where Lao textiles truly come alive. Ock Pop Tok is a wider community of talented artisans, founded 18 years ago with 5 weavers and has expanded to provide employment for over 500 women in Luang Prabang and nearby villages. Fifty percent of the revenue from Ock Pop Tok goes back into the government and NGO supported Village Weaver Projects.

Set in the grounds of a thriving tropical garden on the Mekong, it’s the perfect place to absorb the fascinating culture Laos has to offer while learning more about this unique art form. Free guided tours are available where you can  meet the weavers, immerse yourself within the artisan community, and even observe the silkworms. Unforgettable classes are provided for a small donation, specialising in traditional weaving and dyeing techniques. On site they have the Silk Road Cafe, where you can grab a coffee or refreshing sugar cane or coconut juice to. They’ll even pick you up in a tuk tuk and provide a scrumptious Laos lunch.

老挝是东南亚超级放松的首府,拥有美味的食物,令人惊叹的日落,大量咆哮的瀑布以及世界级的手工艺品。编织,丝绸作品和晕染技术等在老挝文化的深处运行,Ock Pop Tok Living工艺中心提供对这些古老传统的洞察。该中心是老挝纺织品真正活跃的工匠文化中心。 Ock Pop Tok是18年前由5位织工创立聚集具有精湛技术工匠的社区,并已扩展到为琅勃拉邦和附近村庄的500多名妇女提供了就业机会。 Ock Pop Tok 50%的收入回归给政府和NGO支持的Village Weaver项目。

坐落在湄公河上一个蓬勃发展的热带花园中,它是吸收老挝所提供的迷人文化的完美场所,同时学习更多关于这种独特的艺术形式。提供免费导游服务,您可以在这里与织布工见面,沉浸在工匠社区,甚至观察蚕。由小型捐赠提供的难忘的课程,专门从事传统的织造和染色技术。在现场,他们有丝绸之路咖啡厅,在那里你可以买到一杯咖啡或清爽的甘蔗或椰子汁。他们甚至会接你到嘟嘟车,为你提供美味的老挝午餐。

Travel Profile: Navigating the World Through Music With Senita Appiakorang

Senita Appiakorang is the lead vocalist of Shookrah, a neo-soul/R&B outfit from Cork, Ireland.  Synth-drenched, groove heavy and vocally-driven, their sound is undoubtedly part of the new wave of ‘Future Soul’, sitting alongside acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote and Thundercat. Their latest EP Cliches is the band at their best, and bodes well for their upcoming album that is expected in early 2019.
With the band about to embark on some festival slots around their home country of Ireland, Senita spoke to us about travelling as a musician, how it inspires her music and what’s next.
Places been: 
– Ireland (lives)
– South Africa – Cape Town, Bloemfontein, East London, Johannesburg
– Lesotho – Maseru
– Ghana- Accra
– England- Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester, London, 
– Scotland – Edinburgh
– Spain- Barcelona, Fuerte Ventura, Tarifa, Seville
– Denmark- Copenhagen
– New Zealand – Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Waiheke Island, Coromondel
Going to next:
– Paris, France.
Ultimate travel tip:
Don’t seek out familiar things in new places, do at least one really far from your ordinary thing wherever you go.

You’re about to play a number of festivals around Ireland. Is touring with a band something you’ve done much of?

We are indeed, and are really looking forward to it- we love playing in new places. We have had two significant tours over the last couple of years, we did a mini tour around the time of our first EP (Implicit Content) with another Irish funk band called Zaska and we most recently supported Billy Ocean on the Irish leg of his European tour.  Both times were super fun and insightful, and quite different to travelling for individual gigs.We are in the middle of writing our album which will see some releases this year and our first headline tour, which is very exciting. We have a lot of sick songs to show everyone and want to make it as unique a type of show to Shookrah as we can.

 

In your experience, how does travelling as a musician impact on the experience? Does it become more business travel, or do you fit some leisure time in?

It’s a unique kind of experience really, and I guess it depends on how far you are going. How you plan to travel is hinged on the time you have to get there and how and sound check times and doing all the necessary things you need to to be in form for performing for people goes, which can always be interesting in terms of balancing ones energy. I personally enjoy the opportunity to do so as much as we can and think there’s valuable learning in travelling a lot as a band that we need to adapt to if we want to progress to the level we want to be at. I would be on the organising side of things and where we would have made pointed trips and tried to return straight home after them, we are getting better at determining where to take time to be somewhere and rest and check things out and where it’s feasible to try and save costs by getting back to Cork. Where and how leisure happens often is dictated upon by the situation of the  gig, but when we go further out in the country I centre what I see around nice food places and cultural activities not too far from the venue or our accommodation just to try and catch something of  a vibe where we are.

 

What experiences does being a musician open up for you when travelling?

Well the obvious one is sharing our music with people and connecting with people on a personal level through our gigs, that’s one that we really get a buzz from and  hope to leave with people. We get a direct life line to the mood of a place when interacting with gig crowds, or place specific nuances, or at least gain a better understanding as to the lay of the land by how people react to our music and performance. It’s amazing to read how the reaction and general demeanour of a crowd can reflect the mentality of a society even if by juxtaposition of it. Recreationally, we get the advantage of immediately being exposed to venues or a music scene that usually caters to our interests and meeting like minded people who can offer tips on other cool things to do in that way. There’s definitely more scope for making friends and having ‘the craic’ (fun), because we’re all together and are friends, so the dynamic can welcome more adventure or mischief than travelling alone might do.

 

There’s been a lot said recently about how hard it is becoming for bands and artists to travel due to costs. Do you think it’s still a viable option for a band to tour regularly? 

It’s definitely a challenge to make it profitable, but it can definitely be worth it or feasible. I think you have to be very aware of the economic climate of music on a whole, of the location as well and the culture of gig attendance in the places where you plan to perform, because it can really differ significantly from place to place. There are ways around not losing too much money or having a band kittie/fund that facilitates that touring in itself that everyone contributes to, but it takes some serious research, planning and discussion on how you are going to get a crowd to come; eg. how to price it, how to promote it, what kinds of sets suit what crowd and how to generate extra money with merchandise. Social media is integral to music these days and getting traction for your music and the stuff you’re doing, and we are progressively learning the tricks of the trade and how to gauge what’s going to suit our band. There was a time when we would gig the same spots a lot and while it was fun for us, we learned that you have to create an occasion around when you gig, and you have to allow people to get excited enough to leave their houses ( in the likely to be pissing rain) to come and see you. It’s basically like being schooled on how to get past the Tinder conversations stage to going on a real date…who knows, maybe we’ll all experience true love.

  

Do you find travel (personal, business or otherwise) to have an impact on your music? If so, how?

For sure, I love going to gigs in new places and seeing what people like to get down to or what the calibre of music is like there. Broadly speaking, I would say travel impacts my music or productivity of making music in that I get more time to think, or write or take stock of my surroundings and influence the narratives with it. I don’t drive, so I’m usually a passenger going to places, when I’m not walking and/or cycling somewhere and that’s plenty of stimulated meditative time, just letting new surroundings sink into my memory and colour my mood with different ideas. I’m currently in New Zealand for the first time visiting family and friends and it’s the furthest point in the world I’ve gone to on my own and that definitely comes with an emotional response, be it fear, excitement, curiosity, love…and that informs the kinds of melodies I’ve been singing to myself, the kind of clarity I have had as to the music I want to next write and whom with.

 

What trip has had the greatest impact on you and your music?

I went to South Africa a couple of years ago to visit where I was born and I hadn’t been there for 15 years ago at that stage, so it was a big trip for me. It was a homecoming, a lineage finding and heart warming and straightening trip, and our last EP was written in its aftermath, which has also led to many great things. That trip definitely gave me a huge sense of perspective as to my origins, existing familial ties, the privileges I had benefited and taken for granted and the richness of my heritage. It also gave me a lot of time and room to figure out stuff about growing up, personal dilemmas and what I really wanted to see happen for myself in the following years. Songs like ‘Gerascophobia’, Cliches Pt 2, they were more introvert discussions with myself on how I was living and where my mind was at and how to better nurture my selfhood, and cultivate the kind of future I would like to enjoy. I think I gained a certain sensibility or purpose from the trip and it still acts as a reminder for me now.

You can listen Shookrah on Bandcamp, YouTube and all the regular streaming services.
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Phnom Penh: A Locals Guide to an Emerging City | 在金边的一次地道的旅游

Bordering Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia has some serious competition in the tourist market.  Yet in recent years the South-East Asian country has been growing its reputation as a must-visit destination. 

与泰国,老挝和越南接壤的柬埔寨在旅游市场上有一些激烈的竞争。 然而近年来,这个东南亚国家的声誉却越发升高。

Emerging from a dark period of war and revolution Cambodia has been steadily establishing itself on the world-stage again, with tourists flocking to absorb the rich culture on offer.  Stunning temples, island hot-spots and a friendly people are abundant to those that make the journey.

从黑暗的革命战争时期开始,柬埔寨一直在世界舞台的上稳步发展旅游业,游客被这个国家的丰富文化所吸引。令人惊叹的寺庙,岛屿和友善的人民为旅程添加了热情。

For many their first encounter with Cambodia is Phnom Penh, the Kingdom’s capital. And it can be a startling first-impression; bustling and chaotic, Phnom Penh throws everything at you and invites you into the fold. We got in touch with Ruby Cray, a teacher who now calls Phnom Penh home, to get the run down on this cool and alluring city. Read on for a few of her recommendations!

对于首次接触柬埔寨的很多人来说是首都金边。第一印象可能是一个令人惊讶的; 繁华和混乱的融合,金边向你公开一切,并热情邀请你来做客。 我们与现在称金边家园的老师Ruby Cray保持了联系,让她在这个迷人的城市中探索。 请阅读她的一些建议!

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