What do you get from practicing yoga?
It makes me tune in, chill out and shape up—all at the same time. It keeps my energy level high so my vitality is still vibrant, like a young person. It works my body so I'm also strong and look younger.
How does it benefit your body?
It decompresses the spine, increases flexibility, strength, stamina, improves body awareness, reduces stress, boosts self-esteem, improves circulation, stimulates the immune system and creates a sense of well-being.
Interview with Patricia Duchaussoy, founder of Pilates Station and YogaFly
As a resident of Brooklyn, were you affected much by Hurricane Sandy? A couple of media reports suggested that a recording studio you had been working at was destroyed?
We catch up with Dustin Payseur, front man of American surf-rock band Beach Fossils, for a quick chat ahead of their debut Bangkok gig tonight (Nov 16) at Moonstar Studio.
How did you become Stoondio?
Composing songs has been my favorite hobby since I was in high school. Luckily, I got the opportunity to work with the Monotone Group for a time. But after landing a routine job as a graphic designer, I had to keep my music as a hobby. Then, I asked Joy, my co-worker, a writer, if she wanted to join me to write songs. That was the starting point of Stoondio.
What convinced you to take your music outside of the bedroom?
From composing lonesome pop songs using GarageBand software, Chotika (Toon) Kamwongpin, 24, is fast making a name for herself as Stoondio. Her song, “Untitled 001” recently raced up the Fat Radio charts after being shared on social networks. She talks to BK about breaking out of the bedroom.
Playing traditional Thai music is how I got my start. I played ranad ek (Thai xylophone) and gong before I played guitar.
I quit traditional Thai music after seeing my friend play rock on stage. It was so cool. I wanted to have a band just like that, so I formed one with my friends in grade nine. We eventually won best band at the school in grade 11.
Music wasn’t my biggest dream. I quit music when I went to study arts at Chulalongkorn because I wanted to focus on my education. I just played guitar to relax.
Best known as one of the forefathers of Thai alternative music for his role as lead singer of Moderndog, Thanachai “Pod” Utchin, 41, will temporarily ditch his indie style to perform alongside an orchestra for his first solo concert in two decades on May 25. He chats to BK about the fall of Bakery Music and why dharma is just another form of entertainment.
Tell us a bit about how ArtdeGround came into being.
Economics professor at International Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin Rapeepat “Top” Manasoontorn has teamed up with performer/director Surachai “Chai” Petchsangroj (Crescent Moon Theatre and B-Floor) to launch the new art collective ArtdeGround, which will kick off their first show, Ocean Butterfly, this week (May 23-25). Here, Top explains the story behind the collective, their inspiration and upcoming plans.
I love singing. My mom taught me to perform since I was three years old and I started entering singing contests when I was six.
Singing luk tung was a constraint for me. I’ve always loved to sing pop songs, but I ended up singing luk tung for the money, until I won the Panasonic Star Challenge in 2004.
Singing contest competitors are real fighters. Taking part in such contests has given me great strength in my life. That’s why so many of the winners get jobs in this industry.
Suteevan Taveesin, aka Baitoey R Siam, 26, has become a household name as “sun samer hoo” (crotch-high shorts) for her sexy fashion sense and outspokenness. Just recently, her music video for “Rak Tong Perd (Nan Oak)” feat. 3.2.1. reached four million views on YouTube in only six days and spawned many cover versions. She chats to BK about her trademark short shorts and the modernization of luk tung.
How did you become Fellow Fellow?
Khao: We studied product design together at Rangsit University. We both loved the same genre of music: soul-pop like Bakery Music put out. It’s hard to find people my age who like this kind of music, because they all prefer rock bands such as Bodyslam or Big Ass.
Spotted on YouTube by Sony Music, Panithi “Khao” Lertudomthana, 23, and Pissanu “Tee” Hathaipantaluck, 22, are Fellow Fellow, and have just released their first single, “Ya Chai Kwam Ngao Ma Kui Gan” (Don’t use silence to talk), which has quickly climbed to the top of the radio charts.
First off, how does it feel to be loved so much in a far-off place like Thailand?
We really had no idea that we have any fans in these parts, and I won’t really believe it till I see actual humanoids at the show. But it’s awesome if it’s true—the internet is crazy!
Ahead of their appearance at Supersweet’s Dodos Day Fest (May 18), BK chatted with Meric Long, frontman of Californian indie duo The Dodos, about the simplicity of life on the road and mixing the old with the new.
What inspired you to start this bike service?
My friends and I loved to ride bicycles after work, so we thought, why not try to set up a bike messenger service just like how mail used to be delivered in the old days. We want people to be able to trust us with their belongings and to prove that bicycles are practical in the city.
Despite competition from motorcycle couriers, Lersan Nataphan, 30, co-founder of BikeXenger, Bangkok’s only bike messenger service, believes that pedal power is the way forward for a greener city.
Puak (taro) isn’t my real nickname, but I love it. My teacher just called me that for fun when I was in the sixth grade. I could go by my real nickname, which is Boy, but Puak is a part of my comic personality.
Watching funny ads is better than watching lakorn (Thai soap opera). I dreamed of becoming a creative thanks to all the funny commercials that were so popular in my childhood. It’s so inventive.
Fresh from his appearance in GTH’s surprise Thai box office hit Pee Mak Prakanong, BK speaks to man of the moment Pongsathorn “Puak” Jongwilas, 30, about the perks of being a comedian and why he prefers screen villains to heroes.