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Busk overseas for exposure

Home-grown acts say taking their music to the streets overseas helped them raise their game

Published on Jun 12, 2014 7:04 PM
Indie-folk duo The Glad Stones' Marcel Lee Pereira (left) and Jaye Foo (in shades) once busked in Osaka, Japan, from 8pm to midnight and are game for more of such experiences. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Earlier last year, home-grown indie-folk duo The Glad Stones decided to take their act a little farther from their usual busking haunts around Haji Lane. All the way to the streets of Japan, in fact.

Busking in the city of Osaka turned out to be a game-changer for singer- songwriters Marcel Lee Pereira, 33, and Jaye Foo, 22. Pereira says: "Many buskers there take their shows seriously and are of a high standard, and usually have a crowd of locals gathered around them. Likewise, we had to step up our game.

"That night of busking in Osaka felt more like a performance in a real venue and we were inspired to push ourselves further after that positive experience."

Never mind that the Japanese could not understand their original tunes, taken from their 2012 debut album, Gypsy In The City. The duo were "pleased with the response from the people there".

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