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Mix discovers, supports and collaborates with Hong Kong's independent creative community - a community of all nationalities and ages- and everyone outside of Hong Kong.

Mix brings together designers, musicians, artists and everyone who has something to say with their art in Hong Kong...and anywhere in the world.

 

Mix is about innovation, evolution, and collaborations that can make a world of difference and bring about positive change.

Mix is not about putting up barriers. It's about bringing them down! And using the online world as a bridge to enhancing the real world. The one is which we live.

To contact Mix about anything and everything creative, and to share your work and thoughts, we're at mixhk888@gmail.com

 

“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”

Steve Jobs

Taken on the whole, I would believe that Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit… not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in what we believe is evil.

Albert Einstein

“I DIG STRAUSS AND WAGNER,
THOUSE CATS AND GOOD.”

Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970)

“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it.”

Aaron Coplan

You are the product.
You feeling something.
That’s what sell.

 

Taran Chadha

Chef and Founder of the Black Salt brand in Hong Kong. Cuisine served is a blend of Asian spices and culinary creativity.

Madelon De Grave

As Founder of Bamboo Shines, the gallery showcases photographs of Hong Kong by photographers from Hong Kong that are not the usual touristy scenes of the city. Different, creative and with a percentage of all sales going to a worthy local charity.

June Wong

Artist whose work often tackles various local taboos. Outspoken and with an overriding objective to swim against the tide, her work says much in a language all her own.

Morton Wilson

Music Producer. Came to Hong Kong over thirty years ago from New Zealand with no real plans. After creating award winning work for advertising, he's still here and running his Schtung music studio. That need to play an active role in the creative community keeps the flame alive.

Titus Chu

Born in Hong Kong. Educated in Canada. The magnet that is Hong Kong brings him back. Singer-songwriter and Sound Engineer. Host of The Green Room on
Facebook. Knows where he's going. And the need to be brave to get there.

Maguelone Calmels

Founder - Mahka

Romain Fx

D.J. & Founder -

Fauve Radio & The Pharmacy

MIXATIONS

Hans Ebert

Journalist, who has interviewed Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, pictured below, Martin Scorsese, Lou Reed, Pharrell Williams, Norah Jones, Elton John...

Former advertising executive. Director of Creative Services for DDB who played a major role in launching McDonald's Asia, STARTV and PCCW.

A key executive in Asia with Universal and EMI Music. Has worked on projects for artists like Bowie, Robbie Williams, David A Stewart and Gorillaz. Has worked for legends in the music industry like the great Bhaskar Menon, below, former worldwide Chairman of the EMI Music Group.

Mix is a project that's been living in his head for a long time: To create an all encompassing creative community in Hong Kong, but with a global perspective.

Finally, all the pieces have come together- organically- and with everything being a perfect fit.

 
 

Once upon a guitar, some of us decided to learn a few basic chords. Everyone had their own inspirations for doing this- the Beatles, the Stones, Dylan, the Clash, Nirvana, Barney Kessell. It was all about music. The melodies. The feelings this music gave us and sent out. The journeys to where they took us. How all this music has become the soundtrack to our lives.

Some of us had guitar lessons, but most decided to teach themselves. From those basic chords, we learned barre chords, diminished and augmented chords, open string tuning etc. There were lead guitarists, rhythm guitarists while some decided to be bass guitarists. This might have had something to do with McCartney, his Hofner bass and Long Tall Sally.

Giving everything that backbeat were the drummers. They had their own melodies going on in their heads. They had rhythms running through their bodies. And their own idols. Gene Krupa. Ginger Baker. Hal Blaine.
Where and from who did it all start? Everyone has their own heroes.

For myself, it was watching Sal Mineo playing the legendary jazz drummer in "The Gene Krupa Story". Later, it was discovering videos on YouTube of Gene Krupa.

Some made music their career and life- as musicians, producers, engineers, songwriters, or starting up their own music companies. It was all about creating sounds which became music and then, with others who shared the same audio visual vision, on a non-stop ticket to ride. Putting down our thoughts into songs. Giving words a new home. Making our feelings known.

Personally, I think music was the catalyst for the creative explosion of especially the Sixties and every time something new is "trending".

Music is almost always the glue holding things together- movies, fashion, art, cuisine. Life. Think of the way music has become such an important "character" in the movies of Scorsese, Sergio Leone, Tarantino and David Lynch.
 

Music brought people together. Created communities comprising artists. It was a much more potent and honest way of sharing and exchanging ideas than on "social media".

It's a personal belief, but with social media, the technology became the idea. And with technology, just like music being available free and those who have created this art getting nothing in return, almost everyone thinks they're musicians by being able to push a few buttons and play with programmed sounds and beats.

It's a fast food product for those who don't understand about paying their dues. It's about Instagram fame and the "right" hashtags. But they don't know better.

Do they want to know about how music happened? It's easy to say one plays the Blues and mention Muddy Waters. And then you hear them play. It's Instanusic. But it doesn't seem to matter these days. It should. These days it's almost always about numbers on Instagram and YouTube and rabid self-promotions. There's no meat in the sandwich. Where's the beef?

It's very different to what happened when a kid named George joined John and Paul to form a band. Or when Ringo replaced Pete Best. And what happened when Paul met Linda, John met Yoko and Eric Clapton met Patti Boyd Harrison.

Then there was Andy Warhol and everyone who was anybody in the New York City Velvet Underground movement.

Most of what's going on out there now in the online world is endless clutter. What's described as "social media" is anything and everything that's way too often irrelevant. It has no direction. There's no return on investment on time and money. Count me out.

I would much rather be home, pick up my guitar and strum the chords G to A minor. Switch the phone off. Give yourself up to imagination.

Soon, the musical journey starts again. It's your journey. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. And when the words fit the melodies, you're being honest to yourself. You've fallen down that rabbit hole again. You're back home with the Mad Hatter and Alice. You're making something happen. Where it leads is up to you.

 

Song: Wonderwall
Artists: Kel Segovia

Song: Lets get it on
Artists: Marvin Gaye

Song: This Is America
Artists: Childish Gambino

Song: Tainted Love
Artists: Jennifer Palor

Song: Bloodless

Artists: Andrew Bird

Billie Eilish video chats surprised Australian fans

Song: bad guy

Artists: Billie Eilish

Song: Teardrops
Artists: Jennifer Palor

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

Song: Rock Your Body
Artists: Kel Segovia

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement

The Making of 10cc's "I'm Not in Love"

Behind The Sounds: God Only Knows Part 1

Behind The Sounds: God Only Knows Part 2

Song: Happy Together
Artists: Jennifer Palor / Kel Segovia

 

There are fans and there are artists. Fans tend to offer support and, most of all, inspiration. The artist creates. Hopefully, someone's watching or listening or understanding what they're trying to say with their work. Their work is their life and vice versa.

It’s about time management. But more about timing. Add to this what really inspires and motivates you to go out on a limb- and when- but with calculated thinking. Does the money matter? Money always matters. But there comes a time when it’s about “breaking from those chains that bind”. Leaving the Church Of Stupidity.

Difficult to believe, but not too long ago, it really mattered for some to show that they had more followers on Twitter than mere mortals. It seemed to validate their position in the pecking order of the world. It made them feel as if they were standing out from the rest. It was like...

Before the Beatles were a phenomenon — "more popular than Jesus," as John Lennon famously said — they were a band nobody wanted to sign to a record label. Then they met Martin, who didn't just give them a chance but also shaped the Beatles' sound, writing their unusual orchestral arrangements, and produced all of their albums.