FLASCH, Boyu & Tay Delight Hollywood At Madame Siam Thoughts+Photos: FLASCH, Boyu & Tay at Madame Siam 5/26/22
LOS ANGELES, CA- On May 26th, 2022, Blurred Culture was able to put book an eclectic line-up of pop music to grace the Madame Siam stage. We initially reached out to our friend FLASCH, a multi-hyphenate artist who we met earlier this year when she was photo-documenting a performance we were also at. As it turns out, FLASCH also makes some pretty damn good hyper-pop music, and when we asked her whether she want to set something up with us, she jumped at the opportunity. She even offered to help find us other talents to join her for the evening.
Flasch’s first suggestion was the indie-electronic artist Tay. As soon as I pressed play on her Spotify repertoire, I knew it’d be a good fit. Tay has been steadily releasing music since 2020, and with each song, you can hear her musical evolution as her songwriting and production techniques are clearly getting more complex. You can hear that which I speak of in her latest single, “HEADSPACE” which she officially released a few days ago, and which we were lucky to catch a live performance of on the Madame Siam Stage.
It was a fantastic performance by Tay, but I think what really impressed me about this young woman was her razor-like focus. Like Flasch, Tay is an artist who wears several hats, one of which is being the curator- and I’m assuming the founder- of Bite The Noise. When she’s not spending hours perfecting her own musical craft, she out there hustling for ears to discover other new local musicians. As soon as her set was done, she started asking me about possible future dates to maybe put on another showcase at Madame Siam… I see you, Tay 😉
As for her own music, TAY has a couple more singles lined up plus an EP for later this year. Be sure you give her socials a follow, and keep an eye out for what she’s got to give.
Flasch’s second pick to join her for this evening’s festivities was the singer/songwriter Boyu. That two had worked together for the artwork of Boyu’s single “Miata Trip”, with Flasch wearing the photo editor hat, color grading, and adding graphic design to Boyu’s art. With over 30K monthly Spotify listeners, I was keen on hosting his live performance.
I won’t lie… when I found out that he would be performing an acoustic set, I got a little worried that the DJ’s next door would interfere with, and maybe drown out, his performance. Despite some of the initial difficulties in setting up mics to get his acoustic guitar to get picked up and projected through the speakers, and some constant running back and forth to and from the doors connecting the Madame Siam stage room from the DJ’s club room, Boyu’s performance went off surprisingly well. The acoustic set really allowed Boyu’s personality to shine through. Organic, human, and earnest, the performance elevated the believability factor in the lyrics he was singing, particularly his latest single, “how is life in hollywood”, which closed his set.
In catching up with Boyu recently, he let Blurred Culture know what he’s got planned in the months ahead:
“In October, I’m releasing my debut album which will have 12 tracks essentially amalgamating my current 7 singles that are released + 3 more single releases coming in the next few months, and having 2 fresh new songs for the listener. The album will drop with an NFT collection for each song as well as a merch drop. I plan on getting physical copies (CDs, Cassettes, & Vinyls).”
FLASCH has only had her toe dipped in music-making for about half a year, but her irrepressible energy has had her taking some pretty big steps really making a name for herself. FLASCH moved to Los Angeles a little over a year ago to pursue jobs in photo and video, but when she was using her creativity behind a lens, she’s been able to release a series of singles, had her debut performance for Jam In The Van back in December of 2021, and racked up over 5 show in the past six months.
Her hyper pop sound, coupled with her dynamic visuals (both in real life and in video) has attracted thousands of fans, and after seeing her perform live, bringing that energy to life on stage, there’s little doubt in my mind that she’ll keep growing her fanbase as long as she’s able to on pushing out content to meet that end. FLASCH confirmed my thought by telling me:
“I will be continuing to post every day on social media and expanding my audience digitally, as well as playing monthly shows at various venues in Los Angeles the rest of the year, with eccentric merch drops, and new single releases every month. I’m hoping to exponentially grow my universe this year and inspire young artists and dreamers to follow their light. I’m not going to give up until everyone who needs to hear my music gets to. SEE YOU IN FLASCHWORLD”
FLASCH also hopes to debut an E.P. this fall or winter, and you can catch FLASCH at their new show at The Shed on July 16.