no! I aint talking about a ninja that is going to commit suicide…
For all of you who dont know, Harakiri Mosh is a production in the Cebu music Scene!.. w00t!.. and this month, they are celebrating their Second Year anniversary. You heard it right, they’re turning 2! You might ask yourself, “How come I have not heard of them?!”.. Well kid, it could be because you were too busy listening to Show bands or better yet, you were too busy getting laid!.. lolx.. If you have not heard of them, it’s now time for you to do so..
Here’s a piece of an Email Interview done by the EKSENA.net crew to the two ladies(Shak and Mirza) behind the production:
For us uninformed, could you please tell us a short background about Harakiri Mosh?
Shak: HarakiriMosh was never planned. That’s all we ever tell people. ‘Harakiri’ was meant to be a clothing line name (by cheryl and i) and ‘mosh’ was an earlier production (by mirza’s brother). One night, we went out with some friends in earlier bands that used to play for mosh and so we tried putting up a gig at handuraw.
How long have you been doing this and how’s the scene now compared to when you first started?
Roughly 2 years. Nothing dramatic. Though now, the audience and even the bands got a lot younger. I see 13, 14, 15 year-olds at shows . Plus they appreciate original material by the local bands now. And yeah, kids’ musical tastes went up a notch.
What is your biggest challenge in organizing gigs?
For me, venues. I can say we have been blessed coz they keep landing on our laps. But the fear of running out of places to play in is always there. Not many people know that harakirimosh is mostly a d.i.y. Production. We have no sponsors other than our own piggy banks and the venues’ ‘break even’ way of handling ticket sales. D.i.y. Usually means zero moolah. Zero moolah=struggle.
Do you consider the “male dominated” scene a problem or a challenge?
What about the “male dominated” world? Haha. Being female all our lives, we’re pretty much used to it. In the scene though, there’s this stigma of being a groupie or being in it just to hook up with guys in bands (which, unfortunately for some, is true). It’s unusual to see girls put up rock shows and such just to support local talents. It’s even unheard of, in other places, but we did it here and it’s because of music and not of any underlying motive or whatnot.
For those about to rock and then start their own production, what 3 main advises you can share to them?
Know your role. Putting up a production is not all roses. It takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice too.
Be responsible and level-headed. Always think about the actions you are going to take and the words you are going to say. Respect=give it and gain it.
Have fun. Bands will be late, you will run short of money, people will be a-holes, venue owners/managers will be bigger a-holes, your parents will hate you (yea, it happens a lot) but at the end of the day, a positive attitude will get you through all of that bad vibe.
For the whole interview.. you can visit EKSENA’s Inteview..