Last July, I met Jason Lawrence (the presenter of The Medicine Show CiTR 101.9FM) while busking in front of Granville Station, Vancouver. He invited me to come on his show & play some songs as well as talk about the health activities I engage in (lemon water in the morning, turmeric and ginger, using products without chemicals, exercise and more).
Jason asked me to come on his show again this year to talk about my upcoming EP release.
I was interviewed on a local radio station in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo with friend and Indie musician Shaneil Devaser. I have now been on radio in 4 countries -- Australia, Malaysia, the USA & Canada!
After weeks of organising, and recruiting various people to help me with the gig promotion & raffle prizes, tonight was the night for a (mostly) female line-up benefit show at the Gaslight Cafe, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! There were 7 acts and the evening ended with an open jam session. Tonight, we raised over 1700RM (over $400USD) for the WAO (Women's Aid Organisation) in Malaysia. We reached beyond capacity & had over 100 paying audience members throughout the evening! The night was filled with an assortment of female vocalists and instrumentalists (and a few male too!) and new friends were made with some local musicians meeting each other for the first time!
I was invited to participate in College Radio Day at Long Beach City College; one of many campuses participating across the USA. I was the opening act at un-musician hour of 10am & then later appeared on keyboard with rock band Natural HiFi! We were given commerative t-shirts and a free lunch too. Below is a letter from President Obama wishing all participants a great day!
I rescued some roses that were thrown out (because they were in full bloom -- still looked beautiful though!) and decided to give them out while I busked. Most people walked by with confused looks on their faces & were quite shy to take one. Reiterating 'they are free' helped, but I guess people are just not used to receiving gifts from strangers...
I tried a little social experiment while busking. I wanted to see how people reacted to this sign. I also wanted to see how I would feel about it. In two hours, only $2 was taken out. I was surprised. The $2 that left was taken by a well-dressed girl eating an ice cream. One guy warned me that the homeless folk in the area would take all the money. They didn't take a cent. Belmont Shore, California.
A homeless guy stood outside Granville train station with his hat as he held the door open for commuters. I busked opposite him. He was making more money than I did (which wasn't much). After a little while, he unexpectedly dumped the contents in my case and said "I wouldn't have given it to you if you weren't good." Wow. Vancouver, Canada.
A few weeks ago, I struck up a conversation with a lovely fellow who happened to be at a gig I opened for at Pisco bar in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (for Indie act Mystery Tapes & international touring band Kyoto Protocol -- it was a really cool gig too!). He was intrigued with my story & my many anecdotes of loopy & sometimes arduous experiences. After a long chat, he asked me to write an article for a wonderful website for female travellers called Zafigo. Having never done something like that before, it took me a few days to figure out what would be the most useful thing to contribute, but I got there & came up with this: '7 tips on how to survive KL as a travelling musician'.
Lisa Spykers is a singer, songwriter, piano player, acoustic guitarist, instrumental and primary school teacher, porridge chef, vegan caterer, author, nomad, and unstoppable force of nature.