Weekly Wrap – Commencing Thursday the 24th May 2018


It’s almost here! The Kampot Playboys have been working on their debut release since 2017. Pic: Steve Porte


Greetings to all Leng Plengers. This week’s wrap gives way to the words of Mr Mark Chattaway, whom we interviewed on the eve of the release of the highly anticipated Kampot Playboys debut album Garuda. Check out some of what he had to say below, and click here  to read the full interview.


As always, check out the Leng Pleng Gig Guide below to find out which traps you absolutely cannot fail to visit this week. Highlights include the incomparable vocal prowess of Mirasol Aguila at Farm to Table on Friday, the irresistibly eclectic song mix of new face-on-the-scene Ariane at Le Boutier on Saturday and the return of the effervescent Rhiannon Johnson to Bouchon next Wednesday. Enjoy!



“We are going to play on Saturday outside the Singapore Asian Civilisations Museum. There is an event there for Khmer arts, Khmer sculpture, Cambodian performing arts.


For us, we always used to like playing at Madi Bar [in Kampot]. It was intimate. The best memories are how you started out. A few years later playing at Golden Street Festival in Phnom Penh, that was fantastic – the size of the crowd, the reaction we got was really special. Our band feeds off the crowd, if the crowd are energetic and up for it… it’s a circle. The more energy we get from the crowd the more we give… it just keeps going.


Watching Chiet now as a performer.. he is not phased by the larger crowds. As Chiet would say ‘music is an international language, music brings people together, man!’ “


Playboys lead singer Chiet performing at the Kampot Writers and Readers Festival, 2016. Pic : Steve Porte


“The five permanent band members of The Kampot Playboys are lead vocalist and guitarist Uk Sochiet, Tro player Vy Nget, accordionist Kev Selby, drummer Lee Chapman, and myself on bass. Conrad Keely […Trail of Dead] also played guitar on this album. The sessions were recorded with audio engineer Steve Bloxham at 60 Road Studios in Siem Reap, we were there for one week in May 2017. We basically recorded eleven songs, there are no songs that didn’t make the album. We initially thought we might only have time for 4-5 tracks, but we made a decision – while we’re here, let’s do eleven tracks!


Chiet and I started the band in 2011. This line-up has been playing together for three years. Is the band a democracy? Yes its democratic with me as a dictator [laughs] – joking – we make decisions together, we discuss what would be best. Same with the album tracklisting.”


(l-r) Conrad Keely, Lee Chapman, Mark Chattaway, Uk Sochiet, Sintung Hama, Steve Bloxham and Ian Croft were among the team that worked on Garuda at 60 Road Studios in Siem Reap in May 2017. Pic: Kampot Playboys Facebook.


“It’s weird really but now it’s actually happening… I just hope people like it. We’ve had so much support… I hope people enjoy it, want to hear more. Another recording would be nice…


Our main worry when recording was that we would end up something that does not sound like us. Steve did a really good job with the actual recording, Jason [Shaw] did a brilliant job with the mixing. We’re happy with the final result! “ – MARK CHATTAWAY



Chattaway blazing on bass at the Diamond Moon. Pic: Steve Porte


Thanks so much for your time Mark, and we’ll see you at the launch party next week!

Whatever you’re up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and… see you around the traps!


Joe Wrigley

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