green room - Pan-Asian Panel Discussion

Wed Apr 24 2024 at 05:30 pm

Big Fan | Auckland

Big Fan
Publisher/HostBig Fan
green room - Pan-Asian Panel Discussion
Keen to hear from and connect with other musicians and those working in the industry?
Join us for a special panel discussion where we delve into themes of Music, Creativity & Community. Asian in Aotearoa’s Jenna Wee will be joined by talented Pan-Asian creatives ASHY, Swap Gomez (CHAII, Yoko-Zuna / SAE Lecturer), Danielle Hao-Aickin (Ersha Island / Youth Arts), where they’ll reflect on what’s going on in their worlds right now, and what they hope for the future.
A guaranteed evening of good vibes, insights and inspiration.
Doors open 5:30pm, Panel starts 6pm
Jenna Wee (黄心怡) founded Asian in Aotearoa; a podcast of uncensored conversations exploring the lives and work of young-ish Asian creatives. Since launching in November 2020, the platform has featured nearly 50 artists (including musicians, actors, directors, writers, theatre-makers, poets, designers) and counting. Jenna is a marketer by trade, as well as a certified coach, and event MC of Malaysian-Chinese, Japanese, Pākehā and Melanau descent.

ASHY (Ashy Batchelor)
ASHY is an effervescent pop artist & songwriter hailing from New Zealand. She’s a musical chameleon, delving into sub-genres of R&B, dance and contemporary sounds, and is known for her incredibly polished production, shimmering vocals, and catchy melodies. She has amassed over 3.5 million streams across all platforms, enjoyed chart success & has worked with leading pop producers from New Zealand, Australia, and the US. 2023 was a definitive year for ASHY, performing at NZ’s biggest festival; Electric Avenue and immediately following with 8 performances as an Official Showcasing Artist for SXSW in Austin TX. She then released her debut EP ‘Status’ in June 2023. The lead single 'No Man's Land' entered the NZ Charts at #1 and her previous single off the EP ‘Do Not Disturb’ spent multiple weeks on the Radioscope Airplay charts. The release of her EP gained recognition from the likes of Rolling Stone Australia in their September Print Issue, naming ASHY as one of ‘8 Kiwi Artists Tipped to Takeover’. It was also placed at No.9 on Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 25 New Zealand Albums of 2023’. For 2024, ASHY performed a number of shows at her second SXSW in Austin TX and followed with a successful writing week in Nashville. She is about to head to the UK to perform at The Great Escape Festival, a string of London shows and writing collaborations in the UK & Sweden.

Originally from Bangladesh, Swap Gomez has garnered a reputation in Aotearoa as a multi-faceted creative, being a professional drummer, video/content director, producer, editor and events manager. He has toured and recorded with artists around the world such as Ed Sheeran, The Veronicas, Yoko-Zuna, CHAII, SWIDT, Tom Scott, MELODOWNZ, Sachi, P-Money, Ladi6, DJ Disk (Herbie Hancock), P-Diggs (Shapeshifter), Vernon Reid (Living Color) and has directed music videos for Villainy, Jess B, P-Money and more. Swap also runs and curates the annual Drummers Day Out, an event that celebrates the Kiwi drumming community, showcasing clinics and panel talks performed by NZ’s leading working drummers. He has also been in industry advisory roles and spoken at conferences for NZ on Air and Creative NZ while currently an executive board member of the Aotearoa Music Producers Guild and lecturer at SAE Institute. Swap currently performs full time with CHAII, Yoko-Zuna and The Delivery Boyz. Most recently finishing up a CHAII & Yoko-Zuna tour across the UK and USA.

Danielle Hao-Aickin 郝丹丹 (She/Her) is a Chinese-New Zealand emerging Creative Producer,photographer, and musician passionate about her heritage to Xi’An, China. She is currently the General Manager at youth enterprise and charity Youth Arts New Zealand, and also one half of the indie-pop duo Ersha Island 二沙岛 alongside her younger sibling. Danielle grew up in China (Xi’An 西安, Guangzhou 广州, and Beijing 北京) and is fluent in both Mandarin and English. She studied classical piano at the Beijing China Conservatory of Music for 2 years before moving to New Zealand at the age of 16. Having gone through significant moves in her life, she is deeply passionate about her mixed race identity and Asian representation.

Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Big Fan, 25 McDonald St, Morningside, Auckland 1025, New Zealand,Auckland, New Zealand

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