Hong Kong indie band Phoon is taking the local music scene by storm

Hong Kong indie band Phoon is taking the local music scene by storm

Just before opening for US shoegazers Diiv, this indie rock outfit spoke to Young Post about unexpected crowds, jam sessions and writing fun songs

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They've played Wow and Flutter, opened for Diiv and hit the charts with their single, but the faceless band still thinks of themselves as 'aspiring'.
Photo: Mexco Leung

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They've played Wow and Flutter, opened for Diiv and hit the charts with their single, but the faceless band still thinks of themselves as 'aspiring'.
Photo: Keith Hui

On Thursday, local indie-rockers Phoon performed their biggest show to date, supporting shoegaze and dreampop royalty Diiv at Kitec. Vocalist and guitarist Forest spoke to Young Post a couple of days before the show for a quick-fire Q&A.


How did the band come together?

The four of us [were] friends and classmates at school, so Phoon just came about naturally.

How do you write songs?

We jam a bit on the spot, then see what works and whether it’s good or not. It’s all trial and error, really.


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Who/what are your influences?

We all have very different tastes in music, but we tend to focus on incidents or feelings in our daily lives, and they work their way into the songs.

You played to a big crowd at Wow + Flutter a few weeks ago. How was that?

It was unreal to see such an unexpected number of people show up in the audience, and we really loved the crowd’s response!

You’re playing the opening slot for Diiv when they play at Kitec Music Zone. How did the opportunity come about?

[The promoter] from Hidden Agenda was searching for a band to open for them, and he figured I like Diiv, so he let us open for them, simple as that!


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Any other shows coming up?

There are a couple still in negotiation, but we will be revealing updates on our social media pages once they’re confirmed.

You’ve been in the studio recently. When can we expect to hear your music?

The recording is still in progress, so no exact date and time for releases yet, unfortunately! Check our Facebook page in the near future.

What are the band’s ambitions?

More than anything, we would like to see different parts of the world.

The Phoon quartet were classmates.
Photo: Phoon

What’s been your highest point of your career so far?

I feel like hitting the charts with our single You! is a highlight for us.

And the lowest point?

As the vocalist, it has to be the time when I got really sick, and I wasn’t able to sing for a month or two.

What do you make of the Hong Kong music scene?

I feel like the local music scene is lacking a lot of freshness. To me, there aren’t a lot of musicians or bands trying to push boundaries.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

We are aspiring as well, so it’s not really our place to give advice! But a notion I always have in mind is to write something really fun for yourself to play, and for the audience to hear.

Edited by Karly Cox

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Feel the force of local band Phoon

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