BRENDAN DE CRUZ
Passion, and persistence without exception are the two key things that would best describe Brendan James de Cruz as a person, and most of all, as a musician.
His strong vocals make up for his seemingly reserved personality, but stay a little longer and you’ll learn that this talented musician is so much more than meets the eye. After releasing his debut EP, Even So, in September 2016, the man behind the guitar has been right out there hitting the independent music scene with gusto, and just released his second EP, Black, in August 2017.
With a heart made for music and a voice that leaves quite an impression, Brendan James best defines who he is and what he does when he says, “As long as I’m making music, I’m happy.”.
Battle Bloom is an acoustic/electric band hailing from Malaysia. The members are Fariz Salleh, Melissa Toh, Dianne Lim and Ryan Lee Bhaskaran. Their mellow music is best recognised by its fresh summery vocals accompanied by unique metal-inspired riffs which poetically texture their song arrangements.
Since their inception, Battle Bloom has played at various shows around Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru such as Penang Island Jazz Festival, Guinness Amplify, and Moonshine. The band was also honoured at being the opening act for Norwegian musician Erlend Øye & The Rainbows as they stopped in Malaysia for their Asia Tour in 2015. The band recently launched their debut album Maps and Diagrams on April 12 at Playspace LIVE.