The Hanoitimes - Sofar Sounds come to Hanoi with 4 shows so far, attracting foreign visitors and young Vietnamese, who are music lovers.
Accordingly, Sofar Sounds kicks off in a Vui Studio (Happy Studio) in Tong Duy Tan Street, with about 30 people, who are music lovers. The show begins in the quiet atmosphere cannot hide their excitement and curiosity, as they do not know who is going to perform tonight. That is one of Sofar Sounds' special traditions, in order for the artists to earn equal respect, whether they are well-known or not.
Sofar Sounds in Hanoi.
Many of Sofar venues are people’s homes so, to ensure the privacy of the hosts, their locations are kept secret to everyone but the guests, and are only revealed one day before the show.
Sofar Sounds began in London and has now reached almost 300 cities worldwide, with around 500 opportunities every month for artists to play their original music in cozy and unique spaces such as one’s home, offices, or even rooftops.
According to Van Diem, manager of the Vui Studio, this studio aims to support music, art and creative communities to popularize their activities. Sofar Sounds is suitable for their purpose so it’s a very good collaboration.
The show begins at 8.45 p.m. with two artists, including Bui Minh Quan and Kaang, good friends who have performed together in the past. With songs like “Something”, “Silence”, and “New day”, Quan and Kaang lead the audience through stories of life via young people’s perspective.
According to Minh Quan, he watched a lot of Sofar clips all over the world, and when it came to Vietnam, Quan was so excited. People came here without knowing he would be there, and they saw Quan without knowing he would sing his original songs.
In some cities in the UK and US, shows are ticketed and Sofar staffs are paid. In Hanoi, the money collected is hardly sufficient to cover the costs. There's a tradition called “Pass a hat” after each show, so that the audience can donate some money upon their will, for the team to continue organizing next gigs. Hosts, artists, and audience can apply on www.sofarsounds.com for an “all-about-music” experience.