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Editor's Note: The first time I met Kueymo and Sushiboy was at a function. I noticed their music first. "EDM? YES!" (I am a huge fan of EDM music.) And then I noticed them. Two fellas handling a setup of hardware, flicking tabs, tapping on buttons, head-bopping away to the bass, not once missing a beat.

You may not know them in person, but you may know their sound. They are on the radio every Saturday night on KFM, and they are on Mixcloud and iTunes. Read on and get to know the gentlemen behind KYSB, Kueymo and Sushiboy!

Tell us about yourselves.

Kueymo: Hey hey! we go by the name of Kueymo & Sushiboy, but you can call us Edmund & Riff. Both of us go way back to when we we're still kids studying in the same school and we just did everything together, from sports to shuffling and here we are now DJ-ing! Sushiboy was actually the first of us two to learn to DJ when he was in Australia furthering his studies, while I went to UK to play University Basketball.

Sushiboy: Yeah, I studied in Brisbane, Australia for 4 years, but I was already into Electronic Music before that but never had the chance to own a device. In Australia DJ-ing is a thing and the devices are everywhere, so I took the opportunity to get one to call my own and that became one of my many hobbies. Just messing around with the buttons & knobs and getting some tips from my good friend, DJ Rory who is now one of the best DJs in Brisbane. My other hobbies include trying out new food and going to gym after regretting eating too much.

Kueymo: I can relate as well, I love food! other than DJ-ing, I love to travel a lot even if it's just alone or for the weekend. I guess that's why I'm growing up a few shirt sizes. I also enjoy reading a good book and hitting the gym whenever I can.

How did your interest for music begin and when did you decide you wanted to be a DJ?

Kueymo: We've always had the love for music in general. But what really sparked our interest was when we were about 15 or 16, we were really passionate about shuffling. We would just shuffle on for hours at a time everyday losing track of time. I guess the songs just kept us going and the harder the better! We we're heavily influenced by Hardstyle DJ's from the likes of Headhunterz, Bass Agents, Bass Oscillators, NoiseControllers, Showtek and the list goes on.

Sushiboy: Yea, I remember those shuffling dance days, Hardstyle Music actually made me love Electronic Music more to be honest, and I still love Hard Music. I always wanted to be a DJ ever since I fell in love with Electronic Music, so I started off mixing tracks using Virtual DJ on my laptop. I only started advancing in Australia because as a university student there isn't much to do, so got myself a proper DJ Controller and learnt more tricks and getting more tips from there on.

Kueymo: I actually started DJ-ing on my Samsung phone roughly 2 years ago. The aim then was to replace the slow parts in a track with a much more hyped up tempo. It was a tricky process especially on a phone and eventually I decided to get a controller to get the basics in. Countless hours learning off youtube and with criticisms online, I started to get better at it.

Sushiboy: To be honest, I only wanted to go further when I discovered that my friend Edmund (Kueymo) had the same interest in DJ-ing. That's when the duo was formed.  I know going duo with a person that does all the craziest things with you is more fun than going solo. I've never regretted being in a duo with Kueymo, we both share the same goal, the same ideas and the same passion. A true definition of "Bromance" right here!

Kueymo: Us being DJ's was always about bringing the EDM culture in Brunei and move it away from the social stigma that comes with it. We started our radio show with the help of Kristal FM last September in an attempt to reach out to the local producers and DJ's to give them a platform for them to air their mixes, original productions and remixes. So far everyone has proven to be nothing short of amazing! You'd be amaze by how many talented individuals we have, some even making it big internationally in Australia, Malaysia and even Singapore!

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How did you come up with the names "Kuey Mo" and "Sushi Boy"?

Kueymo: Well it's going to sound really childish but I was given this name when I was very young but basically a girl I liked gave me the name and it was escalated when her boyfriend came looking for me shortly after to show his dismay. I continued using the name just out of pure fun to annoy the boyfriend, but the name only stuck with me after I started uploading my shuffling videos on to Youtube.

Sushiboy: Many of my friends start calling me 'Sushi', especially my Bandar friends because of my love for sushi after my incredible discovery of the newly open Excapade Restaurant back then.

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Share your earlier performing experiences and your most memorable one.

Sushiboy: Hmm, I guess the most memorable one in Brunei would have to be our performance at BpmFASS. We played festival vibe EDM to everyone, We were nervous at first because we don’t know how the crowd would react to this genre of music but WOW! they were enjoying the music, cheering and playing along with the tracks!

Kueymo: I'd have to say the same! BpmFASS would be the most memorable out of all our events. Talking about our earlier experience, we started off just playing house parties, sometimes with just 2 or 3 people during a BBQ but it didn't matter as we'd still put on a show with mashups and live remixes. I guess the saying goes that you won't be able to get big crowds until you're used to playing to an empty room.

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Share with us about the 100 most influential young entrepreneurs 2016?

Kueymo: The 100 most influential young entrepreneurs 2016 was a superb event! It's organized by our friends at Entrepreneur Insight who heavily focuses on start ups and SME's. It was a great opportunity to connect with the many young entrepreneurs from across Malaysia and pick their brains on the subject. Hopefully we'll be able to apply it in our daily dealings. We obviously didn't win, we were mainly there to support our very good friends Leng Yein & Leng Sean AKA The Leng Sisters!

Sushiboy: It was a great experience to see our good friends claiming their spot in the Top100; they've been there for us since the very beginning, kind of like our role models. Similarly to being a duo, they've taught us a lot on what we needed to know in the business so it's a very good feeling to be able to be there for them as they receive their award.

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Do you have any upcoming projects?

Kueymo: For our radio show, we're always looking for new guest mixes from international DJ's that the audience wishes to connect with! We've scheduled quite a few of them into the first quarter of next year, but towards the end of the year, we've got something big planned! so make sure to keep connected to our instagram @KYSBofficial and stay tuned!

Sushiboy: Definitely 2017 is going to be big for us. I won't say only us but also the local producers that we are working with. One of our aim next year is to push the local producers further, to get them known better by collaborating with them, introducing their tracks to other international labels and maybe also get their tracks heard internationally! We want to bring 'The Family' up with us and basically bring Brunei EDM to new heights! Other upcoming projects for 2017 would be to perform in clubs and festivals in the region and of course we do not only prioritizes performing outside of Brunei but we are always looking forward to events in Brunei; special mention to BpmFass & TheCreativeCore BN. These are some of the people who show true passion in helping local talents. Much Love Friends! Big Ups!

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Any words of encouragement to those interesting in being a DJ?

KYSB: Just get out there! Take every opportunity you can to share your work; one step at a time. If you have a friend that wants to learn to DJ or Produce, share your knowledge, learn together. There are always people who wants to listen to your work and we are always open to listen to any work! Do anything you can to improve, by any means necessary!

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 10:05

13906949 10153710552753038 2124098319069006138 nEditor's Note: In this feature, we get to know Karen Then. She's a makeup artist and body painting specialist based in Brunei. She has a YouTube channel where she shares online makeup tutorials, plus the occasional vlog. Check out the rest of her portfolio on karenthen.com and follow her journey on Instagram, @Karenthenmakeup and @karenthen.

Tell us about yourself.
I am a trained and certified makeup artist and body painting specialist based in Brunei. I graduated from one of the most prestigious make up academies in Hong Kong, MAKE UP FOR EVER. I also graduated in the MAKE UP FOR EVER Paris branch, the TV & Cinema make up academy. Despite having been certified, I constantly push the boundaries of my skills to new horizons and put tireless effort in improving my finesse.

As a professional makeup artist, I have worked with various people from different industries and backgrounds; such as singers, actors, models, wedding couples, corporate companies and a vast variety of domestic and international clientele. I have also conducted a couple roadshows, makeup workshops, and private makeup tutoring in Brunei, Malaysia, Hong Kong and hopefully Singapore and other parts of the region. I pursued my passion in hopes of bringing the art and finesse of make up to a new level. I pay much attention and devotion to the small details and focus on providing my clients the best.

Ultimately, I want to ensure client satisfaction above all else. So guys and girls, follow and/or subscribe to my links and I promise to keep you updated! Career and work aside, I enjoy keeping fit. I find a level of satisfaction working and sweating it out. I also enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and appreciate the small things, like playing with my dogs and going to the beach!

When did you decide that you wanted to be a make-up artist?
During my tertiary studies at the University of South Australia, I played and explored with makeup whenever time permitted. I somehow found myself so passionate about makeup. I often had friends over to make makeup tutorials and videos. I even helped friends with their makeup and hair styling for events or functions. I really enjoyed and was intrigued by the whole process; hence decided to pursue training after I graduated.

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What fascinates you about this line of work?
Makeup is, to me, a truly magical form of artistry! I love seeing how makeup is able to transform someone’s appearance and attitude so instantly and effectively. It enables an individual to fully showcase their features and emphasises certain aspects of beauty not noticed in the absence of makeup. But most of all, it brings me great joy when I see my client’s satisfaction with my work; I enjoy them seeing themselves feel beautiful.

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Share with us your experience abroad.
When I was younger, my family and I loved watching the TVB Hong Kong series; so I was naturally quite familiar with Cantonese. I could understand Cantonese, but I could never really speak it. As I started my training and building my career in Hong Kong in 2014, I had never thought that I could communicate in Cantonese so fluently.

I spent a couple years improving my spoken Cantonese and later found myself working with famous Cantonese speaking artists such as Zoe Ma, Jay Chou, Fish Leong, Kelly Chan, Joey Yeung, Hins Cheung and so on! I'm saying that the unnoticeable things and routines in life can bring out the most exciting experiences that life itself has to offer. It made me more confident even though I was in a place unfamiliar to me. Although I faced many challenges abroad, it brought out the best of me and my capabilities I had not known not going; as the saying goes, the sharpest of blades are forged in the hottest of furnaces and most extreme of pressures.

Apart from those experiences, the gigs I enjoyed most were the concerts. The environment of the backstage and concert climate somehow pushes through this adrenaline-like rush. It was tough, but I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. You know, the pressure that builds during the changing of the performer’s outfits and makeup styles between songs or performances; and the after feeling seeing that I did my part in making the whole event a success. The feeling is just pure gold.

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What are some of the challenges you faced?
There can be plenty of sleepless nights working as a makeup artist. The grind begins long before the actual show takes place. As a makeup artist, I am always the first one in and the last one out. Other challenges involve picky and fussy clients. However, I am a really patient girl and I always want the best for my clients. So I take fusses and complaints as a gauge for my skill; the less there are the better I am I guess.

I have learnt that all these challenges come with the job, it's never going to be a smooth sail all the time. So far it's been good; as long as I keep my head high and my attitude cool, I'll always be able to work with anyone.

Where do you get your inspiration from and who are the people that inspired you through your career?
My main source of inspiration is that I seek out beauty; be it a beautiful person, place, friendship, object, or an experience. I know it may sound silly, but beauty somehow evokes an emotion of peace and love in me; and we all know that love is one of human kind’s strongest emotion. Through this, I believe it makes me express myself in a way that reflects what I deem to be beautiful. Hence, the result of my work must be beautiful.

With regards to the persons who inspire me; the persons who heavily inspire me are those who have mentored me in the academy and others from the industry. I also get inspiration from a pool of talented makeup enthusiasts on YouTube. It’s not really what these people have taught me, it's more of who they really are. It inspires me to see others who put so much determination and resilience in making their work an art form.

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Any future plans and hopes to see something done locally?
One of my big dreams is to build and run my very own makeup studio. With the support from my family, close friends and with enough determination, I see that dream just around the corner.

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Any words of encouragement or advice for young makeup artist enthusiast?
Always believe in yourself. Everyone and anyone has to start off somewhere, be it small or big. Put in the hard work, practice and continue to practice some more and you will be your own idol someday. Do not give up so easily on what you enjoy and strive for more. Work hard to achieve what you want and always aim for your best. 

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About the Editor

new about me profI am a born and bred Bruneian who lived and worked in Australia for over 10 years. I am now based in Brunei. Having spent time away from Brunei, I have learnt that, to know a country is to know the people. To truly appreciate a new place is to see it through their eyes, to listen to their stories, to taste, smell, do and feel as they do.

Everyone has a Story, and this blog - Projek Brunei, features the stories, music, photography and art of locals and of people who have lived or worked in Brunei before. Join me on this project, a project to discover and rediscover this country they call the Abode of Peace, the Heart of Borneo, this place they call the Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures...through the stories of the People.

You may know me by my online moniker, @BruneiTweet. I created BruneiTweet in 2009, and currently (October 2016), I have over 30,000 followers. I am passionate about community, and use social media to connect with people - both on and offline.

I have an MBA, a keen interest in business-development and marketing, and I am a three-time TEDx speaker. I believe in the power of social media and collaboration. I have worked alongside corporate organisations on various community projects. Some highlights from my journey to date: In 2011, I co-organised Twestival Brunei to raise awareness and funds for Brunei’s Child Development Centre. That year I also organised Convergence, Brunei’s first youth led leadership forum. In 2012, I co-organised Movember to raise awareness on men's health issues. In 2013, I participated at various forums including Brunei's National Environment Conference and the ASEAN Social Media Exchange in Thailand. In 2014, I was selected to represent Brunei at the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Programme. In 2015, I was involved as a panel moderator in an International Women's Day event, and was invited to speak at the Green Leaders Eco-Camp in Brunei about using social media with purpose.
 
But enough about me.

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I would love to hear your side of the story.

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