Breakout Festival was the music fiesta of 2008. With many local bands competing with original material and playing their hearts out for fans and judges; showcased the young potential talents of today. A hearty congratulations to Traphic Jam who came out as winners and on top. This definitely created controversy and ill feelings and ego clashes amongst a lot of musicians and music lovers.
While Trio played their melodic romantic tunes i have to say their final night performance missed the originality and the heavy distorted guitars spoiled it for me. I love the original Trio feel which was at a lack that night. Gianscore is the original hard rock [heavily Jimi Hendrix influenced] band of all times yet. The teeth picking by Vitte definitely was a memorable experience; very probably a first on a Maldivian music show.They have grown as a band and the performance was quite tight. Unfortunately theirs was too much a copy than original and the lyrics in English though poetic lacked the “listener identifying with self” factor.They ahve come a long way from winning the first battle of the bands contest in Maldives. They definitely have the ability to be an international success if they can hold it together.Colorful and original was 1984 with Appi as the front man. Their experimentation into almost psychedelic realms of music with a Radiohead feel and easy listing melodies that were catchy, still lacked the “X” factor. Definitely the best dressed and musically rich band of the competition.
The final act of the show was Traphic Jam and they stole it. They had the crowd singing and head banging and feeling every word that came out of Kayano’s mouth. Their new song which was first played on the finals “OK OK” was i believe their secret weapon that sealed the deal. Quite upbeat but with a catchy riff from Faube and a chorus to die for. Short but powerful! As always the songs radiated the feelings and emotions of a lot of Maldivians and their sufferings in life. They had the “listener identifying with self” factor in their lyrics. They had the ultimate advantage of lyrics being in Dhivehi and voters giving 30% of the final score. Traphic Jam has matured and become a popular act that definitely fills a arena for their loud political and social issue songs and explicit communication with the crowd.
All i can say is they have done it hence let us be proud and see how they do at the international tour with Fasy Live and other British bands. And all the other finalists can be really proud as they all did great and exceptionally. I am pretty sure there will be much more opportunities of this sought int he near future. Good luck T.J!!!