Our Gadget Life - Kyoto Protocol

The band reveals their world domination plans & sordid gadget fantasies

They've opened for MGMT, played in major Malaysian festivals like Future Music Festival Asia, Rockaway Festival and Urbanscapes, and are fresh from their success as runners up from the music show Versus on TV9. Kyoto Protocol the band, unlike the environmental agreement, is definitely not dead in the water. Comprised of Fuad Alhabshi, on lead vocals and guitar, backup vocalist and keyboardist Gael Oliveres, guitarist Hairi Haneefa, bassist Shakeil Bashir and drummer Shanjeev Reddy, the band reveals what gadgets, gear and games keep them alive and kicking.


Stuff.tv: So tell us just what sort of phones you guys use?

Fuad: We all need smartphones. I’ve got the Blackberry Bold 9900 and Nokia Lumia 900 - a lot of nines!

Hairi: I'm using the iPhone 5 

Shak: I'm still on the iPhone 4

Gael: iPhone 5 for me

Shanjeev: I have the Samsung Galaxy S3

Fuad: If I can be very honest, I can't live without the keypad and the BlackBerry fits my needs in this department. I hate using a touch screen because it makes me feel like I’m "special". So for what the BlackBerry can’t do, the Nokia makes up for it. It has apps like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope which is pretty cool. It also has a cool GPS, Nokia Drive which actually got us to our destination in Penang one time where Google Maps got us lost.


Stuff.tv: We know you guys are gamers, so what do you play?

Shak: We would love to be gaming more but work kind of takes its toll.

Fuad: We used to play quite a lot of games actually. This might be weird but I think FIFA on the Nintendo Wii is one of the most underrated football games in the world. The controllers for the Wii are pretty cheap so we have 4 controllers and we used to play these epic games that would get pretty heated, causing Shak and Gael to not talk to each other for a months.

Stuff.tv: How about DOTA (Defence of the Ancients)?

Gael, Shak and I still play DOTA. In fact we plan to skip DOTA 2 and go straight to DOTA 3 and become really good at it. The 5 of us will be our own clan, called KP with the two brackets in front and the back. So we’re gonna form our own DOTA 3 clan and we’re gonna win that 1million USD prize from The International (laughs).


Fuad: It’s not so much the hardware but more of the software that really takes us to new levels now. Cloud software like SugarSync has made communication a lot easier, because we can store all our songs, band profiles and pictures. If someone wants to put our picture in a magazine, we just send them the whole folder, they look through the gallery and they can choose the ones they want to download. It’s really made our lives easier. We also use Google Drive quite a bit with spreadsheets that check how much money we have and stuff. 


Look out for their latest single, "Jelita" and follow Kyoto Protocol on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram and YouTube. For upcoming shows, visit Song Kick and you can catch their songs on Spotify.


Band Images by One Three Imagery

Interview video by Amir Rashid Othman