Sukie, as he is best known as, is a man of many talents.
At only 22, he founded the indie record label Bakery with 3 friends. Bakery changed the face of indie music in Thailand, launching some of the country’s most iconic musicians such as Modern Dog and Joey Boy. He was also part of the chart-topping band PRU. After Bakery, he delved into television where he produced and hosted the successful motorcycle adventure TV programme, “Dreamchaser”.
Come December, Sukie presents two new projects – “Life After Music” is an exhibition of photos at Sombat Perm Poon Gallery followed by a charity concert of the same name.
How did this exhibition come about?
I’ve been in the music business my whole life and only after venturing outside the industry did I realize and come to appreciate there’s a lot more in life outside and beyond music.
Looking back I also noticed I had no, I mean zero, photos of my time with Bakery Music. With my next venture after Bakery, a TV show called “Dreamchaser”, I vowed not to make the same mistake again – hence taking up photography as a hobby to capture my travels around Thailand and beyond.
Traveling on a motorcycle with limited space, I knew I needed something small & being a novice I didn’t want to get something expensive so I started of with a cheap point-and-shoot digicam. Now I’m using a Canon S90, still small but highly effective: all photos in this exhibition was taken with it. From my experience, you do not need big expensive DSLRs to capture good pics – people are always surprise when I tell them what I use.
What started out as a hobby developed into a passion, hence sparking me to create this exhibition “Life After Music”. The concept can be broken down into 4 parts:
Traveling: Thailand has a lot more to offer than Phuket, Bangkok & Chiang Mai ;
Photography: A hobby that developed into a passion;
People: I still find people to be the most intriguing of subject;
Motorcycling: A new beginning, a new passion.
Simply it’s what I’ve been up to for the past 5 years after leaving the music business.
You’ve been in the music industry for so long as an entrepreneur and member of a successful band PRU. What have you taken from your experience as an artist?
At heart no matter what I end up doing I will always be a music man foremost. I always believe that music/art comes first – focus on making this part good and other things will kind of fall into its place naturally. Also you have to take music/art for what it is; don’t let the business/marketing side blur you too much. Most importantly, you have to believe in what you are doing. Music/art is subjective, a matter of opinions, and you have to believe in yourself the most if you want to get anywhere with it.
In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition, you are also organizing a charity concert on 19 December. Tell us about that.
It’s a 90-minute acoustic set featuring icons in the business – Noi, Pod & Palmy –
with all the music rearranged acoustically, set in a chill atmosphere. With so many events nowadays we wanted to do something unique that audiences can’t see anywhere else. The venue hold about 300 people – we want our audience to feel they are witnessing a special and exclusive show.
Thailand has been in the news a lot recently because of the flood situation. What are your thoughts on what’s been happening?
Firstly, I feel bad for the ppl who are directly affected by the flood. However, what frustrates me more is how the government & other officials went about trying to solve the problems, in which they failed miserably. There are a lot of politicking going on and it shows that our country is still deeply divided. Sadly this wasn’t a natural disaster but a man-made disaster, and the whole situation didn’t need to detoriate to where it now is.
What’s next for 2012?
For 2012 I am planning to return to entertainment which I have taken a 3 year break from. It is very difficult to start a new label in this day and age, so I’m planning to do music but make it event based rather than album based. I’m calling it “Creative Event.” Currently many are putting on events but my focus is injecting a new level of creativity into it. My motto since the Bakery days has always been to do good creative art and the rest will follow.
“Dreamchaser”, my TV show, is still always in the back of my mind somewhere – possibly a season 3.
Heineken Presents LIFE AFTER MUSIC
1) A Photolicious Exhibition by Sukie Kamol Sukosol Clapp
14 December 2011 – 5 February 2012
2) A Charity Acoustic Concert by Sukie
Monday 19th December, 2011
Venue: Sombat Permpoon Gallery, Sukhumvit Soi 1