Bochan, Hello HI

Bochan by Heath Orchard

Bochan has dedicated her life to spearheading and continuing to sow the seeds of the Neo-Cambodian musical breakout movement. By collaborating with adept pianist and producer, Arlen Hart, Bochan effortlessly bridges the East-West gap with an inimitable-soulful yet sweet Indie Pop vibe. She authentically draws on her dual country upbringing combining influences from the ultra-urban Oakland scene, coupled with her deep rooted Cambodian inspiration and fellowship, to create her infectious new sound. Bochan grew up singing in her father’s Cambodian American bands. The evolution that Bochan witnessed (and took an active part in) is audible today in the ardent Cambodian music circuit which has moved from Rock roots to its current inception. Honoring, yet stepping bravely away from traditional style, she attempts to usher in a new musical age.

Her single “Chnam Oun 16” (“I am 16”) from her solo debut album “Full Monday Moon,” featuring Raashan Ahmad from Crown City Rockers, shakes up convention by remaking the classic Cambodian rock anthem about women coming of age. The new version retains textures and tones of the original Farfisa organ while the lyrics alternate between English and Khmer. Her latest album, “Hello HI,” is a fusion of Khmer Psychedelic Rock with Urban Soul and features remixes by Los Angeles based Electronic Duo Indradevi and Chicago beatmaker/producer OkayTonyBeats. Bochan tours internationally and has been featured in many programs, festivals, and publications worldwide.

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