LOCALLY TRAPPED WILDLIFE ARE ARTIST/CURATORS PICKING OUT AND PULLING TOGETHER THE BEST INDIE/ROCK SOUNDS FROM THE SAIGON SCENE. WANT TO KNOW HOW THEY DO THAT? READ ON.

Gavin Pilisi is clear from the start that he doesn’t want an article about Locally Trapped Wildlife to be a profile of him, or Stephen, the other half of the dynamic duo that make up LTW.

“In terms of rock music, Saigon has always been a place with a vibrant metal/hardcore scene, an active experimental scene, and then of course a huge pop industry. . But right around the time we started doing LTW in 2017, there wasn’t a platform highlighting original, song-based, alternative and indie rock.”

So Gavin and Stephen set out to create one with a simple ethos – affordable shows, multiple bands per show, and quality artists and sound. LTW aren't music promoters or talent scouts but rather as long term faces on the Saigon scene (Gavin has been here nearly a decade) they are perfectly placed to sound out both the up and coming, and the lasting favourites which they then like to creatively combine.

“Curation isn't just 'I want that one, and that one', it comes from a lifelong understanding of music and its historical progression, plus local scene knowledge. It always starts with the sound aesthetics and songwriting quality but then you have the performance factor; some guys sound and look great on social media but look like mice on stage. The driving mission of LTW is to show that there's lots going on in the Vietnamese music and arts community and the international and expat scene here in Saigon should not be disconnected. This city is a great place to work and do art and there is always lots of great bands living and working here, so we just give them a stage and let them do their thing.”

Given that this year’s Rocktoberfest line-up includes cheeky alt-rock from Hanoi, pop-punk from Saigon, Anglo psychedelia, rockers, and a ten-piece, HCMC-based Japanese ska band (amongst many others) it’s fair to say that Locally Trapped Wildlife have truly outdone themselves as curators this year. So now they’ve done the hard work scouring the venues to find the sounds, all you have to do is rock up to Rocktoberfest and enjoy.

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When they’ve recovered from putting on Rocktoberfest 2019, Locally Trapped Wildlife will move on to do the Cover Show at Yoko for Halloween. We’ll be telling you more about that just as soon as we’ve recovered from Rocktoberfest ourselves.