Moochie Mac & Superfriends

Rock band by day and beer fueled superheroes by night (or sometimes the other way around), Moochie Mac & Superfriends formed in the summer of 2008 after being inspired by a trip to Japan. As fate would have it our heroes, Moochie Mac & Hayashi wrote their first song together—titled Baan Thai—after getting smashed at Thai Beach Bar on Kamakura Beach. On the plane trip back to their native Singapore, the duo decided to form a band and write an album about all of the adventures they had in Tokyo.

Once they returned home, they recruited long time friend K-9 to complete the awesome trio and Moochie Mac & Superfriends was born.

Each member is equally capable of creating funky rock tunes and fighting evildoers. Lead singer and writer Hayashi possesses the power of the Vocal Blast (Screams and enemies fly away), Russian guitar player K-9 wrecks enemies with the Sumo Thump (jumps in the air and when he lands creates an earthquake) and bass player Moochie Mac freezes foes with Crazy fingers (moves his fingers so fast that it paralyzes the enemies by hitting their pressure points).

It would take two years of laying down tracks and fighting their arch nemesis, Birumahal (he is the evil villain that is using the formerly free Reservoir of Love—a reservoir filled with beer—to his own profit) for MMSF to complete their first offering. The band released the EP Ageha in early 2008 to a little critical acclaim but their mission was hardly complete.

In December of the same year MMSF finally released their magnum opus, Somerset Roppongi (named after the area of Tokyo they stayed in during that fateful trip). Produced by Joel Chia, SR is a collection of fun songs that detail their trip to Japan. Some mixed with serious messages but most just for shits and giggles.

Fans have gravitated towards a few favorites including the title track “Somerset Roppongi”, the heartfelt ode to lost family “Sayonara” and “Fish, Eggs and Sushi,” a song inspired by the supposedly best but surprisingly worst sushi the band ever had in the Tsukiji fish market. “I wanted it to have a tie in with some other factor,” says Hayashi. “I thought of how Hollywood and the news is perceived to be true by a lot of people when they could actually be making crap up. So the song became about that as well.

Our socially and party conscious heroes are making their mark on the music scene from Singapore to Japan with several sold out shows. Fresh off of signing a Japanese distribution deal, MMSF is also planning an extensive tour in the land of the rising sun.

There are still several unanswered questions for our heroes. Will they defeat the evil Birumahal? Will Somerset Roppongi achieve cult status? Will the band eventually sell out the Tokyo Dome? The only way to find out is to stay tuned to Moochie Mac & Superfriends. As we all know, a hero’s work is never done.

How do you describe your music to people, Hayashi?
Crazy, Funk, Rock, Love from South-East Asia. Our music is a combination of funk, pop, rock with a touch of Asian musical influence.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I have always been singing since I was a little boy. I wanted to be part of every school performance and that is how I got started with performing for crowds. With regards to Moochie Mac & Superfriends, it all started from a trip to Tokyo in 2008. That trip influenced me to write up an album about that particular trip.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Performing with Roman (K-9) for a crowd. Nothing beats that feeling.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Balancing the work of marketing my band, writing new material, jamming, playing live and getting shows and all that. I would say balancing my time.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be Spiderman at first followed by being part of a rock band. I still wanna be Spiderman though.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
A lot. In Singapore, we have all sorts of traditional music being a multicultural place. We got Chinese music, Indian music, Indonesian music, Thai music. I am still developing myself as a musician. In future tracks, I would love to have more traditional instruments combined with our special funk, pop, rock sound. Our sound is still maturing.

What other artists out there do you love?
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, Guns N Roses. I like rock bands from the 80s and Japanese rock bands too like L'Arc En Ciel and Miyavi. I also love classical like Beethoven, Mozart. It soothes me, oh yeah and Kitaro. Love that dude.

What does your future hold?
For now, we are concentrating on the upcoming Japanese tour. My ultimate dream is use Moochie Mac & Superfriends to bring more bands out of my region (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, ETC) out to Japan. To me, music is a powerful organism and I would love to share cultures through the power of rock music. That's the ultimate goal.