The Spotlight


By Alan Ho

Who:  Minor Soul
Where:  Hong Kong S.A.R
For fans of:  Passenger, A Great Big World, Conor Oberst, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Simon & Garfunkel

In deep deep music circles outside of The West and the United States in particular (except in Chicago and San Francisco), Hong Kong is the birthplace of the still strong and wildly popular Cantopop scene.  But for brothers Max and Jack Wagner, the former British colony they call home is where their own musical destiny came to form as they gave themselves a steady diet of their father’s record collection (David Bowie to Jeff Buckley to the Velvet Underground) growing up in a high-rise overlooking Victoria Harbor. 

The end result is the duo Minor Soul, formed in 2010, bringing a soul-baring sound of pop-rock, acoustic guitars, a little folk flare and a touch of old-school soul, not unlike the heyday of Simon & Garfunkel and recently revived by emerging heavyweights Passenger and A Great Big World late last year. 

The brothers are now based in New York, performing live in underground venues, spreading their word and growing a grassroots-based following.  Previously, the brothers have worked with heavyweight producer Toby Gad for their co-written single “Streets of New York” and in 2011, they worked with Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) for their music video debut “Beneath my Skin.”  And just last year, the duo released their debut album “Home Is Where You Are.”

Watch out for these two brothers, they are definitely bear watching this year!


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Music Video:  Beneath My Skin

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