battle of the acts


VIMA & LAUNDRY are teaming up to bring you the BATTLE OF THE ACTS and we are now open to submissions from today until 12th of May.

Stand a chance to be one of 4 acts that will be selected to perform in front of an audience of more than 1000 people at the VIMA MUSIC&MODEL AWARDS in July.

It’s FREE and all you have to do is just email us a link of your performance or talent at and if we like it, we will invite you to then come battle it out on
May 28th at Laundry@theCurve from 7pm to 11pm.

It’s pretty damn exciting to watch a rapper go up against a rocker, or a bellydancer face off against a beatboxer..the audience and judges will decide and its one helluva thrill ride.

So send in your clip today and you could be the next big thing in region. Your performance will also be sent to global talent scouts to be considered for international exposure!


**Latest Update: Event Page on Facebook**





Stuart has had landmark successes included creating Zomba acts Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and *NSYNC as multi million selling stars in Asia Pacific, and breaking acts such as Damage and Fun Factory.

An excerpt from his upcoming book Every Picture has its Story, illustrates what a colourful and eventful life he has led:

“During a 40 year career the author has met and travelled with some of the biggest names in music. He witnessed Michael Jackson’s first UK performance in The Jackson 5 and was the first person to hear Bohemian Rhapsody when Freddie Mercury played it to him, on piano, in his London apartment.

In the 80’s he was nearly shot trying to protect Gary Moore’s contract, was introduced to Bob Dylan by friend Tom Petty and, more recently, hosted press conferences for Kim Wilde , Britney Spears and The Backstreet Boys. Watson was in Hong Kong when it reverted to the Chinese and in East Berlin when The Wall fell. Hanging out with The Eagles in the early 70’s before they became a force, entertaining Lynyrd Skynyrd on the group’s first UK visit (later dealing with an awkward problem following Ronnie’s tragic death) and accompanying Paul McCartney and Wings on its first tour. His stories of Rock ‘n Roll mayhem on Guns ‘n Roses and Deep Purple tours make the mind boggle.

He picked up a bill for GBP 5,000 at a London night club after damage caused by Phil Lynott. From Led Zeppelin to BB King and from The Marquee Club with Yes, to Tokyo’s 50,000 seater Budokan with Bobby Brown, where Whitney Houston threw him out of the dressing room for trying to persuade her husband not to cancel his European tour, he has seen it all.

Every Picture has its Story provides you with a rare opportunity for an insider’s view.”

On VIMA, Stuart Watson shares the following :

‘In today’s very different world of music it has become much harder for new talent to break through traditional outlets. Music companies and the media have changed dramatically and promotion methods are no longer straightforward. I fully endorse the concept of the VIMA Awards and especially the opportunity the organisation provides for new raw talent to be recognised. I am proud to be a judge of the 2016 Awards, and to be able to offer my own input on what has become a very important annual event”


Stuart Watson Snapshot:

As a direct result of his love for live music, Stuart Watson enjoyed a forty year career in the music business. This was never planned. Having attended all the big festivals in the late 60’s, he started organising his own events at London University establishing Royal Holloway College as an integral part of the UK’s live music circuit. The agent who helped him accomplish this went on to join EMI, where the two of them changed the face of artist promotion forever.

In recognition of his marketing skills, Watson progressed through the ranks of Harvest and MCA Records’ management, becoming the youngest Managing Director in the history of the UK record industry. He then took charge of MCA internationally and, working closely with British and American acts (some of which he signed himself) helped guide the company to new heights.

A passion for and knowledge of Asia’s emerging markets led to the set up of SWAT – his own Singapore based consultancy – in the mid 90’s where he represented three of the industry’s biggest artists. Their huge success triggered his return to the frontline as MD of the Zomba International Record Group – the world’s largest independent music company.


VIMA (which stands for Voice International Music Awards) is considered the most important and anticipated music award in South-east Asia, and for this year’s edition, the music recognition platform will open up to submissions from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The award has become a benchmark for many awards platform across the globe and often acts as a launch pad for music acts tipped to be the next big thing. Some of the past winners include Yuna, Altimet, The Great Spy Experiment (Singapore), Joe Flizzow, Shigga Shay (Singapore), Project E.A.R (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia), Thaitanium (Thailand), Up Dharma Down (Philipines), K-Town Clan, Homogenic (Indonesia), Alex Subryn (Malaysia), An Honest Mistake, Inch Chua (Singapore), Feez Madea (Brunei), Electrico (Singapore), Pop Shuvit, Junkyard Groove and FuzzCulture (India) and many more.

“We started the vision 8 years ago when we helped struggling musicians in Malaysia carve a name in the industry. We felt there wasn’t a proper media or platform that was a true voice for independent acts and we came forward to find a way to recognize and support talented musicians. We pulled together as many media partners into the equation, to join us in elevating the local music scene and it has worked wonders for the careers of many musicians.

“It’s been a long and challenging journey to get here, but we’re ecstatic that all the pieces of the puzzle have produced such a phenomenal music platform. I guess we’re unique and credible because of the amount of our own time, money and resources we have invested unconditionally in helping musicians over the years. We have always stayed neutral in the music scene and that has also, help grow our reputation in the market. It’s amazing to see after so many years, the regional music scene is still alive and kicking with a stream of new acts continuously churning out great music ” said Siva Zaphod Chandran, founder of VIMA Music Awards and VIMA Model Awards.

The award platform is unique for allowing submissions from bedroom DJs, college acts, concert performances and even demo versions. It also champions singles rather than albums and recognizes songs of all languages in all genres including electronica,hip-hop,metal,pop,dance,rock and mash-ups/remixes.


Port Dickson, Malaysia 25th April 2016

Sophie (Sofia Sanford), was announced as the winner of the Fioris Award (Best Communicator & Presenter) of the VIMA MODEL AWARDS .

The subsidiary title was the main highlight of the round 3 of the VIMA MODEL AWARDS which was hosted and sponsored by Glory Beach Resort Port Dickson from 23rd to 24th April.


“Round 3 was all about Communication, Presentation, Creativity and Teamwork. We had 3 activities in this round.

The presentations in Activity 1 and Activity 3 gave the contestants an opportunity to express themselves and also overcome the fear of facing an audience during a presentation. Activity 1 was a group task whereas Activity 3 was an individual task where contestants spoke about topics close to their heart. There was also an opportunity for contestants to show off their talents in Activity 2 during the Talent Night in the most creative ways.

Throughout Round 3 we were also looking at how contestants were able to engage their audience. This round was very challenging because it required a lot of thinking and planning and the need to present a task within a given time. However, in spite of the hectic schedule and the demanding criteria for each activity, the contestants developed a very close bond among themselves which created a lot of fun moments. On the whole, the weekend turned into an unforgettable experience for all.


MV Rekha Menon (Co-Founder VIMA Model Awards)

Next, 12 contestants will be moving on to Round 4 which will test the contestants’ intellectual and problem solving skills.” shared MV Rekha Menon, co-founder of VIMA Model Awards.

Sophie, 23, a freelance artist, will be presented with a VIMA crystal award and special certificate at the upcoming VIMA MUSIC & MODEL AWARDS to be held in the 3rd week of July, 2016.

The Top 5 contestants of Round 3 were:

  1. Sophie (Malaysia) – Crystal award and cert.
  2. Mandana (Iran) – Crystal awards and cert.
  3. Elyssa Choy (Malaysia) – cert
  4. Joanna Joseph (Malaysia) – cert
  5. Anika (Russia) – cert


The award name, Fioris was conceived out of a combination of the Italian word fiore which stands for flower and  Iris the Greek Goddess that was represented as a rainbow, a beautiful young maiden with wings and is associated with communication and as a messenger of the gods. The other titles of the subsidiary awards include Vox Populi  (People’s Choice Awards) which was won by Mary from the Philippines in Round 2, and The Visage Award (Face of The Year) won by Pema Tshoki from Bhutan.


Some of the highlights of round 3 included the baby turtles that were released into the sea from the Turtles hatchery at Glory Beach Resort, as well as a power-packed talent night event. The Talent night saw many contestants sing and dance, as well as unique talent performances that included belly dancing (Mandana), an abstract painting created in under 4 minutes (Sophie), a dress re-designed on stage on a “live” mannequin (Samira), and a Justin Bieber impersonation complete with song (Joanna Joseph).


The contestants also shared their own life stories and offered advice and comfort in a closed door “no holds barred” opening up session that brought them closer together as a form of their own sisterhood.



VIMA Model Awards was conceived with the main objective of seeking individuals beyond just looks and glamour – models who are smart, fun loving, strong minded, independent and confident.

VIMA Model Awards is also being positioned as a unique and rule-bending platform in the modeling and fashion industry whereby the participation criteria is as such:

  1. The awards is open to contestants of any height
  2. The awards does not discriminate with regards to race or skin colour
  • Contestants need not have had any prior modeling experience
  1. Two age groups : 18-29 years old & 30-40 years old
  2. Contestants with piercings and tattoos are allowed to participate
  3. International models based in Malaysia for studies or work are eligible to join.





The top producer-songwriter, who has worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, David Foster and Stevie Wonder, returns as a global judge for VIMA MUSIC AWARDS 2016.

Rick Bacchus, currently the Chairman /CEO of Bacchus Companies LLC & Bacchus Music Inc. was educated at the Queen’s College in Guyana, South America and at Christ Church University of Oxford in the UK. Rick’s career in the business world has spanned for over a period of 25 globally. During his career he has owned and operated several companies ranging from Casino/Hotel/Resorts Development & Nightlife and Entertainment projects under (Bacchus Companies LLC), music production & record labels under (Bacchus Music Inc.), fashion design and clothing labels under (Bacchus Clothing Company LLC) and Commodities & Energy companies operating under (North American Trading Corporation LLC).

Rick shares:

“Joining Mr Siva Chandran’s team of Global Judges for VIMA comes naturally since I have seen this program grow from its infantile stage to a global network. It is a great medium for all musical artists and models worldwide who are looking to be heard and seen on a grassroots platform.This comes at no out of pocket cost to the artist but can offer them a chance for a global audience to see or hear their talents.

For VIMA, it is my opinion that best is yet to come!”


Bacchus Companies LLC-This is the holding company under which Mr. Bacchus facilitates multiple business opportunities which includes Commercial, Residential, Urban Planning and Development and Casino and Hotel Development and Entertainment & Club projects worldwide (Macau, Dubai, Russia etc.). These projects include leveraging and nurturing relationships with all of the appropriate parties for the ultimate success of each individual project. Bacchus Companies LLC is currently working with most of the Hotels & Casinos in Macau and Las Vegas supplying them with building materials and products under the FF&E and OS&E categories.

Bacchus Music Inc is an Independent Record Label and Music Production company. It’s founder/owner Rick Bacchus, composes and produces music for all categories and genres including Pop, Rock, R&B, Classical, Hip Hop, Country, Dance and Film Scores. He is always interested in collaborations and constantly looking for amazing new talent. Under this label, Rick has written, worked with and/or produced music with/for many multi-platinum artists. Rick was also awarded numerous multi-platinum awards. Rick was also a guest judge and has written and produced music for the Australian Idol and, most recently worked with and produced music for American Idol finalist Pia Toscano for the 2011 season.

Fashion meets function.
This is a design and production company in the apparel industry under the label “Rick Bacchus” which has designed, manufactured and supplied clothing to the top retail stores across the country which included uniforms to most of the prestigious 5 star hotels and casinos in the USA including some European countries. Some of these properties included The Venetian Hotel & Casino, The Bellagio, MGM Hotel & Casino, Caesars Palace, The Palms in Las Vegas and the Burg Al Arab in Dubai which was prestigiously granted the only 7 star rating worldwide.

a) Currently negotiating a global partnership between WSOF and Kung Fu Union together with AEG for MMA fights in China and all of Asia.

b) Rick is in the process of securing a partnership with a major Dubai developer and a Korean investment banking firm for a JV development of 40 acres of pristine, prime beach front property.
This development would be for residential and retail purposes.

c) He is also working very closely with the managing team of the Primorye Region in Vladivostok, Russia who is currently developing a large gaming zone bordering China.