Music Outreach Programme

The Borneo Music Talent Search is pleased to announce it’s 2nd call for auditions for both the DJ and band categories. The deadline for submission is 31st May 2019. Finalists will be notified by 10th June 2019.



The Borneo Jazz Festival is proud to present its 2nd Edition Talent Search with an all-new category for DJ’s. We believe that musical talent, especially among young and emerging musicians, must be cultivated in a space that celebrates regional music traditions in an international context.

We urge Borneon musicians and producers to sign up and share their work with us. Selected finalists will get to perform and compete at the Borneo Jazz Festival, and stand a chance to win a total prize giveaway of RM11,000.


  • Musicians who showcase originality and creativity in their work
  • High entertainment value and an understanding of their audience
  • A visually stimulating aspect to match their music (for example, clothing)
  • A high level of musical understanding and skill

Jury panel for Borneo Music Talent Search

DJ Maestro

Jasmine Chen

MICHAEL SIMON - PubPhoto - Michael Veerapen-2

Michael Veerapen

Robo Jupiter


Best Solo: RM 2,000

There are so many types of DJs, specializing in an array of styles and genres. But what does it take to be a standout act? It’s not just about matching beats or creating clever transitions. At the root of the matter, it is about understanding what your audience wants even before they do, it’s about building anticipation, arousing excitement, and practicing restraint when necessary.

The Borneo Jazz Festival stands in the tradition of improvisation. Jazz, as we know and love it today, boasts a rich and storied history. It began in the 20’s with Blues and Ragtime, which later evolved into Jazz. From there it mushroomed into R&B, Rock & Roll, Soul, Pop and even Disco and Dance. Jazz is truly the mother of all modern music, and we as musicians and listeners hope to embody the past, present, and future of this music tradition.

Finalists will get a chance to experience a masterclass with a renowned international DJ.

In the second round of auditions, we would like to see contestants showcase a wide and informed knowledge of the history of music in general, as well as a more specific jazz understanding.

What do we need from you?

  • Entries open to all aspiring DJs from the Borneo region: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Kalimantan, Labuan
  • Aspiring DJs aged between 15 – 30
  • Participants must create ONE (1) x 15 minutes mixtape consisting of ONE (1) original track and must include an accurate set list.
  • Submit application via email entitled “BMTS2019 – Artist name” with below information to

    1. Either .mp3 or .mp4 file of 1 original composition
    2. Biography
    3. 1 or more productions
    4. Hi-res photo


Grand Winner: RM 5,000
1st Runner: RM 2,000
2nd Runner: RM 1,500
Best Original Composition:
RM 1,000

It is an indisputable fact that every successful band has a unique identity, beyond the capacity of imitation. We are looking for bands that understand the importance of an ensemble in the creation of great music, as well as the significance of individual style and flair.

Bands are encouraged to showcase originality in their arrangements, and this should be informed by their own cultural backgrounds and knowledge of wider music traditions. The judges (and audience!) want to be WOWed, show us something we have never seen or heard before!

What do we need from you?

  • Entries are open to all bands from the Borneo region: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Kalimantan, Labuan
  • Aspiring musicians aged between 15 – 30
  • ONE (1) original arrangement/ composition is encouraged *
  • Upload a high-quality video of your band performance on YouTube entitled “BMTS2019 – Artist name”
  • Email below information to

    1. Either mp3 or mp4 file of one original composition
    2. Biography
    3. 1 or more productions
    4. Hi-res photo
* Contestants are encouraged to explore genres of Blues, Jazz and World Music in deciding their repertoire.