Music Outreach Programme

The Borneo Jazz Talent Search is pleased to announce its finalists for both the DJ and band categories. 

The Borneo Jazz Talent Search Finals will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 , 7.30pm-9.30pm at Bintang Megamall, 1st floor, West Court, Miri, Sarawak.



Borneo Jazz Festival 2019 is proud to present its 2nd Edition Talent Search adding 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. 

This year we received a total of 29 bands and DJ submissions, and have selected 8 bands + 3 DJs to perform in the final round.

A total cash prize giveaway of RM11,000 and a chance to perform on the Main Stage on Sunday, July 21 on the 3rd day of Borneo Jazz Festival!

Jury panel for Borneo Music Talent Search

DJ Maestro

Eugene Suboh

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.


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!