Be transported to a galactic Egyptian podium, then to Singapore’s Central Business District, all the while interacting with a titan-sized ShiGGa Shay. That’s what regional audiences can expect as this “first of its kind interactive virtual live concert” makes its debut to regional audiences on TechStorm as the exclusive Official Media Partner.

ShiGGa Shay “是个谁” first launched his EP 365 via a virtual live concert online. In this groundbreaking first-ever real-time interactive performance by the Asian rap singer, audiences will be transported to fantastical 360° environments in the digital realm where they can get up close and personal with Singapore rapper ShiGGa Shay, who appears as a digital avatar.

This hybrid “mixed reality” performance will now be made available to regional audiences with an exclusive deal with TechStorm, which is available in 26 countries.

The concert is scheduled to debut on TechStorm on 19 October, Mon at 8:30 p.m. (SG/MAL) | 7:30 p.m. (JKT/BKK) | 6 p.m. (SL).

This virtual concert is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and serves ShiGGa Shay’s new EP album launch. Built by the MRGE team using the Unity engine, the show was initially recorded as a livestream online where viewers are empowered as a concert audience.

ShiGGa Shay’s body movements and facial expressions are captured via a motion capture suit and Apple iPhone’s Face ID software. Courtesy of TechStorm.

The audience will participate in co-creating the experience via the chat stream with their comments appearing onscreen in real-time. ShiGGa Shay’s body movements and facial expressions are captured via a motion capture suit and Apple iPhone’s Face ID software.

Sharing his thoughts, ShiGGa Shay said, “Doing this virtual show really opened my mind up to what concerts in the future may look and feel like. It was a crazy experience. The timeline was extremely tight. The MRGE team and I only started working on this mid-August for a September livestream. Everything was completely live, from the movement of the avatar to the effects happening in the environment and the audio portion of it. Shoutout to the MRGE team for pulling this off. And TechStorm for helping to get this show to their audience!”

“Our Gen Z and millennial audiences are constantly seeking novel ways of entertainment. TechStorm is the perfect platform that intersects coolest cutting edge tech trends with latest, hip rap music that trends well. This Official Media Partnership is a fabulous testimony of TechStorm’s innovative ways that explores pop culture that coincides with our core audience’ passions and interest. We’re thrilled to bring more of such intriguing entertainment experience to delight our young audience segment aged 18 to 34 years, who actively watching TechStorm,” said Debbie Lee, Founder & CEO of TechStorm.

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