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Bochan / Bio

Bochan has dedicated her life to spearheading and continuing to sow the seeds of the Neo-Cambodian musical breakout movement. By collaborating with adept pianist and producer, Arlen Hart, Bochan effortlessly bridges the East West gap with an inimitable, soulful yet sweet indie-pop vibe. She authentically draws on her dual country upbringing; combining influences from the ultra urban Oakland scene, coupled with her deep rooted Cambodian inspiration and fellowship, to create her infectious new sound.

Bochan grew up singing in her father’s Cambodian American bands. The evolution that Bochan witnessed (and took an active part in) is audible today in the ardent Cambodian music circuit, which has moved from Rock Roots to its current inception. Honoring, yet stepping bravely away from traditional style, she attempts to usher in a new musical age.

“Desires”, her first single, shows how her music transcends genres and stereotypes, by affecting the pop realm while simultaneously maintaining artistic integrity. Her latest release titled “Chnam Oun 16” (or, “I am 16”), featuring Raashan Ahmad from Crown City Rockers, shakes up convention, by remaking the classic Cambodian rock anthem about women coming of age. The new version retains textures and tones of the original Farfisa organ, while the lyrics alternate between English and Khmer. Listen to this catching and artful remix, along with other Bochan singles like “The Music” available on iTunes now. View the powerful, culturally sensitive yet exposing music video for “Chnam Oun 16” live on VEVO.

Her solo debut album, "Full Monday Moon" was officially released January 2012 and is available on bandcamp.com at - http://bochan.bandcamp.com/.

Bochan's music has been featured in the following: NYC Nomi Network Charity Fashion Show, New Orleans, LA; RAMA Go'Ohana Shows, Berkeley, CA; “Rice Field of Dreams” (directed by Daron Ker)/Refugee No More Tour, Bay Area; Women of Substance Radio on Live 365, College Underground Radio.com, UCBerkeley Asian Pacific Islander Issues Conference 2012, Berkeley, CA; Tiger Translate Event 2012, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Bayon Television Network TV Concert Series (March 2012), Phnom Penh, Cambodia; MYX TV Blog, MYX TV “Press Play” Music Video Television Program, ChannelAPA.com, AngryAsianMan.com, 8Asians.com, Voices of America, Khmer & English, Voices of America “This is America” podcast, 7Days Magazine /Phnom Penh Post, Universal Music Group Blog site, Khmerican Media Group blog, Cambodian Alliance for the Arts blog, KhmerBird.com, "Paulina" (Independant Film), Bangkok Airway's Fah Thai Magazine May 2012, Silk Airways Silk Wind inflight Magazine May 2012, and many more.

"The song, a re-interpretation of iconic songstress Ros Sereysothea’s Chnam Oun 16 (I am 16), is a thoughtful blend of old and young, memory and creativity, the United States and Cambodia; musical fruit born of Phnom Penh native Bochan’s experience as a refugee raised in the US." ~Diana Montano, editor of Lifestyles column, Phnom Penh Post

"Bochan sounds like a Khmer version of Sade." Christian B, MYX TV.com

“America’s first Cambodian-American female solo singer, Bochan’s new album Full Monday Moon is nothing short of success. The 11-track LP seeks to address and inspire contemporary, international Khmer culture. In its lyrics, genres and execution, the album achieves these goals, and then some." ... Cambodian Alliance for the Arts

On "Chnam Oun 16" Music Video - "I found this to be one of the most refreshing videos I’ve seen made by an independent Asian artist." ... 8Asians.com

"Nicely produced, and blending language, culture and history on top of a hot beat, she's taking Khmer music into the 21st century." ~AngryAsianMan.com

"Singer Bochan released the track “Outta My Head” off her upcoming 'Full Monday Moon”'album. It’s an intoxicating single about love with her sultry voice..." ~ ChannelAPA

General Info

Band Members
Bochan - Vox, Arlen Hart - Keys & Beats
Artist Name
Home Page
Other / Indie Pop / Urban

Contact Info

Oakland, CA