Kyoto Protocol

Kyoto Protocol

Rock Band



Kyoto Protocol is a 5-piece rock band from Kuala Lumpur formed in 2009. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Fuad, back-up vocalist/keyboard player Gael, guitarist Hairi, bassist Shakeil, and drummer Shan. In 2011, Kyoto Protocol received a nomination in the ‘Best New Artist’ category from the Anugerah Industri Muzik following the success of their EP cheekily titled “An Album” in the same year. Its lead single “Pussycat” peaked at No.1 on Hitz.FM’s Malaysian English Top 10, the FlyFM Campur Charts and TraxxFM’s Upstage Charts.


• Best Live Performer Hitz FM MET10 Awards 2016

• Breakthrough Act Nominee SHOUT! Awards (2013)

 Best New Artist Nominee Anugerah Industri Muzik 18 (2011)

• Released “Catch These Men” in 2015:

• “Still Alive” peaked at #1 on Hitz.FM’s Malaysian English Top 10

• The Catch These Men tour covered 9 cities in Japan and Malaysia

• Released “An Album” in 2011:

• “Pussycat” reached #1 spot on 4 English and Malay radio stations – Hitz.FM, Fly FM, XFM and TraxxFM and stayed on the charts for 18 consecutive weeks

• Second Single – “Gimme Nothing” reached up to #2

These offbeat darlings play some of the most infectious, experimental yet listenable rock in Malaysia; their impressive accolades include the following coveted slots:

• AIA Vitality Music Run (2017)

• Opening act for Death Cab for Cutie (2016), Tenacious D (2014), The Killers (2013), Yuna (2012), MGMT (2011)

• New Wave Festival (Goa, India) 2014

• Good Vibes Festival (Malaysia) 2013 – 2014: line up included The Smashing Pumpkins, Modest Mouse, Ellie Goulding, Empire of the Sun

• Urbanscapes (Malaysia) 2010 – 2014 – a local festival that grew to become international; featured Sigur Rós, Franz Ferdinand, Yuna, Last Dinosaurs

• Future Music Festival Asia 2013, 2012 – sharing the stage alongside The Temper Trap, FUN and Bloc Party

• Beastierock Festival (Taiwan) 2012


Good Vibes Fest 2016: Kyoto Protocol

This “Evolution of Malaysian Music” by Kyoto Protocol is too awesome! 

Interview: The big questions with Kyoto Protocol


Indie rock band Kyoto Protocol finally have a full-length album

Kyoto Protocol: Serious Fun

20 Questions with Fuad Ahabshi