The story thus far...
King Wasabi is West Australian singer/songwriter Hugh Veldon aka Martin Moon. In 1997 He formed an 11 piece ensemble which included a string quartet, and launched a debut CD/EP “Man and his Cymbals” at the legendary Greenwich Bar in 1998. Bob Gordon editor of Xpress Magazine in Perth voted it his CD release of the year.
In early 1999 King Wasabi performed at RTRfm’s In The Pines and were chosen to perform a dedication in honour of the late singer/songwriter David McComb of The Triffids. The band also played at the Festival of Fremantle with Melbourne’s Paul Williamson Hammond Combo.
In 1999/2000, Hugh Veldon performed solo in London and Paris. In 2001 he returned to Perth, formed a new 11 piece ensemble, and released an album entitled “When Sharks Smell Love” again to critical acclaim. The album received airplay on Triple JJJ, Triple RRR, RTRfm, PBSFM, and ABC Radio National.
Starting in grand style in 2002, King Wasabi supported the likes of David Byrne, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sodastream, and played at RTRfm’s In The Pines.
In 2004,King Wasabi played the Perth International Arts Festival with French artist Francoiz Breut and in November of that year supported Sydneysiders Karma County.
The ensemble started 2005 playing with festival favourites Doch Gypsy Orchestra from Brisbane. In October King Wasabi performed as part of The Totally Huge New Music Festival. In February 2006 King Wasabi performed with The Antonio Forcione Quartet at the Perth International Arts Festival.
King Wasabi launched and released a new album “Like a Monkey’s Wedding” in August 2008 at the Fly By Night Musicians Club. It received extensive airplay on RTRfm, Radio Fremantle 107.9FM, ABC Radio National, and Triple RRR.
In October two songs from the new album were nominated in the Mixed Bag category for the WAM Song of the Year 2008 in West Australia.
In February 2011 King Wasabi performed in the world famous Spiegeltent as part of the opening party celebrations for Fringe World in Perth WA. In September the band returned to the stage at the Sundays@Subiaco Concert Series and in December King Wasabi made their debut at Devilles Pad for SPACE PUNK.
In June 2012 King Wasabi supported international artist Nadeah at The Fly by Night Musicians Club.
As of February 2014 a new album is in progress...