Kyoto Protocol was formed in 2008 by a group of angsty but fun-loving adolescent males who embarked on a quest to explore sonical frontiers together. They combined their varied influences to create an eclectic mix of punk, soul and everything in between. Things got serious when their raw passion was validated as talent after they won 1st place in the 2009 Yamaha Asian Beat Central Regional Finals. At that point, there was no turning back. The band were presented an immense opportunity in 2011 when they were hand-picked to be the opening act in MGMT's inaugural show in Kuala Lumpur, their first exposure to the big stage. Since then, they adapted quickly and in the process racked up impressive accolades including coveted slots at the inaugural Future Music Festival Asia, Rockaway and Urbanscapes. In June 2011, Kyoto Protocol released the cheekily entitled “An Album”, a 5-track EP, under Monsoon Records who spotted them making the rounds in the local gigging circuit. This offering would prove to be a success as their first single “Pussycat” garnered heavy rotation on the airwaves, even reaching number 1 on the Hitz.FM’s Malaysian English Top 10, FlyFM’s Campur Chart and TraxxFM’s Upstage Charts. Subsequently, the band received a nomination for “Best New Artist” from Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) in the same year, building on the success of “An Album”.