From 31 March to 2 April, music lovers can look forward to an unparalleled 30 hours of world class music at the fourth Singapore International Jazz Festival (SINGOn March 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
From 31 March to 2 April, music lovers can look forward to an unparalleled 30 hours of world class music at the fourth Singapore International Jazz Festival (SING JAZZ) at Asia’s leading entertainment destination, Marina Bay Sands. Already billing a star-studded line-up of multiple award-winning artists, SING JAZZ is set to add the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Chaka Khan, Gilles Peterson and Ray Parker Jr., as well as local favourites Aaron James Lee and Ernesto Enriquez.
Aaron James Lee, who has established a glowing reputation drumming with The Steve McQueens, and his trio will kick-off Friday’s festivities (31 March), to be followed by pioneering UK-based jazz DJ Gilles Peterson with the Zara McFarlane Band featuring Nubya Garcia and MC Earl Zinger. Multiple Grammy Award winner Corinne Bailey Rae rounds off the evening’s musical fiesta under the stars on the stunning outdoor Main Stage at the Event Plaza at Marina Bay Sands.
The action then switches to SING JAZZ’S new indoor VIP party venue, the perfect setting for its ‘Late Show’, combining scintillating live performances played out in an intimate club atmosphere. Ernesto Enriquez and his jazz-infused Afro-Cuban sounds get the party going, ahead of Al McKay’s iconic Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, followed by an all-star jam session led by Incognito’s Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Citrus Sun. Another UK favourite, electronic duo Basement Jaxx, will complete a whole 12 hours of amazing music.
Saturday opens with Raw Earth presenting a tribute to blues icon BB King, setting the stage for R&B legend Ray Parker Jr. ahead of fellow new addition, virtuoso singer-songwriter and bassist Esperanza Spalding, making a welcome return to Singapore following previous sold-out concerts here. This four-time Grammy Award- winner, who famously eclipsed Justin Bieber in the “Best New Artist” category in 2011, brings her reinvented, fusion-influenced hybrid of rock, funk and jazz to the SING JAZZ stage.
World music icon Youssou N’dour will round off Saturday’s Main Stage programme, before another segue into The Late Show, featuring for the first time in Singapore multiple platinum and chart-topping Brit Award winners Rudimental (“Feel the Love” and “Waiting all Night”) with their dazzling DJ set. Setting the party vibe are SING JAZZ favourites Incognito, who will also head up another jam session of Festival artists and instrumentalists in one-off impromptu collaborations that are sure to live long in the memory.
Sunday’s Main Stage programme promises a fitting climax to one of the biggest weekends of live music that Singapore will have seen in a while. The exciting billing leads off with Adam Hall and The Velvet Playboys from Perth featuring local songstress Alemay Fernandez, with their fusion of up-tempo jump jive and rock and roll. The Sunday evening party continues with funky US bassist Nik West followed by singer songwriter Raúl Midón. HITMAN David Foster & Friends – a line-up of international stars including the multifaceted Brian McKnight, returning superstar Chaka Khan, YouTube sensation Thirdstory, Indonesia’s soul sweetheart Dira Sugandi and, from Singapore, Nick Zavior – will then bring the curtain down on this fourth, and largest ever, edition of the Singapore International Jazz Festival, SING JAZZ 2017.
Gilles Peterson is looking forward to introducing his all-star line-up of UK jazz artists to Singapore, ”This is such an unbelievably good time for British jazz! Not since my early years listening to the jazz funk of groups like Incognito and Level 42 have I felt such a sense of community around a music scene. We’re fortunate to have a very solid buzzing base for jazz and improvised music in the UK – both Nubya and Zara are two of the newer stars of recent times… I’m so excited to share this unique collaboration at SING JAZZ 2017.”
“SING JAZZ is fast becoming one of the most prominent and favoured music festivals in the region and this is reflected by the amazing and diverse talent that we are able to attract and present. This is very encouraging and we look forward to growing the Festival to even greater heights,” commented David Lyndon Smith, Co- founder and Artistic Director of SING JAZZ.
Sponsors & Partners
In addition to welcoming some of the biggest musical names to Singapore, SING JAZZ is also proud to announce partnerships with some of the most recognised brands in the world.
Returning for the fourth year as Official Venue Partner and strong supporter of the Festival is the iconic is Marina Bay Sands, while logistics giant DHL and Coca-Cola® comes on board for the first time as the Official Logistics Partner and the Official Beverage Partner respectively.
Attendees at this year’s SING JAZZ may also look forward to sipping on a richer range of spirits and liquors to complement the musical atmosphere.
At the inaugural Lanson Champagne Terrace, spectators can pamper themselves with a premium elevated view of the iconic outdoor stage while sipping on flutes of Lanson champagne.
Lanson’s winemaker, PengWine, a boutique wine from the Maipo Valley of Chile, comes on board as Official Wine of SING JAZZ with the launch of its very first vintage bubbly – Chinstrap Sparkling Brut. Made by the Méthode Traditionelle, and named after the famous penguins of South America, this Chilean bubbly is vivacious, festive and yet full of elegance, designed to inspire and celebrate life.
Those who prefer to cool off with lager and cider have a choice to make between Tiger Beer, Erdinger and Strongbow Cider.
Tickets for the Singapore International Jazz Festival 2017: Main Stage and The Late Show start from SGD108 and are available here. Also available is the Full Festival Pass (SGD288) which gives access to 30 hours of music at both The Main Stage & The Late Show on all days. For more information, please visit SING JAZZ.
Are you feeling sleepy 99% of the time but can’t find a place for a power nap? Join us at our much anticipated Zen Zone, relaunched in GoldOn March 22, 2017 / By Nookmag
Are you feeling sleepy 99% of the time but can’t find a place for a power nap? Join us at our much anticipated Zen Zone, relaunched in Gold Class®. Happening from now to 31 May, patrons get to recharge in luxurious comfort at only SGD10! For an additional SGD8, patrons can enjoy a main course with free- flow soft drink & juice at the lounge. Your lunch hours now can’t get any better than this!
1) SGD10 Nap Only (in cinema only)
Includes free flow water and eye mask (while stocks last)
2) Add – On Lunch Option @ SGD8 (lounge only)
– 4 choices with free flow soft drink & juice
– Angus Beef Burger
– Creamy Pesto Fettucine
– Thigh Grilled Chicken Thigh
– Smoked Salmon Salad
– Coke, Sprite, Iced Lemon Tea, Coke Zero and Pink Guava
3) Lunch Set Menus available at SGD12 NETT
Terms & Conditions
VivoCity GC 2 & Suntec City GC 3
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Monday to Friday: 2 March – 31 May
Block-out dates apply: All PHs (14 April Good Friday, 1 May Labour Day and 10 May Vesak Day)
Disney partners with Spotify to launch a new, interactive campaign. From today, Spotify users can step inside the magical world of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Castle andOn March 18, 2017 / By Nookmag
Users of Spotify’s free tier will see video advertising which will direct them to the Beauty and the Beast Castle, but anyone can visit the Castle from today.
Spotify users who visit the castle will first have their Spotify listening profile analysed. Once the musical analysis is complete, you will be directed to the room of the castle which best matches your musical taste. The rooms in the castle include The Rose Room, The Ballroom, Belle’s Bedroom, The Beast’s Bedroom, The Dining Room, The Library and The Dungeon. Each of the rooms has a bespoke, curated Spotify playlist and features beautiful photography from the film.
The Beauty and the Beast microsite also features exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ interviews with the cast and crew of the film, including interviews with vocal artists John Legend and Ariana Grande during the recording of the classic Beauty and the Beast theme song.
Marco Bertozzi, VP of Europe, Sales for Spotify, said: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is one of the most charming and beautifully-designed campaigns ever launched in partnership with Spotify. It takes music fans on a magical journey through an enchanted castle, linking music with every room and exploring the themes from the film through each of the rooms.
“These kinds of collaborations bring the very best of sound and vision together on the Spotify platform to deliver a beautiful and engaging experience for music and movie fans.”
Beauty and the beast launched in Singapore on 16 March.
SUMMERDAZE 2017 is back with a Block Party Series, starting with Vol. 1 – Back to the Old School. From a 2014 debut with a 2,000 strong crowdOn March 13, 2017 / By Nookmag
SUMMERDAZE 2017 is back with a Block Party Series, starting with Vol. 1 – Back to the Old School.
From a 2014 debut with a 2,000 strong crowd to 2015 headliners Arrested Development and Fat Joe, this year’s block party series brings Skratch Bastid (3-time Scribble Jam DJ Battle winner) and Shortkut (Beat Junkies, ISP) to the fore. Blaccsmith brings you 2 of the world’s top Scratch DJs.
Having rocked the bar many times, Skratch Bastid is now ready to raise it. In 2012, The Bastid has become one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs and respected producers but don’t think it happened overnight. From his humble beginnings a decade ago as a teenager in Halifax- pumping out mixtapes from his bedroom and earning a loyal following already back then- he slowly spread his skills first at DJ competitions like DMC, ITF, and Scribble Jam and now around Canada and the world as a widely recognised go-to guy for party-rocking. The illest redhead on turntables has since gone viral on Youtube.
A founding member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz and Triple Threat DJ crews, Shortkut is one of the West Coast’s most respected turntablists. At 18 he helped found the Invisibl Skratch Piklz with Mix Master Mike, Q-Bert, and DJ Disk. The Piklz went on to become one of the most influential DJ crews of the ’90s, leading Shortkut to a membership in highly acclaimed The Beat Junkies. Together with DJs Vinroc and Apollo, the Triple Threat crew won 2014’s Red Bull global event ‘Culture Clash’ in San Francisco, and they’ve graced the main stage at Summerdaze 2015. He also has an obsessive love for reggae music. Discover his sound on Mixcloud.
This block party edition is supported by Singapore’s DJ collective core Matteblacc, Darker Than Wax, Revision Music, Fat Fish, Pushin’ On and the Lionsteppers.
Located at The Great Escape, sitting deep in the Golden Mile Complex level 5 carpark SUMMERDAZE 2017 BLOCK PARTY SERIES VOL.1 – BACK TO THE OLD SCHOOL is on 19 March from 12:00pm to 12 Midnight. Find out more here.
For the month of March, we’ve specially curated five books for those cozy times nestled under the covers with a cup of hot chocolate. From books catered toOn March 4, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
For the month of March, we’ve specially curated five books for those cozy times nestled under the covers with a cup of hot chocolate. From books catered to those filled with wanderlust, to poems centering on our innate desire for connection, these reads are sure to bring you on a journey through worlds too great to explore in a single seating.
1. We Were Always Eating Expired Things by Cheryl Julia Lee
Centered on our innate desire for connection, both physical and emotional. The poems deal with the impossibility of such an endeavor and celebrate our persistence in striving anyway.
At its core, the collection is built around a very wise line from a Beatles song: I want to hold your hand. I want to hold your hand with no further expectations. I want to hold your hand instead of telling you I understand when I don’t. I want to hold your hand although we don’t always get along. I want to hold your hand despite the calluses, scratches, and scars that get in the way. I want to hold your hand knowing I’ll have to let it go one day.
2. The Desire For Elsewhere by Agnes Chew
The Desire For Elsewhere takes you on an intimate journey to explore the interiors of the museum of the narrator’s being, where otherwise ordinary artefacts reveal the stories they contain within. Travelling to the past, parallel planets, and the future, it tells a story of stories that explores the universal themes of love and loss, time and transience, and travel and wanderlust.
3. Rain Tree by Mahita Vas
Centering on a spirited young woman, it a story about hopes, dreams and sacrifice. Ani goes through a series of hardships and many crossroads of life. With chronic unemployment, a housing shortage and impending Independence, Ani realises that without an education, life will be unbearable. With an illegitimate baby, life will be impossible. To alter her destiny, sacrifices must be made. But at what price? Rain tree weaves a story of loyalty and hope with lessons on love unlike what Ani has learnt from English novels.
4. Dreaming Cities by Eddie Tay
In this book, poems and street photographs dream of the modern city, laying a poetic geography over the urban landscapes of Hong Kong and Singapore. Born in Singapore, Eddie Tay is a long-time resident of Hong Kong. He is an associate professor at the Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he teaches courses on street photography, creative writing and poetry. He is also the reviews editor of Cha, an online literary journal based in Hong Kong. This is his fourth collection of poetry.
5. In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore On Airports and Air Travel
The city-state of Singapore is small enough to fly over in three minutes, yet is also home to two of the “world’s best”, Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines. In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel presents poetry, short stories and essays inspired by that distinctly modern experience of coming and going by air, written by some of the most exciting voices in Singapore literature today. This collection takes readers from the depths of Changi Airport up to cruising altitudes half a world away, in the process exploring questions about travel, aspiration, belonging and home.
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Adidas Originals collaborates with music visionaries Snoop Dogg, Desiigner and MadeinTYO to release remixed tracks of the iconic song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra in two new musicOn March 2, 2017 / By Nookmag
Adidas Originals collaborates with music visionaries Snoop Dogg, Desiigner and MadeinTYO to release remixed tracks of the iconic song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra in two new music videos on music’s biggest night. As a spinoff to the brand’s recent campaign film “Original Is Never Finished”, adidas Originals continues to push the boundaries of creativity by reimagining their very own work with three musical artists. To launch the two new videos, the brand turned to Twitter for a takeover teasing both the songs and videos, which officially led up to the final reveal on the social platform. Reaffirming the notion original is never finished, adidas Originals continues to turn to its creators, inspiring them to redefine the meaning of originality.
“As a brand we believe in creative freedom and are always challenging ourselves to push the bounds,” says Alegra O’Hare, VP of Global Communications adidas Originals & Core. “Open source lies at the core of Originals’ DNA and is integrated into everything we do; what we create, who we create with and how we communicate. The decision to recreate our very own campaign film, just weeks after it debuted, and launch two new re-imagined videos via social media just felt right.”
First launched back in January, “Original Is Never Finished”, delivers a visual representation bringing to life the idea that recreating in your own way will always be entirely original. The film explores the brand’s philosophy, the past empowers the future, through a montage of scenes exploring the rich creative past of all spheres of creativity, music, art, film and even sport. With the release of the two new “Originals Is Never Finished” music videos, adidas Originals hands over the reins of the iconic song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, to the musical artists Snoop Dogg, Desiigner and MadeinTYO for them to remix it and make it their own.
In one video featuring, Snoop Dogg, the rapper and songwriter is captured recording the track within his studio. “I’ve been doing things my way from day one – A1 to Day 1 – and doing things my way is the only way,” says Snoop Dogg. “You need to be connected to the record and give it a second life, and extend the music from its original form.” The result is an original soundtrack remixed by the artist himself.
In another video, award nominee for Best Rap Performance, Desiigner, depicts a recreation of the famous painting, St. Sebastian by Sandro Botticelli, giving this iconic work of art new meaning for today’s generation. In another scene, adidas Originals’ repurposed their very own NMD product into masks and MadeinTYO joins a company of masked dancers to perform his original remix of “My Way”. This collaborative video featuring the two artists reinforces the notion that if you push something far enough, it becomes original again.
To release the video and song, adidas Originals took to Twitter, with a take over on the social platform during music’s big night. The artists all contributed to the social chatter posting to their personal channels in support of the reveals. Simultaneously as social media was abuzz with the new video and song, adidas Originals broadcast its brand campaign film “Original Is Never Finished” during music’s big night, further strengthening the notion of what it means to be original.
BBC’s adaptation of Leigh Denton’s 1978 bestselling alternate history novel, SS-GB, is airing now exclusively on BBC First. Written by BAFTA-award winners Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, theOn February 24, 2017 / By Nookmag
BBC’s adaptation of Leigh Denton’s 1978 bestselling alternate history novel, SS-GB, is airing now exclusively on BBC First. Written by BAFTA-award winners Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, the screenwriters of SPECTRE, Skyfall and Casino Royale, and directed by multi-award winning director Philipp Kadelbach, SS-GB stars acclaimed British actor Sam Riley as Douglas Archer, and actress Kate Bosworth as Barbara Barga, the main characters in SS-GB.
Postulating the Battle of Britain ending in victory for Hitler’s Germany, renowned London detective Douglas Archer (Sam Riley) is caught between his brutal new SS bosses and a ruthless British resistance movement as he investigates what looks like a black market-related murder. Getting closer to the truth about the killing, Archer finds himself drawn into a treacherous plot as SS-GB rapidly merges crime drama with an intriguing spy tale, a compelling love story and a conspiracy thriller with global implications. With the world he once knew crumbling around him, Archer is determined to uphold the law and protect those he loves in the hope of a better future. But as he struggles between two sides prepared to go to any lengths to control the ultimate outcome of the war, which way will this decent man turn?
SS-GB is showing airing now on BBC First (StarHub Channel 522). It will be available for catch-up on BBC Player, available at BBCPlayer and as an authenticated app downloadable from the Apple App and Google Play stores.
Am I clinically insane or do I have powers unknown to the average human? That is the question at the heart of Legion, a brand new kind ofOn February 10, 2017 / By Nookmag
Am I clinically insane or do I have powers unknown to the average human? That is the question at the heart of Legion, a brand new kind of superhero story from FOX. A highly-anticipated drama series featuring a cast of standout stars from award-winning producers, Legion is a more psychological, cerebral take on the superhero genre that asks viewers to question everything they know. The eight-part series premiered on FOX on Thursday, 9 February.
Inspired by the Marvel Comics X-Men character, Legion is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change.
However, the pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller, Fargo). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. David escapes from the hospital and connects with a team of unconventional mental health specialists who open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities. The audience is left to question – what is my own reality?
Lucien Harrington, SVP of Marketing & Communications for FOX Networks Group in Asia, said, “Legion is a unique take on the superhero genre. The story explores universal human experiences that each of us can relate to, like second-guessing our thoughts and feelings or asking, is it just me? Even though Legion has a clear superhero thematic that Marvel fans will love, it’s a series with a rich, emotionally-charged subject matter that every viewer can connect with. Legion is another example of FOX bringing audiences the best stories, first.”
Produced by Hollywood’s Elite
Legion stars a cast of memorable talent; including Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast), Rachel Keller (Fargo) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Dirty Grandpa). Behind the scenes, the Legion team is no less star-studded. Legion’s executive producers include Noah Hawley and John Cameron, the pair responsible for FOX’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning series Fargo on FX. The Legion executive production team also includes the award-winning director, writer and producer Bryan Singer, who has directed big-budget superhero films including X-Men and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Legion is a FOX original series; produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television. In Singapore, the series will premiere at 9pm on Thursday, February 9, on FOX HD (Singtel TV CH 330, and StarHub TV CH 505).
Are you ready to question your reality, explore new possibilities and ask Is It Just Me? In Singapore, FOX invites you to visit “Project Legion” from now to 12 February, 11am to 9pm at Westgate, The Courtyard @ L1 (outside Samsung). There, you can see the world in a whole new way and question your perceptions – just as the character Legion must do in FOX’s newest television series.
To begin, visitors are invited to document their visit at a motion photo booth located outside the maze. Thereafter, they will go through a mirror maze designed to closely match the aesthetics of Legion, and will be challenged to rethink reality as they encounter the unexpected around every corner. Visitors who successfully complete the mirror maze will be presented with pill bottles filled with their ‘prescribed medication’, and those who pre-register their interest online will also receive a personalised wrist tag that that can be picked up at the event.
What exciting truths and unforgettable moments will you discover? Stop by the mirror maze to celebrate the launch of Legion and take part in this remarkable experience.
The wildly popular South Korean variety series Running Man has been revived for a continued run! Since news of the show’s impending cancellation broke late last year, brokenheartedOn February 8, 2017 / By Nookmag
The wildly popular South Korean variety series Running Man has been revived for a continued run! Since news of the show’s impending cancellation broke late last year, brokenhearted fans have petitioned against its end, with many leaving heartfelt messages about how Running Man has been an integral part of their lives over the past seven years. Buoyed by the immense amount of support streaming in from all corners of the world, it was announced on 24 January that the production team has decided to continue the show with its current cast. The current cast consists of six of the original members: Yoo Jae Suk, Kim Jong Kook, HaHa, Lee Kwang Soo, Ji Suk Jin, and Song Ji Hyo.
“In view of the overwhelming response by local and International fans, we have decided to continue the Running Man series with the original cast members,” said Creator of the hit variety show who is also the Chief Producer of Seoul Broadcasting System’s (SBS) Variety Team. “I sincerely thank the Running Man members who made the difficult decision to stay on the show. And in order to repay fans who have continuously showered us with love and support through the past seven years, we will continue to do my best to make Running Man even more enjoyable,” he added.
On ONE, Running Man has long been an anchor programme on the channel; in both Malaysia and Singapore, ONE is the top pay TV channel during Running Man’s premiere telecast slot on Fridays at 11pm. It is also the no.1 variety programme among the 4 Korean entertainment channels in Singapore. In Malaysia, the show has been and continues to be the top-rated programme not just on ONE, but also amongst the four Korean entertainment channels in the country.*
Fans can continue to watch the latest episodes of Running Man on ONE every Friday at 11pm (10pm JKT), within one week of its Korean telecast. ONE also airs classic episodes of Running Man in a throwback slot every Saturday night at 11pm (10pm).
ONE is available in Singapore on Singtel TV Ch 513 & 604, StarHub TV Ch 124, 820 & 823
This week, usher in the Year of the Rooster with the BBC’s festive line-up of Chinese New Year specials. BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) Enter theOn January 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
This week, usher in the Year of the Rooster with the BBC’s festive line-up of Chinese New Year specials.
BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407)
Enter the heart of the festivities in Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration on Earth (25-27 Jan, 9.45pm), where you can get a front-seat view of Beijing as it celebrates one of its most spectacular events. There, eight million passengers a day squeeze onto trains to take them thousands of miles home, and thousands of families visit the stunning Temple of Earth to pray for happiness and good luck amidst a cacophony of fireworks.
Then, go on a fascinating journey through the landscapes, peoples, stories and cultures of China in The Story of China (28 & 29 Jan, 2.15pm). Written and presented by historian Michael Wood, the series explores the history of the world’s oldest continuous state and new superpower, from its ancient past to the present day.
CBeebies (StarHub Channel 303)
Your child will be kept entertained throughout the festive weekend too, with an array of award- winning and critically-acclaimed CBeebies programming.
Your pre-schooler can learn more about Chinese New Year and the story behind it in Let’s Celebrate (28 Jan, 9am), which follows a girl in Liverpool as she prepares for the festival. Meanwhile, the Go Jetters (28 & 29 Jan, 9.15am) jet off to China and explore and embark on missions at the Great Wall and Forbidden City, offering a fun-filled introduction to geography.
The festivities continue with celebratory episodes of CBeebies favourites like Hey Duggee (28 & 29 Jan, 9.25am), Dinopaws (28 & 29 Jan, 9.35am) and Sarah & Duck (28 & 29 Jan, 9.50am).
BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432)
If you’re looking beyond whipping up the standard Lunar New Year fare this year, get some inspiration for your dinner menus with back to back episodes of Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Melbourne (27 Jan, from 1.30pm) and The Great British Bake Off (28 & 29 Jan, from 1.30pm).
Meanwhile, Grand Designs Specials (30 Jan, from 1.30pm) adds a touch of prosperity to the weekend, as Peter Maddison reveals the best homes around, proving that design is too ambitious when creating your dream home.
Celebrate new works and welcome new faces in Singapore music with Esplanade! Join these artists as they embark on brand new chapters of their musical journeys. KalysaOn January 9, 2017 / By Nookmag
Celebrate new works and welcome new faces in Singapore music with Esplanade! Join these artists as they embark on brand new chapters of their musical journeys.
1 Jan, Sun | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Kalysa, despite her young age has amassed a wealth of experience under her belt. Having been in the Malay music scene as a singer and songwriter for 8 years now. Her career has taken her to the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur where she was a recording solo artiste with Luncai emas Sdn Bhd for 2 years. Now back in Singapore, Kalysa has been working with the Basement Studio, predominantly writing and recording her original compositions. Kalysa pens her songs based on her personal tribulations, pouring her emotions and feelings into every word in her songs. Her music brings out her character, a fun, lovable character with a great backstory to her journey thus far.
1 Jan, Sun | 7.15 pm & 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
A blend of blues and folk music with a dash of Indian bhajan, qawwali, and a hint of new age, the sounds of Karmahead—comprising Art Fazil and Bobby Singh—are created using the acoustic guitar, tabla, and a collection of ethnic instruments, exotic toys and synthesizers. Art Fazil, the founding member of alternative ethno-folk-pop-rock trio Rausyanfikir signed as a songwriter with Warner Music Publishing (Singapore) in 1990, actively writing for regional acts in both English and Malay. In 1993, Art was signed to Pony Canyon Records (Singapore) as a solo artist. In between those two Malay albums, Art recorded the eponymous album of self-penned English songs, which produced two top 10 hits, Sometimes When I Feel Blue and Everybody Else. That year, he also won the COMPASS Best English Song 1995 award and another Best Malay Song Award in 1997 for Dikir Fikir Fikir, a track from the second Rausyanfikir album. He also won the Tympnali Songwriter’s Competition (held as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) in 1997. Art moved to the United Kingdom in 1995 where he focused on writing and performing, travelling extensively around England, Scotland and Wales, with a brief stint in Istanbul. He has played at the world famous The Kashmir Klub, The Regal Room, The Twelve Bar Club, Bungies, Moles (Bath), Penny Theatre (Cantebury), Edinburgh Fringe Festival etc.
Bobby Singh was in his family band before he became a student of Pracheen Kala Kendra Music School in New Delhi, where he graduated in Indian classical music. He specialises in tabla, and plays Indian classical, western, and music of Eastern Europe origins. Bobby plays a wide range of styles and genres such as pop, jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and so on, and continues to explore the rhythms of world music. He is a session musician who also specialises in African and Latin American rhythms. Bobby is particularly skilled in western drums and the Peruvian cajon (drum box). Other percussive instruments that he plays include Indian skin drums, congas, bongos, timbales, djembe, udu, darabouka, surdo drums, tamborim and timbal. He has performed for recordings by Blair’s Bunch, Asha Bhosle, Art Fazil, Marina Xavier, Late Amran, Jessica Soo, Jack Lee and Lewis Pragasam (Seoul), Othrie Barrett Jr, and many others. He is also a music educator.
Shak and the Baits
2 Jan, Mon | 5.15 pm & 6 pm | Esplanade Concourse
A growing household name in Singapore, Shak and The Baits debuted as a band in June 2016. A groove-based band that characterizes Shak’s melancholic lyrics into danceable grooves. Shak and The Baits comprise of five members: Shak’thiya Subramaniamm (Singer Songwriter), Khalis Jalil (Guitarist), Tiffany Tan (Keyboardist), Eugene Chew (Bassist) and Rafaee Mahmood (Drummer). With a range of various musicial influences, the group brings a palette of sounds that colour the world. We welcome you to immerse yourself in our world.
The group has performed at various venues in Singapore such as the Hard Rock Cafe, a featured artist for Bandwagon Nights, Power Records at Kult Kafé, BeerFest 2016, Singapore Night Fest 2016 and beCAUSE at Singjazz Club on 2 December 2016.
15 Jan, Sun | 6.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Chasing Daylight is a budding pop / soft-rock band from Singapore whose songs explore themes of life, love and longing. The boys are inspired by the likes of Switchfoot, Coldplay and The 1975. Their live shows aim to bring audiences on a journey packed with energy and emotion. First formed in 2009, the band today consists of Yap Wei Chiang, Yap Wei Jin, Hosea Choo, Ian Leong and Aaron Pereira. Chasing Daylight is currently part of the Noise Music Mentorship 2016 Programme.
2 Jan, Mon | 7.15 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Started off as a 3-man band, Baracuda Batucada is the name of the group and make you groove, they will. With a strong member base of more than 150 members since 2004, the percussion ensemble has been rocking crowds out and entertained many people for many events. Starting out on campus, Baracuda Batucada has performed in many different places since then. From Orchard Road, Zouk to Brisbane Australia, the group has grown much over the years, rocking out their addictive samba percussion tunes. Their hard rocking beats have certainly made their name sound far and wide.
Different personalities and backgrounds, passionate musicians wanting to make a difference, a calling to make music and a desire to rock is what that has brought this group of people together today. Whenever the hard thumping rhythms are heard around the city, music enthusiasts know its Baracuda Batucada rocking their beats. With their authentic slogan of “Heavier than Samba, Lighter than Rock”, the group will definitely surprise and entice you with their rhythms!
3 & 4 Jan, Tue & Wed | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Din has undoubtedly shown his unwavering spirit in pursuing his path as a musician, and now he is ever more determined to make his music heard through Asia. Currently Din is in the process of recording his 2nd single, Mr Malu. With his band, he will be reworking some of his original music, as well as popular cult classics from Bob Marley, The Beatles, to Coldplay, Radiohead and Nirvana. With great passion and an unusual fair for music, Din Illango has been writing his own songs since nine when he first picked up the guitar on his own. Today, he is a professional guitar teacher with a Performance Diploma in guitar, and has even published several original songs on the web prior to his maiden radio release of his malay song, Seperti Maya Karin, which is currently on Ria’s LPMI Top 20 charts for over 15 weeks and topped the charts for 2 weeks.
5 Jan, Thu, 7 pm | 6 Jan, Fri, 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Having also acquired a strong skillset in songwriting, Nick is also currently recording his own original music and will be focused on releasing albums to promote positivity and touch lives locally and abroad. Nick will be exploring two originals. He will also be re-interpreting and giving a fresh twist to old classics by r&b and soul artists such as Al Green and Luther
Vandross. Nick Zavior is a professional singer, songwriter and arranger. He is the 2016 McNally Award winner for excellence in the arts. Having been influenced heavily by Rhythm & Blues music, Nick began to explore its traditions in 2010, which led him to acquire the stylistic traits of funk, soul and gospel music. He has performed cover music regularly at highly acclaimed clubs, restaurants for over four years. Nick is also the lead vocalist of the renown 12 member funk & soul tribute band ‘What Is Hip,’ who have performed at various venues across Singapore, most notably Esplanade’s NYE’s countdown party.
The Anson Fung Quartet
6 Jan, Fri | 7.45 pm & 9 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
The Anson Fung Quartet presents a night of jazz, bebop and hardbop. From the iconic Charlie Parker to Bobby Timmons, the group will play music that swings hard, for you. Featuring an all new (things) lineup of John Koh on bass, Mohd Rafaee on drums and veteran pianist and sax player Shawn Letts.
7 Jan, Sat | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Linus Hablot is a Singapore-based singer-songwriter that combines his adoration for genres such as neo-soul, blues and indie folk. An interesting blend of such vastly contrasting genres, Linus borrows from his musical influences such as Nick Hakim, Lianne La Havas and Bon Iver and creates his own unique sound that is difficult not to fall in love with. His debut release, Coming Down, released on local record label Middle Class Cigars, was highly praised in the scene for its fresh sound. Local music editorial, Bandwagon, describes his debut EP as Linus’ “logical first foot forward that marries the sparse instrumentation he’s been practicing, along with a focus on synthesized beats made human.
7 Jan, Sat | 7.15 pm & 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
An acoustic live performance, Abby Simone would play sets comprising of some originals and new and innovative approaches to covers. She will take on r&b/hiphop and progressive edm music and infuse them with her own unique sounds. She is highly influenced by Ryan leslie, Drake and Kygo. Sherry Abigail who is known by her stage name, Abby simone started singing since she figured out the acoustics of her bathroom. From what started out as nothing but a bathroom singer her journey in music has been nothing short of amazing. Abby Simone started her professional Music career in early 2014. Using music as a confidante, she has been writing and singing to express herself emotionally. Abby has performed for Beerfest 2014, UN Women Gala event 2014,Weddings,Corporate events & still does her regulars at various places.
Lost box (A Beautiful Sunday Special)
8 Jan, Sun | 2.30 pm, 5.15 pm & 6 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Brought together by their passion for music, what began as a group of friends jamming at HDB void decks soon became a trio of performers doing what they love most for a living. The Lost Box have been pursuing music full-time for the past three years as a cover band and are working hard on the Debut release.
8 Jan, Sun | 6.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
General Lee is a Singapore-based rock and roll band playing self-penned tunes inspired by their thoughts about growing up, living, working and playing music in S.E. Asia, a throwback to the sounds of the rip-roaring counterculture era. Inspired by Americana, their songwriting draws on historical events and local folklore to shine a light on their home country, which has so often been ignored. Their eponymous debut album was tracked live at Beep Studios, Singapore and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.”
9 & 10 Jan, Mon & Tue | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Voyeurs of a new musical frontier, the Astronauts galvanise old-school RnB with slick new age funk. Formed in June 2016, the band is a quintet of like-minded musicians brought together by the love of all things funky and soulful. In 2016, the Astronauts have performed at Esplanade’s “Baybeats”, “100 Bands Festival” and “Singapore Night Festival”. The band was most recently crowned the champion of the inaugural “Stärker Music Carnival” and has since shared the stage with notable artists like Charlie Lim, Disco Hue, DingDang and more. Fresh off “Stärker Music Carnival”, the Astronauts are currently working to release their first single and music video.
11 Jan, Wed | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
The Notes brings to you a jazzy a cappella twist to well-known pop and evergreen tracks, including local and international favorites. Hum to your favorite familiar tunes and enjoy a nice cosy afternoon/night with us! An a cappella quartet with a percussive twist, The Notes imbue class and chill in any space and time. Wistfully tugging at your heartstrings, their voices bring a new twist to evergreens, contemporary pop, and even musical numbers. So take five, kick back, relax, and let us say a jazzy little something about the language of the soul.
12 Jan, Thu, 7 pm | 13 Jan, Fri, 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Known for her chill vibes & melancholic vocals , Ffion documents her life in forms of songs, in hopes people may find a way to relate to them. The fresh faced songstress dropped her debut single, entitled ‘with u’, the romantic, full-bodied R&B cut is a superb introductory showcase for her evocative vocals. Ffion is currently under the NOISE Mentorship program & has hopes of playing her music overseas. The British vocalist may be a newcomer to the scene in Singapore, but with plans to release an EP April 2017, it’s clear there is more to be expected from her.
13 Jan, Fri | 7.45 pm & 9 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Emerged during the decade of local indie and post-rock acts, Coldcut Quartet began as a college band, comprising Luciano Lemus on guitar, Jelene Luar on keyboards, Nicholas Lee on bass and Anson Koh on drums. Founded by Luar in 2012, the members convened to vent their musical experimentation. What started as a college past time gradually evolved into a goal-driven career. Incorporating elements of jazz, classical, rock and metal, Coldcut Quartet presents its unique brand of fusion that is progressive, yet musical. With the upcoming release of “Space Ham” EP, Coldcut Quartet is set for stardom across international waters.
Music of LAND with NO SUN III by TO Ensemble
14 Jan, Sat | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Contemporary fusion music group TO ensemble presents a preview of the music from their upcoming concert LAND with NO SUN III: Song of the Skies (4th march, 7.30pm, Esplanade Recital Studio). A reflection of the impact of Man’s actions on nature, and the world, the LAND with NO SUN concert series tells the story of a post-apocalypse world where conflicts and deterioration of the environment has forced Man to abandon the surface to live in Skycities and rely on technology for survival. A young girl finds hope in what remains of nature. Featuring groundbreaking original music that combines jazz improvisations, Indian music, classical/film music and vocal music, audiences will experience a unique symphony of earth/nature, and also get an opportunity to contribute to this third concert episode of the series.
14 Jan, Sat | 7.15 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
wyd:syd is a rock band from Singapore. With each member’s distinctive musical influences and contributions, the band explores and blends musical elements from ambient, indie and conventional rock music in hopes of creating an enjoyable and unique soundscape.
The Falling Feather
14 Jan, Sat | 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Falling Feathers (JJ) – His tale started with a wager. A gamble to put one’s life on the line, diving headfirst into a career that’s frowned upon by many in Singapore. Falling Feathers is everything great about pop rock bands like 5 Seconds of Summer and The Vamps condensed into one individual. Falling Feathers owns a unique vocal quality, a bright and cut-through vocal tone that can be immediately recognized as his own. Not only does his music consist of compulsive hooks and relatable narratives, his songs also envelope the conventional emotions of day-to-day experiences in a copacetic kind of way. Coupled with his jovial personality, Falling Feathers definitely puts a smile on the faces of anyone who listens. Fighting tooth and nail to be heard, Falling Feathers started sharing his music at open mics, various online platforms and local performances. Falling Feathers has also been hand picked to be part of the 2016 NOISE SINGAPORE MUSIC MENTORSHIP program where industry professionals share their knowledge with artists in Singapore Falling Feathers’ debut single, Perfect, will be released across all major digital platforms come 10 November.
15 Jan, Sun | 5.15 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Lincoln Lim is a singer-songwriter that has performed in and around Singapore for the past 9 years. His folk storytelling is reminiscent of Damien Rice, Ben Howard and Jewel and at An Ode to Anxiety he debuts a treasure trove of original music made for people to listen and to feel. This will be his first solo performance at the Esplanade. Don’t miss out!
Marcus Makes Music
16 & 17 Jan, Mon & Tue | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
With his smooth tunes, slick presence and gritty vocals, Marcus can be seen hitting the local pub circuit playing pop-rock ballads and ’90s classics. Using the moniker Marcus Makes Music, the singer-songwriter has performed at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, 2016’s Shine Festival, and the annual ChildAid concert hosted by The Straits Times.
18 & 19 Jan, Wed & Thu | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
After making it to the top four of the nation-wide singing competition The Final 1, Glen embarked on his music career and wrote his first song, which was showcased on the soundtrack of Three Peas In A Pod, directed by Michelle Chong. Since then, his passion for songwriting grew as he wrote songs for his band, stillsunrise, who launched their first EP Colours In Black in 2015. He has performed at music and social events, product launches, company dinners, weddings and fashion shows.
20 Jan, Fri | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Groove factory was formed in a rather interesting way. It started with just two very close friends, Kumar (keyboardist) and Joash (drummer),music as a topic of conversation,and one idea. The idea was there but it was not that easy at the start when it came to getting the right musicians on board. The band started in 2016, after attaining third place in a local band competition called “Dhoom Super band”. Along with keyboardist Kumar and drummer Joash, are two other musicians ; Nilesh, (bassist) and isuru (guitarist).
It was not easy to form this band, but after groove factory gained experience, they knew that they would make an awesome team because they understand each other and that’s one of the most important factor when it comes to musicianship. Things then got more serious and they decided to kickstart their journey and started working together. More than musicians they are really good friends, and they enjoy their jamming sessions, gigs and performances together. With a DIY mentality and a burning passion to make a career out of what they love doing, they hope to accomplish some truly amazing things in time to come. Fueled by a mutual interest, Groove factory juggles elements of funk, jazz fusion and a
taste of Indian classical music.
20 Jan, Fri | 7.45 pm & 9 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Influenced by legendary jazz greats and eclectic modern soundscapes, Octaves takes on tunes ranging from Tin Pan Alley favourites to funky workouts. Alumni of the Mosaic Jazz Fellows programme under the mentorship of Singapore musicians Chok Kerong, Joshua Wan and Tony Makarome, the band presents fresh takes on both jazz standards and works by contemporary artists such as Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper.
21 Jan, Sat | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Drawing from the Sanskrit script, “Ekatva” describes the concepts of oneness and unity, which is fundamental to the drive behind the music that emanates from this 4-piece band. A reflection of these concepts,Ekatva is conceived by the coming together of Indian instruments such as the Sitar, Tabla and the Mridangam, which work in harmony with the versatile western guitar to bring to life a unique genre of music that is both fresh and vibrant. Akin to the diverse background and origin of the four musicians, Ekatva’s music is an amalgamation of different styles of music, embracing the rich cultures of the East and the West in the same space. With Somasundaram Shivanesh on Mridangam and Ghanjira, Anand Krishna on Guitar, Swetha Baskaran on Sitar , Lalit Kumar Ganesh on Tabla & Cajon, Ekatva strives to promote the concepts of Oneness & Unity in today’s world, through the form of its musical narrative.
Bakers in Space
21 Jan, Sat | 7.15 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
An indie post-psych rock band formed in late 2013. Extracting prime elements from indierock, psych rock, punk and reggae elements in their songs, aiming to catch the attention of crowds with the different culmination of styles to be both chill yet full of energy. Drawing strong influences from Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Queens of the Stoneage, Jack White, Temples, The Strokes while still retaining the sound of historical legends such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, etc. In 2016, the band was selected to be a part of Noise Music Mentorship programme, under the guidance of Daniel Sassoon (In Each Hand A Cutlass) & Clement Yang (Ugly In The Morning). They plan to record and release their debut EP titled ‘Implosions’ in early 2017.
21 Jan, Sat | 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Consisting of Fazly Kamis, Abdul Hakim, Ashek Ali and Syahadi Samad, Arajua brings about cinematic sounds, that makes conscious decision to transform the emotional feelings
profoundly. Over the years, the band have managed to transcend themselves in their unique way, and forming up their directions. They are usually in favor of intense setting, with reverbish sounds, that enables to connect with people with a form of consciousness, by telling a story with their ambient vibes, and melodic vocals. The quartet create dynamic artworks, to display a sense of expression,as to relate that emotions, does not have to be expressed through words. This year, the Instrumental/Post-Rock group will be releasing their Second EP Titled, ’The World as It Appears On A Journey You Are Certain With (Part I)’
22 Jan, Sun | 5.15 pm & 6 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Maricelle is an Indie Pop R&B artist, featuring heavy beats, unrestrictedly experimental electronic elements of UK Pop-Rock Electronica and atmospheric vocals. Peppered with social commentary from Maricelle’s perspective on city living, her lyrics explore her search for freedom and defining her voice in a futuristic mural of pop culture and fluid identity. Self-written in Singapore and Shanghai, produced and mixed by James Lye and mastered in Sweden by Björn Engelmann (Tove Lo, Alesso, Zara Larsson), Pursuit EP is singer-songwriter Maricelle’s daring artistic statement and debut EP, launched 7 January 2017.
Joe Soul Express
22 Jan, Sun | 6.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
A freshly formed band delivering the best of Pop, Soul, Funk, Motown, old school R&B and today’s neo soul favourites. Expect to hear hits by The Temptations, Bill Withers, Otis Redding and many more! Headed by Bani Rahman on bass / vocals, Joe Zane on vocals / percussions, Walit on funky guitars, Ayee on smooth keys and Zack on drum duty.
23 & 25 Jan, Mon & Wed | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Zhi Hui, or Zeeaura, is a singer-songwriter and music educator. The LASALLE College of the Arts graduate was part of Noise Singapore’s The Music Mentorship 2015 (TMM) programme, and is greatly inspired by fellow art educators and practitioners to be reflective and critical of her own work. She dreams of challenging the competitive academic and working environments in Singapore, which measure success by financial stability and excellence. She believes that art is a way of bringing people a stronger sense of community and an alternative way of learning. Her song You Make Me A Warrior came in first at the Pink Ribbon Songwriting Competition 2013, organised by the Breast Cancer Foundation. Zhi Hui has also performed at Noise Pop-Up Festival 2016, at Esplanade, Earth Hour 2014 and Pink Dot 2014.
24 & 26 Jan, Tue & Thu | 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
29 Jan, Sun | 6 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
NELSON, or more affectionately known as ‘Bird’, is no stranger to the music scene. Despite being multi-talented and able to play a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, harmonica and drums, the singer-songwriter takes on the unsung role of playing the bass guitar, his first love. Apart from playing a variety of instruments and singing at mando/cantopop clubs such as Dragonfly, Beyond 97 and other outlets such as Beer Market, Hood Bar and Acid Bar. Nelson was also a semi-finalist in the first season of Singapore Idol along the likes of Sylvester Sim, Nat Ho etc.
Nelson released his debut Chinese album entitled 鋼鐵男子 under his Chinese name 陳志明 on 30 Dec 2008, penning the songs, playing all the instruments and producing the entire album all by himself. His second solo album 求憐經 was released on 1 Jun 2013, with the mixing and mastering done by renowned producer Roland Lim. His self-titled English EP was launched on National Day, 9 Aug 2014. Nelson’s latest album ‘Believe’ will be released on 19 Nov 2016. As a sessionist, Nelson has played bass for artistes like Nicodemus Lee from Mi Lu Bing (迷路兵) as well as singers Dawn Wong and Bevlyn Khoo. He has also recorded and sessioned for local rock band A Vacant Affair at BayBeats 2013 and Republic Polytechnic’s Ignite Music Festival 2013. He is the bass player for The Groovy People; Kevin Mathews’ band featuring local legends like drummer Ray Aziz (Opposition Party) and guitarist/producer Patrick Chng (Oddfellows, Typewriter).
In the local indie scene, Nelson is the bass player for indie band In Each Hand A Cutlass (IEHAC), an instrumental act comprising of some well-known musicians in the Singapore music scene. The band blends progressive rock, ambient, post rock and metal elements, casting all music boundaries aside, to create epic sprawling yearning songs. The band launched its debut album entitled ‘A Universe Made Of Strings’ while playing to a packed audience at the Esplanade Recital Studio on 24 Jun 2011. The band has also performed at many places including Juice magazine’s anniversary at Zouk, ‘The People’s Party’ held at Scape as well as one of the featured bands for BayBeats 2012 at the Esplanade. The band has also performed in Hong Kong as well as for UrbanScapes 2013, KL on 23 Nov 2013. They have recently launched their sophomore album entitled ‘The Kraken’ on 24 Apr 2014. IEHAC recently returned from the ‘Kraken Tour’ after playing 3 shows in Brisbane and 2 shows in Shenzhen and Shanghai respectively.
27 Jan, Fri | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
29 Jan, Sun | 7.15 pm & 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Australian singer songwriter Gabriel Lynch is no stranger to the road. He has spent much of his adult life travelling and wowing audiences across Asia, Europe and his own home turf with his breathtaking live performances. With his powerful command of the stage, he can incite a pindrop silence as quickly and effortlessly as he can instigate a soaring, cathartic singalong. Commenting on his humble, but extremely loyal following, Australia’s BMA Mag noted that Lynch “…is the best male Aussie vocalist you’ve never heard”. Upon hearing one of his earliest releases, Clem Bastow of Inpress Magazine anticipated that “a million sales await”.
He has shared festival lineups with the likes of Elbow, John Butler Trio, The Whitlams and Architecture in Helsinki and is as familiar playing to small coffee house audiences as he is crowded outdoor amphitheaters. LynchLynch now resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In between tours and expanding upon his already extensive catalog of studio releases, he composes music professionally for radio, film and television on behalf of Maveriq Studios. Lynch wrote lyrics and performed two songs from the soundtrack of the forthcoming Thai blockbuster, From Bangkok to Mandalay. A snippet of the song, ‘Turned Around’ can be heard in the official Thai movie trailer here. His song, ‘Manila’ was a finalist in the Adult Alternative category of the 2016 American Songwriting Awards.
27 Jan, Fri | 7.45 pm & 9 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
In Singapore, a city at its mark of multi-cultural renaissance; secretly witnessed the birth of this aced quintet. Featuring Southeast Asia’s finest self-expanding musical cats, Ragha (Bansuri), Joel Chua (Piano), Jase (Bass), Jit (DrumKit), Kumaran (Tabla), in one complete harmony. Their dynamic yet humble relationship began during undergraduate jazz music studies at LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore and some previously long termed music friends. At the request of an invite, Ragha, the lead artist, instinctively called upon his “ATeam” to fire up a Jazz Fusion Band. RaghaJazz made their debut in the year 2009, for the Asian Vibes Festival, held at Esplanade, Singapore. Ever Since then, they have been featured at various Jazz festivals held in Singapore held by the esplanade, such as the Mosaic Festival, Bright Young Things and Jazz in July. RaghaJazz has been a regular feature at some of Singapore’s Biggest Jazz initiatives organised by the Esplanade Singapore. They include “Mosaic festival of Jazz”, “Bright Young Things” and the “Jazz in July”. The quintet is currently working on their first album, “Idioms of Freedom”, which is due to release in 2017.
28 Jan, Sat | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Wanlin and Indra grew up playing music and performing together since they met in school. Wanlin is now the founder of Ocarina House. She has conducted extensive workshops since the group founded in 2014. It is her vision to see communities, families and friends bond through the simple and delicate art of Ocarina playing. The Ocarina and Guzheng duo will share their rendition of Chinese New Year classics as well as their own arrangement of other popular tunes.
28 Jan, Sat | 6 pm, 7.15 pm & 8.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
29 Jan, Sun | 6.45 pm & 7.30 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Since 2013, Intune Music has been performing regularly at the Esplanade to celebrate Chinese New Year with everyone else. This year’s theme is “All things New” and Esplanade has managed to invite upcoming local singer Tay Sia Yeun 郑夏韵 to be their guest singer. She has successfully stood on the “Sound of my Dream 梦想的声音” stage to compete with international singers like JJ Lin 林俊杰. Directors of Intune Music Peng Chi Sheng and Aaron Matthew Lim will be performing too.
30 Jan, Mon, 5.15 pm & 6 pm | 31 Jan, Tue, 7 pm | Esplanade Concourse
Tammy Ying is a Singaporean singer-songwriter and music educator based in New York City. If you can’t find her teaching her students, she’s probably up to some harmless mischief in the music realm. She strives to do her best on an every day basis, just like any other person you know. She loves nothing more than to capture the stories and emotions of those around her, and channel it into relatable music through her own voice. Tammy hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams and passion, just as she was inspired to do the same.
Hai & Friends
30 Jan, Mon | 6.30 pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Ismahairie’s music journey has been about discovering, experimenting, and exploring music, with an emphasis placed on Malay traditional music, which is deeply rooted in his heart, as it is part of his heritage. The LASALLE College of the Arts graduate is currently a member of the Singapore Malay Orchestra (Orkestra Melayu Singapura, OMS) – he was the youngest musician in the orchestra at that time. Having picked up traditional Malay drums and Gambus (Oud) in OMS, Besides performing, Ismahairie is an active songwriter and arranger where he composed Traditional Malay Music for Schools participating Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging Competition for Dance. Besides from composing music, he educates young musician playing violin as well as Oud, as he is constantly eager to share his musical knowledge with people. Ismahairie is currently in the midst of collecting his own material to producing his first instrumental album, which will probably launch at the end of the year.
2016 rocked! And YouTube was at the heart of all the action – providing endless entertainment to millions of viewers around the world. Before we say hello toOn December 22, 2016 / By Nookmag
2016 rocked! And YouTube was at the heart of all the action – providing endless entertainment to millions of viewers around the world. Before we say hello to a brand new year, let’s take a look at the ones that had you and the rest of Singapore clicking play and replay over and over again.
Emerging top of the list is the video that travelled from Japan and got everyone talking about pens, pineapples, apples – and pens again. The ridiculously catchy tune by fictional singer Pikotaro, “PPAP – Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” caught on like wildfire – spawning many parody videos stringing different words together. Its success didn’t stop there. It even made history as the shortest song to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts!
The support for local YouTube creators continues to grow with four videos making it to the top 10 trending videos list. These include two comedic videos by Night Owl Cinematics (NOC) – “Why Young People Hate Chinese New Year!” and “Boys Vs Men” – and popular YouTuber Tan Jian Hao’s “8 Types of Pokemon Go Players in Singapore”.
Music has also united the country. This year’s National Day theme song “Tomorrow’s Here Today” was a hit and an earworm for many. Its catchy tune allowed listeners to ‘dream away’ to a brighter future – a fitting song to celebrate 51 years of Singapore’s independence. And of course, who can forget the time when we threw our support behind Singaporean crooner Nathan Hartono after his swoon-worthy rendition of “有没有” in the blind auditions of Sing! China.
Singaporeans love YouTube and it remains the top video entertainment hub – YouTube watchtime in Singapore has grown by 35% over the last year. The strength of our local productions and talents is also felt globally, with more viewers from overseas tuning in watch such videos. Foreign viewership for the top 100 local creators in Singapore has increased by 69% over the last year.
YouTube Rewind brings together the biggest music, trends, memes, and characters from the past twelve months featuring today’s biggest YouTube stars and mainstream personalities. Check out the YouTube Singapore Rewind channel to explore all the trending videos of the year.
Singapore: Top Trending YouTube Videos (non-music)
Singapore: Top Trending YouTube Videos (music)
Global: Top Trending YouTube Videos (non-music)
Collectively these 10 videos have 550 million views and were watched for over 25 million hours. The channels behind them collectively have more than 40 million subscribers who tune in regularly watch the funny, insightful, entertaining things they create.
Global: Top Trending YouTube Videos (music)
Since its inception in 2002, E-TracX DJ Skool has been on a mission that extends beyond just imparting skills and knowledge to aspiring DJs. With its well-established DJOn December 21, 2016 / By Arman Shah
Since its inception in 2002, E-TracX DJ Skool has been on a mission that extends beyond just imparting skills and knowledge to aspiring DJs. With its well-established DJ academy, the establishment is adamant on building a community of like-minded individuals who are supportive of one another. Here, we highlight how it champions, nurtures and unites not only its rising talents, but also its professional acts.
At its core, E-TracX is a training ground for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Depending on where you are in your journey towards achieving greatness, you can opt for either the introductory DJ courses or advanced creative courses. There are also one-off workshops that cover the essential aspects of deejaying, turntablism and music production.
A student is only as good as the instructor’s teaching methodologies, and E-TracX boasts some of the best instructors in the Lion City. They include DJ Koflow and Edwin, whose students have gone to perform at venues like Blu Jaz and St James Power Station. Another name also worthy of mention is Perk Pietrek, the six-time DJ Battle Champion who recently dropped his new album under Far East Movement’s record label.
E-TracX does not believe in complacency; it’s always looking for means to sharpen the skills of the trainees under its wings. Instead of just teaching them how to DJ like everyone else, part of the curriculum sees the instructors pushing the students to level up. They are encouraged to collaborate with other musicians and dig deep within themselves to think of new concepts.
At the end of the day, E-TracX aspires to create an ecosystem where ardent fans of the DJ culture can coexist in a positive and mutually-benefitting manner. To achieve this dream of building a family of champions, the school has created many platforms for DJs to shine, including DJ residencies at clients’ venues and ad-hoc gigs at clubs and bars.
They have also launched “Newbie” Jams, which welcomes anyone who needs help with turntablism and controllerism techniques. These sessions provide the perfect opportunity to hang out and network with other passionate talents of varying skill levels in the game.
You’re often left wanting more of a particular feeling after you complete a series…and it doesn’t have to stop there! Before you start on a new series, makeOn December 17, 2016 / By Nookmag
You’re often left wanting more of a particular feeling after you complete a series…and it doesn’t have to stop there! Before you start on a new series, make that feeling last with a movie, like pairing the whimsical The Princess Bride to the delightfully quirky Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or the criminally comedic The Big Short to the dramatically comedic Orange is the New Black.
After finishing a series, a majority of Netflix members (59%) take a pause, usually lasting three days, before committing to a new show. During that break, more than half (61%) watch a movie to keep the binge feeling alive. Whatever your mood, there’s something on Netflix for everyone.
According to Netflix, here are Singapore’s favourite binge pairings based on the mood they’re in:
Experience crime and mystery by pairing Making A Murderer and The Hunting Ground or How to Get Away With Murder and Inside Man
Keep that swagger when you move to The Godfather after Better Call Saul.
Other gangsta pairings include Breaking Bad and Inception, Marvel’s Luke Cage and 13TH, as well as Narcos and Cartel Land.
Girl Power Burning Bright
If you’re watching Grace & Frankie, carry on with Julie & Julia.
Other popular series-movie pairings include Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Fight Club, Orange is the New Black and The Big Short, as well as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Sex and the City: The Movie.
Yearning for the Yesteryear
After you’ve finished reminiscing with Fuller House, continue feeling nostalgic with Grease.
Other popular series-movie pairings include Stranger Things and Super 8, as well as The Ranch and 17 Again.
However, if all you want is to invoke the festive spirit this December in between series, put on these Christmas classics:
This ensemble comedy is a charming treatise on romance, telling 10 intertwining London love stories, leading up to a climax on Christmas Eve.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Hapless Clark Griswold, his exasperated wife, Ellen, and their kids gear up for Christmas in this vacation instalment that became a holiday classic.
A Very Murray Christmas
Bill Murray rounds up an all-star cast for an evening of music, mischief and barroom camaraderie in this irreverent twist on holiday variety shows.
The Polar Express
In this warm-hearted tale, a young boy’s faith in the holiday spirit is revived after he makes his way by train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
DreamWorks Holiday Classics
Join your DreamWorks friends for these four holiday specials, featuring Shrek and Donkey, Hiccup and Toothless, and the wacky animals from Madagascar.
All movies and series are now streaming on Netflix — binge as you wish!
In an age where digital entertainment and media sources dominate people’s time, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) relieves audiences from the screen to remind them of the unique magicOn December 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
In an age where digital entertainment and media sources dominate people’s time, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) relieves audiences from the screen to remind them of the unique magic of theatre, through LIVE experiential trailers enacted by the production cast.
SRT is known as one of the most diverse and progressive theatre companies in Asia, with its goal to enrich, educate and entertain audiences by staging productions of the highest caliber, while ensuring every young Singaporean is exposed to arts and literature in order to foster a love of culture.
To promote the recent Charlotte’s Web production, SRT partnered with TBWA\Singapore to create an immersive and interactive trailer experience that no billion-dollar 3D movie can replicate.
Disrupting the routine pre-roll cinema ads, the team hijacked the screening room to execute a live-action re-enactment from Charlotte’s Web to give young audiences their first taste of theatre.
SRT is the only theatre company in Singapore with its very own venue, where it stages international productions, a season of exciting original plays and musicals, and a season dedicated to the younger audience. SRT believes strong programming for young audiences is what will develop the arts scene long-term, and reaches close to 70,000 children a year with young talent programmes and play-productions with collaborations from the best international talent on and off stage.
“The youth are exposed to more forms of entertainment than ever before,” said Gary Steele, executive creative director at TBWA\Singapore. “Theatre contends in a plethora of more accessible and cheaper entertainment options like gaming or Netflix. But amid the rising screen culture, we were able to remind people of the irreplaceable magic of live-theatre. Dynamic performances, unpredictability and playhouse atmosphere that cannot be replicated onscreen.”
Singapore has seen the rise of a vibrant art scene, with flagship events such as Art Stage, and the recent opening of the National Gallery. However, many still perceive performing arts as highbrow, unfamiliar and difficult to appreciate.
As a non-profit organisation, SRT aims to groom a new generation’s appreciation of literature and performing arts, whilst creating direct employment for up to 300 people a year. It is a key partner of the National Arts Council, helping progress the industry through local talent development (key to creating the best original productions for future revenue streams) and increasing audience growth by partnering with creative agencies such as TBWA.
“With this project, we reached out to a wider audience who might never have considered theatre as an option,” said Charlotte Nors, executive director at SRT. “We compete in a rich world of entertainment, with a growing number of 3D movies as Hollywood strives for more immersive cinema. But nothing gets you closer to the action than theatre – real actors, real props, real fantasized experiences shared with the audience as a whole. We even experimented with the first scented musical in 2013, Red Riding Hood, to stimulate more senses than ever before. We truly believe theatre has the ability to bring people to together, more so than any cinematic experience.”
Singapore’s biggest annual yuletide fair, Christmas Wonderland, returns to Gardens by the Bay for the third time running, and it’s all set to give visitors double the funOn December 13, 2016 / By Elizabeth
Singapore’s biggest annual yuletide fair, Christmas Wonderland, returns to Gardens by the Bay for the third time running, and it’s all set to give visitors double the fun with its expanded fairgrounds and activities.
Organised by Blue Sky Events, supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, this year’s edition is nearly double in size, with a 57,000 sqm event ground, up from last year’s 35,000 sqm.
Be amazed as the Gardens are transformed into a festive playground with activities for all ages. Returning favourites include the Italian Luminaire, which are sculptures of light based on 17th and 18th century Baroque architecture, handmade by skilled craftsmen using white wood from the south of Italy.
Children and parents will also be excited to note that the Ice Palace will also return with a 400 sqm ice skating rink, an all new ice slide and an expanded Snow Playground, now at 96 sqm, which is two times larger than last year’s. Enjoy ice skating and playing with real snow!
Likewise, the European-style Festive Market is back too, featuring a collection of specially designed wooden huts adapted from renowned Christmas markets throughout Europe. Visitors can enjoy a greater selection of festive dining treats from renowned food and beverage operators such as Brewerkz, Churros Factory, Hard Rock Cafe, Harry’s and The Travelling C.O.W. The market also offers a wide variety of Christmas gifts, such as Luminarie souvenirs, crafts, boutique goods and vintage finds.
In addition, visitors can anticipate a plethora of new and exciting experiences this year, including a Magical Forest, illuminated by 80 brilliantly lit Christmas Trees, and a Hi-5 Funtastic House, which is making its debut in Singapore at this event.
Visitors can also enjoy exciting carnival attractions, including eleven game stalls, and stand a chance to win attractive prizes! Do note however that these require separate tokens which can be purchased onsite.
Christmas Wonderland runs daily from 3.30pm to 11pm from 2 December 2016 to 1 January 2017. Admission is priced at SGD6 (9 to 15 Dec) and SGD8 (16 Dec to 1 Jan), and tickets can only be purchased online here. Get a promo code from VISA and use Visa Checkout to enjoy 25% off admission into Christmas Wonderland (limited to first 1,000 tickets daily).
If you’re visiting with your family, you’ll be glad to note that entry is complimentary for up to 3 children under 0.9m for each paying adult. Do consider taking public transport to this event however, as parking at Gardens by the Bay is anticipated to be very limited during this holiday season.
Building on the foundations of the decade-long Mosaic Music Festival, the new Mosaic Music Series will feature exceptional musicians at the forefront of their genres. The series alsoOn December 12, 2016 / By Nookmag
Building on the foundations of the decade-long Mosaic Music Festival, the new Mosaic Music Series will feature exceptional musicians at the forefront of their genres. The series also seeks to deepen audience understanding and appreciation of the musicians and their works as well as inspire Singapore’s music community.
That said, the Mosaic Music Series collection of concerts will kick start in 2017 with respective releases from each artist, starting with award-winning PJ Harvey and her acclaimed release, The Hope Six Demolition Project, together with her full 10-piece band. This will be her only stop in Southeast Asia as part of her international tour.
Likewise, Singapore artists, Piblokto & Bennett Bay will be unveiling their album launches with two concerts at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Inspired by his newborn son who was born with a condition called Brachydactyly, a condition where his fingers are shorter than normal, Imperfection by Piblokto seeks to uncover the beauty of imperfections and explore the crevices of emotions often forgotten and abandoned. Piblokto’s concert will feature fellow collaborators and good friends Sean Lam (Hanging Up The Moon), Victor Low (Affixen, Hanging Up The Moon), Andy Chia (SA(仨) and an ensemble of string musicians.
For this series, Singapore singer-songwriter Bennett Bay will also present music from his debut full-length album Compass. Compass tells the story of the child finding his way home, as his family holds on to hope for his return. Bay’s lush and orchestral material will be performed live with an ensemble comprising of Tsumugu Don Bosco Misugi (violin), Samuel Hongyi Choon (violin), Nadene Law (cello), Axel Serik (bass), Ian Tan (drums), Yuru Lee (percussion), Cui Yihao (trumpet), Gabriel Hoe (trumpet), Jingjie Lim, Jingyun Ng and Charlene Su on vocals, as well as a very special surprise guest.
Friday, 13 Jan 2017 | 8pm | Approx 1hr 15mins, no intermission
Musician, poet, artist, and only two-time winner of the Mercury Music Prize, PJ Harvey is an icon that has commanded attention from the outset of her career more than two decades ago.
Harvey has carved out a place for herself in the international music scene, earning numerous Grammy and Brit Award nominations and Artist of the Year awards from Rolling Stone and Spin. Along the way, she has worked with fellow luminaries such as Thom Yorke, Nick Cave, Tricky, Björk, Mark Lanegan, and Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes.
At her only stop in Southeast Asia as part of her international tour, Harvey presents music from her acclaimed latest release The Hope Six Demolition Project, together with her full 10-piece band.
Cat 4 – SGD68 (Students, NSFs and seniors – SGD45)
Cat 3 – SGD88 (Students, NSFs and seniors – SGD65)
Cat 2 – SGD118 (Esplanade&Me special available)
Cat 1 – SGD148 (Esplanade&Me special available)
Imperfection, by Piblokto
Sunday, 15 Jan 2017 | 8pm | 1hr 15mins, no intermission
Esplanade Recital Studio
Singapore musician Alexius Cai, under his moniker of Piblokto, presents his latest release Imperfection.
Inspired by his newborn son who was born with a condition called Brachydactyly, a condition where his fingers are shorter than normal, this album seeks to uncover the beauty of imperfections and explore the crevices of emotions often forgotten and abandoned.
This show features fellow collaborators and good friends Sean Lam (Hanging Up The Moon), Victor Low (Affixen, Hanging Up The Moon), Andy Chia (SA(仨) and an ensemble of string musicians.
Standard – SGD25 (Esplanade&Me special available)
Compass, by Bennett Bay
Friday, 20 Jan 2017 | 8pm | 1hr 15mins, no intermission
Esplanade Recital Studio
Singapore singer-songwriter Bennett Bay presents music from his debut full-length album Compass. Bay’s lush and orchestral material will be performed live with an ensemble comprising of Tsumugu Don Bosco Misugi (violin), Samuel Hongyi Choon (violin), Nadene Law (cello), Axel Serik (bass), Ian Tan (drums), Yuru Lee (percussion), Cui Yihao (trumpet), Gabriel Hoe (trumpet), Jingjie Lim, Jingyun Ng and Charlene Su on vocals, as well as a very special surprise guest.
Standard – SGD25 (Esplanade&Me special available)
Concession for students & NSFs – SGD20
In partnership with Native, The Minute List, an insider’s handbook to eating and drinking in the city, presents ‘A Very Asian Christmas’ featuring Paper Lantern Distilling’s Sichuan PepperOn December 9, 2016 / By Nookmag
In partnership with Native, The Minute List, an insider’s handbook to eating and drinking in the city, presents ‘A Very Asian Christmas’ featuring Paper Lantern Distilling’s Sichuan Pepper Gin.
Come 12 December (Monday), four of the city’s best bartenders will converge upon the city’s newest cocktail bar located in the hip enclave of Amoy Street, to shake and mix their way to a winning Asian-inspired cocktail that tastes like Christmas. Participants include Kai from Neon Pigeon, Sim from Atlas Grand Lobby & Bar, Nesh from Smoke & Mirrors, Ashwin Raj from 28 HongKong Street, Reena from Crackerjack, and representing the Native team, Leon.
Following the success of the Boilermaker Night that brought the London and Melbourne cocktail trend to the shores of Singapore, The Minute List collaborates with NATIVE to film a new episode of “Happening” – an online series that brings the local bartending community together for an evening of friendly, competitive fun and debauchery.
Housed at 52A Amoy Street, NATIVE is the newest kid on the block, and an Asian themed bar founded by 2015 Diplomatico World Champion, Vijay Mudaliar. The former barman of Operation Dagger prides NATIVE as a bar that looks to its roots; where local foraging for ingredients is a key focus, and the shelves are fully lined with regionally produced spirits like Rum from Nepal, Whisky from India, and of course, Sichuan Pepper Gin that is craft-distilled in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
With Paper Lantern Distilling as the spirit sponsor, the bartenders will be using Sichuan Pepper Gin as a base for their imagination to take over in creating a festive cocktail that pays homage to Asian flavours. To up the challenge, each bartender will be given five minutes to prepare their cocktail and present it to a panel consisting of three influential personalities from the bartending community – Kamil Foltan, Group Development Bar Manager of Potato Head, Vijay Mudaliar, founder of Native and 2015 Diplomatico World Champion and lastly, Simin Kayhan, Co-founder of Paper Lantern Distilling. The winning bartender will walk away with a bottle of Paper Lantern’s Sichuan Pepper Gin and SGD300 in cash.
The closed door competition will take place from 4 to 6pm, where the doors are open to all from 6pm onwards for anyone to join in the seasonal, boozy festivities. To kick up the good vibes a notch, guests will be able to enjoy the Asian-inspired Christmas cocktails as whipped up by the bartenders at a special price for the whole night.
A Very Asian Christmas
Monday, 12 December | 6pm onwards
52A Amoy Street
This season, Martell introduces Martell NCF (Non Chill Filtered), the new cognac that is set to light up the night. Where most cognacs are filtered below 0°C, MartellOn December 8, 2016 / By Nookmag
This season, Martell introduces Martell NCF (Non Chill Filtered), the new cognac that is set to light up the night. Where most cognacs are filtered below 0°C, Martell NCF is unique among cognacs as it is filtered at room temperature, thus preserving its full potential to unleash irresistibly smooth, velvety and expressive aromas when served with ice or with a mixer.
Offering a refreshing new option for partygoers who want a dynamic, sophisticated and deliciously easy signature drink, Martell NCF dances on the palate with sensual hints of apricot jam and vanilla, with a rounded, and well-balanced finish ending on notes of citrus peel, candied fruit, mandarin and pink grapefruit.
In terms of aesthetics, the NCF bottle has a cutting-edge design to match its innovative taste and creation. The bottle itself is dressed in a reflective metallic copper coating that commands attention, while a transparent bottom reveals the gorgeous amber gold and copper hues of NCF. Likewise, glossy white lines on the bottle evoke the filtration process, and glow in the dark under UV light.
A revolutionary new vision of Cognac for millennials, NCF made its global debut at #LightUpNCF, the brightest party of the year on 25 November 2016 at Infinite Studios. #LightUpNCF had a stellar line-up of the loudest local acts, including ShiGGA Shay, Rave Republic, DJ Tinc, and Bounce Squad.
For its global launch in Singapore, Martell collaborated with three tastemakers who embody the ideals behind NCF – a curiosity for life and a desire to ignite the passion that lies within and experience the light that makes the world come alive. These three ambassadors – hip-hop artist ShiGGa Shay, fashion blogger Rachel Wong, and DJ Tinc – live by these ideals and have since made a name for themselves. Together with Martell, they have created a music video that expresses the ideals of NCF, set against a new single by ShiGGa called “In My Hand”, written specially for the launch of NCF.
The invite-only party celebrated the launch of NCF with drinks flowing and music banging, and kickstarted with ShiGGa Shay’s new music video, In My Hand, which premiered at #LightUpNCF.
“Life is short, therefore finding your light and following it with all your heart would mean to chase your dreams boldly and never give up, no matter what people say to try and bring you down.” — ShiGGa Shay
Proudly born and raised in Singapore, ShiGGa Shay has been making waves in the local music industry. From producing beats in the studio to directing and editing his own music videos, he has a knack for crafting music which instantly connects with the Singapore audience. This ability to appeal to the every-man has led him to the top of the charts with a legion of fans. ShiGGa Shay is also a co-founder of Grizzle Grind Crew, which acts as an independent collective dead-set on elevating the local hip-hop scene.
“Sometimes, you just have to step out of your comfort zone to pursue your passion and do what you love.” — Rachel Wong
In just four years, Rachel Wong, Bloggerati by Nuffnang, has become an online personality not to be ignored. With more than 154,000 followers on Instagram under her belt, she has turned her passion for fashion into a successful career, sharing fashion and styling tips with her fans and followers.
“I believe everyone is born with a purpose; they just have to try hard enough to find out what is their reason for waking up the next morning. Keep searching and I promise you that, one day, you will find that purpose.” — DJ Tinc
TINC is a DJ based in Singapore who has skyrocketed into the local and international club scene. She became the first and youngest female DJ to hold a monthly residency night (M.O.B) in Zouk. To lend a helping hand to aspiring DJs, she has opened an academy called This Beat Is Sick where she mentors and shapes the future of Singapore’s dance scene.
It’s go-time! The seventh annual St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore will feature a stacked indie music line-up, some whose names are already familiar and others whom we’re bettingOn December 5, 2016 / By Nookmag
It’s go-time! The seventh annual St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore will feature a stacked indie music line-up, some whose names are already familiar and others whom we’re betting on to make it big. Electronic, hip-hop, R&B, dance, future soul, pop-folk, punk… Laneway has it all.
Among the many artistes exhibiting their cool at Laneway Festival Singapore 2017, here’s a peek at what’s in store. While one of the biggest names in Singapore’s history of shoegazing, Astreal, is performing at the festival this year; for the very first time, acts from Japan – Wednesday Campanella and KOHH – have also made it to the lineup!
My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Curve prominently influence ASTREAL, known for its shoegaze post rock and ambient rock sounds. The band, having played at Zoukout, Lime Sonic Bang, Baybeats and clubs in the region, is famous for its contentious gigs. Two albums, a three-year hiatus and several metamorphoses since its inception in 1992, the group continues to rouse the crowd. Astreal’s third album will be released end 2016 or early January – yes, just in time for Laneway!
Preternaturally talented songwriter AURORA whisks in from Norway. The teen sensation’s fantastical, assured debut, All My Demons Meet Me As A Friend, is filled with euphoric pop moments that belie the introspective nature of her thoughtful lyrics. Her performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Conan and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert were nothing short of mesmerising. Have a listen to her breakout single ‘Running With Wolves’.
Canadian high-school buddies Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance makeup BOB MOSES. Producing late-night dance floor numbers with a guitar-driven, pop sensibility, Bob Moses effortlessly glides from genre to genre, borrowing from electronica and indie-rock but a slave to neither. Entertainment Weekly, Billboard Magazine, Dancing Astronaut and Hilly Dilly called Days Gone By, the duo’s debut album, one of the best of 2015, while online music mag Resident Advisor ranked the master of its craft among 2014 and 2015’s top 20 live acts. Bob Moses is tipped to be a surprise hit at Laneway.
From Indonesia come Anggung Suherman (Angkuy) and Ryan Nobie Adzani. Together, they are BOTTLESMOKER. Experimental electronic pop, or indietronic instrumental, is Bottlesmoker’s forte; the alchemy of toy musical instruments – the glockenspiel, the hand bell and the melodica – and customised equipment, its signature; and intimate harmony in catchy and unusual music, its goal.
New Jersey hip-hop producer CLAMS CASINO is widely credited with setting the
template for modern rap music, thanks to his influential Instrumental Mixtape series and production credits for heavyweights like Vince Staples, Lil B, Danny Brown and FKA twigs. His debut album, 32 Levels, features an expertly curated slew of guests, including Laneway grad Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands) and Staples. It also oozes versatility, establishing him as a talented artist in his own right.
Floating Points (DJ Set)
Already a respected DJ in the league of Four Tet and Jamie xx, Eng-land’s FLOATING POINTS is now creating a stir as a dance-music trailblazer. His debut LP, Elaenia, is an abundance of sweeping, complex sounds and slow-building energy, making for timeless and poignant electronic music. ‘Nespole’, the album opening, is particularly captivating: a musical analogy for all things Sam Sheppard – a producer, a neuroscientist, a label founder, an ensemblist and a visual artist.
Gang of Youths
GANG OF YOUTHS has earned its mantle as one of Australia’s most enthralling live acts. Fronted by the charismatic David Le’aupepe, the five-piece band employs a wall of sound guitars and stadium-ready vocals to compelling effect. Gang of Youths’ critically acclaimed debut album, The Positions, scooped a number of Australian music award noms in 2015.
Back in 2014, experimental pop outfit GLASS ANIMALS captured the attention of both critics and music fans with Zaba. With its recently launched album, How To Be A Human Being, the English quartet has scored again. At once wildly imaginative and meticulously crafted, the triple j Feature Album is replete with charming characters, interesting beats and polished pop hooks. Its exuberant, ambitious and engaging live performances are icing. At this rate, Glass Animals is destined for greater things.
JAGWAR MA returns to Laneway. Its sizzling debut album, Howlin’, has won fans all over the world, achieved through its danceability and innumerable hooks as well as the band’s furious touring. October 2016 has seen the Australia-raised, UK-based trio dropping its second album, Every Now & Then. The exuber-ant blend of sunshine, soul and techno sounds like nothing and nobody else. The lead single ‘O B 1’ and the album centrepiece ‘Give Me A Reason’ explain the group’s popularity.
Japan has never been known for its hip-hop scene. KOHH may just be the one to change all that. Over several years, the rapper produced mixtapes, one after another. In 2014, he released his debut full-length, Monochrome. But it was 2015 that lauded KOHH with the attention he deserves. His guesting on It G Ma, the YouTube viral smash by Korea’s Keith Ape, left a mighty huge impression on viewers. He layered on the buzz with two albums, a mixtape and a truckload of videos. KOHH’s Dirt release, a combination of rock influences and defiant positivity brewing in dark, hard undertones, popped at no. 2 on the indies chart and nabbed the top spot on iTunes’ hip-hop chart just 30 quick minutes of its launch. June 2016 ushered in Dirt II. Is it as good as Dirt? You tell us.
The endearing melodic punk group, LUCA BRASI, unleashed its third album in April this year, a labour of love that was put together over a couple of years amid a frenetic tour schedule. If This Is All We’re Going To Be marries melody, trademark meandering guitar lines, big drum sounds and self-examining lyrical content with the foundational punk and rock ideals that have inspired the band. The result is a dynamic package of cohesion, power and emotion. If This Is All We’re Going To Be received a triple j Feature Album nod, made an impressive debut on the ARIA Charts, and blasted to the top of the AIR Charts.
Swift, socially conscious lyricism and no-BS delivery are the hallmarks of MC and poet MICK JENKINS. The wordsmith has collaborated with Joey Bada$$, the breakout star of rap collective Pro Era, producer Kaytranada, and rap and hip hop artistes Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper. Following two outstanding mixtapes in 2014 and 2015, The Water[s] and Wave[s] respectively, his debut full-length[T]he [H]ealing [C]omponent came in hot in late September, likely to be the most important hip-hop release of 2016.
MR. CARMACK occupies a frontier some-where in-between genres. Tasty, inventive hip hop beats form the bedrock of his music. The American is efficient and braced with a grinding work ethic, too: Just two months after sharing his 2016 Yellow EP, he let loose an epic 54 tracks on SoundCloud. There’s more where all that came from, as hints of new music abound.
Future-soul singer and songwriter NAO is on track to make it big. Her killer single, ‘So Good’, and debut EP of the same name were deserving standouts of 2014. In 2015, NAO appeared on electronic music duo Disclosure’s Caracal, and this year, she made a huge impact with For All We Know. The debut full-length release saturated with glossy R&B, sculpted grooves and sultry coos got people on both sides of the Atlantic talking about one of the UK’s brightest new talents.
NICK MURPHY makes his first trip back to Singapore after dispensing with his alias, Chet Faker. His dynamic performance will be a showcase of existing catalogue and new material. ‘Fear Less’ gives a preview of Murphy’s brilliant new sound that amalgamates past and present influences. Murphy’s debut album, Built On Glass, has gone platinum, and his recent collabs with musicians Marcus Marr and Flume were also winners. The international artiste has sold out headline tours and played throughout Europe, Asia and North America at longstanding music festivals, such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival, the Glastonbury Festival and the Primavera Sound Festival.
Sampa the Great
Born and raised in South Africa, and now based in Australia, SAMPA THE GREAT created a massive buzz with her debut The Great Mix-tape in 2015. The adventurous mind bent on pushing the boundaries wove dense lyrical mazes with her verses, conjuring a lush, imaginative world, with music ranging from the spoken word to pure rapping; stops at psychedelic and bluesy waypoints called for attention. After recently nailing a slot supporting rapper Kendrick Lamar, Sampa The Great is on the fiery trail to releasing an EP later this year.
SAM RUI makes it clear that R&B is alive and kickin’ in Singapore. The vocals that previously gave strength and purity to folk and indie-pop tunes now pack an equal punch with sensual, sassy numbers, proving why it was a stunningly brilliant step on her part to move past singing YouTube covers to writing her own R&B songs.
Stars and Rabbit
Raw simplicity in composing, arranging and performing pop-folk music is what STARS AND RABBIT is all about. Each song is steeped in personal experiences, threaded through with filaments of imagination. Performing at Laneway and having its song, ‘The House’, featured in British short film Wander: The Indonesian duo’s dream of travelling around the globe and spreading magic may be on its way to fulfilment.
At just three years old, TASH SULTANA picked up a guitar. Now 21, the self-taught and self-made pocket rocket is blessed with vocal dexterity – she beatboxes! – and an enviable skill with the guitar. Tickets have been flying out of the door for her first run of headline shows across Australia, Europe and the UK; no small feat for an artiste who got her big music break filming home videos in her bedroom.
The Julie Ruin
Frontwoman of THE JULIE RUIN, riot grrrl and punk icon Kathleen Hanna is back to finish what she started. Six years after the raucous debut of The Julie Ruin, the band flaunts its sophomore album, Hit Reset, and a new direction merging Hanna’s punk-rock roots and the electroclash sound of her previous incarnation, Le Tigre. The punchy single ‘I’m Done’ shows why Hanna is a living legend.
Grammy-winning songwriter and UK heart-throb TOURIST, or Will Phillips, has released U, a highly anticipated debut full-length album. It is an unsuspecting break-up album overflowing with dance-floor burners and high contrasts. Topping the Hype Machine twice, landing triple j Feature Al-bum status and selling out his first run of Australian shows in a matter of days: Tourist is indisputably one of the most in demand electronic acts of 2016 and 2017.
T-REX produces eclectic, bombastic and multi-textural sounds. Playing post-rock to progressive metal to jazz, one of the latest bands to hit Singapore is fast cementing its name as an incredible live music act. The band’s seamless switching and swapping of instruments adds to its performances, which brim with dense and complex rhythms often tied to math rock.
Under his nom de plume of TYCHO, US-based visual artist, Scott Hanson creates conscientiously composed minimal techno. Awake, his gorgeous, eight-track release emanating warmth, was an electronic standout of 2014. Earlier 2016, Tycho returned with the single, ‘Division’. It precedes his upcoming studio album, rumoured to drop around the Laneway run.
Somewhere in Japan’s coexistence of the idol sphere, the J-rock reality and the programmed beats enclave lies WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA, or Suiyōbi no Campanella. Consisting of Komuai, Kenmochi Hidefumi and Dir.F, the trio has rocketed towards popularity within four years. The enigmatic cocktail of house, techno and chill out music covers unexpected subjects like guided bus tours, vampires and Hokkaido food. Wednesday Campanella has shown their pretty darned memorable stuff at various music festivals: Summer Sonic 2015, Rising Sun Rock Festival 2015, Arabaki Rock Fest.15 and SXSW 2016. And soon, Laneway Festival will be part of the list.
WHITE LUNG is an uncompromising punk band with talent and ambition in equal parts. Signed to the legendary Domino Records label, Mish Barber Way, Kenneth William and Anne-Marie Vassiliou produce forceful social commentary over razor sharp, visceral songs. Over the course of three LPs, the Canadian band has maintained relentless progressiveness – White Lung is as interesting now as it was during its youthful rage-fuelled days. Outspoken frontwoman Barber-Way’s perspectives of feminism culled from her varied experience as an advice columnist and journalist shine through in the trio’s fourth album, Paradise, which was released in May 2016.
Chicago band WHITNEY charms folk with deep lashings of soul. Light Upon the Lake, its debut, was anointed Best New Music by Pitchfork. The album is infinitely enjoyable but what’s more amazing is how Whitney makes well-crafted, easy-on-the-ear music seem so easy to produce. Lyrically, Whitney (mostly) woos with the universal theme of heartbreak. Still, the toe-tapping vitality of the music invites endless joyful listens. We believe it’s the happiest sad music you ever did hear.
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2017
Saturday, 21 January
– SINGAPORE –
THE MEADOW, GARDENS BY THE BAY
Thursday, 26 January
– BRISBANE –
BRISBANE SHOWGROUNDS, BOWEN HILLS (16+)
Saturday, 28 February
– MELBOURNE –
FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE (FCAC)
THE RIVER’S EDGE
Monday, 30 January
– AUCKLAND –
To be confirmed
Friday, 3 February
– ADELAIDE –
HARTS MILL, PORT ADELAIDE (16+)
Saturday, 4 February
– SYDNEY –
SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (SCA), ROZELLE
Sunday, 5 February
– FREMANTLE –
ESPLANADE RESERVE AND WEST END