Coming 5th November, Zouk Singapore will be holding its first ever run, The Zouk Run, kick starting a series of closing activities in anticipation of the big moveOn October 12, 2016 / By Nookmag
Coming 5th November, Zouk Singapore will be holding its first ever run, The Zouk Run, kick starting a series of closing activities in anticipation of the big move to its new digs at Clarke Quay. Conceived as a leisure run that seeks to capture the essence of Zouk’s unique party experience and a celebration of its Jiak Kim Street home of 25 years, The Zouk Run will take participants on a lap dotted with surprises, flagging off and rounding up at the club.
The second home to many dance music lovers for the past 25 years, Zouk is known as the rite of passage for most young adults as they come of age. Over the years, the club has amassed a generation of revelers that have celebrated dance and music together.
Organized in partnership with events agency, Pink Apple, The Zouk Run is primed as a concept to reach out to past and present clubbers, as well as younger audiences that have yet to experience the magic of #ZoukAtJiakKim. The event is a celebratory run that aims to bring together generations of dance music lovers to commemorate the Jiak Kim warehouse as they stride forward to the club’s future at Clarke Quay.
Open to all ages, the 3km fun run will take a route around the Jiak Kim vicinity on the evening of 5 November. Upon every registration, all participants will be entitled to a themed race pack of choice that comes with a specially designed T-shirt and a special party prop. The choices of themes include Mambo King, Podium Queen, The Shuffler, and The Musichead. Promising to incorporate party elements into the run, participants can expect to be delighted by surprises that revelers will find familiar in Zouk.
Available for the night only, limited edition Zouk Run merchandise will be up for purchase at the end point back at the club. The race village will also have food vendors where participants can re-energize post-run. Runners above 16 years will receive complimentary entry to the after-party that will be held at Velvet Underground – Dance, while runners above 18 years will also get free entry to all Zouk dance rooms for the night.
“This is the first run that we have ever organized and we are extremely excited about this,” says Sofie Chandra, Head of Marketing and Events, Zouk Consulting Pte Ltd. “The Zouk brand has always been an identity of music and celebration. With The Zouk Run, we really want to highlight this aspect and gather generations of past, present and future Zouk lovers as we move along to the new space at Clarke Quay,” she adds.
Registrations for The Zouk Run is now open and interested participants can sign-up here.
The Zouk Run
( 5 November 2016 | 5pm onwards )
17 Jiak Kim Street
#ZoukSingapore, #ZoukAtJiakKim, #TheZoukRun
SGD48.00 (1 – 30 October)
*All Citibank card members will stand to receive a 10% discount
by entering the first six digits of their credit card number in the “Promo Code” field.
Race Pack Collection
( 29 & 30 October 2016 | 11AM – 5PM )
Red Tail Bar
3C River Valley Road, #01-04
The Zouk Run t-shirt
Special party prop
Goodies from sponsors
*Free entry to all outlets for all participant 18 years of age and above.
*Free entry to Velvet Underground – Dance for participants 16 – 17 years of age.
Hailing from Germany’s capital of musicals, Hamburg-based ensemble Elbipolis has pushed boundaries and established a name for itself for its harmonious blend of Barock Lounge Baroque and electro.On October 11, 2016 / By Arman Shah
Hailing from Germany’s capital of musicals, Hamburg-based ensemble Elbipolis has pushed boundaries and established a name for itself for its harmonious blend of Barock Lounge Baroque and electro. Here, the founder Jurgen Gross discusses the ensemble’s interpretation of classical music and upcoming show at the 2016 Singapore International Festival of Music (SIFOM).
When and how did Elbipolis first come together to make music?
I founded Elbipolis in 1996, but the current constellation of musicians came into being a few years later in 2004. From the very beginning, Elbipolis was concerned with presenting Hamburg’s rich musical repertoire of the baroque era to the public. In addition to that, the group shared an experimental nature that constantly looked for new ways of performing and for direct communication with the audience.
How is the classical music scene in Hamburg? Do you feel well accepted and embraced there as musicians?
Aside from its position as a musical city, Hamburg is an important centre for the international classical music scene, and I expect that with the opening of the Elbphilharmonie in 2017, the city’s status will be raised even further.
Being an independent ensemble, Elbipolis has made a name for itself in Hamburg as a special ensemble for old music. Notable performances have been in conjunction with the north German radio series “Das Alte Werk” as well as a continuous presence at the Schleswig-Holstein music festival. Now Elbipolis has been able to bring its own concert form “Barock Lounge” to life, in co-operation with the Norddeutscher Rundfunk.
What inspires your music?
Elbipolis’ music is first and foremost the result of the spirit of the ensemble as well as the atmosphere created by all of our individual members. We believe that inspiration comes when all our musicians are at ease with each other and can communicate on a musical level.
You collaborated with DJ Brezel Goring for “Elbipolis /Barock Lounge – Outer Space”. What was it like working with him?
Brezel Göring lives in Berlin and is part of the legendary duo Stereo Total. Working with an electronic musician was completely new territory for us, and vice versa – this is also his first time working with a baroque orchestra. He expertly answered the question on how to edit our music, because “rhythms” and “loops” cannot be used for music with such complicated harmonies and varying speeds.
Why is it important for you to reinvent and reinterpret classical music?
This isn’t an easy question for me to answer, because classical music has always been a large part of my musical life and has long been central to my understanding of the arts and culture. Even today, there is always new, completely unknown music to be discovered, especially from the era of the 17th and 18th centuries. This music is unbelievably beautiful and we want to share it with the public.
You’ll be performing at the Singapore International Festival of Music in October. How do you feel about your upcoming gig?
We’re very pleased to have been invited to the international festival and are looking forward to the trip. Of course, we’re excited to meet the people and get a taste of their understanding of their own musical culture. Although we will only be there for a short space of time, we hope to be able to partake in as much cultural exchange as possible.
Have you been to Singapore before? What are your expectations of the city?
No, I have never been to Singapore. I’m really looking forward to getting a feel for the place. I have heard that the city is very well cared for and that the people are accommodating and friendly. It will definitely be a great experience!
After three years of lighting up the night in the city, ILLUMI RUN is returning to make a splash on a sandy new canvas. The home-grown run isOn October 7, 2016 / By Nookmag
After three years of lighting up the night in the city, ILLUMI RUN is returning to make a splash on a sandy new canvas. The home-grown run is set to turn Sentosa’s Palawan Green into a vibrant display of neon colours on 17 December, adding a fun and festive glow to the island’s year-end calendar.
This year’s run will see participants getting doused in ILLUMI Glow Water as they run and dance through a thrilling new route on Singapore’s hottest beach destination. Showcasing an inflatable feature and fresh music beats at each of the five ultraviolet zones along the way, the course guarantees much splashing fun on the sand for an ultimate Neon Paradise atmosphere.
The ILLUMI Festival continues into the night with a massive party on Palawan Beach featuring some of Asia’s most highly sought after DJs, including ILLUMI RUN favourites DJ TiNC and Rave Republic. Also taking the stage for the post-party is Taiwanese DJ Cookie, No.1 Female DJ listed by Taipei Times. The DJs’ sets will be accompanied by psychedelic pyrotechnic displays, which, combined with a crowd of luminescent revellers, will make for a stunning sight under the stars.
|Dates||Individual||Party of 4|
|11 Aug – 10 Oct||
11 Oct – 10 Nov
|11 Aug – 10 Nov||SGD 88||
ILLUMI RUN 2016
17 December 2016 | 7pm to 11.30pm
Palawan Green, Sentosa
On Tuesday, 4 October, POP#02 presented the clash between tour bikes and foldies with a show-and-tell session between Cromoly Affairs and BrompingSG respectively. On this evening, AcitOn October 7, 2016 / By The Rainbow-Monger
On this evening, Acit Salbini and Crew from Cromoly Affairs shared their experience from their recent bicycle tour from Manali to Leh, explaining their addiction to pushing themselves to their limits.
Highlights of the evening include their stories of insufficient oxygen, and having to travel without technology after the first 3 days into the trip. The team also shared the possibility of organising another such bike trip in the not too distant future, and welcomes all who are interested to check back on their Facebook page for more details.
In contrast, Ayamirza and Esa from BrompingSG shared how they packed their 16-inch-wheel Brompton bikes off for fun rides across cities such as Perth and Tokyo. After sharing with us that the experience between both cities were vastly different, both speakers encouraged the free-and-easy way of life, with the following food for though : “Life is too short to do something.” For more inspiring quotes from this crew, visit their Facebook Page!
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130 Countries. 30 Languages. 46 Million Facebook Fans. 5 Emmys®. 4 Boys. 1 Town. South Park’s been there. The Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series kicks off its historicOn October 3, 2016 / By Nookmag
130 Countries. 30 Languages. 46 Million Facebook Fans. 5 Emmys®. 4 Boys. 1 Town. South Park’s been there. The Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series kicks off its historic 20th season with 10 all-new episodes beginning on Wednesday, 5 October at 10pm (TH/WIB) and 11pm (HK/PH/SG/TW) in Asia. Tune in to see what Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny get into this season!
In the premiere episode “Member Berries,” Garrison is still on the campaign trail and the National Anthem gets a reboot by an American Icon.
Comedy Central (the world’s no. 1 comedy brand) and South Park Digital Studios kicked off the global celebration of the series’ 20th season by bringing the show to life via “The South Park 20 Experience,” a 2-D/3-D interactive fan exhibition first debuted at Comic Con San Diego in July. The currently-travelling experience, part of which is now on display at the Paley Center in Los Angeles through 25 September, features 20 memorable moments from South Park’s history and allows fans to explore and insert themselves into iconic show moments for photo opportunities.
The celebration of “South Park” continues with the launch of an all-new “South Park” Avatar Creator for desktop and mobile devices, the upcoming release of the eagerly-awaited new video game “South Park: The Fractured But Whole” from Ubisoft, tie-up with GIPHY to cut GIFs from iconic moments featured at Comic-Con, as well as special telecasts of selected South Park episodes and a behind-the-scenes documentary film 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park.
“South Park” Avatar Creator
Create your own South Park alter-ego or make one for family and friends! Use your avatar on the South Park Studios forum or share it with friends online.
“South Park” also partnered with GIPHY to GIF up the 20 iconic moments featured at Comic-Con from their respective episodes for fan use here.
South Park Daily Doubles
Fans can catch selected episodes of South Park on-air with two episodes airing daily at 9.30pm (TH/WIB) and 10.30pm (HK/PH/SG/TW), culminating in the season 20 premiere.
6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park
Renowned documentarian Arthur Bradford (How’s Your News?) was granted unprecedented access to Parker and Stone. Shot extensively over the course of three months at the South Park Studios in Los Angeles, this exclusive documentary film chronicles the rigorous process of producing the iconic series in under a week. Bradford’s cameras were granted access into the creative process, opening up Parker and Stone’s world to reveal the high-pressure work environment that allows them to turn an idea into a full 22-minute episode each week.
Viewers will get a look at Parker and Stone’s thought process as they approach a new episode and the 24/7 grind they subject themselves to each time the show is in production. The documentary also includes in-depth interviews with Parker and Stone about their working partnership and reflections on highlights from their careers, such as the making of the original short, “The Spirit of Christmas,” as well as their memorable appearance at the 2000 Oscars®.
“South Park: The Fractured But Whole”
On 6 December, Ubisoft will release the highly-anticipated follow-up to the award-winning “South Park: Stick of Truth” as a digital download and at retailers on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Also available will be two collectibles, the RC Coon Bundle exclusively from Amazon and the Fart Pillow exclusively from GameStop. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look into the game development process with Stone and Parker :
South Park first launched on 13 August 1997 and is based on the animated short entitled, “The Spirit of Christmas.” Co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are executive producers, along with Anne Garefino, and Frank C. Agnone II. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bill Hader, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman are producers.
Since its inception in 2002, E-TracX’s mission has been to create champions and unite communities. By working with dedicated and experienced instructors that include Edwin, Koflow, Perk Pietrek,On October 2, 2016 / By Nookmag
Since its inception in 2002, E-TracX’s mission has been to create champions and unite communities. By working with dedicated and experienced instructors that include Edwin, Koflow, Perk Pietrek, and Felix Hoo, as well as inspirational students who have gone ahead and won various awards hosted by magazines or at competitions (some have even represented Singapore on the world stage!), E-TracX is now proudly known as “A FAMILY OF CHAMPIONS”.
BEATMKRZ x Skratch Jam : 2nd Edition
Next Sunday, 9 October, E-TracX proudly presents the second edition in its BEATMKRZ series, BeatMkrz x Skratch Jam; a showcase event featuring a night of experimental fun and electrifying beats. The evening begins with a Skratch Jam session from 5pm to 8pm, and ends on a high note with showcases by E-TracX instructors Koflow and Perk Pietrek, as well as students Direwulf, Chao, Ethan Lian, Ms Yeap, and RuxtA in BEATMKRZ from 8pm to 9pm.
Skratch Jam @ Kult Kafé (5pm-8pm)
Conceptualised in 2003, the jams are held for participants to share their ideas and learn new techniques from each other in a fun and non-competitive environment. Likewise, these jam sessions have also been great networking opportunities, especially for budding artists, with impromptu collaborative showcases sprouting from connections made during these events.
Although this event has traditionally been held indoors at E-TracX’s DJ studio, occasionally bringing the stage out into the open (such as next weekend!) allows interested viewers and passers-by to comfortably see all the action behind the turntable without being crushed in a small cheek-to-cheek space. And the best news? Everyone gets a chance to try their hand at Skratching! This is one time we don’t have to be a pro to look like one! *grin*
* DJs – please bring your own stylus, slipmats, and skratch records.
* Everyone else – try your hand at skratching or come enjoy the music!
BEATMKRZ @ Kult Kafé (8pm-9pm)
Dedicated to showcasing the creative works of up and coming DJs, as well as Electronic Music Producers in the scene, BEATMKRZ presents its audience with an aural & visual treat as these artists excite your senses with their original tracks, and live sets.
Instead of just playing 1 track after another, this series encourages DJs to be more creative while constantly trying something new by remixing and creating their own music tracks, and performing them live. Be it a solo performance or a collaboration, these young artists are pushed to their creative limits in Turntablism and Controllerism showcases during their BEATMKRZ performance. While being a platform for DJs to showcase their skills, the ultimate aim of this series is to inspire enthusiasts to get a move on, and put their skills to the test!
This edition of BEATMKRZ presents…
Direwulf (E-TracX Student)
Direwulf is a DJ/Producer who has previously played at venues such as, St. James Power Station, Canvas Club, Azzura, Sauce Bar, as well as for the 100+50 Bands Festival in Singapore. Embarking to break convention and recreate Electronica by combining elements of 20th Century Classical, Oriental Chinese and Industrial Metal music with raving synths and thumping 909, the results of his experimentation are showcased in his 2015 EP, The Beginning, which is also his delineation of Electronic Dance Music.
On this evening, Direwulf will be performing 3 of his original tracks (from The Beginning EP) live, with support from Brandon Khoo (Drums), Johnny Chia (Gu Zheng), Kan Zi Jun (Er Hu), as well as musicians from Vivienne’s Verdict.
Chao, Ethan Lian, Ms Yeap, and RuxtA (E-TracX Students)
Performing as a collaborative group this evening, Chao, Ethan Lian, Ms Yeap, and RuxtA are local DJs who have played at venues such as, Zouk, SPACE Club, Avalon, HOME Club, Tanjong Beach Bar, as well as the KL Hip Hop Festival @ Hartamas (KUL), and the River Festival @ Clarke Quay (SIN). Their showcase for the night will be a Turntablism and Controllerism group routine.
As the evening ends off with showcases by E-TracX instructors Koflow and Perk Pietrek, stay tuned for a night to remember. Come catch them live before they become international stars!
Sunday, 9 October
Early last month, 6 music videos featuring undiscovered music acts in Malaysia and Thailand have been unveiled by Tiger JAMS, the newly minted music platform of Tiger BeerOn October 1, 2016 / By Nookmag
Early last month, 6 music videos featuring undiscovered music acts in Malaysia and Thailand have been unveiled by Tiger JAMS, the newly minted music platform of Tiger Beer that stages collaborations between undiscovered music talents, acclaimed music acts and visual artists.
“Home to You”
An original track created by budding musician Rozella (MY) in collaboration with acclaimed act Darren Ashley (MY), and visual artist Flex (SG), “Home to You” is just one of the 6 videos that showcase the result of collaboration forged through unexpected connections between musicians and artists sparked from the music platform. Since May 2016, over 5,000 participants and over 250,000 votes have flooded into Tiger Jams.
“Tiger JAMS has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and forced me to step up as an artist. Ever since our video debut, there has been a growing interest from the local media and the public about our music, and we are extremely excited about the possibilities of what that may bring. We aim to use this opportunity to create more and do our part in developing the local music scene,” said Malaysian singer songwriter, Rozella.
Six undiscovered musicians – Rozella, Son of a Policeman, Donamarie from Malaysia, and Mirrr, Monkey Business and 23’O from Thailand – were shortlisted from the platform.
“Each music video is a work of deep collaboration, an experimentation in exploring new possibilities of sights and sounds of Asia, and a testament to the unexpected connections forged and magic that is sparked when different creative talents are brought together – regardless of background or language differences,” said Mie-Leng Wong, Global Director Tiger Beer at Heineken Asia Pacific Breweries.
All six tracks made their public debut at the #TigerJams Centerstage events with headliner
CHVRCHES in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, on 2 and 3 September respectively. More information can be found at Tiger Jams.
Tiger Jams Music Videos
We last saw Luke Cage in Marvel’s Jessica Jones as the soft-spoken brawny bartender who was involved with Jessica Jones in a couple of steamy bedroom scenes andOn September 29, 2016 / By Nookmag
We last saw Luke Cage in Marvel’s Jessica Jones as the soft-spoken brawny bartender who was involved with Jessica Jones in a couple of steamy bedroom scenes and supercharged bar fights. It was also during the bar fights where we realised that, like Jessica, Luke also has superpowers in the form of super strength and unbreakable skin.
So what can we look forward to in Luke Cage’s upcoming standalone series?
Mike Colter explains where we find Luke Cage at the beginning of the series — in Harlem, New York City, six months after the finale of Marvel’s Jessica Jones as he rebuilds his life whilst working odd jobs. “He is uptown trying to find work because, as you may know from Marvel’s Jessica Jones, his bar was blown up and he lived above the bar. He doesn’t have a place to work and he’s got to find a new place to live. He finds people that he knew before and he relies on them to give him safe haven. He’s just trying to figure things out and trying to find himself and what I love about it is that he is really trying to let people live their own lives and he doesn’t want to be involved.”
Of course, it is not long before circumstances outside of his control lure him into the fray. “The story is very much about a man who is trying to find his own destiny,” says Jeph Loeb (Executive Producer). “He has abilities. He is living a lie and he has told people that his name is Luke Cage, and there are very few people who know anything about him prior to when he suddenly appears in Harlem. He’s working now at a barber shop, he’s the guy who sweeps the floor and at night, he works at a kitchen in a nightclub. Unfortunately, the world around him is not really interested in what he wants. It is just interested in what it wants. As much as Luke would like to hide the fact that he has incredible strength and is bulletproof, it is not going to be hidden. In fact, the exact opposite is going to happen.”
Join in the action-packed, bulletproof world of Luke Cage as it premieres on Netflix around the world as Luke Cage becomes embroiled in the battle to defend Harlem – from ripping off car doors, punching through walls, getting pelted by bullets, and everything in between – we promise you an adventure you’ll never forget.
Marvel’s Luke Cage, which premieres globally tomorrow, is the third show in the Defenders series to launch on Netflix. The series follows the releases of Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Jessica Jones, leading up to the future release of Marvel’s Iron Fist, and ultimately, Marvel’s The Defenders.
Other superhero series to catch
Marvel’s Jessica Jones — Now Streaming
Haunted by a traumatic past, Jessica Jones uses her gifts as a private eye to find her tormentor before he can harm anyone else in Hell’s Kitchen.
Marvel’s Daredevil (season 1 & 2) — Now Streaming
Blinded as a young boy, Matt Murdock fights injustice by day as a lawyer and by night as the Super Hero Daredevil in Hell’s Kitchen.
Arrow (season 1 – 4) — Now Streaming
Based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, an affluent playboy becomes a vengeful superhero, saving the city from villains armed with just a bow and arrows.
Gotham (season 1 & 2 — Now Streaming
New detective James Gordon and his experienced partner, Harvey Bullock, investigate the murder of the billionaire parents of 12-year-old Bruce Wayne.
If you don’t want your significant other or family member messing up your personalized Netflix suggestions, make sure to create your own profile. You can have up to 5 different profiles, including a safe section for kids. Should you be very much into the heroes and villains genre, create a separate profile just for ‘Superheroes’ so you get suggestions on titles that are suited to your taste. Or you could indulge in your different entertainment personas and create a profile for each genre you dig!
If life imitates art and reality is influenced by fiction, then there’s much value in Tom Taylor’s work as a screenwriter and comic book author. The award-winning playwrightOn September 22, 2016 / By Arman Shah
If life imitates art and reality is influenced by fiction, then there’s much value in Tom Taylor’s work as a screenwriter and comic book author. The award-winning playwright has a knack for challenging the status quo – whether subconsciously or otherwise – through showcasing diversity in his choice of characters.
Here, the cheerful Australian shares with Arman Shah the excitement and challenges of working on the “All-New Wolverine” comics series – which sees the iconic male protagonist replaced by a strong and empowered female clone – after his appearance at the 2016 Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention (STGCC).
You’re a playwright as well as a screenwriter. How did you make that transition to being a comic book author?
Well, I was a multi-award winning playwright who had plays across four continents, but I only made about AUD50 because theatre is a lot like crime in that it doesn’t pay. *laughs*
After one of my short plays won “Best Dramatic Writing” during the Short and Sweet festival, Collin Wilson – a big time comic book artist – helped me adapt it into a comic. It was about a briefcase at a train station, and that comic eventually got me a gig writing for Star Wars!
What were some of the challenges you faced writing for a different medium and audience? Were there also interesting similarities?
I think the biggest challenge was just writing for known commodities like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Batman, Superman, Wolverine and Iron Man.
Writing for these household names with a massive following can be intimidating. You have to make sure that you’re a fan too and can deliver what you love and what they love as well.
While there is a massive difference between writing for theatre and writing for comics, the similarity lies in remembering to entertain people; hopefully they continue to watch, read or listen to whatever you’re doing.
Who was your comic book hero growing up? Why did this character have such a profound impact on you?
For me it was Superman. That first movie came out the year I was born, and for as long as I can remember, I believed a man could fly. I basically love superheroes who inspire hope and exist just to make the world a better place, and characters like Superman and Captain America are right up there.
You’re writing the All-New Wolverine series that’s already six issues deep. What was your reaction when you found out you got the gig?
It was great! I was actually working on something else for Marvel, and when they asked if I wanted to write Wolverine instead, I immediately said yes. We actually talked a little bit when they revealed that it was going to be a new Wolverine, and it absolutely made sense to have Laura Kinney continue Logan’s legacy. The reaction from fans have been fantastic, and I’m so glad so many people are loving the new series.
The new Wolverine is a female clone of Logan’s who’s formerly known as X-23. What were some of your considerations when writing the comics to draw in new readers without alienating the older fan base?
Well, you have to make it very accessible. You’ve got to tell a story that grabs people’s attention from the start, while also not being so bogged down by continuity that they have no idea what’s happening. I also wanted a fast-paced action story that was fun as hell and had some good humour.
So, when you first meet Laura, she’s on the streets of Paris and immediately gets shot in the head. You then see a little bit of her past with her dad in a dream sequence before we rush back to the main story. The reader gets something out of it but doesn’t really know everything that’s going on, and that’s how we wanted it. We can then all go on this journey of discovery together.
There’s been a handful of other characters who have been reimagined lately. Iceman has come out as gay, and Iron Man will be a 15-year-old black girl called Riri Williams. What are some of the positive impacts that such diversity brings?
I think it’s a no-brainer that all entertainment media should reflect the actual world that we live in; It’s a really simple thing. I’ve got a TV and comic book series called The Deep which features a multiracial family; there is an asian mother, a black father and their two kids who travel the world in a submarine.
When I created the show with James Brouwer, people were asking why I decided to do that, but I didn’t even think about it; I just did it. We purposely didn’t say where they’re from so that anybody who wants to identify with them can – they’re yours to own.
But what we really need in terms of diversity is more creators; it shouldn’t just be boring old white guys telling these stories. We need everybody from every country and all walks of life to not just appear on the pages but actually tell the stories behind these pages.
You’re working with artist David Lopez on the All-New Wolverine. What’s the collaboration process like? Do you have any say in how the visuals turn out?
Yeah, sort of. He would send me thumbnails and we’d go through them a bit. He designed a lot of the everyday wear and how she looks, and we really wanted her to look powerful and muscular, like she can actually kick someone’s ass. She’s the clone of Wolverine, so she shouldn’t be this tall and thin thing, and I think David nailed it.
You recently attended STGCC. Why is this platform important for comics fans in Singapore in your opinion?
I don’t think it’s important just for fans; it’s important for creators too. A lot of the time, we’re locked away behind our computers, and we forget there’s a big wide world outside where people are actually reading our work.
So, it’s great for fans to be able to meet creators and just have a quick one-on-one conversation and maybe say “Hey, I really like what you’re doing”. It’s nice to hear that because it sorts of re-energises you and reaffirms that someone does like your work and it’s not just you! *laughs*
Do you have any words for fans of your work in Singapore?
I’d just like to say thank you to them because it’s been incredible seeing the numbers they turn up in for my signings. I love all the support I’ve had for everything from The Deep to Wolverine. There are some really hardcore fans here, and it’s so good to see the enthusiasm; it’s been a lot of fun.
After slaying it as a six-time DJ Battle Champion at 16 and emerging first-runner up during the Singapore DMC DJ Championships in 2010, Perk Pietrek (pronounced pie-trek) isOn September 15, 2016 / By Arman Shah
After slaying it as a six-time DJ Battle Champion at 16 and emerging first-runner up during the Singapore DMC DJ Championships in 2010, Perk Pietrek (pronounced pie-trek) is ready to expand his horizons. In this interview, the prodigious DJ from Singapore shares the excitement of releasing his brand new track “Busy Gyal” through Far East Movement’s record label with Arman Shah.
What inspired the name Perk Pietrek as your stage moniker?
It’s a simple idea, really. My real name is Pietrek, so I removed the alternate letters to get Perk. Perk actually used to be my old moniker during my DJ battling days when I was about 15 and 16. I combined both Perk and Pietrek together ever since I decided to establish myself as an artiste instead of just a DJ.
It’s funny because the name confuses people sometimes. Some think that Perk Pietrek consists of two people, and some just have trouble pronouncing it. I love it though! As long it gets people thinking, I think that’s awesome.
How did you get your start in music? What motivated you to become a DJ?
Like most people, I grew up listening to music. I used to be in the school band and played the trumpet as a kid. I even went to get my own saxophone, which I still have at home to this very day. I guess being constantly involved with music at a young age allowed me to use it as a shelter from many things in my life.
I was 13 when I came across the DJ world, and I went into music production at 16 because that felt like the natural progression. Through music, I wanted to be able to influence people in a positive way, inspire like-minded people and, of course, convey my energy and express myself, so it made sense to become a DJ.
You’ve made a commendable mark beyond Singapore with your brand of tropical bass. How has this signature sound of yours evolved over the years?
Thank you! Genuinely speaking, my sound is ever-changing, especially right now. I get inspired by so many different kinds of music, so I love it when I have full creative freedom to experiment with different sounds, get weird and express myself.
With that said, I do pay a lot of attention to drums. Interesting rhythms really get me going, so my sound usually revolves around getting that crisp, African-inspired percussion line. I’m a huge fan of drum corps as well. It gives me a feeling that I can’t describe, so I always try to convey that energy into my records or any of the shows that I’m playing.
What’s your approach to creating a song or record?
I’ve developed this habit of building ideas in my head whenever I’m travelling. It’s not just ideas for a particular song; I also enjoy visualising the artwork and having a story that carries the message behind a song that I’m going to create. It’s like expanding one song into a full package that portrays who I am as an artiste, and that definitely helps when I’m in the studio.
Did you face any challenges while producing your new track, “Busy Gyal”?
I was actually struggling with a creative block, and I went through this phase of just writing songs over and over again until I managed to break through my own barrier. I probably went through twenty different versions before I finally got Busy Gyal, so that was pretty intense.
Once I got the idea in my head, putting the song together happened freakishly quick. That’s just how it goes; some records happen instantaneously, while some might take a while. It really depends on the flow of things and how I’m feeling in the moment.
How did the collaboration with rapper Rocky Rivera on “Busy Gyal” come about, and what was it like working with her?
The first few drafts of the track actually featured tribal vocal samples because I was going for a very unique take on it. I was working on it constantly, but it just didn’t sound good to my ears; I wasn’t 100% satisfied. It felt like there was something lacking to give it an edge.
That was when I hit Rocky Rivera up via email and got her into the picture. I’m actually in awe of her. She’s an accomplished writer with Rolling Stones and a talented hip-hop artist. She’s based in the States, so we had to do everything over the Internet, from sharing ideas to sending snippets to one another. Her lyrics talk about her being unbothered by the way people judge her work ethics, so that really echoed my values as an artist too.
You’ll be releasing “Busy Gyal” via Far East Movement’s record label. How did this arrangement come about?
It all kicked off when Far East Movement hit me up to do a VIP remix of my track “Sleep is Over”. I’ve been sending them all of my new music for them to listen to since then. When I sent “Busy Gyal” over, they made a really quick decision to sign it immediately.
It’s still a little crazy for me to process that my name is now associated with artistes the likes of Far East Movement. This is a major opportunity for me to reach out to a wider audience with the push from their label. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do as an artist – share my work with as many people as possible and hopefully impact them in a positive manner.
What are your plans for the near future? Any gigs lined up?
We’re planning some big production shows locally and internationally, but we’re all still in the midst of discussions. Shows abroad might happen sooner than you’d think, so keep a lookout for the announcement on my social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. We’re probably going to get some merchandise done for the upcoming shows too, so it’s all good.
Any words of advice for those who aspire to be a DJ like you?
We always get caught up in so many things – both positive and negative – but I feel that it’s all about how you adapt to the situation and keep striving to improve yourself. We’re always wishing to be like someone else, but it’s also important to find out who you are and be yourself too. It’s easier said than done, but to be able to do your own thing and have fun is already a blessing, so just embrace the journey and be positive about it.
Listen to and download Perk Pietrek’s new song “Mirage” here.
Hailing from Bangkok, My Life as Ali Thomas has captivated a whole generation of youths from the Land of a Thousand Smiles with their brand of alternative rockOn September 14, 2016 / By Arman Shah
Hailing from Bangkok, My Life as Ali Thomas has captivated a whole generation of youths from the Land of a Thousand Smiles with their brand of alternative rock music. This September, the four-piece outfit is ready to capture the hearts of audiences beyond Thailand when they perform at Music Matters in Singapore. Here, lead vocalist Pie shares with Arman Shah the band’s journey before their debut show in the Lion City.
Who is Ali Thomas, and what inspired the band name?
“Ali Thomas” isn’t so much a person as she is an alter ego. It’s more of a pen name based on the idea of a parallel life. The name’s origin lies in Greek roots and translates to “another twin”, so the band name technically reads as “My Life as Another Twin”.
How did the band first come together to make music?
I started My Life as Ali Thomas as a solo project back in 2013 on SoundCloud, and was later introduced to Rack, a resident guitarist at a local bar at the time. We played a few gigs here and there before running into Oak, who later dragged Taw into this motley crew.
How would you describe your sound, and who are some of your musical influences?
Our sound is a bit of everything. We didn’t know each other when we started the band, so naturally our sound grew diverse because of our different musical backgrounds. I have more of an American folk sound, Rack grew up listening to Brit-Rock from the 90s, Oak leans more towards industrial and experimental, while Taw studied Jazz but puts more of a Rock twist to things.
You are currently recording your debut album. What has the process been like, and what can fans expect from this album?
We started recording our album almost two years ago. The process has definitely been an experience. This is the first time any of us got to record an album, although Oak and Taw did have some studio recording experiences before. Along the way, we hit a few bumps that caused a bit of delay; but, it’s finally finished now! It’s a full album featuring 10 songs that are quite different from one another; it’s definitely a mood swing album.
Your music videos have a very cinematic feel. Can you talk a little about the inspiration behind “Winter’s Love” and “Cordelia”?
“Winter’s Love” was actually a collaboration between us and 9MS. They’re a crew of film students studying in Prague, and one of them is a friend of Taw’s. They asked if they could use “Winter’s Love” for their film, and we said yes.
We didn’t title the project our “official” music video because we wanted to give them full creative freedom to interpret the song the way they saw it. The video turned out very nice and it surprisingly caught the song at its heart.
“Cordelia”, on the other hand, is our official video. I wrote the song from the sense that we’re always in search of that someone or something that’s close to our hearts yet was never quite in our possession, almost like a ghostly illusion, something you can feel but not hold on to. The music video conveyed just that.
The production team did a great job using the deer’s longing for that ghostly figure to portray the idea and carry the key emotion of the song.
How do you feel about performing at Music Matters in Singapore?
We’re very happy and honoured to have gotten the offer. Music Matters will be our very first show abroad, and for a local band from Bangkok to be given the opportunity to perform for an international crowd is so rare. We never thought this whole thing would have taken us this far. So yeah, we are definitely nervous but excited to be playing there soon.
Have you been to Singapore before? What are your expectations of the city?
We’ve never been to Singapore before. No expectations, but we’re dropping by Universal Studios for sure!
POP, which stands for People of Passion is an initiative by Nookmag.com where invite 2 Individuals or groups at the far end of the spectrum to share theirOn September 11, 2016 / By The Rainbow-Monger
POP, which stands for People of Passion is an initiative by Nookmag.com where invite 2 Individuals or groups at the far end of the spectrum to share their story. They can be sharing the same passion but in completely different line of work or they can be in the same line of work but with totally different passion. By doing so, we hope to attract different audiences and with the clash of these audiences, new bonds are made.
In our first series of People of Passion (POP), two educators with very different passions were featured. While the first speaker, Linus, a science teacher with a passion for improving the lives of impoverished kids in Myanmar, Dexter on the other hand, was an English teacher with a passion for sneakers.
To recap, the event was held at Nook & Cranny Cafe, where Linus shared some images of his multiple trips to Myanmar, including those of people he had met on his trips as well as some breathtaking scenery from the country. He also shared his life’s dilemma of discovering what he was “put on Earth to accomplish”, and his final decision of creating a non-profit organisation titled Global Village for Hope.
As he told his story, a member from the audience asked how he managed to fund his project, to which he responded that he was thankful for friends who decided his task was a meaningful one. He then explained that he did not accept money for projects without first determining what the goals and costs were. For instance, before building a well for the villagers, he had to determine the costs of required building materials and manpower before proceeding to collect money for the project. As such, although it all began with Linus funding the projects himself, it has now grown to a stage where eager donors are brought together by his efforts to help the children and villagers of Myanmar.
As the session continued, Dexter shared his passions and views in creating one of the largest sneaker conventions in town : Sole Superior. Telling the story of how he first met his partner in this project, he mentioned that they were standing for hours in a line for a chance to each purchase their favoured pair of sneakers. In such cases, the usual practice was to ignore your neighbour in the queue as they may end up being your rival for the same pair of kicks. In this case however, a friendship blossomed when they complimented each other’s shoes, which kick-started the idea of creating something no one has done before in Singapore.
Upon deciding that sneakerheads such as themselves would love the idea of a sneaker convention with multiple brands involved, all in one place, this duo slogged at pitching their idea to various brands, only to be rejected at every turn. Nevertheless, they persevered, and are now hosts of the largest annual sneaker convention in Singapore.
As the evening drew to a close, both speakers were each presented with the latest pair of kicks sponsored by Converse Singapore.
Although the sharing session had ended, the after party had just begun! Look out for our next installment of POP, where two teams of cyclists will be featured to share their life’s mottos around their passions. While the two teams of speakers in the upcoming round are both cyclists, don’t let their passions fool you as they both have very different philosophies around the sport.
Catch them at the next POP happening on 4 October @ 7.30pm, at Nook & Cranny!
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Close to 6000 runners geared up for the latest edition of the PUMA Night Run Singapore 2016 on a brand new race route. Sitting on a backdrop ofOn September 7, 2016 / By Nookmag
Close to 6000 runners geared up for the latest edition of the PUMA Night Run Singapore 2016 on a brand new race route. Sitting on a backdrop of JTC Seletar Aerospace Park, runners got to experience the sights and sounds of well-preserved black and white colonial houses along the fringe of the race route complemented by occasional take offs and landings of private jets. The refreshing race route displayed a different ambience of the traditional cityscape runs in previous editions. Joining the runners were also celebrities, Sheila Sim, Dawn Yeoh, Elvin Ng, Shane Pow, Chan Ning, Jia Fa, Nick Teo, Michelle Wong, Edwin Goh, Xu Bin, Aloysius Pang.
As 98.7FM celebrity DJ Duo, Sonia Chew and Joakim Gomez electrified the crowd onstage, runners got to enjoy interactive activities at the race village such as face and body painting, as well as picture taking at the photo booths, which injected colour and fun to the race atmosphere. Race participants also enjoyed themselves with food and drinks by Dosirak and Hic Juice at the race village.
As runners geared up for the race ahead, instructors from True Fitness led all runners in a mass warm-up before making their way to the starting line. The PUMA Night Run 2016, 12km Men’s and Women’s Open category was flagged off at about 1800hrs by Mr Philippe Le-Bretton, General Manager PUMA South East Asia. Encircling the Seletar Aerospace Park, the route offered more than just a race route, but a visual treat to the serene landscape of a less trodden part of Singapore.
Clinching the podium finish for the 12km category, Mr Nimesh Gurung came in with a superb time of 41 minutes 42 seconds for Men’s Open 12km category, while local athlete, Ms Neo Hoon Suan came in with a roaring first place finish with an impressive time of 50 minutes 43 seconds for the Women’s Open 12km category. For the 6km category, Mr Tomasz Siemiatkowski sealed his place with a remarkable time of 21 minutes 34 seconds for the Men’s Open 6km, following closely by another local athlete, Ms Chua Khai Leng within arm’s length, who clocked in the winning time at 25 minutes 03 seconds for the Women’s Open 6km.
As the winners of the 12km category, Mr Nimesh Gurung and Ms Neo Hoon Suan each took home the prize consisting of SGD 2000 PUMA vouchers, a one-year True Fitness membership and a weekend with Jeep, while the winners of 6km category Mr Tomasz Siemiatkowski and Ms Chua Khai Leng each went home with SGD 1000 PUMA vouchers, a one-year True Fitness membership and a PUMA timepiece.
“With our Running and Training categories growing from strength to strength, PUMA is thrilled to be back for the third year with an exceptional PUMA Night Run Singapore. Running is a personal journey to overcome individual barriers but it doesn’t have to be alone. It was great to see the participants challenging themselves while having great fun too!” said Mr. Gabriel Yap, Head of Marketing PUMA Southeast Asia. “With the exceeding success of today’s PUMA Night Run, we are already looking forward to a more exciting race next year!”
The energy level was intense for all race participants with post-race activities at the PUMA race village in the JTC Seletar Aerospace Park. Electronic quartet Disco Hue re-energized the crowd with electro-melodic dance music that got everyone grooving despite the race fatigue, while ShiGGaShay and DJ Nash ripped the beats and lines bringing the festivities to an all-time high. Concluding the night, five lucky participants won prizes including Jeep weekend drives, True Fitness membership, Klipsch headphone, PUMA hamper worth SGD 500, and the grand prize of a pair of return tickets on Turkish Airlines to any destination in Europe.
This September and October 2016, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, Oktoberfest and Halloween with a selection of exquisite mooncakes, the finest Scandinavian Michelin-starredOn September 5, 2016 / By Nookmag
This September and October 2016, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, Oktoberfest and Halloween with a selection of exquisite mooncakes, the finest Scandinavian Michelin-starred dining experience, and events that will thrill and delight all ages.
Whether you are looking for traditional, contemporary or irresistibly cute mooncakes, RWS has everything to offer this upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival (15 September). Take your pick from Three Michelin-starred Joël Robuchon Restaurant’s French-Inspired Snow Skin Mid-Autumn Creations, Feng Shui Inn’s Premium Mooncakes with Wild Cordycep and Pearl Powder, or Minion Mooncakes at Universal Studios Singapore.
For an idyllic respite this season, visit Tangerine situated in the lush greenery of ESPA to enjoy a new selection of high protein, low carbohydrate spa cuisine creations as well as the 7-course Tasting Menu with antioxidant drinks pairing that are as delicious as they are good for the body.
The Art at Curate dining series also returns with its third edition from 16 to 25 September, this time featuring innovative Norwegian cuisine by Chef Esben Holmboe Bang from Norway’s first Three Michelin-starred restaurant, Maaemo in Oslo.
Or enjoy a laidback Saturday with us on the island on 1 October, as we bring you a hearty Oktoberfest buffet featuring limited edition Erdinger seasonal brewed beer, Bratwursts created by RWS’ celebrity chef restaurants and traditional German fare.
The popular Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore is back for its sixth edition on select nights from 30 September with a record number of haunted houses and the first-ever theatrical procession inspired by the Day of the Dead. Over at the S.E.A. Aquarium, the family-friendly Spooky Seas: Pirates of the Oceans Halloween event will bring heaps of fun to you and your children this October with marine-themed educational activities.
All new nightmares unleashed at Universal Studios Singapore’s
Halloween Horror Nights 6
Held on select nights across five weekends starting 30 September 2016 from 7.30pm, let your loudest screams be heard this halloween at Singapore’s largest and most anticipated scarefest as Universal Studios Singapore at RWS unleashes its scariest Halloween Horror Nights ever! Debuted in 2011, this sixth edition will see the theme park engulfed in hordes of supernatural creatures from Singapore-inspired hauntings to Western horrors, showcasing a record number of haunted houses and presenting the first-ever theatrical procession inspired by the Day of the Dead.
Halloween Horror Nights 6 will feature five terrifying haunted houses including Old Changi Hospital, two horrifying scare zones and two spectacular live shows, March of the Dead and Jack’s Recurring Nightmare Circus. Standard tickets are now on sale here for SGD65 and SGD69.
Oktoberfest-inspired Bratwursts specially created by
RWS’ celebrity chef restaurants and traditional German fare buffet
Come 1 October 2016 (Saturday) from 7pm till late, RWS will add its own twist to Munich’s age-old tradition of Oktoberfest by presenting four original Oktoberfest-inspired delectable Bratwursts specially prepared by its celebrity chef restaurants. Held at RWS Festive Walk (Level One) in partnership with Asia Pacific Breweries, the one-night ticketed festival will be the first time RWS is celebrating Oktoberfest and will also feature limited edition Erdinger seasonal brewed beer, as well as sensational live music by Ois Easy, one of the most sought-after party bands for beer festivals.
Standard tickets (public) are priced at SGD78 nett, inclusive of traditional German fare buffet; a tasting platter of Michelin and celebrity chefs’ Oktoberfest inspired sausages on a first-come, first-served basis; as well as one glass of beer; and a special party of eight persons enjoy a price of SGD750 nett, inclusive of traditional German fare buffet; a tasting platter of Michelin and celebrity chefs’ Oktoberfest inspired sausages on a first-come, first-served basis; two beer towers; as well as one beer pong (game only).
Visit RWS’s event page for more details and ticket purchases.
ULTRA Worldwide, brings its full-scale, two-day festival experience to Singapore. Taking place this September 10 and 11, the eagerly anticipated music festival includes some of the hottest local and regionalOn August 28, 2016 / By Nookmag
ULTRA Worldwide, brings its full-scale, two-day festival experience to Singapore. Taking place this September 10 and 11, the eagerly anticipated music festival includes some of the hottest local and regional acts to shake up the music scene, bolstering a world-class showcase of headliners like Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, Axwell^Ingrosso, deadmau5, Kygo, NERO (Live), DJ Snake and Zhu.
Check out the ULTRA Singapore 2016 teaser!
While ULTRA Singapore is a truly international collection of the world’s biggest and best DJs and Live Acts, it is also a stage for the local talents to shine on an international platform, gaining a wider audience from the throng of festival goers over the two days. Homegrown talents on show include the likes of MYRNE, who at the tail end of 2015 signed on to Diplo’s Mad Decent label; Shigga Shay, who just performed at the Whitehouse State dinner in Washington D.C.; Rave Republic, the only locally based DJ-duo to grace the main stage; and award-winning local favourite band, The Sam Willows.
Flying the Korean flag on the LIVE Stage is Jay Park and Hyolyn, while countrymen Justin Oh and Raiden will follow up on their performances at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, ULTRA Korea and ULTRA Europe from earlier this year as they play the Main Stage. Australian Slumberjack – who are set to appear at ULTRA Singapore’s official partner event ‘Music Matters’ later in the week –also brings their signature bass-fuelled sounds to the Live Stage, as does South African born Cara Frew, whose new single Invisible has maintained the Number One spot on the @5fm radio charts for 7 consecutive weeks.
The two-day extravaganza will take place at the spectacular ULTRA Park venue hosted in the heart of the city at 1 Bayfront Avenue. Situated right across from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, this event will be the first of its kind to be held at the waterside venue. The site will feature three of ULTRA Worldwide’s most beloved stages in the form of the Main, LIVE and RESISTANCE stages.
ULTRA Singapore marks the start of ULTRA Worldwide’s second Asia run this year. With ULTRA Korea and a SOLD OUT Road To Ultra Thailand event having already taken place in June, part two will see the brand undertake six more stops this September in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Bali and the Philippines all within a two-week span – a festival first and a feat no other event organizer can lay claim to.
Much to the delight of thousands of trance loving Ultranauts, the lineup includes UK super group Above & Beyond, who will be touching down in Singapore to deliver what will surely be an electrifying performance. To add, Swedish superstar Alesso, who, having headlined the first and only Road to ULTRA Singapore to rapturous acclaim, will return for a second year in a row. Just off the back of releasing his debut album, the enigmatic producer ZHU will be performing at his first ever ULTRA Worldwide event, and is guaranteed to bring his finely curated catalogue of new music along for all those lucky enough to be in attendance.
The RESISTANCE lineup will also see Nicole Moudaber, Reboot, Shaded (Live) and Technasia bring the very best that the techno world has to offer directly to Singapore. Three more of electronic music’s most exciting acts will also join the billing, as Carnage, Gryffin and W&W each prepare to bring their own spin to proceedings.
Tickets for ULTRA Singapore are available now. With Early Bird tickets for the event sold out, fans will have to move fast in order to snap up the last remaining Advance Tickets that are on sale now and priced at SGD175 USD, with Premium General Admission Tickets available at SGD200 USD. One-day tickets are also now available, priced at SGD105 USD, with Premium Admission Tickets priced at SGD120 USD. In a new initiative, group tickets are now on sale, with those who purchase five tickets at once receiving a sixth for free.
ZALORA brings you official ULTRA Singapore merchandise
ZALORA will be providing festivalgoers with a comprehensive shopping experience, both online and offline. Browse all ULTRA merchandise, produced in-house, and get them in time for the party on ZALORA’s website.
The 26piece collection features t-shirts and tank tops with the recognisable ULTRA logo embossed on both sides. Additionally, the women’s range includes exclusive, unique pieces that reflect music festival trends, such as tie-dyed fringe tops, raw edge tank tops and cropped tops. Complementing the unisex apparel line are trucker caps with a mesh design as well as reflective sunglasses in eyecatching colours of neon pink, red, purple and black with lime green piping. Prices range from SGD19.90 for a pair of sunglasses to SGD34.90 for a t-shirt.
ULTRA merchandise will also be made available at the festival itself. To reward ardent ULTRA fans, the official ULTRA lineup tee will only be sold at the ZALORA merchandise booth over the two days.
For more information about tickets and the lineup for ULTRA Singapore, stay tuned to ULTRA Singapore’s website.
Japan-listed lifestyle and entertainment company Koshidaka Holdings, opens its Asian karaoke flagship outlet in Orchard Cineleisure, Singapore. Termed Ganso (which means Founder or Pioneer), this Manekineko outlet willOn August 27, 2016 / By Nookmag
Japan-listed lifestyle and entertainment company Koshidaka Holdings, opens its Asian karaoke flagship outlet in Orchard Cineleisure, Singapore. Termed Ganso (which means Founder or Pioneer), this Manekineko outlet will be the seventh in Singapore and the largest in Asia, with 80 newly furnished karaoke rooms, 5 VIP rooms with pool tables and a 150 pax capacity function hall for holding company and private events.
Ganso Manekineko Orchard Cineleisure is the largest karaoke outlet in Asia – and the karaoke outlet in Singapore with all-you-can-eat spread of local, Japanese and international offerings. There are more than 150,000 songs in its library to choose from, updated fortnightly.
Koshidaka Holdings made in-roads into Singapore in September 2015 when it launched its Manekineko Karaoke Chain, after acquiring shares in K Box Entertainment. K Box is a subsidiary of Koshidaka Holdings. By establishing Manekineko in Singapore as a proven business model and showcase, Koshidaka Holdings hopes to springboard its expansion into ASEAN within the coming year, with plans to introduce outlets in Europe and North America as well. Here in Singapore, they will continue to proactively scout for suitable locations to expand the chain. Koshidaka Holdings, which has more than 400 stores from Hokkaido to Okinawa, is the first Karaoke chain from Japan to embark on overseas expansion. Its initial foray was into Korea, where it currently has thirteen outlets.
Ganso Manekineko Orchard Cineleisure features rooms that are bright and vibrant in four coloured theme zones (orange, green, blue and red), each adorned with illustrations of the mascot cat. Targeted at young adults, families and even senior citizens, prices are kept affordable (from SGD12 nett onwards for three hours) with free-flow soft drinks, snacks and ice cream included. Manekineko @ Orchard Cineleisure will also be the only karaoke outlet in Singapore to offer a buffet spread for lunch on weekends and dinner daily so that customers will have a more fulfilling experience, singing and eating to their hearts’ content. Its Singapore chef has also come up with a new ala carte menu, to include local favourites such as Laksa, Braised Pork Knuckle and Chicken Rendang, to name a few.
General Manager of Koshidaka Holdings, Mr Kohei Yamaoka says, “As a market leader in the karaoke entertainment space, we desire to be the place of choice offering guests both young and young at heart, the best karaoke experience possible”.
As part of the group’s effort to continuously provide a delightful karaoke experience, Manekineko’s outlets house state-of-the-art karaoke systems and a library of 150,000 songs (English, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese, Malay, Hokkien and many more) updated fortnightly based on latest releases, hit charts and even customers’ requests. To remain ahead of the competition in the karaoke business, Manekineko customers in Japan are able to download the in-house developed SKIT application to their mobile devices. This application has a host of features, such as song search and selection, personalisation, karaoke system control and even uploading your self-made karaoke contents. Koshidaka Holdings is currently reviewing when to introduce this to the Singapore market, as part of its global expansion strategy.
Three years seemed like forever, until Fred Perry’s epic gig series returned to the little red dot with a new identity and exciting live gigs. Earlier this month,On August 25, 2016 / By Sarah Oh
Three years seemed like forever, until Fred Perry’s epic gig series returned to the little red dot with a new identity and exciting live gigs.
Earlier this month, the British sports and street-wear label brandished a new name for the gig series, called Fred Perry SubcultureLive. Organised in conjunction with Moonbeats Asia, the indie night affair was held at Gallery and Co on 4 August, to much fanfare. Headlined by a DJ set from Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires, the night continued to keep those feet shuffling and party goers enlivened by our home-grown talents such as Subsonic Eye, Specific Islander and DJ collective, Eatmepoptart.
A personal favourite was the trippy visuals by Amanda Tan of Empyreal. Her vision exhibited a cohesive sense of aesthetics, a sensory overload masterfully executed that lent a feast for the eyes. Conjoined with the live gigs, together they created a comfortable world where there was nothing to worry about.
Nonetheless, night owls and indie enthusiasts were down for a night of audiovisual soundscapes, celebrating the dawning of Fred Perry’s gig series – while noshing down hearty grub, sloshing beers by Park Bench Deli, or perhaps taking a swig of refreshing Gin and Tonic by Hendrick’s Gin.
After three years of lighting up the night in the city, ILLUMI RUN is returning to make a splash on a sandy new canvas. The home-grown run isOn August 13, 2016 / By Nookmag
After three years of lighting up the night in the city, ILLUMI RUN is returning to make a splash on a sandy new canvas. The home-grown run is set to turn Sentosa’s Palawan Green into a vibrant display of neon colours on 17 December, adding a fun and festive glow to the island’s year-end calendar.
FOMO (early bird) registration opens at SGD62 per person tomorrow for the party on the run, which will see participants get doused in ILLUMI Glow Water as they run and dance through a thrilling new route on Singapore’s hottest beach destination.
Showcasing an inflatable feature and fresh music beats at each of the five ultraviolet zones along the way, this year’s course guarantees much splashing fun on the sand for an ultimate Neon Paradise atmosphere.
To further up the ante this year, ILLUMI RUN is also introducing a new Neon Star (VIP) category. For a ticket price of SGD88, participants will receive their very own Neon Star Party Kit, which contains a coveted pack of ILLUMI glow water – perfect for splashing friends with – along with other exclusive items, such as an ILLUMI headband, and handphone pouch and lanyard.
Neon Star participants will also receive all items included in the standard ILLUMI RUN Swag Bag, such as a specially designed tee, goggles, a foam stick and complimentary admission into Sentosa.
The ILLUMI Festival continues into the night with a massive party on Palawan Beach featuring some of Asia’s most highly sought after DJs, including ILLUMI RUN favourites DJ TiNC and Rave Republic. Also taking the stage for the post-party is Taiwanese DJ Cookie, No.1 Female DJ listed by Taipei Times, who has pumped up crowds in Guam, Japan, Malaysia and Italy. She has also opened for the world’s top DJs performing in Taiwan, including Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta and Deadmau5. The DJs’ sets will be accompanied by psychedelic pyrotechnic displays, which, combined with a crowd of luminescent revellers, will make for a stunning sight under the stars.
“We’re very excited to bring ILLUMI RUN back to Singapore, and look forward to having it at Sentosa this time around. We believe having it at the beach and including inflatable features will amp up the party atmosphere and make for an even more fun night out for our participants,” said Jeffrey Foo, Director of Infinitus Productions and the brain behind ILLUMI RUN.
ILLUMI RUN will kick off at 7 p.m., following an array of exciting pre-run ILLUMI Festival activities, including neon body art, a splash zone, and colourful art installations. DJ TiNC will also be on hand to rev up the crowd and get them ready to see the beach in a glowing new light.
Early Bird registration online for ILLUMI RUN opens 11 August.
Just when you thought that the nightlife and club scene in Singapore couldn’t be more alive, along came DJ Soda, who made us wish that every night wereOn August 10, 2016 / By Sarah Oh
Just when you thought that the nightlife and club scene in Singapore couldn’t be more alive, along came DJ Soda, who made us wish that every night were a Friday night (In this case, it’s a Soda night).
Taking the stage on 29 July, the South Korean cutie opened with a greeting to her fans, “annyeong”. True to her stage name, fans were getting revved up for a night of beats dropped by Soda, infused with her bubbly personality and her four signature moves. Firing up the dance floor at Zouk at The Sundown Live Party, the model-turned-DJ put her spin on a medley of genres including Hip Hop classics and R&B.
Party animals and insomniacs were down for a night of merrymaking, shuffling and more drinking. Of course, Soda dished out some signature Hip Hop music and R&B hits, while jazzing it up with her own creations.
To those who are unaware of Soda, she’s the latest hit in Korea’s club scene, especially from her signature stage move, the “Flute Dance”. In fact, there’s more to Soda than just being a girl with a pretty face, who can spin a turntable. Beyond her musical talents, Soda’s background in stage performance inspired her to choreograph her signature stage moves that went viral and garnered millions of hits on YouTube and other social media.
No skate park in Singapore has withstood the test of time quite like Somerset has. Ever since the National Youth Council (NYC) launched the sports facility in 2006,On August 5, 2016 / By Arman Shah
No skate park in Singapore has withstood the test of time quite like Somerset has. Ever since the National Youth Council (NYC) launched the sports facility in 2006, it has served as a congregation point for skateboarders, BMX riders and aggressive inline skaters who yearn for that mad surge of adrenaline rush. With the passing of a decade, Irwan Idris has decided to pay tribute to this iconic landmark through his short film “NS23” (titled after the subway code for Somerset MRT Station). Arman Shah sits down with the veteran skateboarder to discuss his culturally important documentary.
You’ve been skating since you were about 15. How did you get into the sport?
16 years ago, a classmate of mine brought a skateboarding magazine to school. I was instantly very curious about the things that I saw, and I listened as he told me about all these famous skateboarders who were featured in the magazine. Ever since then, I would borrow my brother’s board and ask him to teach me what he knew.
Eventually, I fell in love with skateboarding and even ditched football for it. I was in the Under 15 team for Tanjong Pagar, but I would not attend training just to go skate. At that point, I found skating to be much more fun than football because I did not have to be part of a team – I could just be on my own and do my own thing.
How has being a skater changed your life?
I was a chubby kid back then – I’m still quite chubby now – but I’ve lost a lot of weight ever since I started skating. I might not be like other boys who can do all kinds of crazy tricks, but I’ve proven to myself that big boys can skate. I’ve put in my best and I’m still progressing.
Being a skater has also taught me a lot about respect. Some of the older boys don’t want to hang out with the younger kids simply because they’re older, but I don’t believe in that. I have to respect what they are doing because the younger generation will be the ones to bring the local skateboarding scene to the next level.
What motivated you to make “NS23”?
I guess I just wanted to create exposure for the skateboarding scene in Singapore. We as skaters have not really been properly portrayed on the proper channels. I wanted people to understand that skating isn’t about a bunch of kids who make a nuisance in society.
When I got the inspiration to make a short film about Somerset, I thought that this idea might just work. It’s also mutually-benefiting – a filmmaker will never get known without the skaters, and the skaters will never get known without the filmmaker.
Why is Somerset such an iconic place for skaters in Singapore?
Somerset is by far the longest maintained skate park in Singapore – it’s been around for 10 years! Before it was even opened to the public, my friends and I had actually climbed in to check it out *laughs*. But seriously, ever since the NYC Skate Park – that’s where *SCAPE is right now – was torn down, I think Somerset has been the best place to skate because it’s nearest to everyone. The Xtreme Skate Park is great, but those living in the north and west find it troublesome to travel all the way to the East Coast. Somerset is also near Orchard Road, so you can shop, eat or simply take a break after a day of skating.
“NS23” is your first short film. What challenges did you face making it?
It took about 6 months to make because the filming and editing process was not easy. For filming, my crew and I would attach a boom mic and fisheye lens to a DSLR camera before mounting it on a metal cage. I would then follow the skaters around on a skateboard to shoot them as they do their tricks. The end result might look amateurish, but it takes years of experience to not make the clips look shaky. The editing process was also a bit tedious because I had to piece everything together and do colour corrections here and there.
Why was it important for you to also interview expats in your film?
I wanted to know the perception of a non-local. If you interview a Singaporean, he may say the nicest things about Somerset, but a foreigner – like (one of the interviewees) Daniel who’s lived in eight countries his whole life – will give a different kind of feedback. They are part of the skating culture so their opinions matter as well.
You brought up the territorial culture at Somerset Skate Park in your film. Does it still exist in this day and age?
There isn’t much of it anymore, but back then – say between 2006 and 2008 – yes. If I remember correctly, there were a couple of fights between the skaters and the BMX riders. You have to understand that Somerset was a new park back then, and everybody – the skateboarders, BMX riders and aggressive inline skaters – went down there to do their thing. The park couldn’t contain all of us, and that led to the territorial culture.
I took a two-year break from skating when that culture surfaced. I didn’t like it; I wasn’t brought up to be territorial. I was still schooling then so I had to concentrate more on my studies anyways. When I went back to skating, I realised that the culture had discontinued because the first generation of skaters had moved on. They were either working full-time or got married and started a family. Now, there is a bunch of younger kids who just want to skate, have fun and learn new tricks.
How is the new generation of skaters different from yours?
The kids we see here are getting younger and younger, and I think that social media has played a very huge role in that. During my time, we only had access to VCR tapes, so we’d keep on watching the same videos over and over again. Today, skate videos are at your fingertips. Kids can go onto YouTube or Vimeo and say that they want to learn this trick or that trick. Out of the bunch of them, maybe one or two will be at the competition level. Who knows? One day, they can take over the current people who are representing Singapore like Farris Rahman or Firdaus Rahman.
What do you have to say to people who think that skateboarding promotes juvenile delinquency?
Skateboarding was never meant to be a delinquent sport. In the film, there are scenes where boys are pulling down their pants and being rowdy, but that’s just us being young and having harmless fun. There’s actually this very funny video of Jack Black telling a skater that he’ll walk around the park naked – and he actually did! When an actor does it, you call him a rock star, but when a random skater does it, you call him a juvenile delinquent? Yes, we can be loud, but we’re not judgemental, so I hope that people will not judge us too.
How would you like the local skating scene to change over the next three to five years?
It’s been 10 years since Somerset Skate Park was opened, and most of the stuff here needs to be changed. We’ve had to turn over and fix some of the things here ourselves. I hope that the government has the budget to turn Somerset into a different kind of street park, like a street plaza, which is designed to mimic an urban environment.
Any advice for those who, regardless of skill level, want to come down to Somerset to skate but are just too shy or intimidated?
Just come down to the park with a positive mindset to skate. Some of the skaters here – or anywhere in the world for that matter – might not talk to you at first, but if you present yourselves well and approach them, they will open up to you and even teach you a few things. From there, friendships can be created.
Skating is one of the best sports that you can get into; you get exercise, you get that mad adrenaline rush, and you get the creativity drawn out of you. It’s not just a hobby; it’s a culture. Once you get that bug inside of you, that’s it – there’s no way of stopping you.