Getting in shape is a top New Year’s resolution for many and if you are one of those, let Spotify help you out! Believing that music will helpOn January 8, 2018 / By Jochebel Khong
Getting in shape is a top New Year’s resolution for many and if you are one of those, let Spotify help you out! Believing that music will help you reach your best selves, Spotify users have created more than 25 million workout playlists. Here are the top tracks and trends providing inspiration to kick fitness regimes into high gear, and guess what? People around the world are really into adding Eminem to their workout playlists.
For the second year in a row, Eminem’s “Till I Collapse” is the most streamed workout song globally and is one of Spotify’s most enduring workout songs reappearing in the top year after year. In addition, people are also turning to fresh talent for fitness motivation with 2017 breakout stars Dua Lipa and Camila Cabello in the top ten and Post Malone’s hit “rockstar” coming in as the second most popular song for people to sweat to.
Locally, listening data reveals the streaming of workout playlists does in fact increase right after 1ST January and reaches its peak on the week of 14th January. After that, the number of workout playlist streamed subsides and levels off on 14th February. So if you’re looking to buck the trend, keep pedalling/running/squatting past Valentine’s Day to achieve your workout goals in 2018. To keep out with your exercise regimes, here are some workout playlists for you to check out:
Check out all of Spotify’s workout playlist for more music to kick-start your workout and get reach your hot body goals this year:
Top workout songs
Popular Workout Playlists on Spotify
Fresh off her debut EP release last week, Jasmine Sokko drops a new single ‘#0000FF’ (which is the CMYK code for the colour blue) – a song aboutOn October 7, 2017 / By Nookmag
Fresh off her debut EP release last week, Jasmine Sokko drops a new single ‘#0000FF’ (which is the CMYK code for the colour blue) – a song about embracing a boy with suicidal tendencies. Written by the singer-producer, the tune is co-produced and mixed by Singapore electronic wunderkind MYRNE. ‘#0000FF’ is released by Dutch electronic music label KnightVision Records, a Warner Music Europe imprint on Friday, 29 September.
More often than not, the media has delivered depictions of mental illness which are portrayed through beautiful yet tortured characters. Such portrayals often glamorise mental health issues, causing undesirable morbid fantasies.
One of the most misinformed facts is that depression fully equates to sadness. At times, it is closer to feeling absolutely nothing. That would mean that the particular boy probably does not reciprocate in the same way. Jasmine Sokko shares, “You would end up being one of many others who are willing to sit through the wall of silence from that boy and wait for the storm to clear.”
‘#0000FF’ addresses the semi-autobiographical story of a female protagonist who attempts to break that wall of silence and engage the boy suffering from depression in hopes of getting some form of affection back.
On working with the singer-producer, Friso Venema, CEO of KnightVision Records informs, “We discovered her on Spotify. For me, it was the distinctive and authentic sound that got us interested. It’s real and a bit different from what’s a lot out there right now.”
Jasmine Sokko preceded The Façade’s EP Launch with a powerful opening before members of the band took the stage, beginning the night with their single – Better ThanOn July 11, 2017 / By Tian Tian
Jasmine Sokko preceded The Façade’s EP Launch with a powerful opening before members of the band took the stage, beginning the night with their single – Better Than This. The quartet, consisting of Brendon Chua (lead vocals, guitar), Jereld Ang (vocals, lead guitar), Shawn Chan (drums, percussion), and Benjamin Mah (bass), along with guest pianist, Jacob covered a wide genre of music – pop, rock, R&B and a tinge of blues. Specializing in alternate pop, this is one local band proven worthy and not to be missed out on.
The Façade first came about when Brendon and Jereld discovered their passion for music. Starting out as an acoustic guitar duo, it was no surprise that there were limitations for new breakthroughs in their music. This realization made the duo aware of their current standing, leading them to recruit Shawn and Benjamin to complete the quartet we know now.
The band’s name was decided by the members agreeing that they wanted something that began with ‘The’, similar to bands like The Wanted and The Script. With that, they decided that The Façade would be it – the kind of name with a tinge of mystery to it that draws curious heads to them. The members jokingly mentioned that it felt a little weird and awkward when they first started out with The Façade, although they all quickly felt like the name fitted them just right.
Through their originals, The Façade have let people in on parts of their lives and emotions by sharing experiences of their own, as well as families and friends through the lyrics sang. Our personal favourite would be ‘Hearsay’, where raw feelings of unrequited love could be felt throughout the song; a desperate cry for a girl that was so hard to reach.
The Façade mentioned that it is the support of their fans that helped push them forward the last 6 years. Though it was hard, it was their chemistry and synergy that kept them together till today. The band outdone themselves with their three popular singles having more than 170,000 hits on both Spotify and iTunes.
So, show them some love and #supportlocal! It is not every day that we get brave young adults who chase after their passion.
Find out more about The Façade here.
Put an electronic music festival , David Hasselhoff , luxury cruise liner together and you end up with It's The Ship 2016. If you don't know what's that,it'sOn June 8, 2017 / By Simcik
Put an electronic music festival , David Hasselhoff , luxury cruise liner together and you end up with It’s The Ship 2016. If you don’t know what’s that,it’s only Asia’s largest Music Festival at Sea. Coming to it’s 4th edition.. an array of globally renowned EDM, house and dance music DJs keep the party going for the duration of the three day cruise, with pool parties on the open-air deck as well as indoor raving On board the MS Mariner of the Seas,
On top of the music, the impressive ship is also home to relaxing spas, sports facilities, rock climbing and even ice-skating, so there’s no shortage of on-board activities to fill the hours. Don’t take my word for it. Check out Its The Ship 2016 Aftermovie. One of the standout highlights from 2016 was the appointment of none other than Baywatch star, David Hasselhoff, as the ship’s captain. A true icon and the ultimate party starter!
With cabins now on sale, excitement is already building for this year’s epic four-day voyage, due to set sail from Singapore to Phuket from November 17-20, 2017.
Polish your dancing shoes, pack your glad rags and head to Dunsborough, Busselton and Margaret River for the June long weekend (2-5 June) and the biggest Jazz byOn May 27, 2017 / By Nookmag
Polish your dancing shoes, pack your glad rags and head to Dunsborough, Busselton and Margaret River for the June long weekend (2-5 June) and the biggest Jazz by the Bay festival to date.
With more than 40 events across 20 locations and 200+ musicians descending on the Margaret River Region for 4 days, the joint will be jumping.
This year, there are new venues on board, international and interstate acts, returning favourites, and some of the State’s best jazz, soul and funk talent.
This year’s highlights include:
More than half of the events are free – many just require a meal purchase! Tickets for the Buena Vista Social Club Young Guns, Karen Lane singing workshop, Cathrine Summers at Chandeliers on Abbey, Serge Le Goueff and the Steve McQueens are all available from Sticky Tickets – search for Jazz by the Bay.
There’s no other music festival that can rock out the crowd more than the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. On the 21 January, the Laneway Festival returned for itsOn March 9, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
There’s no other music festival that can rock out the crowd more than the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. On the 21 January, the Laneway Festival returned for its seventh edition at Gardens by the Bay, with a stellar selection to indie music.
The line-up carried many firsts for the long-running indie festival, including inviting versatile rapper Mick Jenkins to the party to add some hip-hop element into the mix, and Singapore singer-songwriter Sam Rui adding a streak of R&B to indie.
Even as it started pouring, the morale of the crowd was not getting lower. Partygoers were seen in funky raincoats, having a warm bowl of ramen, and some were even playing badminton. Yes, in the rain.
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.
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.
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
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
Music fans are in for a real treat this New Year’s Eve! For the first time ever, IMC Live presents Rock On! 2017 on 31 December 2016, fromOn November 30, 2016 / By Nookmag
Music fans are in for a real treat this New Year’s Eve! For the first time ever, IMC Live presents Rock On! 2017 on 31 December 2016, from 5pm to 1am at The Float @ Marina Bay – the world’s largest floating stage. Ushering in 2017, this event will be a mega music extravaganza with top acts performing and a fireworks spectacle. Get ready for a mind-blowing night to cap off 2016!
Twelve Top Acts cover Eight hours of solid music entertainment
Rock On! 2017 is set to be the largest countdown party in Singapore, boasting 12 top acts with 8 hours of music, one can expect special effects, magnetic musical and vocal arrangement through a stellar line up of artistes. Each artiste will put up at least 20-minute long performances, complete with the full band!
Prior to the line-up announced last week with global singer, songwriter, producer and philanthropist Alicia Keys taking the stage to lead an unforgettable night, she will be joined by multiple stellar Asian pop artistes as well as American rock outfit, Hoobastank. Fans can certainly look forward to Hoobastank belting out favourite hits such as “The Reason” and more in an explosive 40-minute set of performances and nothing less!
Stellar Asian pop artiste lineup
On top of the stellar international heavyweights, a star-studded Mandopop lineup has also been confirmed. Taiwanese multi-hyphenate Rainie Yang (杨丞琳), rock maestro Shin (信), singer-songwriters Penny Tai (戴佩妮), Kenji Wu (吴克群) and Eric Chou (周兴哲) will be joining the ranks at the world-renowned venue. Not forgetting homegrown talents, our very talented singer and actress Joi Chua (蔡淳佳), Chriz Tong（汤薇恩) , Ferlyn G, rock band Shirlyn & The UnXpected, Gilded Edge and more will also be performing at Rock On! 2017 as well!
Multi-Million Dollar Production
Staged at the world’s largest floating platform, Rock On! 2017 will be held in the heart of the Lion City’s Marina Bay, with iconic skylines as backdrop. Previous mega-events at The Float @ Marina Bay include “SMTOWN Live Tour III” in 2012, Countdown Party 2014 and 2015, National Day Parade 2007-9, 2011-14, 2010 Summer Youth Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.
The countdown concert expects to attract 26,000-strong crowd. This world-class concert’s production alone cost a whopping SGD6 million and will be produced by ‘King of Mandopop’ Jay Chou’s concert production team G-Power Show（巨炮娱乐制作）.
Tickets will remain affordable despite the concert’s large scale and mammoth production value, ranging from SGD48 to SGD218.
Eight-minute fireworks spectacular to close of the year
At the stroke of midnight, the Rock On! 2017 will culminate in an eight-minute firework display, filling the night sky with its dazzling show of lights, capping off 2016 and heralding 2017 with a stunning display of light feats! This key highlight of Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2017 is organised by Urban Redevelopment Authority and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
Rock on! 2017
Saturday, 31 December 2016 | 5pm – 1am
The Float @ Marina Bay
SGD48 | SGD68 | SGD118 | SGD158 | SGD218
*Prices listed are not inclusive of booking fee.
* Tickets can be purchased via online booking, or at Singpost offices islandwide.
For more info, stay tuned to IMC Live Group Facebook Page.
“I’ve been with the Zouk family for 23 years and counting and have seen the club grow from its humble beginnings to the most recent acquisition by theOn November 26, 2016 / By Nookmag
“I’ve been with the Zouk family for 23 years and counting and have seen the club grow from its humble beginnings to the most recent acquisition by the Genting HK conglomerate. 2016 has been an exciting one, with our brand extending regionally with the ZoukOut asset being launched in various editions and formats in Boracay, Tokyo and Hong Kong. I am honored to be part of this closing campaign of Jiak Kim and definitely excited for the club’s move to Clarke Quay. It marks yet another milestone for the brand and I’m confident that this is just the start to even greater things, both locally, regionally and globally” — Benny Heng, Managing Director of Zouk Singapore.
Zouk Singapore is set to carry forth its legacy with its move from Jiak Kim Street to Clarke Quay. Famed as the institution that propelled the dance music movement, the home to all dance music lovers and the rite of passage for all revelers in Singapore, Zouk Singapore has called Jiak Kim its home for the past 25 years.
Following the establishment’s first ever fun run, The Zouk Run, Zouk will be bringing back a series of all-time favourite party nights as part of its closing campaign including Mambo Jambo (30 November), Readyset Glo (25 November), and Balearic (18 November) to commemorate the countless laser-dazzled and confetti-drenched celebrations at the iconic Jiak Kim complex.
“All good things must come to an end, for better and bigger amazing things to happen. It is definitely with a heavy heart that we bid goodbye to Jiak Kim, but we are also very excited for the big move and to share the new spaces and create new experiences. As part of our closing campaign of #ZoukAtJiakKim, we will be bringing back some key music nights that helped to shape Zouk over the past 25 years, through generations of club kids and Zoukettes. This November will be momentous, memorable and the last chance for a last dance at Jiak Kim. See you on the dance floor.” says Sofie Chandra, Head of Marketing and Event of Zouk Singapore.
Upcoming Closing Events
The Final Mambo Jambo @ Jiak Kim
Wed, 30 November, 2016
Hailed as one of the longest running party phenomenon in Singapore, Mambo Jambo is the absolute introductory experience for all first-timers. A parade of extraordinary flamboyance and perfect synchrony, the final rendition at the Jiak Kim warehouse promises no less than the legacy the series has earned. The religious Mambo kids are encouraged to ready their moves and all partygoers can expect a playlist of classic anthems that are set to get throats singing, hands moving, and feet in a flurry of dance all night.
Zouk @ Jiak Kim Finale Weekender
Fri & Sat, 2 & 3 December, 2016
Over the last weekend at the beloved warehouse complex, Zouk will be rounding up all current and alumni DJs who have played a part in establishing Zouk into the dance music instituition that she is.
Taking on the decks across all three stages as well as Velvet Underground – Lounge, the all-star line-up include Andrew Chow, djB, and Aldrin who will paying tribute with their signature brand of music to the space that have impacted their lives as local DJs. Spanning across all genres of dance music, Zouk fans can expect to be floored with back-to-back anthems and beats from one room to another for one last dance before the shift to Clarke Quay.
Superga & Zouk
Thu, 1 December 2016
In conjunction with the momentous shift from Jiak Kim Street to Clarke Quay, Zouk has collaborated with Italian footwear brand, Superga to launch a limited edition sneaker to commemorate the move. An opportune moment to celebrate the club’s roots as well as the onset of a new location and experience with an exclusive design, the limited edition sneaker weaves together the DNA of Zouk and the Superga 2750 – Superga’s best selling silhouette.
Furnished in a pure white, full-grained leather upper, the pair boasts a matte silver trimming and Zouk’s iconic “Z” logo stamped on the outer corners of each sneaker. To mark Zouk’s 25 year-strong history from warehouse to super club, the matte heel loop sees an embossed detailing of the coordinates of Clarke Quay (right) and Jiak Kim (left) on each side of the shoe, as well as the historic Zouk eye. Further codes of the club can be identified via the matte black shoe box, emblazoned with Zouk’s sleek “Z” and the accompanying branded shoe bag.
Designed as a sneaker for the revellers to dance their way and move along with Zouk to the new location, the stark white collaborative sneaker serves as a fitting memorabilia of the evolution from a once dilapidated and roofless warehouse to the top 6th club in the world. This partnership also marks Superga’s first ever collaboration with a locally established brand.
Superga X Zouk sneaker will launch on 1 December 2016 at the retail price of SGD169.90 at Superga stores located at Wheelock Place (#B2-04), Vivocity (#02-73/75) and online.
Our tastes are some of the greatest indicators of who we are – the films we watch, the clothes we wear, etc. What we choose to entertain ourselvesOn November 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
Our tastes are some of the greatest indicators of who we are – the films we watch, the clothes we wear, etc. What we choose to entertain ourselves with is a reflection of our personality. As a brand that has shunned conventional watch industry standards since 2012, SEVENFRIDAY understands the need to stand out and stand up for who they are. Its industrial avant-garde watches aside, SEVENFRIDAY’s love for all things different has led to several global lifestyle elements. From a bistro lounge that doubles up as a watch gallery in Jakarta, to a full-on punk rock gig in London, SEVENFRIDAY has embodied the philosophy that different is better.
This year, the brand delves deeper into the world of sub-cultures and music, presenting SEVENFRIDAY LIVE, an experience like no other. A music experience for the discerning tastemaker, SEVENFRIDAY Live was born out of the same passion for music that one can find in underground secret gigs – a do-it-yourself attitude laced with a rebellious streak for all things commercial. Kicking off the inaugural experience in Singapore, SEVENFRIDAY Live saw Singapore’s most underrated musical export Xhin (pronounced “sheen”) take the stage.
Best described as a “sound futurist”, the multi-instrumentalist has dabbled in several sub-genres from progressive metal to minimal tech and played in high-profile clubs all across the world. Xhin’s set took guests into the industrial world of distortion and electrical riffs, a reflection of SEVENFRIDAY’s unique design philosophy.
Alongside Xhin onstage was local singer-songwriter Anise on her violin, bringing a unique live experience, by fusing progressive metal with jazz, classical and electronic elements. In a set that showed off the diverse influences of both artistes, Anise proved that the violin need not be pigeonholed to classical music.
SEVENFRIDAY Live was inspired by founder Daniel Niederer’s love for music. “Music is, in my opinion, one of the most emotional artforms, with different styles appealing to different moods and/or personalities. It can easily unite people of different cultures, religions and races and is a possible powerful tool to spread a message of freedom.”
At the transformed Cherry Discotheque, SEVENFRIDAY Live also saw the artwork of visual designer, FrankNitty3000, bringing guests on an alternative journey. Pushing the boundaries of conventional norms, Frank describes his artwork as the “deformation and juxtaposition of familiar existing still imagery” that has been given a second moving life.
The visceral experience of senses is just the first step for SEVENFRIDAY Live. In taking SEVENFRIDAY Live on a global tour, the brand hopes to bring together fans of the brand and immerse them in the ever-bold world of music. As SEVENFRIDAY believes, “Show me, don’t tell me.” What other form of passion is as hard to describe as the love for music? So show us, don’t tell us what the reflection of your personality is.
Xhin (pronounced as “sheen”) has been crafting ominous cuts of cutting-edge electronic music since 1997. Building a forte in sound design, he is best described as a sound futurist. His identical rhythmic structure and compositional techniques which incorporate elements of techno, tight sub bass, ambient and IDM delivers a hint of chaotic soundscape amidst artistry. Xhin is now signed to Berlin-based techno label, Stroboscopic Artefacts to release his dark, intense and experimental side of things. This will be yet again the beginning of an old new direction for him to explore and experiment sounds even deeper for his future releases.
Singer-songwriter Anise writes about her hometown Singapore and the heartbreak her situation sometimes brings; and occasionally also about the rough terrain of love and loss. Her soft vocals have been described as ‘feathery’ and ‘misty’, and her stage presence lures the audience into her cocoon of nervous energy. Anise pairs off-kilter chords with tender lyrics and poignant storytelling into her songs.
Starting his dynamic career in The Netherlands, Frank graduated from the esteemed Design Academy Eindhoven in 2005. In a few short years, Frank has developed a unique visual aesthetic and fervent enthusiasm in all of his work. He has worked in Europe, Tokyo, creating films and ads for brands like Adidas, Reebok and Heineken. Frank’s work can be described as vibrant & energetic yet poetic at times. His experience with short and long format as well as his technical expertise allows him to push the boundaries of conventional norms. He is a multi-faceted talent with a keen eye for detail and polished execution.
TC Acoustic has launched the Erato Apollo 7 (SGD499), a truly wireless stereo earphones – purely earbuds and with no cable between them. With a barely-there feel atOn November 9, 2016 / By Nookmag
TC Acoustic has launched the Erato Apollo 7 (SGD499), a truly wireless stereo earphones – purely earbuds and with no cable between them. With a barely-there feel at 4g, Erato Audio uses the most advanced 4.1 Bluetooth technology that supports multiple codecs – aptX, AAC and SBC – to bring you the clearest CD-like audio quality, wirelessly. The Apollo 7 was first funded as a Kickstarter project and its design has since won the 2015 Red Dot Honourable Mention Award.
Unlike most other similar sized earphones on the market today, the dMEMS omnidirectional microphone with an input sensitivity of -42dB (+/- 2dB) allows for a crisp, clear hands free solution on the go. With a single multifunctional button, you can power on/off, take a call, play music, skip tracks, change volume or even access Siri and Google Now easily by tapping, holding, or double-tapping on the button. With no dominant earbud and both acting as antennas, the Erato Apollo 7 provides a stronger and more stable connection.
The Erato Apollo 7 provides great sound isolation as its foam tips not only seal ear canals from environmental distractions, but the heat-activated memory foam also expands and moulds to every unique ear canal shape, creating a custom secure fit. Waterproof, the earphone nano-coating offers excellent liquid protection.
The earphones offer 3hrs music play time and 4hrs talk time and are available in space grey, silver and gold. It also comes in an aluminum charging case that provides the convenience of two full earphone charges even with the case unplugged. The case also features a clear LED indicator to show battery status.
Each full Erato Apollo 7 package comes with the following :
Two earbuds (L & R Channel)
Silicon Earpieces (S, M, L)
Comply T600 tips (S, M, L)
Stabilizer Pairs (S, M, L)
Portable Charging Case (Built-In battery)
Micro USB Charging Cable
Quick Start Guide
An award-winning composer who founded the TO Ensemble, Tze Toh helped paved the way for other classical artists in Singapore who dare push the envelope through experimenting andOn October 13, 2016 / By Arman Shah
An award-winning composer who founded the TO Ensemble, Tze Toh helped paved the way for other classical artists in Singapore who dare push the envelope through experimenting and fusing different sounds together. Here, he discusses his group’s upcoming performance at the 2016 Singapore International Festival of Music (SIFOM).
How did you get your start in music? Is it true that you were self-taught?
When I was 10, my mother asked if I wanted to take classical piano lessons with my sister. I‘ve always been curious and inquisitive as a kid, so I thought why not. Those lessons didn’t last very long, though; I was already asking our teacher if I could play her something that I had composed. *laughs*
Yes, I’m pretty much self-taught. I’ve been composing and improvising on the piano ever since I was 10; I guess that’s why my perspective on music is very different from everyone else’s. Everything in this universe is mathematical, and there’s always a logic to things, so that’s how I was able to work out my own audio-visual approach to the instrument.
How did the TO ensemble first come together to make music?
I initially had two groups that experimented with fusion music – one combined Jazz with Indian music, while the other combined Chinese with other forms of improvised music. I eventually combined both groups to create Tze n Looking Glass, the ensemble’s original name that was partly inspired by the otherworldly journeys of Alice in Wonderland.
Violinist Lazar T. Sebastine and saxophonist Teo Boon Chye are the two key members of the group. I don’t think that music can happen unless you really connect with another person, so I’ve been very fortunate to have played music with them these past 10 years. Over time, new key musicians and soloists have also joined us, including violist Benjamin Wong and violinist Christina Zhou, who is now our assistant music director.
You won first prize in a prestigious UK songwriting competition in 2011. What did that experience teach you about being a Singaporean musician?
That whole experience was great because it helped put our multi-cultural way of life on the world map. I’m Chinese, but I actually won the competition with an original fusion piece that combined jazz and South Indian music. That reflects how comfortable we are as a society, with everyone immersed in different cultures, from the food we eat to the traditional festivities we celebrate.
What changes have you seen in Singapore’s music scene over the years?
We started performing original fusion music at the Esplanade around eight to nine years ago, and I have noticed that our audiences here have grown more open-minded when it comes to new and experimental music.
Back then, if people came across one of our outdoor performances, they will leave after 10 seconds if they don’t think that they can understand our music. Now, people will sit and listen for a while to give the music a chance. I think that’s fantastic, because when you have a society that’s open-minded, that’s when anything is possible.
What’s your approach to creating music? Describe the creative process.
When I create new work, I usually write with the musician performing it in mind. Christina and Benjamin, for example, are wonderful interpreters of music. When I compose music for them, I know that my musical narrative will come through. Lazar and Boon Chye on the other hand are incredible improvisers; they add this unpredictable and exhilarating texture to my music with their Carnatic and jazz bebop improvisations.
You’ll be performing at the Singapore International Festival of Music this October. What can audience members expect at your show?
We are presenting our new audio-film work “… And There was N0th1ng”, which is a concert of live music accompanied by sound design and video animation. It explores a complicated relationship between Man and Machine, and is inspired by Mamoru Oshii’s animated film “Ghost in the Shell” and Issac Asimov’s “Foundation and I, Robot” series.
We are definitely excited and particularly proud to be presenting our music in Singapore. I think it’s going to be fun and interesting because I don’t think many people will be expecting a fusion of jazz and Indian at a classical music festival. *laughs*
What message do you want to convey through your music?
I do hope our music is a reminder that as human beings, we are one single race. Regardless of our nationality, race or religion, we all share more in common than we often realise. Music is a perfect example.. If we focus on our similarities rather than differences, I think we are one step closer to creating a better world and realising our potential as a race.
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!
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