In a bid to raise awareness about the culture and art form that is turntablism, Mongrel has produced a series of three videos, each focusing on different generationsOn June 20, 2016 / By The Rainbow-Monger
In a bid to raise awareness about the culture and art form that is turntablism, Mongrel has produced a series of three videos, each focusing on different generations of prominent scratch DJs from local legends Rough and Koflow, to up-and-comers such as Perk Pietrek and LeNERD.
With the intention of exploring the evolution of turntablism as opposed to providing an introduction to the topic itself, join the folks at Mongrel as they present us with a series of conversations with some of the top DJs in Singapore, and watch as these champions shed some light on what it means to be a part of their community through the years.
Part 1 : The Beginnings
The series of conversations begin with an exploration of the early days of turntablism in the eyes of Rough and Koflow.
DMC Singapore champion 2001
DMC Singapore champion 2003
Part 2 : The Shift
As we move on to the next generation of champions, this part of the conversation focuses on Inquisitive and Ghetto’s views on turntablism’s transition from analog (vinyls) to digital, as well as the changes that came along with it.
DMC Singapore champion 2006 – 2008
DMC Singapore champion 2009 & 2010*
* Ghetto was the last Singapore DMC champion before the competition ceased its run in Singapore.
Part 3 : The Present
After a span of 15 years, the final conversation in the series focuses on exploring the current state of turntablism with Perk Pietrek and LeNERD.
Singapore DMC 2009 2nd Runner Up* and 2010 Vice-Champion
World DMC 2011 DJ Championships Online 3 Times Qualifying Round Finalist
EMP Live Mix Maestro 2013 Champion
The Battle Of DJEN 2015 Champion
All Beats Cineleisure DJ 2015 Champion
* Perk was only 15 when he participated and won second runner up in the Singapore DMC 2009.
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Audio waves wafting from a Cashew Chemists tune embrace the ear drum like the scent of coffee caressing the olfactory nerve in the morning. Here’s an embodiment ofOn May 9, 2016 / By Gracie
Audio waves wafting from a Cashew Chemists tune embrace the ear drum like the scent of coffee caressing the olfactory nerve in the morning. Here’s an embodiment of freshness served in the form of a five-man rock band named after a nutty concept only they comprehend. Yuji Kumagai, Elliot Sng, Brian Chia, Ulrich Chia and Zachary Chia returned with a second EP “Previously On…Cashew Chemists” last December and are journeying on to musical magnificence.
Their year took off with a memorable gig at Laneway Festival and the band is currently working on its greatest project yet (more details in the interview below). In collaboration with Converse, we stole a chat with Cashew Chemists and discovered their desire to remain true to their music, while witnessing how the boys jam in their spanking new Chucks.
Nookmag (N): You guys are sounding super fresh in your second EP “Previously On…Cashew Chemists”! Could you take us through the song writing and creative process?
Yuji (Y): [Youthful exuberance] is pretty much the premise of this EP. It features songs that we’ve been playing for a long time before. They are past materials; we sort of regard them as new-old songs. Our song writing method has since become more different now.
Brian (B): We started playing those songs in 2013 and we played them in Australia a few times. That was before the EP was released. It’s a collection of our favourite live songs that we finally put together for everyone.
N: Before releasing your second EP, you guys took a break from the band. Could you still relate with the materials you came up with previously?
Elliot (E): Brian, Zachary and Ulrich were overseas. When they came back every year, it’ll be something different when we jam. I guess that’s part of our evolution as a band. We still gel well together at the end of the day. We’ve been playing together for so long.
Ulrich (U): After the first EP, we had our own time, doing our own individual stuff like our day jobs. At the same time, we’re also discovering new music. A lot of our new materials are inspired by the music that we were influenced by between the old EP and the new one. We still rub off each other. We tell each other what we’re listening to and we respect each other’s music taste. Whenever we hear about new bands from each other, we’ll just check them out. When we write, it’s quite cohesive and in-sync.
N: You guys rocked the Laneway Festival stage for the first time in January. How was the experience?
U: We were nervous as hell. It was quite nerve-wrecking. We were backstage watching the other acts like Thundercat performing, and we were actually sharing the exact same stage as them. It was exciting at the same time. We learnt a lot about how festivals work and what we can do to improve our sound. For example, we didn’t get to do sound check and it was quite rough and messy at the start.
B: It turned out quite well. The crowd was very supportive. We got pretty good feedback from our friends who came. We had fun. The whole festival was a treat for us. We were pretty drunk after the festival.
Y: Shout-out to Tan Xing Wei, Juhardi and Hanis – thanks guys! If not for them, we wouldn’t be able to pull off the show. They were the important people in the crew. We also learnt that being in a band, we need these people around.
E: I think we had a good time slot, which was 5pm. There was a good crowd. It was very nice to see people singing along and rocking out to our music.
N: After Laneway Festival, any other big plans for Cashew Chemists this year?
U: Coachella, definitely.
E: We’re focusing on writing our full-length album right now. That’s our biggest plan for 2016.
N: What we can look forward to from this album?
E: It’ll definitely be different from our previous two EPs.
U: Much louder, heavier.
N: Is this a natural progression for the band?
U: Yes. It’s going to be different from the pop-rock that we’re doing now, which was more feel-good music. The sound will be heavier. There will not be just one sound in the whole album; our sound will be varied.
N: How do you envision the band conquering stages moving forward?
U: We’re going to write our full-length album and try to tour with it. We’re banking everything on our new album. That’s what going to determine our future, which is quite uncertain.
N: Who are your favourite musicians?
Zachary (Z): The Strobes.
B: Radiohead, Hendricks.
U: Stevie Ray Vaughan
B: John Mayer
U: Gary Clark Jr, Albert King
E: Beatles, Coyote, The Sam Willows
N: How well are you guys acquainted with the local bands?
Y: We’ve got friends from all corners of the scene.
B: The local indie scene is quite close.
N: How do you support one another in the scene?
U: We go to each other’s shows. Whenever we can, we’ll try and promote the shows of other bands too. Buying each other’s merchandise provides financial help. Pleasantry had a huge fund-raising event and it was quite heart-warming to see the whole scene going down to support them. It went really well.
N: How would you like the audience to remember Cashew Chemists?
U: A band that you feel happy watching.
E: Good music, good times.
Y: Good vibes.
N: Tell us more about your personal style and how Converse complements it.
U: We own Converse shoes. We love their classic Chucks – can’t go wrong with that. We don’t really pay much attention to fashion. Zach doesn’t even wear shoes sometimes; he doesn’t wear his shirt…
B: We like to be comfortable.
U: The new Chucks II gives us a lot of comfort with the Lunarlon. It’s light too.
N: Let’s get a little personal here. What are some quirks that you guys have?
E: Yuji talks very softly on the phone. But when he sings, it’s loud.
Y: I think these guys are so weird, it’s become normal already.
N: What’s your general attitude towards your music?
E: Do what you love and…
Y: Love what you do.
U: Our music comes straight out from our hearts.
Y: It’s an extension of our lives. Our lives are always changing. Our creative process and songs will always change. One thing we do not want to do is pander, which is one step above selling out. We just want to be creative.
U: It’s quite evident that our direction changes and will be changing. That keeps us excited about our music and the band. It’s quite inevitable that everybody will grow out of their music influence, genre or music. What keeps us going is playing what we like.
Y: We’ve been lucky that people still like us.
N: What are some challenges that you face?
B: Our different schedules. All of us are working now, so it’s quite hard to find time to jam but we try.
U: We have our day jobs, which are our livelihood. As much as we want our music to work, we need to keep ourselves afloat.
Y: The dream is do [music] to feed ourselves and live comfortably.
Conversation seeks out inspiring individuals who possess a creative spirit and brim with passion. It offers an insight into the lives of these individuals and the things that drives them. This edition is proudly sponsored by Converse.
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Zachary is wearing Zaki Men Short Sleeve Tee
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Labour Day has fallen on a Sunday, which means another long weekend for the hardworking heroes – hurrah! So, what’s the best way to welcome a long weekend?On May 5, 2016 / By Sarah Oh
Labour Day has fallen on a Sunday, which means another long weekend for the hardworking heroes – hurrah! So, what’s the best way to welcome a long weekend? The answer is a wine and cheese party! Last Friday night, epicureans and Francophiles were revved up for a love affair with wine, cheese and tunes at the Gallery & Co.
Bon appétit, mes amis! There was plenty to eat and drink from a menu of exquisite wines and imported cheese. While five counters bordered the resident café, the biggest queues were for Chaource cheese that was paired with 2013 Château de Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé. The appeal was attributed to the cute French sommelier, perhaps. Above all, it was a night of merrymaking with wine, cheese and friends.
As the night went on, the temperature began to rise with partygoers soaking up the sounds of Gallery & Co.’s weekend Block Party. Featuring The Council’s resident Frenchman, Julien Brochard, electronic beats were spun to keep everyone’s feet off the floor all night long. Happy #TGIF indeed!
So what are your plans for tomorrow? Tell us here!
Skullcandy, Inc., the original performance and lifestyle audio brand focused on consumer-centric innovation, continues to deliver on the promise of technology-based breakthroughs with the latest additions to theirOn April 21, 2016 / By Nookmag
Skullcandy, Inc., the original performance and lifestyle audio brand focused on consumer-centric innovation, continues to deliver on the promise of technology-based breakthroughs with the latest additions to their Sport Performance line, XTfreeTM wireless and XTpyloTM earbuds for men and women.
Designed to meet the demands of high intensity interval training – a common training methodology shared across its diverse roster of action sports and team sports athletes – the innovative XTfreeTM and XTpyloTM can enhance even the most intense training sessions through category leading durability and stability without compromised audio
“Whether you’re a weekend warrior preparing for your first 10K race or a world class athlete, we believe there is a power in music to help athletes reach their full potential and accomplish their goals. This inspiration was at the center of our product development efforts; we get the chance to collaborate with athletes like NFL wide receiver Stevie Johnson, professional snowboarder Eero Ettala and long jumper Darya Klishina. The XTfreeTM and XTpyloTM products are built to perform during the high intensity workouts that form the backbone of their training,” said Skullcandy Chief Commercial Officer, Sam Paschel. “We knew if we could satisfy these athlete’s needs that we could make the most durable and secure products in the world available to anyone.”
The pinnacle product in the category, XTfreeTM , debuts Skullcandy’s MicroSportTM Tech – Bluetooth® functionality. At under 16 grams, the innovation is among the lowest profile and lightest design available. These high-performance wireless sport earbuds also include an OnBoardTM microphone and remote that allows the user to take calls, adjust volume, control their music throughout their workout with 6 hour battery life to meet the needs of long training sessions.
Participating in explosive or rapid movement is key for the high performance athlete, which is also why both the XTfreeTM and XTpyloTM utilize TripleLockTM Tech, Skullcandy’s trifecta of proprietary technologies that work together to keep your earbuds securely in place – no matter the activity. The latest of these innovations is Skullcandy’s FitFinTM Tech, which leverages a unique vertical shape to push against the curves of the ear and lock the earbud in place, providing an adaptable and custom fit that adjusts to any ear shape.
Skullcandy’s new sport products also embody durability through the physical construction of the earbuds, which are sonically welded to keep out moisture like sweat and rain. At SGD169.90, the XTfreeTM are Skullcandy’s lightest and most secure wireless sport earbuds. Likewise, at SGD89.90, the XTpyloTM earbuds offers a secure and sweat resistant fit that can survive your most intense workout ever.
Sold out from its initial launch in the United States, the pinnacle sport product is finally available in Southeast Asia, adding to its existing Sport Performance Series of Method and Chops In-Ear.
Skullcandy earphones can be purchased from Stereo Electronics, located at Plaza Singapura #04-06, and VivoCity #02-118/119.
Musically and lyrically intense, get ready to headbang to Vivenne’s Verdict’s “Depiction”. Originally founded by Dezimon (vocals) and Reuben (bassist) in 2009, local Hard Rock bandOn April 11, 2016 / By Aiden Eng
Musically and lyrically intense, get ready to headbang to Vivenne’s Verdict’s “Depiction”.
Originally founded by Dezimon (vocals) and Reuben (bassist) in 2009, local Hard Rock band Vivenne’s Verdict started out with covers. Back then, they were known as Take It Apart, and after several changes, the current lineup was formed in 2011, with Vincent (guitar), Jay (guitar), and Kenneth (drums), together with the two original founding members. During this same period, the band would shift its focus to originals, and just earlier this year in January, Depiction, the band’s first EP was released.
An Intense Depiction
Monster opens the EP with a clean riff which will later be infused with chugging chords by Vincent and Jay, to the background of the powerful drum and bass combo of Kenneth and Reuben. Noteworthy is Reuben’s playing, with his bass pushing with a relentless energy that helps drive the four minute song. There is a reigned intensity in the verses of Monster; let loose in the build ups to the segments, as well as throughout the choruses, the intro, the outro, and the breakdown towards the end, the song is fueled by raw energy. Similarly, there is rawness of emotion in Dezimon’s vocals. Not so much concerned with the existence of monsters, but with an emphasis on one within all of us, Dezimon sings of having “lost control of the Monster within me”. Asking questions of himself and of the listeners, the intensity in this piece is mirrored by the poignant lyrics sung by Dezimon.
Stripped back, but not shortchanged in intensity, the band is able to continue their energy in slower pieces such as Fly Away and Melodramatic. In Melodramatic, to the backdrop of Kenneth’s relentless rain of cymbals in the chorus, Dezimon sings of the pain of unrequited love, “makes me feel like a fool, wonder if you always feel me too”. He bares his emotion through the lyrics and his vocals, a mournful account, similar to how he sings “your words sink on me, heavy like a stone”. Throughout the EP, Vivenne’s Verdict’s energy is prevalent.
With tasty riffs by Vincent and Jay peppered throughout their songs, Vivienne’s Verdict puts their own spin on the populated Hard Rock genre. In addition to the harmony of Denizon’s vocals, there is a harmony of instruments as well. To the tight combination of bass and drums, the guitar riffs layered on top add a different dimension of melody. Consequently there is versatility in their sound, but with an intensity of energy imbued in all their tracks. Their heavy sound can also float light, as per Fly Away, be driven out in tracks such as Block the Sun, or even something in between as per Breathe Underwater.
One To Look Out For
With intensity in both music and lyrics, Vivenne’s Verdict has poured their energy and emotions into Depiction. Through the five tracks, the band has showcased their versatility as well as gone about defining their own sound and style. As their first release, Depiction impresses.
From Hong Kong to Taipei, New York to Moscow, the Hennessy Artistry series has crossed over 40 countries in the past decade, leaving borderless innovation, the courage toOn March 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
From Hong Kong to Taipei, New York to Moscow, the Hennessy Artistry series has crossed over 40 countries in the past decade, leaving borderless innovation, the courage to dream, and a culture of fun in its wake.
In 2006, Hennessy brought together an intriguing mix of sound, colors, lights, and opportunities encompassing their belief of the “Art of Blending”. With this concept firmly entrenched in their spirit, the Hennessy Artistry series was born. True to its name, this series showcases talents from a rainbow spectrum of musicians to bring us global experiences and exclusive encounters in an ever changing world not limited to hip-hop, pop, or trance.
With a play on words, Hennessy’s philosophy on the art of mixing shows that not only do music and partying seamlessly blend cultural differences from East to West; it also proves to us that mixing doesn’t just end in a shot glass, it flows on to create awesome new experiences on a DJ’s turntable.
Previously held in various countries worldwide, international names such as The Veronicas, EMPTY, Juno Mak, and Rita Ora have joined the stage in pursuing their dreams with the Hennessy Artistry series. While an artistic soul lies in its ability to create and innovate, this series of events provide a platform for budding artistes to colour outside the box, and paint life beyond frames. Encouraging a stretch in the imagination, this campaign shows us life on the other side of the turntable.
Lucky J dares to dream. Do you?
Article sponsored by Hennessy; all thoughts expressed are our own.
Singapore Lyric Opera dedicates its annual Opera Ball to their late Founding Chairman, Mr. Leow Siak Fah The Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO) is once again holding itsOn March 8, 2016 / By Nookmag
Singapore Lyric Opera dedicates its annual Opera Ball to their late Founding Chairman, Mr. Leow Siak Fah
The Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO) is once again holding its annual Opera Ball, this year on the 11th of March 2016. This exclusive event will be dedicated to the memory and in remembrance of the late Mr. Leow Siak Fah, who passed on last year. The evening will feature excerpts from operas fondly associated with him. Known to many as an unmistakable force in the industry, the late chairman spearheaded SLO to become the institution it is today.
Taking place at the St. Regis Hotel, John Jacob Ballroom, the amount raised from this year’s Opera Ball will be used to fund SLO’s activities in 2016, which include the full-length opera, Puccini’s Turandot in August, the Annual Gala Concert in November, and two children’s choir concerts in July and December respectively.
Part of the proceeds will also contribute to the establishment of “SLO – Leow Siak Fah Young Artists Programme”, with the aim of further developing and improving the artistic and musical talent in Singapore. In addition, this Programme provides opportunities for young singers to hone their craft and gain experience on the professional stage.
This year, the Guest-of-Honour will be none other than SLO’s Patron-in-Chief, Mr. S R Nathan. Appointed the position when he was still president, Mr. Nathan has been very supportive of SLO’s work and his presence has been a great source of encouragement for the institution. Mr. Toh Weng Cheong, Chairman of SLO, mentioned, “Mr. Nathan’s advice and insights as Patron-in-Chief would be invaluable as we chart our course to meet future challenges in an increasingly open and more competitive arts scene. With his patronage we look forward to enhancing SLO’s role to popularize and create wider appreciation of opera and music theatre in Singapore.”
The exciting line-up of this year’s Ball includes SLO’s first Honorary Artistic Director and highly renowned soprano, Nancy Yuen, as well as tenor extraordinaires Peter Ong, Melvin Tan and Reuben Lai, accompanied by distinguished pianist, Rena Phua.
Be enthralled with beautiful duets from Nancy Yuen where she will be performing songs from Carmen and The Merry Widow with Reuben Lai and Melvin Tan respectively, while well-known operas like “O Sole Mio” and “Granada” as well as concert favourite “Mattinata” will be sung by the three talented tenors. In addition, Peter Ong, dubbed as the “Consummate Artiste” by The New Straits Times 2014, will take on a solo performance on the challenging tenor aria “Serenade” from The Student Prince by Romberg. Finally, the singers will come together and close the night with a combined performance of “Brindisi” from La Traviata by Verdi.
11 March 2016, 7pm
St. Regis Hotel, John Jacob Ballroom
Patrons’ Table : SGD30,000
Other Prices : SGD15,000, SGD10,000, SGD8,000, SGD5,000 and SGD3,000
Individual : SGD2,000, SGD1,000, SGD800 and SGD500
Never Never Land from Jule Styne’s Peter Pan (Caitlyn Tan)
My Heart & I by Richard Tauber (Peter Ong)
O Sole Mio by di Capua (Reuben Lai, Peter Ong & Melvin Tan)
Mattinata by Leoncavallo (Reuben Lai, Peter Ong & Melvin Tan)
Granada by Lara (Reuben Lai, Peter Ong & Melvin Tan)
Parle-moi de ma mere from Bizet’s Carmen (Nancy Yuen & Reuben Lai)
Love Unspoken from Lehár’s The Merry Widow (Nancy Yuen & Melvin Tan)
The Loveliest Night of the Year by Aaronson (All Singers)
Dein ist mein ganzes Herz from Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns (All Singers)
Brindisi from Verdi’s La Traviata (All Singers)
Visit their website for more information on the event.
Join us in an evening of indulgence with the NUS Symphony Orchestra as they present an exciting repertoire under the skilful baton of Maestro Lim Soon Lee. AsOn March 6, 2016 / By Nookmag
Join us in an evening of indulgence with the NUS Symphony Orchestra as they present an exciting repertoire under the skilful baton of Maestro Lim Soon Lee. As part of the NUS Arts Festival 2016, the festival theme this year is ‘Wonder’ and NUSSO’s concert titled ‘Music For Curious Minds’ seeks to bring the audience on a journey of discovery and experimentation.
Featuring works that were at the forefront of progress during their time such as Brahm’s Academic Festive Overture as well as Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, this concert aims to draw the startling parallels of Science and Music. Additionally, this concert will feature 2 local artists: prominent violist Lim Chun and winner of the 2013 National Piano and Violin Competition (NPVC) Junior Category, 15-year old violinist Kimberly Lo in Bruch’s Double Concerto in E Minor.
Tickets are priced at $20 and $25, and are now available for purchase here.
For more information about the orchestra and the event, visit their website now.
“Music is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the labour of love and the pursuit of passion.” Instead of being defined by one clear genre, DennisOn March 1, 2016 / By Nookmag
“Music is a journey, not a destination.
Focus on the labour of love and the pursuit of passion.”
Instead of being defined by one clear genre, Dennis and Jared of Ciao Turtle explore a blend of genres such as funk, folk and pop in their song-writing. Their music is fuss-free – they are inspired by what they love hearing and re-invent where the songs lead them, taking their audience on an emotional journey with an open destination.
Gaining popularity since the release of their first three singles “When The Stars” (Aug 2014), “I’m Out” (Dec 2014) and “Mary Jane” (Jun 2015), this homegrown duo have since played at numerous local and international music festivals such as Music Matters Live 2015, Voidfest 2015, CQ Live Summer Music Festival 2015 and Wondersound Festival 2015. Among other accolades under their belt, their work titled “Being Here” was also selected as one of three finalists out of almost 1,000 entries for SG50 The Gift of Song songwriting competition organised by Mediacorp in November 2014.
As musicians, they believe that music sounds different when it is played live; somehow, without you knowing, you are drawn to become part of the audience. And that’s how they like it. Simple, never taken too seriously, and always to be enjoyed!
Ciao Turtle will launch their self-titled debut EP on 12 March 2016 on all digital platforms including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Rdio. Reflective of their ambition to explore a variety of genres – from pop to funk, this EP comprises 5 original songs written by Dennis Ng and Jared Chan, including their singles ‘When The Stars’ and ‘I’m Out’ which ranked 24th on the iTunes singles chart within the first day of launch.
To celebrate the launch of the EP, the duo will be holding a concert at
Aliwal Arts Centre
Saturday, 12 March, 7pm
The concert will feature all 5 tracks on the EP and a number of unreleased original songs.
On 5 March this year from 1pm to 9pm, one of Asia’s most reputable DJ academies, E-TracX, will be opening its doors to showcase what DJing is allOn February 27, 2016 / By Nookmag
On 5 March this year from 1pm to 9pm, one of Asia’s most reputable DJ academies, E-TracX, will be opening its doors to showcase what DJing is all about. As part of the celebrations leading up to their open house, E-TracX has offered to provide a 25% discount* off all courses from now till 4 March.
During this event, E-TracX will host a variety of activities and special offers, including free DJ workshop sessions and a generous 40% discount off most of their available courses. Participants who sign up for their Music Production (Logic Pro) Course on the day stand a chance to win a DJ Controller and a Midi Keyboard Controller, and everyone gets to try their hand at being a DJ at their Open Decks session from 6pm to 9pm.
The free workshop sessions will be conducted by E-TracX Instructors, Koflow, Perk Pietrek, and Rattle, between 1pm and 6pm. As each workshop session is limited to 10 lucky participants, come early to avoid disappointment!
1pm – 2pm : DJ Creativity & Routine Creation by Koflow
3pm – 4pm : DJ & Turntablism by Rattle
5pm – 6pm : Intro to Music Production by Perk Pietrek
6pm – 9pm : Open Decks
25% Off all Elementary & Intermediate courses
40% Off all other courses
*Discounts will be based on new course fees
Lucky Draw entries for their DJ and Midi Keyboard Controllers start from today. Winners will be announced at the end of the E-TracX Open House at 9pm.
SINGAPORE, 23 February, 2016, Singapore – M83 has confirmed their anticipated return to Singapore on Thursday, 19th May. Since the last Singapore visit in 2012 which sawOn February 26, 2016 / By Nookmag
SINGAPORE, 23 February, 2016, Singapore – M83 has confirmed their anticipated return to Singapore on Thursday, 19th May.
Since the last Singapore visit in 2012 which saw him perform at Laneway Festival Singapore, Anthony Gonzalez – the sonic visionary behind the sublime sound of M83 – has toured the world over, taking his exultant songs to some of the world’s premier live music venues and festival main-stages, from Lollapalooza to Melt! Festival, the Hollywood Bowl to London’s O2 Academy and everything in between.
It was the triumphant release of 2011’s ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ that gained acclaim as Gonzalez’s opus, placing M83 in the direct current of the mainstream and earning a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album that year. The album topped the Billboard chart and received a rare 9.1 album rating from Pitchfork, who named it as one of the 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far, while securing Gonzalez praise for his “wide open interplanetary soundscape of reverb-washed guitar, and rocket-fuelled-beats that build and burst behind competing tides of synthesis”.
2016 will bring with it the release of M83’s first studio album in five years, which Gonzalez describes as “more fun and fresh” with “a lot of eclecticism”.
Tickets for the show are priced at SGD99 for purchase through the SISTIC hotline +65 6348 5555, mobile app, online at www.sistic.com.sg, and at all SISTIC authorised agents. Fan Club pre-sale begins today at 10am and limited Early Bird tickets are available from Wednesday, 24 February at SGD79.
M83’s epic return to the international touring circuit will be launched with an extensive North American tour this April, and bookmarked by festival appearances across the world including Sasquatch Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Melt!, Way Out West and Flow Festival. April’s dual Coachella performances will see M83 take the stage alongside the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Calvin Harris, Guns N Roses, Sia and more.
On arrival on our shores in May, Gonzalez and band will be raring to deliver their best ever live show. As one past reviewer notes, “(M83’s) epic stage show (was) driven by the biggest and best drum section I’ve ever heard and synths that make the entire 1980s seem like a warm up”, and another raving that “… if your mind wasn’t already blown, the unbelievable wall of noise was the final knockout blow”. Music lovers, prepare to lose your minds.
Praised by the likes of NME Magazine, Indie Shuffle and Triple J, Leisure Suite’s eponymous debut EP certainly set the bar high. However, it seems the fledgling duoOn February 20, 2016 / By Nookmag
Praised by the likes of NME Magazine, Indie Shuffle and Triple J, Leisure Suite’s eponymous debut EP certainly set the bar high. However, it seems the fledgling duo have already exceeded expectations with sophomore release ‘Lay Low’.
Holding as true to their namesake as ever, Leisure Suite’s latest record is as lush and leisurely as they come. Swirling synth melodies and downtempo beats underpin Bridgette Le’s velvet-smooth vocals, forging dreamy soundscapes redolent of The XX or Snakadaktal.
Serving as the outfit’s first self-produced effort, ‘Lay Low’ exhibits a marked progression from earlier work. It‘s a record full of nuances; exerting equal amounts of both flair and restraint. From the covertly broody ‘Sweet Gin’ to the more uptempo, R&B inspired ‘Shame’, the excellence of ‘Lay Low’ lies in its understatement.
With mastering duties left in the capable hands of Grammy-award nominated guru Andrei Eremin (Chet Faker, Hiatus Kaiyote), it’s safe to say ‘Lay Low’ got the treatment it deserves.
Having shared the stage with the likes of Alpine, Willow Beats, Tora and Oisima, along with a highlight appearance at Paradise Music Festival over the past 12 months, Leisure Suite will be doing anything but laying low in 2016.
After a successful launch of his new record TIME/SPACE with a #1 spot on the Singapore iTunes album charts and a viral reception to his first music videoOn February 17, 2016 / By Nookmag
After a successful launch of his new record TIME/SPACE with a #1 spot on the Singapore iTunes album charts and a viral reception to his first music video for I Only Tell The Truth, singer-songwriter/producer Charlie Lim has released his second official music video for Bitter, one of the album’s more popular tracks.
A collaboration with Australian visual artist Anita Lester, the video for Bitter adopts a gothic but childlike Burton-esque treatment that pairs with the complexity and lyrical depth that Charlie has worked into the song. Having ruminated on this track for over 3 years before its release, Bitter meditates on the paradox of finding the right person at the wrong time, and being perpetually displaced in reality:
“Pull me out of focus, keep me in the queue
I’m a tired lover wilting hours in the waiting room
Embrace the silence when there’s nothing left
You got no room for demons when you’re self-possessed”
“Why am I so bitter about you babe, I don’t understand
Was I trying to cash in the fantasy without the reality check
But I never wanted you to lie to yourself about happiness
When all you were was just a little lonely”
“I’ve been living with this song for some time now, so it’s nice to finally find a home for it in a visual sense,” says Charlie. “It’s quite a dense arrangement and it spans for a little over 6 minutes, so I wanted a simple but strong narrative –as if you were reading a children’s bedtime story.” Anita’s illustrations were perfect for the video; which shows life as both kind and tragic, beautiful and cruel, comical yet dark at the same time.
Over the past few weeks, the inaugural artiste development program, LEVEL UP! Singapore, held its nationwide open calls for young local talents. More than a hundred applicants submittedOn February 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
Over the past few weeks, the inaugural artiste development program, LEVEL UP! Singapore, held its nationwide open calls for young local talents. More than a hundred applicants submitted their work through the program, in hopes of a chance to record their very own single and music video, and be groomed as a professional artiste.
After a thorough selection process, LEVEL UP! Singapore is moving on to its next phase, where 12 upcoming music talents will be announced periodically.
This month, LEVEL UP! Singapore is proud to present the first 3 selected artistes to kick-start the program!
Lewis Loh, otherwise musically known as LEW, is a local singer‐songwriter who is inspired by acoustic and folk tunes. He started singing and playing the guitar when he was thirteen but started songwriting at the age of seventeen. LEW writes about the raw and metaphorical ways that he feels about his experiences, and materialises these ideas using the simplicity of a guitar and his voice. He has recently participated and completed the NOISE Singapore Music Mentorship Program, and was awarded the NOISE Award for 2015.
Last Friday (12 Feb 2016), LEW launched his debut single ‘Two’ under the LEVEL UP! Singapore program. The single has since achieved remarkable result, topping the iTunes charts at #17 since its release. The official Music Video for ‘Two’ is also available on LEW’s Youtube channel and Level Up! Singapore’s official Facebook page. The single is being promoted on 98.7FM.
Jasmine Wong, or commonly known as her stage name JASM!NE, was also a mentee under the NOISE Singapore Music Mentorship Program in 2014. Terming her style as ‘quirk electronic’, the 20-year-old has a soft yet malleable voice that blends so well with her chill electronic track layered beneath. Jasmine stood out from the crowd with her distinct vocal tone and meticulously produced electronic sound.
Mandy Kuah is currently a Year 3 student at Temasek Polytechnic. While enrolling in a film course, she has an equal burning passion for music. Mandy began writing her own songs at the age of eighteen, and believes that perseverance and confidence are the key to achieve her dreams. She is currently penning lyrics for two songs from the upcoming album of local vocal band, MICappella.
With LEW’s debut single, ‘Two’, kicking off the program last week, JASM!NE and Mandy Kuah will also be releasing their individual single and music video shortly.
Ambassadors of 2016 LEVEL UP! Singapore
While given the opportunity to release their own single and music video, the selected artistes will also receive full guidance and mentorship from the program’s ambassadors.
The first 3 ambassadors announced are sassy singer-songwriter Tay Kewei, award-winning music producer and songwriter Tat Tong, and bubbly DJ and singer-songwriter Daphne Khoo.
These ambassadors each bring a wealth of experience and skills and will provide masterclasses and mentorship to the 12 selected artistes to help them find their signature sound, hone their craft and build their audience to be market ready.
More ambassadors will be announced in the coming weeks.
LEVEL UP! Singapore is jointly organised by Cross Ratio Entertainment and Singapore’s renowned producer, Roland Lim. For more updates, visit the official website at: http://www.levelupsingapore.com
This year, E-TracX DJ Skool and Studios turns 13. Powered by passion, the DJ school started off as a DJ store selling records and DJ equipment. One yearOn December 18, 2015 / By Nookmag
This year, E-TracX DJ Skool and Studios turns 13. Powered by passion, the DJ school started off as a DJ store selling records and DJ equipment. One year into the business, founders Edwin and Stephanie established a DJ school that has grown to be one of Asia’s most reputable DJ academies.
E-TracX has since witnessed many of its students become professional DJs respected for their craft and defined music style, win awards and competitions, and set up music businesses.
Accolades atop piling accolades, E-TracX’s heart and soul ultimately lie in its purpose to change people’s lives for the better, with music as its medium. Steering its direction is its mission of creating champions and uniting communities.
“E-TracX students are champions! They’re regarded as champions, not only because they have won awards, competitions, and excelled in the industry, but mainly because they support and inspire others,” expressed Stephanie.
“I can’t say that we have a formula for creating champions, but I do acknowledge that there’s an indefinable quality about E-TracX that is responsible for this. In simple terms, I call it the ‘soul’ of E-TracX. I’m very lucky to have worked with the best. E-TracX instructors are some of the most inspiring, dedicated, genuine, and supportive people I’ve had the privilege of meeting.”
“The E-TracX family and culture have also played a tremendous part as well. It is one where all of us come together to support, motivate, and inspire each other.”
Nookmag dug in to find out more about the E-TracX family and culture with interviews with Stephanie and a few of its DJ instructors (DJ Koflow and DJ Perk Pietrek) and students (Sherman Jin and Anrev).
Nookmag (N): Tell us more about your passion for DJ-ing.
Koflow (K): First and foremost, I’m a turntablist. And because of that, my job scope falls in the category as ‘Performing Artist’. Then I’m a DJ, a selector for a vibe if you are looking for a party. Then, I’m a Beat Maker/Producer. For the rest of my time, I’m an educator. Or a curator who runs my own events like ‘Solid Gold’ or Curating Music Campaign for other companies. DJ-ing has been a life-long passion; it really just started out as a hobby. But now, it has turned into a career and lifestyle. It really puts me in a blank zone working on music as much as drawing. I guess I just enjoy the process of the creativity.
Perk Pietrek (P): I’m mainly teaching at E-TracX while working on my own project under the moniker of ‘Perk Pietrek’, producing dance music with a niche sound of tropical bass. DJ-ing was what got me started in electronic music, and being part of the whole turntablism movement has played a big part in building my identity as an artist too. DJ-ing is definitely something I can do day-in day-out for the rest of my life.
Sherman Jin (SJ): I am working as a DJ and I have been DJ-ing for a few years now. I love editing, experimenting, and coming up with different styles for tracks. Being a DJ has enabled me to do all that.
Anrev (A): I’m classically trained in piano since young, and picked up the craft only last year. Though a new found passion then, it became an art form which feels strangely natural to me.
In this day and age, technological limitations in music are a thing of the past. My instrument of choice naturally became the DJ turntables and mixer, allowing me to freely manipulate whatever instruments I want, just with ONE set of equipment. I quickly got hooked onto DJing, and before long, there was a time I was practicing no less than five hours a day.
It also began to dawn on me that as an artist, just mixing from one song to another didn’t allow me to express my brand of music meaningfully.
I picked up the art of turntablism, a profound art of manipulating sounds with the use of various methods such as scratching and beat juggling. Ever since, it has become more than an addiction, almost meditative. Haha… This allowed me to start using turntables as a full-fledged instrument and opened me up to new horizons of musical possibilities.
Although I am still schooling, that does not stop me from practicing and evolving my brand of music as much as I can. Music Production is also something I am currently picking up, as it remains one of the most effective ways to express myself as a musician. As a DJ, however, I enjoy incorporating advanced elements of turntablism into my mixes, creating an eclectic blend of different genres, in order to express a brand of music I believe in.
As I am still 16, I have set myself a long-term goal to introduce the essence of turntablism to the next generation of DJs around the world! I am humbled and proud to have won the 2nd place in the All Beats Cineleisure DJ Championship held recently. It’s only my first competition, and I believe this is just the beginning.
N: Share with us a short summary of your story with E-TracX.
K: Somewhere along 2003, E-TracX opened its door as a record store. And thats where we met and started building from then. The only difference with E-TracX at that time, is that it’s the only record shop, that allows us kids to hang out or scratch on any given day. And with that small gesture, another community started. Along with DJ Rough we taught the Scratch classes, and by 2005, I had a lot more friends to scratch with! Fast forward to 2015, we are all still sticking together as a unit, still educating, still Scratching, still hanging out, still enjoys music, the difference is that we have more friends who are like an extended family bonded by DJ-ing.
P: E-TracX was the spot to hang out at if you wanted to improve because there’s so many other DJs sharing ideas during the monthly Scratch jams. It has always felt like a 2nd home for music (besides my own studio) and that was a feeling very valuable to myself as well as the other DJs around too.
SJ: E-TracX has been like a family to me. It is also a close-knit community where people from all walks of life come together with the same interest, sharing ideas and experiences. We jam together, experiment with different scratches and music styles etc. Not forgetting Koflow, who would pop in on our time together to also share some knowledge (or nonsense humour hahaha).
All in all, I really feel that each visit to E-TracX always brings me a different and new experience in its own way.
A: I joined E-TracX in search for new inspirations in turntablism and music as a whole. The people here are some of the most passionate and helpful communities of DJs I have come across yet. We are not afraid to help one another improve, in any aspect of DJ-ing and music production.
Learning from DJ/Producers Koflow and Perk Pietrek, I have picked up a wide range of new skills in my journey to develop and constantly improve myself as a musical artist. It is also inspiring to get to meet popular local/international artists that sometimes do drop by E-TracX to share and conduct workshops.
Shoutout to Edwin and Stephanie too, the great people behind E-TracX DJ Skool! Their genuine passion and commitment to the craft is of paramount importance that aspiring young DJs like me look up to.
N: How has E-TracX made a difference in your life?
Stephanie (S): E-TracX has given me something to believe in. It has given me hope. It has taught me that, with wonderful friendships comes great success. Most importantly, personal growth and fulfillment.
If I were to die today, I’d go to my grave with my head held high, for I have been part of something great. I have had the privilege of being part of a family of champions! E-TracX has given me much needed strength; and the E-TracX Family has made me a much happier person. I’m truly grateful for this.
A big thank you to our folks, our instructors both old and new – Edwin, Koflow, Perk Pietrek, Felix Hoo, Tom Shellsuit, Rough, Derrick Motif, Raphael, Andrew Tang, and Case Woo, as well as our students, and friends, for all your support and for believing in us all these years. E-TracX wouldn’t be E-TracX without you!
K: They give me an outlet to educate people on what DJ-ing can be. They gave me a sense of support to what I’m believing and doing. With that, I would like to give them a big thank you for jump starting and hanging on to the culture.
P: Being able to teach at E-TracX when I’m only 21 calls for huge shouts to owners Edwin and Steph. The belief they had in me gave me a platform to inspire other amazing DJs. And I have to say, given E-TracX’s history, this isn’t just a platform anymore, but it has become more like THE platform.
SJ: Without E-TracX, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I have learned many things with their guidance. I wouldn’t have understood the music culture or industry more if they didn’t guide me in the right direction or even kick-start my DJ experience.
I also wouldn’t have had the opportunities to play at different venues and gigs from their network of connections to gain more experience and to learn more while I’m at it.
Even till today, through whatever changes I may face or struggle with, they are still always by my side, supporting me sincerely and patiently guiding me. I am honoured and more than grateful to have gotten to know them and to be a part of this E-TracX family.
A: Other than enhancing and picking up new skills, the thing that really makes E-TracX stand out is the community of students and instructors, all coming together for a shared belief. E-TracX consistently organises workshops/jam sessions, in which I have really broadened my imagination and knowledge.
It’s like a family of amazing people, whether it be professional award-winning DJs or world-class music producers or anyone who shares a common belief in the art. The community here is one I am definitely proud to be part of.
N: Stephanie, what has this journey taught you?
There are three main things that I’ve learnt. Number one, despite all the bullpoop going on the world, there’s still a lot of good in it. I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with some truly inspiring and wonderful people – The E-TracX Family. It is people like them that make the world a better place! They are true champions!
Number two, not to take fear too seriously. I’ve come to realise that the moment you allow fear to consume you, you are already dead. As a born-coward, dealing with fear has been my biggest struggle. Over the last 13 years, I’ve been terrified whenever I’ve had to make difficult decisions, as well as when trying to accomplish other scary business stuff. E-TracX has given me strength, and I’m now better able to act in spite of fear.
Number three, only I can defeat me. If I fail, it’s my fault. I learnt one of the most important lessons from my riding instructor a long time ago – if you fall off the horse, it doesn’t matter how much pain you are in, you dust yourself off, and get back on the damn horse again. If you are broken, take time off to heal, then get back on again.
Running E-TracX has been much like horse riding. Fall, get up, fall, get up, fall, broken, take a break, get up again…. I believe that true failure is when one makes a choice not to get up again, because of weakness – usually fear.
I’m very fortunate to be part of the E-TracX family for it is them that have given me the courage and strength to keep getting back up.
Well, come 7 and 8 November, seventh time Grammy winner, Taylor Swift is returning to Singapore, with The 1989 World Tour at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, in supportOn September 1, 2015 / By Simcik
Well, come 7 and 8 November, seventh time Grammy winner, Taylor Swift is returning to Singapore, with The 1989 World Tour at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, in support of her historic fifth studio album, 1989.
If you have yet to get your hands on the tickets, Keds will be giving away five pairs of the coveted Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour Concert tickets to five winners! All you have to do is follow the below steps and you may just become the lucky winner.
1) Purchase any Keds footwear from a participating authorized retailer* between 1-30 September 2015
2) Take a full body photo of yourself in your new kicks
3) Share your Keds OOTD on instagram with hashtags #KedsOnTour #KedsSG #1989TourSingapore
4) The five most creative entries will win a pair of tickets each, so let your mind run wild. Good luck!
Visit www.royalsportinghouse.com for the full terms & conditions.
Terms & Conditions: *Purchase must be made from DOT, Robinsons, Tangs, BHG, and selected Royal Sporting House stores between 1-30 September 2015 to qualify. Participant’s Instagram account privacy settings must be set to public. Limited to one entry per person. Original purchase receipt must be presented as proof to claim prize. Closing date for the contest is 30 September, 12 midnight. Winners will be notified on 5 October 2015 via comments on their Instagram post through @royalsportinghousesg.
The 15th edition of ZoukOut marks the final instalment that would be organised from Zouk’s famous headquarters at Jiak Kim Street before it shifts to Clarke Quay nextOn August 27, 2015 / By Nookmag
The 15th edition of ZoukOut marks the final instalment that would be organised from Zouk’s famous headquarters at Jiak Kim Street before it shifts to Clarke Quay next year. Driving the iconic music festival along with other club-based activities with a campaign dubbed Seize The Moment, Zouk is set to conclude the year with mind-blowing memories.
Seize The Moment is Zouk’s 2015 prelude to its move from Jiak Kim Street to Clarke Quay next year. In December, Zouk will launch its 2016 global campaign at Jiak Kim Street – the biggest yet as it will also celebrate its silver jubilee at its famed locale – leading to the opening of the new club at Clarke Quay.
Festival-goers will be excited to learn about the newly added six global acts to ZoukOut’s second wave line-up. Day 1 on 11 December 2015 will see Porter Robinson [US], Paul Kalkbrenner [GER], Paul Oakenfold [UK], while Day 2 will feature Armin Van Buuren [NL], Andrew Rayel [MOL] and Claude VonStroke [US].
The new inclusions bring to a total of more than 40 artists for the two-day festival, with a new stage on Day 2, localized in collaboration with radio Lush 99.5FM. This stage will present Vandetta, Kurt, Darren Dubwise, ShiGGa Shay, THELIONCITYBOY, KoFlow, Syafii, ATTAGIRL! Feat. A/K/A, DuriO & Jaydah, and Jean Reiki.
Seize The Moment will also bring the focus to the club-based activities on Jiak Kim Street from September to December 2015. There are more than 20 events coming up in the next four months, which include signature gigs such as Flea & Easy, Mambo Jambo at F1, Steve Aoki, Showtek amongst many others.
Day 1 (11 December)
Early Bird: SGD158
– Entry to festival grounds before 10pm
– All Singapore-issued Citibank Clear & Clear Platinum cards enjoy 15% off
– All other Singapore-issued Citibank cards enjoy 10% off
– All Singapore-issued Citibank cards enjoy 10% off
– On sale till 10 December
Event Day: SGD188
– Available on site from 6pm onwards
– No credit card discounts
Day 2 (12 December)
Early Bird: SGD168
– Entry to festival grounds before 10pm
– All Singapore-issued Citibank Clear & Clear Platinum cards enjoy 15% off
– All other Singapore-issued Citibank cards enjoy 10% off
– All Singapore-issued Citibank cards enjoy 10% off
– On sale till 10 December
Event Day: SGD198
– Available on site from 6pm onwards
– No credit card discounts
Two-Day Festival Pass: SGD258
– No credit card discounts
– On sale till 10 December
In true spirit of musical solidarity, homegrown bands Aquila Vasica and Vessel are fronting a joint EP launch this August. A sequel to the bands’ success in procuringOn August 9, 2015 / By Nookmag
In true spirit of musical solidarity, homegrown bands Aquila Vasica and Vessel are fronting a joint EP launch this August. A sequel to the bands’ success in procuring a spot in this year’s Baybeats Festival, the collaborative effort demonstrates how the local music scene should progress – with an inclusive attitude and mutual support that breaks down unnecessary barriers.
The launch event will feature Heir Of Hounds (rock/alternative) and 7nightsatsea (experimental/post-rock) as opening acts. An arts market will also happen alongside the gig, presenting works from merchants such as Diliya B., Tessellate. Co, Rinniey, Squelch Zines, Lesley Tang, Jaslyn, Jein Eriza, Jakkiwocky, Pierced Buddha and Spellbound.
Aquila Vasica’s debut EP is their finest work, culminated through stringent, bullish attitude towards quality. Titled ‘Immaculate Minds Dressed To The Nines’, the band hopes that the EP is able to relay a positive message through the their music. The lyrical content builds upon objective spirituality, consciousness and positivity while the instruments channel the emotions through.
The band worked with two incredibly talented vocalist, Adam Roger Douglas from an Australian band called Awaken I Am and Egor Erushin, a Czech vocalist from Abyss, Watching Me in Umbra! Spirit! Firmament! (ft. Egor Erushin and Adam Douglas). The result is a long-tail of vocal features that added a wholesome experience for the listeners. Immaculate Minds Dressed To The Nines was recorded and produced by Aeonix, mixed by Thievves and mastered by Kris Crummett (ISSUES, Dance Gavin Dance, Crown The Empire).
Vessel’s debut EP titled ‘Depths’ serves as a prologue of what’s to come while at the same time summarises the exploratory method of song writing the band takes pride in when creating music.
Ensuring that the band doesn’t conform to musical norms, Vessel marches to their own beat in creating emotive and heart felt music as a medium to share their stories. The five track EP features life stories faced by the band members – from songs of friendship to struggles faced during conscription, all of which was written in a way to ensure that every individual from all walks of life can relate to.
Depths was recorded and produced by home grown producer, Marlon Ingle who spared no expenses in ensuring that the tracks sang more than just roaring instruments but also told the stories of five individuals along with the trials and tribulations faced.
Aquila Vasica X Vessel Joint EP Launch
Date: 15 August 2015
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Venue: Aliwal Arts Centre
Tickets: SGD12 (online pre-sale); SGD15 (at the door)
Dubbing its latest work Continuum, The Observatory indulges a deep seated fascination with Southeast Asian music as it continues to power musical exploration in challenging and unexpected ways.On July 20, 2015 / By Nookmag
Dubbing its latest work Continuum, The Observatory indulges a deep seated fascination with Southeast Asian music as it continues to power musical exploration in challenging and unexpected ways. The album features gamelan-inspired bronze instruments custom built on a unique 6- tone scale.
With a pair of jegogan and pemade, one cengceng, and a reyong set with acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, synths, drums and vocals, the band brews up a musical storm interlocking Balinese-African rhythms, prog rock, early electronic music, and trance, marked by the use of repetitive figures and tuning variations to create cyclical vibrations known as ‘beats’. The music remains dark and hypnotic.
Continuum is the result of the band’s journey of fascination, discovery and engagement with gamelan that spanned over four to five years. After all, the heart and soul of The Observatory is in its constant reinvention.
To celebrate the release of Continuum, The Observatory will be holding a concert on 23 and 24 July 2015 at The Substation. It will be performed in full for the first time by an ensemble of 10 musicians.
The Observatory Presents Continuum
Date: 23 & 24 July 2015
Time: 7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Venue: The Substation
Ticket Price: SGD18, free seating
Tickets are available online at continuum.peatix.com.
Follow The Observatory on Facebook for more details.
Swedish indie-pop group Wilderness is making their way to our sunny shores! Their first gig in Singapore will be held at Blu Jaz, 20 June 2015. The band,On June 9, 2015 / By Nookmag
Swedish indie-pop group Wilderness is making their way to our sunny shores! Their first gig in Singapore will be held at Blu Jaz, 20 June 2015.
The band, whose music is influenced from UK’s 80’s and artist and art associated with Factory Records like New Order and Joy Divison, prefers to see themselves as an open group of creative people instead of a band in the classic meaning; anyone who is collaborating with Wilderness is a part of Wilderness – we like!
And while we may complain about the heat June has to offer, our Swedish friends will be glad for it. In an interview with Rock Philosopher, a music blog in Bangkok, the band expressed their disappointment in a previously cancelled tour to Thailand.
“Three of us use to play in a indie pop band called Penny Century a few years ago, we were actually supposed to play at Bangkok 100 Rock 2008 at the same bill as Manic Street Preachers and Ash but the festival was cancelled due to the political situation Thailand had at that time. We went to Gran Canaria to party instead. It was the ultimate antiklimax. It was awful. It wasn’t even warm,” they said.
Well, we hope their gig at Blu Jaz will have them singing about the warmth of our people and weather – wrapped up in the instrumental and rhythmic style of the Wilderness. But first, we’ll dance to songs from their second EP, This World Is Not Ours. It’s dreamy and colourful, and will be available digitally from 24 April 2015.
Joining the band is our very own The Analog Girl, who’ll give us a potent does of laptop rock. Armed with her trusty laptop and ever-evolving array of instruments, The Analog Girl has showcased at New York City’s CMJ Music Festival, the Cirque Electrique in Paris, and Superdeluxe in Tokyo. The Analog Girl’s newest studio album Tonight Your Love is downright her most hypnotic offering to date, and is mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering in Brooklyn, New York.
Tickets are SGD30 (pre-sale) and SGD 40 (at the door) at PEATIX. Doors open at 8pm.