Gentle Bones is back with one more gift, right before the festive season — an adorable music video to accompany his single, ‘Smile For Me’! The music videoOn December 10, 2019 / By Nookmag
Gentle Bones is back with one more gift, right before the festive season — an adorable music video to accompany his single, ‘Smile For Me’!
The music video is an animated short film, directed, produced and written by Mari Chung from The Mill, one of the biggest animation houses in the world based in the United States.
The music video speaks of a dream-like journey of the main character and his imaginary clown friend, who takes him on an emotional and cathartic journey. The two travel together in his dream state as the clown tries to show him a different, positive perspective of giving new experiences a try despite how life may bring some unexpected trails.
This cute and quirky animated music video begins with a wide-eyed character, though he appears anxious and upset. As he’s about to head to bed, he sees a clown at his bedside (a friendly one, we promise!) blowing up a bright yellow smiley balloon. As it turns out, the clown was blowing the last smiley balloon to add to the rest of them already tied to his bed frame — ready to bring him on a journey to space!
By the end of the music video, our main character reaches a peaceful resolution because he learnt to trust himself to get through all the ups and downs. This music video accompanies the message of the song snuggly, as Gentle Bones has shared, “Only you can give yourself the love you need.”
After the release of his single ‘Smile For Me’, Gentle Bones has gained more traction for the song. He has also landed himself in Spotify’s Top 5 Most Streamed Singapore artists in 2019.
Smile For Me reminds us that there is always hope, even when we’re at our lowest, and that we should not stop believing, for there is definitely light at the end of every tunnel.
jaye’s debut single ‘TOMORROW’ embodies an optimistic gloom about his current life and all the choices that led him to today. Signified heavily in his music video, jayeOn November 1, 2019 / By Nookmag
jaye’s debut single ‘TOMORROW’ embodies an optimistic gloom about his current life and all the choices that led him to today. Signified heavily in his music video, jaye takes inspiration from Arthur Fleck, a character from the recent film, Joker.
When he penned ‘TOMORROW’, tears were streaming down his face and the prospect of abandoning his mother weighing heavily on him. Depression and guilt enveloped jaye, triggering memories of his darkest moments, all of which fuel the track.
This single alludes to jaye’s history with suicidal ideation. Ultimately he stopped fearing death which created something worse than fear — apathy. He enjoyed freedom when he was living overseas but too much of a good thing can turn sour; eventually, his heavy drinking became the only way to numb his loneliness.
‘TOMORROW’ was co-written with The Click Five’s frontman, Kyle Patrick, and co-produced with him and Will Snyder and plays like a depraved carnival tune. The chaotic and tasteful music video was directed and conceptualized by bless7up. In addition to the art and music video direction, the music video draws parallels to the infamous supervillain, The Joker, in the recent film directed by Todd Philips.
Looking back, he is hopeful knowing that he made it through may inspire others to hang on until they see the light. jaye has collaborated with the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) to bring awareness to his audience about mental health and to encourage others to seek the help that they need.
Listen to ‘TOMORROW’ here
Gentle Bones invites us in with arms wide open to his latest electronic pop single, Smile For Me. With the success from his previous three albums under hisOn October 22, 2019 / By Nookmag
Gentle Bones invites us in with arms wide open to his latest electronic pop single, Smile For Me. With the success from his previous three albums under his belt, Gentle Bones returns with a dreamy and uplifting track that contrasts from his previous hits — I Wouldn’t Know Any Better Than You, Settle Down and Until We Die.
Produced by MYRNE and Gentle Bones, the single is an attempt to bring a positive message and fresh sonic experience to a current generation of music that rarely explores that path.
On this new track, we are immediately greeted by a familiar soothing voice that’s bound to send you to visions of a chill day by the beach. It then smoothly builds on with a light bass that manages not to overpower the kind message of the song, like a beacon of hope for those going through a troubling period in their life.
The single hopes to inspire a generation of youths to step into their own light and believe in themselves to be more than what the world tells them they are or should be. The love and validation that we all seek externally ironically can only and must first be found within ourselves.
Gentle Bones explains, “I write this song because of my family, friends, everyone that I’ve met in my life and the beautiful people that listen to my music. This is for you. Only you can give yourself the love you need.”
Smile For Me reminds us that there is always hope, even when we’re at our lowest, and that we should not stop believing, for there is definitely light at the end of every tunnel.
To all the K-POPs in the region! Mark your calendar this 9th and 10th November for KAMP Singapore, an international music festival brought to you by theOn October 13, 2019 / By Nookmag
To all the K-POPs in the region! Mark your calendar this 9th and 10th November for KAMP Singapore, an international music festival brought to you by the AMP LIVE – ICM Partners official partnership. And we have 1 pair of Cat 1 tickets worth SGD590 for giveaway!
Singapore being the first and only leg for Asia, KAMP Singapore will go beyond simple enjoyment of music by allowing fans to experience premium content through two major pods.
First, ‘ KAMP GROUND ’
taking place in OCBC Square, consists of cultural activities and activation events. Audience will have a unique #KAMPing experience at the KAMP Ground and
will participate in meaningful cultural and sustainable activities.
Second, ‘ KAMP STAGE ’
provides one of the best K-Pop performances with mind-blowing visual
and sound production, brought to you by the industry’s finest production crew. #KAMPers, will embark on the special KAMPing journey with a stellar line-up of K-pop artistes such as Super Junior, Momoland, GFRIEND, NCT 127, WJSN, and more
KAMP will continue the travel to the U.S.. Europe, and Middle East in 2020 and 2021.
For Tickets :
Tickets available online and offline at Singapore Sports Hub (sportshub.com.sg/kamp)
Also available via,
– Hotline +65 3158 7888
– Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office
– Star Performing Arts Centre Box Office
– Scotts Square
– Island-wide SingPost outlets
For the latest KAMP news :
Visit KAMP website at www.kampglobal.com
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For any other enquiries, please email [email protected]
Yo Ho Ho! IT’S THE SHIP’s (ITS) 5th voyage spanned from 4 to 7 November and was one heck of a party. Think all you can eat buffets,On November 17, 2018 / By Brandon Ong
Yo Ho Ho! IT’S THE SHIP’s (ITS) 5th voyage spanned from 4 to 7 November and was one heck of a party. Think all you can eat buffets, costume theme parties, international DJs spinning, our captain Big Shaq and lots of other fringe activities all happening on board the cruise simultaneously. As Asia’s largest music festival, this event is definitely not-to-be-missed on your festival calendar next year!
Check out our ship log for this year as we go analogue & o’skool with the following photos we took, shot on 35mm film.
4th November (Day 1)
2pm – As our first time on board a cruise, we sure were excited to be here! It was capital F.U.N. with the largest music festival in Asia, where the Genting Dream would be home to over 4,000 shipmates for the next 4 days!
2.30pm – After checking-in to our rooms, we explored the various venues and even stopped by the buffet at Lido Restaurant, oh yes food — glorious food! Lots of people were already on board, chilling, drinking and checking out the various sights as well. Check out the views!
5.30pm – Weigh Anchor and Hoist the Mizzen! We were now off to the seven seas (well actually just Phuket). Matey! Who’s ready to party!
6pm – No time to adjust our sea legs! We headed to our first party with an entire line up that would last till the early morning! The Crown stage, which took up the entire Main Pool deck 16 had been completely transformed into an open air festival ground Aye Aye.
11pm – Did someone say Onesie Party?? We went round looking hard for our twins!
12midnight – FOUND ‘EM! We found our twins (there were a few giraffes and even more unicorns and dinosaurs). Party’s only getting started and we met loads of party goers dress up in various costumes/onesie.
1am – Godlands lifted up Lucille Croft, she’s tiny, plays hardstyle music and she can lift! Lucille Croft was of course spinning the decks at the electrified Zouk Club on Deck 16. A prominent model, fashion designer and DJ, Lucille has been mixing the decks for ITS since 2016. Be sure to look out for her and her darkly mesmerising set next time!
3am – Day 1 and we are still up… No time for sleep! We checked out Sleepless society at the Silk Road venue with Le Youth opening the set, intimate club with luscious red drapes all over — it even has beds for you to roll in with a stranger or two!
5th November (Day 2)
12noon – 5 mins more on the bed please…
1pm – 5pm – After a quick lunch, we were off checking out the string of artiste led – fringe activities that ITS had in store for all shipmates to join. Parties were already happening at the Crown and Anchor stage, but we’re here to explore!
6pm – Land ahoy! As we arrived at Phuket, we were greeted by an amazing sunset over the islands of Thailand. Like a frenzy of hungry fishes, we saw ferries alongside our cruise ship waiting to pick up our shipmates by boat to Phuket. Have fun y’all!!
8pm – We on the other hand, are all dress up for the glamorous Gala Dinner on ITS. We heard that the ship’s captain Big Shaq would be there waiting with a sumptuous dinner for all of us. There’s also talk that there would be some exclusive news for all of us.
9pm – Happy 5th Birthday ITS!! As everyone celebrates, we were informed that ITS will be setting off from China next June. This voyage is set to sail from 13-17 June 2019 from China’s biggest city, Shanghai to the humble Japanese island city of Shimonoseki and back. See here for more information.
Now, off for a quick change of clothes and party never stops!
1.30am – Paging for Mike, It’s your birthday today but we can’t find you! Instead we found ourselves partying along with beats from DJ Zack C and some amazing looking Drag Queens. The LGBTQ friendly DJ Zack C is a regular in the Singapore music scene armed with his mix of familiar Top40s tracks with edm/club mix fusion.
3am – We checked the Anchor stage one last time before heading off to bed, and duuude… the parties are still happening, but that’s the end of Day 2 for us.
6th November (Day 3)
1pm – These were the days where we drank, we partied till late and we stayed in bed. Quick lunch and we were off again to check out all that was happening on Day 3 of ITS.
2pm – With Belly Flop happening at the Main Pool deck, the vibe was hyped up and competitive amidst all that belly shaking and big splashes into the pool.
3pm – At the Anchor stage, the theme for this afternoon is Hip Hop, where the captain Big Shaq and a line of other Hip Hop djs got everyone grooving to their beats. No sign of the capt., so we headed around to check the other activities.
3.30pm – Whisky & Cigar session with Sander Van Doorn! Fancy some 12-year Auchentoshan whisky and quality cigar? Well yes… mixed in with the chance to enjoy them both with the legendary dj/producer? Count us in! There was a long queue before we went into the intimate setting humidor lounge.
5pm – We returned yet again to check the Anchor Stage and finally present to you the Captain, Big Shaq! A major draw for all the crowd, as everyone rush in to take a photo with the big man performing his signature Man Not Hot track. There was hip hop everywhere with everyone bouncing to the beats played out by Big Shaq’s personal DJ.
9pm – Meet & Greet – we got our chance to rub shoulders with the headliners of ITS, Cash Cash, and Paul Van Dyk. They were super friendly and even posed for some shots with the fans.
10pm – Lighting and thunder won’t stop this party, after a brief scare we were back and partying with the likes of Cosmic Gate, Vini Vici and Paul Van Dyk on stage. The crowd knew it was the last night but were as energised as ever as trance tunes hit the soundwaves.
3am – Hot Dub Time Machine – the group of us did some time traveling as we went into the Silk Road lounge for our late night after-party. Traveling through the year with hits from the 60s all the way to 2018, everyone simply couldn’t stop dancing through the beats!
5am – Did a quick soak with some new friends in the Jacuzzi; this was simply the best time to chill in a nice hot tub.
7th November (Day 4)
2pm – It’s Day 4 and unknowingly, the last couple of days just went by so quickly. We were able to enjoy the various theme parties on board and had many chances to rub shoulders with world renowned DJs. As if checking out of summer camp, we went through a quick disembarking process and were soon back on land.
While everyone was reaffirming next year’s attendance, we personally felt that it’s an addictive festival… One that can lead party-goers to get hooked by the whole experience of partying out in the sea with the breeze, the sunrise or even the fact that you can get back to your room to rest rather quickly when tired out. ITS 2019, see you there!
17 Year Old Singer, ANDREAH Set To Perform Alongside Sam SmithOn October 2, 2018 / By Nookmag
Playing piano since the age of eight and self-taught on guitar, 17-year old singer/songwriter ANDREAH releases her second single and follow up to Asia Pop 40’s BUZZ track Best Friend, this week. Titled ‘You’, it will be made available on all digital platforms. The young musician, wrote the emotive song about a boy, and explains, “I think of my music as my journal, as each song comes with a backstory and points to a specific time in my life.”
The video for You was shot at the Pierce Reservoir in Singapore by producer Rick de Assis and captures the unique talent of this artist in a natural setting. Los Angeles-based producer Qura, who produced the song, has worked with Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton and Annie Lennox.
ANDREAH has already enjoyed success on the stage having played the supporting act for famed Irish band and who she refers to as her “absolute musical inspirations” the Script in Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila in April this year, and touring the UK with popular up-and-coming boy band, RoadTrip, on their Summertime Tour. Her first headline show in Asia was at Heartstings, a charity concert held at the Rectory Theatre, Singapore in August in support of the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
As many of her songs are well suited to orchestration, the opportunity to perform at the Gala with the Jesselton Orchestra from Sabah, Malaysia was “just too good an opportunity to miss. I am thrilled to have been asked to perform at LOAF’s Gala Event and to give my support to such worthy causes”. The Event, which is themed “Night of a Million Dreams” will be held at the Tower Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel in the presence of His Excellency Indonesian Ambassador Mr Igeda Ngurah Swajaya, LOAF’s Guest-of-Honour.
LOAF’s Singapore Director Ety Wiranto adds: “Not only does Andreah sing so amazingly but she is also someone with a kind heart and great personality. I believe she is the right person to perform at the LOAF Gala as she will inspire our underprivileged Children from Batam and many more at the Gala, to dream BIG”.
Having grown up surrounded by music, ANDREAH cites being inspired by her mother to sing in the local church choir, and took up piano aged eight, began singing lessons at ten, starting to write songs with friends “for fun” at thirteen.
By the age of 14 she was writing on her own and is a self-taught guitarist, hence enabling her to develop more songs. “I hope my music can help people through rough and difficult times, as it has helped me.”
Additionally, ANDREAH will also be supporting Grammy award winning UK crooner Sam Smith at his ‘The Thrill of it all’ Asia tour on select dates in Singapore, Manila and Bangkok.
Purchase ANDREAH’s newest single here
Singapore’s rising singer-songwriter Jasmine Sokko returns with her new single “HURT”. The release marks Sokko’s major label debut on Warner Music Singapore. The banger melds her penchant forOn August 28, 2018 / By Nookmag
Singapore’s rising singer-songwriter Jasmine Sokko returns with her new single “HURT”. The release marks Sokko’s major label debut on Warner Music Singapore.
The banger melds her penchant for melancholic lyrics with fiery beats and talks about getting hurt by tough love in a relationship. Written and produced by the enigmatic singer, the song delves deep into a new music direction for Jasmine Sokko as she fully embraces her love for electronic pop.
She shares, “In life, the person you care about will hurt you because they were trying to be honest. A person’s intention is something that can never truly be transferred. It’s just created and understood. Their actions might come from a good place but you could perceive it in a different way. In my case, I wanted to do the same to the person who unintentionally hurt me – just so they’ll understand. It’s a bit petty but it was how I felt at the time.”
Sokko divulges that she has gone through a long period of writer’s block, sharing, “I couldn’t do anything for three months. ‘HURT’ came and flowed so naturally. I wrote the song in one session and it made it clear why I do what I do. I played it for my close friend and we both cried. It’s very honest.”
“HURT” will kick-start a brand new EP cycle for Jasmine Sokko. An accompanying music video, helmed by famed director Martin Hong, is set to release in mid-October.
Vans, the original youth culture brand and icon of creative expression is offering up-and-coming, local musicians the chance to perform on stage at House of Vans and gainOn July 6, 2018 / By Simcik
Vans, the original youth culture brand and icon of creative expression is offering up-and-coming, local musicians the chance to perform on stage at House of Vans and gain global exposure with a chance to be featured on Vans’ Apple Music Playlist. Vans’ roots in music started when local skateboarders and surfers who adopted Vans as their shoe of choice in the ‘70s and later wore their Vans on stage during shows and concerts. Music is a form of creative expression that is deeply personal and individual, yet provides a universal language that connects and inspires people globally. Vans prides itself in unearthing local, creative talent in all aspects of culture.
Building on the success of the 2017 Musicians Wanted Asia program, Vans is back in 2018 to provide local artists the opportunity to showcase their music for a chance to take the stage during the House of Vans Asia Tour. Qualified musicians can gain global exposure with a chance for their music featured on Vans Apple Music playlist. Winning musicians will also have the opportunity to perform at the House of Vans Guangzhou as the opening act for Los Angeles-based rapper, ScHoolboy Q.
Musicians from all music genres are welcomed to share their creativity by submitting music demos to the competition platforms. The judging panels are comprised of industry recognized musicians and professionals; from skateboarding and music legend Ray Barbee to Asia-Pacific musicians Paloalto, J Fever and Jun Kung.
Vans Musicians Wanted kicks off July 3rd and is open to the legal residents of Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. The original music content will be showcased at vans.com/musicianswanted in August and the regional winner will be announced this September.. Vans will sponsor a trip for the winning artists from each country to join the final stop of the House of Vans Asia tour in Guangzhou on September 22nd. Each artist will have the chance to showcase their musical talent on the House of Vans stage, which will be webcasted live for Vans fans all around the region to enjoy!
VANS ASIA MUSICIANS WANTED 2018 SCHEDULE
Recruitment starts in Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore
Local Music Showcases
Final judging and voting on market winners
2018 Vans Asia Musicians Wanted final winner
22 September @ House Of Vans Guangzhou
SINGAPORE LOCAL REGISTRATION
This year Vans and Bandwagon have teamed up to create a submission page, content library, and voting platform. Go to www.bandwagon.asia/vansmusicianswanted to upload your musical content. Submission period is from July 3rd thru July 20th. The top 5 winners will be announced August 3rd. These top acts will then battle it out on stage in August to win the trip to perform at House Of Vans Guangzhou in September.
Born into a family of musicians, Jean Seizure wrote her first sappy love song at the tender age of 17 and hasn’t stopped ever since. Her works areOn February 17, 2018 / By Jochebel Khong
Born into a family of musicians, Jean Seizure wrote her first sappy love song at the tender age of 17 and hasn’t stopped ever since. Her works are inspired by heartbreak, life’s unfortunate mishaps and breathtaking miracles. She believes that the trials and tribulations that she has weathered are battle scars to be shared with people who are looking for a glimmer of hope. Mentored by Sara Wee from 53A, she is currently a fifth of local acappella group, The Apex Project.
Her newest single, Night, slated for release in April 2018 is based on her own experience in a fiery love steeped in toxic circumstances. She wrote the song after being cut off by an ex-lover due to misunderstandings brought about by outsiders of her relationship.
“I wrote Night two years ago as a way of coping with a love that I had to hide from the world because of how other people around us viewed the dynamics of our relationship. It was a time to that took away my voice and writing was my therapy,” Jean shares.
With no means to express her story, she turned to YouTube in hopes of getting her message across. It became Jean’s most requested original song, with different interpretations tagged to her lyrics by individuals from varying backgrounds who related her song to their personal experiences.
This single is titled Night to depict the transience of the night, which ends when day comes, bringing with it a glimmer of new hope. Jean hopes that Night would remind her listeners to think twice before making life decisions, which inevitably affect the individuals surrounding us.
Currently fully funding the single on her own, Jean is appealing for kind donations to make Night a reality by contributing to https://igg.me/at/jeanseizure with perks starting from “Thanks pal’ SGD5 accompanied by a personalized penned Thank You note to ‘Are you fuureal pal’ SGD2000 which earns contributors an Executive Producer title and a pack including her single, postcards, launch and more.
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