An initiative by National Arts Council (NAC), the Noise Singapore Festival unveils the best of Singapore’s young talents in a curated showcase of original art, music, design andOn August 9, 2016 / By Nookmag
An initiative by National Arts Council (NAC), the Noise Singapore Festival unveils the best of Singapore’s young talents in a curated showcase of original art, music, design and photography. As the country’s largest creative arts platform for youth, Noise Singapore empowers youth, aged 35 and below, to express themselves and embrace their creativity through showcase, mentorship and funding opportunities.
Into its 11th year, the Noise Singapore 2016 Festival brings you homegrown talents in a series of free-to-attend exhibitions and concerts, showing what Singapore’s youth art and music scene is made of.
Featuring over 200 artists, 300 new works and a new venue, this year’s Festival presents an exciting line-up – an anchor Exhibition taking place at Capitol Piazza, music extravaganza and artist market at the Esplanade and other fringe activities.
With the aim of growing a vibrant youth arts scene, Noise Singapore is always keen to collaborate with like-minded partners in order to provide diverse options and opportunities for aspiring young artists.
This year, Noise Singapore collaborates with home-grown merchants SNUPPED, Naiise, EZ-Link and Converse, and programme partner Singapore Night Festival to cast the spotlight on our young artists. These partnerships give Singapore artists and musicians the chance to express their creativity and showcase their original creations with the world.
A key format change announced earlier this year is the extension of the duration of the Noise Mentorship programmes for Visual Arts and Music. Over a course of six months, mentors from Objectifs, OH! Open House and Thunder Rock School will groom aspiring artists, helping them prepare their final showcases. Keep an eye out for them in January – February 2017!
“Through the years, Noise Singapore has attracted many young people by giving them the opportunity to and platform to discover, experiment and showcase their talents. Many have gone on to become household names in Singapore’s creative industries and we are encouraged by our youth’s increasing interest to encounter and engage with the arts,” said Aruna Johnson, Deputy Director (Arts & Youth), National Arts Council.
EZ-Link Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest issuer of CEPAS- compliant cards, launched a set of three 2016 Special Edition National Day ez-link cards featuring the works of young artists, MaryAnn Loo, Lee Xin Li and oodon from Noise Singapore, to celebrate National Day 2016. The fruit of collaboration with the National Arts Council (NAC), the artworks feature unique portrayals of Singapore’s most famous icons and encapsulate the pride of the younger generation towards Singapore’s past, present and future.
For more information of Noise Singapore, visit their website.
“Singapore’s 51st birthday is symbolic of its first step beyond 50 years of success, towards a new future to be defined by our younger generation. To commemorate this momentous occasion, EZ-Link had set out to engage youth artists and inspire their passion for the nation in collaboration with the National Arts Council through Noise Singapore. They have responded with stunning masterpieces which when reproduced onto the ez-link card, a Singapore emblem on its own, present to the public a one-of-its-kind series both in significance and design,” said Mr Nicholas Lee, Chief Executive Officer, EZ-Link Pte Ltd.
“This National Day, in an exciting partnership with EZ-Link, three young talents from Noise Singapore – oodon, Lee Xin Li and MaryAnn Loo – have expressed their national pride through artistic interpretations of distinctive Singapore icons. We hope that each of these specially commissioned ez-link cards, featuring our endearing Merlion and stunning cityscape, inspires the imagination and stirs a sense of pride in our collective journey as Singaporeans,” said Ms Aruna Johnson, Deputy Director, Arts & Youth, National Arts Council.
Exclusively packaged as a limited collectible, the 2016 Special Edition National Day ez-link card set will be available at SGD18 per set on the My EZ-Link Online Shop from 1st August 2016 onwards. Each card set comes with a commemorative folder featuring the young artists and their inspiration for the card design.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay presents four days of great music at Mosaic Music Weekend from 1 to 4 September 2016. “Esplanade’s Mosaic presentations are always aboutOn August 8, 2016 / By Nookmag
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay presents four days of great music at Mosaic Music Weekend from 1 to 4 September 2016.
“Esplanade’s Mosaic presentations are always about artists and their music. When you come for a Mosaic show, you are promised a high fidelity music experience, stripped free of distractions,” said Melissa Poon, Programmer at The Esplanade Co Ltd. “We invite all music lovers to come and immerse in the Mosaic experience of discovering and re-discovering artists and music, both familiar and new.”
Mosaic Music Weekend comprises four days at Esplanade with free and ticketed performances and free talks all over the centre by quality artists. Each day’s line-up will allow audiences to experience the diverse interpretations of a different genre.
Jazz kicks off the first day: 1 September 2016, Thursday
At the Café 21 Living Room (Esplanade Concourse), a non-ticketed performance of jazz classics by the Oliver von Essen Piano Trio featuring vocalist Alemay Fernandez, opens the weekend.
The effervescent Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi returns to the Esplanade Concert Hall with her critically acclaimed The Trio Project featuring Grammy-nominated bassist Anthony Jackson and renowned drummer Simon Phillips. Hiromi was talent spotted at 17 years old by the legendary jazz keyboardist Chick Corea and last thrilled Singapore audiences during her 2012 Mosaic Music Festival performance. Her ingenious and impassioned improvisations eclipse the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop. For this concert, the trio will present their latest release Spark.
Singer-songwriters take centre stage: 2 September 2016, Friday
UK artists Lisa Hannigan and Patrick Wolf perform a double-bill featuring their unique brands of introspective, heartfelt folk music in the Esplanade Concert Hall. Hannigan first came to light as an angel-voiced figure singing harmonies alongside Damien Rice. She came into her own as an artist in 2008 with the release of her debut album Sea Sew, which went double platinum. In 2011, her follow-up album Passenger explored deeper, darker emotions and this August, she releases At Swim. Produced in collaboration with Aaron Dessner of The National, the album is one the most anticipated folk albums of the year.
Wolf is a singer-songwriter, poet, composer and producer who released his first EP in 2002 at age 18. This year, he embarks on The Wildsound Tour with new material and a new sound, bringing it to Singapore as part of Mosaic Music Weekend. A multi-instrumentalist, he has also worked with other musicians – playing viola and Celtic harp with longtime collaborator Patti Smith on her Banga tour, dueting with Anna Calvi and invited by Yoko Ono to perform at her Southbank Meltdown Festival.
The Café 21 Living Room will be filled with music by artists such as Anise, whose mostly acoustic music has been described as ethereal and delicate. At the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, audiences can look forward to performances by acts such as genre-defying Singapore band Cheating Sons and singer-songwriter LEW, who is inspired by acoustic and folk tunes.
Electronic and pop acts take the lead: 3 September 2016, Saturday
Korean electronic band Idiotape’s dynamic, synth-driven rhythms and electrifying performances have taken over Seoul. Influenced by Korean classic rock from the ’60s and ’70s, the trio consists of synthesizer players Zeze and Dguru, a producer and renowned DJ, and drummer DR. Idiotape released their debut EP 0805 in 2010, and went on to garner rave reviews for their performances at SXSW and Canadian Music Week. The band performs in a standing room only performance at the Esplanade Recital Studio during Mosaic Music Weekend, fresh on the heels of their latest album release RE.
Randolf Arriola, a veteran Singapore musician who specialises in live looping, will be one of this evening’s acts at the Café 21 Living Room. Oh, Flamingo!, one of The Philippines’ most promising young indie pop bands, will have audiences at the Outdoor Theatre tapping their feet with its melodic hooks.
Celebrating Singapore indie and rock music: 4 September 2016, Sunday
To cap the weekend off, look forward to a day to performances at the Café 21 Living Room by lead singer of Singapore band The Observatory Leslie Low (featuring Sean Lam) and indie experimental folk musician PIBLOKTO.
At the Recital Studio, TOMGIRL comprising Singapore’s Cherie Ko & Australia’s Ted Dore, make their live debut with the launch of their self-titled album. Inspired by classic film noir thrillers, motorbike ganglands and insidious femme fatales, TOMGIRL’s music is edgy, alternative pop bathed in the darkness and drama of noir, and the danger of romantic tension and passion.
DEON, known for his earnest melodies and evocative lyrics, is one of the artists slated for the Outdoor Theatre this evening. Mosaic Music Weekend closes with a performance by Singapore band T-Rex at the Outdoor Theatre. The band—a collaborative effort by members of Singapore indie bands Anechois, Sphaeras and Amateur Takes Control—is known for making music with an eclectic, dazzling and multi-textural sound.
Tickets for Mosaic Music Weekend are now on sale, available from Esplanade’s Box Office at Mezzanine level, the SISTIC Hotline (+65 6348 5555), and all SISTIC outlets. More information may also be found at the Mosaic Music Weekend’s website.
On the 9th of August 2016, lifestyle entertainment groups, Zouk Singapore and Ismaya Live are coming together to commemorate Singapore’s 51st with ‘We the Citizens Fest’. Conceived asOn August 4, 2016 / By Nookmag
On the 9th of August 2016, lifestyle entertainment groups, Zouk Singapore and Ismaya Live are coming together to commemorate Singapore’s 51st with ‘We the Citizens Fest’. Conceived as a music festival geared towards all music loving citizens of Singapore, the concept features a power-packed music line-up of local talents and international headliners, as well as fringe activities to celebrate the nation’s best in the film-culture scene.
On this final National Day celebrations held at the Zouk warehouse on Jiak Kim Street, the stages and decks at Zouk and Velvet Underground will each be scheduled a roster that promise to keep all festival goers entertained throughout.
In the Main Room
The Zouk main room will take centrestage of the festivities, where all local and international headliners, alongside familiar Zouk resident DJs are scheduled to perform. Packed with a stellar line-up, the party kicks off with an electro-laced set by Lincey, followed by the laidback sounds of crooner Charlie Lim. The aural journey then builds up progressively with jawdropping bass by Zushan, the percussive beats of Ta-Ku (AUS), and the infectious dance tunes by Sam Feldt (NE). Hayden James (AUS) will sweep the crowd with his blend of tropical house, and the night will end off with Mark Ronson’s (UK) signature groove of soul and funk.
4:00 to 5:00 pm Lincey (Zouk DJ)
5:00 to 5:45 pm Charlie Lim
5:45 to 6:15 pm Zushan (Zouk DJ)
6:15 to 7:15 pm Ta-Ku (Live)
7:15 to 8:15 pm Sam Feldt
8:15 to 9:30 pm Hayden James (Live)
9:30 to 11:00 pm Mark Ronson
Velvet Underground – Dance
The dedicated local-DJ-only dance stage, Velvet Underground – Dance will feature a crop of home-grown favourites starting with back-to-back hip-hop purveyors LeNerd and Drem (Matteblacc). Helming the deck after will be DJ duo STASSH (Hookstyle & KFC) with their brand of catchy disco, followed by the soulful sounds of Marvin Gold. Rounding off the local set of DJs, RAH (Darker Than Wax) will keep feet happy with her eclectic take on electronic dance music.
Velvet Underground – Lounge
Over at Velvet Underground – Lounge, the theme of local-only DJs follow through with a showcase of up-and-coming talents from POP StudioDJ alongside veteran residents, Andrew Tang and Matthew. While sipping on cocktails, attendees can look forward to take in a varied mix of dance music across hip-hop, house and electronic served up by the next generation of homegrown DJs.
In the spirit of celebrating all things local, Phuture will transform into an intimate movie screening space with intended to showcase home-grown film talents. With a big screen of specially curated local movies, festival goers can expect to sit-back and unwind to a view of films.
B&O PLAY today announced the company’s first wireless earphones with the launch of Beoplay H5. Beoplay H5 is designed for music lovers with an active lifestyle by oneOn July 29, 2016 / By Nookmag
B&O PLAY today announced the company’s first wireless earphones with the launch of Beoplay H5. Beoplay H5 is designed for music lovers with an active lifestyle by one of Scandinavia’s foremost designers, Jakob Wagner, and combines the highly acclaimed Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound with sleek aesthetics and an effortless tech experience. For seamless integration into an active everyday life, Beoplay H5 comes tuned with a variety of sound profiles to deliver best-in-class sound experience in all situations. Users simply choose one of the preset sound profiles in Beoplay App on their smartphone or Apple Watch, such as working out, commuting, listening to podcasts or relaxing, or they can adjust the tonality and staging with the playful and intuitive B&O PLAY ToneTouch interface.
To make sure that users do not leave their earphones behind, Beoplay H5 comes with a magnet built into each earpiece, so users can click them around their neck for effortless wear and easy access to their music and podcasts. Clicking the earpieces together, Beoplay H5 automatically powers down saving battery life.
“Beoplay H5 is the most versatile product we have ever made. It is designed to be worn and used effortlessly, and with the integrated app to change the tonality to what you are doing; it will be a device that enriches the everyday lives of people worldwide. Combined with an active, fashionable and dynamic design that complements your active wear as well as your best outfit, we are very proud to broaden our range of wireless headphones with Beoplay H5”, says Senior Vice President of B&O PLAY Henrik Taudorf Lorensen.
Designed for beauty and comfort
The cable connecting the two earpieces is encased in braided textile, which makes it comfortable against the skin, and is molded directly inside the rubber to prevent dirt and sweat from interfering with the delicate electronics. The housing of the earphones is made of textured rubber and polymer to resist sweat and moisture, and to complement the braided textile cable a diamond cut and radially polished aluminum plate is mounted on top of each earpiece. Human ears are very complex and diverse, so Beoplay H5 have been meticulously tested and improved to get the perfect fit, says designer Jakob Wagner.
“When designing earphones to be worn in the inner ear for many hours, comfort is the most important factor. The human ear is a delicate and fascinating part of the body, and I wanted to honor that and take care for it to make Beoplay H5 sit beautifully in the outer ear and blend in naturally. Soft and yet precise.”
An integrated sound experience with Beoplay App
Beoplay H5 has a 6.4mm dynamic speaker, a small electromagnetic transducer and a Bluetooth 4.2 chip with Digital Sound Processing that allows for dynamic sound tuning. It comes tuned by acclaimed Bang & Olufsen sound engineers for the best all round sound profile that prevents listening fatigue, and you can use Beoplay App for Android, iPhone and Apple Watch to control Beoplay H5 in several ways.
Bang & Olufsen sound engineers have created a variety of sound profiles specifically for Beoplay H5 to match the sound to different types of activities such as working out, commuting or listening to podcasts. These are available as presets for Beoplay H5.
Users can adjust the tonality and sound staging themselves with the playful and intuitive B&O PLAY ToneTouch. The interface lets users feel their way through different sound settings and finding the one that best suits the situation. Once adjusted, Beoplay H5 stores the setting on the product itself until you adjust it again.
Connected to Beoplay H5, the Beoplay App makes it easy to monitor the battery status of the earphones. Users can control the music (play, pause, forward, back), and they can personalize the earphones by giving them a specific color and name in the app. Connecting Beoplay H5 to Beoplay App, users also receive software updates over the air.
Simple and innovative charging
Beoplay H5 comes with a rechargeable battery with a total capacity of 100mAh that gives up to five hours of wireless mobility between charges, which is enough to complete a marathon with battery to spare. Charging Beoplay H5 is easy with the cubic charger that comes with the earphones. Instead of inserting micro-USB cables in the earphones, users simply click in the earphones into the cubic charger and two magnets hold the earpieces in place as they charge. The cubic charger is also available as an accessory, so users can have a charger at home and one for life on the go.
Seven ear tips for optimal fit
For earphones, the fit is extremely important for sound and bass response in particular, so B&O PLAY has enclosed seven pairs of ear tips with Beoplay H5. Three different sizes of rugged, heat sensitive and breathable ComplyTM Sport, where the open cell structure foam guarantees comfort and a near-perfect grip in the ear canal, and four sizes of regular silicone tips. Each Comply ear tip comes with a SweatGuardTM membrane to prevent sweat from entering the sound port.
Price and availability
Beoplay H5 comes complete with a charger and a carrying pouch in Black and Dusty Rose. Both colours will be available from 31 July 2016 onwards at Airport Duty Free, Apple Premium Resellers, Bang & Olufsen Grand Hyatt, Challenger, Newstead and leading independent retailers for a suggested retail price of SGD379.
Skullcandy, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKUL), the performance and lifestyle audio brand founded at the intersection of innovation and creative culture, continues to expand the brand’s signature designs to theOn July 14, 2016 / By Nookmag
Skullcandy, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKUL), the performance and lifestyle audio brand founded at the intersection of innovation and creative culture, continues to expand the brand’s signature designs to the wireless category. Skullcandy introduces the GrindTM Wireless on-ear headphone, adding Bluetooth functionality to one of the brand’s best-selling wired products, well recognized for audio quality, comfort and style.
“Our wireless product innovations were well-received in 2015. In its price band, Hesh® 2 Wireless was 2015’s #1-selling over-the-ear headphone ” said Sam Paschel, Skullcandy Chief Commercial Officer. “GrindTM Wireless will continue our mission to launch headphone styles that change consumers’ expectations of Bluetooth product’s aesthetics and acoustic performance.”
The original Grind has received many accolades and Editor’s Choice nods for its premium audio experience delivered through minimalist industrial design. Grind Wireless features the same simple and iconic design with an engineering focus on elevating Bluetooth audio performance. An integrated amplifier component provides a higher power rating and less distortion and high-end drivers enable greater dynamic range.
Additionally, premium materials such as plush on-ear cushions and a lightweight and durable metal headband maximize comfort. A 12-hour battery life enables all-day wearability. The right ear cup cleverly integrates microphone, call, track, and volume controls just like the wired Grind model. With this addition, Skullcandy continues to build one of the most diverse and best-performing wireless lines in the marketplace.
At SGD159.90, Grind Wireless delivers premium Bluetooth acoustics and functionality. Grind Wireless will be released on Zalora on August 1 and at selected retailers on September 1 nationwide. To learn more, visit One Future World.
Multi-talented local jazz singer and stage performer Alemay Fernandez will release her debut solo jazz album of originals, Hard to Imagine, on 9 July. A solo concert presentedOn July 8, 2016 / By Nookmag
Multi-talented local jazz singer and stage performer Alemay Fernandez will release her debut solo jazz album of originals, Hard to Imagine, on 9 July. A solo concert presented by Singapore Street Festival and supported by COMPASS, will be held at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay’s Recital Studio to mark the launch of the album.
Hard to Imagine comprises 10 jazz tracks with a touch of soul, gospel and blues and is Alemay’s first foray into writing, arranging and producing. It features nine original tracks with six of them written by Alemay in collaboration with her co-producer, musician and songwriter Shawn Letts, bassist Williiam Gathright and pianist, organist, arranger Kerong Chok. Other originals on the album were written by Sara Wee (53A) and Alemay’s sister, Sabina. The album was mixed by Grammy-nominated producer, Michael C. Ross and mastered at the famed Bernie Grundman studio in L.A.. Featuring a total of 20 musicians, Drummers Erik Hargrove (toured with James Brown and Bootsy Collins) and Pablo Calzado (performed with Buena Vista Social Club), Bassist William Gathright (studied with Ron Carter), Organist Oliver von Essen (recorded with Shirley Horn) lent to the sound of the debut album.
Alemay Fernandez said that Hard to Imagine was inspired by a series of life-changing events, which happened in quick succession over the last five years. From the high of finding her life- partner, fellow jazz singer, Richard Jackson, to the low of losing her father, her role model.
While coming to terms with all the changes in her life, Alemay realised that she best dealt with them by expressing her feelings through music. The journey of processing her emotions and the sensibility that followed resulted in Hard to Imagine. For example, the song “My Baby & Me” describes the growing relationship with the love-of-her-life, Richard Jackson. Whereas she found closure in her father’s passing with “How Many Ways” a tribute to the original man-in- her-life, penned by her sister Sabina, for all the sacrifices he had made to bring them up.
Alemay Fernandez said, “It is hard to imagine how much my life has changed in the last five years. I’m thankful for all the ups and downs. While my father’s passing was a turning point, I put all the life lessons he taught me into my music. Together with my life-partner, Richard’s encouragement, this led to the discovery that I could touch people with my songs – from the melody to the lyrics, music has the ability to heal and help us walk through what life throws at us.”
Mentors also played an important part of her journey as a musician. Through the guidance and sharing from the multi-talented performer and composer, Dick Lee, and critically acclaimed jazz pianist, singer, composer and music educator, Jeremy Monteiro, Alemay learnt how to tell her story through music. They will both be attending the concert as special guests.
The concert will feature a stellar eight-piece band which includes Kerong Chok (piano/organ), Munir Alsagoff (guitar), Pablo Calzado (drums) Ben Poh and Will Gathright (Bass) and a three- piece horn section. Guest performers include Richard Jackson, Michaela Therese and Alemay’s cousin, Vanessa Fernandez.
Concert and ticketing information
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive, Level 2
Tickets on sale through SISTIC
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 Renata
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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Ulrich is wearing Men’s Chuck Taylor Core Crew Tee
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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