Posts Tagged ‘singaporemusic’

So in recent months, I’ve started collaborated with the extremely (and unfairly) talented Eli T, a singer who also happens to have an exceptional talent for producing music as well.

Gigs, recordings, originals with the dude… Watch this space fellas.

Here’s a link to a recording we recently did – Demi Lovato’s Different Summers

Thought you’d seen the last post didn’t you? Anyways, after a nice long break, I decided I’ll start blogging again.

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A few hours ago I was watching Live n Loaded on my Tivo(technically, it’s called the starhub digital station or something, but tivo sounds waaaaay better). In order to stay up to date with whatever’s happening in Singapore’s (possibly) budding music industry, I’ve caught all the episodes so far.

Opinions? The future of Singapore’s rock, indie and whatever music is uncertain, but there’s definitely a chance for a good future.

Certainly, there are the bands that really push Singaporeans to appreciate their own achievements as performers. Plain Sunset, Vertical Rush, The Amps and most notably; Allura come to mind here. My guess is that when people refer to there being potential for homegrown music to thrive Singapore, they’re really thinking of these guys.

I really liked Plain Sunset and Allura the most amongst all the performers so far. Plain Sunset really had the catchiest tunes (IMO) for all the episodes I’ve seen yet(that’ll be four). Tunes are really the thing that’ll give you that edge in the end right? I think Plain Sunset really has it there.

Allura’s frontman(frontwoman really) totally rocked. She just seemed so real, unlike other people when they to rally the crowd. She seems to mean it more than the other performers. Allura’s guitarists IMO have the best riffs when compared to all the other performers as well. Simple, precise and catchy. They really stand out compared to previous performers.  As a guitarist myself, I’m particularly watchful for these guys.

Things aren’t perfect for the music in Singapore though. Here’s a few reasons why:

1. While we’ve had plenty of good performers who’ve been around for a few years. There are really those that aren’t that good. I hesitate to point out names right now.

2. TUNES. I think we could really really really think of better tunes. In all honesty, I just find that generally, songs composed in Singapore really lack good melodies. Sure, there are exceptions such as Plain Sunset or Electrico. I think that’s not enough. Musicians really have to put in much more effort to come up with melodies that are not too monotonous, but not too weird either(there are plenty of those around actually).

3. Live n Loaded picked out a few budding new performers/composers to showcase their talent on live TV. Some of them were ok (like EN-X and For this cycle) Others (like Pervy Boy) errr, need to practise more. I’m not saying we shouldn’t scour our tiny island for musical talent. I’m saying we shouldn’t pluck the fruit before it’s ripe. Most of the bands that I felt weren’t very good were really just well versed in their craft yet. I think they need more time before the’re put up on a big stage on Live TV and branded as “Singapore’s Talent”.

On a final note, I know the buzz word amongst music lovers here at this time is “Support Local”. I think support isn’t just buying their cds and asking all your friends to do so too (that might help a bit).

I think as music lovers and musicians here, we have to give good critiques on our own music. I personally would love to see Singapore Music enter the international market and become a big hit. We as listeners have to do our part to make sure it gets refined properly. It’s our music, let’s make it great.

I know this comes at short notice, but I only just found out myself. Lifehouse will be performing at St James Power Station tomorrow, Saturday. Oh yea, EIC is opening for them (Good choice!)

In my opinion, Lifehouse has consistently come up with rock music that the ordinary pop music lover can relate to. Their smash hit ‘You and me’ received more than its fair share of play in Singapore.

Lifehouse has also come up recently with it’s album ‘Who we are’ which retains all the pop-rock sensibilities that got them famous in the first place. I’ve listened to ‘broken’ and think it’s pretty good. You can also find out a whole lot more about Lifehouse from their official site and their fansite.

More info on their appearance in Singapore can be found here.

I personally love this version of blind:

As you can probably tell by now, I made my choice and decided to go for the amazing bass show performed by the greatest bassists in the world today. Now, a few hours after the show, I’m still reeling from the all the groove kicked up by the 3 “crazy people” as Victor Wooten put it so aptly.

Not quite a showcase of pyrotechnics and wizardry as G3 is. However, SMV had this uncanny ability to lock the whole audience in a tight groove. From start to finish, the audience kept nodding, tapping their feet or clapping to the beat of the band.

Of course, each of the individual bassists had do a little bit of showing off on their own, and each of them had their own special something to bring to the table. Victor had his inventive genius, particularly in his use of the looper machine. Marcus Miller demonstrated unfair amounts of talent by playing not just the bass, but the saxophone and the bass clarinet as well. My favourite was Stanley Clarke with his unmistakable tone (there were times I couldn’t tell Wooten and Miller apart clearly) and who went on to show off his mastery of the acoustic bass.

My fellow audience members were particularly receptive to SMV, applauding enthusiastically after every single solo and the occasional cry of “We love you Stanley!” could be heard now and then. It was a great experience really for $40.

Marcus Miller had a question for the Singapore audience early in the show,

“Singapore, do you like bass?”

Hell yeah.

Yes, I am one of those ever-hopeful type Singaporean listeners who hope that one day, Singapore will be capable of producing songs that the whole world will enjoy. I know it sounds kinda dumb, looking at our local musicans’ popularity, but we all can dream right? And no, I’m not talking about hiring overseas talent in this regard.

I must also admit that my knowledge of local music is quite bad. I know there’s more to local music than Electrico, Taufik or Sylvester Sim, I’m just not aware of these groups. So when I stumbled across this forum page, I got pretty excited.

In case you haven’t heard about them. The Firebrands are a local band who actually care about their marketing. They had recently gone on tour in the states and are now in the process of writing for their 2nd album. And just to make sure that we know what they sound like, they released their entire first album for free over here.

Listening to some of their tracks, I found their music to be aggressive and yet catchy at the same time. They were kinda like rage against the machine. In fact, I actually liked some of their tunes such as Katrina and Scarecrow and the fire. Of course, they weren’t perfect. A lot of the songs started to sound the same and I felt their lyrics didn’t sit well with the melody as I would’ve liked.

So I didn’t completely fall in love with the album and band in the same way I fell in love with Oasis. I DO feel that if Singapore ever has a thriving local music scene, Firebrands stands a good chance of being right smack in the thick of it all.

Any other local artists I should be listening to? Anyone??