Evolution of UB40   

Many people are confused with British pop band UB40. The first version of the band was disbanded when lead singer and vocalist Ali Campbell quit the original member group to seek a brand new solo career. In 2013, Mickey Virtue, the lead keyboardist and Astro, the lead percussionist joined Ali to form a new band named We Are UB 40. Tickets purchased for UB40's live performances will actually be performed by We Are UB 40 members. The new group has one original member of the UB40 cast. There is some legal complication behind the change in group name but many are not concerned as long there are good music produced.

The 2nd reincarnated UB40 version headed by the three group team live up to their expectation as they put up a wonderful and amazing Saturday night performance at Marina Bay Mastercard Theatres, back in 2016. The trio was supported by a seven member band and they put up a glorious performance for two full hours filled with reggae music with a mix of fusion pieces. They went from their past golden chart topping music right to music materials from a brand new album called Silhouette.
The opening was full of energy and dynamism. UB40 started the evening performance with a lovely cover of their 1991 hit song, followed by the wonderful melody of Chi-Lites and Homely Girl. The group's main 3 member team and the seven member band played their respective instruments with extreme precision. Jaunty grooves accompanied the songs that pierced right through the soul. Perfect equilibrium was maintained for the rhythm of each song. The concert presented a revitalized and renewed UB40. In the concert, they updated many popular 80's music materials with modern patches and at the same time preserving the original tune and flavor. This new UB40 version was delighted to carry on the name of the band. They had lots of fun on stage and long queues can be seen outside the drink counter. Every single member of the audience had been enjoying with them.
Astro shouted a question asking the member audience whether they were having a great time. Everyone screamed “Yes” in agreement and threw their support physically by raising their hand high up. Red wine was almost spilled on the table. The band's latest materials were pleasing to the ears. Silhouette was a great cover as well in the classic segment. However, the most popular song is from their Labor of Love album. Campbell showed his affection to the audience by screaming the he wants to listen to louder cheers, before starting on the many hit songs such as Cherry Oh Baby.
The band enjoyed commercial success by re-producing existing music and songs. They have also many original covers in their production room such as Fijian Sunset. Cyber Bully Boy, a new song as well received heartwarming reactions as it is about lead singer Campbell's past experience of being bullied by the original member of the UB40. Despite the harsh meaning behind the songs, the band never displayed any grouses publicly and continued performing with class.
The highlight of the performance was specially booked for the finale which includes “I Cannot Help To Fall in Love”, Red Wine and Kingston Town. UB40 had a very huge avid fan base and many could not believe their own eyes to see their musical heroes on stage giving their best. Even only 3 authentic members present, it was as close as anyone can get to UB40. It does not matter which band name they select, it will always be clear UB40 will resume their career and glory by making a good name within the reggae and pop music scene for many years to come.


Getai Group  

It was in 2015 when Timothy De Cotta, Carmen Low as well as Lionel Ang discovered the Getai Group. They have exerted so much effort in trying to pursue the local arts as well as the music world to its new ventures. This group has made it to the top all the time whenever they join some events like the Getai electronica, Getai Holidays, Getai Mash+Ups to name some. Their viewpoint is very inspiring, since it has been focused on reaching the Singaporeans and make them believe and love all their original arts. It has persuaded to see them lured to more than 10,000 who have attended the local centric and other alternative themed events for the previous years.

The Getai Group is even eager in attending some concerts and parties, even those that were thrown at a beaten path venue. Their efforts never stopped and so do their rigid programming, even if it has slowed off, however, they have fueled a healthy and well appreciated culture in boosting the Westernized community. The discussion has focused on the passion of the Getai Group's co-founder and they're one of a kind bassist Tim De Cotta. How everything has been built together, their objectives, their dream, the challenges that they have gone through, how they faced the Getai Soul in 2016 and the dependable individuals behind their success.
It was Tim who courageously talks about how the Getai Group started. He took back the people to where they began. As he tells it all, Getai Group is an outcome of a soaring struggle and hard work. It was Getai Electronica that took them into the limelight. It was their very first big event that they were not familiar with and never expected things to be that big. During those times, Lionel Ang as well as Carmen Low who planned to put up the Lepark had a chance to be involved in the TAJ that happened in January. It was a show that the group is conducting at the Esplanade Waterfront Stage. It was for the benefit of a show entitled All Things New. They fell in love with it right away and then move towards the rooftop show. Tim just said yes to this show without even having second thoughts, he uttered.
How did he feel about it? It was a mixture of probabilities as well as the chance to have an added experience as well. But the truth is that, it may have been noted down if it occurred over a year back, since Tim never knew who they were in the first place, he also didn't know about the predictions as well as the sources they have had. However, there was something that just enabled him to pursue the event and say yes. They exchanged phone numbers and after a week's time, Tm went to the Lionel to the rooftop of the People's Park Complex. This is where they have been blown away. How about the primary Getai Electronica event took place? TAJ has been an apple of the eye, said Tim. To this day, they are still considered as a family as they released their debut EP a week back prior to the Getai Electronica event that occurred on February 7 of 2015.
There was also a realization when he was on the rooftop. He has thought of if it will just be a mess to just have a particular band with the use of an incredible place, particularly with the city skyline sight. So he came up with a mini concern, it was a ghetto style for 5 bands to join. It was from 5pm-10pm. He contacted who he thought will work perfectly for this show and in 2 days' time, he got confirmations from Disco Hue, GIF, Spacedays, TAJ as well as the The Good Life Project. All of these take place just 1 week before the said event. It was just so simple to promote the show that will be held at the rooftop to anyone. It has been so basic for me.
Tim, Carmen and Lionel banded together to pull over their means as they come in contact with the F&B, marketing and sounds, however, they did not really do so much and before they knew it, the rooftop party was just spreading all through the social media. It was all because of the Coconuts as well as the Bandwagon who took up all of it. They are the ones that spread the news to the other online editorials and through social media. It was very surprising how soon the people were able to take the news and more media are asking about it through their online portals. It was just so surprising, knowing that all have been roughly prepared and it was just all a Do It Yourself preparation.
They were all shocked at that point, knowing that they have used the basic tools, which they carried. They also just use some crates to complete the stage setup, all of the musicians who joined us carried the crates and stacked all of them as well. It was just all basic, from the concepts to the execution of the musicians who joined them. It was just a joyful event knowing that they did what they have to do under the heat of the sun. They also do the setup of the stage and at that point in time, they do not have any idea of what is in store for them. However, there has been a belief in what they do. Who would think that a DIY event like this will gather more than two hundred people at the onset of the night. As the night went on, there were more than a thousand people all relaxing and enjoying the night. It was just so amazing to see them having fun with the groups.


Dick Lee tells how to be True Blue Singaporean  

Dick Lee is a famous music icon in Singapore. In an interview conducted for the 938 LIVE's Bharati Jagdish that it took him some time to build the guts to say that the music he wrote is based on a Singaporean concept. Dick Lee is one of the finest music icons in Singapore. He is a singer and a songwriter. One of this famous songs is entitled Home. It was written and released twenty years back, but still it is being sung by most Singaporeans to this day. In fact, it has become among Singaporeans. He has been in the music industry for over forty years and to this day he is still significant in terms of composing the pop music, national songs and scores for musicals. To this day, he is also working in the fashion industry, he works for events management and advertising companies.

It is just that he says he is sorry for the upcoming projects and the musicians must do to succeed in a competitive global market. However, he started to relay about his background as an artist and how he started in the business. He added, for him, growing up has never been simple, it was not a bed roses. As a teen, penetrating the music world and pushing through the pop culture back then is still not allowed. There was a big hindrance with regards to the negative aspects of the Western culture. He added, if you want to pursue rock music, it wasn't possible, then, since it was linked with drugs. If you wanted to pursue the pop culture, you must also be involved in some heavy metal music along the way. Did you push through with it? He eagerly says yes. He did and his parents were suspicious of him them. Rock concerts were banned during those times and so do with long hair. These cool things back then are all unlawful.
But is it the challenge that made him push through with his career in music? Somehow yes, he uttered. There is just this rebellious feeling in his and it never stopped him from pushing through with the music that he likes the most, even if he must go through rough times. But why did he say that it was hard back then? Is it because of his parents? Is it because of the judgmental minds of the people? He simply answered yes without elaborating his answer. But how did he able to go through the times when his parents are suspicious of him and doesn't want him to go through those unlawful kinds of music trends then? He simply says that he just did what he must do in a secretive manner. That made interesting for him, he added. This was during 1970s. It was just after the big music boom in the 1960s. He added, to this day, you can still say that it is still the golden age of Singapore pop music genre. It was when the local bands are everywhere with fans screaming for their music, then it just disappeared through time. That must be because of the National Service.
What is the National Service and why did he think that it may be the reason for it? It was around 1970-1971 when he started to work on his compositions and there was nothing to start with. All of the bands are nowhere. They must have rounded up all of the kids, their hair might be cut short and they might be placed in the army. It is truly hard to find, out why they are all broke during those times. The recording industry might have died just like that. When he started to be in the big music world, he started to write some music. He may be perceived as weird or as a freak back then, people may start to ask why would anyone write songs if this is not trendy at all.
He started to recall how people were able to cover some of his songs and that started the age of the Talents. They were the only few methods for them to sing the songs they have made and then let them be heard by a lot of people. The Talent Time Contestants mostly sand the cover versions of the songs as well. The hardest things were, the more he pushed through in his career and his thrive to be heard. But apart from the rebellious urge, what does he say in his effort to write music and to be a performer. As he recalled things, when he was still in the 6th grade, he considers himself as a typical kid. However, when he reached grade 10-12, he started to be lured in pop music and he thought that that is where it all started. He enjoyed learning and playing the piano all at the same time, he was sure then that he will get into the pop music world.
When he was 17 years of age, he started to work at his mom's shop, he started designing for teen clothes and he also runs some fashion shows. But the question is, were he not scared to go off the beat from the path that he wanted to take. He said that he was just a kid back then. There were no responsibilities, yes, he was so fearless and is ready to embrace fear in particular. That is the difference of Dick Lee to some of the teens today, he was so fearless then, while the new generation today easily gives up on something. He started to send demo songs back then only to be rejected due to his lack of experience. However, why does he took the hard path when he came from a well off family. He eagerly says yes, he came from a well off family, but there are so many things to do in life than to just be merely fed on a silver spoon by the parents.


CULT tracks  

CULT, the latest album from Caulfield Cult, is by far the most mature album so far, with a total of 23 minutes playing time. As one listens from track to track from start to finish, one becomes more mesmerized by the lyrics and ideas. The band previously launched two albums before CULT, and it is the result from a band that is not afraid to stand on its own and producing unique music. They are not your typical punk bands. Their ideas and lyrics represent a hint of clarity, hence carving out a niche for them. The music may sound heavy but it is more than compensated by the deeply meaningful lyrics.

Nicholas Wong, the main poster boy and vocalist for the band, commented that the band is trying to go for clarity in sound, while not going too far up, and has taken into consideration the effects of performing better musically compared to live shows. There are a total of 4 member in the band, consisting of Nicholas as introduced, Brian the bass and backup vocalist, Feroze the guitarist and Andrew the drummer.
Nicholas Wong had been the key person for the album's production. He gave a detailed walkthrough for the whole album by describing a little about every single track. He also shared on ways that the band juggled between different themes concerning relationships, self-esteem and jealousy. Wong emphasized that he aims to write the lyrics in a transparent manner while avoiding overused metaphors which will bury the meaning of the lyrics. If you want to find out more on Wong's opinion about other famous songs such as I Cannot Save You by Patrick Kindlon, you must read on and stream CULT.
For the first track ‘I Do not want you anymore', it was in the instant that Nicholas wrote the song that it will be the opening track. The influence he had in the mid-00s octave chords which are common for Cult's music is the perfect formula for maintaining their musicianship. The main theme for the song is to be less temperamental and upset over petty issues. Wong shared that the recurring theme is not to give up whenever tragedy strikes. It is not exactly written in a positive manner, but it was from the view and experience that Wong gained since young and being a heavy traveller. According to Wong, there will always be someone out there who is in a worse situation than you.
For the second track 'Deadpan', Wong's friend showed him an article where a famous band was interested in Caulfield Cult. It was collaboration between Suis LaLune which provided the vocals recording to Wong. Wong was extremely pleased with the collaboration with a big name band and they consider themselves lucky for an obscure band like Caulfield.
The third track ‘Jealous' is actually not a typical track and it is a band culture to place at least one song that sounds unique and non-conventional. Wong was made to repeat the singing multiple time by his sound engineer as a test to seek out the best use for Wong's vocals. It is discovered that Wong's vocals are limited and have very little endurance. The meaning behind the song is actually about a human being who wants to be over possessive over another companion. It may be interpreted as between two romantic couples. The person in the song tried hard to be open minded.
The fourth track ‘Marwood' was selected over another song called Abolition as Wong preferred this song over the other. Another reason was because they do not have a backup guitarist. The title of the song makes reference to a main cast for a 1987 movie titled Whitnail & I. Marwood is actually a jobless actor who relied heavily on drugs and booze. He is more rational and will be stressed out on any issues they fall into. In the end he finally got back his act together and started pursuing a real career by leaving Whitnail. The song was not written entirely for Marwood persona, but there is very little difference on the track's mood. It has a deeper meaning for listeners which encourage people to slow down and analyze a bad situation more rationally and be more content and happy in a low profile career.
The fifth track title 'Our Wounded Vessels', was inspired by a movie line. The quote which goes by "we make the trip back to our wounded vessels” was very interesting to me and relevant. It has the meaning of soldiering on in a badly damaged ship after many hardships. The entire quote was too long, hence the simplified version for the song title. It is clear as to the meaning of the song. Our band thinks this could be the hit but I do not have any specific comments and just let them have their own say.
The final track '2 Weeks from every-where' is actually taken from a movie quote. It was supposed to be an introductory song but there were many other better songs that could be sung right away. It is for the purpose of adding a dynamic twist to our live performance and singing to a live audience.


Universal Music Singapore are hiring  

Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world's leading music and entertainment organisation, incorporating recorded music, music publishing and artist merchandise activities. The Group discovers, develops, markets and distributes recorded music through a network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensees in 77 countries worldwide.

Universal Music has market leading artists in the Region including Jacky Cheung, Nana Ouyang, Sa Dingding, Eason Chan, Alan Tam, Priscilla Chan, Kelly Chen, SamSons, Dean, Siri Nurhaliza, Darren Espanto, Gentle Bones, A-Mei, and Yanzi Sun.
Universal's Global roster includes Taylor Swift, Drake, Mumford and Sons, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Sam Smith, Metallica, Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Madonna, Andre Rieu, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Florence and the Machine, and many more.
Universal Music Group are the global market leader in music-based entertainment, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories, working across recording, publishing, merchandising and artist management. Just as Universal Music Group have the most talented recording artists and songwriters in the world, Universal Music Group also have the most talented employees and are proud to be an employer of choice. Universal Music Group know that an organization is only as good as its employees so Universal Music Group continues to seek out the best. If you live for music, value innovation, thrive in creative environments and want to be part of an exciting culture then Universal Music encourage you to apply for one of their openings or join our talent community.
Are you passionate about music and events and always hoped to combine the two into 1 dream job? Universal Music Singapore are hiring a Senior Executive - Brand Partnerships & Events to join our rapidly growing New Business division. The successful candidate will support the team to identify, create and project manage exciting commercial opportunities for our artists. You will be experienced in managing events and also have a knack for business development and strong commercial acumen. 3-4 years of relevant experience in events, business development, account management, sponsorship, or other related area. Excellent client relationship management skills and an effective negotiator. Fluent in English and Mandarin?
If the above sounds like you head over to the universalmusicgroup jobs portal.
Avoiding Stress   

Stress often comes to everyone suddenly, without prediction, and sometimes makes us ruin our relations with our beloved one or other people around us. A lot of work, disturbance while doing something, and a lot of things around the world that makes us blow out of our mind. The bad thing is it is hard to avoid. It is happening to adult and even children. What may cause it, is our hormone inside our body, called cortisol or stress hormone.

Cortisol is produced while our body or our psychological is in stress. Nonetheless, cortisol not always a bad hormone, we also need it. In a proper dose, it can help us to be more alert and concentrated. But in an excessive amount, it will cause a lot of diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, and many other diseases related to it.
The researcher has made 22 kinds of research and the result is remaining the same, that listening to a music with some settings can reduce cortisol levels, even when it is located in a hospital or laboratory. Right now, they are trying a new research related to music. The research held in London, with 117 people as a volunteer. Next, the researcher has them listen to live music held by composer Eric Whitacre. They are collecting the volunteer's saliva to be tested in order to measure the amount of cortisol hormone on it. They took two sample; The first sample taken before the concert. And the second are taken during the concert. And the result is clear, there's a decreasing level of cortisol hormone in the second sample saliva which is taken during the concert.
The researcher is willing to do the other test with a lot of different things to try. They used to do this research with a classical music, but now they try a live music. Can't wait to know what the results are when they try with a metal. Why not? Since every research with a different genre of music has shown positive results so far. They also looking for an answer about the engagement between music, art, and cultural setting to human biologically, and even psychologically, for a very generous purpose, which is to enhance human health and become a well-being.
Usually, people listen to music by hearing it. But, for some artists, they could even ‘see' the music as a colour. This condition what is called with synesthesia. This known as a phenomenon of a neurological. Synesthesia is a condition when one of the usual sensories do the work, but then elicit with another sensory. By the former sample on this paragraph, the hearing sensory are elicited with the vision sensory.
The artist who have this ability and have revealed it is Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Frank Ocean, and Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington, the legend of jazz has said that he heard the note played with one of his band members, and it is in one colour. Then he heard someone else playing the same note, but it is revealed as a different colour. The people with synesthesia can see music manifested in many colours. It is so interested from where the usual people see this different.
Later, Melissa McCracken has interpreted this colour of music into a painting. The results are very interesting; Karma Police painted in many colours, and Prince interpreted in an aggressive stroke of the brush till out of the canvas. There's also another painting by her which is an interpretation of the synesthetic vision. There's also an Israeli artist called Michal Levy's who has to interpret "Giant Steps" by John Coltrane.


Red Dot August 1 - 31 Aug 2017  

In the month of Red Dot August, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay celebrates Singapore nation's birthday with a difference.
Besides presenting a slice of Singapore's unique diversity and immense talent through music, film, literature and our oral traditions, Esplanade also acknowledge the challenges and sacrifices of the many communities living and working in Singapore, and celebrate their courage and contributions.
This month, Esplanade are proud to feature a tribute to the father of our National Anthem, Zubir Said; put the spotlight on Singapore filmmakers and composers in SG Film Screenings and SG Inspirations: Music and Poetry that reflect our evolving identity and many aspirations; and celebrate the urban legends Esplanade continue to pass down in Late Night Ghost Stories: SEVEN. Esplanade also collaborate with Dialogue in the Dark Singapore and our migrant worker community to present experiences of Singapore that are different from the lives most of us lead daily.

Here's a taster of just some of the music highlights happening from now:

Fym Summer. 4 Aug, Fri. Fym Summer's musical works are notable for her dreamy intimate vocals, rueful narrative songwriting and her recordings taken in bold single takes or with minimal embellishments.
Vivienne's Verdict. 4 Aug, Fri. Moving on from the release of their debut album Depiction, Singapore based metalcore and hard rock band Vivienne's Verdict is back with a brand new single Hurricane.
Police Quintet. 5 Aug, Sat - 6 Aug, Sun. Catch our Singapore police officers, together with special guests, former police NSmen Hady Mirza and Abdul Thaqif Bani, in a slightly different light as they entertain you with their renditions of National Day songs and popular chart-toppers.
Cadence. 5 Aug, Sat. Cadence is a Singapore alternative rock band. A quintet mix of musicians who have played in the Singapore indie scene for years and three who are diving into it for the first time, the line- up merges experience with fresh eyes and ears to create an energetic rock outfit with a strong emphasis on melodies and concise arrangements.
Tammy Ying. 6 Aug, Sun - 7 Aug, Mon. Tammy Ying is a Singapore 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—like writing a song or filming a short video!
General Lee. 6 Aug, Sun. General Lee is a Singapore-based rock and roll band. Hard-driving bass-lines and authoritative drumming provide the backdrop for swaggering vocals and raucous guitar, covering the musical ground from slashing slide riffs and swampy blues to greasy funk and rockabilly train beats.
Creating a Home Away from Home. 5 Aug – 3 Sep. An exhibition of objects from Singapore's migrant worker community. How do you make a foreign place your home? This is an exhibition of personal objects contributed by members of the migrant community, who call Singapore home for now.
Leon Markcus. 10 Aug, Thu. Apart from turning out chart-toppers, Leon Markcus' EP was also featured on Apple International's A-List Playlist for Singapore Music, as well as The Strait Times' Gig Pick and Teenage Magazine's Artist to look out for in the Month of November 2016. Back in May 2017, Markcus released a stand-alone music collaboration with THIEVVES and Sherlyn Veronica (from Disco Hue), a remix of his debut single Circles.
A Zubir Said Tribute. 11 Aug, Fri - 12 Aug, Sat. Zubir Said is best known as the composer of the Singapore National Anthem, Majulah Singapura.
Hafizah Naser feat. Pink Saturday. 13 Aug, Sun. Hafizah Naser and Pink Saturday takes you down memory lane with familiar tunes by the legendary P Ramlee and Singapore diva Anita Sarawak.
HAI Definition. 13 Aug, Sun. HAI Definition is, simply put, the way Ismahairie (also fondly known as Hai by his family and friends) sees and defines his musical style.
Hillary Francis. 15 & 16 Aug, Tue & Wed. In 1975, he made his international debut representing Singapore as a finalist at the prestigious World Popular Song Festival in Budokan, Tokyo. Francis has released three charity albums to date and is still active in the Singapore music scene.
Jayden Chia. 17 & 18 Aug, Thu & Fri. Jayden Chia presents an up-close and personal acoustic performance of his original compositions, based on real-life experiences and inspired by the thing people face in life, and a selection of iconic Singapore National Day songs.
The Mashed Ups. 18 Aug, Fri. A night filled with delicious mix of Cantonese and Hokkien Hits, with songs mainly from Singapore composers, including songs from your favourite local TV serials and homegrown singers.
Ken Loh. 19 Aug, Sat. A raw and intimate showcase, singer-songwriter Ken Loh tells stories and performs songs off his upcoming EP Songs About Them, as well as songs that have deeply influenced his EP.
Dawn Ho & ASTRAL + CO. 19 Aug, Sat. Dawn Ho, a jazz, bossa nova and samba vocalist hailing from Singapore, began her informal training in singing at the age of eight with The Amazing Grace Presbyterian church choir. Her vocal timbre makes her a natural in jazz and bossa nova, and her style has been described as sophisticated and vibrant with a tinge of sexiness.
Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre. 20 Aug, Sun. S.P.O.T celebrates the works of Singapore composers.
LOCAL TIDBEATS by SHISHA. 20 Aug, Sun. Enjoy the evening with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Shamroz Khan and vocalist Sivaranjini Das, together known as SHISHA.
Glen Wee. 21 Aug, Mon. Glen Wee first saw his music career take flight when he joined and made it to top four of the nationwide singing competition The Final 1.
Lincoln Lim. 22 Aug, Tue - 23 Aug, Wed (Featuring Benjamin Jacob & Shak'thiya Subramaniamm). Lincoln Lim recently released his very first single Her and is currently recording his second with plans to release a full-length EP by mid-2018.
Umar Sirhan. 24 Aug, Thu. At the age of just 19, Umar Sirhan is one of the youngest upcoming artists in the Singapore music scene. He is best known for his soulful vocals and his expressive guitar playing. His influences include John Mayer, John Legend, Ray LaMontagne and James Morrison.
Kevin Loh. 25 Aug, Fri. Loh returns to the Esplanade Concourse for his 10th year in music, and shares with us more music on the classical guitar. He presents classic Singapore tunes specially arranged for the guitar as we celebrate our National Day this August!
NELSON. 25 Aug, Fri. Singer-Songwriter NELSON, aka “Bird”, plays bass for Singapore indie bands In Each Hand A Cutlass , Tujuhband and features for Kevin Mathews & The Groovy People. As a solo artist, he has released three Chinese albums, two English albums and his latest single Clover was recently released on 4 July 2017.
Tujuhband. 25 Aug, Fri. Tujuhband performed at the Singapore Expo, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, as well as opening for Indonesian band Ungu when they held their first-ever concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 24 Apr 2010.
Leslie Low. 26 Aug, Sat. Leslie Low writes songs, sings and plays guitar. He just released two demo albums, Currents and To my shadow, together with two new albums that were recorded live, Nature and Child of the Island.
Ronald Goh. 27 Aug, Sun. Ronald Goh is a funk-soul singer-songwriter with a knack for penning groovy hooks, melodic rhymes and introspective lyrics. Inspired by R&B, jazz and folk-pop music, Goh aspires to create a soundscape of emotions with an emphasis on feel-good tunes and the occasional confessional ballad.
Sugie and Vanessa. 27 Aug, Sun. Sugie and Vanessa presents wonderful songs from pop culture and musical theatre that you might have heard but never expected to have been made in Singapore.
Joyce x Kelly Raphaelle. With Kelly's ethereal vocals and Joyce's down-to-earth songwriting style they channel their similar experiences into music and in spite of differences in their personalities, they find common ground during songwriting sessions and performances.
Anthem of Hearts. 29 Aug, Tue. Since its sounding in 2008 by Ganesh Murusamy, the band (then known as Sharnaz) has grown from a small acoustic band trio to a 13-member musical experience amalgamating the various talents of band members. With musical influences from the hindustanic, carnatic, jazz, Middle Eastern and rock, the band produces and reproduces popular songs.
Lorraine Tan. 30 Aug, Wed. Lorraine Tan performs her original songs, sharing the stories behind each of her compositions and her journey as a singer, songwriter, performer and educator. Enjoy an evening of romantic, heartwarming and patriotic songs with Tan and her talented team of Singapore musicians choir. She is accompanied by Dr SM Yuen (piano), Rizal Sanip (percussion) and Daniel Chai (guitar).
OpusNovus. 31 Aug, Thu. OpusNovus, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory's new music ensemble, presents a selection of works by Singapore student composers.
Ramona. 31 Aug, Thu. Ramona is a German-Slovenian singer and songwriter. Since early 2015, she has been part of big music productions, performing along with world-famous singer/actor James Edward Robert Sampson from the group The Platters across Asia. After working on various music projects in London, Brazil and Indonesia, she moved back to Singapore where she had the opportunity to sing along Singapore's most-known names in the music industry. She is currently working on releasing her album.


Art as a scene in Singapore  

In Singapore, the National Arts Council is the highest order in terms of art. The aim of the organization is to successfully create a global community of individuals that have great appreciation of the art work done by Singapore's excellent artists. This organization focuses mainly on more traditional and futuristic art style, artist and companies. The council is funded by partnership, grants, art housing and funds facilitated by the industry. Artist and art groups are developed by NAC in their attempts to fortify the professionalism of the art industry. They have also coupled with IPOS in order to promote better understanding and awareness of the Intellectual Property and the protection in the art industry. During April, NAC host a variety of workshops for the World IP Day celebration. They will use this opportunity to spread CreaTIPs in a majority of art forms. You will get the chance to get any queries you may have answered by the IP Practitioners that will be present at the event.

CreaTIPs for NAC Music
MICapella (featured in the image) is a vocal band formed in Singapore that is known for its creativity and exuberant stage performances. MICappella is a Vocal Band that represents Singapore's next step in Contemporary A cappella music. Comprising of 4 guys and 2 girls. This band is known as the first runner up for Sing-Off China which is a Chinese reality TV singing program. They have a very unique and influential energy that has brought back an edgy spin worldwide acapella performances and performers. Being nominated for four awards has made this band a prestigious one. They were also receivers of the Capella Community Awards in 2013 making history in Singapore. The success of this band has even reached Hong Kong s they represented their country in the Asian Pop music festival. They were the first band with a Singapore nationality that has performed in the A Cappella festival in London England. They have had the luck of performing with stars such as the Single Singers, Khalil Fong, Girls Generation, Suede, Korean superstars and many British rock bands. In the US, North Carolina to be exact, the band has shared the headline with professional showcases at the SOJAM festival. The way they perfectly combined mandarin and English music genres, ensure the band always satisfy their fans and leave them wanting more.
Benjamin Ang
This litigation lawyer pulls from a diverse pool of career experiences. These include the practices of litigation, some in house legality and tech consulting. This man has worked for one of Singapore's distinguished law firms. The firm handles the in house counseling for an international software and trans-media company. He has also done some IT consultancy work for companies in law. As a teacher, Benjamin Ang love to share his knowledge and experiences with his students and he doesn't put a limit on the knowledge he shares. Whether it is knowledge on Intellectual Property, Media Law or the Procedures for Digital Forensics, he enjoys sharing. He is a regular appearance at tech conferences and has been on many occasions, the public speaker at legal regional conferences. He is a published writer that specializes in tech law, media law and intellectual property law. Benjamin is a singed music producer and remixer of electronic music. He is signed to Afa-Matrix, an international independent recording label. He is responsible for the content and intellectual property for the Electronic Music Lab located in Singapore's National University center for the Arts as the main tutor. He is the creator of this particular intellectual property used in the institution. This is a teacher that is not afraid to teach and in every capacity that he is capable to. He is a signed musician and a published writer that believes in sharing his knowledge with anyone that is willing to listen and learn.
Baybeats 14 - 16 Jul 2017  

Baybeats is happening in SG later this year 14 - 16 Jul 2017

The biggest music festival of its kind in Singapore and the region, Baybeats presents a fist-pumping line-up showcasing prominent Singapore and international acts, covering genres including folk, pop, metal, post-rock, emo, punk, electro and everything in between. So reach out and rock on at Singapore's very own alternative music festival.

For young individuals with a passion for music and have the chops for writing or photography, the Baybeats Budding Editorial programme is your chance to hone your skills further, join the team and be a voice for Baybeats. Learn from Writing Mentor, Eddino Abdul Hadi, or Photography Mentor, Aloysius Lim, and work as a team under the guidance of Honeycombers Editor, Kevin Ho, to provide editorial and social media coverage for Baybeats. Since 2010, the Baybeats Budding Photographers mentorship programme has been sharpening the skills of promising young shutterbugs every year. Each year, six amateur photographers are chosen to participate in photographer Aloysius Lim's specially designed structured series of workshops and critique sessions. The Baybeats Budding Writers mentorship programme has been running from 2014, building a community of writers covering the growing music scene in Singapore. Under the guidance and mentorship of Eddino Abdul Hadi, our budding writers learn more about music journalism, and become voices for the Singapore music community. The Baybeats Budding Editorial programme, brings together both Budding Writers and Budding Photographers programmes, to form teams of writers and photographers covering the behind-the-scenes activities at Baybeats. Participants may apply according to their interest and expertise in the field of Writing or Photography.

Since 2007, Baybeats Budding Programme has discovered and showcased many Singapore bands that showed they had the chops to perform in Baybeats. Your band could be amongst the budding bands this year. This isn't just a chance to show Singapore you've got what it takes to turn it up to 11. This is also an opportunity to commit to working with respected music mentors to take your band to the next level.

Bands that make it through the auditions earn the chance to hone their skills in a mentorship programme helmed by prominent Singapore music industry veterans, with special workshops on marketing, production, recording, performance techniques and more.

For more info about Baybeats head on over to the official Esplanade site.

Dawn of live events in Singapore  

Singapore's music history has enormous musicians and bands who presented remarkable shows to entertain people. Every artist was a bundle of qualities, which used to bring smile on audience face. The era of 1960's gain popularity for live music and events. In that scenario a band was formed by Victor Woo and Eric Tan in 1964, which was named as “The Trailers”. The band was famous for presenting original compositions even they successfully commercialized their numerous releases.

The original and best compositions of band which became famous were ‘Do It Right and Don't Laugh (You'll Cry)'. There were few top numbers, which were considered as selected Discography compositions. The list starts from “Do It Right” presented in 1966 and lasts till “I'm Ready now (Oct 1968)”. The band was reformed multiple times.
The formation of band took place in September 1964, where Victor Woo played lead guitar. The bass guitar was handled by Eric Tan and later Tony Zee and Suppiah joined the band as rhythm guitarist and drummer. The band's first line up never remained for long; it eventually changed time to time. The first change occurred with the removal of Suppiah from drums. Tony Zee took his place and the space of rhythm guitarist was filled by Edmund Tan. The band gave an invitation to Vernon Cornelius in late 1963 to become the lead vocalist of band. There again replacement occurred for betterment as Benny Koh who was introduced on the place of Cornelius became a popular name in fans. The replacements and introductions went on from Michael Teo to Jimmy Chan and Patrick Foo on Keyboard.
The band didn't remain same at all with many replacements and introductions. The style and sound of band took vibrant changes for better performance. The members of band gave a try to instrument music. The flamboyant style of Cornelius gave a professional look to band with it they added showmanship to their profile. The young audience had a craze for Koh's vocal style and the contemporary formation presented by Teo on keyboard made audience freaky. The band never stopped from experimenting and making changes to their colleagues even some also joined other famous bands of Singapore like as ‘The Quest'. The main two who joined The Quest were Cornelius and Chan. The last updation in the style of band was featuring Woo and Tan with saxophone. They got appreciation for that addition and it was the last change also.
There was no stable venue of band as their inception defines. The band performed on different events like as tea dances, night clubs, radio and even television. The popularity graph of band inclined, they were busy in performing numerous live shows. In September 1965, band formed a company named as ‘The Trailers Enterprise'. The company started offering fully woven stage acts and the name given to it was “Trailers Spectacular”. The band appeared on various special events as Singapore Badminton Hall's Pop Favorite'65 and “Shindig-T” was part of Pop Stars on Parade '66 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A presentation of regular stint was there by band at New Penangway. The band attended a Sunday Tea dance at Golden Palace also with it they gave the Early Bird Show at Odeon Theatre. Hotel Malaysia now called as Marco Polo Hotel, Goodwood Park Hotel and Barbarella at Ming Court Hotel were common places where band did their performances.
The Trailers got commercial success and recommendation in 1960s' which was available to few at that time. The record released by the band was a blockbuster and remained in music top charts for 14 consecutive weeks without any competition. The bands of that era were making regional versions of famous American and British songs. Their second release was also a chart topper; the main reason behind their successful rating was originality. They also have a plus point that they were having both music formations Western and Asian. Phoenix Theme track of band is still popular as it became Chinese New Year song.
After a decade long recognition, the band started imparting. The lead guitarist and co-founder of band Victor Woo left band in December 1970 to make career in computers. His replacement was Derrick Danker, but band left recordings till 1972. The recordings had lost its charm till that time. The band performed firmly till mid-1970s' at public places. Another co-founder of band Eric tan did work for The Straits Times and other sectors. He specifically won award for his song ‘I AM What I AM'. He played with different famous bands even at night clubs and hotels. The reunion of band occurred occasionally for nostalgia and charity concerts.


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