Monday, August 30, 2010


First in a series of pop-up bars and after-hours parties. In collaboration with Knight Runners, FICKLE GORILLA brings the very best in electronic music to the real party people of Singapore. A scene usually unseen.

The Little India launch Party will see the old brick walls of the Post Museum crumble and shake under the explosive beats of DARKWING (AU) & RTYPE.

Combining house, breaks, funk, disco and dubstep, the curious ying-yang symmetry of these two artists will be flicking all your switches
and have you smashing up the dance floor as they tag-team their tunes throughout the night.

For this special launch event - DARKWING will be teaming up with drummer & brother-in-alms HORATIUS for a first taste of DARKWING LIVE – An assault of the funkiest, creamiest, rocking dance music
floor stompers, set to electronic percussive wizardry.

Adding to the chaos are Niko dishing out wicked hip hop tunes and Submerge and Presha of Meshradio notoriety bring their breed of drum & bass and dubstep to our little music feast. What a beats night it will be.

A last minute addition to our merry band of noise makers is Paul (not the octopus) but the TAROT reader! Fortune hunters and creators of the future can catch him in his mystical corner at post-museum. End your fickle future at fickle gorilla!

Date & Time: September 3 at 9:00pm - September 4 at 3:00am
Location: Post Museum

               107-109 Rowell Road, Little India

More about the event information: Click HERE!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sarah Cheng - Upcoming Jazz-Pop Singer Songwriter EP Album "Let's Pretend" @ Esplanade - 23 Aug 10

Last week I was invited by a jazz-pop singer songwriter
Sarah Cheng to her debut private EP Launch Party "LET'S PRETEND
with Sarah Cheng-De Winne" at The Bellini Room,
St. James Powerstation.

The music show at Bellini Room was just
so fantastic with musicians and guest vocalists!

Guest vocalist Rani Singam
(one of the best local jazz songbirds)
vocals was just so musical.

Sarah also invited Sarah Wee to
sing with her on stage.

U mean two Sarah? Yea u are right!!!
The vocal harmonies of these two Sarah
literally melted my heart.

Sarah Wee's strong vocals almost had
my jaw dropping down!!!

"Man...nowadays Singaporean ladies are
getting so powerful in their voices!!!"

Heard she is also preparing for her
debut album launch with band 53A.
I have to get more information from her.

I also met and bonded with some musicians/singers
from NUS jazz band like cool Andrew and lovely

Overall it was one of my best night!!! :)

Anyway check out the music videos and interview
done by the media crew of RazorTV below
on that night:

Young, jazzy and pretending (Sarah Cheng Pt 1)

My daughter sings like me (Sarah Cheng Pt 2)

$20,000 debut (Sarah Cheng Pt 3)

Pretty impressed by her right?
Well she will be performing
at Esplanade on 23 Aug 10.

Details of the performance are found below:

Let’s Pretend Public Launch at Esplanade’s Localmotion
Date: 30th August 2010
Time: 7.15 – 7.45pm
8.15 – 8.45pm
Place: Esplanade Concourse
1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

Below is her music publicity press release for
her public EP debut album launch on 23 Aug 10:

23 August 2010, SINGAPORE – August 23rd marks the musical debut of Sarah Cheng-De Winne with the launch of her EP, Let’s Pretend.


In a market saturated with cover bands and pop artistes, Let’s Pretend is a step away from the norm. As an EP, it refuses to be pigeonholed. Daring to be artistically-driven, Let's Pretend was born from Sarah’s intense love for music and a desire to share her songs with the world.

Co-produced by renowned musical theatre composer and arranger Bang Wenfu, Let’s Pretend is a bold introduction to Sarah’s unique style: Jazz-Pop with a Soul twist. The mini-album features Sarah’s distinctively-soulful and expressive voice in 6 self-written and composed songs that explore the inner life of relationships.

Inspired by relationships and stories of people close to her, Sarah writes songs for the things people experience but don’t often share.

“Not just for myself,” she says, “but for at least one other person who listens and says: yes, that's exactly how I feel.”

Despite Sarah's youth, she writes music with panache and a refreshing inventiveness that adds a subtle sophistication to her work. Sarah's songs offer not only the creative soul of the songwriter, but also her unique interpretation of contemporary music.

For over a year, Sarah poured her heart and soul into making her debut album a reality. As a young artiste determined to create her own unique musical style, Sarah was thoroughly involved in the musical direction of each song and conceived each song’s vocal arrangement. In support of her efforts, top-notch musicians from the local music scene rallied to contribute their talents in creating her self-funded EP.

Let’s Pretend features collaborations with reputable Singaporean musicians such as Brandon Wong (Bass), Jimmy Lee (Drums), Jordan Wei (Piano), Aya Sekine (Electric Piano), Kenneth Lun (Trumpet) and Teo Boon Chye (Saxophone). The EP also features Casey Subramaniam (Guest Vocalist and Bassist) on a remix of Sarah’s acapella-inspired song, “Maybe Forever”.

“Investing in the lives and emotions of the people around me makes me certain of the truth in my songs,” Sarah enthuses.

And the truth is undeniable — from the candid call for love in the latin-infused song “Closer (When I Am Thinking Of You)” and heartbreak in the soulful ballad “Let's Pretend”, to the smooth-jazz sounds of “I Just Like You” and the introspective electronica of “Circles” — Sarah's hallmark as an artiste shines clearly through her honest lyrics, clever melodic twists, rich harmonies and multi-layered musicality. What results is a musical and lyrical spread that combines elements of jazz, pop, soul and more in an inventive and daring new way.

Annex A

What They Say

"Sarah's chocolate velvet vocals are delightfully soulful. I look forward to hearing more songs from her." - Corrinne May, Singer-songwriter

"Her voice has an emotional intensity that creates a fury of passion... Listen and be moved."
- Jimmy Lee, Drummer

“Sarah's creative instincts and keen ears for evocative tunes are phenomenal, for someone so young.” - Bang Wenfu, Musical Theatre Composer & Arranger

“Sarah is an upcoming singer-songwriter full of heart and passion! Someone to look out for in the future.” - Richard Jackson (USA), Jazz Vocalist

“Sarah’s theatrical training enhances her interpretation, in that she understands the subtext of her songs and gives them nuance.” - Dr. KK Seet, ST Life! Theatre Awards Judge

“Versatile and elegant. Sarah sings in a polished manner with thoughtful arrangements and textured melodies.” - Rani Singam, Jazz Vocalist

Annex B

Let’s Pretend was mixed by Roland Lim (Roland Lim Productions) and Glow (Soundfarm Productions). Mastered by Trevor Sadler at Mastermind Productions, USA.

Let’s Pretend Track Listing
1. I Just Like You
2. Circles
3. Let’s Pretend
4. Closer (When I Am Thinking Of You)
5. Take Me
6. Maybe Forever
7. Bonus Track: Maybe Forever (Remix) feat. Casey Subramaniam

Let’s Pretend was released at a media launch on 23rd August 2010 at the Bellini Room, St. James Powerstation, and will be publicly launched on 30th August 2010, coinciding with Sarah’s performance at Esplanade’s Localmotion (At The Concourse) series. Let’s Pretend will be available at The Esplanade Shop, HMV and from 30th August 2010.

Let’s Pretend Media Launch Sponsors
Official Venue Sponsor: Bellini Room, St. James Powerstation
Official Jewelry: Simone Jewels
Official Printer: Allegro Print
Supporting Sponsor: Cornerstone Wines

Annex C

About Sarah Cheng-De Winne

From singing in choirs and winning her first solo singing competition at the age of 14 to releasing her debut EP, Let’s Pretend, Singapore-based Sarah Cheng-De Winne, 22, has come a long way.

Since being selected from over 300 youths to be one of the young stars in the 2008 hit teen musical, It's My Life! (Spare Room), Sarah has ventured heavily into the local music and theatre scene. Entering the local music scene with a regular jazz-and-pop gig at Night & Day, she has since been featured on local and international platforms including LIVE! 2010 Singapore, Singapore Wine & Jazz Festival 2010, Esplanade’s Jazz in July 2010, NUS Arts Festival 2010, Esplanade’s Celebrate December 2009 and COMPASS Musical Extravaganza 2009. Sarah is also a member of young & W!LD (W!LD RICE's youth company), most recently having acted for Leow Puay Tin’s FAMILY.

Besides her avid involvement in the local jazz and theatre scene, Sarah has also undertaken a significant project – releasing her a debut EP, Let’s Pretend. Opting for the road less travelled, Sarah’s album consists wholly of self-written and composed songs that showcase her soulful voice and songwriting abilities. In addition, Sarah was also the vocal arranger and co-producer of her maiden solo effort.

Sarah likes to explore all musical possibilities and experiment with new styles. Her innate sensibility for musical composition and never-say-die attitude reflect her imaginative outlook on life and love. Drawing from diverse influences ranging from Cole Porter, The Carpenters and Astrud Gilberto to Gotan Project, Mika Nakashima and Brian Culbertson, Sarah’s own brand of jazz pop reveals a flair for channeling her old-soul musical affinities into edgy tunes with modern sentiment.

Sarah’s strong musical influence began with an early and wide exposure to world and jazz music by her parents, themselves zealous music collectors. With staunch family support, Sarah involved herself from age 6 in numerous school musicals, choir performances, church services and a jazz ensemble throughout her most formative years.

Trained in classical piano up to Grade 5, Sarah started to combine her loves for literature and musical expression into songwriting only relatively recently. She embarked on her first major songwriting project in 2008, where she wrote the lyrics and music for 7 out of 10 songs performed in Saving Grace — an original musical produced in conjunction with the Institute of Mental Health’s 80th Anniversary. Encouraged by the positive feedback to her songs from Saving Grace, Sarah embarked on a year-long project to release Let’s Pretend in collaboration with renowned musical theatre composer-arranger Bang Wenfu.

For Sarah, releasing her first EP Let’s Pretend is just the start of an exciting journey. Already one of the most promising and versatile young artistes in the Singapore music scene, her star can only shine brighter as she continues to face life and its experiences with a tenacity that is quintessentially Sarah Cheng-De Winne.

For Media & Press Enquiries, kindly contact:

Karen Heng
Public Relations Consultant
T: +65 9876 8910


Cassie-Anne Low
Public Relations Consultant
T: +65 9170 1102

"Popular Classics" by Incursion Trio (29 Aug 10)

A young professional music chamber trio "Incursion Trio
will be performing a concert "Popular Classics" 
 in Singapore conference Hall this coming Sunday

Check them out!!!

Click HERE to find out more information on tickets!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Esplanade Presents BayBeats 2010 (Music Festival): 20 - 22 August 10

Dear readers,

I believe that u have seen the banner of Singapore BayBeats Music Festival
on my music blog.

Want to know more about the festival and audition bands
who passed the auditions to play tonight and this weekend?

Find out through the media publicity information
(by Winnie, staff of Esplanade) sent to me below:

Esplanade Presents
Baybeats 2010
20 – 22 August 2010
For more information, please visit

Presented by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Baybeats is an annual three-day alternative music festival held in August for free. The three main performing stages include the Baybeats Arena (Outdoor Theatre), Powerhouse Stage (The Edge) and the Chillout Stage (Concourse). Additionally, there is a series of up-close-and-personal interview sessions at the Observation Deck (Library@Esplanade).

Into its ninth edition, Baybeats has been recognised as an edgy and eclectic festival that discovers young, trendy and dynamic independent Asian artists and is an essential destination to experience the spirit of alternative music in Asia. With a diverse selection of quality performances from Asia and around the world and featuring a wide spectrum of alternative music genres, the festival attracts not just local audiences, but international musicians and music-lovers to Singapore too.

Held from 20 to 22 August 2010, Baybeats 2010 will feature over 50 free performances by 36 bands from 10 countries as well as eight local bands that have made it through the Baybeats Audition to make their debut at the festival. In addition, Baybeats also covers an exciting line-up of alternative genres from folk (e.g. Carlos Castano), to electronica duos (e.g. Elektone, Cosmic Armchair), electro-punk (e.g. Handsome Furs), metal (e.g. Rudra), indie-pop (e.g. The Camerawalls) and even a myriad of different rock bands (e.g. ChicoSci, Kyoto Protocol, The Brandals, Hedgehog).


2010 marks the fourth year of the Baybeats Audition which seeks to profile local bands that have never been presented at Baybeats and progressively prepare them to be showcased at the festival. These bands went through two gruelling rounds of auditions to be selected to be presented at Baybeats. The 8 Audition Bands are:

Run Neon Tiger
Channeling song writing vibes of The Killers and melodies of The Strokes, Run Neon Tiger’s own brand of tuneful indie rock is very much a sound to behold. Complementing Paddy’s distinct vocals is Jude who provides rhythmic guitar chops over Ben’s perfectly timed bass lines & Christian’s frantic drumbeats. They may be a new band but with an ardent fervor to perform missing this talented quartet would be the biggest mistake at Baybeats 2010.

Meltg Snow
Since 1999 Zach (Guitars), David (Guitars), Lord Insanity (Vocals), Bexxx (Bass) and Adrian (Drums) have been plying their dark arts in the Asian Goth-Metal scene. With a characteristic aggressive sound replete with intense vocals, these arcane lords have been spreading their metal psalms around the region and winning over a faithful following from as far as Thailand. Their “Black Penance” album has even been picked up and is slated to be released by an international label followed by a 2010 tour.

Duxton Plains
A forward thinking ethos coupled with their diverse musical background is what sets Duxton Plains apart. Comprising of Adil (drums & vocals), Iman (bass), Zan (guitars) & Sulaiman (guitars / vocals), though Duxton Plain’s fusion of frenzied riffs, insightful lyrics juxtaposed with the positive splendor of metal, emo & hardcore (to name a few) deviates from the normality’s of conventional songwriting but never at the expense of catchy melodies & pop-infused lyrics.

The Zozi
With a debut album titled “Hilamony” (their version of Hilarious Harmony) you know you’re in for an aural treat with The Zozi! Inspired by musical luminaries such as Morrisey to Ramlee Sarip, the Zozi’s upbeat tunes & simple comic-esque lyrics have never ceased to put a smile on many a punter’s face. Infusing a surf punk attitude with neu-bohemia rock, The Zozi have performed their songs about their daily lives at gigs such as Radioclash ‘08 and last year's DiskoPapan held at Cloth and Clef, Kuala Lumpur. Proving that these live wires are an act not to be missed.

Barely two years old, Cockpit’s showmanship at Baybeats 2010’s audition proved that age ain’t nothing but a number as they won over a new legion of fans. Fusing storyteller-esque lyrics & theatrical arena rock posturing they were part compelling, part entertaining. Comprising of Johnny Danger (Vocals/Guitars), Sludge (Vocals/Bass), the Collapse of Uncertainty (Drums) and Psyence Fyktion (Vocals/Guitars) these rock opera-tistes are indeed a force to be reckoned with this Baybeats 2010!

Basement in My Loft
Basement In My Loft is a power trio, still trying to find a comfortable genre. Comprising of the vocalist / guitarist Adrian Jones, Bassist Zhong Ren and adding some beat clout is Mr Lightning. Drawing influences from a gamut of bands like Fugazi to Neil Young, Johnny Cash to The Jam summing up their sound as “Beat-writer's spiritual melodic grunge grind” would come close. Nuff’ said, so Listen. Engage. Change something.

Reminiscent of a light breeze during a picture-esque summer holiday, Postbox’s pop / rock tunes takes you on a toe-tapping journey. Combining the collective musical talents of Ariff (Guitar), Isa (Bass), Adzim (Guitar), Hussein (Drums) with the unmistakable voice of Samantha, their cheery lyrics juxtaposed with catchy jangle guitar melodies has clearly defined them as one of Singapore’s leading indie pop darlings.

Comprising of Weiwen on vocals, Safith on drums, Nicholas & Joey on guitars & Leon on bass, this diverse quintet have been busy promoting their post hardcore sounds since 2007. Playing numerous shows around the island has seen their impressive fan base grow from leaps & bounds. It’s no wonder as these manic scene-stealers are a sight to behold when they’re on stage. Their latest release; The Silver Lining showcases their ability to craft provoking lyrics with tuneful melodies making them an act to look out for at Baybeats 2010!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CNNGo Singapore TV show (Part 1 & Part 2)

Hi readers,

remember the blog post ( I mentioned in regards
to local musicians, models and celebrities featured in video show.

Now the video is being shown on my blog.

In the show,the guide to
our culture, food, places
and environment are featured.

Like our famous Haji Lane
where young entrepreneurs
like to hang out and test new business
ideas and get to experience a
sense of freedom in our
strict and controlled society.

And our favorite yummpy local
food delicacy "Hokkien mee"
was introduced by a food blogger
Leslie Tay.

What's even cooler is
that the show
features original music
from musicians in Singapore! :)

I will talk how I feel about the show in
another blog post.

In the meanwhile, enjoy the show
and feel free to leave some comments
about the show!

CNNGo TV: Singapore Part 1
It is Singapore's turn in the spotlight!

Find out how its people make the most of
this small island country in the first segment of
our Singapore show.

CNNGo TV: Singapore Part 2
We venture off the beaten track in the second segment of our Singapore show

In the second part of the show, we weave through Singapore's historical districts, sumptuous eateries and organic farms.

Singapore Too Many Music Events!!! 20 Aug 10 - 22 Aug 10

Whoever says that Singapore is a culture desert have to
think again.

Singapore simply has too many music culture events happening!!!
I wish I am a ninja where I can spilt myself into different
forms to watch all the performances. But I can't go
to every single one.

So here are the highlights of the major events
happening tonight and the rest of the weekends.

20 Aug 10
Celebration @ Marina Bay (Free):
Alicia Pan will be performing tonight 7 pm - 745pm.
Is she worth watching?
Check out my post link about her (with music videos):
Furthermore Taiwan Artist Singer Zhang Dong Liang (Nicholas Zhang) will be performing
Where music lovers gather to watch the music performances:!/event.php?eid=146637868697404&index=1

21 Aug 10
1) Play your part and support the cause of foreign workers in
this free music concert to raise awareness for NGO Migrant Voices:

2) Sixx: A Live DVD Recording @ TAB. Check this hip hop band where
simply crazy blend of musical ideas and sounds fly all over your body:
Cannot decide if u should go? Then check Sixx link (with music videos). That
should help u make a decision:

20 Aug 10 - 22 Aug 10
Singapore Baybeats 2010 Music Festival (Free)
Celebration @ Marina Bay (Free)

So many events....almost free.
What are u waiting for?
Bring your friends and rock the stage
with them!!! :)

I bring u the last news...below:

Who are the performing artists and bands
from the various countries in the Baybeat Festival 2010?

They are listed as below:
Perfoming Artists & Bands for Singapore BayBeats Festival 2010

SUCHNESS once ruled the airwaves in the mid-1990s when "Spellweaver" was voted Best Local Song by popular radio station 91.3 FM. Plans to record its full-length debut came to an abrupt halt when frontman Noel Yeo (Vocals/Guitar) left for studies overseas. Now the four-piece returns with its unique brand of energetic, guitar pop for one night only, fourteen years after its last performance.

Fishtank’s unique punk-ska sensibility was fresh, immediate, weird and exquisite – a cacophony of melodic intricacy tempered by a quirky, childlike enthusiasm. 2001’s albums Souvenir Novelties & Party Tricks hurtled towards jaded, unsuspecting music fans at warp speed.

RUDRA is a well-known name in the South East Asian Metal scene. The band was formed way back in 1992. Since then the band has never looked back or stopped its activity in the Metal scene. The band evolved from being a humble Death Metal band to the 'founders' of a new metal genre called Vedic Metal. To date RUDRA has released 5 full-length albums which have won critical acclaim in different parts of the world.

With a line-up that hails like a who's who in the Singapore indie-rock scene, TYPEWRITER could easily be touted as an indie superband. The band owes its musical influences to the Pop-Underground movement which includes inspirational songwriters like Big Star, Weezer, Wilco, Guided By Voices, Aimee Mann and Elvis Costello.

LUNARIN consists of Linda Ong, Ho Kah Wye and Loo Eng Teck. They have been playing together for more than 15 years. Initially inspired by grunge bands such as Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, they have since expanded their musical horizons to create a soundscape reminiscent of the progressive art-rock/heavy metal stylings of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Mastodon coupled with the lyrical sensitivities of PJ Harvey and Tori Amos.

Cosmic Armchair
COSMIC ARMCHAIR is an Electronic Pop duo based in Singapore that has their music distributed internationally. Cosmic Armchair’s unique brand of electronic pop music has been described as “Trance with a New Wave feel”. In their latest album, A Different View, Cosmic Armchair combines dance and future pop influences with thought-provoking lyrics and driving beats in 5 fresh and original Electronic Pop Songs.

Created in 2006, ELEKTONE has been busy guesting for notable visitors to Singapore shores such as Jens Lekman, DYKO, IGO, Goodnight Electric and Montag. Codenamed de_selecta, themes of the ELEKTONE sound is intimately pegged to the love+hate/forgiveness+revenge equation. Coupled with their computer-aided manipulations, crying guitars, coaxing synthpads and a stable of beats, ELEKTONE has progressively made significant changes to their ‘live’ setup to streamline their bedroom creations into forms of realism.

Celina Foo
CELINA has held aspirations of becoming a successful singer-songwriter since weekly singing competitions at her grandmother’s when she was five years old. Armed with her 90s-style brand of music and her ability to translate the inspiration she receives from listening to an artiste into original songs, Celina hopes the experience of this showcase will bring her closer to her dreams. Celina was mentored by Kevin Mathews in TAP2010.

4 Imaginary Boys
4 IMAGINARY BOYS is a deejay collective described as “Bobby Gillespie with 2000 John Peel records at a secret disco party for punks in pumps. Following indie night residencies at Liquid Room's SoundBar and at Barbaablackchic, the Boys have been spotted behind the decks at Butter Factory, Cocco Latte, Q Bar, House and, Zouk's Flea & Easy. They are ARC, Cloudy J, 4Nik8r and Half Biscuit.

Jon Auer
JON AUER is co-founder of the power pop band The Posies, along with Ken Stringfellow. Auer and Stringfellow have also been a part of the rejuvenated Big Star. Auer was a founding member member of Sky Cries Mary. As a solo artist, Auer has released an EP, 61/2 and a full-length record on the label Pattern25 called Songs from the Year of Our Demise. Auer is also a producer. Auer will be performing 1 solo set and as a guest artist for local band Typewriter.

David Choi
David Choi is a Korean American musician and youtube video producer living in Los Angeles. He usually performs a mix of original songs and covers of pop hits. As of April 19, 2010 Choi is the 14th most subscribed musician on YouTube and the 82nd most subscribed overall, with 273, 866 subscribers and over 6.2 million channel views. His humourous song “You Tube, A Love Song” has received over 2.5 million views.

Mixhell comprises of Igor Cavalera (drummer of legendary / seminal thrash metal band Sepultura) & his wife Laima. They will be having their debut performance for Baybeats right after their performance at Glastonbury Music Festival.

Handsome Furs
HANDSOME FURS is an electro punk indie rock band from Montreal, Canada. The band comprises husband/wife duo Dan Boeckner, from Wolf Parade and Atlas Strategic, and Alexei Perry. The band signed on to Sub Pop Records in late 2006, and released their first full-length album, Plague Park, in 2007. The duo also star in a new original travel web series, "Indie Asia" produced by that premiered January 21, 2010. The weekly documentary series follows the bands travels in China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam.

Hugely popular with both musical hipsters, for the brilliance of their compositions and performances, and with rock and roll party animals, for their wild, out of control pop frenzy, Hedgehog’s music is approachable and unique. Percussionist and vocalist Atom (阿童木) is a tiny girl who just barely peeps over the top of her drum kit but who bangs out explosive rhythms like a monster possessed. Bassist Box (博宣), punches out the tight bass lines that hold the songs together while seeming lost in oblivion. Guitarist and vocalist ZO (子健) slashes out huge waves of chords while jumping, twirling, staggering and even falling over several times during his performances without letting up for the slightest pause.

Modern Children
MODERN CHILDREN was formed in the winter of 2006 in Hong Kong. Chih (Guitar/Bass) who was greatly inspired by indie-pop band Belle & Sebastian roped in his twin brother Tony (Drums) and subsequently found other members Kenneth Tsang (Vocals/Guitar/Bass), and Jimmy Cheung (Guitar/Bass) through the internet. The band’s use of unconventional instruments like toys and effects brings their music to a different level.

ChicoSci (often spelled as Chicosci) is a 5-piece Filipino rock band based in Manila. The highly-successful debut record established Chico Science as one of the forerunners of the new generation of rock. The album “Revenge of the Giant Robot” spawned hits such as Amen, Soopafly, and the MTV hit, Sink or Swim. This album was also nominated to the prestigious Awit Awards for Best Rock Recording. Their first-ever music video Sink or Swim, directed by Lyle Sacris, also won as the Best Directed Video for the 2001 MTV Pilipinas Awards. Later on, they decided to change the name Chico Science to ChicoSci, in order not to be confused with the Brazilian singer.

Carlos Castaño
Singer-songwriter Carlos Castaño draws influences from names such as John Mayer and ray LaMontagne. He has just completed his first solo album “City Light Soundtrack” at Kerplunk! Studios in Makati with production of the album headed by Kelvin Uy of Angulo and Pat Jalbuena. Prior to this full album, he previously released a six-song CD.

The Camerawalls
The Camerawalls is an indie pop band based in Manila, Philippines formed by Clementine (Clem Castro) of the defunct band Orange and Lemons on September 10, 2007. A continuation of his songwriting prowess that manifested in his earlier works, Clementine (guitars/vocals) now collaborates with Ian Sarabia (drums) and Law Santiago (bass) to become another significant group in the country. With the release of their debut album "Pocket Guide To The Otherworld" on July 3, 2008 under Clementine's own independent record label Lilystars Records, The Camerawalls became an example of a remarkable music production in true indie spirit in The Philippines.

Techy Romantics
When the Techy Romantics start playing, the beats begin breathing, guitars come a-stirring, vocals creep in, and then the songs, they just come alive. There’s just this powerful surge of energy that nobody can resist. That cosmic force is exactly what greeted Ryan Villena, Dondi Virrey, and Camyl Besinga that Sunday afternoon in mid-2008, when the three, for the heck of it, decided to jam. In less than a month, the Techy Romantics had written enough songs to fill the usual gig sets.

The Standards
Thai-British band The Standards were formed in June 2007. They have since launched themselves to become one of the more recognisable indie bands in the Bangkok music scene. Ayu, Mc and Nit make up the Thai half of the band, while Matt Smith and Paul Smith complete the British half. They describe their music as somewhere between Kasabian, Blur and Chas n Dave!

de…connextor started out as a side project, grown from Bangkok-based indie band REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN. While the band is essentially a duo, they often perform with guest artists so every gig is slightly different. They sound like an electronic mis-mash of their influences Ladytron, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, M83 and The Horrors.

The Brandals
Formed in late 2001 as The Motives in urban polluted Jakarta, The Brandals are Edo Wallad on vocal, Bayu on Lead guitar, Tonny on Rythm guitar, Doddy on Bass and Rully Annash on Drums. They spent most of 2002 rehearsing and performing their own materials, as well as classic Rock n’ Roll standards from The Who, The Stones, Hendrix, Kinks, some Pistols and The Clash. Early 2003 saw Edo leaving the band but introducing Eka Annash (Rully's older brother) to the line-up. As the band gained more new fans in the subsequent years, their album sales rose to dramatic numbers of 35,000 copies nationwide in Indonesia.

Established in 2003, SANTAMONICA is the brainchild of duo Joseph Saryuf and Anindita. Describing their sound as the musical version of a trip down to Alice In Wonderland adventures, it is an eclectic mixture of pop, bossanova, electronic, and classic waltz which drawing influences from Astrud Gilbeto, Antonio Jobim, My Bloody Valentine to classic Disney soundtracks.

An Honest Mistake
This 6-piece rock band from Malaysia writes catchy tunes with poppy choruses. In 2009, An Honest Mistake rocked several music festivals in Malaysia as well as played the circuit in popular live venues like Laundry Bar, Urbanattic and The Library. They are set to take 2010 by storm, having just won VIMA 2010’s Best College Act Award.

Car Crash Hearts
Catchy and dynamic punk rock band Car Crash Hearts was established in 2008. To date, the band has released a full album in Malay as well as an English-language single. The name Car Crash Hearts suggest how their music should be. They wear their expression on their sleeves and are always a little punk, a little rock and a lot of fun!

Kyoto Protocol
A band that everyone has a hard time describing (and a much easier time enjoying), gusto rock group Kyoto Protocol has come leaps and bounds from their humble beginnings piecing together splinters from two separate bands in 2008. Drawing their influences from bands such as Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth and The Clash, Kyoto Protocol wowed the judges at Yamaha Asian Beat Competition in KL, proceeding to the National Finals where they finished as the runner-up. Kyoto Protocol has also played on stages of varying sizes, from intimate sets at No Black Tie to the festival-sized Rock the World 9. Thematic, unconventional but deceivingly catchy, Kyoto Protocol, like their namesake, is divisive yet utterly undeniable.

Prema Yin
Prema Yin is no stranger to the music industry in Malaysia. Having launched her EP, “Eyo Eyo” in August 2009, she has thus received great reviews from the local media. The press has dubbed her as the upcoming “Rock Princess” of Malaysia. She was the winner for NTV7’s Malaysian Topstar in 2004. Although she was awarded a recording contract, she declined the offer and dived straight into building her experience and knowledge in the music scene.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tribute to Gopal and Fundraiser (15 Aug 10)

Dear readers,

For those who are currently or used to play music,
remember the times when u get inspired by
musicians or music lovers who just come into your
life and change your perspective on music as well
as your outlook on life?

Yea...then u share the same sentiments
with local blues guitarist Victor whose
drummer Gopal inspired and
changed his music life.

Below is a story of how Gopal
changed his life the moment
when Gopal played with him:

P.S. For the benefit of those who've never met him before, how about we share some anecdotes about our man? There's a length limit on wall posts so if it's long just send it to me and I'll put it up here. I'll start the ball rolling...

"It was another Saturday night along Prinsep St at Roomful of Blues, where we were doing our usual blues jam thing. Feeling rather uninspired on this particular evening as jams occasionally are, we were sort of plodding along, trading licks rather aimlessly.

In walks Gopal, barefooted. My first thoughts were that he must have been robbed of his shoes or something. Turns out he was walking in the Thaipusam procession(!) and decided to drop in for a jam...we hadn't jammed in a while and to have him drop in unexpectedly livened things up. The evening suddenly became a rip-roaring blues orgasm as we engaged in our usual musical tomfoolery.

When we were done, he went back out to re-join the procession just as suddenly as he came in. From that day onwards I could never look at Thaipusam the same way ever again. Amongst the buckets of milk, kavadis and devotees in trances, I keep thinking there has to be a blues drummer itching for a jam somewhere in there."

Feel touched? Want to listen to
music videos of Gopal? :)

Here's some interesting songs for u
to handle the hot sizzling situation
when you gets into BIG TROUBLE
with your girlfriend/wife

When your girlfriend/wife keeps aruging and refuses to believe that
u are not being unfaithful to her especially with all those deadly rumors
that her "bitchy" friends keep telling her about your affair with the sexy
ladies in your workplace or bars that u visit and meet frequently.
Sing her this song "Hush Hush" by Jimmy Reed below:

And when your wife blows up when you really pisses
her off despite your lousy attempt to explain your innocence, 
sing her this "Mellow Down Easy" song to cool her down:

If all fails, then use this song "Mojo Working" to charm your wife 
with your vodoo power:

When she is finally charmed, sing her this song "Idolize U" to show
how much u love and idolize her:

Enjoying the videos, right?
The sobbing part comes...
crying....sob sob.

Gopal passed away. What???!!!
Such an inspiring musician had
left the world???!!! :(

Sad...but here's something
that u would be able to do something
for his family in the upcoming fund
raising event.

Below are some words of Victor
that he want to say for the fund raising

Hey folks,

Gopal was the drummer in my first blues band and about as colourful a character as you could ever ask for in your first band. His unabashed passion for the music and fun-loving approach to drumming probably shaped my perspective on music as well as my outlook on life.

He left behind an elderly mother who had been taking care of him in his poor health for the last few years when he was unable to work. Their financial si...tuation wasn't great and the bunch of us blues musos are putting up a tribute concert to raise funds with 30% of the FnB takings going to her, which she could definitely use. It would mean a lot to me personally if you could attend and buy a beer or pizza.

In return, I can offer some insight into how my musical life got started with our motley crew as our first band will be getting together again to do some of Gopal's favourite songs when he played with us. Hope to see you there.


My Thoughts:
I am sure that some of u guys have families and might even be
the sole breadwinner. And if u are gone, u would be worried 
for your family. Who is going to take care of your family
in Singapore?

So let us share our kindness to light up and bring
a little warmness to his family and the world
by showing up at the fund raising event:

Details of the event as below:
Fund Raising Event: Tribute to Gopal and Fundraiser
Date: 15 August 10
Location: Timbre Substation
Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

U can also find out more information from the facebook link below:

Last but not least,
I leave u guys a tribute song to Gopal
by the local musicians below:

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sixx @ 4flo - Hip Hop Festival 13 Aug 10

Local hip hop band Sixx is performing 2night to
do some fund raising for a family whose family
member Mr Ahmad was killed in a freak accident

It's free!!! Come down and support them!

If u miss Sixx, u will be banging your
head on the wall for missing such an
awesome band.

Sixx is sizzling HOT on
stage presence and music!!!

Dont believe me?
Here's some videos about them
for u to decide:

Cost Free of Charge!!!
7.15pm - 8pm
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Sixx is dedicating this performance to the family of Mr Ahmad bin Lispa, who was featured in the first season of MediaCorp Channel 5's RenovAID, was killed in a freak accident on 16 July 2010.

...If you have read the news: a crane mounted on a lorry belonging to a landscape management company, smashed through a double-decker bus along Bedok North Road yesterday afternoon.

The casualties: 1 dead, 2 in intensive care, 6 outpatients.

He leaves behind his wife and four sons, 2 of which has kidney failure/problems, and the youngest son still in primary school. He was the sole breadwinner of his family.

Remember Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Cabbage soup is what Charlie's family had everyday, because they could barely afford anything better.

Their monthly income is barely 1k in a month, and this is with Mr Ahmad, putting in hours of OT at his cleaning job. With him now gone, his wife - Mdm Rokiah, really needs financial help to carry on... "

Sixx and Brown Sugar will be donating all funds collected in the coming weeks to the family direct.

Peace and Love.

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Brown Sugar:!/group.php?gid=269337128963&ref=ts

Information Extracted from:!/event.php?eid=139706779391174&index=1

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Journey to a musical and spiritual sanctuary at “Migrant Sounds” (21 Aug 10)

Date: 21st August 2010
Event Type: Music concert to raise awareness for NGO Migrant Voices
Time: 8 pm to 11pm
Admission fee: Free
Location: Going Om Café, 63 Haji Lane
Contact Person: Rupak George, +65 9634146,

Music Group: Mux

Instrumental Band: Great Empty


SINGAPORE, August 02, 2010; Haji Lane will yet again play host to a unique concert to be held among its well-tread pavements, with some of the most original and inspiring homegrown musical acts to emerge in recent times. Quality acts like Mux, Great Empty, Seyra and Cotton Island will converge out on the streets on the 21st of August, from 8pm onwards, to play a captivating blend of tunes; promising a night of delectable melodies and carefully-crafted ambiance. Proudly hosted by the cafe bar Going Om on 63 Haji Lane, Migrant Sounds is a social initiative primarily concerned with raising awareness for non-profit organization Migrant Voices, an independent entity committed to recognizing and celebrating the artistic talents of migrant workers in Singapore. They are also renowned for their efforts in bridging the gap of social distinctions between Singaporeans and migrant workers. Admission is open to the public and free of charge.

Singer Songwriter: Seyra

David Lin: Performer from Europe under the moniker of Cotton Island

The event will draw influences from an eclectic mix of sounds and styles to create an atmosphere of harmonious unity. The show will be opened by the warm mellow tunes of David Lin, an experienced performer of various parts of Europe under the moniker of Cotton Island. Following him will be the up-and-coming singer-songwriter Seyra, who has recently opened for Malaysian darling Yuna and released her debut self-titled EP. Then prepare to embrace the intricate vibrations of instrumental band Great Empty who also recently released their EP “Desire the Creator” at the Third Mind Experience event. Migrant Sounds will be capped off by the brilliant experimental and layered electro-acoustic sounds of Mux, helmed by the genius narrative explorations of B-Quartet vocalist Bani Haykal.

Migrant Sounds is set to provide a more interactive experience by engaging the senses of sight and touch through pictorial visual aids that will be handed out to the audience during the live performances of the event. This thoughtful souvenir will help to reinforce the event vision of a perceived journey, where we are all migrants on this lonely planet embarking on our own journey to a musical and spiritual sanctuary.

For additional information on the event or its participants, please visit

For additional information on Migrant Voices, please visit

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Migrant Voices is an arts charity that runs art events and programs for the migrant worker community in Singapore to use as a platform for expression.

The society grew out of the realisation that many migrant workers turn to the arts as a form of release from their personal and work stress. Migrant workers -- our work permit holders such as domestic workers, construction workers, cleaners etc -- leave behind families and deep kinship ties to work here, in order to provide a better life for their loved ones. In bringing these different migrant workers together, we hope to share an insight of their life through the arts.

Since its inception in April 2006, Migrant Voices has staged several indoor and outdoor theater productions and gigs. Migrant Voices' bands have performed at The Substation's Septfest in 2006 and 2007, and have brought our plays to the heartlands, The Arts House and Little India. On the 11th of September, Migrant Voices will conduct the Migration Film Festival to be screened at the Substation. This initiative is in support of the artistic works of independent local and filmmakers who have documented stories of the lives of migrant workers in Singapore.


Hi readers,

I am back once again.
Recently I just got an email
from Lydia Tsui (CNN Asia Pacific
Public Relations Executive) 
of the website

Yap u are right. It's a great guide
to Asia's greatest cities lifestyle and travel
website launched by the international 
Cable News Network (CNN International) under
Time Warner Company.

Apparently our small red dot island has
been noticed! A guide to our culture, food, places
and environment by a gorgeous model, environmentalist
and local musicians is featured in their program.

Check out the information below sent to me
to find out more:

This month, CNNGo hits the streets of one of the world's fastest growing cities, Singapore.

It's a place with a squeaky-clean image and an ever-changing skyline.

Model and Environmentalist Nadya Hutagalung
and eco-entrepreneur Ivy Singh-Lim
Violinist Min Lee
Model and environmentalist Nadya Hutagalung helps us get in touch with nature, taking us to a vegetarian restaurant that could even convert many meat-lovers. Renowned Violinist Min Lee points us to a place that dresses the stars, while preserving a classical style.

Iconic personality Dick Lee
CNNGo also heads high above Singapore to check out the greatest pool in Asia, if not the world, at the new Marina Bay Sands. Local legend Dick Lee gives us insight into the Chinese and Malay culture in a neighborhood filled with traditional shophouses. And in this food-obsessed land we settle in for a crab feast that just wouldn't quit.

Singer-songwriter Inch Chua

That and more this month on CNNGo Singapore.

About the program

CNNGo is a monthly show featuring a unique take on global destinations, bringing views from genuine insiders on what gives dynamic cities in Asia and beyond their distinctive buzz. Taking its lead from the digital, whether you’re a local, a business or leisure visitor, or even just a cultural voyeur, CNNGo delivers the best of each city by those who know it best. More information on the show, extended interviews and additional interactive content is available at


Thursday August 12 at 930am
Friday August 13 at 430am
Saturday August 14 at 9am, 330pm & 930pm
Sunday August 15 at 330pm
Monday August 16 at 330am

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Thursday August 12 at 1030am
Friday August 13 at 530am
Saturday August 14 at 10am, 430pm &1030pm
Sunday August 15 at 430pm
Monday August 16 at 430am

Bangkok/ Jakarta
Thursday August 12 at 330pm
Friday August 13 at 1030am
Saturday August 14 at 3pm & 930pm
Sunday August 15 at 330am & 930pm
Monday August 16 at 930am

Hong Kong/Shanghai/ Singapore
Thursday August 12 at 430pm
Friday August 13 at 1130am
Saturday August 14 at 4pm & 1030pm
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Monday August 16 at 1030am

Tokyo/ Seoul
Thursday August 12 at 530pm
Friday August 13 at  1230pm
Saturday August 14 at 5pm & 1130pm
Sunday August 15 at 530am & 1130pm
Monday August 16 at 1130am

CNN International is a 24-hour news channel which reacts to live events and breaking news. Therefore, program schedules are subject to change at short notice.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Hey Guys,

its national Day!!!

For Singaporeans and our nearest
Singaporeans who are living overseas,
U guys must be missing Singapore a lot.

For some who think that Singapore sucks
(eg high rising flat rents, living expenses
all going up and Singaporeans
Kiasu-ness attitude and some even not showing
graceful behaviors in public), I share
the same feelings "How am I going to live
in Singapore like that?".

But no matter what, I hope for real
radical changes in Singapore instead
of just complaining everyday.
Do something about it.

And if u think whether if it's worth it,
think again.

Below are youtube performances of
some local musicians/artists
performing covers of our National
Anthem "Majulah Singapura" that
might change your mind.

Singapore still deserves a place in
our heart! :)

Our famous and talented Inch Chua Singer Singer Songwriter rendition

Improvisation Demo by Eric Lee (I think it can be jazzed a bit more)

For Singaporeans who are living overseas...
A rendition done by our young Singaporeans
reciting the National Pledge and singing
the National Anthem song

And our Singapore song is even flying
high in the name of international
soccer competition FIFA WORLD CUP!!! 
Sung by Olivia Ong
(a Singaporean artist who went to Japan
for her singing career and recently
came back to Singapore. Now she is
developing her singing career in Taiwan)

Last but not least,
I leave u guys with a beautiful ac capella
version of "One People One Nation One Singapore"
done by local accapella group E's choir back in 2009.
Song composed by Jeremy Monteiro (Singaporean well-respectd
International Jazz Pianist)

Like my stuff? Then u can show support by
subscribing/rss feed to my music blog. Appreciate
the love and take care! 


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