KEVIN MATHEWS is a Singaporean singer-songwriter, perhaps best known for his #1 hit song, “My One and Only” with Watchmen in 1993. Mathews’ other notable compositions include the Singapore-centric “The High Cost of Living”, “I ♥ Singapore”, “Gum” and “Pasir Ris Sunrise”, amongst others.
Mathews has released four albums and three EPs with Watchmen, The Crowd and Popland respectively. Recently he has released albums in his own name viz. Emo FASCISM (2013), #alpacablues (2014) and Present Sense (2015). More information here.
Mathews has been a live performer for more than thirty years and has performed at Central Park NYC (for Singapore Day 2007), The Esplanade, *SCAPE, Home Club, Blu-Jaz Cafe, Library @ Esplanade, Library @ Orchard, Timbre @ The Substation, Timbre @ The Arts House, TAB, the Prince of Wales Backpackers’ Pub and other venues. During that time, Mathews has had the distinct privilege of collaborating with renowned local artists such as The Great Spy Experiment, Jack & Rai and Jon Chan.
In addition, Mathews is an accomplished film score writer, and has composed music for acclaimed Singapore director Eric Khoo’s feature films and has also contributed music to other Singaporean films like Stories About Love, One Leg Kicking, Invisible Children, Lucky 7, Anita’s Complaint and The Carrot Cake Conversations as well as TV series such as Drive and Seventh Month.
Mathews is also a prominent contributor to the Singapore music scene. He is currently a member of the National Arts Council’s Arts Advisory Panel, the former Treasurer of the Music Society, Singapore (SGMUSO), and was a mentor under the National Arts Council’s Noise Music Mentorship Programme, a mentor for the Esplanade Youths Budding Music Writers Programme and judge for the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Baybeats Festival, one of the biggest indie rock festivals in the region.
Thanks to a recent digital distribution arrangement with Believe Digital, KAMCO Music released his entire back catalogue on all platforms worldwide in late March and early April 2015. His last solo album, Present Sense, was released in September 2015.
Since then, Mathews has released two albums under “watchmen” and “KayMac” monikers. Both available from Bandcamp.
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