If you read my bio, you’d realise that I’ve done quite a few different things in my professional career. I’ve covered legal, human resources, quality management and teaching in the over thirty years since I graduated with a law degree.
I am contented to say that I am a composer.
This year I have been fortunate to have my music featured in two projects. One in film, Ramen Teh and the other in TV, HBO Asia’s Folklore series.
I have no qualms in saying that I have retired from being a singer-songwriter and performer, and there is little motivation to come back to that thankless task.
Instead, I will focus on being a composer.
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Mulling over the difference between facts and opinion on a Sunday morning.
Some of you folks may be aware that I suffer from anxiety disorder. It’s not something that is too obvious if you know me casually but that’s becuase it’s very easy to hide.
In my thirties, it was pretty bad – married with children and being the sole breadwinner was not helpful to my mental well-being. But since I turned 40, I have become more self-aware about my condition and learning slowly but surely to deal with who I am.
So here I am, knowing the importance of the here and now. Present sense. In the past decade, I have gone to hell and back but with such valuable lessons.
Yesterday is gone forever and tomorrow might never come. All I have is today. Live in the moment, my friends.
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Faithful followers of my misadventures would have realised that I have stepped back from the Singapore music scene, for reasons previous enumerated.
Finally finished re-watching LOST, all six seasons. And I am satisfied and contented.
I believe in rock ‘n’ roll.
That’s probably a corny sentiment to share but music is all I have in life now. Living the virtually solitary existence can be a mental challenge but eased immensely by the power of my favourite music.
To me, the terms “rock ‘n’ roll” or “pop” are meaningless especially when applied in a cold technical manner.
It has to be about how the music makes me think and feel. And that’s what the best rock or pop music does, in my humble opinion.
It’s all about the art, the craft, the emotion invested by music creators to express a real idea or feeling to the listener – making a genuine connection.
That’s what it has to be all about.
It’s almost been three years since my final solo album – Present Sense – was released. The tepid response to that release prompted me to retire completely from releasing and performing music.
As I watched Hanging Up the Moon (Sean Lam) deliver his beautifully crafted acoustic works in a little record store in the slick cold environs of the Esplanade Mall, I could not help but notice the curious onlooking shoppers wondering what the hell was going on.
When it comes to the Singapore music scene, it does appear that its marginalisation in the 70s and 80s has ultimately caused the scene irreparable harm.
Since the introduction of social media over a decade ago, human beings have taken to the concept of sharing their own opinions and responding to another’s opinion like ducks to water!
I like to say that there are two kinds of music – the music that I like and the music other people like. Music is subjective so it is only an opinion and I cannot definitely say that the music another person likes is bad. All I can say is that I don’t like that music.
“Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one.”
You have an opinion and you are entitled to it. BUT do you have the right to shove it down my throat? No, you don’t.
About under three years ago, I decided to retire from live performances after the dismal support given to my solo album, Present Sense.
Eight years ago, I left the rat race as I completed the final day of my last full-time job as a legal advisor of a boutique law firm.
Glad to announce that SkyLove, the new EP from RONDO VITALE can now be pre-ordered from Bandcamp.
A new world of opportunity opened up for me in the mid-90s when filmmaker Eric Khoo roped me into working on some music for his features Mee Pok Man, 12 Storeys and later on, Be With Me.
Around mid-2016, we made a conscious decision to revamp Power of Pop completely. We needed to narrow the site’s focus back on the music that we love i.e. pop-rock. In addition, we resolved to move away from reviews and concentrate on being a tastemaker, with an emphasis on discovery.
Ye faithful editor is back to regale you, dear PoPster, with his latest shenanigans in the world of popular (sic) music.
KayMac. Something new, something old. This is the moniker I will be using for the electronic art-pop instrumental music I will be making for the rest of my life. Somewhat distinct from the watchmen stuff, which will have lyrics and vocals. Continue reading “THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD: KAYMAC”
This is Kevin Mathews, y’know the guy who owns this webzine, taking a break from normal programming to talk to you a little bit about this new album I have recorded under the watchmen moniker.
Organised jointly by cartoonist Sonny Liew and writer-historian CT Lim in conjunction with the National Library, Speech Bubble is a exhibition showcase of the marginalised art form popularly known as comic books. The opening night event was held last night at the National Library, Basement 1 Central Public Library and I was fortunate to get invited!
There is always a lot to be thankful for. I have learned never to pre-judge a situation – and boy do I have a problem with that – but instead, I have trained myself to cultivate positive thoughts about that particular situation. It’s never easy but usually I find that things do work out in the end, one way or another.
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