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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Anyone who has been following Power of Pop closely enough would be aware that I am a massive fan of the English band XTC.
I have begun to define myself almost exclusively as a ‘teacher’. After all, that’s what I spend most time gainfully employed, with six classes over 5 days over three polytechnics for the next few months. Till end August in fact.
POP CULTURE IS LIFE!
Changing things up a little – every Sunday, I will be sharing some of my thoughts about why pop culture is so important to me.
Last year at the Singapore International Film Festival, I missed the screening the restored Mee Pok Man (thanks to Ride’s appearance at Neon Lights) and so I jumped at the chance to catch the restored film at The Projector on Friday, 8th April.
I will be giving a 90 mins talk on the late great David Bowie on February 11th. In this talk, I will be covering three main areas viz. A summary of the highlights of Bowie’s musical career with emphasis on the 70s, a quick look into Bowie’s work in movies and TV & Bowie’s legacy.
Since the late 80s, there have been numerous pronouncements of the death of rock ’n’ roll. Each time, the prophets of doom have been proven wrong – the 1990s with the rise of Nirvana and the 2000s with the Strokes and the post-punk revival. But I sincerely fear that 2016 might be the year that time is called on the former institution known as rock ’n’ roll.
Perhaps it is the death of David Bowie that has depressed me to such an extent that this doomsday scenario now becomes a reality. But just look at the Billboard Top 20 singles and you will realise that rock ’n’ roll is completely absent. I have also been analysing the acts on Laneway Singapore 2016 and bar the rare exception (like Cashew Chemists), again there are no bands playing rock ’n’ roll!
This realisation has also aided in my decision to quit as a solo performer, whether live or in the studio – and focus on other aspects in my life. My main pre-occupation in music will be as a journalist and hopefully, as a curator and mentor. That is the only way I can see myself making a contribution. My music as a solo artist has no fucking significance whatsoever. Time to move on then.
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