KEVIN SAYS …

It’s time to break from the past and move forward.

This week, my mother passed away at age 84 joining my father whose demise came at exactly the same age, 8 years ago. Which gives me fair notice to think about the important things in life to pursue.

One of these things is this website. Music has changed so fundamentally that I feel that reviewing music is almost pointless.

So that aspect of Power of Pop will probably disappear as I focus more on films, books, comics and pop culture, in effect to turn this into an actual blog. Change is a-coming, folks.

Thanks once more for your support.

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD : KEVIN MATHEWS – COMPOSER

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.

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KEVIN SAYS …

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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KEVIN SAYS …

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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KEVIN SAYS …

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.

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD – THE MUSIC OF KEVIN MATHEWS [SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION]

About under three years ago, I decided to retire from live performances after the dismal support given to my solo album, Present Sense.

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THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD : RONDO VITALE – SKYLOVE

Glad to announce that SkyLove, the new EP from RONDO VITALE can now be pre-ordered from Bandcamp.

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THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD : KEVIN MATHEWS – REEL2REAL EP

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.

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WHERE WE HAVE BEEN IN 2016 AND WHERE WE ARE GOING IN 2017

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.

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THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD: KAYMAC

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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”

GEEK OUT! SPEECH BUBBLE – OPENING NIGHT

From BigO circa 1993, lyrics from Gum, illustrations by Eric Khoo.
From BigO circa 1993, lyrics from Gum, illustrations by Eric Khoo.

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!

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