DEON remains one of our great pop-rock exponents in the local music scene. It’s been awhile since we featured DEON here and are thankful that Music Matters Live 2017 provides us with this opportunity as we talked to Deon Toh, the voice behind the band.
What has DEON been up to since the Tokyo tour?
After the Tokyo tour, we had a couple of months to play some Singapore shows before flying off for our Canadian Tour – our last big project for 2016, anchored by our participation at Indie Week Canada. It was one of the best tours we had in Toronto. We had been traveling there for four years straight, and I think we all knew that it would be the last one for a while, as we needed to collate our strategies before the next big project.
2016 was a great year, we opened for OF MONSTERS AND MEN; did a Starbucks mini-tour in Singapore; performed at the Puma Run and Mosaic Music Weekend; worked with Naiise, Canon, Gnossem, Benjamin Barker and future classics; played in Tokyo and Toronto; got signed to our management (The Black East); released a collaborative EP with 9 other Singaporean artists/DJs/producers (Oceans Remix).
Though we had good momentum, I had to make a call for a songwriting hiatus so that the team could focus on producing new songs. That IS our bread and butter. We had two full length albums and a 9-track EP released within three years, so it was essential that we started writing material that was better than anything released before. For the first eight months of 2017, it was purely thematic conceptualisation, melody composition, musical arrangement, lyrical writing and experimenting new songs at small unannounced showcases – and now, we have new tunes to share with everyone! Music Matters will be the start of a 8-10 show run towards the end of the year, so stay tuned.
Do you remember the first time you played at Music Matters Live? What was the experience like?
I think the first time I played at Music Matters Live was in 2013. We got the invite while we were participating in Canadian Music Week 2013, and basically performed shortly after returning to Singapore. I remember playing a three venues in Singapore with a pub-crawl style, where we jumped from venue to venue at Clarke Quay, performing short sets. The most important thing to me was making a whole bunch of new friends by getting to know the bands and people like Sammy (Shirra-Moore). We were in our indie element and felt right at home.
When are you playing at Music Matters Live ‘17?
I will be performing at CHIJMES on 9 Sep 2017 (Sat), at 6.45pm for a very short set. If you’re coming, don’t be late!
How are you preparing for Music Matters Live ’17?
The band and I have been rehearsing for a while now, though admittedly, we are missing some “match-fitness” when it comes to live performances. But, we should be okay.
Will there be new material on show?
Yes. We have a handful of new tunes ready for the showcase. Though our set will not be long enough for us to squeeze them all in. If you are coming, you’d probably hear 2-3 new songs.
Any message for your fans out there?
Hahaha, I don’t know if we have fans, but we sure have made loads of friends over the years. For friends coming, arrive on time, enjoy yourselves, and do stay for other great acts that evening. We have some news to announce in October too, so its all very exciting.
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