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May 252013
 

L – R: Yee Chang Kang, Patrick Chng, KM, Fiffy Chia, Redzuan Hissin (front), Alan Bok (behind) and Lennat Mak

It’s been almost a week since I got back from England where I spent nearly 14 days with TypeWriter on the band’s English Breakfast Tour to London, Plymouth, Cornwall and Liverpool, so I thought I’d better put down my thoughts about the experience before they faded away…

This will not be a blow-by-blow account cum tour diary but more a reflection on how the experience touched me and changed my life. Yes, I know that sounds corny and maybe exaggerated but in the week since I have been back I have been inspired to make actual changes in my life.

Going away on tour with a rock band was something I had done in 2011 (for the first time!) with Cheating Sons but that was China. This was England and the very thought of being in my ancestral home with a band was mind blowing. Seriously, on many fronts, I had serious doubts whether we could pull it off, even as I was the one who had started the ball rolling.

We did! And that knowledge gives me renewed confidence and expanded ambitions to go further with this whole music thing. There are new territories for S-ROCK to explore and conquer at home, in the region and beyond and I want to be in the middle of the action and not an observer on the sidelines.

We met really cool music people and the band was appreciated by an entirely new audience. There were mistakes made but lessons learnt. Everywhere the band played, folks were impressed and were keen to find out more about the Singapore music scene – to many of them it seemed incomprehensible that English rock songs were made in Singapore at all!

At the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Liverpool, it seemed inconceivable that a band had flown thousands of kilometres to play at the famous Cavern Club (I believe the distance between Singapore and Liverpool is about 15,000 km!) and I want to take this opportunity to thank organizer David Bash for giving the band the chance to do so.

As cliched as it may sound, this is only the beginning and as June approaches, there are numerous exciting musical activities coming up for myself and the bands I look after. I am truly excited at the possibilities of the next couple of years within the Singapore music scene and beyond. STILL THERE’S MORE indeed.

Pictures taken in England can be seen here and also here.

 

  5 Responses to “MY ENGLISH POP ADVENTURE”

  1. A wonderful positive Article Kevin, as I embark myself once again on a journey to form a new band to support my new Cd.
    Your article gave me inspiration!
    Rock On Comrade!
    Z

  2. Great write up Kev… Thanks for sharing your experience with us… Sounds like a lot of fun and you are right, we can either be observers of life or participants… It’s much more fun and interesting to participate. Take care. Matt

  3. Thanks Matt – it was good fun indeed!

  4. Hey Mike
    That’s so cool to know… all the best my friend!
    Kev

  5. […] dear friends Lennat Mak, Fiffy Chia and our manager Kevin Mathews (read Kevin’s reflections here). The tour wouldn’t be half as fun if not for them. We are eternally grateful to them for […]

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