KAMCO Music artist Maricelle Wong releases her new single “Apple of My Eye” today on Bandcamp. The singer-songwriter performs at OOOM Music Festival at 1pm today at OOOM Chamber @ Square Garden (Basement 1) NLB Building.
KAMCO Music artist Maricelle Wong launches her new single “Apple of My Eye” on Saturday, 8th December. PoPTV: Talkin’ the Line caught up with the young singer-songwriter (who just turned 22 recently!) for an interview and acoustic performance.
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Catch Maricelle in performance at the OOOM Music Festival on Saturday 8th Dec at 1pm at OOOM Chamber @ Square Garden (Basement 1), NLB Building.
The inaugural OOOM (Originals Only Open Mike) Music Festival takes place on 8th & 9th December at the NLB Building and promises to be an exciting local music festival! Summary of events below.
Apart from the acoustic performances from the likes of Jack & Rai, The Sam Willows and Maricelle Wong, KAMCO Music is also organizing three talks/workshops viz. A Short History of Singapore Indie Rock Music featuring Patrick Chng (Oddfellows, TypeWriter), Yee Chang Kang (The Ordinary People, TypeWriter) & Hentai Cat (MONSTER CAT); Fundamentals of Songwriting featuring Don Richmond, Yee Chang Kang & Sarah Cheng-De Winne and From Open Mike to Concert Hall featuring Patrick Chng, Jack & Rai, Nicholas Chim & Rachael Teo.
Stay tuned for more details.
…still there’s more…
I am constantly (pleasantly) surprised by the sheer volume of songwriting and performing talent that we have here in Singapore. Despite our inhospitable arts climate, our singer-songwriter-musicians continue to believe in themselves and their own music and against all odds, thrive.
Can I be candid? I was really concerned about my NOISE mentee Maricelle Wong‘s performance at the NOISE Music Showcase. Not that I believed that she did not have the talent and ability to impress everyone on the day. It’s just that in the performances prior, she had experienced serious bouts of stage fright that compromised her ability to express herself freely. Then on the day itself, she casually mentioned to me that she had a Cajon player – Peep Show drummer Edmund Khoo – playing with her as well! Honestly I freaked out a little (it was the first I’d heard of this arrangement) – I asked her half in jest – “Does he know your songs?” but later found out from Edmund that they had rehearsed twice so I heaved a sign of relief.
Halfway through her set, I knew she was fine as she warmed her way into the hearts of every single person watching at the Esplanade Concourse. She was breezy, bubbly, vivacious and impossible not to enjoy. Her simple heartfelt songs connected easily with everyone and it was obvious that people liked Maricelle. Best part of all, she remained true to herself in the event and that was enough. Much credit to Edmund certainly for helping her to settle her nerves and just have fun – I have never seen her so relaxed on stage ever before. I especially loved the ‘fast’ version of “Apple of My Eye” – the song we wrote together – and the fact that songs like “Love is a Drug” and “Take A Picture” resonated strongly.
And that’s it for another year of NOISE TMM but it’s certainly not the end for my working with Maricelle and Ming See. Stay tuned because there will be more to come…
Picture (c) Thomas Tan
My NOISE mentee Maricelle Wong is a relative novice to the world of music performance and songwriting. But from the time I met her under the The NOISE Music Mentorship Program, I could see that she was passionate about wanting to learn as much as she could. Maricelle is raw in many respects but there is no denying the talent she possesses for both songwriting and performance. Slowly and surely, she is gaining confidence in these areas and I have seen great steps forward in her journey. Tonight is a significant milestone for Maricelle as she makes her debut at the Esplanade Concourse. Two highlights in her set will be her originals – the bubbly “Take A Picture” and the dark “Love Is A Drug” – which represents both sides of Maricelle’s persona effectively. Also look out for “Apple of My Eye”, the lyrics of which were inspired partly by the recent Taiwanese film and for which I wrote a melody for. Come on down to witness a budding music talent on our own shores with more to come… In the meantime, check out Maricelle‘s video performance of “Apple of My Eye” below.