And here we are, on the cusp of another Baybeats! I don’t know about you but I’m really excited about catching all the great bands over the course of this festival. Last time out, my head was too wrapped up with playing with Chris Collingwood that I confess that I missed most of the performances. No such distractions this year, I’m glad to report!

First up, we have the bands who auditioned for the right to play at Baybeats. For me, it’s going to be Basement in My Loft, The Zozi, Meltg Snow, Run Neon Tiger, Postbox and Cockpit that will take pride of place. Then we have the S-ROCK contingent viz. Lunarin, Suchness, Rudra, Typewriter and Celina Foo – all worth checking out.

Around the region, we have the likes of Prema Yin (Malaysia), Carlos Castanos, Camerawalls (Philippines), Santamonica (Indonesia), The Standards (Thailand), King Ly Chee (Hong Kong) and more. Further beyond our shores – Jon Auer of The Posies, David Choi (USA), Handsome Fur (Canada), Mixhell feat. Igor Cavalera of Sepultura (Brazil)…

What a lineup! See what I mean, quite a buffet of indie music, don’t you agree?

For full information about dates and time, go to the Baybeats site.

Don’t forget to patronize the various merch tables to get your souvenirs of what will be a truly memorable rock event! You know the drill, come up and say hi! I’m the guy with the silver hair…

Songs From The Year Of Our Demise Only You Face Control


TAB is a new music bar situated at the end of Orchard Road. As strange as this might sound, TAB is a musician’s dream. So instead of making the bar counter the centre stage of the venue, the performance stage occupies pride of place in this unique venue. What about the bar counters? They are on opposite sides of the stage in the corners, out of sight, but serving a distinct functional purpose. With a spacious hall that gives you sufficient leg space for adequate comfort and strategic positioning for the excellent sound coming from the stage.

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In between the two nights of SINGfest madness, I spent a chilled out evening at TAB with Rachael Teo, listening to Angie Mattson. In her hour-long set, she played songs that I could properly relate to – based very much on the country-folk-blues that I myself indulge with most of the time. It’s obvious that Angie is the consummate pro, watching her utilizing her iPhone to provide percussive backing on a couple of tracks was inspiring and her guitar playing is note perfect. This lady has played a lot of gigs, for sure!



It’s official – NYC post-punk revivalists Vampire Weekend will perform at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 26 October at 7.30pm.

Tickets will be priced at $68, $88, $108, $128 & $148 (excl SISTIC fees). Priority booking for fans of Greenhorn Productions facebook page will be on 27 August 2010 (a password for priority booking will be issued 1 week prior to sales launch). Public booking will be launched on 28 August 2010. All sales will be through SISTIC. More information at Greenhorn Productions page at Facebook.

…still there’s more…

Vampire Weekend



SINGfest 2010: Day 3

The previous 2 days at SINGfest 2010 had generated a certain discontent within the S-ROCK community. The New Paper had treated the S-ROCK representatives for Day 1 (Inch Chua and the Metric System) with contempt when their reporter Germaine Lim described them as “one local band” – without bothering to even identify them! On Day 2, hip-hop Singapore band SIXX was bumped from their opening slot when Kanye West overran his soundcheck.

Thus it was left to the Great Spy Experiment to put things in perspective. Yes, those of us in the Singapore music community may be marginalized but that’s not going to stop us from making the best music we can and enjoying every minute of it. And so GSE proved. A short set it must be said but whoever bother to pay attention were rewarded with a rocking, jumping and bopping selection of GSE wonders. Newer tracks like Wasted and Lights dominated (as the band are prepping for their sophomore album) but as always it was the now-legendary Class ‘A’ Love Affair that got the crowd singing along. Listen without prejudice, boys and girls.

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COSMIC ARMCHAIR is an Electronic Pop duo based in Singapore and its music has been distributed internationally. Cosmic Armchair’s unique brand of electronic pop music has been described as “Trance with a New Wave feel”. On their latest album, A Different View, Cosmic Armchair combines dance and future pop influences with thought-provoking lyrics and driving beats in 5 fresh and original Electronic Pop Songs. Cosmic Armchair shares its secrets about music making.

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Day 1: 3rd August 2010

Got to the Fort Canning Park at about 5.45pm to meet June and we joined the queue (there’s a queue?). Mostly kids of course, as the queue snaked its way to the “back” entrance. Organizers keep changing the entrance so I’m getting confused. Anyways, by the time we reached the field, the familiar voice of Inch Chua gave me a warm greeting.

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Sound Out Singapore is a campaign against sex trafficking of young women and children in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The campaign is driven by the National Committee of UNIFEM Singapore, an agency of the United Nations that works to empower women and address inequalities. As part of this campaign Sound Out Singapore is working with The Body Shop in their global ‘STOP’ campaign. More information about the agency and campaign can be found at: | Facebook | Unifem

Sound Out Singapore is looking for bands / musicians to contribute original tracks to the campaign to help ‘Sound Out’ against sex trafficking. The songs or musical pieces should either incorporate the bell – a symbol of the campaign, as an audio element, or contain lyrics reflecting the issue of sex trafficking and the ideas of liberation and emancipation from sex trafficking. The tracks can be in any genre and in English and other languages.

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HAPP’NINGS: 30th to 31st July

What’s up over this weekend in Singapore – Friday, 30th July to Saturday, 31st July 2010.


Inch Chua: Wallflower – An Album Launch Concert

Esplanade Recital Studio, 9.30pm.

Understand that tickets are almost all gone but you may want to check with SISTIC.


Originals Only Open Mic, Singapore Art Museum (Glass Hall), 7pm

More info.

Trippy Factory Launch

Books Actually, 7.30pm

More info.

Home Club and the RSC present Identite

Home Club, 9pm

More info.

Pushin’ On | Keep Mixin’

Blu Jaz Cafe, 9pm

More info.

Hard Knocks

Hard Rock Cafe, 10.30pm

More info.


The Roses @ SJI Carnival

SJI, 1pm

More info.

Home’s 5th Birthday with DJ Marky and Stamina MC

Home Club, 9pm

More info.


CELINA has held aspirations of becoming a successful singer-songwriter since weekly singing competitions at her grandmother’s when she was five years old. Armed with her 90s-style brand of music and her ability to translate the inspiration she receives from listening to an artiste into original songs, Celina hopes the experience of this showcase will bring her closer to her dreams.

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RUDRA is a well-known name in the South East Asian Metal scene. The band was formed way back in 1992. Since then the band has never looked back or stopped its activity in the Metal scene. The band evolved from being a humble Death Metal band to the ‘founders’ of a new metal genre called Vedic Metal. To date RUDRA has released 5 full-length albums which have won critical acclaim in different parts of the world. The band gets to the point…

Why make music? Because it’s the only invisible thing that transcends all racial, national and religious boundaries.

When did you start making music? In 1992

What is the most important thing about making music? To trust one’s emotions when writing it.

Where is your favorite place to make music? The bedroom.

How do you keep making music? I don’t need to keep making it. It just flows uninterruptedly.

Catch RUDRA at Baybeats 2010: 10.45pm 21st August at the Powerhouse.

Myspace | Baybeats


Created in 2006, ELEKTONE has been busy guesting for notable visitors to Singapore shores such as Jens Lekman, DYKO, IGO, Goodnight Electric and Montag. Codenamed de_selecta, themes of the ELEKTONE sound is intimately pegged to the love+hate/forgiveness+revenge equation. Coupled with their computer-aided manipulations, crying guitars, coaxing synthpads and a stable of beats, ELEKTONE has progressively made significant changes to their ‘live’ setup to streamline their bedroom creations into forms of realism.

Why make music?

Zulfadly: To stay sane. Some people do other things to stay sane e.g. Fishing, dancing, gambling. Making music makes a lot of sense to us cos it moves us, be it physically or senti-mentally.

Eswandy: I think we have gained a lot from just listening to music; from there the inspiration drives us to make our own. The act of creation keeps us excited about the future, the act of performing keeps us excited about the now while the act of listening helps us to understand the hidden and the past.

Azman: Music is a universal language & without it, there will be no joy in this world.

As the Tower Records slogan goes “No Music, No Life” and Nietzsche’s “Without music, life would be a mistake”, it’s important to keep it going. No one should stop!

When did you start making music?

Zulfadly: I was 12 years old when I picked up the guitar and started making my own music. Before that I had learnt to play the keyboards and electone organ from my uncle Rahim who used to play for that 80’s band Tokyo Square.

Eswandy: I was in school at 16 years old, writing my first song about my mom on a guitar. I got inspired after listening to Soul Detergent by The Stoned Revivals, that super band from Siglap, Singapore. They made me believe Singaporeans can actually make good music.

Azman: Haha never really keep track of it, maybe when i was 19 or 20?

What is the most important thing about making music?

Zulfadly: Having the freedom of expression

Eswandy: I find musicians very odd personalities who are at best underutilised here in Singapore so opportunities working with these strange but brilliant people is just priceless and very, very important to me.

Azman: Most importantly, to be sincere of what’s coming from the heart. Also nice melodies that will stay on people’s head for a long time.

Where is your favorite place to make music?

Zulfadly: On the bed 😉

Eswandy: In the bedroom 😉

Azman: No particular spot really and strange but true, you’ll think of some of the best melodies in the toilet!

How do you keep making music?

Azman: I don’t really make it a point to “make” music, though making music is a beautiful process.

In fact I think I “play” music more than i make music. But for me, listening to old school classics such as funk, soul, rhythm & blues can get me inspired to make new music all the time.

Zulfadly: The 3 of us are quite into music technology in our own terms. With technology driving a lot of how they make musical instruments these days, I feel this can help in making sure we keep making music. How can you stop technology?

Eswandy: Yup, technology to me definitely makes it even more interesting. Even more difficult for us not to make music! But on the other hand passion has never stopped human beings from doing what they want or are good at. We would want to do this all our lives but can’t say too soon cos we understand that sometimes priorities change over time for different people. Personally my reference point has always been M.Nasir who successfully moved from Commonwealth Crescent to Kuala Lumpur and responsible for almost all the hit songs in Malaysia. Not forgetting Ryuichi Sakamoto, still making great music and in the forefront of cutting edge music even though he’s a senior citizen now.

Catch Elektone at Baybeats 2010: 5.30pm 21st August at the Chillout Stage (Concourse).

Myspace | Baybeats


How time flies! TAP is back and yes, I’ve signed on as mentor for one more year (although I’m not quite sure why I’ve been excluded from mentoring bands though). I’ve enjoyed the previous TAPs immensely and am thankful for the relationships established with my apprentices viz. Rachael Teo, Nick Tan, Celina Foo and Narisa Chan. Every single one of them has done me proud. Click here to apply – closing date is 29th August.

And by the way, before its announced formally, Narisa has signed up as a KAMCO Music Artist! Exciting…

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Fishtank’s unique punk-ska sensibility was fresh, immediate, weird and exquisite – a cacophony of melodic intricacy tempered by a quirky, childlike enthusiasm. 2001’s albums Souvenir Novelties & Party Tricks hurtled towards jaded, unsuspecting music fans at warp speed. This is what Fishtank thinks of making music…

Why make music?
Becos we can’t make good prata so we try to make good music. So far, we are still trying…..

When did you start making music?

Fishtank started making music as early as 1997.

What is the most important thing about making music?

The feel, groove and everything that has to do with making your body move….

Where is your favorite place to make music?

Funny, ideas tend to come up when we are in the toilet

How do you keep making music?

By being alive and mentally well……

Catch Fishtank at Baybeat 2010: 7pm on 20th August at the Arena (Outdoor Theatre)

Myspace | Baybeats


Cockpit’s showmanship at Baybeats 2010’s audition proved that age ain’t nothing but a number as they won over a new legion of fans. Fusing storyteller-esque lyrics & theatrical arena rock posturing they were part compelling, part entertaining. Comprising of Johnny Danger (Vocals/Guitars), Sludge (Vocals/Bass), the Collapse of Uncertainty (Drums) and Psyence Fyktion (Vocals/Guitars) these rock opera-tistes are indeed a force to be reckoned with this Baybeats 2010! Johnny sings the making music blues, tongue embedded firmly in cheek!

Why make music?
We make music to bring the power and fury of Rock and Metal to the mewling, unsaved masses. It is the divine will of the Gods of Metal that we cleanse the ears of all who have been tainted by the demonic clamour of mass produced music.

When did you start making music?

As individuals, each of us have been making music for over a decade, each hearing whispers of the sacred Call, but yet stumbling about in darkness, direction-less and blind. In the winter of the Year of Tumultuous Repetition (2008), we four were finally brought together in a blaze of hellish flame to begin our evangelical mission of Rock.

What is the most important thing about making music?

To be true to our inner creative voice, to be true to the Spirit of Rock and Metal and to have harmonised guitar solos as much as possible. Oh wait, that’s three things. To have harmonised guitar solos as much as possible.

Where is your favorite place to make music?

In the Sanctuary of the Gods, hidden far beneath the halls of Valhalla, down the Stairs of Pain, before the Fountain of the Damned, 3rd door on the left, next to the vending machine. If you see the elevators, you’ve gone too far.

How do you keep making music?

Through constant communion with the Gods of Rock and Metal via their sacred channels of Guitar Hero, Rock Band and copious quantities of fermented wheat, barley and potato beverages.

Catch Cockpit at Baybeats 2010: 7.30pm 20th August at the Powerhouse.

Myspace | Baybeats


Duxton Plains comprises of Adil (drums & vocals), Iman (bass), Zan (guitars) & Sulaiman (guitars / vocals). This Singapore band’s fusion of frenzied riffs, insightful lyrics is often juxtaposed with the positive splendor of metal, emo & hardcore (to name a few). But never at the expense of catchy melodies & pop-infused lyrics. The band shares with us their insights in music making.

Why make music?

We want others to feel & enjoy what we have felt listening to others music. Be it sad, dirty, happy, horny, itchy, sleepy, whatever that makes them feel how much we enjoy playing the songs that we’ve composed =D

When did you start making music?

We first started making our own originals when we were back in school with the stress of studies inflicting damage to our brains =) which was a good thing.

What is the most important thing about making music?

To just let it be fun. Technical yet audibly pleasing, entertaining yet effortless. Nowadays people make music too seriously and too determined for some kinda mission or something. Sometimes we forget music is just supposed to be fun, enjoyable but still it doesn’t hurt to have an ideology. Like ours would be to have fun and positivism =D

Where is your favorite place to make music?

Anywhere and whenever it just pops into our heads.

How do you keep making music?

Just let it flow naturally and not to try too hard at it. Not forgetting the respect for each of our influences of our respective favorite genres.

Catch Duxton Plains at Baybeats 2010: 9.30pm 20th August at the Powerhouse.


Singapore band The Zozi play “comedy rock”! Inspired by musical luminaries such as Morrisey to Ramlee Sarip, the Zozi’s upbeat tunes & simple comic-esque lyrics have never ceased to put a smile on many a punter’s face. Infusing a surf punk attitude with neu-bohemia rock, The Zozi have performed their songs about their daily lives at gigs such as Radioclash ‘08 and last year’s DiskoPapan held at Cloth and Clef, Kuala Lumpur. Proving that these live wires are an act not to be missed. Naz provides the answers…

Why make music?

Music is like a dessert of all activities. With more toppings comes good music.

When did you start making music?

2005. When 3.0MP camera phones were popular in the market.

What is the most important thing about making music?

Rhythm. Because without it, your music will go haywire.

Where is your favorite place to make music?

Toilet, beaches, quiet room.

How do you keep making music?

Listening to music of different genres and get inspired. Believing in ourselves and have the strong passion to carry on.

Catch the Zozi at Baybeats 2010: 6.30pm Powerhouse, 22nd August.

Myspace | Baybeats


Midas Promotions has announced that if you want to catch all three days of SINGfest – coming in early August – you can do so by buying a three-day pass for $405. Individual day passes cost $175 each.

Tickets are available via or call 6348 5555. Prices are not inclusive of SISTIC booking fee.