Basement In My Loft is a power trio, still trying to find a comfortable genre. Comprising of the vocalist / guitarist Adrian Jones, Bassist Zhong Ren and adding some beat clout is Mr Lightning. Drawing influences from a gamut of bands like Fugazi to Neil Young, Johnny Cash to The Jam summing up their sound as “Beat-writer’s spiritual melodic grunge grind” would come close. Nuff’ said, so Listen. Engage. Change something.
Frontman Jones gives us the skinny on BIML’s method in their madness.
Music has the power to turn the grey to colour. To turn the mundane meaningful. To make the river run from the sea to the mountain. Life is the backdrop to music.
When did you start making music?
Young. Our singer used to sell his songs in the school yard aged 10. Our bassist is an accomplished cellist, guitarist & songwriter and he’s 18 years old now. Our drummer still young has toured most of Asia with a rock band.. But music is ageless timeless and without a care for who should make it and when…
What is the most important thing about making music?
Making sure that the meaning is portrayed through the instruments, the words, the vocals, and the overall band should form a giant boxing glove to hit the audience with, who in turn will hit & shake up parts of their lives with that boxing glove (only taken off), and having listened to change things.
Where is your favorite place to make music?
On the MRT, in the living room, in the studio, on a bike, in a foodcourt, when drinking tea, when drinking beer, music is on the mind at every second. Making music starts with the intention to make it. without that, there is no music to speak of.
How do you keep making music?
Songs are in all our heads each day when we wake up – a gift from the dream writers to us all… how many people do something about the song gifts? only those who see the melody in life and can’t live without it. How can you NOT keep making music? to not make music is to die in mediocrity, to die an empty death of (for lack of a better word) ordinariness…
Catch Basement in my Loft at Baybeats 2010 on 21st August at 8pm at the Arena (Outdoor Theatre).