The China Blue Experiment describes itself as a “blues/pop fusion band with wide reaching influences, eclectic styles and troublesome personalities”, which demonstrates that if nothing else, the duo of Darren Forster and Gordon Cant has attitude in spades. Should be fun to check ’em out! Words by Darren Forster.
Why is it important for you to play in Singapore? It represents a great opportunity to take our product to an international audience. We would like to the opportunity to (hopefully) impress the wonderful people of Singapore and beyond and would hope that we could establish ourselves in a way that means we can return regular and share our ever evolving musical experience.
Foreign Architects are a Perth based duo featuring singer/songwriter Matt Burke and percussionist Andrew Barnett. The duo will play Beerfest Asia 2015 (together with Singaporean and other Aussie bands) on Sunday 28th June. This is part of the musical exchange between Singapore & Western Australian music scenes which has been ongoing for the last couple of years. Thanks to Timbre Music (Beerfest organisers), we got in touch with Matt Burke/Foreign Architects for a short interview.
Why is it important for you to play in Singapore?
This is an important opportunity for us to gain international exposure and start to build a fan-base outside our home city. Singapore is a country we have always wanted to travel to and getting to bring our music to Singapore is a dream come true for us.
Another great opportunity for artists to get their originals heard is the SGMUSO Songwriters Night. Now a monthly event, the re-launch kicks off on Saturday, 28th February at The Barbershop by Timbre. Featured artist will be Tim De Cotta X The Warriors with the open mic segment to showcase Fym Summer, JAWN, Hell Low and Ciao Turtle.
The next stage of the evolution of the Singapore music scene took place on Sunday when two SG bands (Take Two, Gentle Bones) and three Western Australian counterparts (The Brow, The Amani Consort & The Disappointed) played at Beerfest 2014. Before that, there was a casual exchange of ideas between both sets of musicians with the promise of more exchanges and even collaborations in the months and years ahead!
I met and interviewed the three WA bands and found them all to be talented, committed, friendly and easy-going. I intend to do a spotlight on each band in the days ahead together with the audio interview. Stay tuned…
Weish has a well-received opening slot for Tegan & Sara under her belt already and her star is certainly in the ascendency. Find out what all the fuss is about this Wednesday (May 29) at Timbre @ The Substation from 8pm.
Timbre Music has pulled out all the stops to present its best lineup so far for Rock and Roots 2013. Read ’em and weep (for joy!)
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND!
Sorry if it sounds like I am shouting but these are five acts to get worked up for – all acclaimed and respected acts in their own right. Personally, I am most excited about Wainwright as the singer-songwriter had released his best album (in my opinion) this year and will definitely be on top of his game when he plays in Singapore. More coverage to come – so stay tuned!
Timbre Music and Erdinger proudly present Roktober!, four nights of pure undulated fun on 20 to 23 October 2011 at Timbre @ The Substation and the car park in front of the live music venue. Back with a vengeance after 2010’s inaugural outing, the free admission event spans more live music performances over two separate stages, live match screenings of Rugby World Cup 2011, classic beer games including the Beer Pong Championship with celebrity competitors and even a (ticketed) BBQ buffet.
“We are proud to say that Roktober! is truly a localised version of Oktoberfest. Roktober! is probably the only Oktoberfest event to stay away from a Bavarian band and we absolutely do not propagate chicken dancing! Hopefully this gives Oktoberfest enthusiasts something fresh to look forward to, especially since we are the closing Erdinger Oktoberfest event for the season.” says Mr. Danny Loong, Co-‐Founder & Chief Creative Director of Timbre Group.
On propagating non-‐chicken dancing, Singaporean bands The Marilyns, Cheating Sons and Pleasantry (led by ex-‐frontwoman of Postbox) play along resident Timbre bands Goodfellas and 53A over the four evenings. Timbre’s Blues Summit featuring prominent Singapore blues musicians and personalities including bands Chicken Shack Revival, Raw Earth, Mel & Joe and members of the Singapore Blues Club are back again on Sunday for an early evening of blues, rock & roll and soul. This annual highlight promises to entertain Roktober! audiences and provide some musical surprises along the wall. Specially invited to Roktober! is also New Jersey, the ultimate Bon Jovi tribute band who is well known in every corner of Australia to be able to simulate all aspects of a “real” Bon Jovi concert. Even music guru and close friend of Jon Bon Jovi, Molly Meldrum himself, says of them “They are sensational - even Jon would be proud!!”. Be ready to punch your fist in the air, hold your lighter up and get ready for as close to the real deal during their performances.
You’re coming back to Singapore! What was it like playing in Singapore 1st time around?
Well, it was very brief sadly. We didn’t really see much of the town but looking forward to coming back this time and spending a little bit more time there. It was one of the most beautiful concert halls I’ve played in, no doubt I really saw that but it was a flying visit. But on this occasion I might come a couple of days early on my own. The band will join me the day before the gig. I’m also coming back to do a concert called Music Matters on the 26th of May, so I’ll probably spend a few days there then as well. I’m doing a talk and a workshop.