TypeWriter plays at the Esplanade Recital Studio this Friday, 28th January and it’s an event not to be missed. Tickets available at SISTIC. Power of Pop caught up with TypeWriter’s Yee Chang Kang to find out more…
2010 was a good year for TypeWriter – what were your personal highlights?
The biggest highlight would definitely be getting our album out! It feels just wonderful to be able to finally hold a copy of the finished product in my hands. On top of that, performing together with Jon Auer of The Posies for Baybeats last year would be another one. Writing our last 2 songs for the album, Sunlight Takes Over and That Deepest Blue, and hearing how both songs have come alive and materialized, along with my bandmates – that’s definitely a great highlight too!
How is the band gearing up for the upcoming gig?
Just last night, we had our final rehearsal before our concert day on Friday. We have been rehearsing once every week, for about 5 hours each night. Everyone’s really anxious and looking forward to the concert, and we have all been putting our best efforts to make this special event work. Given the time frame and resources that we have, it is really as good as it can be already. Now, we will just have to keep our fingers crossed, enjoy the ride and hope for the best on the actual night.
Is there anything special being planned?
As we are definitely your usual, good-looking poster-boy band, TypeWriter has been pondering hard on how to make our show extra special and memorable for the audience that will be coming on Friday night. Last night, a great idea came to us during our after-rehearsal tea/chill time. We, together with our session musicians, have decided that we should all chip in some money, and we will be having a couple of pole-dancers to grace this occasion! We are all making the necessary phonecalls now as we speak. Really hope that they will be giving us a good discount to us, since we are these poor indie rock musicians.
On a more certain note, they will be a few cocks on stage as stage props. Roosters, I mean. (Hahahahaha! – KM)
Can fans expect to see any special guest performers?
Yes, we will be having 4 talented musicians helping us out on stage on Friday night. They are Chris Toh (ex-AWOL) on keyboards, guitars, accordion and backing vocals, Donovan Loh (Cheating Sons) on slide guitar, pedal steel guitar and banjo, Natalie Soh (Serenaide) on violin and Chris Yong on trumpet. Not just for our audience, it has been a joy for the band ourselves to hear TypeWriter’s songs so rich and fully-realised in a live setting. They really helped us to push our sound/colour palette further.
What else is in store for TypeWriter in 2011?
2 things so far fo 2011.
We have another gig lined-up on March 6, which unlike the usual gig places, it is being held at Hong Lim Park! (Speaker’s Corner). It is called LOVE-IN, and it is an event for the cause of against domestic violence.
And we are also planning a Beijing tour and a CD distribution there (Just imagine! A China-edition of the CD!), which will probably happen in the 2nd part of 2011. We are definitely looking forward to that!