Alright, in the course of writing a feature for TODAY about Jaime Wong, I had enough ‘leftover’ materials for a separate interview here at Power of Pop! Yay! So look out for that piece on Jaime at TODAY next week. In the meantime…
Do you have a support system within the local music scene that helps you musically and emotionally?
Definitely. I mean, everyone who is involved in the scene be it as a listener or a musician can see for themselves how much stronger the community has become in the last couple of years. I have yet to meet anyone in the community who is malicious; everyone I know and have interacted with is always ready to help out and support the scene. For instance, it warms my heart to see fellow musicians share my music video and ask their friends and followers to download my single when they have absolutely no obligation to. It’s not only encouraging, it’s uplifting. And it provides me with emotional support in so many aspects, not only as a musician.
What advice would you give to aspiring singer-songwriters who want to get into the local music scene?
I think it is no question that there is no better time than now to get your music out there, do gigs, go to gigs, meet new people and make friends in the community. From my personal experience, I’ve learnt that although it is easy to be caught up with fame and popularity and social media presence, it’d be good to remember that this is not a competition. Do music for the love of it, be open to learning and always look out for opportunities to contribute to the scene.
There is a strong melancholic vibe running through the songs – are they personal in nature? Is that resignation I hear in “To Lost Love” and who’s that singing in the chorus with you?
Two were very personal, and two were extrapolated from the stories I read and music I listened to while I was studying in Canberra. There is certainly the theme of resignation in ‘To Lost Love’, but it is meant to be more of an anthem for everybody who has been through a bad breakup but still find themselves going back to the whole tedious process of falling in love, surrendering a part of themselves to that person and then getting their hearts broken again. I am not one who wears her heart on her sleeve, but ’To Lost Love’ is basically about my struggle with this this abstract concept of love.
I am really lucky to have Nick Chim feature on the track! Nick is one of my favourite local musicians and I thought his voice singing a lower octave in the chorus would greatly compliment the feel of the song.
What’s the best thing about being part of the Singapore music scene?
I’d say it’s the excitement knowing that you are part of a growing community and industry. We still have a long way to go as a young music scene but I’d say most of us are doing the best we can to aid in that process. I’d like to think that my music and activities in the scene will some way or another, contribute to the development and growth of our music scene.
What future do you see for yourself as a singer-songwriter? What dreams do you hold in your heart?
I have very little to complain about my current circumstances. Music-wise, besides of course hoping that my music would impact on listeners, I would really love to see my friends in the music scene succeed. I truly believe that they deserve success in every way.
Pre-order Jaime Wong’s excellent new EP at http://smarturl.it/jaimewongep
EP Launch details:
Date: 15 May 2015, Friday
Venue: Lepark (People’s Park Complex rooftop carpark)
Opening acts: Linying and HubbaBubbas