If you read my bio, you’d realise that I’ve done quite a few different things in my professional career. I’ve covered legal, human resources, quality management and teaching in the over thirty years since I graduated with a law degree.
My review of My Magic from a decade ago! Before I get into this review, a caveat – I was involved in putting together the music of this film, so if you wanna take this with a pinch of salt, feel free.
“Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one.” You have an opinion and you are entitled to it. BUT do you have the right to shove it down my throat? No, you don’t.
About under three years ago, I decided to retire from live performances after the dismal support given to my solo album, Present Sense.
It’s my birthday today! I turn 57. Hope you will indulge me this shameless self-promotion and enjoy my new demo – “FarAway”. … still there’s more …
Eight years ago, I left the rat race as I completed the final day of my last full-time job as a legal advisor of a boutique law firm.
From all of us at PoP central, have a Merry X’mas! 4Christmas by Kevin Mathews4Christmas by Kevin Mathews… still there’s more …
This is the 5,000th post of this Power of Pop website that was revamped on WordPress in 2008.
Glad to announce that SkyLove, the new EP from RONDO VITALE can now be pre-ordered from Bandcamp. SkyLove by Rondo VitaleSkyLove by Rondo Vitale
A new world of opportunity opened up for me in the mid-90s when filmmaker Eric Khoo roped me into working on some music for his features Mee Pok Man, 12 Storeys and later on, Be With Me.
Ye faithful editor is back to regale you, dear PoPster, with his latest shenanigans in the world of popular (sic) music. KayMac. Something new, something old. This is the moniker I will be using for the electronic art-pop instrumental music I will be making for the rest of my life. Somewhat distinct from the watchmen […]
When Power of Pop started in or about 1998, ostensibly it was meant to cover a genre of pop music known as ‘power pop’. Although the genre was actually defined as “a style of pop music characterised by a strong melody line, heavy use of guitars, and simple rhythm” (exemplified by bands like The Raspberries, […]
This is Kevin Mathews, y’know the guy who owns this webzine, taking a break from normal programming to talk to you a little bit about this new album I have recorded under the watchmen moniker.
Organised jointly by cartoonist Sonny Liew and writer-historian CT Lim in conjunction with the National Library, Speech Bubble is a exhibition showcase of the marginalised art form popularly known as comic books. The opening night event was held last night at the National Library, Basement 1 Central Public Library and I was fortunate to get […]
I will be giving a 90 mins talk on the late great David Bowie on February 11th. In this talk, I will be covering three main areas viz. A summary of the highlights of Bowie’s musical career with emphasis on the 70s, a quick look into Bowie’s work in movies and TV & Bowie’s legacy.
BigO (Before I Get Old) was a self-styled indie magazine that existed in print form from about 1985 to 2003 (give or take). Founded by Michael and Philip Cheah (with Stephen Tan) from the ashes of the Singapore Monitor, the magazine would be a major pop culture force in Singapore in the 1990s. Though it […]
Regular PoP visitors will be aware that I am a massive Beatles fan. The Fab Four (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison & Ringo Starr) were the first band I ever obsessed over as a teenager and Abbey Road – the band’s final LP – was the first album I ever owned. By that time, […]
Well, that’s done and dusted. As much as I enjoyed playing with The Groovy People (Patrick Chng, Ray Aziz, Nelson Tan and Josh Tan), I must admit that the whole experience was tiring – especially with the haze complicating matters. Still, it was seeing all the wonderful people come out to support us that made […]
It has been a long & winding road to reach this point in my life. 22 years since I released my first album with Watchmen back in August 1993 and numerous albums later, I believe that Present Sense is probably my best ever. Why do I make that assessment? Mainly because this has probably been […]
Present Sense started life as a germ of an idea earlier this year. I put together a rough lineup of songs written in the last couple of years and as I did so, I noticed that there was a story unfolding before my eyes. Which is why Present Sense ended up being a loose concept album […]
People sometimes ask why this website isn’t called Power of Rock when my musical tastes seem to gravitate towards rock rather than pop music. But this betrays a somewhat myopic understanding of what pop music actually is, and falls prey to the common misconception of pop. Strictly speaking, popular music as a ‘genre’ is utilised […]
Definitely something I’ve wanted to do for a long long time! This is my dream – to get remunerated for talking about rock music!! It’s going to be a blast. Although targeted at music writers/bloggers, I believe that much of the content of this course will be relevant for anyone working or aspiring to work […]
Wow. Just realised that I haven’t done one of these for some time now. So where am I? Caught between life’s necessities and the ‘luxuries’ of following your own dreams. And even in the latter case, trying hard to be true to myself. Over half of the year has gone by and I am putting […]
My continuing misadventures as a failed musician in art-adverse Singapore where cover bands rule the music landscape. Against all common sense, I am recording a new album to be released in September. Look, I will be a senior citizen very soon and my name isn’t Dick Lee or Jeremy Monteiro, so who the fuck in […]