Local music was in full swing today at the Noise Music Mentorship held at the Esplanade on the 12th September 2014.
Most of the bands performing are part of the Music Mentorship Programme, in which each performer is paired with either one or two mentors and they are coached in various factors such as musicality and marketing themselves. With a wide range of acts performing, from the sweet suggestive songs of Christiane Mikaela to the head banging rock tunes of Koji, the audience was given a taste of what the future of Singaporean music sounds like.
The concert was split into two with two acts, Christiane Mikaela and LINEATH showing their stuff at the indoor concourse and the crowd was mesmerized with Christiane Mikaela’s smooth, jazzy voice. She was decked up in a pin-up costume and credits her vintage melodies to Christina Aguilera (for her great voice) and Katy Perry for her themed music. Little known fact, don’t be fooled by her petite stature. Christiane has been playing competitive basketball for thirteen years and she definitely is competitive. With regards to the long extended instrumental at the end of her song, ‘Emma’, Christiane credits Riley B. King (also known as B.B. King) for his jazz and blues influence on her music. She also wishes that her songs sways from the songs of today where “they cut out all the instrumental and… sing all the way.”
Caption: Christiane Mikaela grabs the crowd’s attention with her rendition of “Emma”.
Everyone got pumped up when LINEATH, known for his part in Shigga Shay’s “Lion City Kia”, took the stage and rapped his set to much enthusiasm from the crowd. With his crew consisting of DJ Lenerd spinning music and Timothy on drums, they definitely gave an indication that the rap and music-mixing scene in Singapore is bright! Those who wish to hear more of LINEATH should look forward to the launch of his EP, GroundWorks EP, set to come out at the end of September!
Caption: LINEATH gets into the groove with his lyrics.
The performances held at the outdoor theatre were definitely a huge contrast with the acts playing inside! The stage layout was simple with the usual norm of instruments for the performances but what made it stand out were the lights. Every act was not only accompanied with a great sound system that intensified the mood in the theatre but also the lights added such a great emphasis to the rock music that we found ourselves tapping along to the beat all the time.
Caption: The outdoor stage at the Esplanade where the lighting made everyone rock along to the music.
We unfortunately missed the first part of the outdoor concert as it clashed with the one happening indoors but we managed to catch the band Koji, which the members are all part of Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Song Composing Club! It shows that the dream of transiting from a recreational band to a full-fledged one performing in front of hundreds IS possible but only with hard work and dedication.
Ending the night was The Wanderus where lead JingHui surprised the RHW team with his vocal range, often hitting falsetto notes with relative ease and appeasing all the photographers and videographers (such as ourselves) by often walking over and posing for the cameras while singing! It was a great way to end the night, with my impression on local music turning 180 degrees. It’s good and with more and more activities like the Music Mentorship Programme, the only direction Singaporean music can go – is up.
Special Thanks to Noise Singapore and Ogilvy & Mather for letting us cover the event!
Written by Shafiq Yeo, photographs by Klix Photography.
Christiane Mikaela – http://www.youtube.com/user/ChristianeMikaela
LINEATH – http://www.youtube.com/user/lineathmusic
The Wanderus – https://www.facebook.com/thewanderus
The band, You Me At Six, brought out all their cards today and certainly showed what 10 years of experience has equipped them with. The gig opened with 6 songs from local band, The Caulfield Cults. Then, it was You Me At Six’s time to roll. They spared no enjoyment even with an injured member and portrayed the strong connections with their fans throughout the show, leading them into several mosh pits and other interesting activities.
Lead vocalist, Josh, who injured his ankle the day before, was hopping around on his one leg and engaging the audience to do the same together. It was a gig like no other with the fans who united today after a decade of wait. The fans screamed and head banged along to the band’s every lyric. You Me At Six played their hit single, Stay With Me and songs from their latest album, Cavalier Youth, such as Cold Night and Room To Breathe. When interviewed, the band said that this was one of the best international gigs they have ever played.
The band has, without a doubt, outdone themselves tonight.
You Me At Six media coverage, provided by Pennylane Events and covered by Nur Amirah. Thanks guys!