I have never been a fan of EDM/club music. So when I was given passes to Illumination Asia, feelings of skepticism rang through my head. Would I be an awkward duck and not bounce to the music like everyone else?
Well, it’s now 3.13am. Illumination is over and my opinion on it? BEST DECISION EVER.
With acts ranging from Rave Republic, Dada Life and Martin Solveig, it was a haven for EDM lovers, both local and for those who had travelled across the globe to catch a glimpse to their favorite DJ.
We reached Siloso Beach at 9pm and the backdrop where everything was taking place was beautiful, with the lighting providing the great effects and amplifying the mood for everyone to see!
Rave Republic were starting their set and brought the perfect sign of things to come, with the numerous remixes bringing the house down. Illumination Asia was the perfect goal for DJ Mathias Schell of Rave Republic, who got his first residency at Hyde Bar at Clarke Quay and now was performing to thousands. What made their set and the whole Illumination event really worthwhile was the constant spraying of fluorescent paint on every party-goer out there, with some individuals soaking up the atmosphere (and paint). Soon, everyone started glowing in the dark!
Other than the ground-shaking music (yes, the ground was shaking), there were an array of activities for the attendees to do, such as the classic party game, Beer Pong! There were also body art stations where people could choose from a variety of glow in the dark designs! There was also a Splash Zone where party-goers would stand in a line while they were thrown with fluorescent paint! It was a great sight seeing everyone in the mood and enjoying themselves!
From Illumination Asia, it’s definitely got me listening more to EDM remixes and got me thinking of ideas for our EDM show! Catch it on Radio Heatwave! Check our Instagram for videos of Illumination Asia!
Written & Photography by Shafiq Yeo.
We would like to thank Illumination Asia, Infinitus Productions, Rave Republic, Dada Life, Martin Solveig for letting us enjoy Illumination Asia!
Rave Republic’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mathiasschell
Dada Life’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dada-life
Martin Solveig’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/martinsolveig
Radio Heatwave’s Instagram: instagram.com/radioheatwave_np
The Hood café was the venue for the EP Launch of Ashdown, “Love Life Longing” on the 27th September 2014.
Comprising of Ngee Ann Polytechnic alumni, Ashdown was part of Hood’s Saturday “Live Sessions” and there were a host of local acts that were performing and showcasing their various musical skills. The atmosphere was right for the occasion, with the café packed to the brim with supporters and fellow bar-goers looking for some great music along with their weekend relaxation. The lighting at the launch fitted Ashdown’s music genre, which ranged from slow, easy listening to rock that would make anyone tap his or her foot along to the beat. Fronted by Bernice Ang on the lead vocals, Jared Lo on Bass, Chris Boey on Guitar and Marius Liew on Drums, the mixture of instruments jamming together provided a great backdrop for Bernice to shine with her vocal range. It definitely was a privilege being there to see local bands taking that step from “casual school bandmates” to a fully fledged band that were creating music.
One of their songs on their EP, “We’re Gonna Make It Someday” was performed ‘LIVE’ and it involved Eileen Chai who was on the violin and added an additional dimension to the song which got the crowd on their feet.
All in all, it was a great EP Launch and it marks a proud moment for local music and Ngee Ann Polytechnic as more and more of our alumni get recognized for their musicality and achievements.
We’d like to thank Ashdown for letting us cover their EP launch.
Support Ashdown by purchasing their EP at; http://ashdownband.bandcamp.com/
Photos and Written By: Shafiq Yeo