Specific Islander and their Sweaty Armpit Horror

Written by on January 24, 2017

In need of a break? Don’t fret! The groovy tracks (an adventurous and exceptional harmony of Bossa Nova and shoegaze) from band, Specific Islander, will definitely take you on a vacation, even if it is just for a while.


The quartet is made up of youths of diverse backgrounds: guitarist Fai, bassist Nick, drummer Surin, and lead vocals Joanne, who also plays the guitar and keyboard.


Despite their name, Specific Islander’s music is all but ‘specific’. The band performs pop rock numbers with a tropical vibe, combining strong beats from the boss nova genre with a psychedelic shoegaze touch. With the addition of funky synthesizers and slide guitars, the band’s bold experimentation definitely knows no bounds.


Events that Specific Islander has played at include and are not limited to *SCAPE CONFESSIONS, Kaleidoscope Collective, Singapore Night Festival 2016 and even FRED PERRY SUBCULTURELIVE (organised by the renowned brand). We look forward to the new innovative blends the band might show us in the future.



As our Artiste of the Week, we asked Specific Islander some random questions so we can get to know them better.

  1. What was your favourite food when you were a child?

Joanne: Rice and soya sauce.


  1. What’s your least favourite part about public transportation?

Joanne: Sweaty armpit smells


  1. If you could learn anything, what would it be?

Fai: Anything at all? I would like to learn proper carpentry and gelato making.


  1. What do you do to pass the time?

Surin: Photography, mountain biking, trekking, gardening, books, lots of YouTube and occasional drawing/art.


  1. What do you miss about being a kid?

Nick: Eating junk food without worrying about your health.



Specific Islander’s Social Media:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/specificislander/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/specificislander.wav/


Additionally, you can tune in to our live programming from 9am-6pm this week to catch Specific Islander’s music using the link below.

RHW Live: http://radioheatwave.com/Listenlive.html


Writer: Anthea

Editor: Prashain


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