Thursday, September 18, 2014

Inaugural Live Looping Festival In Singapore

Randolf Arriola

The inaugural Y2K14 International Live Loop Asia Festival Singapore will welcome 20 local and international live looping acts to the stage at Artistry from 25-27 September 2014. Performances will feature music created using live looping technology – equipment that records and plays back sound, to which other sounds can be added, overlaid, deleted, filtered and mixed to form an improvisational work on the spot and using no pre-recorded material. The technique can be applied across genres, including beat-box, singer/songwriter, ambient, electronic, performance art, soundtrack and experimental. The three-day event is a unique showcase for live looping talent in Asia and embraces professionals, amateurs, songwriters, experimentalists, musicians and sound artists.

"The idea is to create an all-inclusive platform for the exploration of live looping,” says Randolf Arriola, festival director, founder of the Live Loop Asia online community and a professional musician who uses live looping technology.

“We want to create a hub where people who share a common interest in live looping can gather to exchange ideas, support each other and discover new avenues in ground-breaking musical concepts and techniques.” says Arriola. “Performances will focus not just on a single genre of music or specific tools, but will encompass a wide range of concepts, techniques, craft, art, culture and lifestyle.”

The lineup features 13 Singaporean acts, including Bani Haykel, SA (), Randolf Arriola and Eileen Chai, and introduces four international acts who will perform in Singapore for the first time: Mandoman Hideki from Japan, and Stylish Nonsense, Jin Matutamtada and Kasemsmai Wongchayasilpa from Thailand. Asia-based international acts include Para Sabda from the United States, Thorsten Vieth from Germany, and Wil Kolen from the Netherlands.

On Saturday 27 September from 4:00 to 6:00pm selected performers will join Randolf Arriola for a workshop which will feature a round-table discussion and demonstrations of live looping concepts, techniques and gear.

Admission to all performances and the workshop is free, although donations will be accepted and merchandise will be available for sale with all profits used to offset event costs. Both the Singapore and Bangkok Y2K14 International Live Loop Asia Festivals are not-for-profit ventures.

The Y2K14 International Live Loop Asia Festivals in Singapore and Bangkok are supported by TC-Helicon, TC Electronic, Mackie, DiGiCo, Analysis Plus, Team 108 Solutions and Electronics & Engineering (E&E), in partnership with The Affiniti, Artistry and ZOO. 

Date: 25-27 September 2014
Venue: Artistry (17 Jalan Pinang)
Time: 7:30pm till closing time
Entry: Free (Donations are welcome)

Thursday 25 September - Day 1
1.Sean Goh (Singapore)
2.Wendy Phua (Singapore)
3.Edward Cheang (Singapore)
4.Roz Feroz (Singapore)
5.Ismahairie (Singapore)
6.Wil Kolen (Holland)
7. Live Loop Jam (Various Artists)

Friday 26 September - Day 2
1.Eileen Chai (Singapore)
2.Aryan Sani (Singapore)
3.Kasemsmai Wongchayasilpa (Thailand)
4.Jin Matutamtada (Thailand)
5.Riduan/Kailin (Singapore)
6.SA (Singapore)
7.Thorsten Vieth (Germany)

Saturday 27 September - Day 3
1.Kai (Singapore)
2.Weish (Singapore)
3.Para Sabda (USA)
4.Mandoman Hideki (Japan)
5.Randolf Arriola (Singapore)
6.Stylish Nonsense (Thailand)
7.Bani Hykal (Singapore)

Facebook pages: Day 1:
Day 2:
Day 3:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Meow Meow Project Launching Debut Album At Artistry

Deborah Lee aka Meow Meow Project is launching her debut album at Artistry on Saturday, 20 September 2014. The gig starts at 8pm and is free.

Now based in Los Angeles, Deborah's album CD, "Home", is available at Starbucks and she will also be performing at Starbucks, Liat Towers on 18 and 19 September from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

Meow Meow Project's website is at:

Date: 20 September 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Artisry (17 Jalan Pinang)
Entry: Free

Raus Performing At BluJaz

Australian electronic musician Raus is launching their new album, "LP", at BluJaz on 19 September 2014. This would mark the 4th gig of his month-long LP launch tour, between KL and Hong Kong.

Raus will be jonied by Luke Keanan-Brown on the drum kit and other electronics.

The show will also feature neoDominatrix, Fauxe, Michaela Therese, blankverse (the solo project of IsaF, from sub:shaman) and weish. Rah (of Darker Than Wax) and Jaydah (of Phyla), are the closing DJs of the night.

Date: 19 September 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: BluJaz
Entry: $15 inclusive of 1 drink

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Noise Singapore Weekend At The Esplanade


Witness the future of Singapore’s music scene in the making with the 18 young bands and musicians from The Music Mentorship programme under Noise Singapore. Four months of intensive mentoring by some of our local music greats culminates in a three-day concert of original tunes coupled with infectious energy and enthusiasm. Don’t miss out! - come rock out with these emerging talents!

Timing 12 Sep, Friday Venue
7pm - 7.30pm Christiane Mikaela Upper Concourse
7.30pm - 8pm Patriot Outdoor Theatre
8pm - 8.30pm LINEATH Upper Concourse
8.30pm - 9pm Vessel Outdoor Theatre
9.30pm - 10pm Koji Outdoor Theatre
10.30pm - 11pm The Wanderus Outdoor Theatre
Timing 13 Sep, Saturday Venue
5pm - 5.30pm Sam Driscoll Upper Concourse
6pm - 6.30pm The Little Giant Upper Concourse
7pm - 7.30pm Ariane Deborah Upper Concourse
7.30pm - 8pm 2 Halfs Outdoor Theatre
8pm - 8.30pm Theodora Upper Concourse
8.30pm - 9pm  Afterglow Outdoor Theatre
9.30pm - 10pm Take Two Outdoor Theatre
Timing 14 Sep, Sunday Venue
6pm - 6.30pm Jasm!ne Upper Concourse
7pm - 7.30pm Linying Upper Concourse
7.30pm - 8pm Doves & Ravens Outdoor Theatre
8pm - 8.30pm HubbaBubbas Upper Concourse
8.30pm - 9pm  Ellipsis Outdoor Theatre

The Attic Show 3.0 At BluJaz

The Attic Show 3.0 promises a night of music mayhem, rock 'n' roll and, as the organisers aptly put it, plenty of liquid encouragement to go crazy with the ruckus.

The line-up features Stopgap, Spacedays, Pleasantry and Cashew Chemists.

Date: 12 September 2014
Time: 8pm till late
Venue: BluJaz Café, 12 Bali Lane
Entry: $12 (inclusive of 1 drink) 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Leslie Low Performs In The Living Room

Ahead of Leslie Low's highly anticipated solo release "No Such Thing As Ghosts", The Diarists are putting together a series of small, personal shows to promote the album. 

Cozy up in a living room, an independent venue or a workspace, in Singapore and Malaysia, Leslie Low will perform songs from the new album up close, as it's meant to be heard. These performances create an emotional experience for both musician and listener, bringing music to fans and audiences in the purest, most intimate way.

Besides material from "No Such Thing As Ghosts" Leslie will also be playing songs from his earlier releases.


7 September, 5pm - Wan's Living Room (Straits Records) 24, Bali Lane

13 September, 7pm - Lee Wen's Living Room (Independent Archive and Resource Center), 67 Aliwal Street

14 September, 7pm - Tini's Living Room (Perumal Road), 367D Serangoon Road

There will be 20 tickets for each show with a suggested $20 donation.

Each ticket includes a special download card with a digital copy of Leslie's "Triangular" album.

To book your tickets please email:

Leslie Low - "Despair" (In The Living Room)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dulcinea Releases New EP

After 2 albums - "The Politics Of Fear" (2008) and "In The Shadow Of The Sun" (2011), Dulcinea return in August 2014 with the EP "Cosmic Renaissance".

Orbiting around themes of rebirth, "Cosmic Renaissance" deals with how sometimes a breakdown can be the beginning of a kind of breakthrough, and overcoming traumatic moments can lead to positive self-realization. Based in Singapore/Johor Bahru, Dulcinea is a progressive/alternative rock band whose work continues to be an exploration of what it means to be alive and all the joy and suffering that goes along with a life consciously and fully lived.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Stoned Revivals Return For The Night Festival

Lost Weekend

The second weekend of The Night Festival will feature four bands at the SMU Green stage. A signature of the Singapore Night Festival, HOMEMADE is a musical showcase celebrating originality, collaboration and local talent. This year, urban beats and local rock take centrestage.

Acclaimed indie pop darlings from the 1990s, The Stoned Revivals, return for a rare performance while The Fast Colors - a tribute band formed by Patrick Chng (The Oddfellows/TypeWriter), Kevin Mathews (Watchmen/Popland) and Chris Toh (AWOL) - will be doing an all-Singapore-music set covering songs by The Quests, The Cyclones, Siva Choy, Zircon Lounge and more. Lost Weekend will kick off the live music segment with The Pinholes coming on after The Fast Colors.

The line-up and schedule is the same for both nights. The shows are free and open to the public.

Date: 29 & 30 August 2014
Venue: SMU Green
Lost Weekend (8pm)
The Fast Colors (9:15pm)
The Pinholes (10:30pm)
The Stoned Revivals (11:45pm)

Another stage to check out is at Armenian Street, just in front of The Substation. The "Tribal Gathering of Jaw Benders" brings together the best of live music, with an exciting mix of emerging and established indie, alternative and hardcore bands and musicians.

Fri 29 Aug
9.30pm The Observatory (45 min)
11.45pm Caracal (1 hr)

Sat 30 Aug
9.30pm The Analog Girl (45 min)
11.45pm Masia One & The Irietones featuring Suns of Dub (1 hr)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pleasantry Releases Debut Album

Pleasantry launch their much anticipated debut album tonight at Esplanade Recital Studio.

Explore and navigate the dissonance with Singapore’s indie darlings through a synaesthetic experience, in collaboration with Super System (SSYSTM) and Hylman & Farhan of Fhage [Visuals] and Marc Gabriel Loh [Art Direction].

Pleasantry is Isa Ong, Samantha Teng, Ahmad Ariff, Daniaal Adam, Adel Rashid and Haziq Hussain.

Date: Friday, 22 August 2014
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets: $25 (excluding booking fee) from SISTIC