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  • Oh for the love of all things Bluesy
    that harmonica I could play simple rhythms and melodies Of course in the next few years on I probably irritated the hell out of my family members by playing the same few tunes over and over again day in day out Haha M It must have been awesome then to be asked to endorse Hohner harmonicas S Yes it s great to endorse Hohner harmonicas They are the only brand of harmonicas I use nowadays and I have been using them a long time I just like how they sound and play I ve gotten so used to them that I pretty much don t play other brands at all It s all in the sound I know a lot of other blues harmonica players feel the same too They just play Hohner harmonicas period M Tell us more about Skunk Jive S Basically Skunk Jive is a band that explores a multitude of blues forms and styles That alone is a very deep well to drink from probably an endless one And we also like to delve into a few other music forms like funk rockabilly fusion and sometimes even reggae We want to deliver a funky and raw blues and roots sound with a varied repertoire that includes unexpected at least in Singapore gems like R L Burnside s version of Rolling and Tumbling Bo Diddley s Hey Mona Link Wray s The Rumble or Robben Ford s Freedom With a handful of originals thrown in for good measure M Who are your influences S Wow too many to list here I ll just cap it here with the blues influences The main ones Muddy Waters Howling Wolf Jimmy Reed John Lee Hooker R L Burnside and Junior Kimbrough And many many others M Blues and Funk have been around for a long time but it only seems to be catching on in Singapore recently What do you hope this genre becomes in Singapore S I think both genres have been around in Singapore at least from the 60s or 70s onwards meaning there have always been bands in Singapore that played either genre all along It s just a question of whether they have been exposed regularly to the wider public in Singapore which I suspect was not the case Of course when we play at the Esplanade Waterfront stage we are essentially playing to a different audience from the bars we normally play to the wider public so to speak And I do hope blues music will appear in more and bigger music events and shows where new audiences can be exposed to the blues M What are the big problems facing local musicians and any ideas on how to make music a more appealing career choice S I strongly feel more local music should be played and promoted on local radio and TV I listen to a lot of local radio and I think the local stations can definitely do more to play more local

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  • Brilliance In Live Looping
    Performing the role of both the lead and rhythm guitars and even percussion this ingenious one man band creates intricately arranged compositions by using processed layers of sound with nothing but his voice and a guitar Throughout the gig Randolf played instrumental originals which showcased a bag full of musical styles with a particular focus on country rock and blues His gritty raspy voice was the perfect accompaniment to the dreamy acoustics that was amplified with special effects over the loops It was impressive to watch how Randolf was able to construct music with just his guitar alone all the slapping choking and strumming forged the rhythm of the songs as it was played repeatedly on the loop And despite all his acclaim and fame this local veteran was a humble man too showing his sincerest and most heartfelt appreciation to the clapping crowd at the end of every song It was obvious that Randolf was greatly influenced and inspired by musicians of the past as he unleashed masterful tributes to bands such as the Beatles and Led Zeppelin Performing a soulful and passionate rendition of both Satisfaction and Whole Lotta Love Randolf s unique musical style clearly stood out as the crowd was awed with his choppy percussion guitar playing resonating gritty belts and shrieks It was as though Randolf was lost in his own world whenever he played immersed in a world of passion a world where music is no longer a thought process but a reaction to feelings and emotions And the stunning result was raw soothing music which had the audience hooked and bewitched He possessed an uncanny ability to take a song strip it of all its elements inject his own personal voice into it and transform the song into a mish mash of various

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  • Funky’s good for this Skunk
    the stage leaving a strange gap in the centre And as they finished up their opening jam a familiar figure with a harmonica filled that gap Throwing the mic wire over his shoulder Kelvin Smokey Ng placed his shiny harp to the microphone and unleashed the unmatchable sound of blues harmonica into the air marking the entrance of Skunk Jive to the waterfront Sporting a fresh line up featuring guitarist Bryne Leong and a strangely barefoot bassist Dave Seow the groovy quartet took on the stage with gusto and spared most of the talking preferring to let their very own brand of blues make the most noise instead And what sweet noise they made with every guitar solo and harmonica tune adding to the stunningly electric atmosphere As song after song went by the band seemed adamant not to let the energy dip Enter Zul Sultan from legendary local band Tania whose ability to let rip a delicious flurry of notes from his guitar made the music that much more complete Add in oh so good raspy vocals to the mix and the group honoured no doubt by their illustrious special guest suddenly had smiles on all their faces It wasn t hard to see that each of Skunk Jive s members truly enjoyed their time on stage and this carried over into a second set where another guest took to the stage Friedemann the fool with the broken heart truly wore his heart on his sleeve and left it all on stage that night Between exciting vocal displays and jamming sessions with the rest of the band s members it was a display of nothing but delight and how could we resist grooving along to that This wasn t a gig where you could sit idly by and appreciate

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  • Blues and Funk: Page 2
    Contact Us Home Gigs Artistes Reviews Features Upcoming Events Editor s Note Events Calendar About Us Who We Are The Team Contact Us Terms of Use Archives Select Month January 2013 1 November 2012 5 October 2012 7 September 2012 20 August 2012 7 July 2012 16 June 2012 36 May 2012 13 June 2011 1 May 2011 2 Home Blues and Funk Anything But Robotic May 15 2012 by Joshua Tan Articles Blues and Funk Gigs The sound guys are probably gonna hate me for this admitted frontman Dave Shafran of Dave and the Blues Machine Yet in the spirit of Read Article Funking With The Munkees On The Bay May 15 2012 by Jeremy Tan Articles Blues and Funk Gigs Being all soaked in sweat wasn t what we expected to experience at the annual Bridging The Blues event held by the Esplanade This exhilaration came Read Article Fungkimunkees Building a Singaporean Circle of Funk June 10 2011 by Joshua Tan Articles Artistes Blues and Funk A band that grooves together stays together at least that s the impression we got when we sat down with 7 piece funk group Fungkimunkees after Read Article Bluesy By The Bay

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  • T’ang Quartet: Classics In The Park
    a classical set would not be played in sharp matching suits in front of middle aged sophisticated types sipping expensive chardonnay okay maybe they don t drink while watching but pardon the stereotypes would you Synthesisers extensive drum sets and electrifying guitar riffs were also missing that evening but that did not stop a hyped up crowd from gathering around the Singapore Arts Festival main stage The no charge entry didn t hurt either Formed in 1992 with the intent of bringing classical music to the masses the quartet initially met through their involvement in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra SSO Since then they have risen to fame both locally and overseas for their prowess as a string ensemble The foursome make up the quartet in residence at the National University of Singapore NUS s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and kept chatter to a minimum letting their truly outstanding music do the talking The group showed off incredible fingerwork through in their set titled A Musical Snapshot of Nostalgia as Ang Chek Meng Ng Yu Ying Leslie Tan and Lionel Tan brought back good memories with their renditions of local folk songs and signature television tunes to a more than appreciative audience Local singer Vanessa Fernandez emceed the evening and lent her silky smooth vocals to some songs including a Malay folk tune medley The beautiful arrangement of each piece all but brought tears to this mosher s eyes as nostalgia hit and pictures of times long past replayed like an old VCR And it wasn t just the audience that felt the privilege of experiencing such a performance Fernandez herself commented on the honour of being asked to sing for the quartet and even cancelled her planned trip to Los Angeles so she could do the performance Indeed

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  • Eli T.: The Revolt Show
    With Fire made even the most chronic cynic of electro pop sit up and listen It was A Love Like This however that featured his talent at manipulating synths as well as his sensual voice which reminded me of David Cook that melted the hearts of those present judging by the collective sigh I heard from the crowd Hear Me was an interesting change from the first two songs Underneath the trippy synth tunes was a ballad that tugged at the heartstrings of the audience By this time people who were strolling around Esplanade Park stopped and listen to the phenomenon that is Eli T He then went on to my personal favourite of the night Prototype this time dressed in a shoulder piece reminiscent of the outfit Adam Lambert wore when he performed with KISS during the American Idol finale Prototype has a tune that sounded oddly familiar yet so foreign A song about daring to be different the synths and the rhythm of the song guarantees a spot in your head for the next few days Eli sure knew how to play to the audiencee Completely changing the mood of the concert he performed Imaginary where halfway though the song he went off stage to sit right next to an ardent fan presumably making it the best night of her life Unlike other songs off Revolt Imaginary showcased his voice and emotions This song he admitted was written during the darker periods of his musical journey The Canada raised singer even took some time in between his songs to explain the story behind his debut album Revolt which is an album about standing up for what you believe in and fighting to be heard Playing through Thunder he announced the end of his set to the dismay of

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  • Album Review: Inner Voices EP by Vanessa Faith
    the listener s heart strings beckoning them with intrigue bit by bit into the world of Vanessa Faith Her soothing voice brings you on a rollercoaster ride through the sounds of varied human emotions from the bittersweet jingle resonating with envy and jealousy up to the quirky voices of cheekiness down to the strong and sentimental cries of imperfection and finally down a path of calm before leading you towards angelic tones of reflection The album consists of seven beautifully pieced music arrangements of heartfelt lyrics complemented by a mixture of light and airy tones whimsical and resonating bass and the natural sound effects of clapping beats The lyrics are not just a clever play of words but rather sincere letters penned by an inner self Inner Voice presents melodies that seem so every day at first listen but upon each revisit of every turn in this Wonderland you discover an unmistakable eagerness to make sense of heartfelt contemplation Still an even higher standard can be reached if particular tunes and lyrics are tweaked to minimise repetition and add even more surprise Perhaps if a wider variety of emotions and personal stories are added such as those encountered in the bumpy journey to produce this album Inner Voices will present even more depth and sentiment With established indie folk artistes like Ingrid Michaelson and Brooke Fraser dominating the genre Vanessa Faith faces a tough fight However this debut album reveals a certain flair a certain panache hinting that triumph in the scene is just around the corner After all what is success without a struggle with identity Vanessa Faith s focus and determination are eagerly expressed through these catchy tunes that will slowly creep into your heart Up till now I am still humming green eyed monster green eyed monster

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  • Pleasantry: Delivering Music Pleasant To Our Ears
    inactive bands and boasts of a diverse mix of disparate musical backgrounds Daniaal and Ariff are in Lunar Node together Adel Isa and Ariff are in Amateur Takes Control and Isa Ariff and Samantha played together for Postbox Photo by Han Qi Guang MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved Drawing inspiration from dreamed up scenarios based on real life scripts the band s musical craft features heartwarming lyrics and effervescent vocals enveloped by the accompaniment of harmonious folk instruments such as the ukulele and melodica Even after being addicted to Pleasantry s tracks one will experience difficulty attempting to grasp the entirety of what this unique band is all about On my part I found it astoundingly impossible to describe the genre of the band s music To classify their style into a certain category is somewhat contradictory and limiting to the birthright behind Pleasantry s brilliant music craft With the ability to transit from soft mellow tunes to a jazzy blues feel and then progress into harsh rock pounding elements infused with dramatic guitar solos this is a band that demands to be recognised for its unique mark of an unconventional sound and musical craft that is so uncommon in modern pop or rock music Photo by Han Qi Guang MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved Though the band s sound was marred slightly by technical glitches at the start it was not only able to recover from adversity but also delivered an amazing performance And what better way to celebrate great music than with the brilliant fireworks that incidentally went off during the National Day Rehearsal which was right next to the Marina Promontory Photo by Han Qi Guang MOSHIN 2012 All Rights Reserved My highlight of the gig was during Farewell Walls where lead vocalist Samantha s voice was

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