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Welcome to the Music vertical! Here you will find the latest news on the music world and all its antics, musings on the latest releases from your favourite local and international acts, and discover our constant internal struggle as self-conscious advocates for quality pop music.

If rojak could sing, it’ll only sing local music

If rojak could sing, it’ll only sing local music

It’s absolutely mind-boggling how much local music has transcended over the years that it’s difficult to form opinions surrounding it since any conclusion gathered becomes obsolete quickly. I’ve been a fan for 15 years now, but *pfft*, it’s still not enough to scratch the surface of our music. So anyway, danamic. kick-jolted me from my slumber, hypnic jerk-style – requesting a write-up out of the Spotify playlist they created called ‘Local Delights’ (which sounds like a canteen tuckshop from your primary school days). However, a confession before I get into the meat of the article though: danamic. didn’t really specify…
Halsey to headline second night (24 Nov) of Singapore’s Neon Lights Festival!

Halsey to headline second night (24 Nov) of Singapore’s Neon Lights Festival!

Grammy nominee and multi-platinum American superstar Halsey joins Mumford & Sons and Honne as one of the headlining acts at Neon Lights Festival, held from 23 November (Saturday) to 24 November 2019 (Sunday).  Since her professional debut in 2014, Halsey had been nominated for multiple awards and won at Billboard Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and even set three Guinness World Records in April 2019 with ‘Boy with Luv’, a collaboration with K-Pop sensation BTS.  The 24-year-old has gained recognition for her efforts as an activist for various causes and is renowned for her unapologetic lyrics and multi-platinum hits such as…
Vamily rejoice: The Vamps are set to return to Singapore this August!

Vamily rejoice: The Vamps are set to return to Singapore this August!

British pop-rock band The Vamps will be returning to The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa for a one-night-only performance. Held on 15 August 2019 (Wednesday), the quartet’s performance will be part of their Four Corners 2019 Tour – their biggest tour yet!
PAUZA’s new track ‘Jungle Fever’ channels Afro-Cuban sounds with jungle-inspired melody

PAUZA’s new track ‘Jungle Fever’ channels Afro-Cuban sounds with jungle-inspired melody

Enchanting, electronic Cuban duo PAUZA released their fourth track for the year, ‘Jungle Fever’, on 19 July 2019 (Friday). The track sees the powerhouse duo fuse their signature Cuban grooves with a mesmerizing jungle-inspired melody. Paula and Zahira, who are also the first female duo of electronic music from La Habana, Cuba, have re-interpreted the cultural current of house music by adding Latin rhythms and Cuban folklore. This unique trait has given them an edge above the rest, as seen with their growing popularity.  “We channelled afro-Cuban sounds created from within the mountains that surround our island,” shared PAUZA. “Throughout…
Local singer-songwriter Niine tackles depression and insecurity in ‘don’t wanna sleep’

Local singer-songwriter Niine tackles depression and insecurity in ‘don’t wanna sleep’

Local singer-producer Niine will be releasing his new track, ‘don’t wanna sleep’, on 19 July 2019 (Friday) on Spotify and YouTube. A mellow tune with poppy sounds thrown into the mix, ‘don’t wanna sleep’ talks about the cycle of spiralling in one’s insecurities during the night, only to go back to being “normal” in the day. Talking with Niine Niine shares with us in a conversation on the song’s significance to him and how he tackles depression. Your songs tend to be a reflection of your own life experiences. What meaning does this song hold for you? Niine: It’s literally…
U2 adds a second show to their highly-anticipated Singapore Debut

U2 adds a second show to their highly-anticipated Singapore Debut

Following the announcement of sold out shows in New Zealand and Australia earlier this week, U2 has confirmed that the band will bring their acclaimed Joshua Tree Tour to Asia!  Hot on the heels of U2’s highly-successful 2017 tour in celebration of its seminal album, The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 will see the Irish rock band make a much-anticipated live return to Asia. U2 will also make a stop at Singapore and Seoul for the first time ever – with what promises to be very special concerts from one of the most renowned bands in the world.  Due to an…
LOUDNESS performed a vigorous set, but may be way past their prime

LOUDNESS performed a vigorous set, but may be way past their prime

Japanese Heavy Metal Legends LOUDNESS took to The Pavilion at Far East Square on Sunday, 16 June 2019, for a powerful performance. The band’s performance in Singapore was held as part of their Rise to Glory World Tour – named after their album of the same name. Singaporean fans were probably the envy of fans in Japan due to the choice of venue. The Pavilion was a relatively small space with an intimate setting, which contrasted with LOUDNESS’ stadium shows in Japan. AC/DC music played before the concert, and at just before 8pm, Minoru Niihara, Akira Takasaki, Masayoshi Yamashita and…
Ultra Music Festival Singapore 2019 In Pictures: Powering Through Despite Adversities

Ultra Music Festival Singapore 2019 In Pictures: Powering Through Despite Adversities

Despite a last-minute change in venue, removal of a stage and the withdrawal of headliner Martin Garrix, Ultra Music Festival Singapore 2019 still managed to power through the weekend from Saturday, 8 June 2019 to Sunday, 9 June 2019. In the days leading up to Ultra Singapore 2019, the organizers announced that the festival would be moved indoors due to “expected severe weather”. This year saw a change in venue from Ultra Park to the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Albeit its smaller venue and downscaled stage designs and pyrotechnics, the festival was still able to rile the crowd with…
Ultra Singapore 2019: Marred by the Lack of World Class Acts, Not by the Change in Venue or Controversies

Ultra Singapore 2019: Marred by the Lack of World Class Acts, Not by the Change in Venue or Controversies

In the weeks leading up to Ultra Singapore 2019, the festival had been torn to shreds because of speculations of legal issues, the withdrawal of headliner Martin Garrix, and the change in location. A day before Ultra Singapore 2019 was set to take place, it was reported that a winding-up application for Ultra Singapore Pte Ltd had been filed. Led by serial entrepreneurs Alex Chew and Raj Datwani, the famous dance music festival held in Singapore was faced with at least eight lawsuits for sums ranging from $3,745 to $74,686. To add fuel to the fire, it was also announced…
C3AFA I Love Anisong Interview: Rising Rock Star, Shiena Nishizawa

C3AFA I Love Anisong Interview: Rising Rock Star, Shiena Nishizawa

Shiena Nishizawa is a Japanese pop-rock singer and guitarist who performed at C3AFA Singapore’s 3-night concert “I Love Anisong” on 30 November 2018. Shiena’s love for music began in middle school when she tried her hands on her father’s old guitar. In 2014, she won the grand prize at the Flying Dog Audition, a singing contest in Japan organised by record label “flying DOG”. In 2015, Shiena’s debut song “Fubuki” was used as the ending theme for the anime “Fleet Girls Collection (KanColle)” and was released as a single that same year. On March 15th, 2017, Shiena released her first…
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