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There’s no other performer like Lindsey Stirling – a purveyor of a melting pot of specialties. Fusing modern, hip-hop and ballet dance with classical and dupstep violin, this Mormon Arizona native lights up the stage as a distinctive act some would consider “unmarketable”. But a look at her vast following and accolades (she won the Crossover National/International award from the Echo music awards in 2014) would defy that notion. We show you just how marketable she is with five things we love about her.

#1: She has an alter ego. A little less Sasha Fierce and a little more Kathy Beth Terry, she is Lindsey’s number one fan named Phelba (goodness knows where she got that name from). Every so often, Phelba makes a cameo on Lindsey’s secondary YouTube channel, LindseyTime.

 

#2: She makes epic music videos for both original singles (these are our favourites) and cover renditions, all of which are viewed by millions and feature intricate costumes and effects. It’s only in her videos where musical instruments are turned into lethal weapons, Atlantis is real, shadows are independent, and you can fight dragons with a violin.

 

#3: At age 6, she learnt how to play the violin through weekly lessons. But get this. Because her parents could only pay for half of the lessons, each class lasted for about 15 minutes. In spite of her tutor’s skepticism, Lindsey managed to make the most of it through sheer determination and hard work.

#4: She never gives up. It’s one thing to be told you’re not good enough. But to be told that in front of millions of viewers on television? Lindsey endured that during her quarterfinal performance on America’s Got Talent, and, despite feeling dejected, continued to hone her craft. Even when she lost her desire for music momentarily as a teenager, she refused to quit completely, and sought for a renewed passion. Of course, that turned out well.

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#5: It’s been said a thousand times now, but she can dance while playing the violin, without messing up a beat. People forget this, but it’s very much an acquired skill. It’s almost as hard as keeping your eyes open whilst sneezing. Lindsey even called it an “unnatural” act during a live-chat: “I had to practice so hard to learn how to do it, but now it is part of my expression… Once I know a song really well, I can then have fun dancing.”

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*****

Concert Details

Venue: March 3, 2015 (8pm)
Date: Marina Bay Sands
Tickets: $148, $128, $108, $88 (excludes booking fee)

Tickets available at Marina Bay Sands Box Offices and SISTIC.

Spin or Bin Music is proud to be the Official Music Blog for Lindsey Stirling Live in Singapore!

 

Photo credits: Kris Connor/Getty Images, America's Got Talent/YouTube

Looking for a reason to love local music? Here’s one… or rather, here’s five.

We took a break from the Lunar New Year festivities and house visits to bring you five tracks by a few of the top-notch music makers in Singapore. The fourth instalment features a healthy mix of something fly, something cool, something old, and something new.

For the first 15 songs featured in this series, visit here, here, and here.

 

#16: Pedestal by Charlie Lim

Sonically, the more cheerful of his tracks, Pedestal is an old crowd-pleaser from his debut EP that pairs a soulful swinging rhythm with a boogie-woogie bass line. If you’re looking for a native smooth crooner, you’ve got one right here. Chillin’ like a villain with lady-killing chops, Charlie Lim is an obvious gem to lionize.

 

#17: Long Live Rock N Roll by The Pinholes

Imagine four fellas, clad in matching striped bell-bottom pants and oversized shades, and you’ll see a perfect snapshot of a typical ‘70s boy band. Bringing the vintage vibes to life are The Pinholes, who resemble a preserved image of the past. Waggish, from their conduct to their music, they dismiss conventional standards and operate by conviction - one that’s best exemplified through Long Live Rock N Roll.

 

#18: Fly by Vandetta

Lush - not only is this the name of the radio station where Vandetta (or as regular folk calls her, Vanessa Fernandez) conducts her daily grind, it also describes the sort of music she produces. Hear her hip-hop leanings, weaved into experimental vocal instrumentations in this sleek single.

 

#19: Elderflower Fall by Pitch Feather

Chuan and Alberta is a married duo that has joined forces to form folk-pop outfit Pitch Feather in 2011. Two years later, they would welcome their firstborn - Mountains and Tides, which contains the poignant and tender Elderflower Fall. Just give the song about 10 seconds to discover the strangely captivating way the vocalist bends her notes.

 

#20: Supersonic by SIXX

SIXX was a massive nine-piece hip hop group that included even more massive talents. Talents such as Kevin Lester (the rap maestro who now goes by his stage moniker, The Lion City Boy), Aarika Lee (the soulful vocalist and keyboardist), and Timothy De Cotta (the bassist and now, solo artiste). Talents that composed Supersonic, a spunky upbeat crowd favourite.

 

Part 5 of “Top 50 Songs We Love From Singapore” - coming soon next week!

Photo credit: Vandetta Music/YouTube

lindsey stirling ideal collaborations

From mega YouTube doyens to chart topping celebrities, Lindsey Stirling’s expanding list of collaborators include John Legend, Pentatonix, The Piano Guys, Sam Tsui, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Tyler Ward, and Chester See. But there are waters yet unchartered and collaborations yet unexplored for the flourishing 28-year-old Californian, who’s constantly seeking ingenuity.

And ingenuity isn’t easy to achieve when you’re already a niche violinist who plays hip hop, EDM, pop, rock, and classical crossovers, whilst hoofing it in various styles such as hip hop and ballet. So, we’ve decided to make it easy for her. While waiting for her arrival this March, we throw out a few ideas and names she could consider joining forces with for her next project.

 

2Cellos

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Hailing from Croatia are Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser (forming a robust musical duo, 2Cellos) who clearly know how to work their instruments, given their massive following of nearly 900,000 YouTube followers. With Lindsey’s feisty violin and their madcap cellos, this threesome will make a passionate team of classical crossover musicians.

 

Calvin Harris

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Anyone who has succeeded in turning human bodies into music-making instruments probably thinks along the same wavelength as fellow innovator Lindsey. Plus, Calvin is an EDM extraordinaire, making him a perfect match for the EDM-loving violinist.

 

Hayley Williams

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As Lindsey’s admitted herself in our interview with her, she’s quite the fangirl of the leading lady of Paramore: “Not only is her voice incredible and powerful, she also has rad style, cool hair, and she’s smart.” We think the two gingers would hit it off as well. There’s no harm in adding a little pop-punk into the classical-dubstep mix, right?

If you know who Lindsey’s next partner in crime would be (or should be), don’t keep us in the dark!

 

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Concert Details

Venue: March 3, 2015 (8pm)
Date: Marina Bay Sands
Tickets: $148, $128, $108, $88 (excludes booking fee)

Tickets available at Marina Bay Sands Box Offices and SISTIC.

Spin or Bin Music is proud to be the Official Music Blog for Lindsey Stirling Live in Singapore!

 

Photo credits: Calvin Harris/YouTube, Lindsey Stirling, 2Cellos

What are some of the best humdingers from this city-state the world needs to hear? Herein lies the answer. In the third edition of this series, where we spotlight local talents worthy of note as well as their catchiest creations, we’ve curated another five outfits/vocalists we think should be in your personal playlists.

Enjoy these arbitrary rankings! And if you’re curious about numbers one through 10, here’s Part One and Two of the series.

 

#11: Artful Dodger by Inch Chua

A pint-sized artist (in every sense of the word) with king-sized chops. Inch Chua is a name who needs no introduction, but I’ll give a brief one anyway. The moment this destined indie rocker entered the world, she was gifted with a pair of golden pipes, delicate enough to have the universe at her mercy and rough enough to destroy it. Blood doesn’t flow through her veins; art does. But back to reality, here’s Artful Dodger, a cautious blood-pumper from her album Bumfuzzle that’s the perfect kind of song to kick start your day with.

 

#12: Stay by Joie Tan

Another songbird with a much more casual tone and tune, Joie Tan gets us in the mood for the approaching Day of Love this February 14 with Stay, a “cheesy” (in her own words) love song that can’t help but be oh so addictive. Even the loners of the world can’t deny this heart-melting, saccharine acoustic number.

 

#13: Near and Dear by Pleasantry

Theirs is the kind of music that makes you feel like you’re drifting. Echoey and electrifyingly ethereal, the nearly five-year-old five-piece Pleasantry is going places. After the release of sophomore effort Inhabit, they’re slated to play a set at The Gathering’s music festival at Fort Canning Green, alongside Belle and Sebastian, and Temples. Near and Dear illustrates their sonic style at its best.

 

#14: Anchor by Giants Must Fall

“Slightly flowery but highly refreshing indie rock” is the sort of music Giants Must Fall make, according to their Facebook description. If it were up to us, we’d add a line of “reasonably entrancing” in there. Why, you ask? Take a listen to the rich, anthemic soundscape that is Anchor - one of many such “reasonably entrancing, slightly flowery, but highly refreshing” songs.

 

#15: Touch Me Not by The Sets Band

Trust the four good-lookers of The Sets Band to transport their listeners with them to the Delirious Land without having to do much. While the lads are enough of a visual treat, their compositions (known to not being pigeonholed into individual genres) elevate the atmosphere with aural satisfaction. Satisfy yourself with the animatedly reverberant Touch Me Not.

 

Check back in next week for Part 4 of “50 Songs We Love From Singapore”!

 

Photo credit: YouTube/Inch Chua

Lindsey Stirling best music videos

Any fan of master multi-tasker Lindsey Stirling would know of the dancing violinist’s penchant for dressing up and crafting epic music videos. We take a look at the mini movies of her originals, where she dives into several different dimensions – some mythical, others magical. Here are five of her most grandiose on-screen adventures.

 

#5: Shadows

The premise of this video almost mirrors the Peter Pan scenario where the immortal flying whippersnapper is unable to control his own shadow. Filmed noir, the Shadows music video seems to be Lindsey’s simplest and plainest on the surface, but the level of technicality behind the on-screen magic is one to be applauded for.

 
 

#4: Stars Align

Lindsey plays a sinister gypsy, as well as a celestial saint, who is thrown to some kind of alien, galactic land with a glowing sky and teleporting inhabitants. You get a full view of the Milky Way from there without a telescope, AND you’ll witness more shooting stars in a second there than anywhere else in your entire lifetime. Epic much?

 

#3: Beyond The Veil

In this one, she’s shipwrecked. Astounding cinematography aside, the good stuff show themselves a minute and a half into the video when she miraculously procures out-of-the-world underwater breath-holding skills and dives right into the lost city of Atlantis (which is what we’d like to think, at least). Just another dose of supreme fantasy from the emotive maestro… No big deal.

 

#2: Roundtable Rival

YouTube phenomenon (that’s right) Lilly, also known as Superwoman, said it herself: “I feel like this is the best video I’ve ever seen.” 1,548 likes and counting on that sweeping comment, and it comes as no surprise. Set in the Wild West where the outlaws’ greatest weapons are their instruments, it may be violin badassery at its best. Also, steampunk.

 

#1: Shatter Me

The title track of Lindsey’s second studio record has been matched with a radical concept, which comes to life in this five-minute long music video. Trapped in a snow globe, the damsel takes on the ethereal persona of a porcelain ballerina who risks self-destruction as she attempts break out of her glass prison. Not only is this an ace single, its video accompaniment is a riveting visual fest as well!

 

Don’t agree with our list? Sound off in the comments below!

*****

Concert Details

Venue: March 3, 2015 (8pm)
Date: Marina Bay Sands
Tickets: $148, $128, $108, $88 (excludes booking fee)

Tickets available at Marina Bay Sands Box Offices and SISTIC.

Spin or Bin Music is proud to be the Official Music Blog for Lindsey Stirling Live in Singapore!

 

Photo credit: YouTube/Lindsey Stirling