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Be serenaded by a spectrum of local artists on the 31st of December 2014 (New Year’s Eve Countdown) at Crowne Plaza Hotel Changi Airport. Lilting vocals against strong keys and a whistling melody that you’ll subconsciously find yourself repeating for hours afterward, this is where you ought to be from 9pm till 1.30am.

Presenting to you the bands of the night!

Headlining this strong line-up is none other than Orangecove, a 4-piece pop rock band who opened for We The Kings concert in Singapore. You won’t want to miss their pulverizing performance!

Showing us that they are not an ordinary high school band, JJ and The Paperplanes recently launched their single A Simple Hello at Hard Rock Café and Artistry Café and have been featured on 987FM!

Handpicked by venerable musicians such as Dick Lee and Jeremy Monteiro, local duo Ciao Turtle are one of the Top 3 finalists for ‘SG50 The Gift of Song’ competition! Aside from that the acoustic duo released their first single entitled When The Stars which catapulted them to fame.

2014 was a different ball game for The Jaywalkers when they were nominated as the Top 12 for NEA Eco Music Challenge 2014 and mentored by Mr Danny Loong (Co-Founder of Timbre). Their single Love Our Earth has also been released.

Former contestants of The Final 1, Marc X Hashy will be crooning away to Folk and Blues.Their first single entitled Battles has garnered much support from local radio stations such as 987FM and Lush 99.5FM. 

Let’s support local music and usher in the New Year with a BANG!!

Admission to the countdown party is at $32++ per person and includes two rounds of soft drinks or draft beers and $48++ per person and includes two rounds of house white wine, house red wine or spirits.

To make a reservation for a standing table at Lobby Lounge, please call +65 6823 5367 or email lobbylounge.cpca@ihg.com

 

Photo Credits: Orangecove, Jj and The Paperplanes, The Jaywalkers, Ciao Turtles and Marc X Hashy 

Pentatonix showed us that musicians don’t necessarily require any form of instruments. Being tight in terms of harmonies, coloured tones and rhythm is a gift too, could D’ Stellars be the rising A Capella group in Singapore?

Being part of the Singapore Polytechnic Vocal Talents has enabled the band to form a sense of cohesion and fluidity in terms of vocals. They were also the 1st Runner Up for National A Cappella Championship organized by The A Cappella Society and have performed at Teenage Magazine’s Gorgeous You Finals 2014.

I was enthralled by their cover of Little Me by Little Mix. The runs were not flat, I love the dynamics arrangement which brought a crescendo at the climax. I believe that for a school team, the band will go far in the long run as their fundamentals have been achieved from an early stage.  

Check them out now! 

 

Photo Credits: D'Stellars

Member of the AOS Collective, a 6 man DJ/MC crew founded by the Co-Founder of The Butter Factory, this is none other than Rosh G . Featured on the NY Times, Rosh was part of the Mentos National Night in 2012 which went viral. 

Being eloquent in his speech, Rosh decided to fuse things up by learning the art of rapping which is an expression of self- an art form that reverberates with his personality. 

Living the dream of aspiring musicians and theatre lovers, Rosh will be moving to NYC to pursue acting, which was his first passion at the age of 7. Rosh hopes to be able to produce movies that incorporate music videos and performance pieces.

Despite his age, Rosh has performed at the 2000 Olympics (Australia), Youth Olympics Games Opening Ceremony (Singapore) and G-Shock World Tour 30th Anniversary! 

Possessing a rhythmic time flow and producing catchy beats from scratch, his quirky side gives the song a certain degree of punch too. COULD HE BE THE NEXT REAL SLIM SHADY? Envisioning a coaxing of five encores for a live performance? 

I love his original composition Fighter, authenticity brandished by listeners wishing for a return to those halcyon days to rekindle their past desires. The contrast of lust from the tenacious vocals of Jordan Prainto and complementation of brassy rap by Rosh is a perfect combination of stellar harmony and melody. 

 

 
 

Photo Credits: Rosh G

Speaking of ingenuity and defying all doubts or odds, Joshua Simon brought a twist to Milkshake by Kelis, the best acoustic cover and rendition by far. Indeed he brought all the girls and boys to his yard with Singapore Got Milk. A refreshing approach and showing us that we do have MOJO within this little Red Dot.

How often is it for a local artist to collaborate with an international YouTube sensation such as Tiffany Alvord? Well Joshua did, and he managed to rope in a pool of local celebrities too such as Benjamin and Sandra from The Sam Willows, dapper rapper- ShiGGa Shay, heart throb sensations Nathan Hartono and Gentle Bones, YouTubers - Munah andHirzi and theater practitioners Adrian Pang, Tan Kheng Hua and Glen Goei. This explains the two years’ worth of hard work to string together the various elements: from differing schedules by the celebrities to mixing and editing.

There’s no denying that Josh possesses an astounding voice tied in with a technical gift for rapping. I love the originality of this cover and it’s not a replica of the original, this is what a cover should be! Moreover the acoustic picking (Bryan) and relentless beatings of the Cajon (Ian) escalate the overall appeal of the song.

Honing his skill from techniques learnt during his Ngee Ann Polytechnic days, Joshua exemplifies his artful remixing expertise for 7 Booty Songs In 3 Minutes which has gained over 91,000 views on YouTube. 3 minutes is the golden rule for Josh as he aims to deliver a diverse, sexy and fresh new angle to various mash ups!

Well it’s time for me to grab a milkshake after watching this video! A definite yes for me!

 

Photo Credits: Joshua Simon

Sprawling the cities and reaching a critical mess The Summer State shows us how Pop Rock should be carried out. The band storms on stage with triumphant and convoys with the famous head bang as seen at every Rock concert: throng of fans are lured into the music by their charismatic frontman Bryan, who manages to capture the hearts of his vehement female fans.

Formed in 2012, The Summer State has a wealth of experience from being the opening act for International Bands such as Mayday Parade, Yellowcard, A Rocket to the Moon and Alex Goot & Against The Current to performing in the Phillipines (Sonicboom Shockwave 2014) and Johor Bahru (JB Art Fest 2014).  

The band rosed to fame as they released their EP in 2013 with their former frontman Ryan Lopez. In addition, the EP managed to clinch the number one spot on the iTunes Rock Chart. My two personal picks are Love, That’s What They Call It These Day and I Do, I Don’t.

I simply love the honesty of this local band, often reminding me of Boys Like Girls. Drums and synths catapulted onto the sonic field by the talented Ritz, spellbinding groves backed by Edwin, propelling guitar tensions by Victoria & Shaykh and not forgetting the gravelly vocals by Bryan. A promising future for this local band indeed! I can’t wait for their upcoming EP! 

 

 

Photo Credits: The Summer State