Singaporean singer-songwriter Charlie Lim wins "Best Music Video" for 'I only tell the truth' at NY's Winter Film Awards
Prolific Singaporean singer-songwriter Charlie Lim has long been praised for his midas touch when it comes to his musical exploits; confidently pushing out his own melancholic brand of R&B, electronic pop, post-rock and everything else in between.
But the known perfectionist has once again brought pride to the little red dot by winning "Best Music Video" for his single "I only tell the truth" at New York's Winter Film Awards.
The stunning video also made it as a finalist in the Silver Sound Showdown in Brooklyn, and was part of the official selection for the ReelHeart Film Festival in Toronto.
Filmed in the sparse outback of Australia on a decommissioned 747, the video captured a complex mix of emotions which Charlie describes as "ultimately about loneliness, fear, and tragedy, but it's also about persistence, courage, and healing" in a previous interview with Bandwagon SG.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Felipe P. Soares from New York, the video is a collection of stunning cinematography cut together with precision, creating a truly timeless and otherworldly atmosphere.
Just as Charlie ventures into the untouched wilderness of the Australian outback, he is also one of few Singaporean acts who have had the chance to venture out onto the global music stage. The win for him is hopefully significant in the international attention it may bring not only to his wonderful works, but also to other prolific and talented acts Singapore has to offer.
Well-loved Taiwanese girl group Dream Girls composed of Emily Song, Tia Lee and Puff Kuo have been active in the entertainment scenes lately, with Tia signing with Sony music, Puff going into acting and Emily being busy with her entrepreneurial projects.
When being interviewed at PUMA's recent night run activity, group leader Emily who attended state that due to everyone being busy with their own activities, the three had not seen each other since their end of year company celebration in January.
However, she did start the hearts of many a Dreamgirls fan when she stated that there would be a public regrouping event at the end of April, but refrained from giving any details as of yet.
Watch this space for more details coming soon!
Four amazingly creative remixes of Western songs by Asian Artists (Sharon Kwan, Lara & Esther Veronin, MC Han & Pierre Liu, ONE OK ROCK)
I've always loved listening to covers-especially Asian artists covering English songs for some reason-guess it might have something to do with the fact that it makes me feel that they're opening their music to a much larger audience by doing so. But lately as the market has become saturated by overdone, nondescript covers, I've begun to look out for people who not just 'cover' but recreate these popular Western hits in a way that cuts through the clutter and makes an impact.
This is a collection of four recently-done covers that come together really well I feel. Although they may be far-reaching in genre, from Jazz to Hip Hop to Acoustic, they all have one similarity-that they are truly able to make something this different which allows audiences to see the song in different, yet complete perspectives. Because that's what music is all about, no?
Sharon Kwan-Bang Bang (Jazz)
The fact that this was a Jazz cover of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's hit single "Bang Bang" caught my attention immediately. Taking the original high-energy 1960s big-band sound and whittling it down to nothing more than a Jazz drum and lazy, strolling chords on the piano, this is a transformation that works 100% and is a refreshing change from the normal covers I've seen plastering my feed. Sharon Kwan's vocals lend themselves perfectly to the song too; her sweet and soft croonings that cut right through the sleepy arrangement are what really makes the song pop, stringing you along with every seductive whisper and high note.
Lara & Esther Veronin-Let it go (Jazz version)
Sisters Lara and Esther Veronin are no strangers to the Jazz scene, having performed regularly at the Brown Sugar for the past couple of years. But one of their most outstanding arrangements was the innovative use of Jazz in remixing cult hit Frozen's "Let it go". Although a little rough around the edges vocal-wise (this was the only version of their performance I could find), the beauty lies in how well Lara's resonant vocals pair off against Esther's soothing mellow timbre. Coupled with jazzy, wintry chords on the piano, this is truly a cover which is totally different from the original, yet retains the initial feeling of winter that it promises.
MC Han & Pierre Liu-Stressed Out (remix)
Singing reality show One Million Star contestant Pierre Liu has been working with newbie rapper MC Han as of late, and here they are collaborating on a remix of Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out". A solid arrangement that holds weight yet pays homage to the original, what really caught my attention was the fact that MC Han entirely changed the lyrics of the rap part to something much more relatable to his own experiences, before sleekly linking back to that chorus everyone is familiar with. From being a song about nostalgic moments in the past, Han has fast-forwarded the song's context to his present, touching on issues such as reality kicking in and the pressure of achievement. A great turnaround!
ONE OK ROCK-A Thousand Miles
I have been absolutely in love with this cover ever since the moment I heard it. For those of you who aren't familiar with J-Rock band ONE OK ROCK, they're usually known for their high-octave rock tracks which usually involve a lot of screaming and head banging. But what others may not know is that the boys are equally adept at sitting down and stripping back to the basics, as they show so finely in their rendition of Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles". Armed with an acoustic guitar, clean piano chords and chirpy tinklings on the Xylophone and chimes, the boys take Carlton's original hit which featured wide jumps in energy in many sections of the song (Eg. And I miss you/And now I wonder) and take things down a notch. Instead of the almost cheesy, abrupt stops between passages in the song, the boys have instead replaced them with seamless transitions with the help of the piano filling the gaps, the guitar steadying and mellowing out the entire feel of the song while the xylophones pay homage to the track's signature optimism.And as for lead vocalist Taka's vocals...let's just say if he sang this song to me I'd marry him right on the spot. Perfection!
For all those who have been hurt over love many years ago, have those scars healed yet? Penny Dai, one of the most talented veterans within the Chinese music industry may have the answer ready for you during her "Thief賊" world tour which kicks off this August the 13th at the Taipei Arena.
During a lifetime, many experiences can be intimately linked to the songs one has heard, causing them to be so previous and worthy of safekeeping. So out of all the singers whose songs we've heard over the years, what feeling does Penny's music leave in our memories?
For me, her crisp, smooth vocals have always left me with a feeling of melancholy and serenity, yet which has a big element of creativity to it.
But unlike how I and many other fans may see her, her latest world tour theme instead brings out a feeling of old-soul whimsy that comes out unexpectedly, sneaky as a thief!
Tai's concert was named "Thief" because she hopes that if there is a chance, one may use the songs these concert brings which has once stolen away our tears, our youth, and our happiness, to create a thief of memories.
Secretly looking back and recollecting on old memories that perhaps have not had complete closure. Those scars, have they healed? Have you let go of those grudges from long time past? And once you walk through those doors of the arena, one will once again be filled with energy to move forward.
The concert in itself also will prove to be full f unexpected experiences. Nothing is out of the question for Penny, who has previously cut off her long hair in front of a roomful of fans. So what will be in store for us this time around?
Penny says for this concert she has put the program in the hands of the production team for many previous Kings and Queens; allowing the concert to be one built around how the professionals see her and her personality.
The concert will be the first time Penny has taken to the stage at the Taipei arena despite her many years within the industry. Penny states that she usually has an aversion to holding large scale performances; however after many things had happened over these past two years, she has struck up her courage and agreed to hold a concert at Taipei arena.
Certainly an important milestone for Peggy, I hope she will expand her tour soon to other parts of the world!
Penny Tai "Thief"World Tour-Taipei stop
Time: 13/08/16 , 7.30pm
Place: Taipei Arena
Ticket info: Buy online at goo.gl/Ugugij or at Hi-Life/OK-go convenience stores
Watch the concert teaser here:
Nana Lee presents a series of 12 star signs' spoofs based on latest single "Be Honest"－Which one are you?
Now we've seen Nana Lee singing her beautiful sad ballads and we've seen her acting as serene, quiet and sophisticated characters in dramas such as "Ex-Boyfriend", but what we haven't seen is the funny, humorous side of Taiwanese singer Nana Lee! In lieu of her already released album "Be Honest", she released a heart-achingly sad music video for her title track "Be Honest" (watch it here). The music video centres around the tensions involved in dealing with Nana's character's greatest fear-over the third party in her relationship being her best friend.
But to pair it off, she and her record company Universal music Taiwan have released a series of videos satirising a tough question: What is each star sign's greatest fear in relation to a third party in their relationship?
Whether you believe in the star signs or not (I don't particularly, but enjoyed this anyway), this is a great set of videos to keep you occupied as you watch Nana turn into the funny girl you've never realised she was! Playing her role in cooperation with two dummies, the series of spoofs incorporate a very Taiwanese sense of humour that involves the use of a lot of google translate, funny accents and hilarity. So watch on and find out what YOUR most feared third party would be like below! Comment below and let me know if it's accurate or not!
Wind star signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Gemini-Most scared that the third party chooses to remain silent
When Nana confronts the third party, she says nothing and instead starts crying. Oh, what a mess!
Libra-Most scared that the third party is elegant and with a nice figure
Well, the title says it all, pretty much.
Aquarius-Most scared that the third party is actually a prince (he's Gay!)
When boyfriend Mark keeps ordering Pizza 7 days a week, Nana gets suspicious until he spills the beans and she meets the Pizza delivery boy...
(Earth star signs)Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
Capricorn-Most scared that the third party's status is higher than theirs
When it is revealed that Emma, Nana's head manager is in love with Mark and offering her not only a promotion but also million dollars to sweeten the deal, what will Nana do? The answer may surprise you...
Taurus-Most scared that the third party is more skilled than them
In a head-to-head cooking match with third party Emma, Nana seems to be losing and she's not happy...
Virgo-Most scared that the third party is actually not a person at all
In this scenario, Nana's boyfriend Mark falls in love with not a person, but the art of Tattooing. And let me tell you, Nana is NOT taking things well (there's vodka involved).
(Fire star signs)Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Aries-most scared that the third party has gained the upper hand
Nana's going into battle with third party Emma, but is on the losing end because boyfriend Mark's parents treat Emma better than Nana! Why???
Leo-Most scared that the other party is a Caucasian beauty
Upon meeting the third party, Nana finds that she is beautiful, very voluptuous and has money too! How can she compete??
Sagittarius-Most scared that the third party is not the only other party
In this scenario, Nana finds out using her super stalker skills that there is not just a third party, but also a fourth. Who knows, maybe a fifth, or a sixth...
(Water star signs): Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio
Pisces-Most scared of the third party's mental torture
In the spoof, Nana evokes the envy of a jealous third party between herself and Mark who sends her crazy, hostage-style letters telling her to leave him, even pregnancy tests and dirty pictures and leaves her with a chilling message written on a piece of her plastic, lifeless arm-I can die for him, but can you"?
Cancer-Most scared of the third party pleading that they've been wronged
A third party pretending to be a clingy best friend? No thank you! Nana is plagued by a third party who constantly refers to her as 'big sister' and follows her everywhere, attempting to help her cook, clean, and even go to the toilet. Oh no...
Scorpio-Most scared that the third party is her good friend
A third party who is ACTUALLY Nana's best friend? What could be worse?