By Jocelle Koh
Increasingly as life goes on, we find ourselves faced with doubt; often from so many different angles and perspectives. Especially in the music and creative industries given the subjectivity and commercialism of it all, young artists are stuck between a rock and a hard place; unsure of which way to turn.
Taiwanese singer-songwriter and Youtuber Dena Chang 張粹方 is one artist who's documented these struggles in a way that's uniquely her in an empowering new single 'Don’t Worry'.
As Chang’s first independently released single, the track is both a revisit of familiar influences for Dena and a symbol of a new era of authenticity for the bubbly artist. Going back to basics with her authentic Country-Pop melodies and incorporating her positive style of inspiring Pinterest lyricism, it really feels like a new start for the optimistic artist.
The seamless incorporation of her own story into the bridge further reinforces that on top of the overarching message of not worrying about failure, this is a touching new start for Chang as she looks back on where she came from and uses that to power through.
“Just take a look back to the day you uploaded your first song / So proud you were dancing around the room / And then you realise how brave you were / And that it’s always been a part of you”
Can you hear the Taylor Swift influence yet?
By : C.P Ching
Up and coming rap maven W.M.L 李杰明 collabs with labelmate Vicky Chen 陳忻玥
(SKR Presents) on a unique new track called “Fiery Love 炙愛 ”.
It is an "anti-Valentine" song that portrays a couple’s inability to walk away from thier relationship, despite knowing that they are not suitable for each other. They remain together for underlying reasons; perhaps out of habit or the fear of being alone. The couple feels trapped but does not have the courage to go their separate ways.
Overall “Fiery Love” is an intense yet unique track that captures the imagination of its’ listeners, by flawlessly blending two very different musical styles together.
W.M.L is a hip-hop artist known for his intense upbeat rap style, meanwhile Chen is more recognized for her soothing vocals in the fresh folk realm of Mandopop music. The deliberate pairing of these two conflicting images emphasizes on the story being showcased in the song.
For those unfamiliar, Vicky Chen is a new artist under Taiwan based record label; SKR Presents. She has gained some notoriety for her unique vocals with songs such as “Smokescreen” going viral.
“Fiery Love” is officially Chen ’s first featured song after signing on with SKR.
On the other hand, W. M. L is an up-and-coming rapper who started off in the underground scene and gained prominence as an internet rapper before signing on with SKR.
He is known for his intensely-fast rapping abilities and is regarded as a rap genius by many. Some may know him from his other works including tracks such as “No Turning back” or a feature in R.Chord’s 謝和弦 "I'm Not Your Prince Charming."
Links for the song can be found here: http://www.soundscape.net/a/2792
Artists social links:
李杰明 W.M.L IG: https://www.instagram.com/wmlhiphop/
SKRpresents IG: https://www.instagram.com/skrpresents/
陳忻玥 Vicky Chen IG: https://www.instagram.com/vickychenmu.