The sweet loneliness of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon
If cocooning yourself in a woodshed in the middle of Wisconsin’s nowhere just to write heart-on-sleeve songs about a lost relationship is any indication of Justin Vernon’s proclivity to solitude, then his self-exile from the music scene in 2012 shouldn’t come as a surprise. Four years later, though, and the lead singer of Bon Iver is back. The indie folk band are launching into an Asian tour this year – and Singapore is one of their stops (we should be so lucky). Before he takes The Star Theatre stage, we speak to Vernon about his hiatus, winning a Grammy and getting the band back together. This is your first time playing in Singapore. What are you most looking forward to? Well, you tell me! We’re very excited. I’m from a really small town in Wisconsin so I’ve never been to that whole half of the world. Everything is going to be really new to us. We’re really excited to come play for folks who have wanted to hear our music for a while. And what do you expect Singapore to be like? Man, I don’t have many friends who have been, so I’m the one being asked what everyone back home should do in Singapore. We’re going to have some people bringing us around the place and I’m looking forward to it.
The state of the local music scene
The scene is dead. Long live the scene. Decades after rock ’n’ roll was outlawed, jukeboxes in bars silenced and long manes on men discouraged, Singapore can crank it up to 11 once more. We’ve seen battalions of bands go from dabbling in their bedrooms to tearing up stages – and they’re only getting louder. But what’s it like being a musician in this city? And how does it compare to the scenes elsewhere? We invited a dozen indie bands, DJs, music entrepreneurs and classical musicians to our office and put them on the spot – read on to hear them roar.
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Live music events
Maya Raisha x Mario Serio
Get into the swing of things with student-and-teacher duo Maya Raisha and Mario Serio. The former is a classically trained pianist and drummer who has...
Nicholas Chim x Jamie Wong
Indie artist Jaime Wong is no stranger to the local scene, with her debut EP coming in at number two on the local iTunes charts last year. Listen to her...
Club nights and DJ gigs
Super Bowl 50 Live
Bro-down in style at Hombre Cantina as you feast your eyes on the 2016 Super Bowl 50. It's a live screening, so if you're a true blue American football fan,...
Catz 'N Dogz
Their real names are Grzegorz and Wojciech but let's face it, Catz 'N Dogz sits better on the tongue. Groove to their beats of bass-heavy house as they take...
Quintino and Gelab
Dutch DJ/producer Quintino has worked with Tiesto and Afrojack, and while EDM whiz Gelab may be young, he's already amassed a following with his first...
Andrew Chow & Tony Tay: Chemistry
The two DJs pair up for a night of slick grooves and smooth moves at Refuge's lounge.
Matt Relton, otherwise known as Kidnap Kid, has played club shows and festivals around the world, spinning familiar tracks like 'Stronger'. Catch him in...
Axel Groove & Azran
Jive to the sexy beats of disco, house and deep tech by Axel Groove, who has played alongside international names like Eats Everything and Jamie Jones. Azran...