Interview: Gin Wigmore
We chat with the New Zealand singer/songwriter about her latest album, her take on music, and her hallmark tattoos
Interview: Twenty One Pilots
Michelle Fong catches up with Josh Dun, drummer of the American alt-pop band, about their insecurities, inspirations and ideal collabs
Six gig hotspots to get your music fix
Looking to mosh, headbang or groove the night away? Find out the right gig venue for you
Interview: The Sam Willows
Formed in mid-2012, soul-folk quartet The Sam Willows have been steadily making waves on the local music scene ever since they dropped their hit single, ‘Glasshouse’. Comprising Sandra Riley Tang, Jon Chua and siblings Benjamin and Narelle Kheng, the band released their self-titled debut EP three years ago, followed by stints at international music festivals like SXSW in Texas and WAM Festival in Perth. They also worked with five-time Grammy award-winning producer Steve Lillywhite on a remixed version of ‘Glasshouse’. Safe to say they’ve kept busy in the past few years, what with their constant appearances at local gigs and music video covers of pop tunes like ‘Blank Space’ by Taylor Swift and Kodaline’s ‘All I Want’. Before their long-awaited debut album – which they recorded with producer Harry Sommerdahl in Sweden – comes out later this year, The Sam Willows chat with Michelle Fong about what went into the record-making process.
Live music events
American jazz bassist Nathan East heads to our shores for his debut solo show, alongside his All Star Band, which comprises Steve Ferrone, Michael Thompson and James East. Get up close and personal with him by purchasing a VIP Meet & Greet Package ($300), a portion of which will go towards supporting Cambodia’s Future Foundation.
After selling out their first gig here two years ago, American pop rock band The Maine return to our sunny shores. Gaining a strong fan following since their arrival on the music scene in 2008 with Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, they recently ushered in the year with yet another studio album, American Candy, their fifth one to date.
Club nights and DJ gigs
Road to Ultra
Here's something else to do on F1 weekend apart from watching cars race around in circles. The legendary Ultra Music Festival has partied it up in Ibiza and Miami, and now the people behind it are bringing Road to Ultra here for the first time. With a headlining trio of Skrillex, Alesso and Nicky Romero, supported by Mija, Ansolo and Rave Republic, Ultranuts are in for a raving good time. Only for 18 and above.
It's The Ship 2015
The floating music festival aboard the Royal Caribbean luxury cruise is back. Sail off into the sunset with an array of international and regional acts like Ferry Corsten, Showtek, Will Sparks and many more. The ship makes a stopover at Langkawi for six hours of beach partying, before returning to our island on Nov 23.
Bring Your Own Vinyl Sundays at LongPlay
Listen to your own vinyls on LongPlay's sweet sound system every Sunday from 4pm. Bring Your Own Vinyl Sundays encourages crate-diggers to bring in their own platters from the 1930s to 1970s from any genre to pipe into the space while taking in the bar's cocktails and snacks.
1-Altitude debuts this daily sunset session, offering panoramic views and breezy sundowners with jazz and deep house melodies by Lindo Martinez.
Best new bars and clubs
Sum Yi Tai
Leering at you from Boon Tat Street with its neon pink-lit lobby is three-storey dining and drinking complex Sum Yi Tai.
Vinyl tunes in a bar and lounge
Twenty-three taps on offer
On The Table
Craft beers at this Pasir Panjang café