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6 local musicians that should be on your radar in 2019

Here are the local music frontrunners you need on your radar

YAØ and Shye
Photo: Ahmad Iskandar Photography
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Get down to disco with the hottest made-in-Singapore acts. *SCAPE Invasion champions local music and serves up the best artists who have been making waves on the radio – and streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music – with its very first Youth Music Awards. We speak to a couple of winners of the YMAs – including our March cover stars YAØ and Shye – who prove that the local music scene isn't slowing down.

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brb.

Known as providers of funk served chilled
Award Best Feel Good Song

What’s the best way to create music?
The best songs come when we’re together jamming our ideas back and forth. Once we find something we like, we start building the track from scratch. Inspiration can also come from the most random moments when we’re hanging out.

Do you think Singapore is championing local music right?
The support here, in general, is great and is only getting better. Events like Youth Music Awards is a prime example of that. We feel that being recognised for your work is important for the local music scene.

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M1LDF1FE

M1LDF1FE

Known as Take Two, all grown up
Award Best Song To Bookout To

What’s it like being an indie band in Singapore?
It’s like being thrown into an escape room with a bunch of socially- awkward, anxiety-ridden, overgrown adolescents, where everyone is trying to break out and think they know the best way to do it. But the best part is not the actual escape, instead, it's the process of everyone working things out supporting each other. That’s the beauty of the music scene in Singapore.

National Service is part and parcel of being Singaporean. How does it feel to win the award for Distraction?
Winning this award provides an honour that no other award category does, and as ‘gennermen’ we only have one thing to say for this – ORD LO. But jokes aside, it’s heartwarming to know that our music keeps some of our servicemen company in these small moments of joy as they serve our nation.

m1ldl1fe.com

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Shye

Shye

Known as a bedroom pop darling
Award Best Song To Unwind To

Describe your sound.
It’s been described as electro-pop, indie-pop and even synth-pop but I like the fact that it hasn’t been narrowed down to a specific genre because that means I’m still able to roam quite freely across different sounds. Music to me is all about experimenting and trying out different combinations.

Do you have any local musicians you look up to?
I’m still new to everything so it’s very eye-opening to see how big and diverse the local music scene is. TheLionCityBoy is not only an amazing artist but he’s also such a nice person in general. And Jasmine Sokko has brought more attention to the music scene here as the finalist of the RaveNow competition. I’ve always been a fan of the indie bands, so it’s no surprise that I’ve fallen in love with bands like Sobs who look like they’re having so much fun on stage.

instagram.com/shye.mp3

YAØ

YAØ

Known as the party starter
Award New Kid(s) On The Block

How would you describe your hybrid of music?
My music has always placed a lot of importance on the melody. As of right now, it's a mixture of pop, R&B, dance and even some city-pop influences – and I’d call it 'YAØ pop'.

How would you turn up the vibe in local music to appeal to the masses?
As a young artist, I find it important to not just appease to the younger crowd, but also push myself to the limit and have confidence in my own natural distinct style. I find it super humbling when the older generation embraces the different vibes I have to offer.

hyperurl.co/YaoNoStress

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Yung Raja

Yung Raja

Known as Yung Mustafa’s main right-hand rapper
Award Best Song To Party To

Thoughts on Singapore’s hip-hop scene?
Getting more vibrant lately. Aspiring artistes are no longer holding back from showcasing their skills online so we’re constantly getting a glimpse of what the future of Singapore hip-hop (music) scene holds!

instagram.com/yung.raja

Sezairi

Sezairi

Known as pop boy-next-door
Award Best Song To Fall In Love To

Tell us your secret to spicing up your blend of pop? 
There's always been a deliberate effort to bring old, familiar vintage sounds and renewing them for the modern context. I try to keep it simple, relatable and fun. I also learnt that sometimes when you uncomplicate certain things in your arrangement, it leaves space for other things to shine more.

What does it mean to win an award in Singapore?
It's an uphill battle being creative in a place like Singapore and I think we need the means to keep inspiring the next generation of creatives to pick up the torch and keep going. The value is not in winning but what it means for a young kid sitting in his bedroom wanting to write music and having something to look forward to.

sezairi.co

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Caracal

Caracal

Known as post-hardcore stalwarts
Award Best Song To Rock Out To

Back with a new EP Take it Apart And Put It Back Together – talk us through that.
We wrote about 10 demos all while looking for a singer and bassist prior to the EP. After Rachel and Trent joined the band, we all religiously met up every week to write lyrics and melodies for five (out of the 10) songs. Everyone had a part to play in writing the lyrics and melodies, which was untapped territory for some of us.

caracalnoise.com

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