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Part 2: Hidden Jams for Music-Seekers      

Timbre at the Substation is located in Armenian Street, directly opposite the Singapore Management University. It is a prime location in town and placed strategically amidst museums and art galleries.
Quaintly designed, the atmosphere beckons patrons to an enjoyable night with their famous varieties of thin-crust pizzas and buffalo wings. With good live music playing daily, this is a popular hang-out spot for everybody. Customers are always a mixture of students, adults and families seeking a good night out. The al-fresco setting is also a refreshing change of atmosphere from the usual indoor cafes.
The music is played by Goodfellas on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and well worth your time. Actively engaging the audience while making big waves with their performance, one can't help but love the way they play songs solection that range from R&B, Motown, classic songs to current pop and rock songs. The Killers and Muse make frequent appearances but they do play out song requests from the audience as well. With a solid stage, good food and the inevitable smooth beer down your throat, what more can one asks during a good night out?
The name speaks for itself. This rock n' roll blues bar is known for its live and loud performances. With graffiti decorating its walls and a relaxed atmosphere, customers will feel as though they have been transported out of Singapore. With a spunky ambience, patrons will definitely sway or sing along with the songs being played on stage. Located in Clarke Quay, this bar is often full and bustling with liveliness.
With it's dimly lit interior and a serious array of beer choices to order from, this atmosphere demands the full attention from her customers to go along with the crazy beats on stage. On Sundays, customers are welcome to go up on stage and perform for the crowd. If you are into jamming, you and your band mates now know when to head up there.
Do prime yourself for a crazy night out with upbeat music that will tempt you to move your body, this is the Crazy Elephant after all.

  
Part 1: Hidden Jams for Music-Seekers      

Wala Wala Café Bar
This bar is located in Holland Village and if you're planning to head there, do arrive early. Once the bands start playing their live music, you will be hard pressed to find a good seat in the house. A solid music house with good beer and duck-roasted pizza, regulars and new-comers form a healthy mix in this two storey café.
Actors the Jam Bar
Located at South Bridge Road next to the 7-11, this bar has an atypical concept. Instead of inviting bands to jam, “the customers are the stars”. At Actors, customers are given the opportunity to be a star for the night. One can choose to go up on stage and sing on the top of her lungs, play impressive chords on the bass or impress the audience with amazing skills on the drums set.
Do not confuse this venue with a live-karaoke session though, some of the customers who go on stage are pretty amazing so be sure to double check your own talents before heading up. Customers are generally supportive but the house wouldn't want a performance akin to a chicken being slayed alive, right? Another branch has recently opened up at Scape Mall, Orchard so take your pick and you will definitely be entertained or doing the entertainment for the night!

  
What is your Personality?      

Music is the soul of life – and in today's digital life, music permeates every aspect of our lives. We are hooked onto music – plugged in or not – everywhere we go. Most of us define ourselves through the type of music we listen to. They reflect the type of personalities we have and thanks to the researches conducted by psychologists, we have empirical backing when we claim to be introverts or extroverts.
If you want to know more about yourselves, here are a list of type of music and the type of characters attributed to them.
  • Pop – Extroverted, honest, conventional, hardworking, high self-esteem, less creative and more uneasy.
  • Rap/Hip Hop – High self esteem, outgoing. It is actually not true that they are more aggressive or violent.
  • Country – Hardworking, conventional, outgoing, emotionally stable.
  • Rock/Heavy Metal – Gentle, creative, introverted, suffers from low self-esteem
  • Indie – Introverted, intellectual, creative, less hardworking, less gentle, passivity, anxiousness and low self-esteem.
  • Dance – Outgoing and assertive.
  • Classical – More introverted, at ease with themselves and the world around them, creative, good sense of self-esteem.
  • Jazz, Blues and Soul – extroverted, high self-esteem, intelligent, creative, at ease.
Researcher Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh who made this research famous said that people sometimes get defensive about their taste in music because music reflects their personalities, and thus is something close to their heart. Subconsciously, we do define ourselves through the music we listen to and these are the identities we wear in public.

  
Welcoming Take Two into the House      

If you have not come across Take Two, you should probably check out their website right now because they are bringing up the Singapore music scene - https://taketwosg.bandpage.com
This is your atypical boy band with 5 members;
  • Vocals: Lee Yin Wei
  • Guitar: Johnathan Lim
  • Guitar: Tan Peng Sing
  • Bass: David Siow
  • Drums: Jeryl Yeo
They met in college and as music enthusiasts, they decided to turn their passion in music into something more – an established band. Initially being band members of Eusoff Hall and Kent Ridge Hall in National University of Singapore, they started jamming in the local night scene with their infectious guitar riffs and creative bass lines. They dominantly play songs that are known as “indie dance rock”. While being new addition to the music scene, they are certainly expanding with recent achievements - playing for SGMUSO's House Party and being winners of Supernova '13, a NUS music event that was held on August 23rd.
If you want to catch them, do check out their Facebook page regularly for updates.

  
Singapore Grand Prix – Formula 1      

Yes, yes we know it's happened but just to recap. The annual music event has been masquerading under the car racing event, the Formula 1. Every year, thousands of people throng the pit to squint at the F1 cars that would race by at an average speed of 321 km/h. Sponsors and forward-thinking companies maintain the event each year – everyone is happy and it is indeed an extremely lucrative race.
One of the highlights though (other than the racing event) is the music concerts that are held. Since the beginning of its inception in 2009, the entertainment highlights have been impressive and is getting more and more amazing each year. Music lovers congregate in this once-a-year event and head bang to their favorite artists.
With the tagline “one night only”, the 2011 line up featured Linkin Park, Glee cast, Charice and Mr. Shaggy with his unforgettable bass voice in Mr Bombastic. Different artists were invited to cater to the heterogeneous music groups and each Zone has fun-filled attractions that would keep ticketholders wanting for more. In 2012, Jay Chou, Katy Perry, Big Bang made the list – wowing fans even more while in 2013 we had Rihanna, Justin Bieber, the Killers and again, Big Bang.
A definite success, one wonders what Singapore Grand Prix – Formula 1 2014 will bring to us. Super early bird tickets are out already, aren't you waiting with bated breaths as well?

  
Clarke Quay In October      

The month of October is an exciting one and I say it with fervor. The two events would definitely increase your heart rate, the Oktoberfest and Halloween are finally here! This is the month where drinking beer uninhibitedly and screaming out of fear would be okay.
There are numerous events being held in Clarke Quay and if you are looking for some upbeat fun, these definitely look fun. The Little Saigon's Howling Competition looks like a stress-reliever, no?
If you are not looking for any specifically themed events, then head over to the Highlander for their usual mix – here, you can drink your October's worth of beer in celebration of Oktoberfest!

  
Vanessa-Mae Olympic Dream      

Vanessa-Mae Olympic Dream
Something's go together naturally, like salt and pepper, Romeo and Juliet, strawberries and cream. But two things that you would not usually associate with each other are classical music and skiing. But one supremely talented violinist who was born in Singapore is hoping to combine the two in some small way and her name is Vanessa-Mae.
Having already mastered the violin to a great standard and performed in some of the most prestigious classical music venues, she has decided that she wants a new challenge in her life. This is why she is going to put down her instrument for a year and try to qualify for the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The classically trained artist intends to compete for Thailand, a heritage she gets from her Father's side of the family.
She said: “I wanted to compete for Thailand because there is a part of me which I have never celebrated -- being Thai. My father, like most Thais, has never skied but he's really excited about me doing this as is the Thai Olympic Committee."
It seems when Vanessa-Mae, 34, sets her mind to something she has a steely determination to see it through to the end. And would you believe it, she has the ambition to compete in not just one category in the games, but five! These are all internationally recognised events which will be contested by athletes who have been training all their lives for this opportunity, including the giant slalom and the slalom.
The diminutive violinist said: "People are surprised when they see me skiing - a classical violinist, Oriental, who has lived in the city all her life. But it has been my dream to be a ski bum since I was 14. This is something I am determined to do."
Vanessa-Mae is extremely focused on this goal. So much so that she moved to Switzerland in 2009 to get closer to the slopes she needs to practice. Every day she trains on the Swiss alpine resort of Zermatt to ensure that she gets to an even higher standard. The goal is to qualify and can compete in the Olympics, a competition that is heralded as the ultimate achievement for any athlete.

  
The Arena Club      

The Arena Club
Every international City has its landmarks which distinguish it from the crowd and Singapore is no different in this regard, with multiple buildings and relics of forgotten times which give it a special quality. Like any other destination, you can get a map from the tourist board to find all of these historic attractions; but finding good music in any city can be a little more challenging. Usually, to find the best music you have to be in be contact with a local lounge lizard who can show you the backstreets where the real beating of heart of the music scene is hiding. But Singapore has one building where good music is always playing, and that is The Arena.
This is cited as Singapore largest live music venue, so it is comparable to the o2 Arena in London as it is a place where people travel from all over to listen their favourite artists play live. But what does this music venue offer which is different to the norm? Well firstly, it has 10,000 sq ft of space which caters to all types of live music shows. Having this amount of space is a blessing to people who want to create spectacular shows, and there is a freedom here to let your imagination go wild.
And this level of space has another benefit, because it then has the capacity to attract bigger named artists. The Arena then can be viewed as the jewel in the crown of Singapore's live music circuit as it has become a regular destination for big international music acts. These include artists from the United States, Britain and Australia.
One man who was in The Arena Club recently was the hip-hop star T-Pain, who is a regular collaborator with Lil' Wayne on songs like “Can't Believe It”. T-Pain has one of the most recognisable voices in the world of rap and has racked up well over 50million YouTube views. This shows just the calibre of star that Singapore, and by extension the Arena Club, can accommodate. There is simply no better setting in the world to have a party.

  
The Singaporean Eminem      

The Singaporean Eminem
Rap music has got attitude and doesn't take any prisoners when it comes to the lyrical content. The genre originates from the mean streets of America's ghettos in LA and Compton in the 80s, when the likes of NWA and Dr. Dre started talking about life on the street and gangsta culture. One thing is for sure, you would not expect to see this style of music in the paradise tropical setting of Singapore, but there is one artist hoping to change all of that.
His name is name is ShiGGa Shay and he has got the rap skills that have drawn comparisons with another American rapper, Eminem. In his homeland very few people listen to this genre of music but he hopes that with perseverance he can revolutionise the sound and get people talking about Singapore rap in a positive light.
The up-and-coming starlet has been spitting verse for over 10 years and when asked how he got into the Singapore rap scene, he said:
“There isn't really a rap scene. I basically started putting out music when I was 14 [on MySpace], and slowly people started listening and catching on to my style and it slowly grew from that.”
“There isn't really a rap scene. I basically started putting out music when I was 14 [on MySpace], and slowly people started listening and catching on to my style and it slowly grew from that.”
With his new album on the way he has a hope bubbling beneath everything he does that it will be a turning point in Singaporean rap music. He wants to change people's perspectives about what good music sounds like and momentarily forget about the mainstream pop sound for a second.
He said: “I really hope that when people talk about Singapore next time they don't just think about Singapore as a port for trade they think more about the artists.”
Regarding his comparisons to Eminem, he is obviously flattered but wants to create his own persona saying: “I'd take that as a complement. Eminem is one of the artists I started listening to at a young age so being compared to him is like an honour more than anything else.”

  
Girls Generation       

Girls Generation
Girls Generation are a girl group who formed in South Korea way back in 2007 and have been flourishing into pop stars ever since. These are not your bog standard teenage girl group who disappear overnight, like so many before them who do not possess the talent to engage an audience for very long. In 2013 this international girl group proved they are more relevant than ever, with the release of their new album “I Got A Boy” which hit the top spot on the Taiwan-Singapore billboard chart.
The kind of success and longevity the band has achieved is no fluke. It is established on hard work and a catalogue of top songs which people want to revisit again and again, no matter how many times it has been played on the radio. They have been compared to the Spice Girls in the past, and Girls Generation know a thing or two about ‘girl power'.
Having gained some notoriety in early 2009 with songs like "Into the New World" and "Kissing You" the girls really hit the big time with their massive hit single "Gee". On the back of this Girls Generation went from being relative unknowns in their home country of South Korea to household names on the national stage. The song received numerous accolades in the national press and was voted as South Korea's 'Song of the Decade' in a recent poll.
After this prodigious beginning the group set their sights on even bigger goals and growing their fan base into other countries. Because of this determination, they have gone from strength to strength and sold millions of records to their adoring public. And the sales figures never lie. So far they have sold well over 4.4 million albums and 30 million singles which is a staggering amount by anyone's standards.
When this 9-strong group of vocalists (Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun) combine their talents, they have the ability to enrapture a whole nation. And Singapore is one place where they have a unique and strong following.

  
  
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