Getai Group

Getai Group

It was in 2015 when Timothy De Cotta, Carmen Low as well as Lionel Ang discovered the Getai Group. They have exerted so much effort in trying to pursue the local arts as well as the music world to its new ventures. This group has made it to the top all the time whenever they join some events like the Getai electronica, Getai Holidays, Getai Mash+Ups to name some. Their viewpoint is very inspiring, since it has been focused on reaching the Singaporeans and make them believe and love all their original arts. It has persuaded to see them lured to more than 10,000 who have attended the local centric and other alternative themed events for the previous years.

The Getai Group is even eager in attending some concerts and parties, even those that were thrown at a beaten path venue. Their efforts never stopped and so do their rigid programming, even if it has slowed off, however, they have fueled a healthy and well appreciated culture in boosting the Westernized community. The discussion has focused on the passion of the Getai Group's co-founder and they're one of a kind bassist Tim De Cotta. How everything has been built together, their objectives, their dream, the challenges that they have gone through, how they faced the Getai Soul in 2016 and the dependable individuals behind their success.

It was Tim who courageously talks about how the Getai Group started. He took back the people to where they began. As he tells it all, Getai Group is an outcome of a soaring struggle and hard work. It was Getai Electronica that took them into the limelight. It was their very first big event that they were not familiar with and never expected things to be that big. During those times, Lionel Ang as well as Carmen Low who planned to put up the Lepark had a chance to be involved in the TAJ that happened in January. It was a show that the group is conducting at the Esplanade Waterfront Stage. It was for the benefit of a show entitled All Things New. They fell in love with it right away and then move towards the rooftop show. Tim just said yes to this show without even having second thoughts, he uttered.

How did he feel about it? It was a mixture of probabilities as well as the chance to have an added experience as well. But the truth is that, it may have been noted down if it occurred over a year back, since Tim never knew who they were in the first place, he also didn't know about the predictions as well as the sources they have had. However, there was something that just enabled him to pursue the event and say yes. They exchanged phone numbers and after a week's time, Tm went to the Lionel to the rooftop of the People's Park Complex. This is where they have been blown away. How about the primary Getai Electronica event took place? TAJ has been an apple of the eye, said Tim. To this day, they are still considered as a family as they released their debut EP a week back prior to the Getai Electronica event that occurred on February 7 of 2015.

There was also a realization when he was on the rooftop. He has thought of if it will just be a mess to just have a particular band with the use of an incredible place, particularly with the city skyline sight. So he came up with a mini concern, it was a ghetto style for 5 bands to join. It was from 5pm-10pm. He contacted who he thought will work perfectly for this show and in 2 days' time, he got confirmations from Disco Hue, GIF, Spacedays, TAJ as well as the The Good Life Project. All of these take place just 1 week before the said event. It was just so simple to promote the show that will be held at the rooftop to anyone. It has been so basic for me.

Tim, Carmen and Lionel banded together to pull over their means as they come in contact with the F&B, marketing and sounds, however, they did not really do so much and before they knew it, the rooftop party was just spreading all through the social media. It was all because of the Coconuts as well as the Bandwagon who took up all of it. They are the ones that spread the news to the other online editorials and through social media. It was very surprising how soon the people were able to take the news and more media are asking about it through their online portals. It was just so surprising, knowing that all have been roughly prepared and it was just all a Do It Yourself preparation.

They were all shocked at that point, knowing that they have used the basic tools, which they carried. They also just use some crates to complete the stage setup, all of the musicians who joined us carried the crates and stacked all of them as well. It was just all basic, from the concepts to the execution of the musicians who joined them. It was just a joyful event knowing that they did what they have to do under the heat of the sun. They also do the setup of the stage and at that point in time, they do not have any idea of what is in store for them. However, there has been a belief in what they do. Who would think that a DIY event like this will gather more than two hundred people at the onset of the night. As the night went on, there were more than a thousand people all relaxing and enjoying the night. It was just so amazing to see them having fun with the groups.

Dick Lee tells how to be True Blue Singaporean

Dick Lee tells how to be True Blue Singaporean

Dick Lee is a famous music icon in Singapore. In an interview conducted for the 938 LIVE's Bharati Jagdish that it took him some time to build the guts to say that the music he wrote is based on a Singaporean concept. Dick Lee is one of the finest music icons in Singapore. He is a singer and a songwriter. One of this famous songs is entitled Home. It was written and released twenty years back, but still it is being sung by most Singaporeans to this day. In fact, it has become among Singaporeans. He has been in the music industry for over forty years and to this day he is still significant in terms of composing the pop music, national songs and scores for musicals. To this day, he is also working in the fashion industry, he works for events management and advertising companies.

It is just that he says he is sorry for the upcoming projects and the musicians must do to succeed in a competitive global market. However, he started to relay about his background as an artist and how he started in the business. He added, for him, growing up has never been simple, it was not a bed roses. As a teen, penetrating the music world and pushing through the pop culture back then is still not allowed. There was a big hindrance with regards to the negative aspects of the Western culture. He added, if you want to pursue rock music, it wasn't possible, then, since it was linked with drugs. If you wanted to pursue the pop culture, you must also be involved in some heavy metal music along the way. Did you push through with it? He eagerly says yes. He did and his parents were suspicious of him them. Rock concerts were banned during those times and so do with long hair. These cool things back then are all unlawful.

But is it the challenge that made him push through with his career in music? Somehow yes, he uttered. There is just this rebellious feeling in his and it never stopped him from pushing through with the music that he likes the most, even if he must go through rough times. But why did he say that it was hard back then? Is it because of his parents? Is it because of the judgmental minds of the people? He simply answered yes without elaborating his answer. But how did he able to go through the times when his parents are suspicious of him and doesn't want him to go through those unlawful kinds of music trends then? He simply says that he just did what he must do in a secretive manner. That made interesting for him, he added. This was during 1970s. It was just after the big music boom in the 1960s. He added, to this day, you can still say that it is still the golden age of Singapore pop music genre. It was when the local bands are everywhere with fans screaming for their music, then it just disappeared through time. That must be because of the National Service.

What is the National Service and why did he think that it may be the reason for it? It was around 1970-1971 when he started to work on his compositions and there was nothing to start with. All of the bands are nowhere. They must have rounded up all of the kids, their hair might be cut short and they might be placed in the army. It is truly hard to find, out why they are all broke during those times. The recording industry might have died just like that. When he started to be in the big music world, he started to write some music. He may be perceived as weird or as a freak back then, people may start to ask why would anyone write songs if this is not trendy at all.

He started to recall how people were able to cover some of his songs and that started the age of the Talents. They were the only few methods for them to sing the songs they have made and then let them be heard by a lot of people. The Talent Time Contestants mostly sand the cover versions of the songs as well. The hardest things were, the more he pushed through in his career and his thrive to be heard. But apart from the rebellious urge, what does he say in his effort to write music and to be a performer. As he recalled things, when he was still in the 6th grade, he considers himself as a typical kid. However, when he reached grade 10-12, he started to be lured in pop music and he thought that that is where it all started. He enjoyed learning and playing the piano all at the same time, he was sure then that he will get into the pop music world.

When he was 17 years of age, he started to work at his mom's shop, he started designing for teen clothes and he also runs some fashion shows. But the question is, were he not scared to go off the beat from the path that he wanted to take. He said that he was just a kid back then. There were no responsibilities, yes, he was so fearless and is ready to embrace fear in particular. That is the difference of Dick Lee to some of the teens today, he was so fearless then, while the new generation today easily gives up on something. He started to send demo songs back then only to be rejected due to his lack of experience. However, why does he took the hard path when he came from a well off family. He eagerly says yes, he came from a well off family, but there are so many things to do in life than to just be merely fed on a silver spoon by the parents.

CULT tracks

CULT tracks

CULT, the latest album from Caulfield Cult, is by far the most mature album so far, with a total of 23 minutes playing time. As one listens from track to track from start to finish, one becomes more mesmerized by the lyrics and ideas. The band previously launched two albums before CULT, and it is the result from a band that is not afraid to stand on its own and producing unique music. They are not your typical punk bands. Their ideas and lyrics represent a hint of clarity, hence carving out a niche for them. The music may sound heavy but it is more than compensated by the deeply meaningful lyrics.

Nicholas Wong, the main poster boy and vocalist for the band, commented that the band is trying to go for clarity in sound, while not going too far up, and has taken into consideration the effects of performing better musically compared to live shows. There are a total of 4 member in the band, consisting of Nicholas as introduced, Brian the bass and backup vocalist, Feroze the guitarist and Andrew the drummer.

Nicholas Wong had been the key person for the album's production. He gave a detailed walkthrough for the whole album by describing a little about every single track. He also shared on ways that the band juggled between different themes concerning relationships, self-esteem and jealousy. Wong emphasized that he aims to write the lyrics in a transparent manner while avoiding overused metaphors which will bury the meaning of the lyrics. If you want to find out more on Wong's opinion about other famous songs such as I Cannot Save You by Patrick Kindlon, you must read on and stream CULT.

For the first track ‘I Do not want you anymore', it was in the instant that Nicholas wrote the song that it will be the opening track. The influence he had in the mid-00s octave chords which are common for Cult's music is the perfect formula for maintaining their musicianship. The main theme for the song is to be less temperamental and upset over petty issues. Wong shared that the recurring theme is not to give up whenever tragedy strikes. It is not exactly written in a positive manner, but it was from the view and experience that Wong gained since young and being a heavy traveller. According to Wong, there will always be someone out there who is in a worse situation than you.

For the second track 'Deadpan', Wong's friend showed him an article where a famous band was interested in Caulfield Cult. It was collaboration between Suis LaLune which provided the vocals recording to Wong. Wong was extremely pleased with the collaboration with a big name band and they consider themselves lucky for an obscure band like Caulfield.

The third track ‘Jealous' is actually not a typical track and it is a band culture to place at least one song that sounds unique and non-conventional. Wong was made to repeat the singing multiple time by his sound engineer as a test to seek out the best use for Wong's vocals. It is discovered that Wong's vocals are limited and have very little endurance. The meaning behind the song is actually about a human being who wants to be over possessive over another companion. It may be interpreted as between two romantic couples. The person in the song tried hard to be open minded.

The fourth track ‘Marwood' was selected over another song called Abolition as Wong preferred this song over the other. Another reason was because they do not have a backup guitarist. The title of the song makes reference to a main cast for a 1987 movie titled Whitnail & I. Marwood is actually a jobless actor who relied heavily on drugs and booze. He is more rational and will be stressed out on any issues they fall into. In the end he finally got back his act together and started pursuing a real career by leaving Whitnail. The song was not written entirely for Marwood persona, but there is very little difference on the track's mood. It has a deeper meaning for listeners which encourage people to slow down and analyze a bad situation more rationally and be more content and happy in a low profile career.

The fifth track title 'Our Wounded Vessels', was inspired by a movie line. The quote which goes by "we make the trip back to our wounded vessels” was very interesting to me and relevant. It has the meaning of soldiering on in a badly damaged ship after many hardships. The entire quote was too long, hence the simplified version for the song title. It is clear as to the meaning of the song. Our band thinks this could be the hit but I do not have any specific comments and just let them have their own say.

The final track '2 Weeks from every-where' is actually taken from a movie quote. It was supposed to be an introductory song but there were many other better songs that could be sung right away. It is for the purpose of adding a dynamic twist to our live performance and singing to a live audience.

Universal Music Singapore are hiring

Universal Music Singapore are hiring

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