Charlie Lim Abandons His first Love

Charlie Lim Abandons His first Love

Avicii has reported his retirement and the timing couldn't have been greater. Another musical wonder has chosen to raise his Ableton game. Following the release of Charlie Lim sophomore effort Time/Space to a basic approval a year ago, he has procured another musical vision and character. We talk with him about his recent collection, Live.Laugh.Love, why instruments are outdated, doing yoga, turning JB in and how Dick Lee has motivated his new bearing.

This was unquestionably remarkable. To what extent have you been chipping away at this collection, and why the sudden declaration to drop it? I noticed it was excellent to do a Beyoncé-sort thing. Not the genuine collection, simply the declaration of it. The collection will turn out on National Day in the not so distant future. I've really been perched on it for quite a while, yet I was simply waiting for Avicii to resign with the goal that it would be much less demanding to take the throne.

What enlivened this new record and the shift to EDM?

It's an extraordinary EDM. It is ethnic EDM. It has Singaporean-Chinese turn. I needed to contact my roots, and fundamentally consolidate the two things that are nearest to my heart to make something local and extraordinary.

I needed to make something that unites the community, kind of like what might as well be called 'Home' like EDM. Talking about which, Dick Lee's The Mad Chinaman had enormous impact fit as to fiddle this sound. I really grew up listening to that collection each Saturday morning for a time of about four years, rather than watching power rangers such as the other failures.

Doing yoga taught me to value the normal magnificence of Asian instruments, as I observe all incorporated sounds to be extremely grating nowadays. For the going down of each track, I exchange kick drum with a lion move drum. Actually, quite far, I make use of Chinese percussion as I could on this record.

I don't need an individual to associate with me one on one basis on what I do again. I simply want to be important. In a more libertine sense." The collection title Live.Laugh.Love proposes the kind of joyful identity we didn't get the opportunity to see with Time/Space. This record was really intended to be a triple EP, as a gesture to last year's discharge.

I generally need to set the bar higher for myself, or else there's truly not a great deal of intending to be a craftsman if you don't expand the amount of your work. I solicited my inward circle and many of them instantly remarked that the tracks sounded much similar to one another, making it impossible to each other, so I chose to gather all the songs and make the collection one ceaseless track. It's around six hours of endless circles of themes and bridges, kind of what you get at a Sunday adoration session at CHC. It's not as sing-a-long-capable, but rather pretty much has the same impact.

It's still entirely hard for us to comprehend this colossal shift in way of making music. You know, I've turned out to be very bored of being painted by the media as this one-dimensional cartoon of broodiness and despairing… what they don't know if I've been travelling over the border four evenings a week DJing at deserted warehouses in JB. I didn't know Johor had underground warehouse gatherings. I said they were deserted. As in, the warehouses are unfilled. It's been a good practice for me, however.

Would you agree that this new vocation feels more normal for you?

I'm simply tired of all these individuals continually asking me for what good reason my songs are so melancholic or thoughtful. You know, the most noticeably bad part about that is the point at which they begin prying into my very own life, and afterward they start letting me know about their own lives. Like I'm some kind of advisor since they're influenced by my music, and some way or another to them it means we're related spirits. That is the more awful part; I'm not getting sufficiently paid for this. It like a genuine obligation, you know?

Furthermore, that is truly why I've chosen EDM as the way out. I don't need individuals to relate to what I do any longer. I simply need to be important. In a more hedonistic sense. I think instruments are exceptionally dated. I look at some groups nowadays and they're clearly emulating sponsorship tracks, and I'm like, "where is the legality in this?"" — Charlie Lim

Which producer do you regard as a role model?

I don't listen to other musician's play I'm excessively occupied in the studio… I walk to the tune of my own excessively compacted 808 snare. I'm in the studio throughout the day, and the main breaks I take are for Snap chatting fire emojis to my supporters on account of how dope my session is going.

Which festival would you want to play at?

Gracious God! I would love to play at Laneway. I believe being on that bill characterizes your whole profession as a craftsman.

Will you keep playing the guitar?

Honestly, I think instruments are exceptionally dated. I take a look at some groups nowadays and they're clearly emulating support tracks, and I'm like, "where is the uniqueness in that?" So I came to the conclusion that it's best not to have anything playable with me by any means. It's far too diverting for the crowd when I truly need them to concentrate on me and my laptop.

Considering all these progressions you're making, would you say you are going to take care of your image also? Would you continue to put on glasses? Is this a rhetorical question? Obviously I need to wear glasses... I wouldn't have the capacity to see where the spacebar is. More updates on the Charlie Lim facebook page.

Best places for blues and jazz

Best places for blues and jazz

If you are a regular here at Singapore Music, you will already be well aware of the thriving live music scene that exists on the island. But did you know that Singapore is also home to a great blues and jazz scene? It's true. Even though the entire state measures a mere 71 km², world class blues and jazz clubs are scattered all over Singapore. Here are a few of our favourites.

The Astor Bar

There are few live music venues of any description in Singapore that are quite as charming, welcoming and downright cosy as the Astor Bar. Just off Orchard Road, it is the second home of pianist and vocalist Ron Sinclair who plays ultra-smooth jazz tunes long into the night, while the regulars and drop-ins enjoy refreshments from a superb wine list, which includes a few out of this world champagnes.

Sultan Jazz Club

Step through the doors of the Sultan and you feel like you've stepped out the other end of a time machine. On every level, this gorgeous little jazz spot has been designed and decorated to mimic perfectly a swinging club from the golden age of jazz. Located in the Sultan Hotel at 101 Jalan Sultan, it's a real jazz lover's place – an intimate venue that allows the audience to really get up close and personal with the musicians.

Southbridge Jazz @7atenine

One of the most long established clubs in the Singapore jazz scene, Southbridge's world class resident band has been thrilling its loyal regulars for years now with their compelling, energetic shows. The music isn't the only thing to enjoy in this Raffles Avenue hotspot – it also offers a superb food menu.

Blu Jaz Café

Beloved by locals, the Blu Jaz Café offers both blues and jazz gigs in a bustling atmosphere. Gloriously bright coloured décor on both levels of its two story building perfectly suits the ultra-lively mood. House DJs play upstairs too, for those that want to keep the party going after the gig.

The Malt Vault

If whisky and jazz sounds like a good combination to you, then you should get yourself down to the Malt Vault in the basement of the Screening Room. Top of the line scotch whiskeys are available at the bar, while hypnotic live jazz pumps on the stage.


If you prefer a mixed drink with your live blues and jazz, then B28 might be more to your liking. As well as the delicious cocktails it has to offer, it is also one of the comfiest bars on our list, with deep couches and lots of space. Friday is the best night to be there. Why? Because that's Jazz night, of course. It's a great spot to kick back, sip a cold refreshing beverage and take in some hip sounds in a perfectly cool atmosphere.

Axis Bar and Lounge

For some people, the appeal of jazz has to do with its smoothness, elegance and class. If this is you, then the Axis Bar on Raffles Avenue is going to be your heaven. Brilliant live performers swing, while the clientele enjoy signature cocktails and spirits while taking in a breath-taking view of Marina Bay.

Before You Exit live in Singapore 2017

Before You Exit live in Singapore 2017

Before You Exit will be touring Asia in support of their recently released All The Lights EP. The 6 track EP features current single, “Suitcasel,” as well as previous hits “Model” and “When I'm Gone" from the group.

The Orlando, FL based trio of brothers Connor McDonough (Vocals/Guitar), Riley McDonough (Vocals), and youngest brother Toby McDonough, (Vocals/Guitar) are one of the latest discoveries of legendary manager Johnny Wright (Backstreet Boys, NKOTB, N'Snyc, Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake, Ciara).

In 2015, the group signed to RCA Records/Sony Music, released their hit song “Model” and toured with the Vamps and co-headlined a European tour. Since becoming a group, the brothers have garnered over 40 million views on YouTube. In 2014, the group toured in support of their debut EP, I Like That. The title track for the EP could be heard in the ad trailer for the animated film The Nut Job. Aside from headlining shows all over the world, the group has supported Cody Simpson, Olly Murs, The Vamps, and Fifth Harmony. Things started to heat up when the group was named the winners of the third annual “Macy's IHeartRadio Rising Star” campaign, earning them a spot at the iHeartRadio Music Festival alongside such acts as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, and more. The trio also performed at the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and had 4 singles hit the Radio Disney charts.

Show Info

Date: Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Venue: *SCAPE, The TreeTop (Level 5)

Showtime: 8.00pm

Doors Open: 7.00pm

Meet & Greet for VIP ticket holders will start at 6pm at venue.

Ticket Price

VIP: S$128 (Inclusive after show Meet & Greet)

General Admission: Early Bird $68 / Normal: S$88 / At Door S$108

Early Birds available until end Dec or sold-out

All tickets are free standing

Tickets available on 5th Dec 2016 via Ticketbox website -

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Singapore Major Festivals

Singapore Major Festivals

From experimental music, free street performances, dance, visual arts, DJs, beach party, these massive events in Singapore have it all covered. Submerge yourself in an arts extravaganza at the gigantic Singapore International Festival of Arts, satisfy your inner music addict at the WOMAD Singapore and party like there's no tomorrow at ZoukOut.

Featuring a large array of mainstream and experimental music, dance, theatre and visual arts to venues all over town during one month, Singapore Arts Festival is one of the most cutting-edge of this kind in Asia.

Even though the event is mainly about international acts such as the UK theatre group Station House Opera, Belgian dance outfit Rosas, and the Oslo Philarmonic Orchestra, there's also local fare as well as a slew of free street performances and workshops.

The festival is organised by the National Arts Council (NAC). For the festival, the NAC offers an edgy, experimental and original line-up of performances. Besides, the event has had world-renowned artists such as theatre director Robert Wilson and avant garde music composer Phillip Glass, as well as Singaporean talents such as theatre director Goh Boon Teck.

Founded in the UK by rock stars Peter Gabriel and Thomas Brooman, WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) has a trajectory of over 20 years in 20 different countries. Its aim is to bring together music and dance artists from far and wide who are legit representatives of the traditions of their country.

Set in the beautiful Fort Canning Park, WOMAD Singapore attracts expat families, clubbers and music lovers of all shapes and sizes who enjoy music and dance performances from over 15 countries

With DJs, dancers, arts and crafts, food from Peru to Korea, Australia and Africa, festival-goers are spoilt for choice. As the event is family-friendly, activities for children are aplenty, from storytelling, creative dramas, arts and crafts activities and interactive workshops that involve the use of masks and shadow-play.

What started as a beach party in 2000 has grown into one of Asia's biggest music dance festivals, attracting over 20,000 revellers each year. Organised by Mega-club Zouk, the beach party ZoukOut features local and overseas music acts and big-name DJs play in tents and outdoor arenas, everything from rock to hip hop, lounge to house.

Set in the beach at Sentosa, this gigantic party has had important acts, featuring international DJs such as Paul Van Dyk, Masters at Work, Gilles Peterson, Peter Kruder, James Lavelle, and Armin Van Buuren.

ZoutOut has also won the Singapore Tourism Board's “Best Leisure Event Experience” award three times, between 2005 and 2008. On its 10-year anniversary, the three headline acts that performed at ZoukOut were multi-platinum selling artists David Guetta, world renowned trance DJ Tiëstp and Grammy-award winning DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Apart from featuring mainstream DJs from around the world, the event is alluring to festival-goers from all over the world due to its beautiful beach setting, organisation and great vibrant party mood.

Checkout zoukout 9 - 10 Dec 2016