PIANO + VOCAL + VIOLIN
COMPOSING + ARRANGING + POST-PRODUCTION
CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL + POP + CINEMATIC
Top Local Contemporary Instrumental (2017)
It could be said that my love for aesthetics and all things beautiful began with music.
I started violin lessons from as early as 6 years old. Forced into the traditional progression of earning the musical grades and locked into playing exclusively test pieces, I hated every aspect of playing music.
It was when I was 13, that I first experienced someone play Richard Claydermans Ballad Por Adeline. From that moment, I fell in love with the beauty of the piece, and was obsessed in recreating it on my brothers piano at home.
One note led to another, I somehow managed to recreate the song by ear, and continued playing and learning by ear from then on.
After years of practice, I eventually acquired the ability to play and
Since my piano playing was based on contemporary and pop genres, I naturally got curious in how those songs were created and put together.
Having no such thing as the internet back then, I studied music production magazines and bought them faithfully every month. Slowly and surely, I started investing in a home production studio, starting with a M-audio keyboard, Behringer condenser microphone and a Behringer mixer, along with a licensed copy of Cubase. Those would serve as the foundation of my music journey.
I had approached and sent my music to many record labels, but never succeeded in getting signed and always got shot down for being not good enough. That didn’t stop me from getting stronger. I learnt to arrange music; pairing drum beats and strings with my usual piano base track. Layer by layer, I listened to thousands of tracks and dissected their anatomy in my head while trying to replicate them.
I also attended Speech Level Singing lessons from certified coach, Daniel Singh. I was super excited for these lessons because they were from the same system that Michael Jackson used and Daniel was the only person teaching it in Singapore.
Somehow I also caught the attention of Musical Theatre producer/composer, Ken Lyen, who convinced me to participate in his music theatre production group, then called Five Foot Broadway, now Musical Theatre Limited.
I arranged, composed, wrote lyrics and even performed for 2 musicals, one performed at NAFA and the other at the Esplanade.
In April 2007, the same year I was accepted to the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, I was invited by Singaporean singer, Yong Bang to check out opportunities at a recording label in Shanghai called Orientalsky. I made the visit in April, arranged a hip-hop track for their upcoming girl-group Baby Monkiz from 10pm to
During my time in Shanghai, I wrote and produced a library of works, including Piano Spa 4 and Piano Spa 5 published by Warner Music Singapore, of which I composed and produced instrumental piano music, the Unshakable Peace by Streams of Grace, and many more compositions.
In 2018, one of my songs from the Piano Spa 5, “Love at First Sight” won COMPASS’s best local contemporary song of the year award based on royalties, a dream that took 10 years to fulfil.
Today, I’m no longer active in the professional music scene, but continue to play the piano and dissect songs in my head on a recreational level.
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