It’s a little weird seeing a story I wrote on the cover of a fashion magazine (no prizes for guessing which). Anyway, had fun talking to the people who brought Singapore out of the ‘music-as-moral-panic’ ages; there’s a level of honesty and humility and hunger there that some younger musicians just don’t have or want.
Admittedly, you’d need more than a couple of pages in a magazine to do them justice—not that I set out to write a definitive guide, given my relative youth—but hey, it’s better than nothing, eh?
I would love to read a primer on xinyao music, though. It’s probably the closest thing we have to a “Singaporean sound”, which a certain blog tried (but failed, IMO) to define. Hurrah to the straw men!