A privilage to be a part of.
My Best Songs in 2012
1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
3. Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa – “Payphone”
4. Lana Del Rey – “Born to Die”
5. Yellowcard – “Awakening”
6. Frank Ocean – “Thinkin’ About You”
7. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Getting Back Together”
8. Avett Brothers – “Winter In My Heart”
9. Mumford and Sons – “Below My Feet”
10. Lord Huron – “Brothers”
11. Metric – “Clone”
12. Justin Bieber – “As Long As You Love Me”
My Best Albums in 2012
1. Bruce Springsteen – “Wrecking Ball”
2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “The Heist”
3. Yellowcard – “Southern Air”
4. Lord Huron – “Lonesome Dreams”
5. Major League – “Hard Feelings”
6. Passion Pit – “Gossamer”
7. El Perro Del Mar – “Pale Fire”
8. David Ramirez – ” Apologies”
9. The Avett Brothers – “The Carpenter”
10. Grimes – “Visions”
Things I appreciate most for music in 2012
Working with some of my favorite bands, labels in the world – who are now some of my favorite people in the world.
If anyone tells you the music and bands that comes out of Singapore are terrible, tell them they are wrong.
The Great Spy Experiment put on an incredible set tonight at Baybeats Festival. But that’s not the point I want to bring up.
During their set, I looked behind me and saw a young man in tears. In this moment, I was reminded me of the post Kevin Mathews had this morning about a tweet an individual sent out criticizing the music scene.
Music is not about sales. So why does this society gauge the work of the bands by this measurement? I suppose we could pin in the fact that the country tends to determine success on financial growth - but I think this is a different topic - and a vital reason in understanding why art has been left enough. But fair enough - Singapore is still young and now going through social growing pains.
But again, the success of music isn’t sales, it isn’t about how many #1 hits you churned out, it isn’t about the sold out show..
It’s about connecting with the audience.
You write music based on your own experience. The fact you have the opportunity to play and people can connect at such a high emotional level should be a gauge of an artist. That young lad isn’t the only one. I think we’ve all watched bands that evoked an emotion - one of happiness, one of fear, one of relevance, one of hope. Kids look up to these bands - kids look up to your bands and it’s a privilege that they connect with you. You changed a life. This is what music means and the power of it. This is why bands here are great on their own merit.
So, if anyone tells you the music and bands that comes out of Singapore are terrible, tell them they are wrong.