What made you decide music was the way you wanted to communicate your art and ideas to the world?
I think I had a pretty late start getting into music, with much of secular music outside the realm of my everyday listening till I was about 12 (I could read half the bible from memory though, a must-have on most resumés). All it took was 5 minutes on my brother’s shitty Sony Walkman, listening to a bootleg copy of Simple Plan’s “No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls” for me to realise how music made me feel, and I’ve been hooked on chasing that high ever since.
What’s your favourite thing about playing shows in Australia? Definitely the audience.
It’s hard to describe, but I think fellow Singaporean and incredible supporter of the arts Danny Loong puts it best: “There is a natural response to art and to music in countries like Australia that should be
aspired to everywhere.” I still remember one of my favourite gig moments ever, playing an original to a rowdy crowd at Melbourne’s Whole Lotta Love Bar, and realising by the end of it that it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. It was one of those moments that remind me why I do this, and it’s something I’ll always look forward to when I head over to play for you guys!
Can you talk us through the themes and emotions presented in ‘Losing’?
Losing is basically about a person who does the “Eat, Pray, Love” thing and leaves everything to travel around the world in an attempt to forget someone, but ends up being reminded of that person in every amazing sight he finds. It’s about the inevitability of ghosts in our lives, of how places and memories are marred by whatever trauma you go through, even when we try to forget it. For me personally, the song was an exploration, both lyrically and musically, to capture the quiet moments between the big ones. I feel like songs often talk about the highlights in relationships, but ignore the years in limbo trying to figure out who you are again, and I feel this song really captures that struggle.
What’s a bucket list achievement of yours?
To play at Glastonbury. Nothing fancy.