11.08.17 Local alternative pop band, The Facade, successfully concluded their performances at Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival 2017
Last week, local alternative pop band, The Façade, was invited to Chengdu, China to represent Singapore as the only local music act to perform at Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival 2017 alongside 40 other top music acts. The band successfully wrapped up 2 performances in Chengdu, marking its first overseas stage appearance.
Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival aims to enhance international friendship and exchanges, and offers a wonderful platform for young artists and musicians from home and abroad to show their artistic talents. The music festival was celebrated from 26 July to 1 August 2017.
Singapore representative, The Façade, took up the grand stage at Eastern Suburb Memory and covered familiar tunes of JJ Lin’s ‘Twilight’ for its Chinese audience. The live showcase was attended by an estimated audience of 5000 with live broadcasting on CCTV.
The following night, The Façade held an outdoor performance at Pengzhou, in front of more than 3000 attendees. The band performed original singles, such as the chart-topping song; ‘Better Than This’ and its latest track; ‘White’, which were broadcasted on Sichuan TV.
The Façade was elated as the band not only expanded its music style to a wider range of audience, but also garnered multiple fans and new listeners of local music from the showcase.
With Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival being a government based music event, the Façade was honored to receive an exclusive tour around Chengdu to learn more about one of the top three most populous cities in China. The band visited Chengdu Museum, Chengdu International Sisters Cities Exhibition and New Century Global Center, just to name a few.
“Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival” is an annual music festival by Chengdu Municipal People’s Government and organized by Chengdu Municipal Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office.
Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival platform has featured spectacular performances and contents, including 魔方乐队 (China), BLACKBERRIES (Germany), Best. Sophie (France), IZUMISANO JAPAN (Japan), Los Juglares (Africa), Shy Crew (Russia) and AmmoNation (New Zealand).
In conjunction with the music festival in Chengdu, China, The Façade officially released ‘White’ MV on 26 July 2017.
The track ‘White’ tells a tale of the misadventures and passions of untamed youth in which ‘White’ is the double entente between a ‘White’ serenity and tragedy. Highly relatable to anyone who has experienced the disorientation of youth, the groovy single coos of an individual’s undesirable addictions in her pubescent years.
24.07.17 Local Singer Alfred Sim 沈志豪 Releases First Self-composed Single –《一直都在》 (Here, Always)
Local singer, Alfred Sim, has just released his new mandarin original single 《一直都在》‘Here, Always’ on 24 July 2017. This single is Alfred’s very first originally co-written song with local renowned lyricist, Zhang Lesheng, with melody composed together with local veteran composer/producer, Jim Lim. ‘Here, Always’ is the first single from Alfred’s upcoming album.
Having previously sang the well-received theme song, ‘最美的时光’, written by Zhang Lesheng and composed by Jim Lim for Mediacorp’s drama <If Only I Could>, the dream team reassembled to create more melodious magic for Alfred’s new single. The end product of these three creatives has once again proven itself to be of substance, with ‘Here, Always’ having garnered notable attention to have been chosen to be one of the theme songs of the new upcoming Mediacorp drama, <When Duty Calls> even prior to its release.
“This song is about my love and passion for singing, regardless of the ups and downs, failures and rejections that I've been through,” explains Alfred. “Finding the right melody and lyrics to aptly express these emotions was definitely a challenge, but the entire process was made easier with the help of Jim Lim and Lesheng.” The heartfelt rock ballad that gradually builds towards an explosive climax towards the end truly allows one to connect on the same emotional level as the singer himself.
17.07.17 Local Singer-songwriter Mandy Ke Releases Second Single – 《病了》(Unwell)
Local homegrown singer-songwriter, Mandy Ke, has released her second mandarin original single 《病了》‘Unwell’ on 17 July 2017. This single is produced by the same team that has produced the hit songs from Gentle Bones’ debut EP such as ‘Save Me’ and ‘Until We Die’.
After her first single ‘So Wrong’ rose to #2 on the Malaysia Mandopop iTunes chart within its first day of release, Mandy is back to rock the charts with her second single, ‘Unwell’. Similar to that of her first single, ‘Unwell’ continues to boast of Mandy’s wide vocal range with hard-hitting power-packed moments. However, with this single she moves away from electronic influences as heard in her first single, and explores a more ballad-like style. Coupled with Mandy’s sweet vocals, she proves her versatility in which listeners can always expect the unexpected from her.
Writing with a bigger purpose that is highly relatable in today’s context, her second single highlights the notion of how everyone has self-love but yet proceed to judge others for their differences and their own self-love – referencing this notion as a condition in which everyone is “sick” with. Self- composed and written by her, Mandy aims to convey the underlying importance of acceptance of others and that the only remedy for this is to have love for all.
Mandy Ke’s second single ‘Unwell’ is now available on iTunes, Spotify and all digital platforms. Listen to the track here:
27.06.17 Local alternative pop band, The Façade, successfully debuts EP <Vanity> at their EP Launch Party
In conjunction with the release of their long-awaited debut EP <Vanity> that was released under local record label Cross Ratio Entertainment on 21 June 2017, local alternative pop band, The Façade, found overwhelming success at their EP launch party on the 25 June 2017 at Esplanade Annexe Studio.
The night kick-started on a high note with local electronic act, Jasmine Sokko, opening the show. Following her set, the audience truly came alive when The Façade came on and opened their set with an extended version of their hit single ‘Better Than This’. Sharing about the inspirations behind their songs, the band played proceeded to play their widely popular singles ‘Victim’ and ‘White’, as well as ‘Hearsay’ - a new track that is fresh off their debut album. The band surprised the audience by playing two unreleased songs that they’ve written – ‘Crazy’, as well as ‘Half’ that was led in to by their cover of The Click Five’s ‘Jenny’, which the audience sang along loudly to.
The band also covered a few crowd favourites such as Charlie Puth’s ‘Attention’, and DNCE’s ‘Kissing Strangers’, putting their own spin on each of the songs with their unique arrangements. Fortifying their versatility, The Façade members, Brendon Chua and Jereld Ang, did a special acoustic segment during which they played ‘Kiss Me Slowly’ by Parachute.
The night was full of surprises by the band as they brought up the lead vocalist of Second Sunrise, Abbey, to sing a duet to Alicia Keys’ ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ with The Façade’s lead vocalist, Brendon Chua. At the end of the night, the fervent crowd could not get enough of The Façade, in which they enthusiastically went up for an encore number, covering Ed Sheeran’s chart topping single, ‘Shape of You’ which saw the crowd dancing and singing along.
In conjunction with the EP launch party, The Façade’s <Vanity> album has claimed the No. 5 spot on iTunes’ Singapore Alternative Chart and their latest single ‘White’ is still going steady on Spotify’s Top 50 Viral Tracks Singapore All Genre Chart.
Photos credit: Jazreel-Anne