Depending on whether you’re the half-full or half-empty kind of person, the ending of the year would either be a major sigh of relief or a mad scramble to tick off more boxes on that to-do list (that’s probably dusty and crumpled; no prizes for guessing how we view our glasses). Irregardless of which side of the age-old, Greek-tunic donning question you’re on, one can easily answer to the best of his knowledge that this year may be one of the most significant years in the history of the local music scene.
In no way a chronological recollection, one can easily call to mind a certain Nathan Hartono whose run to the finals of The Voice China is only matched by his equally impressive providence of the coveted Milo-van Milo for the general masses. The remarkable feat, though achieved far from the comfort of home, was witnessed blow by blow by both the young and old alike through bootleg videos on Facebook and the likes; and with bated breath they watched him win over two countries.
Slightly more observant and in-the-know readers would also have heard of Linying by now. The songstress was recently singed by labels both here and abroad and has gone on to tour Europe in support of her debut EP Paris 12. Not to mention, she also graced the stage at this year’s Summer Sonic Festival in Japan playing alongside. Not bad for a 22 year old to be playing on the same bill as Radiohead.
Perhaps an easier gauge of the upward mobility of these artistes can be traced through festivals such as the annual St Jerome’s Laneway Festival. The multi-genre festival has consistently been sort of been a birth place for dozens of internationally acclaimed acts including the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, The Temper Trap, Tame Impala amongst others. Likewise, the festival has also grown to include local acts, both established and up-and-coming.
Pioneering the batch of Singaporean artistes back in 2014, were the likes of experimental rockers The Observatory and electronic artistes Vandetta and Gema of Syndicate. Since then, the door has been opened for various other artistes such as .Gif and Hanging Up The Moon in 2015 and the likes of Cashew Chemists, R!ot In Magenta and Fauxe amongst others in this years edition; the most fruitful of all the editions with the inclusion of many cameos by other notable artistes in the scene.
We’re excited naturally, with next year promising to be yet another opportunity for our artistes to fly our flag. Experimental rockers T-Rex together with Astreal and Sam Rui are set to grace the event alongside Tycho (an absolute personal favourite who we really want to sign our vinyls and chests alike), Glass Animals and Clams Casino to name a few. This year also promises to be a special one with all three of the local acts having EPs slated for early releases in 2017.
The list of other artistes varying degrees of success goes on, fuelling the debate of whether the upward trajectory is a gradual inclination, built upon the consistent improvement of quality, or simply a flash in the pan, a spontaneous capturing of attention all over the social media world. The only question we’ll be asking is where everyone will be when the familiar cry to support our local art sounds out loud and clear. With the thanksgiving turkey yet to be completely burnt off due to our strict adherence to minimal exercise, there’s definitely still time for everyone to add something else to the list of things to be more appreciative of. What better place to look than somewhere close to home?
p.s Next year's line-up is pretty sick - you heard it here first.