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Crafted By – The Greatest Singapore Sling | S2E5

We visit the Raffles Hotel Singapore and learn about their two-years restoration and the refreshed recipe for the Singapore Sling, their iconic gin-based cocktail that still draws in the big crowds a century on from its creation by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915. 

We talk with local microdistillery Compendium about their amazing gins, Rojak Gin and Chendol Gin, which capture the flavours of Singapore in a bottle.

And we discuss artistry with one of Singapore’s most beloved entertainers, Hossan Leong and our theory of who is one of Singapore’s great unheralded artists!

Links

Raffles Hotel Singapore

Long Bar @ Raffles Hotel

Singapore Sling Wikipedia Page

Gin Wikipedia Page

Crafted By – The Three Waves of Coffee in Singapore | S2E4

The Rule of Three Exists in Everything: think of comedy, photography, showbusiness. It also applies in the world of coffee, which has experienced what is accepted as The Three Waves. In Singapore, the Three Rules come with a twist: Kopi. 

We talk with 5 artisanal coffee cafes – Nylon Coffee Roasters, PPP Coffee / Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar, Two Degrees North Coffee Company / Populus Cafe, Mavrx Coffee Bar and Coffee Break at Amoy Street. We discuss the beans, the brew and the business of delivering coffee with a focus on traceability, farm, process, roasting, Instagram’s love for latte art, and why traditional Kopi is still so loved.

Grab a cup of Joe and go on w journey with us to experience the world of caffeine, Singapore-style!

Crafted By – Singapore’s Music Scene: The Reality | S1E12

The finale of our Crafted By series is the 5th part of our Singapore Music Scene review: the reality of earning a living through music. We look beyond pop hits and at other areas: ringtones and slot machines sounds, composing for film, voice-overs, DJing, running an audio studio – there are so many other ways to make coin. We hear deep thoughts from Singapore’s first Grammy Nominee and talk to a singer-songwriter-producer whose day job is hosting a show on late night radio.

Wendy Phua – A Sound State https://www.asoundstate.com/

Weish – https://www.wweishh.com/

Saiful Idris / Surrender HQ https://open.spotify.com/artist/4uKnPCqYXom0XoFCoLYPMe

G77+ https://www.g77plus.com/

DJ KoFlow – https://www.instagram.com/djkoflow/?hl=en

Joshua Simon https://open.spotify.com/artist/4HPvebJfEP41V6rFzFFQ2k

Dave Tan https://open.spotify.com/artist/4DxELhGCnHXSqYwq6fbcmv

Arun Shenoy https://arunshenoy.com/

Kenn Delbridge http://www.splicestudios.com/

Crafted By – Singapore’s Music Scene: The Performance | S1E10

The 3rd installment of our 5-part look at the Singapore Music Scene explores how playing “live” is now more important than ever: with physical music sales down, concert income is a huge revenue stream. We talk with the home of the Performing Arts, The Esplanade, and hear from Singapore’s top live music promoter, Michael Roche of Lushington Entertainments, about the scene in the Lion City. 

From upcoming singer-songwriter, Adia Tay, we hear “Home & Shelter” from her EP “Kintsugi” and preview our 4th part which looks at The Media. 

Adia Tay
https://www.adiataymusic.com/ 

Lushington Entertainments
https://www.lushington.com/ 

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
https://www.esplanade.com/

Support Local Music at the WHABBY Music Carnival June 22nd at *SCAPE Playspace from 12pm
https://www.whabbymusic.com/carnival/

Crafted By – Singapore’s Music Scene: The Business | S1E9

In the 2nd part of our 5-part look at Singapore’s Music Scene, we explore the business side of things; we talk to legendary Snakeweed Studios engineer Leonard Soosay about how acts turn musical ideas into tracks, learn how modern labels work with artists through our conversation with Lennat Mak of Warner Music, and Willy Tan of Aging Youth, manager for red-hot music sensation Jasmine Sokko, shares on his philosophy on deciding who he works with and how he shapes their careers. 

Plus, we have a special economic report from Danny Chrisnanto Koordi of Economical Rice Podcast about the inside numbers of the business. 

Jasmine Sokko on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/3risOBDAx6GGVaCcBuhswz

Willy Tan http://www.agingyouth.com/ 

Leonard Soosay / Snakeweed Studios https://www.snakeweedstudios.com/

Warner Music Group https://www.wmg.com/

Economical Rice Podcast http://economicalricepodcast.com/ 

Crafted By – Singapore’s Music Scene: The Music | S1E8

The first of our 5 part look at the Singapore Music Scene, we explore the music and the artists who make it.

We meet Fym Summer, a singer-songwriter who played at the SXSW festival in 2018 as the sole representative from Singapore and try to figure out how her path as a writer and musician here might go.

To get a perspective on how the scene here has changed since MTV Asia launched in Singapore in 1995, we talk with

• Electrico’s Dave Tan
• Vandetta
• Saiful Idris of Great Spy Experiment
• Weish
• Fym Summer
• Jack & Rai

Crafted By – A Singapore Toy Story

Art Collectibles have collectors the world over, did you know some of the world’s best creators of these luxury premiums are based right here in Singapore? We talk to XM Studios, Mighty Jaxx and Kinetiquettes about this fascinating creative industry that features licensed items from Marvel, DC, Transformers, Warner Bros, Street Fighter and many more! 

This episode features

Kinetiquettes at 2m 11s

Mighty Jaxx at 5m 58s

XM Studios at 13m 31s

Chong Fahcheong at 24m 18s

Crafted By – Thru the Lens of 3 Pro Photographers

In our 3rd episode on Photography for this “Crafted By” series on Artists and Craftspeople in Singapore, we talk with 3 professional photographers. Each works in a different niche of photography.

Weddings – Eadwine of Plush Photography

Corporate – Alan of Alan Lim Studios

Boudoir – Carolyn of The Boudoir Photographer

Crafted By – Wood You Believe It?

Knock! Knock!
Who’s there?
Wood
Wood Who?
Would you believe there’s a thriving wood crafting community in Singapore?

We talk trees and sustainability with BusyBoardies, Pantheon Percussion, Adam Chan Guitars, and Roger & Sons.

Crafted By – Tattoo Artists Feroze McLeod (Bada Bink Tattoo Firm) & Bradley Tan (Oracle Tattoo)

Is art still art, if the medium is ink in skin? 2 of Singapore’s best tattoo artists, Feroze McLeod and Bradley Tan, share their thoughts on their permanent trade of skin art, and we talk to two of their canvasses – musical artist and producer Vandetta and Actor/Host/Model Paul Foster. Get your diary out cos the Singapore Ink Show 2019 is at Suntec Convention Centre April 5-7