The second season of Crafted By on the Know or Not Podcast ends with a two-episode look at the local literary scene in Singapore. We follow 7 writers and 1 publisher as we learn how a book goes from being an idea in an author’s head to a book for sale on a shelf in a store. In this episode, we feature Kenny Leck of Books Actually, Gerrie Lim, Jocelyn Suarez, Charmaine Leung, Wayne Ree, Sebastian Sim and get business advice from Omerisms’ Omer Abdullah.
We explore the idea of dancers as body language artists, using their bodies for the 55% of interpersonal communication that is non-verbal. We hang out with Bernice Lee, a contemporary dance artist, Stephy, an instructor from SLAP Dance Studio and then get down with the awesome street dance power couple, SgRach MarcS and talk waacking, pop & lock and robotics and how to work with brands who want their message delivered through body language
Bernice Lee – http://bernicelee.xyz
SLAP Dance Studio – http://www.slap.sg/
SgRach MarcS – http://www.scrachmarcs.com/
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!
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!
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
DJ KoFlow – https://www.instagram.com/djkoflow/?hl=en
Arun Shenoy https://arunshenoy.com/
Kenn Delbridge http://www.splicestudios.com/
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.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Support Local Music at the WHABBY Music Carnival June 22nd at *SCAPE Playspace from 12pm
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/
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
• Saiful Idris of Great Spy Experiment
• Fym Summer
• Jack & Rai
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
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