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Crafted By – Be Spoke | S2E2

Give our guests today a mic and an audience and they’ll take the wonder of words and imbue them with the power of performance. The Spoken Word Poetry scene in Singapore is alive and well, with multiple events happening throughout each month across the island.

I talk to 9 poets active in the scene about (a) How a layperson can know if what they’re listening to is amazing or gibberish (b) The difference between Page Poetry and Spoken Word Poetry (c) Comparison of the Spoken Word Scene in Singapore and Malaysia (d) Performance (e) The impact of Social Media (f) Representation of Minorities (g) Addressing Issues (h) Income for Poets (i) The Scene Today and Tomorrow

The poets we spoke with are

  1. Jennifer Anne Champion – https://jenniferannechampion.com/
  2. Stefanie Dogfoot – https://www.facebook.com/stephaniedogfoot/
  3. Kok Wei Liang – https://www.facebook.com/kwl3000
  4. Marc Nair – http://www.marcnair.com 
  5. Shivram Gopinath – https://sg.linkedin.com/in/shivramgopinath 
  6. Melizarani T. Selva – https://www.instagram.com/melizarani/
  7. Pooja Nansi – https://twitter.com/poojanansi
  8. Deborah Emmanuel – https://deborahemmanuel.com/ 
  9. Chris Mooney-Singh – http://www.chrismooneysingh.com/

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 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

This Freelancer Life – Christian Lee, Jason Chan of BananaMana Films | S2E12

Christian Lee and Jason Chan are 2 writers/directors who both came from acting backgrounds. Both are based in Singapore (having moved from Australia and the US respectively) and run the production company BananaMana Films Pte Ltd. 

Having started in corporate video production, BananaMana Films quickly moved into creative video production for corporate companies and now create narrative content for the web, TV, and film.

They wrote, starred, directed and produced “Jimami Tofu”, a full-length motion picture set in Okinawa, Japan. The film is still in theatres in Singapore a year after its release, and their story of how they hustled and innovated to get this into the cinemas makes for a fascinating listen.

BananaMana Films

This Freelancer Life – Tan Pin Pin Documentary Filmmaker | S2E11

We talk to Singapore’s leading documentary filmmaker, director Tan Pin Pin. Her body of work includes her best-known film, the beloved Singapore Gaga and Moving House, recognized with a Student Oscar. She shares how she crafts her films, sometimes taking up to a year in the editing stage, and the secret to her films – intense research into her subjects before any interview begins. She’s currently working on a film about Singapore’s education system, called “Unteachable”

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.

This Freelancer Life – Desmond Tan Atypical Films | S2E10

Last year, this amazing ad for McDonalds, went viral, garnering press from around the world including buzzfeed, and racked up over 1 million views on YouTube. We talk to one of Singapore’s best commercials director, Desmond Tan of Atypical Films

Desmond heads Atypical Films which features a bevy of directors. You can reach Atypical via email

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