My Favourite Things: Benjamin Kheng

2020-09-22T17:14:38+08:00

My Favourite Things: Benjamin Kheng What can Benjamin Kheng not do? Since starting out as a founding member of The Sam Willows in 2012, the former national swimmer-turned-singer has been, literally, going places. As part of the alluring pop foursome, he parlays his gifts – musical talent plus brooding, good looks – to excellent effect. The group has performed overseas at the SXSW Festival in Austin, the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto, MU:CON and Zandari Festa in Seoul, the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, and the Western Australian Music Festival in Perth. With the band on hiatus, [...]

My Favourite Things: Benjamin Kheng2020-09-22T17:14:38+08:00

My Favourite Things: Marian Carmel

2020-09-23T10:27:02+08:00

My Favourite Things: Marian Carmel Marian Carmel is blessed with the enviable gift of putting her listeners completely at ease – one she shares with her musical heroines, Emily King, Lianne La Havas and Sabrina Claudio. “I’m one of those people who only write whenever the inspiration comes. I guess that’s when you get the most genuine songs,” she once said in an interview. That rare connection comes through sublimely in her live performances, which she hones as a street busker while still studying. “I started being financially independent at the end of 2016” she remembers, [...]

My Favourite Things: Marian Carmel2020-09-23T10:27:02+08:00

My Favourite Things: lewloh

2020-09-22T16:30:12+08:00

My Favourite Things: lewloh No one in the world is spared the COVID-19 lockdown, and lewloh, or just Lew as he is known among friends and family, is similarly affected. The Singaporean singer-songwriter is currently taking his Fall semester at the Berklee College of Music – not on campus in Boston itself, but online, from a residence somewhere in Idaho, where he is quarantining with his mother. Meanwhile, he just started a new series on his YouTube channel called Letters To Let Go Of, where he will write a new song each Wednesday to a letter [...]

My Favourite Things: lewloh2020-09-22T16:30:12+08:00

24OWLS Playlist – Vanishing Twins – The Playlist by Yeow Kai Chai

2020-08-06T00:00:45+08:00

24OWLS Playlist Series Vanishing Twins – The Playlist by Yeow Kai Chai It’s odd to write about yourself, not when you’ve spent most of your career writing about other people. Regardless, duty calls. Joining 19SixtyFive/24OWLS to help with editorial, publicity and programming was a decision based on gut instinct, as well as a friend’s recommendation. I had steered the Singapore Writers Festival for four editions from 2015 to 2018. I felt it was a good run. As much as I enjoyed the sadomasochistic thrill of juggling the demands of a ginormous, government-funded operation, it was time [...]

24OWLS Playlist – Vanishing Twins – The Playlist by Yeow Kai Chai2020-08-06T00:00:45+08:00

24OWLS Playlist – A Quilt of Influences by Janet Yeo

2020-07-30T00:12:21+08:00

24OWLS Playlist Series A Quilt of Influences – The Playlist by Janet Yeo In the office, Janet Yeo is known among colleagues as the general manager who watches the in’s and out’s with a steely yet maternal eye. At home, she is equally as detail-oriented, and lately, she’s turned her attention towards a decades-long passion – quilting and patchwork. “I started picking it up after I got retrenched from my job as brand manager at Dunhill Group in 2000 – the brand Chloé I handled exited the Singapore market. I learnt the hobby from a friend [...]

24OWLS Playlist – A Quilt of Influences by Janet Yeo2020-07-30T00:12:21+08:00

24OWLS Playlist – Shine On You Crazy Diamonds! by Josaiah Chong

2020-08-05T16:16:15+08:00

24OWLS Playlist Series Shine On You Crazy Diamonds! – The Playlist by Josaiah Chong For those of you who had the fortune of attending The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions (ABC), the female-fronted music festival and our inaugural event at our new home, Pasir Panjang Power Station, back in December 2019, you may remember the distinctive and intricate Art Nouveau design for its key visual which ties in the various activation spaces throughout the venue. You have to thank Josaiah Chong, one half of the 19SixtyFive/24OWLS design duo (alongside Corrinne Wang), for that. Its sinewy curlicues are [...]

24OWLS Playlist – Shine On You Crazy Diamonds! by Josaiah Chong2020-08-05T16:16:15+08:00

24OWLS Playlist – Love, Respect and Compassion by Zahara Abu Bakar

2020-07-15T23:50:19+08:00

24OWLS Playlist Series Love, Respect and Compassion – The Playlist by Zahara Abu Bakar These days, as Singapore gradually emerges out of the first phase of a circuit breaker, Zahara Abu Bakar has been reflecting on the Black Lives Matter movement. “Racial and religious issues are highly sensitive, and they must not be taken lightly. My thoughts are also with the people in Lebanon who are losing their state and rights each passing day and living in fear in their own country,” says Zahara who handles HR and admin matters for 19SixtyFive and 24OWLS. “How about [...]

24OWLS Playlist – Love, Respect and Compassion by Zahara Abu Bakar2020-07-15T23:50:19+08:00

24OWLS Playlist – Medicine for the Soul by Cecilia Ong

2020-07-08T17:33:21+08:00

24OWLS Playlist Series Medicine for the Soul by Cecilia Ong To keep herself sane being stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions this past couple of months, Cecilia Ong has been shopping online, getting back on the mat to restart her yoga practice, and binging on mainland Chinese drama serials. She’s watched everybody’s favourite imperial court intrigue show, Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace, starring Wallace Huo and Zhou Xun. She has just finished Winter Begonia, the latest web series, starring Andrew Yin, Charmaine Sheh and Huang Xiaoming, and set in 1930s China about a famous [...]

24OWLS Playlist – Medicine for the Soul by Cecilia Ong2020-07-08T17:33:21+08:00

24OWLS Playlist – We’re Alive by Marcia Tan

2020-07-08T17:31:05+08:00

24OWLS Playlist Series We’re Alive by Marcia Tan Nothing or no one is going to stop Marcia Tan, the founder of 19SixtyFive and 24OWLS – especially not this pesky virus. Sure, for the last few months, her company’s home base, the Pasir Panjang Power Station, has been out of bounds due to COVID-19-related restrictions. Aside from launching its very own ground-breaking music festival, the female-centric Alex Blake Charlie Sessions, and hosting a few other arts events such as the SingLit Power House, all other wonderful and exciting plans for 2020 she has for the space – [...]

24OWLS Playlist – We’re Alive by Marcia Tan2020-07-08T17:31:05+08:00

24OWLS Playlist – Sweet Dreams are Made of These by Jessica Tan

2020-07-08T17:28:49+08:00

24OWLS Playlist Series Sweet Dreams are Made of These – The Playlist by Jessica Tan Millennials may not know it, but at one time, specifically back in the 1980s, the cool kids used to hang out at Far East Plaza and The Centrepoint. They were aptly called Far East Plaza and Centrepoint kids. Jessica Tan – our reliable venue manager and mother hen to younger colleagues here at 24OWLS and 19SixtyFive – was one such cool kid. Her favourite haunt was, yes, the front of Far East Plaza, where the stools near the glass lift used [...]

24OWLS Playlist – Sweet Dreams are Made of These by Jessica Tan2020-07-08T17:28:49+08:00