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Thursday, December 13, 2012

MARICELLE WONG @ *SCAPE ATRIUM


Spend your Christmas with KAMCO Music artist Maricelle Wong at *SCAPE on Christmas Eve and Christmas day itself!

Friday, December 7, 2012

MARICELLE WONG "APPLE OF MY EYE"


Maricelle launches her new single "Apple of My Eye" today at Bandcamp. Catch her performance at OOOM Music Festival at 1pm! OOOM Chamber @ Square Garden (Basement 1) NLB Building


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MARICELLE WONG - APPLE OF MY EYE




KAMCO Music is proud to announce the release of "Apple of My Eye", the debut single of singer-songwriter Maricelle Wong on 8.12.12.

The single will be launched at Marcielle's performance at OOOM Music Festival on 8th December at 1pm at the OOOM Chamber @ Square Garden (Basement 1).

“Apple of My Eye” is a song inspired by love’s surprises. Co-written with noted singer-songwriter Kevin Mathews, the song will be available at Maricelle’s Bandcamp site from 8 December onwards.

Stay tuned for an interview with Maricelle at PoPTV: Talkin' the Line and a performance of the new single at S-Indie TV.

...still there's more...

Monday, October 22, 2012

CHRISTMAS IN SINGAPORE


Kevin Mathews has contributed a new song, "X'mas Dream" to Christmas in Singapore, an upcoming compilation album to raise funds for the Rare Disorders Society, Singapore. www.rdss.org.sg.

Track list below.

1. Give Me Love On Xmas Day – The Lilac Saints & Friends
2. Dear Santa – The Ukulele Girls
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Charlie Lim & Inch Chua
4. Christmas Without You - Natalie Hiong
5. Christmastime – Rachael Teo
6. X’mas Dream – Kevin Mathews
7. December By The Isle Of You – Jonathan Meur
8. We Three Kings – Lunarin
9. Silent Night – The Sam Willows featuring Bang Wenfu
10. This Christmas – Jack & Rai
11. A Different Christmas - Shelves
12. Xmas Without You – Don Richmond
13. The Christmas Show – Another Sunday Afternoon
14. Winter Heart – Deon 

Look out for Christmas in Singapore on sale at all Starbucks outlets and other stores tba.



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

KEVIN MATHEWS - LIVE AT BROUN CAFE VIDEOS

"Edge"


"Beyond the Ashes"


Thank you, Ginelle Choong!

KEVIN MATHEWS - EDGE (2012)


Ahead of the release of Kevin Mathews' first ever solo album - Emo Fascism - in 2013, KAMCO Music is proud to re-release Mathews' single "Edge", with a brand new mix from Patrick Chng. The single is currently available for download at Bandcamp and will be made available on more platforms in the weeks to come.

Mathews will be performing at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, 13th October between 10pm and 11am - two solo tracks and one duet with Patrick Chng.  He will also be playing at Starbucks Raffles City on Saturday 15th December backed by Patrick Chng, Mark Chan and Maricelle Wong.

... still there's more ...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

THE ROCK N' ROLL WEEKEND: 12 - 14 OCTOBER

CHEATING SONS 
FRIDAY 12 OCT - MAAD SOUNDS 9.30PM
SUNDAY 14 OCT - ESPLANADE LIB 5PM
TYPEWRITER
SATURDAY 13 OCT - HOOD BAR 8PM
Also catch Patrick Chng and Kevin Mathews perform at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on Sat, 13 Oct from 10pm to 11pm.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I HATE THIS PLACE


They may 'hate' this place but I simply love Sean, Gayle and Roman! Thus, I am chuffed to be working with them as their Booking Agent in Singapore. They make infectious electropop which is easy on eyes and ears! Get in touch if you want I Hate This Place performing at your event. 

Like I Hate This Place at Facebook.

Here's one of my favorite IHTP songs.

MARICELLE WONG - FACE THE MUSIC


Maricelle performs a 30 minute set on Friday, 17th August at the UCC from 7pm. 

TYPEWRITER


Little late in updating this but am glad to announce that I am (wef 1 August) managing TypeWriter! Stay tuned as the band gears up for increased activities in the next 12 months, culminating - I hope (fingers crossed!) - in an exciting overseas adventure in 2013.

In the meantime, catch TypeWriter at the new Hood on 13th October at 8pm. Like TypeWriter at Facebook

Photo by Little Ong

Saturday, August 4, 2012

THE GREAT KAMCO GIVEAWAY



Joe Jonas - Fast Life
Jason Miles - To Grover With Love
Winterplay - Songs of Coloured Love
Gabe Dixon - One Spark
Chase and Status - No More Idols
Taylor Swift - World Tour Live CD + DVD
Amy Winehouse - Lioness
Faith Evans - Something About Faith
Jamie Woon - Mirrorwriting (x2)
Mary Mary - Something Big
Lady Gaga - Born this Way (Remix)
The Feeling - Together We Were Made
Moby - Destroyed
Katy B - On A Mission
Lou Reed & Metallica - Lulu
James Blake - s/t
Sergio Mendes - Celebration
Taio Cruz - Ty.o
Romey Helven - Paper Rose
Drifting in Silence - Lifesounds
Sabrina - I Love Acoustic
Red Flower - A Sense of Security
Burlesque OST
Cheryl Cole - Messy Little Raindrops
John Mellencamp - No Better Than This
Tze n Looking Glass - Stories From Wonderland
Oily Murs - s/t
Jamie Foxx - Best Night of My Life
Maci Miller - Jazz Moods
Keyshia Cole - Calling All Hearts
atb - Distant Earth
Big Time Rush - s/t
Various - Best Rap and Urban Dance
A1 - Waiting for Daylight
Lisa Marie Presley - Storm & Grace
Lil Jon & Ying Yang Twins - Greatest Hits
Jennifer Hudson - I remember me
LA Guns - Shrinking Violet
Maggie Ko - Love has Time & Season
Various - Golden Voices 101
Melody Gardot - The Absence
Shayne Ward - Obsession
Josh Groban - Illuminations
Nelly - 5.0
Voices Chant From Avignon
Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas II you (X2)
NOISE Singapore 2011 (X2)
New Politics - s/t
Lang Lang - Live in Vienna
Mica Paris - Born Again
Rod Stewart - Fly me to the Moon
Lil Jon - Crunk rock
David Gray - Foundling
George Duke - Deja Vu
Usher - Raymond V Raymond
Eli - Revolt
Best of Kokua Fest
Paul Rodgers and Friends - Live At Montreux 1994
Roxette - Charm School
Four Year Strong - Enemy of the World (X2)
Brendon Lee - My Life
Kid Rock - Born Free
Ricky Martin - Musica Alma Sexo
Buy 1 Get 1 free
Will Pan
McFly - Above the Noise


Sunday, June 3, 2012

INDIE SOLO LIVE AT SOHO COFFEE



KAMCO Music and SOHO Coffee are proud to announce that young singer-songwriters Deon Toh and Lydia Low will play at SOHO Coffee on June 22nd.

About the artists - 



After playing for bands in the Singapore scene, Deon Toh started writing his own material in late 2009. Moving from the role of a drummer to a song-writer, he has to date written a collection of original songs that promise to entertain. Catchy melodies and driving rhythms feature in his songs, accompanied by a unique voice, leave listeners with his distinct musical character.

www.facebook.com/deontheband



Singer-songwriter Lydia Low enjoys writing and playing anything from Rock to Rhythm & Blues. She has been a featured artist at Stageout, a monthly event held at Grid, *SCAPE and was also a regular performer at China One, Clarke Quay. When playing, she sings, plays the acoustic guitar, and throws in the occasional tambourine and loop pedal. As a songwriter, her main influences are KT Tunstall, Laura Marling, and the various other loud bands that populate her playlists.  

www.facebook.com/noisytomato

About SOHO Coffee -

For the love of museums, galleries, coffee and a rich heritage in this area, SOHO Coffee was born into this enclave. Having a café incorporate the whole experience of enjoying the finer things in life. Visitors to this area can now relax and unwind while sipping a good cup of coffee in a cozy corner amidst the heritage district. SOHO Coffee also offers customers good, comfort food that satisfies the palette with a mixed of Asian and Western fares. Our all time favorites include breakfast, brunch, burgers, pasta, beef noodle and many more. SOHO Coffee is located at Loke Yew St (corner of Hill Street), 36 Armenian St #01-08 Singapore 179934

www.facebook.com/sohocoffeesg

Event details -
Date: Friday June 22nd
Time: 8.30pm to 11pm
Ticket price (with complimentary beer): $15 (early bird till June 10th) / $20 (after June 10th and at the door)
Tickets are available from http://www.apesnap.com/event/IndeSoloSohoCoffee.

SOHO Coffee will be open for reservations for dinner before the start of performance.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

LYDIA LOW @ BROUN CAFE


Texas-based Lydia Low is back in Singapore! She will be playing a couple of shows whilst she is here and first off is a return to Broun Cafe on Saturday, 2nd June. Lydia will play songs from her 1st EP - Electric Flower as well as songs from her new EP, which will be recorded shortly. She will perform two sets (viz 8pm to 8.30pm & 9pm to 9.30pm). LIKE Lydia's Facebook page.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

SING A NEW SONG



KAMCO MUSIC is proud to present Sing a New Song, an afternoon of original music made in Singapore at the Library @ Esplanade on 16th June 2012. The line-up is as follows: -

1.30pm - 2.15pm
Kevin Mathews

Our host for the afternoon, Kevin (above) will present his music exclusively from the piano. Expect tunes like "Texas", "Cliche" and "I Lost Myself".


2.30pm - 3pm
Tall Mountains





Nostalgically youthful and shyly romantic, Tall Mountains (aka Sydney Yeo) is sweet folk pop created in the vein of Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, and Laura Marling: songs about love and yearning with a dash of nature imagery thrown in. Music akin to late afternoon sunlight falling through the windows of a quiet cool room, lying on a roof with a friend, or closing your eyes and letting your mind take you wherever it likes.
Sydney is currently working on the Cold Morning EP with help from Deon Toh and Snakeweed Studios in Singapore. Look out for its release in August 2012.


3.15pm - 3.45pm
Celina Foo





Celina is a young, talented & exciting new Singaporean singer-songwriter blessed with music that is introspective yet edgy. Her mentor, local musician Kevin Mathews has described her as "still waters running deep" as her cheerful disposition contrasts with her angst-filled, cynical lyrics. Celina was a Noise apprentice in 2010 and performed at the Youth Olympics and Baybeats Festival in that same year. 

4pm - 4.30pm
Victoria Ho




Victoria is a singer-songwriter who has played at a wide variety of venues, solo and as a part of a band. She has been in larger scale concerts at the Esplanade Concert Hall, and has held gigs at venues such as Balaclava, Wala Wala, Esplanade Waterfront and Paulaner Brauhaus. Currently, she fronts her band, Tricks & Cider. She is currently involved in writing original music for performance, and is scoring a film documentary.

4.45pm - 5.15pm
Sam Willows




The Sam Willows is a celebration of life, a melting pot of sounds from Indie-Folk, Soul-Pop, Electro-Funk, Blues-Rock and random images of cats. Born out of a need to make unadulterated, unbound music, the quartet of Narelle, Ben, Jon and Sandra dug up various soundbites of their eclectic music history, forging their own path into the aural atmosphere whilst managing to be only slightly confused. Drawing inspiration from acts like Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons, Joss Stone, Los Lonely Boyz to name a few, they craft a sound that bleeds for everyone; the starving artist, the sedentary soldier. They recognize the rabid power of music and the shame of pigeonholing, and promise to, with all their might, tear down the walls of disparity among love and art. The band is currently waist-deep in the idea swamp of their first EP, but would still love to take you out for coffee.

The Sam Willows is Benjamin Kheng, Jonathan Chua, Sandra Tang & Narelle Kheng


5.30pm - 6pm
Maricelle Wong





Maricelle has been touched by music from a tender age. As a child, she sang opera (performing Madam Butterfly at the esteemed arts centre The Esplanade) and as a teenager played in a band for numerous school events. Through songs, Maricelle has been inspired to dream. Maricelle dreams about playing her music to people and making their day better, filling the silences and bringing smiles and a feel-good feeling to the atmosphere. Her music is about emotion and feeling -things both sweet and quietly beautiful, as well as slightly melancholic and reminiscent sometimes. 


6.15pm - 6.45pm
Lydia Low


Though she grew up on a diet of classical music, and Disney soundtracks, Singapore singer-songwriter Lydia enjoys writing and playing anything from Rock to Rhythm & Blues. She has been a featured artist at Stageout, a monthly event held at Grid, *SCAPE and was also a regular performer at China One, Clarke Quay. When playing, she sings, plays the acoustic guitar, and throws in the occasional tambourine and loop pedal. As a songwriter, her main influences are KT Tunstall, Laura Marling, and the various other loud bands that populate her playlists. She writes what she calls 'pocket-sized songs', songs based on all the little things that have enriched, and battered her heart along the way. Her songs contain nuggets of herself so if you know her songs, you know her. These qualities are all too evident on her debut EP - Electric Flower. Now based in Texas, USA, she wishes to someday walk into a CD store, and see a stranger picking her album off the shelf. She also dreams of having a fairly sizable gig, in which a fairly sizable bunch of people happily sing her songs back to her. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

KEVIN MATHEWS: UPFRONT AND IN YOUR FACE @ HOOD BAR


Or the reality of being a singer-songwriter playing original music in Singapore.

There's been the usual online talk on whether musicians should play for free in Singapore. One camp will scoff and denigrate those musicians who do play for free accusing them of 'spoiling the market' and 'shooting themselves in the foot' whilst the other camp will defend themselves on the grounds of building fan base and market share. 

I stand, of course, somewhere right in the middle. Yes, it would be great to be paid for your music but in Singapore unless you play top 40 covers fairly competently, no bar/club owner is going to give someone like me - i.e. a solo singer-songwriter who is defiant about only playing his own original music - the time of day. 

And even if you were a band playing only original music, there are not that many options available - maybe three venues (tops) who might pay. What we do have instead is a multitude of bar/club owners who only want top 40 cover bands. This in my view 'spoils the market' for people like me more than musicians playing for nothing! 

So in these circumstances, either I play for free OR I DON'T PLAY AT ALL! Sometimes I really want to laugh out loud when people describe me as a 'legend'. If I am a 'legend' why won't anyone pay me to perform my own material? What a fucking joke...I know people mean well when they do so but WTF right?

Which brings me to the whole point of this post. I am performing at Hood Bar this coming Saturday (21st April) and no, I am not getting paid. In fact, I am rather grateful to the folks at Hood Bar (Clement Yang to be specific) for giving me a stage to sing and perform my own songs. Cos the reality is that not many bar/club owners would give me and my songs a chance, even if I agreed to play for free.

So... the long and short of it is - if you believe in me - the 'legend' - and my music then make a date with me this Saturday at Hood Bar from about 8pm and I hope to share with you two 30 minute sets - one with acoustic guitar and one with keyboards. 

Thank you for your kind attention. Back to regular programming... 

(KM)



Thursday, April 12, 2012

KEVIN MATHEWS - OUTSIDE LOOKING IN (DEMO)



On this Black Friday, more news about the rising cost of living have made me mindful of the increasing income gap not only in Singapore but around the world. For the majority of people living on this earth, we are truly on the outside but as I share in the song, it's about changing the world within to achieve an inner contentment even if the circumstances around you do not favour you at all. 

(KM)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

THAT INDIE THING YOU DO @ CHIJMES


Over three weekends, the Chijmes Lawn will be host to a string of indie bands/artists. Schedule as follows: - 

Friday, 27th April



Shimona Kee (7pm to 7.30pm)


Rachael Teo (9pm to 9.30pm)

Saturday, 28th April

Deon Toh (8pm to 8.30pm)


SHELVES (9pm to 9.30pm)


Friday, 4th May

Maricelle Wong (7pm to 7.30pm)


Saturday, 5th May

Kevin Mathews (7pm to 7.30pm)



Cheating Sons (8pm to 8.30pm)



Friday, 11th May

The Fast Colors (8pm to 8.30pm)


Saturday, 12th May

I Hate This Place (7pm to 7.30pm)


Cashew Chemists (8pm to 8.30pm)


Admission is FREE





Monday, April 2, 2012

CHEATING SONS / LOUD



Cheating Sons featured on the inaugural issue of The New Paper's LOUD music pullout.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

MARICELLE WONG @ NOISE MUSIC SHOWCASE


It's Maricelle Wong's turn to show what she's got at the NOISE Music Showcase on Sunday, 4th March at the Esplanade Concourse. The young singer-songwriter may have a bubbly, vivacious persona (as expressed in songs like "Take A Picture") but in songs like "Love Is A Drug", she also reveals a darker, deeper more introspective side of her songwriting as well. Catch her at 6.15pm.

MING SEE @ NOISE MUSIC SHOWCASE


Ming See demonstrated the potential she possesses as a young singer-songwriter on Friday, 2nd March as she made her debut at the Esplanade Concourse for the NOISE Music Showcase. Sharing her literate songs with heartfelt delivery, Ming See impressed the audience greatly as was evident from the enthusiastic response. Hard to believe that the 23 year-old's first proper live performance was given only months ago at the Noise TMM auditions. Ming See has certainly come a long way. Stay tuned for recordings of her performance online. And more is in store, in terms of performances and a album/EP recording in the near future. Check back here for further updates of Ming See's musical adventures! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

KAMCO MUSIC @ BROUN CAFE


It has been a while since the last time KAMCO Music visited Broun Cafe (back when hair was shorter!) but come Saturday 28th January 2012, KAMCO Music returns to Broun Cafe for an intimate session from 8pm to 9.30pm. 

8pm to 8.30pm Ming See

8.45pm to 9.30pm Kevin Mathews