Monday, September 30, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
HOW TO WRITE ABOUT ROCK MUSIC
Elvis Presley. The Beatles. REM. U2. David Bowie. These unforgettable rock stars, among so many others, have shaken the world and written history with their signature voices. Stars rise and fall but good old rock music is eternal. But someone has to write about this thing called rock music. Someone has to inform, advise and ultimately excite the millions of fans out there about their favourite artists and their favourite music. If you have always wanted to be that ‘someone’, this course is for you.
Kevin Mathews, our "Rock Professor" will fill you in on all you need to know about rock writing. Then we go one step further. We will show you how to harness this knowledge and techniques to pursue a career in the journalism, TV production, radio hosting, events management, magazines and publication houses, to name a few. Ready to rock?
For students from age 13 onwards...for all aspiring music writers...for those pursuing a career in the media, arts and entertainment world…and anyone who sees the opportunities and future of rock writing.
Start rocking with our Professor!
Week One: Introduction to Rock Writing and Rock History Part I
Week Two: Rock History Part II
Week Three: Fundamentals of Rock Writing
Week Four: Interviews
A CAREER FROM ROCK WRITING
a. Music journalism
b. Critical Writing
c. Media executive eg. Radio, magazines etc. Music Label executive
Learn to recreate history and experience the soul of Rock Music and how to write about the magic through FOUR 90 minute sessions with our "professor". Total fee: - S$280 to be paid in advance.
Starting: 19th October, 2.30 pm to 4.10 pm, for four Saturdays, till the 9th of November, 2013.
Please send enquiries to
Classes are held at:
Impart Consultancy; 47 Hill Street, #07-08
Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Building
S(179365); Tel: 6338 5756
ABOUT KEVIN MATHEWS
Kevin Mathews is a well-respected music journalist and has been writing about music for over twenty years.
Mathews has written for Singapore newspapers like the New Paper and TODAY, print magazines like BigO (Singapore), Amplifier, Pop Culture Press (USA) and Bucketfull of Brains (UK) as well as online zines like his own PowerofPop.com, MTVAsia.com and PopMatters.com.
He has interviewed the likes of Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Al Jardine (The Beach Boys), Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Ian McCulloch (Echo & the Bunnymen), Robyn Hitchcock, Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas), Edwyn Collins, James Morrison, Regina Spektor, Conor O’Brien (Villagers), Jimmy Shaw (Metric), Mat Osman (Suede), Michael Franti, Imogen Heap, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty and many many others.
He has conducted music-related talks on subjects like rock journalism and songwriting and was a mentor for the Baybeats/Esplanade Youth Budding Music Writers Programme from 2011 to 2013. He has also conducted modules on Arts History and Creative Concepts at Republic Polytechnic where he has been an Academic Associate since 2010.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
From the opening Ryan Adamsesque "Silver" to the Elton John inspired "Cliche", Emo FASCISM is a melodic joy.
I'm not a professional music critic but I have been a professional musician for more years than I care to mention with my music licensed to over 100 TV shows and I know great songwriting when I hear it.
Kevin Mathews new CD Emo FASCISM is a true gem. Every tune slyly pulls you in until you find yourself humming along. When was the last time that happened to you? I don't believe I have heard a consistently well written melodic album like this in a long time.
Kevin's vocals shine on every tune with a rich tonal quality and the production sits comfortably in the Goldilocks zone, never overpowering, suited to each tune and just right. The emphasis on lovely acoustic guitar arrangements is the icing on the cake.
If I had to choose a favorite tune and the "Hit" single because my life depended on it lol, I would say the Lennonesque "Liars In Love". Hell, upon repeated listening I think this tune is as close to perfect as you can get. Love the Emo crunchy guitars, the Beatlesque piano, the swooning backing vocals and strings, and Kevin's perfect falsetto in the chorus.
Throw your happy pills away, forget that next drink, if you're in need of a mood correction, trust me, just give Emo FASCISM a spin.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
"What Mathews churns out is what he does best – unadulterated pop songs in all their poise and polish, sometimes intentionally dated, but timeless all the same."
The first review of Kevin MATHEWS' Emo FASCISM can be read here.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
TypeWriter is making its way to the UK in May to play in the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival in Liverpool. In anticipation of an increased worldwide audience, the band has made its 2010 album, Indian Head Massage, available at Bandcamp. Check it out!
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thanks to everyone who listened to "Dare" and viewed the video, I really do appreciate it. As some of you may be aware, I turned 52 yesterday. It's hard enough being a musician in this country without also being of an age where your abilities are outright dismissed and disqualified due to this external fact. But I am also realistic enough to understand that my chances of being appreciated are diminishing with each passing year. So why record new songs and release a new album? Why, indeed? Well, it's more of a self-indulgent exercise than anything else, I guess. Over the decades I have written many many songs and I'd like to see them 'properly' recorded (while I still can) - and there's no current demand for my services as a songwriter. In addition, my good friend Paddy Chng has been egging me on to do a new album (and a few others as well) and so I thought - "why not"? I have no illusions (delusions?) about how well-received any new recordings may or may not be but at the end of the day, EMO FASCISM and subsequent records will be for me. And anyone else who wants to come along for the ride.
... still there's more ...
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the release of New School Rock III. Watchmen's two tracks viz Orchard Road and Please Believe Me has been uploaded to Bandcamp to celebrate this milestone. Fans who download the 2-track re-issue album will also get the original music video of Orchard Road.