Yes! Early this year, with the support of MDA and WDA, FM Pop Music School launched our “Career in Hit Songwriting” course.
The trainees were different from our previous batches as they were handpicked by Xiaohan, Jim and me. Songwriters who we felt had potential to write not just songs, but hit songs.
And time flies! Last week was the last lesson of the course, much of our brains were picked, many words and notes were written, friendships were forged, networks built. It’s great that I could see new teams were built among the trainees reminding me of how when I 1st started we met thru our publisher and found lyrics/arrangement/demo production partners to work with, depending on our strengths and weaknesses.
And most importantly, I heard hit songs of the future along the way.
Next Saturday, we’ll be having a FM songwriting showcase at Hood from 3-5. Other than getting a glimpse of the future hits, our FM songwriting alumni, Ming Bridges will be appearing as well, to share some of her thoughts on songwriting together with Xiaohan, Jim and me. Do come join us!
Hhaha, this is not a paid endorsement post from Apple or anything, but friends of mine have been listening to me rave about my Mac Book Air. That’s because over the last few months, I’ve been travelling in and out of the country, touring while having a crazy schedule to keep up to arrange music for the movie and other productions and I seriously couldn’t have pulled it off as well and as happily without my Mac Book Air.
Previously I bought a Mac Book Retina Pro at the beginning of the year and when I started on the movie in July, I was observing how crazy light Yee Wei (director) Air’s is so I thought, hmm, lemme go get one to check email when I’m touring so it’s not so heavy.
However when I got the Air and started installing my Protools and soft synths/plug ins etc. I realised that I could run 40 over tracks without a glitch on it! And the sounds sources that I was loading up was running smoother than my 2010 Mac Pro (yes, the desktop that weighs a ton) at home! That’s when overnight my arrangement setup shrunk from a super heavy Mac Pro, to a Mac Book Air and a little 25 key Akai keyboard. You cannot imagine how happy I’ve been, working in the plane, in the boring transit times, hotels, making full use of this time that previously I’ve been wasting! I also proceeded to get the best portable interface I could find (Apogee Quartet) and recorded the 好声音 singers in Sanya/Hainan as the studio there didn’t use the stuff that I’m used to. With a little Mac Book Air! It was totally unbelievable!
So yeaahhh, here’s a salute to my Mac Book Air, I can now carry the future of music technology with one hand! Woo hoo!
Crazy times! Wrapping up Ming’s English album as well as scoring for the movie! It’s always a immense feeling of satisfaction when you are listening to the mixes of your stuff. Especially this time we’re talking like almost 30 over songs done in such a short span of time. Any musician will know that feeling when you are done and you are listening to
the completed stuff, again…again and again…
Fate seems to plan my time ahead nicely for me as I’ve actually a short 2 weeks break from touring to wrap up these 2 cases as well as wrapping up my course with the fine trainees of our MDA/WDA songwriting course!
The trainees are turning out real fine, some of them have sold songs, some have their works on hold by artists and I can see a great improvement from ALL of them.
I believe Singapore will see some new hit songwriters in the near future.
Ok, meaning while I’m goin back to listening the mixes one ‘last’ time.
I’m packing my bags to leave for 南京 tomorrow. Will be doing some scoring in the hotel room for the movie that is 中国好声音之为你转身. I got the final cut today without music. Yeah I know, it’s crazy the final cut is already out when they barely wrapped a few days ago!!! The movie will be out
in China 24/12, and hits Singapore in Jan 2014. Watch out for it!
One day you guys should get a chance to watch a movie without music. You will appreciate what the power of sound does to visuals!
Last week, Ming represented Singapore to perform for MU:CON, a music conference held in Seoul where industry giants from all over the world went to attend. We were pleasantly surprised to find the gig well attended, and we spotted music festivals managers and Taiwan television executives in the audience!
Oh yes, it was my 1st time to visit Seoul, I must say Seoul people are full of heart. I was having so much trouble getting around as I couldn’t speak the language. But on both times I asked for directions to those who happen to speak English, they actually took their time to explain to me and on both times they even walked with me for about 10 minutes to bring me to the place I wanted to go! Now let me ask ourselves as Singaporeans will we be just as kind to strangers?
Tarot cards seem to be big business in Seoul, however they only tell your fortune in Korean, oh well…
Music is really everywhere in Seoul, great buskers everywhere, LOCAL music fans all around. Respect, what a great environment to be in.
This is killer, I visited Steve Lillywhite in a house overlooking the Hollywood hills coupled with …
A kick ass STUDIO! Last I heard is one of my favourite new bands, Grouplove who recorded their album here.
Grammy Museum (no photos allowed inside)
Thru Steve, I met up with Howie, this man mastered many of the albums that formed my musical identity, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Red hot chilli pepper’s Bloodsugarsexmagic, U2’s Pop, Smashing Pumpkin’s Melon Collie… and on and on. It was an honour and we’re already collaborating on a new artist from FM coming up soon!
I mean how crazy can this be?!?
The Sunset Strip LA, this is the scene that I watched over and over again in the MV of Guns and Rose’s November Rain when I was 16?!?
And lastly, the Hollywood Bowl
The list of acts who have performed here
and of course, LA wouldn’t have been half as fun if not for Jessika, Gary and Rhea, my gracious hosts and good friends in LA.
We’ll definitely be back!
Ahhh! Long time no blog!!! In the last few weeks I’ve been zipping east and west. LA for a well deserved short holiday to Korea for Ming’s 1st gig there and now I’m in 南宁 before I head to 三亚 the day after for 中国好声音为你转身 (feels good now that I can say that haha)
Let’s do one by one. LAX has Been a great trip. The last time I was there was when I was doing Jaycee’s album and he was still underaged to step into a lot of night spots then.
So this time I went all out, renting myself a car and driving around LA, checking out bands in the clubs. And of coz, walking along Sunset strip where many of my favourite bands such as Guns and Roses, Mötley Crüe and Poison got their start.
Actually the reason why LJ and I went was because of John Mayers last concert of this tour at Hollywood Bowl. To be able to watch a concert there that also housed bands like the Beatles, Rolling stones right up to Coldplay and 30seconds to Mars was just such a great experience!
Ok! That’s my call to go back for rehearsal. More pics will follow:)
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What great fun we had!
For those who might not know, MTV Sessions is recorded live in front of a 200-strong studio audience. It is a series of music shows that allow music lovers the rare opportunity to watch the latest and upcoming international and regional artists showcase their craft live in an intimate setting. Besides performing their own songs, the artists also get to perform covers and remixes of their favourite songs produced exclusively for MTV. Fans get to learn more about the work and life of these artists who will share their music and personal stories in MTV Sessions which follows a casual and revealing style.
And what a loud audience we had on that day. As usual, I spent most of the time looking at the audience instead of at my guitar ☺ And could see many fans singing emotively together with Ming.
I was also glad to see many local musicians in the house who came to support Ming for this gig.
So too bad if you missed this gig, however have no fear! Here are the airing times to check out Ming Bridges – MTV Sessions.
1. MTV Sessions: Ming Bridges – Airing Times/Country
MTV Asia (Duration: 60mins)
Sat 12 Oct, 1 pm
Sun 13 Oct, 6pm
Mon, 14 Oct, 6:30pm
Sat, 19 Oct, 1:30am
Sat, 19 Oct, 9pm
MTV China(Duration: 60 mins)
Thurs, 24 Oct, 6pm
Thurs, 24 Oct, 10pm
Fri, 25 Oct, 9am
Sat 26 Oct, 3pm
Sun, 27 Oct, 8pm
Wed, 30 Oct, 10pm
MTV Taiwan (Duration: 60 mins)
Sat 19 Oct, 1am
Mon 21 Oct, 12am
Wed, 23 Oct, 2am
Mon 28 Oct 2am
MTV Vietnam (Duration: 60 mins)
Sat 19 Oct, 8pm
Sun 20 Oct, 5pm
Mon 21 Oct 3pm
Wed 23 Oct 9pm
Sun 27 oct 10pm
Tue 29 Oct 3pm
Thurs 31 Oct, 10pm
Sat 2 Nov 8pm
Wed 6 Nov 11pm
Sun 10 Nov 3pm
Tue 12 Nov 10pm
Sun 17 Nov 11pm
10 days to record vocals for 12 songs and 8 days to arrange them(including writing 2 of the songs). I never thought I could pull it off. But I did!
For the last 3 weeks, I embarked on a truly crazy but hugely satisfying project where I got to work with some crazily talented singers from China.
I think the craziest moment gotta be when the team was describing to me, ok, we want a song from you that’s like …. And while he was describing to me the concept, at the same time I was formulating the melody. After which I said, give me 5 minutes. I wanna take a shit. And I finished the melody there and then into my Iphone(with extra percussive noises added in background;) ). When I came out, I hummed the song to them and the guy said “man…you gotta thank your guardian angels. They are treating you well”
Yeah…I think so too. Heading back from Beijing now! And come 26 Sept, Ming and me are going to rock MTV Sessions!!!!!