01 Nov Local Guitarist-Musicians In Singapore To Look Up To
If you are learning to play the guitar, it will be a good idea to find out about some awesome guitarists so that you have good examples to look up to. You might be thinking of famous international acts like the Beatles, John Mayer, or even Ed Sheeran – but what about right here in Singapore?
Yes, Singapore’s music scene is thriving with guitarists who deserve your recognition as well. The good thing about knowing about local musicians is that you will have more chances to catch them in action. In addition, these musicians are great all-rounded artistes who can sing and play at the same time, sometimes in coordination with a band. So, apart from learning from their guitar skills, you can take a leaf out of their book in terms of singing and performing in general.
Don’t overlook these talents you have right here in Singapore! Let’s check out some of the best home-grown guitar-driven music acts:
Sezairi Sezali: If you remember watching Singapore Idol way back in 2009, you would recognise this singer. Sezairi made his entrance to the music scene by winning the third iteration of the local talent competition, and continues to impress fans in Singapore and around the region with his smooth vocals and guitar-driven tracks.
Shun Ng: Known for his over-the-top guitar performances, Shun Ng takes shredding to a whole new level. Specialising in fingerstyle guitar, the award-winning singer-songwriter has been active in the music scene locally and abroad since 2011. His versatile and genre-crossing acts make him a top guitarist to watch and learn from.
Astreal: Those into the indie-rock genres of shoegazing and post-rock would likely have heard of Astreal. With multiple line-up changes since its inception in 1992, the band’s guitar-heavy ethereal sonic character remains true till today. If you are an aspiring electric guitarist who’s enamoured by the endless possibilities of guitar effects and pedals, Astreal will show you how it’s done.
M1LDL1FE: Formerly known as Take Two, M1LDL1FE is your resident rock band that knows how to get any audience pumped. Their upbeat and synth-driven colour is complemented by gritty guitars to complete their indie-pop rock sound. Well-established as a regional act, the band can be found opening for famous international acts or touring around the region on a regular basis.
Joie Tan: Starting her musical career off Youtube, Joie Tan is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter who grew up with a love for music. Her debut album in 2018 showcases her versatility as an emerging musician. Tied together with her alluring vocals, the songs journey through topics of love, life and loss while displaying her guitar prowess in diverse styles such as jazz, pop, and more.
Inspired by what you hear?
Although Singapore is small, we are evidently packed with musical talents that are worth more recognition. Now that you know more about these local musicians, you can check them out and learn from their music and performing skills. And if these musicians inspire you, why not take the step to further your musical knowledge?
If you are a guitarist, you can source for a mentor to help you take your guitar-playing to the next level. Yet, you don’t have to be a guitarist to be inspired by great music! Taking vocal lessons for beginners in Singapore present a good starting point for anyone looking to delve into music performance. Or if the bands’ outstanding grooves have got you fascinated, you can consider basic drum lessons and form a band with fellow musician friends.
By taking the first step to hone your musical skills, you will be able to get closer to the standards of the famous performing musicians on this list. Who knows? In time to come, you could be performing on stage right next to one of these top local acts!