SOOS OIO had a little booth at SHINE Fest this year, a very pleasant surprise when NYC invited us to be part of their community fair! As we are launching songwriters.sg, the focus of this booth is geared towards music. We had no products or merchandise to sell but with a passion to gather people for music. So out goes the pop-corn man and here comes the sound man, setting up a simple Sing and Play, i.e. open mic session.
Krysta anchored the Sing & Play sessions, playing the guitar for all those who wanted to come up and sing! She herself garnered quite a bit of crowd over the 3 days as she played and sang. We were glad that everyone had fun over music, be it those who sang, played, or watched. =)
We want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to:
- SHINE Fest committee for all the hard work and sweat in putting this up
- NYC for the booth which gives all of us, especially the musicians to come forward and share their music in Orchard Road
- Nizam for the amazing sound at our booth
- Firdaus for the amazing sound at the stage, and being SUPER AWESOME!
- Alex, Krysta, Tricia, Keona and Li Kai for taking care of the booth
- Movement Music for the Reverend Guitars to jam
- All who came and made it such a fun & memorable event for each and everyone of us!
Here is one of the videos of Krysta doing an impromptu duet with Shah whom she met the first time at the booth. For more videos, you can go to https://www.facebook.com/soos.oio.sg/ or https://www.facebook.com/songwriters.sg.
What People Think
Here are some of the feedback and testimonies we received from those who came to the booth. Thank you SHINE Fest for putting everything together!
I love the passion and energy that surrounds SHINE Fest; the many talented performers that stepped up to our Open-Mic sessions, as well as the encouragements I received from the audience after performing my own compositions. Shine Festival was truly a laboratory to check out the test tubes of up and coming social and creative experimentations that our youths are undertaking, as well as a place to foster broader and deeper connections amongst likeminded creative Singaporeans. – Ezekiel Ang (26 year old guitar teacher)
It has been a very liberating experience for me during the Shine Festival 2016.
There has been many amazing talents and emerging potentials whom I had
the privilege of engaging in conversations during the festival.
And in most of the conversations, many had spoken about their dreams
and passions of what they are hoping to achieve. Many had taken up the
challenge and to some the privilege of performing to crowds with their
original composition or their covers of songs. The very fact that they
were hoping to share their talents and passion has deeply encouraged
around what would I do with my hopes and passion in my life. Indeed
their energy and hopeful living has been a fantastic experience for me
to be bless with. – Alex Tan, volunteer at the SOOS OIO Booth in SHINE Fest 2016