First Singapore and Korea Collaboration at Seoul Zandari Festa 2017

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DanZZan Album CoverFirst Singapore and Korea Collaboration Featuring HubbaBubbas, Jean Tan and Becka at Seoul’s Indie Music Festival – Zandari Festa 2017

HubbaBubbas, Jean Tan and Becka will be sharing the stage with Korean artistes — G-Urban, Gonne Choi and Dawn of the Day at Zandari Festa this October. The first time these artistes performed together was at SHINE Fest this year at both the ION Stage and *SCAPE Bandstand with the launch of the Singapore-Korea collaboration album, Sweet & Salty Date (단짠 데이트), DanZZan Date in Korean.

Sweet & Salty Date (단짠 데이트) or DanZZan Date is a project by SOOS OIO (Singapore) and Leeway Music & Media Inc (Korea). The objective of the album is to bring indie artistes of Singapore and Korea together to increase their reach collectively. DanZZan Date means Sweet and Salty Date in Korean. Each of the eight singer-songwriters wrote a song on the theme of food and love, expressed in their own unique interpretation and style. Becka sang about her favourite Singapore food in So Sedap, Jean Tan captures the sweetness and saltiness of Waiting for Love, and we will leave you to unravel HubbaBubbas’ Infinite Hand Hug Loop. As a sophomore album of this collaboration, listeners can expect a light pop listening experience with a blend of unique style and personalities of the eight artistes. This album also features two bonus tracks from two special guests Jennifer Chung (United States) and Joyce Chu (Malaysia).

The EPs of HubbaBubbas and Becka – Amy(gdala) and BECKA, were also launched in Korean music stores this September.

 


Listen to Sweet & Salty Date Album
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0bVHGDkp7fzDVHLIUnUE2M
iTunes: http://bit.ly/danZZanDate
DEEZERhttps://www.deezer.com/album/48481702
TIDALhttps://listen.tidal.com/album/78909846


Come join us at Zandari Festa if you are in Seoul:
Date: 1 Oct 2017 (Sun)
Time: 2 – 4pm
Venue: Evans Lounge (마포구 서교동 401-3 Seoul, South Korea)

Neil Zaza Taipei Sept 2017

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Neil Zaza Live in Taipei at The Wall Live Music on 24 Sep 17

Neil Zaza Taipei Sept 2017 is the 24th stop of his tour after 23 shows in China for almost 1.5months.

We ran on a very tight schedule for the Taipei stop as we had three things to accomplish.

  • First was the show on 24 Sept 2017 at The Wall Live Music.
  • Second, was a guitar clinic at iRock Music Centre.
  • Third and last, was a video shoot of Neil Zaza in Taipei.

The Wall Live Music has been a great partner for the Taipei stop. They took great care of Neil from the time he landed to the time he departed from Taoyuan Airport. Special shout out to Jemp who tirelessly looked into every detail. 謝謝Jemp和公館的熱情招待!

The clinic at iRock Music Centre was an intimate session with lots of great questions from the attendees. Just want to say a huge thank you to Hank of EGO Eletronic and 阿民 of iRock Music Centre. You guys made everything work so smoothly and so easy. The clinic was live streamed on EGO’s Facebook page and there were questions from viewers outside of Taipei that came in as well. Below is the live recording of the clinic.

Lastly, we squeezed in time for a video shoot for Neil Zaza in Taipei with 阿陸. It was a fun time shooting both outdoors and indoors. I must say it was very efficient. Special thanks to 阿鬼 of Ghost Note Guitars for the use of the studio as well.

After Thoughts

Great partners are hard to come by. For this Taipei stop, we had such great partners whom we can call brothers. We are sure that they had our backs and are doing their best in everything. I was a little concern having so many parties involved in such a short stop. Friction can easily arise as some do not know one another personally before Neil Zaza’s Taipei stop. Upon arrival, this concern quickly dissipated. It was apparent that while they have their own expectations in being involved, they were as equally committed to help each other fulfilled one another’s goals. I truly believe that this was the key to the success of this stop and we love this team of partners. Till we come back again Taipei!

Here are some photos from the Taipei stop, which you can also find on our Facebook Page Album.

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Neil Zaza in China & Taipei Jul & Aug 2017

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Great news: Neil Zaza in China & Taipei Jul & Aug 2017.

Neil Zaza is coming back to Asia this year again, to China and Taipei! Neil is doing 20 stops in China this time round. Friends in Taipei, Neil is coming as well and he has not seen you all for a while. If you happen to be in these cities, do drop by and have a great time with Neil Zaza.

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China Tour Cities & Dates

Date China City
21 July 2017 Xuyi, Jiangsu
22 July 2017 Shuyang, Jiangsu
23 July 2017 Xuncheng, Shandong
27 July 2017 Changchun, Jilin
28 July 2017 Yanji, Jilin
29 July 2017 Daqing, Haerbin
30 July 2017 Suihua, Haerbin
1 August 2017 Qiqihaer, Haerbin
4 August 2017 Masterclass in Beijing
5 August 2017 Huojiang, Henan
6 August 2017 Bozhou, Anhui
8 August 2017 Wujiang, Jiangsu
10 August 2017 Jingdezhen, Zhejiang
11 August 2017 Lishui, Zhejiang
12 August 2017 Jinhua, Zhejiang
13 August 2017 Shaoxing, Zhejiang
15 August 2017 Jiangxing, Zhejiang
16 August 2017 Cixi, Zhejiang
17 August 2017 Zhoushan, Zhejiang
19 August 2017 Tiantai, Zhejiang

For more information on the China tour and shows, go to http://www.guitarchina.com or
http://mogu7.com.

 

Taipei Show at The Wall

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Date:24 August 2017 (Thursday)
Time:Doors open: 19:00・Show: 19:30
Venue:THE WALL公館
Price:Early Birdy: NTD$ 700 / At the Door NTD$ 850
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1533303583381035
More details & Tickets: https://thewall.tw/shows/neil-zaza

 

Have a DanZZan Date 단짠 데이트

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Bringing together Singapore and Korea Indie Artistes

Three Singapore indie artistes and five Korean indie artistes performed at SHINE Fest the first weekend of July. HubbaBubbas (SG) and G-Urban (KR) rocked the stage with Uptown Funk, while Becka (SG) and WABLE (KR) serenaded the audience with That’s What I Like at the ION Stage on 30 Jun 2017 evening. On 1 July 2017, each of the eight artistes did set of 15-20min performance of their originals at *SCAPE Bandstand 5-8pm, including a few collaboration covers.

Six out of eight singles are released Internationally (except Korea) on 29 June 2017.

Listen to the released singles of 단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date (Sweet & Salty Date) on Spotify -  http://spoti.fi/2trtEnC

Korea Single Release Dates of 8 featured artistes:  

  • Jul 12 - BECKA & WABLE
  • Jul 26 - HubbaBubbas & G-URBAN
  • Aug 9 - Jean Tan & Pureunhaneul Kwak
  • Aug 23 - Dawn of The Day with Jennifer Chung (guest artist from US)
  • Sep 13 - Gonne Choi with full album launch

Keep a look out for announcement about the Singapore artistes heading to Korea to perform late Sep/early Oct!

 

 

 

Photos at SHINE Fest 2017

Videos at SHINE Fest 30 Jun 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date Coming to SHINE Fest

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After last year’s sessions of Magic Behind the Music under songwriters.sg, we have been quietly putting together a Singapore-Korea collaboration album, 단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date, consisting of eight indie singer-songwriters from both countries. 단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date means Sweet and Salty Date in Korean. Each of the 8 singer-songwriters wrote a song on the theme of food and love, expressed in their own unique interpretaion and style. We are delighted to update you that the album is almost ready to launch!

단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date is an initiative by SOOS OIO in Singapore with Leeway Music & Media Inc in Korea. The objective of the album is to bring indie artistes of Singapore and Korea together for an exchange and to help them increase their reach in both country through collective promotion. As a sophomore album of this collaboration, listeners can expect a light pop listening experience through the unique indie style and personalities of the eight artistes.

After a few months of selection in Singapore and Korea, we have our eight artistes – three from Singapore and five from Korea. Each of the artiste has a unique music style and personality. We love the process of different artistes coming together in a project like this. Do check out the artistes featured in this album. Follow their social media and keep a look out for the release of their songs in 단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date.


WABLE (Korea)


G-Urban (Korea)


Dawn of the Day (Korea)


Pureunhaneul Kwak (Korea)


Gonne Choi (Korea)


BECKA (Singapore)

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Jean Tan (Singapore)

Find us at SHINE Festival 2017:

1. 단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date Performance at ION Stage

The artistes of 단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date will put up an hour performance at SHINE’s main stage in front of ION Orchard with a mixture of solos and also joint performances between the artistes from Singapore and Korea. Let the artistes of 단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date kick start your Friday evening at SHINE Fest with their music.

Date: 30 Jun 2017 (Fri)
Time: 6.00pm-7.00pm
Venue: Stage outside ION Orchard

2. THE MAGIC BEHIND THE MUSIC – 단짠 데이트 DANZZAN DATE

Magic Behind the Music is back this year! Come and join the artistes of this album in a casual chit-chat session about the music and also the indie music scene of both Singapore and Korea. Together with Jake Lee from Leeway Music & Media Inc, the artistes managers, Pauline Phoon of SOOS OIO, and the artistes in the album, it will be an exchange of music culture between Singapore and Korea.

Date: 1 July 2017 (Sat)
Time: 1.00pm-2.30pm
Venue*SCAPE – MEDIA HUB (Level 5)
2 Orchard Link Singapore, 237978 
Free Admission but registration is required due to seats limitation.
Register at: https://www.shinexscapetdp.com/new/2017/6/12/magic-behind-the-music-danzzan-date

3. 단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date Artistes Solo Performances

If you want to hear more from 단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date artistes, head to *SCAPE this Saturday evening for a solid 3-hours line up. Grab yourself some snacks and drinks and hang out with your Singapore emerging talents and also indie artistes from Korea.

Date: 1 Jul 2017 (Sat)
Time: 5.00pm-8.00pm
Venue: *SCAPE Bandstand
2 Orchard Link Singapore, 237978
Free admission

5.00pm – 5.15pm Gonne Choi
5.20pm – 5.35pm BECKA
5.40pm – 5.55pm Dawn of the Day
6.00pm – 6.15pm WABLE
6.20pm – 6.35pm G-Urban
6.40pm – 6.55pm HubbaBubbas
7.00pm – 7.15pm Pureunhaneul Kwak
7.20pm – 7.35pm Jean Tan
7.40pm – 8.00pm DanzZan Artists Collaboration

4. 단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date Booth

While you are busking in the festivities of SHINE Fest, drop by 단짠 데이트 DanZZan Date booth in front of Mandarin Orchard Singapore Hotel (333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867) to browse & purchase albums of the artistes and find out more information about them. Keep a look out for announcement of Meet & Greet time slots at the booth with the artistes too.

A special shout out and thanks to National Youth Council and SHINE Fest for your support in this project. Appreciate all the hard work and literal sweat that each one of you put in. <3 <3 <3

For updates, follow songwriters.sg Facebook Page.

Life of a Guitarist – Neil Zaza

Life of a Guitarist - Neil Zaza




Do you have a stereotype about musicians and their life? We get up close with Neil Zaza to find out a little more about his journey as a guitarist, including his perspectives on some important things in life. Neil Zaza is coming to Singapore this June to do a Neil Zaza Live in Singapore show at Esplanade and a guitar workshop at SCAPE.

Here are the questions posed to Neil Zaza and some of his answers are refreshing surprises!

  1. How did you discover the guitar and decide that you want to be a guitarist?
  2. What were some of the sacrifices you made to pursue music?
  3. Was there an event in your music career when you felt it was pivotal? Why?
  4. What are some of the key factors that contribute to your success as a guitarist?
  5. What are some of your everyday disciplines and practice routines as a guitarist?
  6. Tell us about the most difficult period in your music career? How did you overcome it?
  7. What were some of the social pressures you face while pursing a career in music? How did you handle them?
  8. What does stability in life mean to you? How does your music career relate to your definition of stability?
  9. What is your advise to a young person who is aspiring to be a professional musician?

Q1: How did you discover the guitar and decide that you want to be a guitarist??
Find out what is the life changing epiphany for Neil Zaza when he not only chose guitar but HAD to play it.

Q2: What were some of the sacrifices you made to pursue music?
The commonly asked question about sacrifice is resolved for Neil Zaza by living what he love and living what he does. Find out more about his perspective on sacrifice.

Q3: Was there an event in your music career when you felt it was pivotal? Why?
The pivotal moment for Neil Zaza was not a huge stage or receiving a prestigious award but the one moment when he became addicted.

Q4: What are some of the key factors that contribute to your success as a guitarist?
Neil Zaza defines his success in its longevity, which is not an easy feat. Neil Zaza has been a professional guitarist since 1987, with almost 30 years of experience!

Q5: What are some of your everyday disciplines and practice routines as a guitarist?
A consistent and regimented practice schedule is a must for musicians but for someone who has paid his dues of over 10,000 hours quality practice in the early days, find out how Neil Zaza’s work day looks like.

Q6: Tell us about the most difficult period in your music career? How did you overcome it?
“There are good bad days and there are good bad years.” Find out how serious things get for Neil Zaza.

Q7: What were some of the social pressures you face while pursing a career in music? How did you handle them?
Be SURPRISED by the social pressures Neil Zaza faced!

Q8: What does stability in life mean to you? How does your music career relate to your definition of stability?
Neil Zaza’s definition of stability is simple but stabilising.

Q9: What is your advise to a young person who is aspiring to be a professional musician?

Besides loving what you do, Neil Zaza touches on a deeper wisdom in sustaining your pursuit of music. Find out what what Neil Zaza means when he calls himself a “lifer”.

This simple yet revealing interview with Neil Zaza has shifted some stereotypes on musicians and guitarists. Neil Zaza’s single mindedness and positivity anchor him for the many storms that have taken out many on the same road. What are some of your struggles and your perspectives with regards to the areas mentioned in the interview?

Neil Zaza 2016

"Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen

SOOS OIO is proud to kick-start 2016 with the announcement of having Neil Zaza in Singapore this June 2016. Guitar enthusiasts and Neil Zaza's music supporters have a chance to be immersed in his high energy melodious guitar solos with technical brilliance live in Singapore.

SOOS OIO is about encouraging, equipping and empowering. Through Neil Zaza, we hope to inspire guitar enthusiasts in Singapore to take a step, and many more to come in the future, to honing their skills and have fun through it. Thus, more than just enjoying Neil Zaza's music performance, a workshop is also arranged so that guitarists in Singapore get a chance to rub off some of his musical brilliance, not just technical but his passion! Neil Zaza has also kindly agreed to have a guitar contest, providing free download to the backing track and tabs to his very popular song "I'm Alright". So guitarists, time to perfect the song and show your prowess! The winners have the opportunity to record a video of them playing the guitar with Neil Zaza in Singapore. Movement Music has sweetened the prize of the top winner with a Reverend Guitar worth at least S$1200. Ticket holders of both the Neil Zaza Live in Singapore show and Neil Zaza Guitar Workshop receives a S$100 discount when they purchase a Reverend guitar from Movement Music with details below. 

Ticket sales for both the show and workshop start on 15 Jan 2016 (Fri) 12pm.

Below are the links to the events details:

Perhaps you have noticed the smile of Zaza when he is on the guitar. This smile brings much pleasure to the audience seeing him enjoying what he does. The journey to success is never a bed of roses, even a bed of roses has thorns that prick. Digging a little deeper, we want to know the sweat and tears behind Neil Zaza's smile on stage. We presented some questions to Neil Zaza about his journey before his arrival to Singapore. Hopefully his story might resonate in some of you as motivation and inspiration. The videos will be released one by one before his arrival to Singapore. Follow SOOS OIO on YouTube or any of our social media for the latest updates! 

Hashtag #neilzazasg and #soosoio when you posts comments, photos or videos on any social media about your guitar journey or Neil Zaza's coming to Singapore so that we can be your cheerleader along the way!

Use Your Ticket to Purchase Reverend Guitars from Movement Music at a Discount

  1. Please proceed to http://www.movementmusic.com.sg/#!catalog-guitar/cg70 for Reverend Guitar Catalog.
  2. Email Movement Music at enquiries@movementmusic.com.sg your ticket to Neil Zaza Live in Singapore or Neil Zaza Guitar Workshop, indicating the Reverend Guitar you are interested in. Movement Music will contact you to assist you with the purchase.
  • Please note that for all pre-ordered items the lead time will be 2 weeks (dependent on availability of stock from Reverend Guitars USA) and a 50% payment has to be made upfront. The lead time of 2 weeks will start after the 50% payment.
  • The remaining 50% is to be paid in full upon delivery of the guitar
  • For pre-orders, only Direct Bank Transfer option is available
  • Price quoted includes delivery of the guitar to the selected address