The Manfreds Live in Singapore, 24th March 2019

Manfred Mann SG

Happy 2019 to everyone here.

On 24th March 2019, I have the pleasure once again to be part of The Revival Band. This time, we will be collaborating with a local music veteran, Max Surin (Tokyo Square), and opening for The Manfreds, featuring alumni members from the legendary 1960’s UK pop group, Manfred Mann, Paul Jones, Mike d’Abo, and Tom McGuinness.

Side note: Paul Jones was part of a band called The Blues Band, of whom my family owned a couple of their LPs. Great band too. Always loved their track, “Noah Lewis Blues.”

What an honour!

See venue, time, and ticketing details above for the concert! I hope to see some familiar faces at the gig!

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Christmas Fiesta High Tea Dance 2018

Here’s a clip from the recent Christmas Fiesta High Tea Dance 2018 that I did as part of The Revival Band:

Video taken by a member of the MoCa Ukes Group (Ukelele group).

Special thanks to

The Revival Band – Martin, James, Ricky, and Peter

The Kallang Theatre Management for their warm hospiltality during rehearsals and the performance.

There is another big gig coming up with The Revival Band next year. Details to follow at an appropriate time.

Gig with Revival Band

Hello all,

Just a little announcement that I will be reuniting with the Revival Band to do a little concert performance at Kallang Theatre on 9th December 2018, 2pm to 5pm.

Also on the bill is local music veteran, Max Surin (of Tokyo Square), and the concert is hosted by another veteran of the local music scene, Jerry Fernandez of Jerry and the Neu Faces, who will also play the show.

Classic Rock n Roll music galore to be expected!

I will post a follow up with details of ticketing.

Cheers!

In Depth Review: Two Drumkits under USD 800.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbO1VW6juRw

This review by Drum Center of Portsmouth (US) is probably one of the best I have seen on YouTube comparing similarly priced drumkits of different makes.

Having owned two Tama kits in the past and currently a Ludwig, this review hit home for me.

I like the Ludwig sound better, which is why I decided to play Ludwig drums for life, but Tama is by no means a slouch in the quality and great sound departments. The Ludwigs, however, have that certain “snap” that I do not hear in other brands. The response and sensitivity is so immediate with a Ludwig kit, even at the entry level.

Both kits reviewed go for under USD 800. Swee Lee music in Singapore carries these two brands – for those looking to upgrade from their entry level kits, or even for the uninitiated looking to invest in their first acoustic drumkit, and are willing to fork out abit more cash for a kit that you will have no qualms about using for live gigs and recording.

The Gift of Drums..and Time…

Hi all,

This post will be brief.

It is because just a few minutes before I decided to author this post, I had an amazing realization that I have never ever fallen out of love with the drums despite having to juggle work, study, gigs, and some personal matters.

This is actually a time for me to do a complete overhaul assessment of myself, my personality, all of my actions, all of my words, all of my thoughts, and all of my beliefs, hence, the purpose of my going back to school to pursue a degree. It is a time of commencing the slow process of healing the few unresolved past hurts that have caused anger, sadness, and resentment. It is also a time to build a future where my potential expands and is fulfilled beyond what I originally thought I was capable of. That is…beyond music.

Despite having to take on a heavier load, I still have not stopped practising (albeit, it’s usually 30 minutes to 60 minutes these days, ALMOST daily), pushing myself as a performer, maintaining my professionalism, and listening to new music (the new Jazz stuff out there, and obscure British Jazz artists have been catching my ears lately). As a matter of fact, I was quite amazed at some of the stuff I am pulling off these days – whether it is a complex layered funk groove, a fast chop with fast single-pedal double strokes on the bass drum, or a certain Latin groove/feel for ballroom dancing.

I am also amazed at what discipline, organization of personal time, and deep focus can do for you. 24 hours is truly enough…more than enough, in fact.

I am seriously thinking of participating in some group yoga classes in December and seeing if it is really for me. If not, I will hit the road for long brisk walks and the gym for toning up. I am also progressively cutting down my carbohydrate intake in an uphill struggle to lose weight and get back to my army days shape. That dreaded mid-30’s paunch is bugging me immensely.  I recently looked at an old photo of me wearing the “No.1” ceremonial military uniform at the 2006 SAF Day parade and thought to myself, “No way, I look as good with my current shape in that uniform!” It was embarrassing, to say the least.

I look forward to providing more details of my progress (or lack thereof…) in the coming months. Hopefully I can share things like a better physique, better energy levels, a better mood..

 

 

 

 

 

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Progress so far..

Howdy!

How’s everyone doing out there in the real and the virtual and virtual-real world?

This will be a short post, but some interesting things are coming up in the second half of 2018.

By the way, I’ve been thinking about which snare drum to get next. The Rogers brand has been recently resurrected and their legendary Dynasonic snare drum has made a huge comeback at recent music trade shows in the US. The Dynasonic to my ears are as every bit as great as my first love when it comes to snare drums, the Supraphonic by Ludwig (I own a 1969/1970 model bought on eBay.) One great example of just how good the Dynasonic sounds are on Buddy Rich’s recordings in the 1960’s and 1970’s before he moved to Ludwig. Another great example is the “Get Ready” album by Rare Earth. Hear it for yourselves on Spotify or iTunes if you’re interested. General reviews of the new Dynasonics have been very positive, so it’s likely my next investment. It MAY also be the last snare drum I’ll every buy (as we always would say, hahahaha…)

As for practice, I’ve been continuing my focus from last year on traditional grip and both heel-toe and slide techniques for bass drum. Second on the list is also learning how to pull off some fills in quintuplets and septuplets ala Vinnie Colaiuta, but that’s a farther secondary priority.

I’ve relooked recently into my technique again and had to make some changes to how I move around the kit – how hands are positioned from drum to drum – to improve fluidity.

I’m also scrutinizing my timing when I improvise fills – that means I  go for a fill idea spontaneously without having worked it out before. My inspiration for this are players like Ian Paice (Deep Purple) and many great players in the Jazz/Fusion style who can effortlessly whip out fills with superb timing, feel, syncopation, fluency, and fluidity. Their psycho-motor reflex and control are on the highest level possible. One area that I found I could really hone in more is to exhale through my fills so that the time feels better.

So this is it for now. Best wishes for the rest of the year!