Why I perform…Gig #84 and #85

My first performance ever was probably during my college days. When I got a few friends together to play as a band in the Taylor’s Battle of the Bands competition. We didn’t even make it through the first stage, but we had tons of fun. And it was then I discovered my passion for performing.

We did manage to secure a couple of gigs after the band competition experience, playing for a couple of schools and one college event. But man, getting on stage, rocking out, yelling till I had no voice – those were great times. But the best part was hearing the yells and applause from the audience. I don’t know what it is about being applauded which makes it feel great, but it does and I loved every bit of it.
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GIG #81: 10:45 Amsterdam Conversations

Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t played a show since May. I guess my plans to play 25 shows in 2013 can go out the window :’) it was ambitious, but due to me lacking the motivation past the first few months of the year, and the amount of things I have to do in my free time it just wasn’t possible (or I wasn’t dedicated enough). My plans to record the EP also didn’t pan out. The Wishing hasn’t played a gig in months either. It’s like nothing musical has been working out for me. Oh well. Regardless, it’s time to put an end to this dry spell. Last week, I received a message from Reza inviting me to play for this show. Needless to say, I accepted. So, if you’ve got no plans this Tuesday, do drop by to say hi and watch me perform!

Show info:
Tuesday, 10th December 2013
8:00pm
The Bee, Jaya One
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I hope to see you guys there!

The Wishing: Gig #01

OMG. The day is finally here. This Sunday will mark the debut of The Wishing performing together as a full band for the first time.

I don’t really have much else to say except that we’re really excited and nervous at the same time. It’ll be my first time performing with a full band in a long time. The last time I played in a band was before 2storeyheart, when dreamingtosleep was still around. 2003? I don’t remember. But it was a long ass time ago.

Anyway, I would love it if all you guys came for the show. It’s always great to see familiar faces when you’re doing something new, and The Wishing as a full band is definitely something new.

The Artistic Series Presents: Sunday Night @Artista
Sunday: 9:00pm
Artista Bar & Restaurant
Lot G-13,Tropicana City Mall Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 47400

Lineup:
Point 0 Nine
HWC
Searching Pluto
Eve
The Wishing
The Experibels

Hope to see you guys there! <3

Songs on Repeat

Yes, as if blogging on Ubergizmo.com wasn’t enough, I’m also writing for a new blog with Seng Yip, Ferhan and Jason. It’s called Songs on Repeat, and it will be a blog that’s focused on music (who would’ve thought?). And no, I won’t be writing 30/day there, but you can expect something from me at least once a week. In fact, I’ve just written my first post for the blog today and you can check it out here.

Add us to your favorites, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! We’ve only just started but hopefully it turns out to be something great. And yes, this blog will still be around for me to write stuff about my own life.

In other news, The Wishing had a great jam session today, and we’re feeling good enough to play our first show. We’ve got loads of stuff to share and we can’t wait to play to you guys live for the first time. Stay tuned!

Gig #69

69. Such an interesting number. Why? I’m not going to elaborate.

All I gotta say is, gig number 69. After about 3 years of playing live shows, I’m one gig away from #70. Yay. If you remember, my first open mic gig was back in May 2008 in Marketplace. Well, it’s been 3 years and one EP, and I don’t think I want to stop anytime soon. No sir. I want to write, play, sing and record even more than I did before.

But I think I might take a break from 2storeyheart and focus on the band I’m in at the moment – The Wishing. My guitar playing is not up to standard, I can’t keep time to save my life, so I’ll need to spend a lot more time practicing it. I’ll probably still write 2storeyheart material in my own time and do home recordings, but it won’t be my main focus anymore.

Well this Thursday will probably be the biggest of all the gigs I’ve played so far. Thanks to Darren of An Honest Mistake, I’ll be one of the performers for this week’s Thursday night at Laundry Bar, the Curve. Do come and watch! I don’t think I’ll be playing at such a huge location again anytime soon, and entry is free. Drinks aren’t free though, but hey, you came for the music right? ๐Ÿ˜›

Hope to see you guys there. Drop a request in the comments/Facebook/Twitter if there’s a song you want to hear. Haha. I haven’t figured out a setlist yet, so any suggestions are welcome.

RAWR!!! The Gig Goes To LAUNDRY!!!

Thursday, May 12 ยท 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Location: Laundry Bar

RAWR!!! The Gig is back with a super duper line up at the ever so popular Laundry Bar at The Curve. Organized by local easycore sextet An Honest Mistake’s frontman, Darren Teh, this show is something that you must not miss!

Featuring:

2storeyheart
Azureforjanne
Red Ruby Avengers
Psytrus
Koujee

Ranging from acoustic to post-hardcore, you just have to be at this awesome mix of bands. They are top quality. Enough said. Be there!

It’s that time of the year again.

As I sit here in front of my computer, fresh out of the shower, clean shaven, smelling like Team Force, and I’ve just finished packing my bag. I realize it’s that time of the year again. The end of the year. Where you sit down, spend some time reflecting on the past year and think about what you’re going to do for the next one. The last time I did this was approximately 6 months ago. Where I said it was time for a new season in my life. And looks like I did.

First off I’d like to apologize for the lack of blog posts. When your current job requires you to write 30 blog posts a day, I’m sure you can understand what I mean when I tell you after I’m done with my daily quota, the last thing I wanna do is sit down in front of the computer and write another post. Especially when you finish at 10am in the morning. Yeah, I know, my work starts at 5pm and is supposed to end at 2am, but I’ve been struggling to hit the quota on time so I have spend a lot of time catching up. It’s been affecting me, but I’ve been dealing with it and I’m doing my best to improve. The day where I end on the dot will come soon. Next step would be finishing before 8 hours. But let’s take it a step at a time, baby steps.

Other than my job, and the fact that I resumed playing WoW (yes, goddamn it is fun), and I still gig occasionally. Throughout the whole year, I’ve managed to play a show at least once a month, sometimes even two or three! This month alone I’ve got two- one just passed last week, and I got one more on the 26th, which I will announce next week. I’ve got the band together, and we’re working on our third song. Being in a band is great, I love it. I love you guys. Jason, Andrew, Syefri, and yes you too Alvin. I know we haven’t done much, but I have a good feeling about The Wishing, let’s make it happen ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh I’ve been too busy with my job to catch up on my movie reviews, and since all the movies are already out, I’ll just give quick summaries of the movies I’ve seen lately:
Skyline – 6/10 – Not terrible, but not very good either. Feels like it could lead up to a video game at the end.
The Social Network – 7/10 – I kinda expected more after all the hype it got and it was a David Fincher movie (Fight Club, Se7en, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), but at the same time I didn’t know what to expect since I know nothing about Mark Zuckerberg’s life. Nevertheless it is entertaining, and you discover how Facebook was invented
Due Date – 9/10 – Seriously, if this movie doesn’t tickle your funny bone, you’re either paralyzed and unable to laugh or you’re dead/in a coma. This movie is fucking side-splitting. I guarantee it. One of the best movies I’ve seen all year.
Rapunzel – 9/10 – I don’t know about you guys, but I think Disney hit the nail on the head with this one. It looks like they haven’t lost their magic, and to me, they’ve managed to recreate the classic 2D animation in 3D. The story, the gags, the characters, oh the characters– Rapunzel is a goddess. I fell in love with her the moment she appeared on screen (not as a baby, haha gotcha) and the way she acted– alright I’ll stop here, go watch it for yourself. Again, one of the best movies I’ve seen all year.
Narnia – 5/10 – Meh. Better than the first one in my opinion, I didn’t watch the second one.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World – 6/10 – I didn’t catch this in the cinema (they didn’t show it here) but boy I was let down. After hearing a couple of my friends rave about how much better it was than Inception, I finally sat down to give it a shot. Nope. Nowhere close. I’m a fan of cartoony live-action movies, but Scott Pilgrim was just cheese to the max. Knives is cute as hell though. I think she’s gonna grow up beautifully.

And there must have been one more movie that I missed, but I’ll put it down when I remember. Oh and I still haven’t seen Harry Potter. I should catch it before they take it off the big screens. And my favorite movie this year: Inception – hands down. No other movie even comes close to touching it. Best movie in the world. Ever. I shall quote Ferhan on this, “Inception is better than real life.” Runner ups: Due Date, Rapunzel, The Other Guys.

In terms of music, album of the year so far: Kids In Glass Houses – Dirt. Every song is fantastic, this album is amazing. I can listen to it from start to finish nonstop, throughout the whole day. KIGH really outdone themselves with their latest release. I wonder how they’re gonna release a follow up to such a masterpiece. Worst news of the year – My Favorite Highway breaking up. They’re playing their final show this month, and it’s really sad to see them go. I wish I could’ve seen them live. Ah well, at least I still have their music to listen to. The beauty of recordings. And Four Year Strong are coming down to Singapore next year, hopefully it’s confirmed and there are no last minute cancellations. I’ll be there for sure.

What else has been happening in my life? Oh yeah, her. I had a girlfriend for a month, but things didn’t work out (Iwasn’ttherightguyforher) so we ended things before they got ugly. It was a great experience, we still talk, I still think she’s amazing, but it shall stop at there because I have a feeling that we’re gonna be the best of friends. I don’t know why, but I can just feel it. Thanks for the 6-month long rollercoaster ride that ended in a wave pool. It was one hell of a theme park, let’s not go there again. But it was all worth it. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself being the topic of future songs, I only write what I feel, and it’s bound to pop up somewhere, sometime. Thanks for everything, Jasmine. Here’s to the foundation of a great friendship.

I’m sitting in front of the computer, still clean shaven and smelling like Team Force, waiting for Hijjas to pick me up. My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. Mothers in Singapore, it’s time to hide your daughters.