Music Matters Live

Post-BIGSOUND showcase event Music Matters Live officially returning to Singapore next month

August 14, 2019

The 14th annual Music Matters Live festival – which accompanies the All That Matters conference – is set to return to Singapore for the ninth time next month, and event organisers have revealed the first drips of information about the event – including its dates, location and the first five acts confirmed to perform at […]

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Meet the Aussie & NZ artists heading to play Music Matters Live in Singapore

August 13, 2018

The Singapore music festival Music Matters Live will be returning for its 13th year next month, returning to the city’s iconic Clarke Quay (among other venues), featuring more than 30 acts from 13 countries over 5 days – kicking off just as the Brisbane conference and festival BIGSOUND comes to an end. Taking place alongside […]

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Call out for Australian bands as Music Matters Live confirms Singapore return this September

April 13, 2018

Asia’s biggest music, sports, gaming and entertainment industry conference –All That Matters – and its live component Music Matters Live – is back again this year in September, and it’s sending out a callout for bands to register for this massive event. And of course this includes Australian artists. The 3-day, 4-night conference will be back […]

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Interview: Vocal surgery hasn’t stopped Melbourne’s NUSSY from charging ahead with ambition

September 28, 2017

As we sit perched atop beanbags inside Singapore’s CHIJMES venue, Melbourne electro-pop artist NUSSY is basking in the sunshine. While her presence in Singapore largely revolved around appearances at Music Matters Live – performing both solo and as part of Swim Season – Nussy was also part of a contingent of Australian songwriters taking part in APRA’s SongHubs […]

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Interview: Dru Chen has his sights firmly set on creating albums to last

September 27, 2017

Dru Chen has solidified for himself a career that has enjoyed successes both in Australia and Singapore, where he has been basing himself for the last two years. Born in Melbourne, but raised in the Lion City, Chen has been making music since his teen years. Fusing pop, soul and indie in together, Chen’s work has […]

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Interview: Kiana Valenciano’s new partnership with Tarsier Records is set to bring Filipino music further into the mainstream

September 22, 2017

Filipino songwriter and pop artist Kiana Valenciano presents herself confidently on record. She’s been performing and releasing music for some time now and has been successfully building a profile for herself in her homeland of the Philippines, with a social media following exceeding 200,000. Sitting across from me in Singapore last week, though, Valenciano is polite and […]

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Interview: Pop artist Theia is on the precipice of huge success beyond her native New Zealand

September 20, 2017

On a sweaty final day of Music Matters Live in Singapore, I take refuge from the tropical heat at Apple Music hub, CHIJMES. Inside the El Mero Mero restaurant, breakthrough popstar Theia is finishing an interview. Her team sits with me until she is ready, eventually being brought through to our little corner of the venue. For […]

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Tour Diary: Melbourne’s Swim Season take us to Singapore for their debut international shows

September 19, 2017

Their first time overseas performing together, Melbourne indie group Swim Season set their sights on Singapore’s Music Matters Live a few weeks ago. Taking their upbeat music out to Singapore, Swim Season became one of the most talked about Australian acts of the live music showcase series. The band presents this special little tour video for us, […]

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Festival Photos: Music Matters Live (Monday & Tuesday) – CHIJMES, Singapore

September 15, 2017

Nights Three and Four of Music Matters Live saw CHIJMES light up with Australian artists taking to the stage as part of Sounds Australia’s Aussie BBQ, while artists from India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore took over on the Tuesday night! Highlights included performances from Melbourne’s NUSSY and Swim Season, as well as indie rock group Yesterdrive and the impressive SonaOne from […]

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Interview: Tom Jay Williams sets his sights on the global pop market as a new year of music approaches

September 13, 2017

Poolside at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia in Singapore, pop artist Tom Jay Williams is showing me a photo of a smashed iPhone screen, courtesy of Port Power’s heartbreaking loss to the West Coast Eagles on Saturday night. You can take the boy out of Adelaide, it seems, but you can’t take the Adelaide out of the boy. […]

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The future of music comes under the spotlight at All That Matters; Swim Season reigns in Singapore

September 12, 2017

Tuesday night in Singapore brought with it more education and musical discovery as Music Matters Live and All That Matters continued to engage in high gear performance and conferencing sessions. Up at the Ritz-Carlton, we learned from T.Jay Fowler from YouTube (Director, Product Management) at the ‘Future of Music’ keynote session about how the relationship between music and technology […]

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Festival Photos: Music Matters Live (Saturday & Sunday) – Chijmes & Barbershop by Timbre, Singapore

September 12, 2017

The 2017 Music Matters Live event has seen large numbers of music fans, delegates and artists take over Singaporean venues since Saturday, bringing some great new music discovery with it. The weekend may have seen hectic rains threaten the vibe of some of these shows, but there was no rest for these showcase artists as they […]

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The Aussies shine bright in Singapore for Music Matters’ third night at CHIJMES

September 12, 2017

It was Aussie BBQ time at Music Matters Live overnight, with Sounds Australia putting on yet another showcase for the international delegates – a menu of Australian artists ready to be sampled, if you will. Introduced by Associate Producer Esti Zilber, the Aussie BBQ was opened by Melbourne vocalist NUSSY who declared she was going to play ‘some […]

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Music Matters Live refuse to let rain dampen their vibe on Sunday night; Kiana Valenciano shines as highlight

September 11, 2017

The outdoor stage at CHIJMES had to face rain – a lot of it – yesterday, as Music Matters Live entered its second day on Sunday. Surprisingly, and encouragingly, people still turned up during the evening to see the bands play and while the crowd would have been undoubtedly larger had the weather been better, the […]

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First wave of showcase artists for Singapore’s Music Matters LIVE announced

August 28, 2017

Returning for its 12th year this September, Singaporean independent music festival, Music Matters Live, is set to unleash some amazing artists on a select number of venues throughout the city. As the premier event of its kind in Asia, the festival is set to draw huge crowds in from all around the world as this thumping music […]

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The countdown to All That Matters in Singapore is on – grab your ticket while they’re still on sale!

July 20, 2016

For those of you tossing up whether or not Singapore’s All That Matters festival is something you want to be adding to your calendar, then yes, yes it is. Asia’s biggest entertainment event returns this September, bringing members of the global music, sports and digital industries together for invaluable networking opportunities, showcases and a conference program […]

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