Music Matters

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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Music Matters Interview: Eyre Llew (UK) on being “DIY”, playing South Korea and more

September 26, 2018

Ambient rockers Eyre Llew from Nottingham kicked off their Asian tour at Music Matters 2018 in Singapore. Enjoying their first time in Singapore, Eyre Llew appreciate that “Music Matters is drawing people from all over the world, you meet people from all different cultures and nationalities.” Having previously performed in South Korea, the UK band states […]

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Music Matters Interview: Why NZ duo Chores reckon Melbourne is better than Auckland

September 26, 2018

New Zealand producers Chores had a chat with the AU review during their recent stop in Singapore for Music Matters 2018. Although originally from Auckland, the boys are making the move to Melbourne, describing it as “the best city in the world.” Discussing Melbourne’s “thriving scene,” Chores acknowledge that “there’s just so much going on […]

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Music Matters Interview: Darling Brando (Sydney) talk about their debut in Singapore, songwriting and future plans

September 24, 2018

Band Darling Brando from Sydney, Australia have recently made their debut in Singapore. Band members Alex, Vlado, Dylan and Tom sat down with the AU review and shared with us their thoughts on performing live for the first time, writing songs together, the band’s plans for the future, and… coffee. Lots of coffee. The boys […]

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Music Matters Interview: Veronica Fusaro (Switzerland) talks upcoming releases and songwriting

September 20, 2018

Up and coming Swiss singer-songwriter Veronica Fusaro showcased her soulful, passionate pop at this years Music Matters in Singapore and sat down with Larry to discuss all things music! Fusaro has now released two EPs and has become a pro at touring since the release of her most recent EP ICE COLD. Shocked at the […]

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Music Matters Interview: Your Girl Pho (WA) talks about the flourishing Perth music scence

September 20, 2018

Neo-Soul artist from Western Australia Your Girl Pho is strikingly unconventional in her music, and her fabulous baby pink outfit – Juicy with a strong kick of spice, just like a good Pho. Originally a solo project (just Phoebe Gunson and her laptop), drums and saxophone have now been added, changing the entire set. Having […]

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Music Matters Interview: Ben Catley (Perth) talks UK tour and his new EP Hectic Heart

September 19, 2018

Fresh off the back of a UK tour, Ben Catley found himself in Singapore for Music Matters 2018. Hailing from England but living in Perth for the last seven years, Ben is quickly becoming renowned for his high-energy, feel good style. In the midst of his tour of the UK, he released his latest single […]

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Music Matters Interview: ShiGGa Shay (Singapore) talks the Lion City’s evolving Hip Hop community

September 19, 2018

Singapore based artist ShiGGa Shay is not only a rapper but is also a music producer and film maker. Showcasing his talents at this years Music Matters, ShiGGa Shay is a man of many creative pursuits, something which he states is not a necessity for a modern artist, “but it definitely helps.” On the topic […]

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Music Matters Interview: Almond Soy (WA) talk the Perth music scene and the direction of their sound

September 18, 2018

From humbling beginnings in Brandon’s bedroom in Perth to playing the main-stage marquee at Music Matters 2018 in Singapore, Almond Soy have come a long way in just two short years. Following the release of their debut EP Social Misfit early this year, Almond Soy have been busy making a name for themselves touring Australia with […]

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Music Matters Interview: Jaguar Jonze (Brisbane) talks about their BIGSOUND live debut while in Singapore

September 18, 2018

While we were in Singapore last week, we sat down with up-and-coming Brisbane artist Jaguar Jonze, who was fresh in the city from BIGSOUND with her three piece band to play the annual Music Matters Live festival. The shows were amongst the first the group had ever played together, with their BIGSOUND set the prior […]

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Everything you need to know about Music Matters in Singapore: complete line-up, schedule and venues revealed!

September 6, 2018

Strap yourselves in because Music Matters is about to take you on the ride of your life. With 35 astounding live acts from 18 countries taking over the stages from the 7-12 of September, be prepared to discover the sounds of tomorrow. Appearing at over 80 venues right across Singapore and with the final announcement […]

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Singapore’s post-BIGSOUND conference All That Matters announces its 2018 program: Here are the highlights

August 10, 2018

Kicking off just as Brisbane’s BIGSOUND ends, Singapore’s All That Matters conference is Asia’s biggest entertainment conference. This year, the event is bringing some of the biggest guests from different entertainment industries back to Singapore’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Notable this year are the amount of new names the event will be hosting. In fact, this year’s […]

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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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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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FFION, Swim Season, Yesterdrive & more kick off Music Matters Live in Singapore

September 10, 2017

Music Matters Live saw out its first night for 2017 here in Singapore on Saturday, with the showcase series taking place between the newly established lawn stage at CHIJMES and the riverside bar venue of Barber Shop by Timbre. The lawn stage at CHIJMES drew out the numbers as the sun fell, with Singapore’s own Falling […]

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Applications now open for bands wanting to showcase at Singapore’s Music Matters

April 4, 2017

Applications are now open for Music Matters 2017 in Singapore. Following on from another hugely successful event held last year, the event is back for its 12th year, with artists from the world over being provided a global platform to perform and also network in the Asia region. Music Matters is held during the week of […]

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Fletcher Ehlers takes us through Slumberjack’s Asian tour for Music Matters & the Ultra Music Festival

October 20, 2016

For Perth electronic duo Slumberjack, September saw some pretty hectic and invaluable experiences come their way, with their first trip out into the South East Asian market bringing them to Music Matters and the Ultra Music Festival. Having become a larger name in the States through this year especially, for Fletcher and Morgan, 2016 has been a year of levelling up and […]

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Rag N’ Bone (Perth) discuss organising their debut tour of Asia at Music Matters 2016!

October 18, 2016

Perth four piece Rag N’ Bone sat down with Larry while in Singapore for Music Matters last month to chat about their experiences in the area, as well as their plans for touring elsewhere in Asia. From their stop in Singapore, the band would be going on to play in Shanghai, a concept they decided to explore once […]

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Travel Diary: Perth rock group Rag n Bone take us to Singapore for Music Matters

October 14, 2016

Up-and-coming Perth group Rag n’ Bone – who this week were nominated for both West Australian Music Awards and the National Live Music Awards – recently embarked on a tour that took them to Singapore for the annual conference and festival Music Matters, before heading to China for the Concrete and Grass Festival and a […]

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Sydnee Carter on new music and performing in Singapore for the first time at Music Matters!

October 11, 2016

While out in Singapore for Music Matters in September, Larry sat down with Perth musician and songwriter Sydnee Carter. It’s been a big year for the songstress, who has been working on her new EP and locking down as many shows as possible, with this recent stop in Singapore being one of the clear highlights. “I’m looking […]

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Maefire on new single “Crawling”, playing Singapore for Music Matters & more!

October 6, 2016

Melbourne group Maefire have had a hectic 2016 littered with new music releases and impressive shows to boot. While in Singapore for Music Matters last month, the boys sat down with Larry to chat about their experience, new single “Crawling” and more. Beginning the year with the release of popular single “Without You”, Maefire have been […]

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Jarred & Sam of Bad Pony (Sydney) on touring new music & what’s coming up next!

October 4, 2016

While at Music Matters in Singapore, we had the opportunity to meet some incredible Australian musicians and get to know them a bit better, as they made some invaluable connections and impressions on a market that is in itself, very large and diverse. One of those bands was Bad Pony, a Sydney five-piece who are going to […]

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