I grew up listening to music, I have lots of CDs and tapes of Backstreet Boys, Nsync, Savage Garden, Westlife. All that 90s goodness. I moved on from that to Nu-Metal phase like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park (RIP Chester), Slipknot etc.
I had a lot of phases in music, slowly progressing to where I am now. Punk rock (Blink 182, Sum 41 & etc) to Screamo/Emo/Post-Hardcore (Funeral For A Friend, Senses Fail, Alexisonfire). I’ve always loved exploring new music and genres even till today.
I learnt to play the guitar from a friend back in Primary school who taught me some basic chords as well as how to read guitar tabs. From then on, I learnt everything else online. I started playing the guitar in a few bands but have since switched to bass. If you know how to play guitar, you automatically can play bass!
Currently I play bass and whine in Forests and also play bass in Yumi. I also have my solo project called Quite Quiet and a band with my stead called Armless Dentist.
Here’s some of my recorded musical projects if you want to give it a listen.
Who or what inspired you to take up music and pursue it?
I suck at sports so it was quite natural for me. Ever since I started listening to heavier music, I became a huge fan of Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park. But I feel Blink 182 has had the biggest influence on me and their songs are suitable for beginners. It made me want to pick up the guitar, to try to play in a band and write some songs.
Are you solely focused on music or are you working a day job to support yourself?
I have a full-time job at a Japanese IT company as a part of the finance team. I do wish I could be solely focused on music though but for now, it’s just a super serious hobby!
You write your own music for your band. Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career as a musician/songwriter?
Influences can come from anywhere, even from listening to strangers’ conversation or watching a movie. I listen to a lot of bands but Blink 182 got me motivated to start playing some music when I was younger. I thought that it would be cool to play the guitar and sing! Yeah!
What’s inspiring you these days?
The sweet release of death and also lots and lots of memes and chubby cheeks.
What have been the greatest challenges/frustrations so far?
I think I have to say TIME is the greatest challenge so far. Having to fully commit to this band, because all of us have full-time job and other commitments. I always thought that a band could do things at a much faster pace if all of us didn’t have a day job, but oh well we’re making the best out of the situation.
What kept you pursuing music so fiercely, even when there were times the people around you weren’t supportive or encouraging?
It’s a cliché answer but I guess its passion and knowing that there are people (locally and overseas) that actually cares about the shit that you’re making. So it’s quite a nice feeling. I guess I’m quite #blessed because I have friends and family who are quite supportive or at least they pretend to be supportive! Who cares really? It's cool, life goes on!
What is your favourite song in your band’s album and why?
Damn this is hard (That’s what she said ha ha...) Maybe, the song Tamago because it is an eggciting song to play!
What is your process of writing songs?
There is no hard and fast rule to it, everyone is different. There are times when I will write the music first before the lyrics, and times when I have the lyrics first. Sometimes I will just pick up my guitar and start randomly playing some chords and singing some random tune. Usually, some of the best ideas come when you least expect it.
Could you please describe your idea of a perfect day?
Are you creatively satisfied?
Yeah but no but yeah but no.
As a musician, what is your definition of success?
Success is when you are playing a live show, and members of the audience are holding up the sign “(insert musician’s name) I WANT TO HAVE YOUR BABY!” yeah something like that.
That said, where do you see yourself in the next few years?