Advice from the stars
“Self-entitlement will be your downfall.” This unvarnished advice is what homegrown Mandopop star Tay Kewei, who worked her way up from a back-up vocalist at concerts for JJ Lin and A-Mei, has to offer aspiring musicians.
Tay is one of eight mentors in the latest edition of the Noise Music Mentorship programme. The six-month programme offers youth interested in growing Singapore’s music scene the opportunity to network with music industry professionals, as well as to be mentored in music-making.
The programme is part of Noise Singapore, an initiative of the National Arts Council, which offers various opportunities for young people to develop and showcase their creations.
The mentors come from diverse music backgrounds, ranging from hip-hop to pop and traditional music. Other mentors in this edition of the programme, which runs until March, include DJ KoFlow and musician Sai Akilesh.
We asked the three Noise Music Mentors on the best advice they have ever received, or advice they would give other aspiring musicians. Read on to learn what they have to say.
DJ KoFlow (Wayne Liu)
The best advice he has received: Don’t worry about not receiving recognition for what you are trying to do. Do it long enough and people will know who you are, and what you are trying to do.
Percussionist Sai Akilesh, who plays the mridangam, a traditional percussion instrument from India
The best advice he has received: To learn more as a musician, one must have an open mind and listen to every single piece of music that one can find, because there will always be something to learn and adopt.
Singer-songwriter Tay Kewei
Her advice to young musicians: Self-entitlement will be your downfall. Hard work does not equate to success; it takes many different factors for music to become a successful business. Try to do it all by yourself – the songwriting, recording, distribution, promotion, but at some point, seek experts to guide your journey.
More information on the Noise Music Mentorship here.