21 November 2018 – Singapore’s
21 November 2018 – Singapore’s first creative learning academy, Creatopia, launches a music-themed workshop for the school holidays. The workshop is focused on helping young, budding artistes find their voice and get a taste of a career in the pop music industry.
Creatopia was founded by two creative professionals, Johnny Tan and Stephanie Yip, who saw the need to counter the deeply-ingrained Singaporean culture of chasing academic success by demonstrating success through pursuit of one’s passion. Through a wide variety of workshops, Creatopia hopes to expose youths to various creative fields such as film-making, animation, dance, fashion, illustration, music, photography and many more.
This will be Creatopia’s fourth workshop since its inception in September 2018. The upcoming workshop will be held on 8 December 2018 and is designed to bring out the pop artiste in the participants. Under the guidance of award-winning Composer and Producer, Lindsay Jehan, and emerging artiste Dru Chen, the workshop aims to shed light on how pop hits are made.
The workshop, conducted in a renowned music studio, aims to give participating children a basic understanding of the different types of musical genres, the process of composition and recording, and will end off with a hands-on session to create a simple track to bring home for endless replays during future car rides and shared through one’s social media channels.
“What do Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift have in common? They were all discovered well before they were in their twenties with Justin and Shawn gaining massive popularity on YouTube before getting signed on. You would already know by now if your kid has got a potential to be a musician so why not give them a headstart and give them the gift of originality by discovering their strength?” asked music composer, Lindsay Jehan.
Whilst the passion in the creative field may not always end up in a main career choice for these kids, the two founders behind Creatopia believe that there are important life skills to be learned from their exposure and interaction with creative professionals. Critical problem-solving skills, creative thinking, presentation skills, brainstorming techniques and working in a team are just some of the skills that can be learnt and put to good use in everyday situations.
Details on the upcoming course
Date: 8 December 2018, Saturday
Time: 2 – 3.30pm
Location: Songzu Music Studio, 140 Neil Road
Participants: 9 – 12 years old, no prior musical knowledge required
About the trainers for this workshop
LINDSAY JEHAN- Partner, Creative Director & Composer, Songzu Singapore
An extremely accomplished bass player, producer and composer, Lindsay has worked all over the world, including a decade in London and the US for top music houses Human, Amber Music and Baron and Baron.
His work has featured on Cannes, D&AD, AICP and One Show award winners and includes a Ridley Scott directed Barclays Bank TVC, Baileys, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Mastercard Adidas, Audi, Mercedes, Lexus, Miller, Nike and Pepsi to name a few. He has also judged Clio Awards AICP and CCA’s.
Lindsay re-mixed Gershon Kingsley’s Popcorn for the Beastie Boys, I Feel Love for the Blue Man Group and the Kodo Drummers & X Files movie remix for Larry Mullen Jnr and Adam Clayton. His co-writing credits include work with David Gamson ( Scritti Politti, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chaka Khan), Eric Sanicola (Pink, Jennifer Lopez) and David Baron (Lenny Kravitz, Meaghan Trainor).
DRU CHEN, Singer-songwriter
If you were to base first impressions on his charm and well-kept looks, you might expect Dru Chen to peddle the K-Pop sounds of Seoul. Conversely, from hearing the first few notes that leap from his throat, you’ll discover the spirited magnetism of a Memphis soul performer from the ’60s. An indie-funk fusion that takes the listener on a top-down drive through feel-good effervescence, bluesy toe-tappers, and quiet contemplation, Dru’s music is a marriage of two worlds: the brand of indie/folk pop championed by singer-songwriters, and the deep roots of funk and soul that stem from rhythm and blues.
Diving into music from an young age, Dru’s keen interest in mastering musicality saw him commanding a wide array of instruments at an accelerated pace. Commandeering songwriting duties in bands throughout his teenage years, Dru’s career as a leader picked up speed in Brisbane, Australia at the nascent age of 17, when after joining a 12-piece casino band as its guitarist, he was soon tasked with steering the ship as the band’s musical director.
Besides making music, Dru also spent his time teaching master classes for the National Youth Council and Ministry of Education.
His latest work titled “When I Look Into Your Eyes” will kick start the album pre-order on iTunes for Mirror Work, due March 8, 2019.
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