Director/Producer: Lenne Chai Director of Photography: Khairulhakim Mohamad Bashir Set Design: Tina Fung Set Construction: Imaginator Studios Alien Designer: Lim Qi Xuan Illustrator & Graphic Designer: whitehorsegrey Motion Graphics Designer: Reza Hasni Styling: Kelly Koo Conceptualised by: Lenne Chai & Martin Hong
Supported by the Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise Partner Sponsor: Canon Studio Sponsor: Infinite Studios Equipment Support: Cinegear Food Partner: The Travelling Cow Coffee Partner: Cafebond Wardrobe: Common Suits, Deboneire, KTZ, Superspace, Y-3
Assistant Director: Cherie Tan Production Manager: Sarah Sim Gaffer: Kel Tay 1st Grip: Muhammad Hafiz 2nd Grip: Richmond Soh 1st Camera Assistant: Calvin Phua 2nd Camera Assistant: Cedric Lee, Rachel Liew Art Dept: Debbie Ng, Pixie Tan Production Runners: Erika Kesuma, Estelle Teh, Juhardi Mohamed, Kathy Chu, Serene Tan, Vanessar Yap, Foo Zhan Hao Production Backdrop: Craig Dread Wrangler, Playback: Rei Lim Hair & Makeup: Marie Soh & Christian Maranion (27a.co) Cast: Adin Kindermann, Desiree Boey, Iwani Mawocha, Joie Tan, Kelly Koo, Samantha Rui, Stephanie Lim BTS Photographers: Henzy David, Lee Chang Ming BTS Videographer: Adin Kindermann, using the Canon EOS M3
All copies of the TIME/SPACE vinyl are currently sold out, thanks everyone! All tickets for the show on the 16th have also been accounted for. We're working on getting more stock back at stores ASAP 💪🏼 ... See MoreSee Less
Charlie Lim - Bitter (Official Music Video) The official video for Bitter was a collaboration with the incredibly talented/my dear friend Anita Lester. I'd always wanted this song to be paired with a simple narrative like a children’s storybook yet with a gothic Tim Burton-esque aesthetic. Anita's illustrations were perfect for this video – which shows life as both kind and tragic, beautiful and cruel, comical yet dark at the same time. We hope you'll like it <3
Happy (and a little nervous) to announce that I've signed with Universal Music Singapore 🌎 Thanks to everyone for all your love and support over the years. New music is slated for release mid 2017 #nopressure ... See MoreSee Less
Jocelle KohYuan Zhicong-He is Charlie
Last Sunday, I was at The Hangout bar watching Singaporean musical genius Charlie Lim and band The Mothership’s performance. It’s been a while since I came to recognize this name; previously having missed both of his last performances in Hong Kong, but this time was the first time he headlined under the ‘Charlie Lim & The Mothership’ moniker as a seven-piece band, causing me to hold much anticipation , with the fulfilling sensation of ‘I’m finally watching him live’.
Charlie Lim is not just another talented singer-songwriter, he is also a strong musician. I had long heard of how Charlie Lim & The Mothership were great live performances; after appreciating their performance, it became clear that their reputation is well-deserved.
Joining Charlie Lim & The Mothership were Asian modern Jazz band The Beat Brothers (composed of Hong Kong guitarist Teriver Cheung, Taiwanese drummer Huang Tzi-Yu and Singaporean Electric Organist Kerong Chok), the performance was hosted under the Jazz World Live Series, a welcome sign of their interest in Asian young musicians. And Charlie is certainly one Asian musician with superstar potential.
While watching Charlie Lim & The Mothership performing, I had a friend accompanying me who told me “Why doesn’t Hong Kong have this kind of artist?”. At that moment from the corner of my eye I saw Charlie Lim’s brother-in-music Khalil Fong standing not far from where we were.
Charlie Lim & The Mothership
Charlie Lim is a singer-songwriter, has a beautiful yet bitter set of vocals, pens many beautiful melodies, and is also a multi-instrumentalist who can produce his own works. There is no doubt that he is full of talent. Last year he self-published a double EP album “Time/Space”-taking the two EPs and piecing them together into a CD to be released; creating a concept album that reflected the two sides to his music. “Time” is in his more conventional singer-songwriter style, while “Space” is a combination of tracks produced in the modern electronica genre. In other words, the entire album encompasses ragtime piano, vintage Jazz & Blues, alternative folk, folk rock, even electronic neo-soul and PBR&B genres. There are even several works which suddenly chime in with empty, echoing rock arrangements.
In the past Charlie has previously performed on the Time Out Stage at Clockenflap 2012, and in May last year was the special guest for Teriver Cheung Trio and Backstage Live, and performed solo in each. But this time, he’s brought his band The Mothership.
His band The Mothership is dubbed the ‘superband’, because they are a group of elite muscians. Charlie Lim & The Mothership’s live performances are superb; they are the ones who are able to bring to life Charlie’s songs. The band is even more able in the Jazz genre, previously having taken part in Korea’s Jarasum International Jazz Festival. Therefore, perhaps this is an old concept of music, but it cannot be denied that regardless of pop, rock, independent or house music, those who can play with a sense of true Jazz are to be respected, adding points to their performance.
And that night after Charlie asked if there were any Radiohead fans in the audience, he proceeded to play the English god-band’s single “All I Need” from their 2007 album “in Rainbows”. Playing Radiohead’s works, he did not choose a popular song like “Creep” (recently because of Radiohead’s concert in France, they played this song which hadn’t been played for years, causing much debate over the band), and instead re-arranged one of Radiohead’s works not chosen as a single. This not only reflects Charlie’s unique taste, but the song itself was also played brilliantly, causing me to see him in a new light.
“Why are these kinds of singers present overseas, but not in Hong Kong?”
“Why are these kinds of singers present overseas, but not in Hong Kong?” is a current predicament of the industry. From all the music I’ve heard (in my approximately 30 years), it has all become heard-before, lacklustre. But the question is whether Hong Kong today could possibly have singer-songwriter-musician-producers like Charlie Lim?
I have inadvertedly taken examples of musicians from different places and cities to provoke discussion; and also unconsciously taken Hong Kong and Singapore to be compared. Looking at Charlie Lim & The Mothership’s live performance, this instead leads me to think back to the days of Jun Kung. Kung has already become history from 15 years ago, but is someone who you must hear his own compositions and watch his live band performances to really be amazed; he is one of those artist who has a strong musical aura around him.
But the superbly musically skilled Ah Jun who came to Hong Kong’s music industry to develop reached a bottleneck soon enough; even after many years he is still one of those musicians who silently cultivates their talents. But today speaking of Jun Kung, the outer world has only given him the nickname of ‘Sandy Lam’s boyfriend’. And when summarising Khalil Fong, everyone is in agreement of his musical talent, but to be honest, his music still lies within his comfort zone.
Without doubt, today’s industry has many singer-songwriters; they can sing, write and play, but yet are unable to produce, and direct a band of excellent live musicians. What stands out here is the lack of a kind of strong musical aura that has unmatched appeal live.
Charlie Lim - I Only Tell the Truth (Official Music Video) Happy to announce that our music video for I Only Tell the Truth has won Best Music Video at the Winter Film Awards in New York, was a finalist for the Silver Sound Showdown in Brooklyn, and made the official selection for the ReelHeart Film Festival in Toronto!
Had a nice chat about my lyric writing process, poking fun at being a singer-songwriter, working with Khalil Fong, TIME/SPACE's album design, and the story behind my music video for I Only Tell the Truth. ... See MoreSee Less
Just in case anyone didn't catch on: there's no EDM album, no ethnic instruments were abused, no melancholic feels were abandoned, and I'm always grateful when people actually relate to the work I put out. If anything, that's what keeps me going...all I ever want to do is make music that speaks to the soul 🤗
It's always a little bittersweet leaving it all behind, but surprise! I've got a new album coming out really soon. Thanks to the good folks at Bandwagon for the exclusive interview. ... See MoreSee Less
The video is a collaboration with the incredibly talented/my dear friend Anita Lester. I've been living with this song for some time now, so it's nice to have found a home for it in a visual sense.
I wanted a simple but strong narrative, as if you were reading a children’s storybook. Anita's illustrations were perfect for this video – which shows life as both kind and tragic, beautiful and cruel, comical yet dark at the same time. We hope you'll like it <3
Check out this in-depth interview by Bandwagon with Troy Chin, one of my personal heroes who just released Part 7 of his ongoing The Resident Tourist series. Did you know he was a high-flying label executive at Sony BMG in New York before he quit after 10 years to come back and become a comic book artist? ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to Popspoken for the #1 spot for best release of 2015! Even more honoured to be amongst such a great list of musicians; this year has truly been amazing for local music. Onward and upward to 2016 💪 ... See MoreSee Less
Ting Ting SarahHi Charlie Lim, I love this article! You are more than just a music inspiration, a life inspiration to me with your deep thoughts and wisdom. There is always so much thought and effort in your projects. Every project is not only about yourself, but you always remember to include your friends and other local acts cos of your bigger picture goal of enriching the local music scene. 🙂
Such a blessing when you can call one of your own heroes a friend...I got to interview the ever-insightful Kimbra here for Bandwagon's new Artist on Artist series. We talk about the craft of songwriting and production, aligning what we do with a higher purpose or calling, as well as her recent mission work in Ethiopia. Check it out! ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to everyone who came down for the launch party! Hope you guys had as much fun as we did. Shoutout to Inch, Dru Chen, Jaime Wong and JAWN for jumping on stage. Not long now before the video goes live...
Happy to announce that my first official music video is dropping soon ✈️
We'll be holding its exclusive premiere next Saturday evening at the The Singapore Jazz Club. It's been a while since I'd done a proper solo show, so I thought it would be nice to do an intimate concert alongside the screening. There will be a couple of nice surprises as well; special guests included 😚
This is one of the most nuanced interviews I've read regarding the current state of the arts in my hometown; ignore the misleading headline, though...I guess even CNA needs some clickbait every now and then ... See MoreSee Less
"When we urge you to believe that Singaporean music can and should stand alongside, not behind, international music, it goes without saying that this can be difficult mental shift to make. The 'foreign is better' mentality extends beyond music to films, fashion, brands, novels, poetry, universities, and political ideologies (but we won't go there). In Singapore, our proud cosmopolitanism can foster an uncritical enthusiasm for foreign culture, which other countries eagerly market to us." ... See MoreSee Less
Not sure which is more bizarre: that my music has reached backing track status for high quality Dota replays, or the fact that Sezairi is actually one badass Shadow Fiend player...either way, thank you internet ... See MoreSee Less
I beat myself up For letting you down Wish things had gone my way
Counted my blessings Not sure what I'm missing Too young to be tired of change
Did I miss a beat Of this conspiracy I'm done with digging all the dirt
Denial's my disease This plot I made believe Keep hitting me where it hurts
Why do I keep on trying to fix what ain't broken I'll bend us to break just so I can feel some emotion And all I ever wanted was a sweet distraction But you stayed long enough to turn into my only obsession
Pinning shadows down I get worse when it gets darker The light is too bright I'm exhausted by the colours of you Of your golden hue
Leave the bulb alone and Let the flower bloom Keep my sticks and stones Don't trip over the fuse but I do Because of you
Did I miss a beat Of this conspiracy I'm done with digging all the dirt
Denial's my disease This plot I made believe Keep hitting me where it hurts
Why do I keep on trying to fix what ain't broken I'll bend us to break just so I can feel some emotion And all I ever wanted was a sweet distraction But you stayed long enough to turn into my only obsession ... See MoreSee Less
This is going to be one of the most exciting and ambitious musical projects of the year, and I'm lucky to be part of it!
ELEVEN is the brainchild of Chok Kerong, easily one of Asia's best jazz pianists and composers today. Conducted by Ang Shao-Wen, the concert will feature some of the region's finest jazz and classical chamber musicians playing Kerong's own mind-bending compositions and rearrangements of tunes from my new album.
In between mixing the new record and shooting my first music video in Melbourne, we found a gigantic hangar next to our plane set...the reverb in the hangar was ridiculous, so we had to record something there and then!
Really happy to share that I'll be supporting someone I'm blessed to be able to call a friend, but who also happens to be my hero 😊
Kimbra is one of the most genuine and down-to-earth people I've met, and yet one of the most intense performers of our generation. Her band is ridiculously tight, and every moment of her live show is nothing short of electric and pure artistic joy. If you're a musician, or simply want to challenge your perception of what great pop music can and should be, you owe it to yourself to watch her live. Definitely one of the best international acts you'll be able catch all year in Singapore, so don't miss out!
P.S. We're planning something special just for this show, stay tuned x
"As a whole, Time/Space works brilliantly as a unified body of work. When you strip the songs down to their bare minimum, it is Lim's emotional profundity transplanted in the songs, and his rich, expressive voice that bring all the tunes together . . . Halfway through 2015 and Time/Space is already one of the strongest contenders so far for album of the year."
Thanks to everyone who came down to #SHINEFestival over the last couple of days! I'm bringing The Mothership with me tonight, 8 pm at the ION Stage on Orchard Road...see you there x ... See MoreSee Less
Another lovely interview with the folks at Music Weekly Asia, where we talk about Melbourne being my second home, my go-to studio engineers for TIME/SPACE, the SG Sports TV arena gig, pre-show rituals, and thoughts on what makes a sustainable indie scene here in Singapore. ... See MoreSee Less