Thanks for all your support for this year's NDP theme song so far...it's been really heartwarming to say the least. Context is everything, and this little documentary was made to shed some light about the origins of the 1987 tune by Hugh Harrison, and why we made a new version for 2018. Hope you can all take some time to watch and share â¤ï¸ ... See MoreSee Less
Nailed it ð¶ð¯ð¸ð¬ This is what weâve been waiting for. We donât need new songs every year, we need to embrace what we already have â¤ï¸ LOVE. Thanks Charlie! Love the new verse too! #WeAreSingapore
2 months ago · 3
TBH.. For the past few years.. those new NDP songs not catchy or heartwarming to me...kinda disappointed.. ðð FINALLY.. I listen to tis year NDP song n I LUV IT!! ðð Tis version is cool... ðð BRAVO!!!
2 months ago · 1
Nice one lah Charlie! #respect Like what u did to the first verse!
2 months ago · 1
Best one in the last decade, at the very least!
2 months ago · 1
Always love Charlie song!
2 months ago · 1
Love it love it love it! Hope to be able to see you sing it live *tix application time againnn*
Charlie Lim shared Vinyl of The Day #vinyloftheday's video â with Universal Music Singapore.
Vinyl of The Day #vinyloftheday Thanks to the folks at Vinyl of The Day #vinyloftheday for the feature â¤ï¸ 2nd run of the TIME/SPACE LP now at select record stores and will be available for order on Bandcamp soon
Director: Jonathan Choo Cinematographer: Rachel Liew Art Director: Julie Heather Liew
1st Camera Assistant: Calvin Joseph Phua 2nd Camera Assistant: Dion Heng Wardrobe: Harng Foong Art Assistants: Alicia Ho, Judith Tong, Jasvinda Kaye Pannu Art PA: Timothy Goh, Daryl Bradley Tan Hair & Make Up: Yang Er Production Manager: Angie Pay Production Assistants: Dylon Goh, Mike Chia Data Wrangler: Dylon Goh Gaffer: Jeth Heng Key Grip: Xie Feng Mao Grips: Justin Faith Ng, Ryan Leau, Josiah Tan, Russell Chan, Ben Lo
Special thanks to NTU School of Art, Design & Media, Bert Lighting House, Charles Lim, Wee Lilin ... See MoreSee Less
Director/Producer: Lenne Chai Director of Photography: Khairulhakim Mohamad Bashir Set Design: Tina Fung Set Construction: Imaginator Studios - Aspire to Inspire 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 & Social Enterprise Partner Sponsor: Canon Imaging Asia Studio Sponsor: Infinite Studios At 21 Media Circle Equipment Support: Cinegear (S) Pte Ltd Food Partner: The Travelling C.O.W (Chef on Wheels) 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 Joseph 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 Genevieve Jessie Soh & Christian Maranion (27A Co) Cast: Adin Kindermann, Desiree Boey, Iwani ZoÃ« Mawocha, Joie Tan, Kelly Koo, Stephanie Lim, Samantha Rui BTS Photographers: Henzy David, Lee Chang Ming BTS Videographer: Adin Kindermann, using the Canon EOS M3
Editor: Khoo GX Colourist: Eugene Seah Compositor: Shermaine Toh Roto Artists: Cookie Chee, Togusa Chan Title Credit: Jon Chan
Special thanks to: Abundant Productions, Darren Dubwise, Jeremiah Elijah, Kelvin Chew, Nazaruddin Mashruddin, Grayson Seah, Wen Ming Soh ... See MoreSee Less
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 ðªð¼ ... 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 childrenâs storybook yet with a gothic Tim Burton-esque aesthetic. Anita's illustrations were perfect for this video â 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 ð Thanks to everyone for all your love and support over the years. New music is slated for release mid 2017 #nopressure ... See MoreSee Less
Yuan Zhicong-He is Charlie
Last Sunday, I was at The Hangout bar watching Singaporean musical genius Charlie Lim and band The Mothershipâs performance. Itâs 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 âCharlie Lim & The Mothershipâ moniker as a seven-piece band, causing me to hold much anticipation , with the fulfilling sensation of âIâm finally watching him liveâ.
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 âWhy doesnât Hong Kong have this kind of artist?â. At that moment from the corner of my eye I saw Charlie Limâs 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 âTime/Spaceâ-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. âTimeâ is in his more conventional singer-songwriter style, while âSpaceâ 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, heâs brought his band The Mothership.
His band The Mothership is dubbed the âsuperbandâ, because they are a group of elite muscians. Charlie Lim & The Mothershipâs live performances are superb; they are the ones who are able to bring to life Charlieâs songs. The band is even more able in the Jazz genre, previously having taken part in Koreaâs 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-bandâs single âAll I Needâ from their 2007 album âin Rainbowsâ. Playing Radioheadâs works, he did not choose a popular song like âCreepâ (recently because of Radioheadâs concert in France, they played this song which hadnât been played for years, causing much debate over the band), and instead re-arranged one of Radioheadâs works not chosen as a single. This not only reflects Charlieâs unique taste, but the song itself was also played brilliantly, causing me to see him in a new light.
âWhy are these kinds of singers present overseas, but not in Hong Kong?â
âWhy are these kinds of singers present overseas, but not in Hong Kong?â is a current predicament of the industry. From all the music Iâve 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 Mothershipâs 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 Kongâs 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 âSandy Lamâs boyfriendâ. 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, todayâs 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 ð¤
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 childrenâs storybook. Anita's illustrations were perfect for this video â 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
Who's going for Laneway Festival Singapore? I'll be jumping in on a new tune that I wrote with Intriguant, together with his amazing band as well as a couple of special guests! See you guys at 6:20 pm at the Cloud Stage âï¸ ... See MoreSee Less
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 ðª ... See MoreSee Less
Hi 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. ð
Our last band show for the year! Come check out the SCAPE Invasion festival this Saturday. We play at the ground theatre at 5:30 pm after Caracal and A Vacant Affair...see you there ðª ... See MoreSee Less
Playing the homecoming edition of Singapore: Inside Out this coming weekend! I'll be performing a short collaboration set with Vandetta on Saturday at 8:30 pm, and having the band with SSYSTM on visuals for Sunday's show at 8 pm.
The SG:IO exhibition will be happening from 27 Nov till 6 Dec at Tan Quee Lan in Bugis...hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
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 âï¸
We'll be holding its exclusive premiere next Saturday evening at the SingJazz 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 ð
wow... how do you do the floating head and arms trick?!? you're a magic masterful musician ð
3 years ago
I still can't figure out how you make music that is so simple yet complex, and unapologetically sensual. It's like I can touch it â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ð¶ð¶ð¶ð¸ð¬ð¸ð¬ð¸ð¬ð¸ð¬ Keep doing what you do, Charlie ðð¼
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