You see your favourite stars on the headlines and hear your favourite tracks on the airwaves – but what people don’t see is the whole team of people who work behind the scenes to bring an artist’s creative vision to life. And nobody knows it better than the people behind Homeground Studios, home to locally-based producer duo Jason Gelchen and Tan Ming Jie.

Founded as a space for artistes to hone their craft in the comfort of their own home, this audio production house boasts a solid clientele of Singapore’s biggest names, including Gentle Bones, Jasmine Sokko, The Summer State and more. We hung out with Jason and Ming Jie to find out more about their decision on taking the route less travelled.

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How did the idea of Homeground Studios come about?
Jason: It came to me when I was watching a baseball game, and something the commentator said really resonated with me. He was announcing that the winning team did exceptionally well because they were playing on their home ground. That was when it hit me. I wanted to build a space where music can be freely expressed and created in comfort. Hence, the inception of Homeground Studios.

Describe your current role and walk us through a typical day at work.
Ming Jie: As a composer and arranger, I write music and provide musical direction for artistes and corporate clients.

Jason: For me, I’m the studio engineer and music producer. There’s never a typical day at work – some days, I’ll be working on mixes and post-production edits, while other days could be spent solely on recording.

Instead of being a recording artiste, you took the unconventional route of going behind the production. What made you want to pursue this path?
Ming Jie: I started out as a performing artiste! Through time, I’ve realised that I’m more comfortable positioning myself as a composer and producer rather than an artiste, thus it’s where I am at today.

Jason: I actually wanted to be a bassist at first, but I came to a rude awakening when the boss of the studio I interned at previously told me to quit bass because, to quote, “I suck”. To get over it, I buried myself in studio work for hours non-stop. I realise now, in retrospect, that it was the universe’s way of guiding me towards music production. My love for production has only grown since then and it just feels like the right fit for me.

What’s a lesser-known fact you wish people would know about those who work behind the scenes, like yourselves?
Jason: That there are way more people working behind the scenes for your favourite artistes than you think. Just Google any Drake record.

Ming Jie: We don’t get to see a lot of the outside world. It gets quiet and lonely at times.

What are some of the sacrifices you’ve made in the pursuit of music?
Jason: My bedroom, for a start! It has become our studio now and I basically sleep on the floor. I’d put in a hustle hashtag somewhere if I could, but I don’t regret it. I’m blessed to be able to pursue something I love as a career and any personal sacrifices are worth it.

You’ve worked with plenty of local acts. Who was your favourite artiste to work with?
Jason:
I love everyone, but Jasmine Sokko and Josh from The Boris Suit are definitely my favourites. They are always down for trying new ideas or just having fun experimenting musically with me.

What are your would know about those thoughts on the local who work behind the music scene today?
Jason: I feel that today’s local music scene is still small with a lot of space and potential for growth. In the future, I’d like to see more collaborations between artistes.

Ming Jie: We’ve definitely evolved a lot since the time our pioneers pushed forth the Singapore music movement. I hope more artistes can find their own sound and never be afraid to push creative boundaries.

What ’s a piece of advice you would give budding musicians or producers?
Ming Jie: Be patient with yourself, always be open to new knowledge and trust in your professional judgement.

Jason: Stay humble and stay hungry! Never lose sight of why you started doing music in the first place. This is also my open invitation to drop me a DM on Instagram (@jasongelchen) if you need advice.

This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 3, out on newsstands now.

Stay in tune with Homeground Studios on their socials (@homegroundstudios)!

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7 Times GOT7 Made Us LOL During Their Singapore Concert

6 Aug 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

GOT7 certainly knows a thing or two about pleasing fans, as we’ve witnessed during the Singapore stop of their Eyes On You world tour. Aside from delivering a whopping 29-song setlist of high-octane bangers such as ‘Hard Carry’, ‘Look’ and ‘Never Ever’ last Saturday (4 Aug) at [email protected] Box, the multinational K-pop juggernaut also served up plenty of laughs with their spontaneous banter and side-splitting concert antics – think cheesy pick-up lines, wardrobe malfunctions and… nasal inhalers?

#1 When Yugyeom ripped his pants mid-performance

GOT7 is known for their sharp moves, but it seems like their rigorous choreography may have caused a not-so-unfortunate wardrobe malfunction for one of the members. Barely 15 minutes into the show, dancing machine Yugyeom hit went so hard that he accidentally ripped his pants midway through ‘Skyway’ and had to retreat backstage to change into a fresh pair of pants. Oops!

We didn’t manage to capture the epic moment on camera, but here’s a clip of resident prankster BamBam and the rest of the members teasing their beloved maknae when the latter came back on stage after fixing the lil’ emergency.

#2 When they had a heated discussion over chilli crabs and 7-11

For any Ahgase worth their salt, it’s no secret that GOT7 takes their onstage banter game very seriously. Pausing to catch a breather after a couple of intense performances, the boys took some time to interact with the fans. “What should we talk about?” one member asked. “I don’t know,” another replied. Eventually, they took turns sharing what they like best about Singapore and their playful exchange was definitely one for the Twitter books.

If you thought Mark’s response was hard to beat, wait till you hear BamBam’s pun-tastic answer: 7-Eleven. His reason? “[We are] GOT7 going into 7-Eleven!” You win, Double B.

#3 When the translator showed up a little too late

We thought it was pretty admirable that GOT7 managed to pull through the show without a translator, with the foreign line Mark, BamBam and Jackson hard-carrying most of the conversations in English. But it turns out that there was actually a translator onsite, who popped out to do her job only at the ending ment when the other members spoke in Korean for the first time. And in typical BamBam fashion, the 21-year-old went all savage on the translator by cheekily quipping “I think our translator is late”.

#4 When BamBam went crazy with the pick-up lines

When the other members were getting all emotional with their ending speeches, trust BamBam to come up with the cheesiest way to portray his love for the fans: pick-up lines. We couldn’t stop cracking up!

#5 When they encouraged fans to break the rules

At a K-pop concert, it’s a strictly no photography/videography affair. We know how tough it is having to deal with rigid security guards watching your every move, but BamBam ain’t taking any of that. Towards the end of the show, the Thai lad took matters into his own hands and declared that fans were allowed to record down their next song – which was met with rapturous cheers from the audience. Even the security guards couldn’t help but soften up at his unexpected request!

#6 When Jackson threw nasal inhalers into the crowd

It has become sort of a concert ritual to throw out small gifts to the audience during the encore. But instead of the usual suspects of candy and roses, Jackson decided to switch things up by flinging out a handful of nasal inhalers known as Yadom. What else can we say, we love a practical king!

#7 When they just wanna have fun

At the end of the day, they are just boys who enjoy doing what they love to do. When they’re not having the time of their lives spraying water at fans in the front rows, they can be found crouching down to pose for photos, breaking out into comical dances just to make us laugh, and really immersing themselves in the moment.

Perhaps it’s this sense of approachability that made the entire show seem a lot more intimate and personal. It’s a breath of fresh air in the K-pop scene where mainstream concerts tend to come across as formulaic and overly rehearsed – and that’s just one of the many reasons why they’ve garnered a dedicated following of adoring fans since their debut. Never stop doing you, GOT7!

Image credits: ONE Production

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Say all you want about them, but there’s no arguing the fact that MOMOLAND’s on top of their game right now.

Just one look at the record-smashing views for their music video of ‘BBoom BBoom’ (a whopping 200 million and counting) and you will know why they are all the rage these days. While their rise to stardom seemingly happened overnight, it wasn’t exactly the most smooth-sailing ride. Pieced together after a cutthroat survival programme, MOMOLAND’s official debut was pushed back due to the lack of fans for their final mission, and they haven’t had much luck in the subsequent years either.

It wasn’t until earlier this year that they successfully found viral fame thanks to their indisputable bop of the century ‘BBoom BBoom’, spawning a new dance craze that got the whole world up on their feet. Following the same formula of bubblegum hooks, quirky charms and colourful aesthetics, the ninesome wasted no time in stepping up the momentum with their equally infectious comeback track ‘BAAM’.

Although the girls were initially concerned whether it would be able to match up to the success of their legendary hit, we doubt they have much to worry about. Their music video has already chalked up a solid 35 million views to date, and it’s only a matter of time before it blows up. In an exclusive email interview, we chat to the girls about expectations, teamwork and future goals.

Hi MOMOLAND! How do you feel about ‘BBoom BBoom’ being such a huge hit on a global scale?
Hyebin:
We scored our first crowning glory within a few weeks of promotion for ‘BBoom BBoom’. It felt so surreal and we even started questioning if we really did get the first place and whether it’s true that many people are liking it.

You just made your comeback with ‘BAAM’. Do you feel the pressure to match up to the success of ‘BBoom BBoom’?
Hyebin:
Because ‘BBoom BBoom’ has received so much love, we couldn’t help but worry whether ‘BAAM’ would sit well with the listeners this time round. But we feel that this is a fun song that displays our distinct and funky style, so we hope that people will enjoy it as much as ‘BBoom BBoom’!

In your new reality show MOMOLAND’s Saipan Land, you were given 48 hours of free time. How would you spend it?
Jane: I would like to travel with just our members, without the managers. We’ve been to so many places, but it was all for work. It would be nice to go on a trip to open areas like the sea!

JooE: I want to get a driving license when I turn 20 so I can drive around in a car during my solo travels.

Having nine girls in a group is no small number. How do you resolve conflicts?
Daisy: There aren’t really any conflicts between us. I think washing up is probably the biggest concern for us because there are only two bathrooms in our dorm, so we have to figure out who to go first every morning!

JooE has tried out hosting – is there anything the other members would like to venture into?
Hyebin: I would like to appear in an entertainment programme with all nine members! So far, we haven’t had many opportunities to guest on a show together, so it would be great if we could participate in more team activities.

Congrats on your Japan debut! How does it feel like to finally meet your international fans?
Hyebin: It was our first time going abroad for performance schedules, so we were very worried. However, there were a lot more fans than we thought who came to see us, so we managed to end our promotions well. Besides Japan, there will be more overseas schedules ahead so please look forward for it!

This will also be your first time performing in Singapore for HallyuPopFest 2018! Any words for Singapore fans?
Nancy: Although we haven’t been to Southeast Asia yet, we heard that many people love our songs so we really want to check out if it’s true!

Jane: We’ve been doing a lot of music shows and events, but there weren’t many chances for us to do big stages. We’re really looking forward to HallyuPopFest and can’t wait to meet our fans soon!

MOMOLAND will be peforming for HallyuPopFest 2018 on 7 and 8 September at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. P/S: Can’t get enough of the girls? Grab a copy of our latest issue which comes with a poster of MOMOLAND! Out on newsstands now.

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You’d have to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of the latest dance craze to break the Internet.

Enter the In My Feelings Challenge (also known as the Shiggy Challenge, Kiki Challenge or Keke Challenge), a new viral challenge inspired by one of Drake’s newest bops ‘In My Feelings’. First started by comedian Shiggy, it features people dancing to the meme-worthy Drake track alongside a moving vehicle. The challenge has taken the world by storm and tons of your favourite K-pop idols have since jumped onto the bandwagon – just check out their slick moves below!

J-Hope (BTS)


Bambam and Yugyeom (GOT7)

Ten (NCT) 


Haechan, Mark and Johnny (NCT)


Kino (PENTAGON)


Samuel Kim

 

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Will you be doing the In My Feelings Challenge? A lil’ self-plug: If you think you can rival these K-dance machines, why not sign up for Teenage Dance Challenge 2018 and show us your best moves? No cars required!

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These Are The Biggest Singapore Concerts You Can't Miss This August

30 Jul 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

Mark your calendars – this August is shaping up to be an exciting month ahead filled with plenty of live gigs to catch. From boy band invasions to large-scale music fests, here are the hottest concerts you’d want to start booking tickets for, stat.

GOT7

GOT7 2018 World Tour 'Eyes On You' in Singapore

All eyes are on GOT7 this August! Hot on the heels of their recent comeback with the inescapable bop that is ‘Look’, the K-pop seven-member juggernaut looks set on a global takeover with their 2018 world tour and has been achieving phenomenal success across the globe – having sold out their European concerts and even made their US television debut. Next stop on their list? Singapore.

GOT7 2018 World Tour ‘Eyes On You’ in Singapore
Date: 4 August 2018
Time: 4pm
Venue: [email protected] Box Singapore
Tickets: $288, $248, $208, $168, available via Apactix

Hyperplay

Hyperplay

How often do you get big names like CL, Nick Jonas and Alessia Cara all under one roof? This one-of-a-kind music cum esports festival will see mega pop acts sharing the stage across two days, alongside the first ever ASEAN League of Legends competition that plays host to esports champs from the region as they strive for glory at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Hyperplay: ASEAN Esports x Music Festival
Dates:
4 & 5 August 2018
Time: 12pm (4 Aug), 4pm (5 Aug)
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: Complimentary (fully redeemed)

Halsey

Halsey Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour

Between her gritty electropop sounds, grungy aesthetics and unapologetic attitude, there’s a lot to love about Halsey. After a stunning performance at F1 2016, the ‘Now Or Never’ diva is set to bring her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour to town, accompanied with a guest appearance by Indonesian R&B songstress Niki.

Halsey Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour
Date: 8 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Star Theatre
Tickets: $78, $88, $118, $138, $158, available via Apactix

Why Don’t We

Why Don't We The Invitation Tour

With their addictive tunes, classic All-American charms and heartthrob-worthy good looks, can you blame us for getting hooked on these dashing lads? And judging from the success of their upcoming sold-out show in Singapore, this rising LA-based quintet is definitely one to watch.

Why Don’t We The Invitation Tour
Date: 13 August 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Gateway Theatre, Main Theatre
Tickets: $98, $128 (sold out)

Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit Live in Singapore

Although the show was previously postponed, the Brit electronic outfit is back – and better than ever. Best known for their massive breakout hits ‘Rockabye’ and ‘Symphony’, the three-piece will be bringing their signature brand of classical and dance music to our sunny island.

Clean Bandit I Miss You Tour
Date: 15 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Star Theatre
Tickets: $68, $108, $148, $188, available via SISTIC

Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon Live in Singapore

It’s time to shut up and dance! 25 countries, five continents and countless sold-out shows later, alt-rock quartet Walk The Moon will be gracing our shores for the second time at [email protected] Box. Get ready to groove along to their infectious headbangers fresh off their 2017 release What If Nothing.

Walk The Moon Live in Singapore
Date: 16 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: [email protected] Box Singapore
Tickets: $65 (NDP special), $118 (standard tickets – sold out), $188 (meet and greet package), available via Apactix

Hwang Chiyeul

Hwang Chiyeul Starry Night 2018 Singapore Concert

If you missed Hwang Chiyeul at his mini concert last May, fret not ’cause the Korean charmer will be returning to our shores to bless us with another night of enthralling tunes – this time, for a full-fledged solo gig.

Hwang Chiyeul Starry Night 2018 Singapore Concert
Date:
18 August 2018
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: The MAX Pavilion @ Singapore Expo
Tickets: $118, $178, $238, $298, available via SISTIC

JJ Lin

JJ Lin Sanctuary World Tour

If there’s one concert you have to be at, it’s this one. As if selling out the first two nights of the Singapore leg of his Sanctuary World Tour isn’t enough, JJ Lin further proved his immense popularity by releasing two additional dates – which easily got wiped out in a heartbeat. Can we expect anything less from our Mandopop king?

JJ Lin Sanctuary World Tour
Dates: 15, 16, 18, 19 August 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: $148, $228, $288, $348 (sold out)

Paramore

Paramore After Laughter Tour

Seven years after their last concert here, our favourite rockers are finally back for their long-awaited one-night-only show in Singapore. Armed with a brand new repertoire of upbeat instrumentals and lighthearted synth hooks off their fifth studio album After Laughter, the pop-punk powerhouse is ready to tear up the stage.

Paramore After Laughter Tour
Date: 21 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: [email protected] Box Singapore
Tickets: $168, $178, available via SISTIC

Mike Shinoda

Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic Tour

After the passing of the late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda is making a comeback in the form of his first ever headlining show in Singapore outside his band duties. Look forward to hard-hitting numbers off his latest Post Traumatic EP, as well as well-loved tracks from his 2005 side project Fort Minor.

Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic Tour
Date: 22 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: [email protected] Box Singapore
Tickets: $148, $158, available via SISTIC

Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper Live in Singapore

No stranger to the hip-hop scene today, the Chicago rap prodigy has solidified his status as one of the biggest breakout stars in the past few years. With a Grammy-approved mixtape under his belt and a string of surefire collaborations with the likes of Lil Wayne and Kayne West, a Chance The Rapper gig is one not to be missed.

Chance The Rapper Live in Singapore
Date: 25 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: [email protected] Box Singapore
Tickets: $148 (early bird till 10 Aug), $158, available via SISTIC

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