“Am I me through geography?”

This simple lyric from the 1975’s latest album got me thinking about a question I often ponder. And the answer is, absolutely. Where you’re born determines your whole life. Your life expectancy, income, your diet, your entire perspective and outlook. Your religion, the things you believe, the communities and collective memories that you subscribe to (willingly or not). Your entire existence is determined by where you are from. I’m fascinated by this. Because I’m not really from anywhere. Because lots of people I love also aren’t from anywhere or are from lots of places. Where you’re from is Almost Everything. I exist inside that “almost”. It sets me apart from my extended family members, from people I’ve encountered along the way.

I often wonder about what makes a TCK unique. What sets this small demographic of individuals apart from millions of other global migrants. Immigrants like my grandparents, economic migrants, first and second generation immigrants, drifters and wanderers, etc. I believe that what makes being a TCK unique isn’t what you leave behind (because humans are constantly leaving things behind). It’s in what you struggle to retain or get back.

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West Coast Streaming Everywhere!

My New (and first!) Single is streaming everywhere! West Coast, here I come!

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As someone who has moved around a lot, many of my songs have themes of travel, adventure, and longing. This song was inspired by an urge to hit the road, which was inspired by a breakup, which then inspired romanticizing far away places, and the way that we’ll feel if we ever get there. Like a lot of my music, this was a family affair. My Dad produced and tracked the song. My Uncle Mike (one of the best sax players in the country) completes the tune with playful melodies and killer riffs. This song has been a road trip in itself. My vocal was recorded in Niagara, the rest of the song was tracked and produced in Singapore, the sax part recorded in Toronto, and it is now being released in Dublin. I hope you enjoy my first single, West Coast!
Stream now on Spotify.
Support independent music! Purchase this track here.

 

Summer Part 2

I was lucky enough to go home for a month! It was lovely to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the golden Ontario summer.

 

Dublin in Springtime

My last few weeks in Dublin were hectic! I was working on my EP stuff, and had some lovely visitors from afar. I co-hosted and planned a charity gig. We had 10 bands, a full night of music, and were able to raise money for an amazing cause, Together for Better Days. I played a full set with the Kicks.

The day before I flew out, we did some recording at the beautiful Camden Studios! It was great to have these last two hurrahs before the summertime.

Summer Ep is Live!

Ecstatic to announce that my Summer EP is alive and out everywhere! After months of writing, rehearsing, recording, post production, and navigating the treacherous waters of a first release, the EP is streaming everywhere! I couldn’t be more grateful for the experience of releasing music on my own, nor more grateful that its finally into the world. I am so thankful for everyone who contributed to this project. Thank you hank you thank you. Music is a team sport, and for me the most important thing about making art is who you do it with.
Visit the Summer EP page on my website to read more about the project, see album art, creds, and streaming info.
If you’d like to support the cost of this release as well as future music, purchase a digital download along with exclusive content HERE36739851_10155705081802883_1539434871523377152_n.jpg
Free streaming is available everywhere music is streamed!
(Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube, SoundCloud)

EP Recording


Had a blast recording my EP with some very talented dudes, who also happen to be my best friends in Ireland. But I did know for sure that before I left Ireland, I wanted a piece of work that I’m proud of, one that reflects me and the things I want to do with music, my new-found sound, my best work to date. And, if possible, to produce that piece of work with the guys who helped me bring it to life. My parents were coming to visit at the end of March. I proposed a crazy idea to my Dad, who has been producing my music for years, to help record the three song EP while here, then bring the music back to Singapore for post-production. To my delight, he was all on board. It was one of my favourite life experiences, 3 full days in the studio, plenty of laughs. To me, music is about the people you’re making it with. That’s why I decided to give credit to the Kicks, the people who made this project possible, and more importantly, fun.

525,600 Minutes

It’s hard to believe it has been one full year since I graduated University! So much has happened in that time. Many amazing things, some hard things. Leaving Canada, travelling, exploring Europe, falling in love with Dublin. So much musical creation, digging in to the music scene here. Seeing with my own eyes what the musical life entails. A Diploma in Songwriting from BIMM Dublin. An EP on the way. Gaining respect for those who spend their lives in the service industry. Leaving that industry to focus on myself and my art, and gaining even more respect for self-employed entrepreneurs, especially artist. Manifesting a wild summer ahead. A Charity Gig & Single. Lots of Guinness. And finally, Its been full of making new connections, as well as nurturing old ones.
It was my first year really being on my own in The Real World, without answering to an institution, without family around. There have, of course, been challenges along the way. All I had was myself, and I really had to trust myself. I learned a lot about what I might want from this crazy, wonderful life. Truth be told, I still really have no idea but I can’t say I’m in a rush to figure it out.
I think it important to look back on the road behind. After all, its the only road we know. The path ahead tends to be much less clear, and much harder to trust. But we can trust the one behind, the moments of joy we experienced, and this can fill us with hope that the one ahead will be just as beautiful, the sunsets even brighter.
Those who know me know that I live on an undying quest for freedom. But freedom can be found in every moment. Freedom can especially be found in gratitude. I think I’m too quick to get down on myself. I need to take pride in the things I’ve accomplished in a year, of the risks I’ve taken, and for doing it all on my own.
I could be absolutely anywhere one year from now, and that fills me with excitement. Looking forward to the summer ahead!

Friends from afar

I have had some lovely visitors this year. Some of my oldest and most loyal friends have found themselves on my floor. From Syd and Julia, whom I shared a home, and innumerable laughs with, for 4 years. To Marina who I instantly bonded with in Welcome Week of first year, and haven’t stopped bonding with since. To my cousin Rachael who’s really should write a book on How to Do All of Ireland in 10 days or less. I am incredibly grateful to be able to have shared a guiness (or 4) with these amazing people.

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