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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Had a fantastic time in Edinburgh with my travel wife! Got me feeling 24 and excited for life 🙂
My New (and first!) Single is streaming everywhere! West Coast, here I come!
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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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.