Breaking Out

Local multi-genre musician KEAT flexes his musical muscles.

By Edmund Wee      21 April 2020

Share with us how your family contributed to your musical development.

My family are probably the biggest supporters of my musical journey. My parents sent me to choir practices and auditions, and eventually supported me in applying for the School of the Arts Singapore and the National University of Singapore’s Yong Siew
Toh Conservatory of Music to study classical vocal performance.

In fact, they’ve never pushed me to learn music formally. I just wanted to do it since I was a kid and they were like: “Yeah, go for it!” They’ve always believed in me, allowing me to choose the things I enjoy because it meant I would go above and beyond, overcome adversity and find my own success.

Honestly, I cannot ask for a more supportive family. They’ve really been the best.

We heard that your parents met each other when they were involved in music in their younger days. Tell us about that.

Back then, my parents met and became friends at a Chinese New Year celebration at Teck Ghee Community Club where they were both performing with the Toa Payoh Guitar Club. My dad was playing and singing Jim Croce’s Time In A Bottle and it caught
my mum’s attention. She said she was charmed by my dad’s voice and guitar skills. I guess the rest is history.

How close are you to your family?

I think I’m closer to them now than I was before, and it’s probably because I now realise I’ve been taking them for granted. Like most youths, I entered a really prolonged rebellious phase where I would move away from everything my parents said. But as I started to understand the world more, the things they’ve said began to make sense. I’ve learnt to love and cherish them more.

Did you get to flex your musical talents during national service?

Oddly enough, I did – quite a bit! I’ve sung at National Day celebrations at HQ DIV/INF during my time at my attachment unit, Selarang Pers Node. I’ve also performed at various PERSHUB cohesions and at the unit’s inaugural talent competition. At one point, my superior tasked me with coming up with some melodies and chords for the unit anthem, which was an interesting challenge. I’m glad I had some fun while I was in NS and was able to utilise my skills.

What are you currently working on now?

I’m still writing songs and performing at gigs whenever they come up. I’ve just finished the Noise Music Mentorship programme a couple of months back and my mentor, DJ and music producer Kaye, has helped me a lot with bringing my performance to the next level, so I’m excited to continue working on that too.


SAFRA Tampines Upgrades

Fresh from an improvement, this clubhouse celebrates the new milestone with much fanfare.

Never The Twain Shall Meet?

As two disparate food cultures, Spanish tapas and Asian hotpot could not be more different. Or are they?

Master Commander

Ruminations of National Service and fatherhood.