Inch's creative process

Inch's creative process
Singapore singer-songwriter Inch Chua with her 15-year-old dog, Ricky, and her new book titled, Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea.

In the past few years, singer-songwriter Inch Chua has been playing gigs in Singapore, Los Angeles and New York, and working on her music.

Next year, the 25-year-old Singaporean plans to settle down in a less urban environment to make her music - Pulau Ubin.

"I'm hoping to do a project at Pulau Ubin. I want to live there for months and write an album. I'm really trying to make this happen and I want to do it next year," she says during her recent visit home.

"I want to live in a kampung house with a diesel generator and record an entire album on a four-track recorder. People can visit, but I'd like to write and record on my own as much as possible."

Chua, who has since returned to New York where she is now based, recently launched a book titled Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea. It is published by Los Angeles-based literary group and boutique publishing house The Altar Collective. She came onto the group's radar when she was based in the Californian city from 2011 to earlier this year.

The book is sold at Tiong Bahru bookshop BooksActually, and in Marc Jacobs, Urban Outfitters and Barnes & Nobles stores in Los Angeles and New York.

It offers a deeper look into the artist's creative process through hand-written and typed lyrics, poems, personal notes, sketches and paintings.

The Lasalle College of the Arts graduate first came into the spotlight at the age of 16 as the lead singer of indie rock band Auburn's Epiphany, which later changed their name to Allura.

The group became inactive in 2009, a year after they released an EP, Wake Up And Smell The Seaweed. Chua went on to become a solo artist, releasing her debut EP, The Bedroom, in 2009, as well as two full-length albums, Wallflower (2010) and last year's Bumfuzzle (2013).

She has performed at music events here such as Music Matters in 2012 and this year's Baybeats music festival. Overseas, she performed at the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto in 2012 and South By Southwest (SXSW) in Texas in 2010.

But nothing beats playing to a home crowd though, she tells Life!.

"The most memorable audiences are always at the intimate shows I do in Singapore.

"It's good to be in touch with where you come from and see how far you've come, and to be around the audience that's been with you on the journey thus far."

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