Top underground music artists to perform here

Top underground music artists to perform here

This weekend, two established names in the underground music scene will be performing at a day-long festival aimed at growing an alternative scene in Singapore.

Bristol-based electronica duo My Nu Leng and Swedish electronica DJ and music producer Alex Willner, who performs under the moniker The Field, are playing DJ sets at Super 0 OpenAir on Saturday.

They are performing for the first time in Singapore.

Super 0 OpenAir, a multi-disiplinary audio- visual arts fest, will be held at the former SIA Sports Club at Turnhouse Road in Changi, as part of Singapore Arts Week.

"I've never been to Singapore and I'm quite intrigued by it. People can expect a solo electronic live show as I sometimes play with a band that is a bit more straight and dancey than how it was two years ago," says Willner, 37, in an e-mail interview.

Based in the underground music capital of Berlin for the past seven years, he has been producing a hypnotic brand of music that is a mix of tech-house, techno and IDM (intelligent dance music).

To date, he has released four studio albums and a string of EPs, creating memorable tracks including Over The Ice, Cupid's Head and They Won't See Me.

He is also known for reworking music by indie-pop and indie-rock artists, giving them a cool techno-pop flavour.

Willner says he got into electronica in the mid- 1990s with tracks including The Orb's Little Fluffy Clouds and Daft Punk's Homework.

He says of his thought process in creating music and mixing tracks live: "I like to try to push it as far as I can and stick to as little as possible, but mainly, I do what I feel is good in that moment.

"I rarely think of the audience when I mix, but people can pass by and influence the vibe."

UK electronica duo My Nu Leng, comprising long-time friends James "Jammo" Irving and Tommy Jackson, came together about nine years ago when they met at a nightclub just outside of London.

Irving, 26, says over the telephone from Copenhagen, Denmark: "I used to run a club night and he came down to do some photography, so it kind of started from there. We realised our musical tastes were very similar and the rest is history."

My Nu Leng, whose name takes inspiration from the London slang-term for gun (leng), are known for their hard-to-categorise bass-heavy sound, which lies in the realm of drum and bass, dubstep and UK garage.

More recently, My Nu Leng were nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2014 DJ Awards, an annual event that honours the best DJs and producers based on public voting.

Irving says: "What really inspires us is drum and bass, and music from record labels Metalheadz and Moving Shadow. The drum and bass music from the 2001 to 2003 era changed our lives and you can hear it in our music. But we do it at a totally different tempo."

My Nu Leng have also released a string of EPs and are responsible for hits including You've Been Gone and Levels, as well as popular remixes such as their reworking of English DJ-songwriter Naughty Boy's La La La and English band Rudimental's Right Here.

Irving says he hopes to put out a full-length album in future.

"We want to do a lot more touring this year, release two more EPs and maybe a single. But we want to focus on the album and take some time out to do it. We want to make a massive mark in electronic music in the UK and, hopefully, a memorable album."


This article was first published on Jan 15, 2015.
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