Progressive Hard Rock
omprising 5 members with Pearl Ning on vocals, Markus on Bass, Eric on guitars, Steven on drums and Tze Wei on guitars, we hope to bring all of our listeners along with us into a realm of musical ecstasy. The portmanteau of “dream” and “raven,” our band name also symbolises the aspirations we have in our musical craft and is a personification of the determination invested in creating our original compositions.
How did you guys get together?
Formed in February 2010, the band was formed in NUS by David, Ching Lee, Sanjay and Tze Wei under the old name “BLUT”. Inspired to cover heavier rock anthems, the band sourced for a suitable rock vocalist and drummer to join the band lineup. We found Pearl Ning and Steven. Subsequently, Markus and Eric joined the band forming the current band lineup.
What inspires you to create the songs that you do?
Music has always been an expressive source of creativity. A musical journey is endless and for us, inspirations come through different channels and forms. Through writing our own compositions, we are continuously learning about ourselves as individuals, able to seek higher needs of self-actualization, build a common shared identity and to encourage our listeners to follow what their hearts tell them to.
What do you hope for the audience to imagine or feel when they listen to your songs?
Besides grooving to our heavy driven rhythms and the ebbs and flow of our compositions, we hope the audience will imagine themselves to be drawn into a single shared musical dimension with the band, where they will be able to share and relate to our musical emotions.
Why do you think fellow Singaporeans can relate to your music?
Firstly, living within the same society, many of our musical ideas are drawn from daily experiences with our vastly diverse and interesting local culture. This is a universal link which we share with our fellow Singaporeans.
Secondly, the band writes from deep within and in our own way. Our compositions narrate a common theme amongst Singaporeans, who are often seeking paths of self-fulfillment, betterment and self-understanding. We believe this serves as a bridge between our music and them
Thirdly, we do understand the hard work required from local musicians and artists to create something uniquely our own (No reference to STB). We are not a text-book band and are constantly seeking for different approaches (sometimes atypical) to creating our music.
Lastly, we are a multi-racial band! Hence, be it lyrically or instrumentally, we are hopeful that our music will resonate with fellow Singaporeans.
What do you want your audience to take out after watching you perform live?
Being in a band requires a lot of grit and determination, and a live performance is always an opportunity to showcase our creativity and identity. With our performance, we hope that we may inspire others to follow their dreams.
What are your hopes for Singapore circa 2050?
To have a thriving local music scene, regardless of genres, and which will be able to bring music from our little red dot onto the global stage.