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Rock / Indie / Alternative

Comprising three members with Alan Francis on Guitar & Vocals, Afiq Yusof on Bass and Julian Stewart hitting things with a stick.

How did you guys get together?

Through friends Alan met up with Julian having heard what a monster he was on a kit. Julian knew Afiq could play bass and the rest is history. What bonded us was a love of Rock and Indie and we had similar ideas for how we wanted our music to sound.

What inspires you to create the songs that you do?

Inspiration for songs can really come from nowhere, but generally our songs are built on a sentiment, whether positive or negative, that can generate emotions. That said, some songs are simply built out of playing around and finding something memorable to catch on to from the sounds we make.

What do you hope for the audience to imagine or feel when they listen to your songs?

We want our music to be an assault on the senses, taking our audience through a range of familiar emotions, but ultimately we want our crowd to feel at one with us – empathy is a strong theme we try to communicate in all our songs and we want our audience to feel the team spirit we have when we enter a jamming room or perform on stage.

Why do you think fellow Singaporeans can relate to your music?

I think Singaporean music fans are too used to hearing non-local acts, and when a local band does hit it big they tend to be pretty soft and unassuming or tough to really relate to despite producing some great sounds. We would rather mess up a note and smile about it than play some pitch perfect manufactured pop that might get people humming but ultimately won’t really affect them at a higher level.

What do you want your audience to take out after watching you perform live?

That we are a group of buddies who love what we do and put real passion into our music – we want them to be able to feel how our influences inspired us and how we present old sounds in a way that is completely relatable to a modern listener. But ultimately, we want our audiences to be blown away by our sound and be inspired to travel, start a business and take positive risks in their lives.

You've been on a journey with anaki. How have the last 6 months made you feel?

Anaki is about taking raw and unfinished acts and pushing them up to levels they maybe did not realize they could reach – they’re like an anti-reality pop star show, putting up raw talent and letting it shine rather than going down the middle road. Anaki gives bands opportunities to record and perform that would take far longer for a budding band to achieve over the same time period.

What are your hopes for Singapore circa 2050?

We hope that Singapore continues in the directions it’s going in, with a greater emphasis on the humanities, arts and in encouraging entrepreneurship rather than the ‘traditional road’ of taking a white collar job, marrying young, and staying safe. We hope that as a band we can contribute towards encouraging those adventurers who are already taking the first steps towards this.