A 5-piece band who writes and plays its original songs straddling sub-genres such as ambient-rock, alternative and a tad of emo-rock. The members of Qloud - Mike, Chris,Amanda, Allan and Colin - hope to reach out to audience who enjoys listening to music employed using non-linear and refreshing sound signatures. Stark but subtle; quiet and yet loud - we are Qloud!
Tell us a bit about yourselves and your music.
We started out around two years ago purely as a band with quite an eclectic taste in music (even musical instruments!) amongst different members but all with the same strong aspiration: to create original works of music with our very own signature sound. The approach to songwriting that we have taken has been to blend each of our individual musical expression in a complementary rather than in any suppressive fashion – the result of which is a unique sound that the band could exist as one. Because of that, we like to think that the genre of our music does not easily fall into any neat classification, though if there has to be one it would probably be ‘EmoRock’ as we understand it.
What do you hope for your audience to imagine and feel when they listen to your songs?
In writing our music, we draw extensively from our own personal life experiences. You can call it pouring our hearts out and laying them bare to the extent of being emotionally vulnerable in the process – for we believe that it is only through such journey in songwriting that we can truly connect with our audience at a deeper, more profound manner. Take for instance the songs ‘Hope’ and ‘Get It Right’. The lyrics and mood of those songs are actually very personal as they reflect very much the emotional challenges that everyone – including our own selves – has felt at one point or another in life. So to sum up, we hope our music can bring to our audience an introspective emotional experience that is real and authentic at the same time.
You guys are quite different… how do you work together as a band?
That is precisely the dynamic at play for Qloud – we embrace each other’s individuality in musical expressions, and yet at the same time there is philosophically no single standout individual in the band. There only is Qloud as a band. Like we said earlier, “Always strive to be the whole that is better than the sum of all parts!”
What’s your favourite thing about living in Singapore?
It’s clean, green and has lots of great food to indulge in.
Fast forward to 2040. Where do you see yourself on the red dot?
Hopefully by then we would have launched our full length album and a couple of other bodies of work, and people would have come to recognize our music endearingly. We also hope to have made a lasting impact on our audience with our music and lyrics and make more friends.!
Catch Qloud at Anaki Rocks the City So Shiok 2018, 24 - 25 March Dhoby Ghaut Green Amphitheatre. Anaki Rocks the City is our big up to the diverse yet undiscovered talent on our home soil – the underground, the overlooked and the cool people who don't conform to an artistic norm. More importantly, it has the ability to transcend race, nationality, gender, genre or any divisive label. Anaki Rocks the City is open to and free for all to attend. There are absolutely no tickets sold. Because together, we are are the anthem.