#Local Artist Spotlight

Music at The Star Vista: Marian Carmel, Don & Oli and More

Last week Marian Carmel and co took the stage at the Atrium at The Star Vista with a performance that put a smile on all our faces.  Music has always been something that brought people together, but this time, the crowds kept their distance, and that didn’t stop them from… Read more

#Inspiration

5 Songs to Learn at Home and How to Get That Tone

To make your time at home more fun and productive, we've put together five songs/riffs to learn during your down time PLUS the gear that'll get you close to the original tone. When this all tides over, you’ll be able to head back out and impress everyone with your new… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Tabitha Boon of Noivil Studios Picks Out Her Music Production Essentials

Tell someone you wanted to produce your own music at home on the cheap 20 years ago and they may have called you crazy. But today, we’re truly spoiled for choice – putting together a decent recording set up at home without breaking the bank is indeed a reality. Just… Read more

#From the Team

Epiphone’s “Inspired by Gibson Collection”: More Than Just a New Headstock

There’s a new headstock in town, and it’s not just this new shape we’re excited about. Announced at Winter NAMM 2020, Epiphone followed Gibson's lineup restructuring and streamlined their instruments into the “Inspired by Gibson” Collection. Not only do the guitars now look more reminiscent of their Gibson counterparts, Epiphone… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

The Lowdown with Jeff Phua of Mad August – Gear Talk

For someone who starting banging on milo tins and picking the only instrument (bass) left in a jamming studio, Jeff Phua has come a long way since. These were just some of the anecdotes the cool and amiable bass player for KL-based Mandarin rock band Mad August shared with us… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Jeff Phua of Mad August Tells Us About His Bass Beginnings, Band and the Music Biz

Tucked into the cosy seats of Swee Lee Social Club in Lot 10, KL, Jeff Phua and his tech, Zedes enter the premises with a MONO gig bag strapped across his shoulder. He extends a hand introducing himself with an air of friendly confidence and plops down onto the plush… Read more

#From the Team

Our Roving Reporter’s Top 5 Gear Finds at NAMM 2020

Winter NAMM 2020 might be over, but one person is still wishing he was there, swooning over the pedals, guitars and gear – our Roving Reporter, Shay. You probably saw Shay and his antics all over our social media channels last month. He took over our Instagram (see our highlights)… Read more

#Community

The Drummers’ Carnival: Hanging Out with Ludwig Drums’ Masa Kimura

Before we jumped into the new year, we took part in Singapore’s inaugural Drummers’ Carnival, organised by The Drummer’s Community – a celebration of all things percussive and rhythmic that raised the noise level at *SCAPE to staggering new heights! A sea of drums at The Drummers' Carnival! We made… Read more

#From the Team

Katong 112 Moving Out Sale: Our Top Picks

It’s been one hell of a run – we shared the love of music with many new friends, made dreams come true for some, but it’s time to say farewell to our 112 Katong Lifestyle Store. We’re thankful for all your unwavering support all the years we’ve been here. And it’s… Read more

#From the Team

Your Lunar New Year Buyers’ Guide: Hit That S$888

The Festive season is still in full swing. Christmas and New Years Eve flew by and seems like we barely had a chance to catch our breath, and now the Lunar New Year is upon us! For the young 'uns, it's time to dust off your rusty mandarin pronunciations and… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Derrick Siow’s Guide on Becoming a Professional Drummer in Malaysia

Derrick Siow is probably one of Malaysia’s best drumming secret! He's played for the biggest names in the Malaysian scene, like Siti Nurhaliza, Jaclyn Victor, Kris Dayanti, NJWA and more. Derrick is one of those rare drummers who has honed his craft over multiple genres. If you've ever had the… Read more

#From the Team

Gearing up for NAMM with our Roving Reporter

It's T minus 10 days and we're gearing up to send Hasyir, our Roving Reporter to the 2020 NAMM Show. You might remember that last September, we put out an open call to our followers in the region to head over to the states, not just for a random trip,… Read more

#Community

Swee Lee Music Academy’s “A Christmas to Remember” 2019

In today's busy world, it can be rare to find moments of true connectedness with the important people in your life. So on the 7th of December, Swee Lee Music Academy (SLMA) hosted “A Christmas to Remember” – a student showcase for friends and family, all centred around the gift… Read more

#From the Team

Xmas Buyers’ Guide 2019

It’s that time of year again. In a blink of an eye, December has dawned upon us bringing those nostalgic holiday tunes and decorations into full bloom. You walk around the city streets taking in the festive sights and sounds, smiling faces and excited chatter all around. You let out… Read more

#From the Team

Well Played Gear x D’Addario: No Need to Get Strung Up

What’s the best pickups to sound like Jimi Hendrix? What pedals should I use for that John Mayer tone? The burning questions you find on the lips of guitarists at a table will somehow always revolve around these topics. Of course, these all play a big part in your sound,… Read more

#From the Team

The Taylor Guitars Road Show 2019 in Singapore and Jakarta: A Wrap Up

Earlier this month, Swee Lee had the honour of hosting the Taylor Guitars Road Show at both our Star Vista and Jakarta stores in Singapore and Indonesia. We had the pleasure of welcoming Billy Gill, Taylor’s District Sales Manager, to give us the complete rundown of the luthiery process for… Read more

#From the Team

Strings Attached: Well Played Gear x D’Addario Coffee Morning

Join us on Saturday morning, 23 November 2019, at Swee Lee Social Club with James Gay, Head Luthier at Well Played Gear for a coffee morning all about guitar set ups, strings and more. Read more

#Handpicked Arrivals

No Compromise: Introducing the New D’Addario XT Strings

In a world of full of duplicates and replicas, you could be forgiven for assuming guitar strings don't matter that much. Strings corrode after time, they lose that slinky feel, your tone starts losing its brilliance – putting suboptimal strings can severely hamper your playing and sound. After investing immeasurable… Read more

#From the Team

Taylor Road Show 2019: The Guitars

It’s that time of the year again, the season of guitars that is! Once again, we’re honoured to be able to bring back to Singapore the highly-acclaimed Taylor Road Show. The Taylor Road Show brings Taylor’s friendly factory experts to select dealers, where you get to hear the latest from… Read more

Introducing Aguilar Amplification
#Handpicked Arrivals

Introducing Aguilar Amplification: The Low End Authority

Bass heads – you know the name. You’ll find Aguilar Amplification gear on stages and studios all over the globe, their preamps and pickups are nestled in some of the best bass guitars. It’s been a hard-fought journey on the way to the top, forging their reputation on the back… Read more

#Community

We Have a Winner! Find Out Who’s Going to NAMM 2020

In September we put out an open call to become Swee Lee’s NAMM Roving Reporter. We received incredible entries from all over the region - and we want to wholeheartedly thank everyone who took the time to enter the open call. It's fantastic to see the passion you all have… Read more

#From the Team

Taylor Guitars Road Show 2019

Taylor's award-winning Road Show is coming to Swee Lee at The Star Vista in Singapore, and we want you to join us for an afternoon of guitar talk and demos with the Taylor team's friendly factory experts. You'll get to learn from the experts on how different guitar shapes and… Read more

#From the Team

Caring for Your Guitar in Southeast Asia: Fighting the Humidity Battle

Store in a cool and dry place. Sound familiar? So many of the products we buy come with that label, and it's not surprising we take it lightly. But reconsider that advice when it comes to your guitars! We've spent too much of our hard-earned money on these precious instruments… Read more

#Contests

Win Paul Gilbert’s Ibanez Signature Model

As many of you may already know, the shred master and guitar extraordinaire Paul Gilbert will be heading to Singapore shores this December, and we're gearing up for what will be an epic night of fearsome and mind-boggling guitar playing. Thanks to our partner Inokii, we're pleased to be giving… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Jonathan Fong of Sole Superior Picks His Top 10 Vinyl at Swee Lee

Streetwear and sneakers go hand-in-hand – anyone who’s copped the latest drops will tell you that. But perhaps even more so, music has been ingrained into streetwear culture right from the very beginning – just ask Jonathan Fong, co-founder of Sole Superior and Street Superior Festival.  Sneakers and streetwear might… Read more

Calvin Phua Stopgap showing BOSS effect pedals
#Local Artist Spotlight

Top 5 BOSS Effect Pedals with Calvin Phua of Stopgap

His collection includes a staggering 20 BOSS effects. Here's how he makes his warbly, seasick, and whale sounds. Read more

#From the Team

Off The Record: All About Jazz and Vinyl

Join us at Swee Lee Social Club for an afternoon all about jazz and vinyl. There'll be a Q&A session with a panel of experienced DJs and tastemakers, where we'll talk about all things jazz and vinyl culture, and of course, great music and drinks. Hear from the expert panellists… Read more

#From the Team

Jeremy Zucker Meets His Fans in Swee Lee Lot 10

♫ And there's one thing that I need from you, can you come through?♫ Jeremy Zucker's Malaysia show sold out in hours! JZ fever had a hold on KL. And if there’s one thing Jeremy Zucker fans in Malaysia wanted more than anything, it was to meet him in person.… Read more

#From the Team

Jeremy Zucker Picks His Top Vinyl at Swee Lee Lot 10

Jeremy Zucker has been taking the world by storm since dropping his hit song "All The Kids Are Depressed" last year. So when he announced a Kuala Lumpur leg as part of his Asia tour, his fans came through in strength! Swee Lee were honoured to host a fan engagement… Read more

#From the Team

The Ultimate Gear Lover Experience: We Want to Send YOU to The NAMM Show!

UPDATE: We have tweaked the way you submit your entries. All you have to do now is upload your video entry via a Google Form. We also extended the contest end date by one week. You now have until 20 October 2019 to submit your entry! If you’re obsessed about… Read more