#Inspiration

D’Angelico: The Gem Hiding In Plain Sight

D’Angelico Guitars has come a long way since its humble beginnings in NYC’s Little Italy, where John D’Angelico would only make 35 guitars a year. All lovingly hand-made, the novelty of a D’Angelico became part of its mystique. Whether John knew it or not, he laid the groundwork for the… Read more

#Handpicked Arrivals

For Your Ears Only

If your eyes are the windows to the soul, then your ears have been entrusted with a much bigger responsibility. We’re handpicking the best from our speakers and headphones collections to bring you continuous aural pleasure. Remember; you can’t see the world in silence. B & O BeoPlay A1 Portable… Read more

#Community

What’s New with the Native Instruments Maschine Mk3?

Native Instruments' Maschine MK3 has emerged all polished and spruced; a sleeker and more intuitive improvement to its predecessors. Read more

#From the Team

80s Synth and Nomadic Adventures: Getting to know Aaron from Swee Lee Music Academy

With an unassuming vibe, Aaron’s teaching style is all about giving just the right amount of guidance so you can figure things out. We caught up with him recently in his teaching studio at Swee Lee Star Vista.  What was the moment that made you want to be a musician?… Read more

#From the Team

Native Instruments Masterclass | 7 Oct @ Kilo Lounge

Location. Kilo Lounge. Event. Native Instruments Masterclass; the first in the series of electronic music education brought to you by Swee Lee Academy. A great turnout saw over 65 electronic music enthusiasts learn from guest artist/presenters, Mike Wolf and Oliver Osborne as they shared a full demonstration of Native Instruments’… Read more

#From the Team

Just for you: October New Arrivals

October is here, and with it, reinforcements for your recording and performing needs. Take your pick from Roland’s assorted percussion pads, or go loud with Ibanez Troubadour II amplifiers. Also featured this month are the Aston microphones; the UK’s for-experts-by-experts solution to your frontman’s needs. All that and more, we’ve… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

In Photos: Local Motion Festival

We were fortunate enough to head along to 4Fingers and eatmepoptart’s Local Motion Festival to catch some of the best local bands playing at Fort Canning. From Jasmine Sokko debuting her brand new EP to Disco Hue playing one of their biggest sets yet, here is what we saw at… Read more

#From the Team

Celebrating Heritage at 225 Parsons.

Down Memory Lane 225 Parsons St., Kalamazoo, Michigan, is the home of 100 years of guitar history. The building was formerly home to the first Gibson guitars manufacturing site, which became known for its intricate craftsmanship, and dedicated artistry. After Gibson moved to Nashville some of the former employees stuck… Read more

#From the Team

Four Fender Gifts Under Forty

Music goes along with just about anything; your first attempt at starting the day with a cup of coffee, the tears from the last onion you’re chopping for tonight’s dinner, or anything caught in between! We’ve sorted you out with four Fender gifts under forty, because we believe in spending… Read more

#From the Team

Just for you: September

September's here! This week's new arrivals includes a tradition-reviving Gibson SJ-200 Limited Edition, a game-changing audio interface in the form of the BandLab Link Analog, plus much more...   Gibson SJ-200 Limited Edition This highly collectible, handcrafted tribute to the King of the Flat-tops is built with stunning quilt maple… Read more

#From the Team

Meet the Team: Vu, Swee Lee Vietnam

As Swee Lee Vietnam’s Country Manager, Vu is in the know about what gets the groove going in Ho Chi Minh City. From the nation’s beloved V-pop to the fan favourite sounds of rock and roll, Vietnam has seen its music prestige develop plenty of hopefuls seeking their own instruments… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Red Dot August Presents: Vivienne’s Verdict

Performing a single 30 minute set filled with intense action, energy, stage banter and music can be quite daunting for some bands, but three half hour performances, all on the same day? That’s a challenge that many would think twice before attempting to conquer. Vivienne’s Verdict didn’t shy away in… Read more

#From the Team

Nate Smith drums the house down at Swee Lee KL and SG

The artist: Nate Smith Renowned for: Jazz and R&B drumming, infused with deep grooves and melodic bite. Credits: Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Claudia Acuña, Betty Carter, Michael Jackson. The rundown: hosting Nate at Swee Lee’s Kuala Lumpur Lot 10 and Singapore Drum Shop for exclusive drum clinics, August 17th and… Read more

#From the Team

Swee Lee Academy Malaysia Concert: Summer Time Machine

Malaysia’s got talent. And we were super excited to put some of it in the spotlight at Swee Lee KL. Drumroll for the Annual Summer Time Machine Concert by the Swee Lee Music Academy, uniting all of our students and teachers for an uproarious and inspiring afternoon .   From… Read more

#From the Team

Just for you SG: Happy National Day

As Singapore nears its 52th birthday, we wanted to do a special dedication to our Little Red Dot. From supplying music gear to 1940s military bands to equipping Singapore's clubs with cutting-edge DJ gear, Swee Lee has been an integral part of the local music scene. In fact, most of… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Swee Lee Live & Local: 100 Festival

Artists: 100 all-Singaporean acts Location: The former Bedok Town Secondary School Date: 14-16 July, 21-23 July, 28-30 July One hundred bands. All-Singaporean line-up. From distinguished headliners to exciting newcomers, it was a crazy three weekends. Put together by the Aljunied Cluster Community Arts and Culture Clubs and the curated by… Read more

#Inspiration

Curated playlists – Tunes for everyone

Something for everyone. Check out our latest curated playlists our friends at BandLab have gathered together for you. From catchy Hip Hop hooks to the 8-bit sounds of our favourite video games. Listen to a sample of each playlist below, and click on the titles to check out the full… Read more

#From the Team

Just for you: Handpicked New Arrivals

There are so many exciting new brands in stock this week at Swee Lee, from across our ranges. We have curated a selection of the hottest new releases, to give you a taste. Arturia Audiofuse Arturia have just released a professional grade audio interface for next-gen ‘anywhere’ recording. It has… Read more

#Community

Meet the Team: Dennis, The Swee Lee Drum Shop

Dennis, Manager at The Swee Lee Drum Shop has gone on to be a household name in Singapore’s drum scene, and promises to be your extra pair of drumsticks should you need any drum conundrum sorted. The Swee Lee Drum Shop at Peninsular Shopping Complex ensures your drumming needs are… Read more

#From the Team

Back to school – New arrivals this month

Always wanted to learn something new? Now's the time with our new starter range! Epiphone PRO-1 Les Paul Jr Epiphone introduces the PRO-1™ Les Paul Jr. , the ultimate pack for new players and Rock 'n' Roll fans alike. This starter kit features one of the most famous guitars in… Read more

#From the Team

Don’t wait for ‘someday’. Learn to play at Swee Lee Music Academy.

Ever dreamed of playing an instrument? You’re in luck. At Swee Lee Music Academy, we offer a range of personalised lessons on a range of instruments - whether you’re a new starter, or someone who just wants to take their skills to the next level. At our stores in Katong… Read more

#From the Team

Announcement: Taylor Guitars announces Swee Lee as exclusive distributor for Singapore, Myanmar

Singapore, 1 July 2017 - Swee Lee Holdings Pte Ltd, Asia’s foremost dealer and distributor of music instruments, together with Taylor Guitars are pleased to announce their new partnership - with Swee Lee appointed as exclusive distributor for Taylor’s guitar and accessories range in Singapore and Myanmar. Keith Brawley, Vice… Read more

#Contests

Win Tickets to see the Foo Fighters in Singapore

This August, Foo Fighters are coming to Singapore. Here at Swee Lee we have partnered with UnUsUaL Entertainment to give away two pairs of premium tickets to two lucky winners. To enter, all you have to do is film yourself singing or playing a Foo Fighters song. Put it on YouTube… Read more

#From the Team

The Swee Lee Drum Shop is now open for business

Singapore’s drumming community has wanted their own space to geek out and test kits in for some time, so (drum roll please...) we’re giving you just that. Welcome to the Swee Lee Drum Shop!   Located opposite our existing Swee Lee Music store in Peninsula Shopping Complex, the new Drum… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Swee Lee Live and Local: Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands

Rock's not dead. That sound you can hear isn't a death rattle—it's a drum roll. A dramatic intro to the vibrant, energetic sound of a new wave of Singapore music. And the Hard Rock Rising “Battle of the Bands” was a great showcase for seven of the groups at the centre… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Swee Lee Live & Local: Polyphia

Artists: Tim Henson and Scott LePage Location: The Substation Date: May 27th The Swee Lee Music Academy recently brought two of the world’s most exciting young guitarists to Singapore: Tim and Scott from Polyphia. In town as part of a regional Ibanez guitar clinic tour that took in 9 Asian… Read more

#From the Team

Give the gift of ROCK‘N’ROLL this Father’s Day

Trying to figure out what to buy Dad this year? We've got the perfect thing, whether he's a rock legend or a willing student! So, which category best describes yours? A Dad who is keen to try something new or is just getting started? A music-making Dad who's ready to rock… Read more

#From the Team

This week, it’s all about the sounds.

Well, every week at Swee Lee is all about sound, but this week, we've opened the boxes to some awesome new ways to make sounds, record them, listen to them and even remix them! So let's dig in and see what this week has brought... Gretsch Guitars Gretsch has been… Read more

#Community

Music is a vacation for your ears.

This week, our friends at BandLab have curated some music that provides a more laid back approach. Check out these tracks for some good vibes and music that’s beach and vacation ready. Looking for other laid back tunes to chill out to? Explore BandLab here. Read more

#From the Team

Guitars, guitars, guitars. Did we mention the new guitars?

MAY IS “IBANEZ MONTH” AT SWEE LEE.  In honour of the visit by Tim Henson and Scott LePage from Polyphia on May 27th, we're giving anyone who purchases an Ibanez Premium or Prestige guitar the chance to choose from one of 5 great Ibanez MINI pedals—FREE! And just so our 4-string… Read more

#Community

Some of the Musical Gems We Discovered This Month.

We don’t just help people play great music, we like listening to it, too! Check out this showcase our friends at BandLab have pulled together. It’s the very best the BandLab community has made recently—in many different music genres. Made something amazing yourself? Want your tracks to be heard? Create… Read more

#Community

Swee Lee Live & Local: Knightingale

Band: Knightingale Location: Hood Bar & Cafe Date: April 18th  Music scenes are made by the locals. So we took the opportunity to check out Singapore’s garage-rock trio Knightingale as they took the support spot for American indie rockers Cloud Nothings. It was was a crazy, high-energy show to a full house—and… Read more

#From the Team

So. Much. New. Gear.

So many great new products have arrived at Swee Lee this week, it's hard to know where to start (or stop, for that matter!) But we've been very strict with ourselves and picked out our favourite four. So here goes. Let's start with something very special indeed... Fender Custom Shop… Read more

#From the Team

Acoustic Amps, Electronic Drums And More—New Arrivals This Week

Another week, another shipment of cool new gear at Swee Lee. This time around, we've unboxed the very latest new electronic drums from Roland, seen the return of some very popular acoustic amps and drooled very slightly at the arrival of some awesome new Epiphone guitars that are a throwback to… Read more

#From the Team

Music You Should Know

Nothing inspires like hearing some really great new music. So check out some of the freshest new tunes our friends at BandLab have gathered together for you. Want more music like this? Explore BandLab here. Read more

#From the Team

Keeping Your Guitar Looking and Playing Great.

Buying a guitar is more than a statement telling the world you're a rock n roll star—it's a serious investment. And like anything else you've put your hard-earned money into, you want to keep it working perfectly and looking amazing. So here are a few very simple tips to remember… Read more

#From the Team

This Week’s New Arrivals at Swee Lee

This week, we're pleased to announce the arrival of some cool guitars at very different ends of the price spectrum, yet another brilliant piece of gear from IK Multimedia and a very generous offer from Native Instruments... Ibanez Steve Vai 25th Anniversary "Passion and Warfare" Guitars Steve Vai has been regarded… Read more

#Inspiration

Frank Zappa on Music

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. — Frank Zappa Zappa was an innovator, a prolific musician, and a risk taker. Embark on your own musical journey — check out Swee Lee's products online or… Read more

#From the Team

More New Products Come Marching In!

Well, it's March already. And the flow of amazing new products into Swee Lee doesn't show signs of stopping any time soon! This week, we have some cool Ibanez guitars, a brand new electric guitar string from Elixir, the return of a very popular USB microphone and the chance to… Read more

#From the Team

Guitars and Gear—The Latest Arrivals at Swee Lee!

The Fender American Professional series is already proving to be a big hit, and now we have an even bigger range on offer—more colours and more models to choose from! We also have a very special Stratocaster from the Fender Custom Shop that really does need to be seen and… Read more

#Inspiration

The Best Independent Music Right Now

Click, listen, and be moved. Tired of lifeless tunes on the radio? Fatigued by rehashed playlists at your favourite bars? Perhaps it’s time to pop over to a different channel for inspiration. We’ve cherry-picked some of the freshest tracks from the year’s most prolific artists on BandLab. Check out their… Read more

#From the Team

What’s New at Swee Lee This Week?

This week Swee Lee has some exciting new drums and accessories to check out from Tama, plus a limited edition release of one of the most iconic distortion pedals ever made—The BOSS DS-1. We also see an upgrade to some of our most popular studio monitors... Tama Silverstar Mirage Limited Edition… Read more

#Inspiration

Kurt Cobain on Inspiration

"I've never been a very prolific person, so when creativity flows, it flows. I find myself scribbling on little notepads and pieces of loose paper, which results in a very small portion of my writings to ever show up in true form." — Kurt Cobain Cobain was known for his… Read more

#From the Team

This Week’s New Arrivals at Swee Lee

Every week brings a new round of exciting products to explore at Swee Lee. And this week is no exception! Let's start with the big boys—a couple of incredible guitars from Gibson... Gibson Standard Historic 1959 Reissue Les Paul, Sunrise Teaburst Gloss First up is this beautiful Historic 1959 Les Paul… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight—Astronauts

Local R&B/Funksters Astronauts are a bunch of busy boys. Their debut single, “Get Close” is now out, they're working on an EP launch, and they've already been booked for the City65 Festival in April. We talked to them ahead of their first-ever Swee Lee session about their origins, influences and… Read more

#Inspiration

Tracks That Inspired Us This Month

Here at Swee Lee, we take joy in all new music, and the unique creativity our customers and blog readers have. This month, our good friends at BandLab have curated a selection of tracks designed to inspire! Listen to them all below. Read more

#From the Team

New Arrivals This Week!

We want you to be the first to know when there are new and exciting products in the Swee Lee online store. And this week, we've got some great ones to share. So we thought we'd show you just a few of the exciting new arrivals we have for you… Read more

#Community

An Update on Swee Lee Competitions

The Swee Lee blog is the place to find all the latest information on our online competitions. At the end of 2016, we ran a competition in collaboration with BandLab to win a S$1000 Swee Lee online shopping voucher. We asked participants to show us what they could do with… Read more

#From the Team

Lifestyle: More Than Just Instruments

Swee Lee is well known as a leading online retailer and distributor of music instruments and pro-audio. We also have many exciting lifestyle products and accessories which are the perfect way to show how much music means to you—or could be a great gift for a muso you know. Check… Read more

#Inspiration

Brian Eno on Collaboration

“Every collaboration helps you grow. With Bowie, it's different every time. The secret of our success is... My strength is that I know how to create settings, unusual aural environments. That inspires him. He catches something, uses it in a surprising way and changes my own perception of it.” –… Read more