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Signature Sounds: John Mayer’s Gear

As one of the biggest names in music today, John Mayer owes his success to a few factors. Soulful lyrics, catchy tunes, and of course, his guitar-playing skills. While that last one is sometimes unfairly overlooked, it's hard to deny Mayer's beautiful phrasing, exceptional feel, and impeccable musicianship. His playing… Read more

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Drax Project Answers Your Questions About Their Inspiration, Hobbies, Favourite Foods, and More!

Proving that talent and grit can take you places, Drax Project’s journey to platinum-selling stardom kicked off in Wellington’s humble busking scene. Shaan Singh and Matt Beachen cut their teeth on covers of radio-friendly bops, before teaming up with fellow members Sam Thomson and Ben O’Leary soon after. Their original… Read more

Marian Carmel, vinyl and custom drink from Swee Lee Social Club
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Marian Carmel’s Favourite Vinyl, Latest Album and an Exclusive Beverage

Like many of you, we’re no stranger to local singer-songwriter Marian Carmel and her ethereal voice and infectious personality, having had the pleasure of listening to her live (yes, pre-covid things) performances at The Star Vista a couple of times. To find out more about the music that inspires her,… Read more

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joan Answers Your Questions on Songwriting, Dad Life, EPs, and More!

If you're missing the radio vibes from the late 1990s and early 2000s – Arkansas-based pop duo, joan, just might be the ones to scratch that nostalgic itch! Fusing together retro sounds with modern pop sensibilities, Alan Benjamin Thomas and Steven Rutherford have spent the past 4 years building a… Read more

Swee Lee AMA: Carter McLean Answers Your Drum Questions
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The Swee Lee AMA: Carter McLean Answers Your Drum Questions

Carter McLean isn’t your ordinary drummer – he's what you might call a pro's pro! From jazz adventures with Charlie Hunter, drum work on Broadway's Lion King, all the way to his many solo albums – Carter McLean is known for being extremely prolific and well-versed across multiple genres. He's… Read more

Marshall Amplifiers: The Amps that Shaped Rock Music
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Marshall Amplifiers: The Amps that Shaped Rock Music

55  years ago, the first Marshall amp left Jim Marshall’s garden shed in West London. Jim was a dancehall drummer and teacher who had a small shop in west London. His shop was frequented by guitarists such as Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore and Peter Townshend from The Who, both of… Read more

Linying and Evan Low, songwriters of The Road Ahead, National Day theme song
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Behind The Road Ahead with National Day Theme Song Writers Linying and Evan Low

As the past year or so has reminded us more than ever – music brings people closer, no matter how "distanced" we're told to be. Surely, we Singaporeans know that well. Every year, the National Day Parade theme song gives Singaporeans another thing to talk about but with a pandemic… Read more

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10 Questions with Morningstar Engineering

MIDI Controller pedals! For some of us in the guitar community, they are an indispensable performing tool. And to many of us, it sounds like fanciful jargon out of a late eighties space opera. To get the lowdown on what MIDI Controller pedals are all about, we decided to have… Read more

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Boyce Avenue Live Session Part 3: All About Taylor Guitars

Boyce Avenue are known for their creative and flawless cover songs and a huge part of their sound come from their guitars – more specifically, Taylor Guitars. For a band that relies so much on the acoustic guitar, it's little surprise that Taylor are their guitars of choice. The trio… Read more

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Boyce Avenue Live Session Part 2: Performing Online, Leveraging Tech and Being in a Sibling Band

Part 2 of the Boyce Avenue Live Session is here! In this blog post, Alejandro, Daniel and Fabian discuss about live streaming their performances, how they think technology will impact musicians over the next ten years and what it’s like being in a sibling band. For those first time readers… Read more

Boyce Avenue Q&A Session live Taylor Guitars part 1
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Boyce Avenue Live Session Part 1: Royal Albert Hall, Staying Inspired, Originals and More

Last month we had the honour of hosting a virtual Q&A session with a powerhouse trio, Boyce Avenue. Thanks to Taylor Guitars, fans from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia took this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with all members of the band virtually to ask them their burning questions. For those who… Read more

Swee Lee and Taylor Guitars present Boyce Avenue Q&A Session
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Swee Lee & Taylor Guitars present: Boyce Avenue Q&A Session

Years before there were the likes of Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd making their names on YouTube, there was Boyce Avenue. The American trio of brothers Alejandro, Fabian, and Daniel Manzano were already making waves on the video-sharing platform with their flawless cover videos of artists from Coldplay to Rihanna.… Read more