Music – Fashion and Beauty Magazine Malaysia Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:24:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Interview: Scottish Synthpop Band Chvrches Talks Working On Tiger Jams Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:20:32 +0000

The Tiger Jams initiative, aimed to support the local music scene, brought to the forefront Malaysia’s finest emerging artists by giving them the opportunity at a bigger stage and a shot at music fame through a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration with a mystery international act, which excitingly, later turned out to be Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches.

Three of Malaysia’s best emerging artists – Donamarie, Rozella and Son of a Policeman – were then unveiled, and Kota Kinabalu’s electronic artist Rozella came out top as the band was handpicked by Chvrches to have their track “Home To You”, which was written in guidance of electropop prince Darren Ashley, remixed.

Scottish synthpop band, Chvrches, handpicked Tiger Jams finalist Rozella's original track to remix. The collaboration is part of Tiger Beer's music and art initiative, Tiger Jams.

Together with the top three artists and several Asian acts like The Sam Willows, and ToNick, Chvrches – comprising Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry – were flown to Kuala Lumpur to headline Tiger Jams Centerstage, showcasing the music from these artists, acts as well as the work of Tiger Jams local visual artists Donald Abraham, Kenji Chai and Flex.

During their visit to Kuala Lumpur, we managed to reunite with Chvrches once again after speaking to them in 2014 and talked to the band regarding the Tiger Jams initiative, their second studio album Every Open Eye, and about teaming up with Paramore’s frontwoman Hayley Williams for the thunderous track “Bury It”.

Tiger Jams limited edition bottles.

Q: How do you feel to be a part of Tiger Jams?

A: It’s an interesting initiative and it’s cool to be a part of. It’s not something we’ve ever been involved with before – the idea of working with new talent to bring them forward. When the offer came through and we looked at it, it sounded like a lot of fun, so here we are.

Q: You’ve already heard the music from the top three Tiger Jams finalists. What are your thoughts on their work and that small chunk of the Malaysian music scene you’ve listened to?

A: It certainly seems very vibrant with interesting sounds and various influences we’re not necessarily used to hearing. It’s great to hear that kind of melded with some Western influences and other stuff. I’m surprised by how varied it sounded. It wasn’t just one type of music; it was all over the place in an interesting way.

01 Chvrches - an acclaimed international act and Tiger Jam's collaborator - met with selected media at KL Journal on Sept 2, 2016.

Q: How do the three finalists vary from one another in terms of sounds?

A: We get to travel a lot but we don’t normally get to learn that much about the places we’re going, so it’s fun for us to hear some music that came from there and see how different it all was. None of the finalists were the same and we’re excited about the show as well. I think it would be a nice mixture of music.

Q: Let’s talk about your remix of Rozella’s track “Home To You”.

A: I think when it comes to remixing, our prime intention is to take the piece of music as far away from the original as possible. My first go-to with that was to rip out all of the production and chop the vocals, slow it down about 35%. Then, rewrite another song using that vocals. That way, the lyrics jump out at me and I tried to rebuild the whole production around this one piece of melody and lyric. Later, I handed it over to Ian who added some interesting stuff to it.

Martin Doherty of Chvrches

Q: How did the whole process go down? We understand that you guys haven’t met Rozella in person.

A: We met through Skype and although we didn’t meet prior to remixing “Home To You”, it was easy enough. We were able to communicate using web cameras and we were writing on the road. It’s something we’re used to at this point; sometimes we have to put together different pieces of music for jobs and there will be a deadline. We have to fit that into our working schedule, so we do these things online.

Q: Bangkok has its own installation of Tiger Jams and you guys are heading there after this to do something similar. How different would you say the music is compared to Kuala Lumpur’s?

A: I don’t think it was completely different, but all of the entries were dissimilar in each place anyway. I wouldn’t say we were looking for a specific sound, but when people ask us, about the Glasgow sounds or Scottish sounds for instance, it’s difficult to say because there are many kinds of bounce that come from it. It’s interesting to see that it’s like that everywhere and I think it’s going to be a nice weekend because it’s about promoting new music and undiscovered artists.

02 Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches

Q: What have you done differently with Every Open Eye?

A: We played a bunch of shows in between the time we made The Bones of What You Believe and Every Open Eye, so we had that live experience to learn from. It also gave us a degree of perspective between making the two albums.

What we wanted to to was to strip things back and make the production as well as the arrangements as economical as possible. There was a lot less in the mix. That way, we intended for the vocals and melody to be more upfront than they were on the first record. As a result, I think it’s a more direct and concise album than the first one and it’s been fun playing live.

Q: Can you tell us about your collaboration with Hayley Williams for “Bury It”?

A: It was fun! She had previously messaged us saying that she really liked “Bury It” and we thought it might be fun to invite her to perform with us as a one-off, and she accepted. We played it together that one night in Nashville and it seemed to be a hit on the Internet, so it steamrolled from there.

There was never the original intention to record it, but people started to get really excited every time it was talked about online, then eventually, someone came up with the idea of her recording it and I’m glad she did. I think she really brought something unique, as you might expect from such a talented artist.

02 Chvrches - an acclaimed international act and Tiger Jam's collaborator - met with selected media at KL Journal on Sept 2, 2016.

Stay abreast with Chvrches’ music and tour via the band’s official website or Facebook page. Alternatively, learn more about the Tiger Jams initiative here.

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From Sweden To LA: ‘Everywhere’ Is Our New Favourite Indie Band Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:33:50 +0000


Everywhere is a rising alternative rock Swedish band, whose songs have been compared to the likes of Depeche Mode, The Cure and even U2. Catsickblog thinks their music has a “post-pop, indie vibe, with catchy beats and electro sounds”, which is easy to love.

The band formed back in 2012 when their frontman, Max Berga, sent out his bedroom demos to producers around the world. Max got a callback from LA producer Mark Needham (Fleetwood Mac, Blondie), who got the band to fly to Los Angeles to record some tracks.

Since then, the band has had two successful singles and an impending sophomore album, recorded in East West Studios Los Angeles under the supervision of Needham.


We speak to the band to find out how their journey has been so far, who’s the craziest one, and what’s in store for the future.

Lipstiq: How has the journey been so far? What has changed since 2012?

Everywhere: It has been a bumpy ride to say the least. We have both dodged and taken bullets. The band has had many ups and downs, but somehow we manage rise and keep on going. When we started out we had a very stripped down acoustic sound, and since we have slowly progressed into a more modern style. Another thing that has changed is our fan base, which is much bigger today than it used to be.

L: How did you get into music? What instruments did you play?

E: We all have very different backgrounds but Filip (keys) has been a piano man most of his life with a background in Jazz. Marcel (guitar) went to a recording school and is primarily a recording engineer, but has slowly progressed into a contemporary guitarist. Max (vocals) started out with bass guitar as a child and went on to make hip-hop beats in his teens and writing songs in his twenties.

L: What would you say is the highlight of your career so far?

E: Playing the NME awards with Palma Violets and headlining Notting Hill Arts Club in London would rank high as far as highlights go. Working with Mark Needham in the famous East West Studios and supporting Kaiser Chiefs is pretty far up there as well.


L: Your first single “Shades At Night” did very well. What’s the story behind your second single, “Some Other Dude”?

E: Thank you! The second single, “Some Other Dude” is a funky little song about the importance of seizing an opportunity before it–the girl–goes out the window. 

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L: How has the response been?

E: The response has been great! We have been getting loads of love from all the bloggers and radio people but most importantly our fans that have just embraced and praised it. Before we put anything out we always run it by our fans and let them have their say and that’s something we will continue on doing.

L: What are your pet peeves?

E: First off we would like to say that we love pets! [laughs] Well, there are many. For instance, Max here is very sensitive to the sound of banana being squashed in the mouth, which is always a problem for us when we are on tour and someone, eats a banana in the van.

L: What’s the strangest thing a fan has done?

E: The first thing that comes to mind must be a big hairy man with tattoos and a beard who had written ”Everywhere” all over his chest at one of our shows. To top it off he was crying and screaming relentlessly and standing right up in front of the stage.

L: Who’s the crazy one in the band?

E: [Everyone points] That must be Marcel! If somebody would ever throw a television set out of a hotel window that would be him. He sinks pints like no one else, and has a knack for pulling pranks on people as well. 

L: Finally…anything you’d like to say to your fans?

E: Guys and girls–mostly girls probably–if you’re reading this, we just want to let you know that you mean everything to us! We will come and visit you soon and in the meantime, keep reading!

Everywhere’s Sophomore EP will be out next month. In the meantime, listen to their new single here:

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DJakarta Warehouse Project Unveils Its Phase 3 Lineup! Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:30:27 +0000


The biggest music festival in Indonesia, Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) will be back  on 9 & 10 December 2016.

After the tremendous success of its 2015 edition and the arrival of revellers from more than 30 countries made it a record breaking sold-out event of the year, DWP earned the title of “Best EDM Festival of 2015” from several top music publications — and looks set to raise the bar even higher this year!

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To keep you pumped, DWP has just dropped its Phase 3 lineup which includes British rising duo Snakehips, drum & bass outfit Rudimental, Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies, and the genre-bending LA based pair GTA.

If that isn’t enough, electro house superstars Alan Walker,Blasterjaxx, Brennan Heart, W&W and Yves V will bring their signature high-octane performances to the masses.

On top of that, rising trance powerhouse MaRLo will round off this massive lineup building even further upon DWP’s burgeoning reputation.

Third tier tickets are now available at IDR 1,275,000 (approx. RM401) while the VIP passes start at IDR 2,500,000 (approx. RM787).

DWP organizer Ismaya Live has also teamed up with various hotel partners to give festival goers incredible deals on travel and accommodation, available through BoboBobo – the Official Hotel Partner of DWP.

For further information on the festival and travel packages, visit the official website of Djakarta Warehouse Project.

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#TigerJams Was A Blast With Chrvches, SOAP, Darren Ashley & More Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:05:25 +0000

Tiger Jams Centerstage brings the arts and music campaign to a close.

Last Friday, we checked out the Tiger Jams event at Rhapsody, TREC. There was a lot to look forward to, local acts like SOAP, Donamarie, Rozella, Darren Ashley, international headliner, Chvrches, light installations, graffiti wall, and of course, plenty of Tiger beer!

Here’s the rundown of what happened at the Tiger Jams, and oh, be jealous!

We were treated to an exquisite artwork by our very own Kenji Chai.

Darren Ashley’s powerful vocal chords reverberated throughout the Rhapsody. Darren also did a duet with Rozella, who performed her original track, “Home To You.”

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Rozella performs her original track, Home To You, with her Tiger Jams collaborator, Darren Ashley.

We also got to catch Donamarie, one of three Tiger Jams finalist in action.

Donamarie, one of three Tiger Jams finalist.

Check out this light installation is displayed at Tiger Jams Centerstage, designed by Flex.

Here’s Hong Kong rock band, ToNick, blowing the roof off the place.

Oh hey, it’s Son of A Policeman a.k.a SOAP or Sabun band. You go, Joshua!

Son of a Policeman, one of three Tiger Jams finalist.

And of course, the main event of the night, we saved the best for last, CHVRCHES!!!!! They belted out all their hit song, including the most anticipated song, “The Mother We Share”. 
Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches at Tiger Jams Centerstage held on Sept 2 at Rhapsody Square, TREC KL

Chvrches, a Tiger Jams collaborator, performed for fans during at Tiger Jams Centerstage held on Sept 2 at Rhapsody Square, TREC KL

And of course, plenty of Tiger beer to keep us going during the energetic night! 
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That was one memorable party on the rooftop! We have so much local talent, and they just needed a platform to showcase; so kudos to Tiger Beer for un-caging our local bands and making it possible for intercontinental collaborations. We hope there’s more to come! :)

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Beyonce Celebrates Birthday By Dropping “Hold Up” Music Video on YouTube Mon, 05 Sep 2016 08:20:27 +0000

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A good queen is always generous with gifts, especially during a special occasion.

Beyonce totally lived up to that. To commemorate her 35th birthday, Queen Bey decided to release a standalone video of “Hold Up” on YouTube. Previously, the video was only available exclusively for Tidal subscribers.

“Hold Up” is a track from Beyonce’s epic visual-album, Lemonade. She also performed the song at the recent MTV Video Music Awards, where she took the chance to smash a camera lens.

Back in June, Beyonce also released a video for “Sorry” on YouTube.

Watch the video for “Hold Up” here:


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Christina Grimmie Lives On As Her Final Music Video Is Released Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:10:58 +0000

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Christina Grimmie‘s final music video, “Without Him”, has been released as promised by her family.

Before her sudden demise about three months ago, Christina managed to record four songs for her EP, Side A. EP tells the story of a young girl, Jessica, in ‘The Ballad of Jessica Blue’, about her journey into self-discovery.

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Along with “Snow White”, “Anybody’s You”, and “Deception”, and now “Without Him,” the songs complete The Ballad of Jessica Blue, where Jessica figures out her love life, her womanhood, and music. Her family has been releasing the videos over the last few weeks, to keep the memory of Christina alive and to celebrate her music.

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In the music video, we see Christina as the titular character, Jessica Blue, confiding in a friend about her boy trouble, and then rocking out to a concert. The cheers and applause from the audience gives her the boost and confidence she needed, and then she confronts her boyfriend.

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The video ends with these words, “Let your feet follow your heart”, as she walks away from her boyfriend.

The 22-year old singer was shot about three months ago during a meet-and-greet after her concert in Orlando. This heart-breaking video reminds us of Christina’s amazing talent, and how she was taken away too soon from all of us. May she rests in peace, and her music lives on.

Watch the video here:


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This Black Eyed Peas Remake Of “Where Is The Love?” Is Beyond Powerful Mon, 05 Sep 2016 03:45:00 +0000
Photo: Screengrab via YouTube
Photo: Screengrab via YouTube

There’s no doubt that world really needs this right now..

Black Eyed Peas has reunited after a five-year hiatus to release a new version of their 2003 breakout hit “Where Is The Love?” to advocate violence prevention, and it features guest appearances by many other celebrities, such as Randy Jackson, Kendall Jenner, Diddy, Jamie Foxx, Jessie J and lots more.

In a video uploaded onto Black Eyed Peas’ Facebook page, the group explains the message behind the song and how it was originally created as a call for peace after 9/11. It seems like the amount of crisis around the globe has only multiplied 13 years down the road..

#WHERESTHELOVE is available for purchase on iTunes and all the proceeds will directly benefit the’s foundation. The foundation funds charitable activities and programs to provide education.

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‘The Voice’ Runner-Up Dia Frampton Reveals Ageism Is Rampant In The Music Industry Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:18:40 +0000
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Former The Voice contestant and runner up, Dia Frampton, has revealed that sexism and ageism is still very rampant in the Hollywood music industry. Dia is also the former front-woman of Indie rock band Meg & Dia.

Frampton, 29, wrote an essay entitled ‘I’d Get To the Top of the Mountain if It Would Just Stop F***ing Growing’ to explain how her age has come in between her and success of her albums.

She auditioned for The Voice years after washing up in public restrooms and crashing over at strangers’ place. Dia finished as the season’s runner-up, behind winner, Javier Colon.

The reality show opened up many opportunities for Dia, but she had to leave behind her band Meg & Dia, because Universal Studios only wanted to sign her. She recorded a solo album, which did moderately well in the Billboard 200 and in Asia, but wasn’t good enough. She was then dropped by Universal. This whole process put a strain on her former bandmate and sister, Meg.

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“My heart and soul went into that record, but it just so happens that my heart was half full and my soul was drained and missing something even though I didn’t know what it was,” the essay read.

“I’d go to the studio for writing sessions and feel like a second hand coat. I had a big producer straight up say, ‘Oh, s**t. You’re 29? I didn’t know you were THAT old…you look younger. You’re trying to put out a new album? That’s tough. Good luck.’

Photo: Lewis Jacobs/NBC
Photo: Lewis Jacobs/NBC

Dia Frampton is now in between recording a new album with producer Daniel Heath, Bruises, and working at a supermarket in Los Angeles. In spite of all that setbacks, Dia is determined to make things work. After all, she’s a small town girl from Utah who loves to sing, and she assures us that girl is still inside her.

Good luck with your new album Dia, show everyone that age is just a number!


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2016 VMA Winners, Favourite Moments & Let Downs Tue, 30 Aug 2016 03:28:58 +0000

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The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards sure did have a lot of memorable moments. Nick Jonas was at a diner, Jimmy Fallon impersonated Ryan Lochte, Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps introduced hip-hop rapper Future, Kanye West revealed his new music video, and many, many more.

The night was studded with both fist-pumping and eye-brow-raising moments, so here’s our own take on one of the biggest music video awards show.

The Kanye West ‘Speech-cum-Confession’

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Kanye was given a full four minutes to talk, but most of them were filled up with impertinent sentences and  thunderous applauses from the audience. Apart from him introducing his new video, and calling out Taylor Swift, he sounded like a nervous kid doing an impromptu speech. Sorry, Yeezy fans!

Britney’s “Comeback” Performance Was Not Quite A Comeback

Photo: Lainey Gossip
Photo: Lainey Gossip

While we’re happy to see our pop princess, Britney Spears, back on track, her hot and steamy performance with G-Eazy was not quite the comeback we were hoping for. But hey, she got all the basics right; super-hot yellow costume, knee-high boots, provocative dance moves, and intense chemistry with her co-singer. What else could we ask for?

Rihanna Performed FOUR Times

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As the hosts aptly put it, “You’re watching an extended Rihanna concert, featuring the VMAs.”

Absolutely. Rihanna not only had four performances, both opening and closing the show. Towards the end of the night, she was also honoured with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, presented by a smitten Drake.

Our favourite part? Drake confessing his love for her, and then tried to kiss her on live TV. Yes, TRIED.

Calvin Harris Thanks Only Rihanna For “This Is What You Came For” 

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Calvin Harris couldn’t be at the VMAs that night, so naturally we watched his acceptance speech for Best Male Video on screen. The 32-year old Scottish hottie appeared absolutely thrilled, and goes on to thank Rihanna for being the amazing woman that she is. Seems like he missed out his ex-girlfried, Taylor Swift, who co-wrote the song with him. Honest mistake? Revenge? We’ll find out.

Queen Bey Smashed Camera Lenses

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Beyonce set the stage on fire with her squad, belting out hits like “Pray You Catch Me,” “Sorry,” “Hold Up,” “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and “Formation” from her epic visual-album, Lemonade. At one point, she picked up a baseball bat and smashed the camera right in front of her!

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Even then, her performance was the highlight of the night, and everyone was left jaw-dropped and heavy-breathing at the end of her performance. Queen Bey also picked up awards for Best Pop Video, Video of the Year, Best Female Video, amongst others.


Michael Phelps Finally Reveals The Story Behind His Viral “Angry Phelps” Meme

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“There is no rapper today more inspiring than Future”, said the Olympics gold-medal swimmer as he took the stage to introduce the rapper.

“Remember in Rio when I made that face that ended up ALL over the internet? I was in the zone, with Future’s track, “Stick Talk”, blaring in my headphones.” he finished, with a big grin on his face.

Well, now we know!

Do you have a favourite moment from the VMAs? Let us know.


Here’s the full list of winners from the VMA 2016:

Video of the Year: “Formation,” Beyonce

Michael Jackson Vanguard Award: Rihanna

Best Hip-Hop video: “Hotline Bling,” Drake

Best Male Video: “This is What You Came For,” Calvin Harris

Best Female Video: “Hold Up,” Beyonce

Best New Artist: DNCE

Pop Video: “Formation,” Beyonce

Rock Video: “Heathens,” twenty one pilots

Electronic Video: “How Deep Is Your Love,” Calvin Harris & Disciples

Best Collaboration: “Work from Home,” Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Best Visual Effects: “Up&Up,” Coldplay

Best Editing: “Formation,” Beyonce

Best Cinematography: “Formation,” Beyonce

Best Choreography: “Formation,” Beyonce

Best Art Direction: “Blackstar,” David Bowie

Breakthrough Long Form Video: “Lemonade,” Beyonce

Song of Summer: “All in My Head,” Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap

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Scottish Synthpop Band Chvrches To Collaborate With Rozella For Tiger Jams Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:28:03 +0000

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Scottish synthpop band Chvrches has spoken, and they’ve chosen Kota Kinabalu’s electronica artist, Rozella – one of the three Tiger Jams finalists – for a special Tiger Jams collaboration. Props for being the lucky ones, Rozella!

Chvrches and Rozella will be working together on a track titled “Home To You” which depicts the contrast of “being in the big city with bright lights and missing the serenity of home and island life. It was written by Rozella in guidance of electropop prince Darren Ashley.


Rozella, who got selected over Son of a Policeman and Donamarie, recounts that her conversation with Chvrches via a video chat session was surreal, and that they shared industry insights with her, for instance how “people will always have an opinion” and it’s important for her to trust her gut feel to do what is right by her.

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Photo: Musicfeeds

Chvrches told Rozella that they “loved the simplicity of the track”, which allows them experimental space to fuse their sounds and incorporate voice chopping. Without a doubt, Chvrches’ expertise and experience will benefit Rozella along her journey of being groomed toward being a more established artist.

Electro-pop trio Chvrches – comprising Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry – released their debut studio album The Bones of What you Believe in 2013, which earned them widespread critical acclaim. Their second album Every Open Eye was out in 2015 and this year, they wrote the original track for the action-adventure platform video game Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.

Tiger Jams Centrestage

Along with the Top 3 contestants from Tiger Jams Rozella, Son of a Policeman and Donamarie, Chvrches highlights Tiger Jams Centerstage, which takes place on September 2nd 2016 at Rhapsody Square, TREC. Asian acts The Sam Willows (Singapore), ToNick (Hong Kong), and homegrown Darren Ashley will also be performing.

On top of that, the venue, Rhapsody Square, will showcase art pieces by Tiger Jams local visual artists, Donald Abraham, Kenji Chai and Flex, who were also instrumental in the creative production of each of the three finalists’ music videos done for their Tiger Jams original track.

To obtain exclusive passes to Tiger Jams Centerstage, access Tiger Beer’s Facebook page or

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