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*SCAPE’s Music Day Out! festival returns this October

The festival promises greater exposure and opportunities for the local indie music community through exclusive conferences, behind-the-scenes interviews, and more.

Amanda Tan

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Published: 11 October 2021, 1:18 PM

*SCAPE’s annual music festival is back for the third year in a row.

Returning in a hybrid format, Music Day Out! (MDO) aims to celebrate the growing indie music scene in Singapore. From Oct 18 to Oct 23, MDO will showcase performances from an outstanding line-up of young music talents, including local band Forests.

Other emerging artists include progressive and post-rock band Anechois, soulful singer-songwriter Narysal Nurdanel, alternative-rock quartet Coming Up Roses, and alternative-R&B duo nkei. 

These artists will be performing for a minimum of 30-minutes each and will be doing a post-event interview to share their music journey, what they have been up to, and their creative processes.

Attendees can also look forward to engaging in panel discussions with regional industry veterans such as Elodie Sobczak from Myanmar, Andrew Mam from Cambodia, Joff Cruz from Vietnam, Chris B from Hong Kong, as well as local industry professionals like Tan Peng Sing from Where Are The Fruits.

For budding indie musicians who would like some guidance regarding your self-produced works, MDO is offering a Demo Drop Consultation session on Oct 23 which allows budding artists to let established musicians and music producers listen to their demos. They stand a chance to be their mentees, and produce an EP in an upcoming residency.

There is also another mentorship programme available, called the *SCAPE ALT. Residency programme. From now till Nov 7, solo artists and bands aged between 15 to 35 can sign-up for the *SCAPE ALT. Residency Open Call. Registrants will have to submit details such as past works and performances, and unpublished demos.

From the Open Call, four youths will be selected to be mentored under the programme where they will be matched with local industry professionals including David Siow, Weish (from .gif) and Where Are The Fruits. Mentees will learn song-writing, arrangement skills, and distribution know-hows, participate in recording sessions, and produce an EP of four tracks and a music video which will be performed in 2022.

Shawn Wong, Deputy Executive Director of *SCAPE said: “As a youth organisation, *SCAPE is committed to provide handshake opportunities to aspiring young Singaporean musicians with industry professionals for collaboration opportunities.”

“These partnerships are aligned with our mission to support youths in Singapore’s creative scene, to continue pursuing their passion and craft, especially in these vulnerable times.”

For more information on the programme schedule and how to register, you can visit *SCAPE.

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