Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007


So the countdown to Zoukout begins for this Groovy Pinhole Experiment project as Haffiz and yours truly attempted to get to grips with things that Saiful does so well...
As usual, I got off work late and so I rushed down to Rockstar Studios in Highland Centre.
My question too as the cab driver pointed out this dingy, non-descript building to me. I walked in and the place looked deserted. Ran up the staircase and could vaguely make out Mag's synth intro to Dance With Me.
And so for the next hour, I could pretend I was not me (i.e. this boring overworked lawyer) and act as if I was the lead singer of Singapore's hottest band...
... so cool...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Last two months have been tough at work. Not that it's that much better now but enough to have some breathing space. But I thank God for the "hard times" cos I had no choice but to rely on Him rather than on my own strength.
In the meantime, things are "hotting up" music-wise for me. Thus, I'll probably be setting aside reviewing local gigs at least till the end of the year while I concentrate on my music solo and with the Groovy People. Meaning: Will be missing Lime Sonic Bang (unless someone can convince me otherwise...)
Tonight, I am jamming with the Great Spy Experiment (!) in preparation for Zoukout (!) and I am so looking forward to that. It'll be an absolute blast!
Tomorrow's Rolling Stones tribute has been postponed (maybe to 29 Nov) and might give me a chance to get the Groovy People involved as well... will see how it goes.
On Saturday night, will be rehearsing with the Groovy People (including James!) to get ourselves ready for the December gigs and on Sunday afternoon (pending the public entertainment license) will be performing at the Peace Concert for Burma at the Substation.
And... with the many film music projects in the near future... it's gonna be a very interesting end to 2007.
I thank God for His faithfulness. For being with me... through it all.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Sometime back, Danny Loong suggested that I form a new band and call it “Watchmen Revisited” which I balked at albeit in a very polite manner. After all, Danny is a very nice guy…
Whilst not using that exact phrase, it inspired me to think about revisiting some of my old songs for the debut release of Kevin Mathews/The Groovy People.
Have also been encouraged by the positive response these old songs have received by audiences when I perform them, not to mention the great emails I’ve been getting.
So why not? Maybe a 5-track EP consisting of My One & Only, Never Liked the Beatles, Beautiful, I Love Singapore & one more…
Kind reader, I need your feedback on this – would you support such a release with your hard earned cash? Comments, please…

Monday, November 12, 2007


Have I become the “go to” guy when it comes to tribute shows involving classic rock bands? Well, thus far, I’ve performed at tribute shows to the late John Lennon and Pink Floyd and this Thursday, 15 November 2007, I will be at Home Club (again) to pay tribute to the Rolling Stones!
Which is all well and good, cos basically, the Stones are one of the most influential rock bands of all time and also, one of my favorites. Therefore, it will be an absolute pleasure to cover such wonderful material.
But much more than that, I intend to sneak into the show, my own personal tribute to a close associate of the Stones and a critical influence on their own work – Gram Parsons.
Yes, boys and girls, expect me to focus on good old Americana, which sadly gets very little attention in the Singapore Music Scene and hopefully, I will be able to collect some country music converts along the way.
So please don’t let that turn you off from coming down to the Home Club this Thursday, and if (and when) you do, please come up and say hi… I would very much like to meet and chat with you…