Singer-songwriter blog: The story of Loaded
My first release as a solo artist was a collaboration with the talented producer Hasso from Germany, and we made a song called Loaded.
This song was important to me because it was the first song I wrote in collaboration, and I was new to the process of co-writing. I learned a lot from this experience about working with an EDM producer, writing music with someone from another country, and releasing music under an electronic music label.
A big part of this music journey also involved Berlin. After writing the song remotely, Hasso and I met up in Berlin and hung out for a few days.
In Berlin I was kindly hosted by another talented singer songwriter friend of mine, Another Nguyen, and we made a cover video together of a song by a Singaporean band. My friend showed me the vibrant music scene of the city, bringing me to club shows, open mics, karaoke sessions, and of course, street busking.
The best part is, thanks to her I got to perform at an open mic in Prachtwerk, where I sang two of my original songs, which were very well received by the German audience – they even gave me a standing ovation!
Back home in Singapore, we released Loaded, and it was surprisingly well received on Spotify. I was inspired to make an acoustic version for my listeners as well, who may not listen so much to EDM, or electronic dance music. Many of my friends gave me feedback that they liked the acoustic version. I was also lucky enough to get to make a music video made for it as well with some professional videographer friends.
Hasso and I opened up the song to remixes, and we received three killer remixes from three producers from different countries – Clectica from Finland, RIKI from Italy, and WARINER from USA. Each of the remixes have their own style and I love how each of them reimagines the song I had initially written with Hasso.
With that, the chapter of Loaded is closing. It has been a very exciting journey of new discoveries, new experiences, and new friends. I’m very excited for the musical journey that lies ahead.