Looking for new songs to add to your playlist? Local music in Singapore has seen its fair share of growth over the years, with plenty of local bands and artists making waves both here and around the region. From original dance-worthy beats and soulful tunes, to retro replays, here are a few current Singapore bands and singers to check out.
Fans of indie pop should check out local singer-songerwriter Vivien Yap, especially the earworm that is “Part II“, the first single off her debut EP Fables. While it’s a chirpy, upbeat tune with prominent harmonies and a super catchy chorus, the lyrics speak of the anguish from the aftermath of a failed relationship. New single “SKIN” came out in 2023. Oh, and if you’re into local poetry, check out the talented singer’s self-published autobiographical collection of poems, Can You Hear Me Now.
Inspired by the likes of Jamiroquai, Bruno Mars and D’Angelo, this local band is known for its R&B and funk stylings and pumped-up live performances. We loved their debut single, “Get Close”, a groovy track that’ll make you get off your feet and, well, dance. Throw in a dose of bad-boy charm and you get “I’m No Good”, the band’s second single. Keep your eyes peeled on their social channels for new music, including 2023’s funky collabo track, “Peanut Butter Crackers”.
This four-piece local band – consisting of Sherlyn on vocals, Zie on synths, Billy on drums and Rush on guitar – was formed in 2011. Having launched a chart-topping EP titled Arcade and a follow-up album The Yearbook, Disco Hue’s dancey originals are a fab mash of retro-inspired beats and infectious synth licks. Our favourite track? “Gotta Find You”, the band’s first single!
This Singapore-based band has been rocking stages for 15 years. They’re a real favourite and one of the longest serving party and corporate event bands around. Presented by full-service entertainment business Band on the Run, 10.seconds is a wonderful mix of musical friends from Singapore, Australia and Korea. The band plays everything from Top 40 hits to jazz but is especially in its element with 70s and 80s retro dance-floor classics. Expect plenty of audience participation at their shows, with supporters and party-goers forming an instant bond with front woman, co-founder and leading stage personality, Kalliope.
Drummer and co-founder Simon Hyett says: “We’re in the zone whether we’re partying with a wedding group of 20 on the beach in Bali, at an 800-person gala dinner on Sentosa, a team building event in Hong Kong or anything in between. We just want to live, love, laugh… and entertain!”
Best known for his rich, soulful vocals, homegrown singer-songwriter Shak’thiya – who goes by the stage name Shak – first got into music by writing poetry. His musical influences include folk, blues, soul and indie. You’ll find him performing around the island – either solo with a guitar in hand or with his Singapore band, The Baits. Check out his full EP Sitting at Home here.
Local songbird Joie Tan’s self-titled, 10-track album speaks of love and its challenges. The album features a fresh mix of genres and styles like smooth jazz and pop, with a touch of old-school alternative, which – when paired with her sweet, soothing voice – makes it easy for anyone to enjoy right away. Have a listen to “Right Here Right Now” a piano-centric, heartfelt tune with raw lyrics.
Rising Singaporean funk and soul artist Dru Chen features influences of 00’s pool-party electrofunk and 90s nu-disco. Try his single “Givin’ It Up” for starters! He’s been writing fairly prolifically in recent years too, including full albums in 2021 (Slow Life) and 2023 (Slower Life). Dru’s smooth, soul vocals and infectious tunes will get you up and grooving on the dance floor.
Formed in 1996 as Electric Company, this award-winning Singapore band is known for its unique sound and captivating performances. Electrico has carved out a special place in the hearts of music enthusiasts for over 25 years. With their infectious energy and genre-bending indie style, they’ve left an indelible mark on local and international stages alike. A good place to start is “I Want You”, lead single of their debut album. Check it out on YouTube.
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