Singapore, 9 January 2015 – The National Arts Council (NAC) invites aspiring young musicians, photographers, designers and artists to apply for an opportunity to be mentored by some of Singapore’s most creative names through Noise Singapore—The 2015 edition celebrates the 10th anniversary of the country’s largest creative arts platform for young people.


With 4 new mentors this year, young Singaporeans will be exposed to the industry’s top talent including Ben Qwek, a new The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) mentor, who is one of the few artists in Singapore specialising in 3D anamorphic floor art. Award-winning Leonard Soosay, one of Singapore’s well-known independent music producers and sound engineers who has recorded over 500 local artists since 1997, is one of the three new mentors to join The Music Mentorship (TMM) programme. Leonard is also director of Snakeweed Studios and co-founder of Thunder Rock School which is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians. Clement Yang will also journey alongside aspiring musicians, and share his experiences as a bass player of Ugly in the Morning, one of Singapore’s naughtiest alternative funk rock bands. Better known by her moniker, Ms Vandetta, Vanessa Fernandez is another new mentor. A member of one of Singapore’s most successful hip-hop groups, Urban Xchange, she has enjoyed positive reviews for her first EP, “Fly” and is assistant Programme Director of Lush99.5FM.


These new mentors, together with 24 returning mentors, will draw from a combination of their global experiences and hands-on expertise, to help grow and mould aspiring young talents over four months before a public showcase at a professional arts venue as part of Noise Festival 2015 which saw an attendance of over 60,000 in 2014.


Over the last 10 years the programme has produced successful mentorships for both artists and musicians, some of who have been the winners of the Noise Singapore Award like Take Two in 2014.


Bassist David Siow, of the popular local quintet, said of their four-month mentorship experience, “Through The Music Mentorship (TMM), we were fortunate to be mentored by Saiful (Idris of the Great Spy Experiment) who gave us different perspectives and opened our minds to many possibilities. We worked with him to define our music and sound, and carve out a more specific identity for ourselves. TMM also gave us the opportunity to connect with the network that builds and strengthens the local arts scene by making new friends with other talented local bands, musicians, photographers and programmers”.


Entry for submissions is now open until 15 March for the 2015 The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) and The Music Mentorship Programme (TMM).  Organised by the NAC, Noise Singapore provides opportunities for young people ages 35 and below to present their works to the public, and to deepen their arts interest by learning from creative professionals.


Mr Kenneth Kwok, Director, Arts and Youth, National Arts Council (NAC) said, “For the past 10 years, Noise Singapore has been dedicated to helping talented young people realise their dreams. We could not have done this without all the arts professionals – many of whom have achieved much acclaim both locally and internationally– who have given up their time to mentor these aspiring talents. To mark this milestone year, we’re also organising a Noise Alumni Showcase in October that will feature past TAP and TMM apprentices. This exhibition and concert series will be a homecoming celebration for all our past participants and their mentors.”


With more than 5,400 submissions from 1,000 participants in last year’s Open Categories and Mentorship Programmes, Noise Singapore has brought together a large community of Singapore’s youths, and connected them with various arts opportunities since its inception in 2005. The aim is to encourage young people to continue their involvement in the arts even after they have left school. Be it as a hobby or profession, participation in the arts can add value to their lives and platforms like Noise Singapore make it easier for them to find out about local youth arts happenings.


In addition, the 10th edition of Noise Singapore will also include a series of “Pop-up Noise” events outside of the city centre – there will be one for Visual Arts, and another for Photography in the first quarter of 2015.


In addition to the new mentors, returning mentors include:




Bani Haykal: A 2013 Young Artist Award winner, Bani writes, experiments with and performs music and text. He has presented works in several festivals around the world, and is an associate artist with The Substation.


Brandon Khoo: The first drummer in Singapore to be endorsed by Mapex Drums, TRX Cymbals (USA) and Heartbeat Drumsticks, Brandon has worked closely with global drumming ambassador, Dom Famularo, to introduce new drumming concepts to Singapore.


Daniel Sassoon: Having served as a judge and mentor for the Esplanade’s Baybeats in 2009 and 2010, Daniel is a member of Heineken’s Sound Council, and has carved out a reputation as an accomplished and inventive guitarist in acclaimed bands, Livonia and Electrico.


Eddino Abdul Hadi: A member of the Board of Directors of the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS), Eddino is a music journalist for The Straits Times, as well as musician, songwriter and founder of popular homegrown band Force Vomit.


Randolf Arriola: Considered one of the finest live-looping artists in the world having headlined the Y2K10 International Live Looping Festival in the USA in 2010, Randolf has more 20 years of professional experience as singer-songwriter and guitarist.


Saiful Idris: Singer, guitarist and songwriter with the Great Spy Experiment, a band that has played at international events such as Baybeats and South by Southwest, Saiful is also a DJ who has brought his unique brand of electronic music to audiences in Singapore, London and the Philippines.


Sara Wee: Vocalist and guitarist, Sara is a vocal coach in schools and the Timbre Music Academy. She now performs four times a week with her band, 53A around Singapore




Jerry Goh: Creative director at Higher by day, and Underscore, and The U Press by night.


Pann Lim: With over 350 industry awards in hand, Pann believes that creating work without an idea is a sin. He is addicted to design, advertising and interactive art.


Yong: He heads Somewhere Else and together with his team, push to create unique works that are idea-driven, relevant and intelligently crafted.


Eeshaun: Featured in 20/20 BASE, an exhibition celebrating 20 of Singapore’s most creative talents, Eeshaun was also part of the curatorial team for the Singapore Pavilion at the 11th Venice Architectural Biennale.


Mas: Founder of the Band of Doodlers, a collective of doodlers, Mas is a corporate cog by day, illustrator by night. He has been a TAP mentor since 2012.


Speak Cryptic: Otherwise known as Fariswan Fajari, Speak Cryptic is a visual artist residing in Singapore, and has exhibited extensively here and in other parts of the world since 2005. He is inspired by the cultures of comics and underground music.


Andy Yang: With awards from D&AD (UK), Communication Art (US) and Cannes Lions (France), Andy has been pursuing his passion to draw, paint, perform and fiddle with different media for the past 12 years.


Brian Gothong Tan: Conferred the 2012 Young Artist Award, Brian is one of Singapore’s leading creative, and best known for his cutting-edge and highly engaging works in theatre, film and installation art.


Justine Loke: A member of Vertical Submarine, an art collective which received the Credit Suisse Art Award, the President’s Young Talents award (2009) and Celeste Prize, New York (2011), Justin was also the recipient of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Singapore Foundation Arts Award in 20009.


Ben Qwek: The new mentor this year is one of the few artists in Singapore who specialises in 3D anamorphic floor art, and whose clients include Bathing Ape SG, 7-Eleven, People Association, HSBC and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.




Jasmine Ng: A co-director of Eating Air, one of the first Singapore films that travelled the international film festival circuit and has won many awards, Jasmine also created site-specific multimedia arts installations like BOTH SIDES, NOW.


Liao Jiekai: He won the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival for his debut film Red Dragonflies, and has also clinched two other prestigious awards – the 2012 Young Artist Award, and the 2013 Credit Suisse President’s Young Talent Commissioning Award.


Bryan van der Beek: With work published by Time, Time Asia, Newsweek, The Washington Post and many others, Bryan is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Singapore, and whose work spans Asia, North America and Europe.


Chow Chee Yong: a consultant with the BeyonDesign Centre and also a senior lecturer in the Department of Visual Communication at Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Design, Bryanhas participated in more than 30 solo and group exhibitions across Asia-Pacific.


Jean Qingwen Loo: Jean runs Logue, a content creation studio that builds strong narratives across film, photography and the written word.


Robert Zhao Renhui: Awarded the Deutsche Bank Award in Photography (UK) in 2010, and the United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award in 2009, as well as being conferred the Young Artist Award in 2010, Robert’s work is based on the concept of doubt and uncertainty.


Roy Zhang: With various international advertising awards on still life to his name, Roy started out as an advertising photographer in 1998, and now shifts between still life, fashion and portrait photography.


Teo Chai Guan: A founder of Teo Studio, and an established commercial photographer specialising in conceptual advertising work, Chai Guan also actively pursues his interest in fine art photography.