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Zara Chin Yen Ping
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Zara Chin Yen Ping

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Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Having taken an interest in music since young, there was no hesitation when it came to joining Singapore Polytechnic’s one and only music/audio course. She is better known as Zara. After being exposed to the business side of the music scene, she prefers working behind the scenes to being on the stage.

Her favourite bands are Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco as well as Paramore.

Interests
Listening to music & reading books.

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Vanessa Chia
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Vanessa Chia

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Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

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Vocalist, Pianist, Songwriter

Vanessa’s first encounter with music was at the age of 5, when she started taking up piano lessons. Since then, she has moved on to playing the tuba in her school’s Symphonic Band, as well as taking up vocal lessons, doing gigs during her free time.

She aspires to be a writer/songwriter in the near future, as writing as also been a passion of hers.

Interests
Singing, writing

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Vanessa Chia Wen Xin

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Timothy Tay Le Xuan
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Timothy Tay Le Xuan

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Course
Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Pianist, Manager

Having learnt the piano since 6 years old, Timothy is proficient in multiple genres, such as Classical and Jazz Piano. Under the tutelage of Mr Chin Ying Soong, Timothy attained the Licentiate Diploma of the London College of Music for Classical Piano in 2013, and has been studying Jazz Piano since.

Timothy has had multiple experiences performing with bands as a session Pianist. Alongside performing, he has had experiences in producing shows, such as the DMAT Show V: Living the Dream.

Timothy will be serving as the Vice Chairman for the DMAT Graduation Show 2016.

Interests
Gaming, playing the piano

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Timothy Tay Le Xuan

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Thurston Cheng
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Thurston Cheng

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Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

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Musician, Composer, Songwriter, Engineer

Since starting to play the guitar at 15, Thurston has picked up other instruments like the drums and bass guitar as well, developing a well rounded musical sense. He appreciates a wide range of music from post rock, to jazz, alternative, mathcore and progressive metal. Always thinking creatively and in unorthodox ways, Thurston often finds himself filled with many unique ideas that put himself apart from the rest.

Nevertheless, Thurston enjoys writing and creating music on his own, drawing styles from various influences such as Toe, Aaron Marshall, Plini, This Town Needs Guns, and Mark Holcomb, hoping to build a repertoire to start performing with a band.

Thurston is also somewhat of a handyman and frequently engages in AV setup jobs, familiar with not just audio, but lighting and video as well. Back in the studio, Thurston is also proficient at engineering recording sessions, and is always glad to lend a helping hand.

Interests
Exploring, looking for good food, singing

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Tay Qin Yan
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Tay Qin Yan

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Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
She first started playing the clarinet when she was at the age of 13. She was in the school symphonic band, whereby she had learnt the skills, performing with the band in events and outdoor performances. When she was 15, she joined Singapore Wind Symphony (SWS) Youth Band, performing with them in annual concerts. She was the Clarinet section leader of the Youth Band from 2012 – 2015.

During the polytechnic, she started learning saxophone and played with Tacotime, a band from SP’s Record Label SPear. She also joined SP symphonic band and participated in SIBF 2014 with the band, and playing many concerts with them at Esplanade. She also guest play in various bands in their concerts.

She had also gotten her ABRSM Grade 8 in clarinet performance in 2014 and Grade 6 in Music theory in 2015. She also gives clarinet lesson privately.

She loves a huge range of genre of music from Jazz, RnB to classical music, where she draw her inspiration from bands like T-Square, Snarky puppy and Artist Khalil Fong.

Interests
Arranging/Composing, playing the clarinet

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Ruth Yeo
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Ruth Yeo

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Course
Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Songwriter, Composer, Engineer

Having grown up in a musically-inclined family, Ruth has learnt the piano since young, and uses her limited knowledge in music theory to compose songs, but makes up for it by writing lyrics of deeper meaning.

She draws lyrical inspiration from artiste such Fall Out Boy, The Script, All Sons & Daughters, etc.

Interests
Reading, Playing the piano, Trying out water sports

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Russell Lee Jun Loong
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Russell Lee Jun Loong

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Course
Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Joining the symphonic band during his secondary school days and learning the clarinet was the start of Russell’s passion for music. Russell self-taught himself piano while picking up tips from musicians around him.

Having joined Singapore Polytechnic Symphonic Band and participated in many concert and venues such as the The Hall and Esplanade. The band took part in Singapore International Band Festival’s Open Division in 2014 and emerged as second place. He is also a key member in the band, being a committee member and social secretary. He helped shaped and influence the growth of the band and planned important social events such as Freshman Orientation Camp and Christmas Party. The welfare of the members and social media of the band is managed by him as well. Surround by symphonic and orchestras, they had influenced a great to his musical style. Russell is currently working on his debut composition for his Portfolio & Development.

Being exposed to music through games and movies during his younger days, Russell is interested in the area of game and moving images with music and audio. He has done various school projects focusing on game and moving images, including collaborations with students of Diploma of Game Design and Development, which he had composed several pieces for them. He is also collaborating students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic Animation&3d Arts providing soundtracks for a short film.

Interests
Composing, clarinet playing, online games, watching movies

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Richie Yeo
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Richie Yeo

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Course
Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Singer-songwriter

Richie started singing at the age of 6 and learned to play the guitar when he was 14. Ever since then, he has performed at several venues, playing bar gigs and private events to earn extra money and gain some valuable experience as a performer.

Before graduating from secondary school, Richie was shy with his musical abilities and never wanted to pursue a career in music, as he didn’t have a strong music education background. He had only performed in front of an audience once before joining the course where he developed his skills and knowledge as well as passion for songwriting.

Interests
Talking, going to Mustafa Centre

Influences
The Beatles, Bruno Mars, McFly, Air Supply

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Orhun Timurcan Ozcelik
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Orhun Timurcan Ozcelik

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Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

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I am a real go-getter, always on the ball! I am a man with big dreams. Some say my biggest weakness is working too hard. People always tell me “Tim, Tim stop working so hard, all work and no play makes you a dull boy.”

I have chosen to ignore such people.

I play in a band.

Here is my favourite quote by Eminem, “The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” Which is why I live life to the fullest.

Interests
Watching movies, writing songs, recording and mixing. Cooking food.

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Ong Ke Xin
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Ong Ke Xin

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Course
Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Guitarist, Songwriter, Vocalist

Having learnt the guitar since 15, Ke Xin is still learning the instrument and has started writing songs with it. Since picking up the guitar, she has played for an array of performances including café gigs, functions and events.

Ke Xin has also been singing at the side and has achieved grade 6 vocals under London Music College. With these two skill sets, she have been writing a numerous amount of songs and intends to be a songwriter in the future.

Interests
Watching movies, English series

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Norman Yeo
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Norman Yeo

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Course
Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Guitarist, Arranger, Recording and Mixing engineer

Norman has been playing the guitar since he was 15. Ever since he was young, he had been in love with music. He listens to many genres of music ranging from pop, mandopop, rock, blues to heavy metal and jazz. He has a passion for creating music and turning his creations into fully produced songs. He loves to be a part of every stage in the production.

His influences include Slash, Alter Bridge, Metallica, John Mayer, Bruno Mars, Jay Chou and so on.

Norman had worked in Soundfarm Production Studios as an assistant.

Interests
Playing the guitar, playing video games

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Norman Fung
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Norman Fung

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Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

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Norman started his musical career at a local Yamaha’s Music School at the age of 15. Driven by passion to become a music student, he enrolled into SP Diploma in Music and Audio Technology to further refine his musical skills.

Through DMAT, he was given lots of opportunities to showcase his talent, be it onstage or through projects. His latest accomplishment was a collaboration with the DIPLOMA IN GAMES DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT (DGDD) students for their final year project named “Johnny Mythos”. He was the composer for all the music soundtracks present in the game itself.

In the early days, Norman mainly listens to a variety of Japanese Music as well as Chinese ballads. Upon entering DMAT, he was opened to a wider range of music like Jazz, Samba, Big band, etc.

Norman’s future goals would be a composer for film as well as games development, which he plans to further study in this area after graduation.

Interests
Playing piano, watching movies and films, gaming

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Nikki Tiara

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Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

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Trombonist, Pianist, Music Manager

At the age of 7, Nikki started her music journey as a pianist. She coincidentally joined symphonic band and has been playing the trombone for 9 years. She has performed in various venues such as Victoria Concert Hall and Esplanade. She has taken ABRSM exams for both piano and trombone too.

Coming to DMAT, she has been playing her trombone and picked up trumpet for SPEAR Launch. She also then realised that there is more than just playing music. In year 2, Nikki started to have passion for the business in music. She then started to manage past artistes, such as “Advance Press” and “Khai.”

Although it was an amateur job, she learnt many experiences from it. Nikki aspires to be in and grow the music business in Singapore, in hopes to change the local’s perspective of the music industry.

Interests
Baking, stargazing and sleep

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Niki Teo

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Course
Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Singer/Songwriter

As a young child, Niki demonstrated an enthusiasm toward the performing arts that she has nurtured and grown throughout her years. She has always enjoyed the opportunity to perform on stage, be it acting, dance or music. Her love of music was first kindled through piano lessons when she was a child and led her to pick up the violin, join a choir and perform, compete and medal in local and international events and competitions.

At Singapore Polytechnic (SP), she received the SP Music and Arts scholarship, studied guitar at Swee Lee and pursued vocal training at Lee Wei Song School of Music. She majored as a vocalist and earned her diploma in Music and Audio Technology.

Her three years of study at SP have improved her ability as a songwriter, given her opportunities to acquire various roles such as Producing and Hosting, and provided her skills with technical proficiency in sound production. Throughout that time, she has performed solo, in duos and in bands in school productions and extracurricular. She has been invited to sing at events in Singapore and has produced pieces for herself and others.

Bee Gees, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Adele, Norah Jones, Tori Kelly, Karen Souza, Diana Krall are some of her Artiste Influences.

Interests
Teaching and performing, Food & Fashion

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Twigs&Vines Duo

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Ng Mei Ting
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Ng Mei Ting

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Course
Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Singer-Songwriter, Recording Engineer, Instructor

Meiting started singing when she was 18, and started writing with the guitar when she was 20.

Having been educated in a Chinese school, she developed a strong interest in the Mandarin language. With a strong command of the language, she started to express her thoughts and feelings through writing Mandarin songs. Meiting also writes in both English and Korean.

Having worked in various recording studios from 2012 – 2015, she has a good grasp of studio recordings as well as post-production. Some of the prominent recording studios that she has worked with includes Backbeat Studio, Soundfarm Production Studios, as well as The Analog Factory.

Being a certified Pro Tools instructor, Meiting has also taught courses pertaining to the basics, as well as advanced techniques, of using Pro Tools. Other than that, she is also well-equipped to use Logic Pro 9.

Interests
Reading, Writing songs, Learning new languages

Website
Meitingguo

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Ng Jia Jun

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Course
Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Guitarist

He started learning the guitar only at age 18 but his love for music and is currently still taking lessons from Justin Liew. His favourite genre of music is metal, but is also open to other genres of music. Plays in a band with a few friends. He also enjoys recording and mixing.

His favourite bands are Megadeth, Metallica, Death, Cannibal Corpse, Revocation, Avenged Sevenfold and as a guitarist, is influenced by Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Synyster Gates, Dave Davidson.

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Muhammad Izyan Bin Jaizi
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Muhammad Izyan Bin Jaizi

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Course
Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Guitarist

Izyan started learning guitar when he was 13. He only got serious about it when he entered DMAT. His favorite genres are rock and metal but he listens to other genre to build up on his musical knowledge. He also sings for fun.

He sings in a metal band with his friends for fun and enjoyment. They jam once a week to get better and hopefully one day perform on stage.

He draws inspiration from bands such as Metallica, Alter Bridge and Breaking Benjamin and influenced by frontmen such as James Hetfield and Myles Kennedy and guitarists such as John Petrucci, Eric Clapton, Slash and Mark Tremonti.

Interests
Plays sports

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Muhammad Amirul Affandi
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Muhammad Amirul Affandi

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Diploma in Music and Audio Technology

Biography
Guitarist, Bassist

Amirul is a pretty average guy with extremely average talents. He has played in a couple of bands that all broke up after he joined them. He has written some pretty average songs that are quite listenable at times.

On the side note, he is quite capable of doing sound effects for movies and video games. So he got that going for him.

Interests
Games, movies, wearing slippers

Influences
Tame Impala, The Strokes, Velvet Underground