12th March 2015: An Honest Mistake Records Presents: Discovery Thursday (March 2015) at Laundry Bar, The Curve.
First up, a band of smartly-dressed dudes.
Emcee and organizer Darren Teh of An Honest Mistake Records!
He introduced the next band, which had one very cool, desirable Korg RK-100S keytar.
This is another cool instrument – a neck-through Dean guitar in Classic White. I’d never seen one so pure in whiteness – Dean’s brand for me is all about Dimebag Darrell. I had to look it up before remembering Dave Mustaine also shreds on Dean guitars.
I finally got to see Jie Er’s other band!
Jo-Ling and her 37 keys of coolness.
I made the mistake of looking up how much this costed – it seemed quite affordable to me, for someone who doesn’t know how to read sheet music. I know the theory but I can’t read it quickly, and I don’t know my scales when not in C major/A minor.
I then looked up the price of the Roland AX-Synth and found it to be twice the price for 12 more keys, or one more octave! The KORG, however, has smaller than normal keys, which might help. I also considered that a 24-fret 6-string guitar has the equivalent of a 49-key keyboard in range, but it’s not as if keytars don’t have an octave shifter. How practical this is in use however, I don’t know.
I’d been toying with the idea, since I love the sound of a synthesizer with a big fat 80s tone, and I also love the idea of creating chords using the keyboard layout (as opposed to a guitar). My guitar and bass hang on a double-neck guitar stand to the side of my computer, and I’d love to be able to just pull up a keytar from the side and jam on it out of boredom, without it taking up space permanently on the table. Heck, I could even play it strapped around my neck!
And now, for a video.
Ray Cheong, blues/soul/fingerstyle extraordinaire.
His acoustic guitar sat there regally.
Bo Amir Iqram joined for a song and a tasty jam!
The final act of the night…
Joey Tong! She jumps and dances all over the stage.
So I finally got to see her in an electric setup with a full band.
This hipster can shred!
The familiar John!
Uptown funky walk!
Surprise jam with Darren on bass!
I’d not seen Bo on drums.
Ray joins in, too!