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Add to Playlist EP 4: A Movement

How Baybeats became Baybeats.


Published: 11 Oct 2021

Time taken : ~10mins

Add to Playlist

Episode 4: A Movement

An Esplanade Commission
Presented by Baybeats
Produced by Not Safe For TV

How did Baybeats begin and what is its place in our local music scene? We talk to founders, organisers, producers and musicians who’ve been touched in some way by the mecca of alt-music on this island, to mark 20 (legendary) years of Baybeats, Singapore’s biggest alternative music festival.

John Chiong, Co-founding Producer
Razi Razak, Co-founding Producer
Leonard Soosay, Music Producer
Annabelle Faye Danker, Former Baybeats Production Lead
Ravi Sivalingam, Director of Operations, Esplanade
Cecilia Chow, Former Baybeats Programming Lead
Isaac Chiew, Big Duck
Chester Eu, Big Duck
Hung Weining, Producer for LUCFest Taiwan

About this series

In Add to Playlist, we explore four universal themes that are triggered by emotions experienced through the music of Baybeats: A movement, a voice, a person, a culture. Created in collaboration with NSFTV, these intimate playlists feature stories of all sorts of individuals who have been involved with the festival in different capacities, who are from Singapore and abroad. In these narratives, Add to Playlist also reveals what the Baybeats brand is and has stood for 20 years in the scene and counting—the festival's history, being a platform for bands, giving a voice to subcultures in Singapore and the region, as well as its commitment to the music of our culture. 

Add these videos to your playlist and allow yourself to see how the music of Baybeats is a part of our identity, our lives, and our culture.

Acknowledgement by:

Not Safe For TV

Not Safe For TV (NSFTV) is an online visual magazine by The Hummingbird Co. that creates experimental video content in both narrative and documentary formats. By pushing the boundaries of storytelling and filmmaking with new perspectives, NSFTV seeks to be the alternative voice for the bold and the curious.

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It's all about the music

Baybeats 2021

4 – 7 Nov 2021
Esplanade & Online
Free, online and on-site by registration
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