Jocelle Koh

Writing has always been my chosen form of expression, and has opened up opportunities for me that I could only have dreamed of. As I've grown and started moving into other mediums of expression, writing has nevertheless accompanied me, recording my most prized experiences.
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Interview: Waa Wei – Adapt like a Cloud, Coordinate like an Octopus, her Road to Creativity –

With a soothing, silken set of vocal chords and a flair for innovation, it is no surprise that Taiwanese singer-songwriter Waa Wei has been nominated year after year for her works at the Golden Melody Awards, and was voted by Hello Asia ‘Best Mandarin Female Singer’ of 2016 for her latest album ‘Run! Frantic Flowers’. The critically acclaimed album includes ten songs that were written specially to fit within the “Run! Frantic Flowers未路狂花” concept of the album, which is a phrase that means to br
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Eve Ai: There’s a Method to her Madness –

Humorous, chatty and bubbly on one hand and sincere, honest and compassionate on the other; my interview with Taiwanese singer-songwriter Eve Ai was a crockpot of all things interesting as she generously doled out anecdotes that highlighted the multifaceted and intriguing nature of her personality and music. Indeed, it has been her music’s eclectic yet electrifying nature that has afforded her musical works so much critical acclaim since her debut. Nominated for six categories at this years’ Go
Asian Pop Weekly

10 Questions with Higher Brothers (88Rising): Bringing Wechat To The World

In 2016, 88Rising a media platform which has since its debut garnered a reputation for unearthing some of Asia’s most classed-up hip hop acts (Rich Chigga from Indonesia, Keith Ape from Korea) introduced a new group to their bad-ass posse: a motley crew of Chinese natives who call themselves the Higher Brothers. Upon releasing a couple of tracks, the Higher Brothers’ style of East-meets-West hip hop started to catch the attention of Western viewers worldwide, amassing millions of views apiece.
Asian Pop Weekly

Zooey Wonder黃玠瑋: Wonderland (2017)

Adorned in all shades of pastel and shimmer, Zooey Wonder’s first full-length album ‘Wonderland’ intrigued me from the first moment I saw her album art. (For those of you who don’t know me, I love anything pastel and glittery!) Yet aesthetics aside, Wonder’s album has been executed with a patience and wisdom that goes beyond her young years, revealing her warmness, kindness and concern for the world around her. Indeed, her personality and use of the folktronica and ambience genres are what have made her pastel-and-shimmer visuals so apt and meaningful, while they would have otherwise gone to waste on other inane pop acts.
Asian Pop Weekly

Namewee黃明志: Crossover Asia亞洲通車 (2017)

I have always found Namewee to be an interesting character. He has in the past fearlessly and constantly criticised the Malaysian government through his music, dares to create works bordering on sexually explicit-yet also shows himself to be a filial son through his constant references to his mother. The Malaysian singer-songwriter-rapper particularly piqued my interest when he released his latest ‘Crossover Asia’ album which has since seen him nominated for ‘Best Male Mandarin Singer’ at the 2017 Golden Melody Awards. Given that the album has a focus on promoting harmony and cross-cultural collaborations all across Asia, it was certainly a project right up my alley.
YAM Magazine

Ed Sheeran – Divide

When I first heard Ed Sheeran’s latest album Divide, I was just as excited and blown away as the rest of the world. Although I cannot consider myself a fan, I have always been partial to his soothing vocals and acoustic sound. The album was catchy, Ed’s words authentic, what more could you ask for? But the overwhelming response to Sheeran’s album made me suspicious. It has never been the case that I have ever been so in tune with mainstream audiences’ tastes; what has changed? So I decided to gi
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2017 Golden Melody Awards Showcase announces performances by William Wei, Crowd Lu, Eli Hsieh, BAND-MAID and more –

In lieu of the upcoming Golden Melody Awards, a three-day showcase will be held at ATT SHOWBOX from the 21st to 23rd of June, celebrating Taiwan’s unique brand of music alongside several international musical guests. Sporting a lineup of some of Taiwan’s most critically acclaimed young artists, it has been announced that nominees of this years’ awards Crowd Lu and Chang & Lee will be performing, alongside past award nominees such as William Wei, Balai, Chiu-Pi, Hello Nico, Sticky Rice and Sunse
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Jason Zhang to bring ten-year anniversary ‘Sound of My Heart’ tour to Sydney this June –

Known as one of China’s most popular live acts, singer Jason Zhang will be taking his ‘Sound of my Heart’ world tour down under has he prepares to perform in Sydney on the 18th of June. The performance will be held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney. Zhang is especially known for his internet celebrity. His pre-concert livestreams are known to corral millions of viewers, with his hashtags for this concert going viral. After taking his tour through 11 cities in China, including the famous Work
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Five of the best Jam Hsiao songs that you need to hear –

Taiwanese star Jam Hsiao is coming to Australia next week for his IMBA Rock and Romance concert in Melbourne & Sydney! In celebration of his arrival in Australia, Hello Asia’s resident C-Pop expert Jocelle Koh has put together five of her favourite Jam Hsiao songs over the past decade. This is one song that Jam Hsiao fans cannot go without knowing. The resident rock god of the Mandopop scene is known for his electrifying live performances, and how better to rock out there than by singing one of
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Members of Hip Hop group G.U.T.S hold press conference in Sydney –

At Sydney’s Soho Social Club on the 11th of April, the boys of Taiwanese rap group G.U.T.S held their press conference heralding in their two-stop concert tour in Sydney and Melbourne on the 12th and 15th of April respectively. Organiser Etone Events, who specialises in organising larger performances that encourage cultural exchange between Australia and Eastern cultures warmly welcomed G.U.T.S to Australia. Taiwanese rap group G.U.T.S is unique in that they are made up of three critically acc
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