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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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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Khalil Fong on the making of “Journey To The West” –

Ask any self-respecting ABC (stands for American-born-Chinese) for a list of their favourite Chinese music artists off the top of their head, and there’s a high chance Khalil Fong is somewhere on that list. The prolific artist, who since his debut in 2006 has made a name for himself with his unique curation of Soul, R&B, Urban, Blues and Jazz music is largely lauded for his introduction of soul and blues music into the Chinese music scene. As his musical influences imply, Fong is an ABC himse
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2016 C-Pop Awards – Nominees Revealed! –

Hello Asia! are excited to announce the nominees for the 4th Annual Hello Asia! C-Pop Awards, with the winners set to be revealed on New Years Day – Sunday January 1st 2017. It has been a great year for the Chinese Pop music industry, so check out who’s been nominated as some of the music highlights of the Chinese music industry in 2016! – 你好不好-Eric Chou – Flow: Khalil Fong feat. Wang Leehom – 我們的總和: Eve Ai – Jane Zhang: Dust My Shoulders Off – Lara Veronin: Where Do We Go Crowd Lu: Wh
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C-Pop Style Diary #1: Tanya Chua's three shades of denim

Singer-songwriter-producer Tanya Chua has always been a source of inspiration for me. Be it through her music, her tastes or her sense of style, her individualism and strong, independent yet overtly feminine attitude always shines through. Of course, in her fashion sense, this is no exception. Having posted many photos of her clad in denim on her Facebook, it seems that the Mandopop songstress is an expert in pairing denim to create outfits that look effortlessly classy with simple touches to create beautiful, coordinated looks. Let's explore a few of them below, shall we?
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Colours of the Jam: Jam Hsiao’s various hairstyles in 2016 –

This year has been a big one for Taiwanese rocker and crooner Jam Hsiao, who released his cover album Reminiscence at the start of the year. Rocking a cut a little shorter than what fans were used to, it was still dapper and not that big a change from the mop Hsiao usually sports. However, as the year progressed, Hsiao appeared with a monk-like buzz cut, which he has been sporting in many different styles and colours as we get further into 2016. Here are a couple of the radical colours he’s gone
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Happy Mother’s Day! How 4 C-Pop stars are showing their love to their Mums –

Happy Mother’s day to one and all! It’s certainly a day to be thankful to your mums for not only carrying you for nine months and enduring the painful labour of pushing you out of her, but also for her unending support of you no matter what stage of life you’re in. Here are four C-Pop artists who shared their love and thanks to their moms in sweet and unique ways. Let’s have a look shall we? Brasca, the wonderkid that is Jay Chou’s mentee has actually composed a sweet song for his mum called “I
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A day in the life of S.H.E member Ella Chen –

Well I’m sure just like me, you wonder sometimes when you have nothing better to do what celebrities do in their spare time. Well, thanks to Ella’s dashing husband Lai Jie Yu, we now have the privilege of a peek into a normal weekend with Taiwanese girl group S.H.E member Ella Chen. As you’ll soon find out, they’re pretty much…just like us. After breakfast, Ella and her hubby set out to the park with their beloved dog Pudding. Super chef Ella’s inspiration seems to have struck once again, so t
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Celebrating White Valentines’ day with words of advice from Bii, A-Lin, Jam Hsiao and more –

For those of you who don’t know, White Valentines’ day is a celebration that originated in Japan. Somehow it came to be that the official V-day on the 14th of February was taken as a day for girls to show their affection for people they admired, buying them chocolates and flowers to show their love. Thus, on the 14th of March, each year it is time for the guys to show their affection for their potential or actual other halves! Taiwan has also seemed to adopt this tradition, and music streaming
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10 Things You Should Know About Taiwanese Rapper Aristophanes –

Say hello to Aristophanes, the Taiwanese rapper who is taking the Western music world by storm with her unique Chinese rapping style and intense yet beautiful lyrics. Having been introduced to her by an Australian friend of mine (shame on me!), it seems that Aristophanes is taking the road less travelled by finding fame through her collaboration with Canadian singer Grimes on her track “Scream”. Since then, she has been rapidly propelled to fame as one of the indie darlings of the music journal
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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: A round-up of the Oscars from an Asian perspective –

This year’s 88th Academy Awards were certainly a night to remember. Leonardo Di Caprio finally won his much-deserved Oscar for Best Actor for his role in critically acclaimed film The Revenant, while Inside Out, the Disney flick that made even the adults cry took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. But much more than just these, the 2016 Oscars proved itself to be both a breakthrough; yet a low point for representation of Asian culture in the Western world. So, without further ado, we brin
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Singapore: Inside Out Music Panel Discussion: Ten Tips on Growing an Overseas Fan Base –

As the creator of a website with an intrinsically global identity, growing an overseas fan base is an issue that has plagued me throughout the years. The world is a big place, and how to effectively reach like-minded individuals who will support what you do is a lot harder than it sounds. But attending Singapore: Inside Out’s music panel discussion moderated by journalist Hidzir Junaini and featuring some of the local music scene’s most prominent industry professionals such as Cherry Chan (co-fo
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My Top 10 C-Pop Songs of 2015 – Jocelle Koh –

I can’t believe 2015 is almost coming to an end already! It’s been a hectic and eventful year, both for me and for the C-Pop music world. Check out some of my picks for the best, most impactful songs of the year – in my opinion at least. What kind of top 10 list would it be without a little G.E.M? Taking the world by storm this year, she’s been working hard touring around the world and doing her part spreading Chinese music to the western world. Recently releasing her newest album “New heartbea
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2015 C-Pop Awards – Nominees Revealed! –

It’s time not only for Hello Asia’s K-Pop awards, but for their C-Pop (Chinese Pop) edition too! Hello Asia! are excited to announce the nominees for the 1st Hello Asia! C-Pop Awards, with the winners set to be revealed live on air on Hello Asia Radio on Thursday December 17th.2015 has been a year of many great happenings for the industry, so check out who’s been nominated as some of the music highlights of the Chinese music industry this year! • Little luck小幸運-Hebe Tien田馥甄 • Listen聽-Khalil F
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〈小幸運〉翻唱版本大蒐蘿 你最愛哪一個?

台灣新時代女神田馥甄隔了一年半的時間再站上自己的舞台,為了電影《我的少女時代》演唱了主題曲〈小幸運〉。青春浪漫喜劇搭配田馥甄的歌聲,讓電影不僅達到4億票房,歌曲點閱率也早已飆升至2000萬,更入圍今年金馬獎「最佳原創電影歌曲」。詞曲中帶著一種淡淡的哀傷,回憶著失去的青春,而編曲的部分簡單又經典,把聽眾瞬間帶回校園,重播著當時的曖昧、當時的單純、與當時的離別。一開始,馥甄清澈的嗓音小心翼翼地在耳邊唱著,激起心中苦中帶甜的感覺,領著我們進入她的小小世界。到了副歌後,女神的歌聲變得更執著,更嘹亮,像一未成年的主角接受青春留下的疤痕,遺憾又美麗。
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Who did it better/Hebe Tien(田馥甄)- 'A Little Happiness'(小幸運)

Taiwanese chanteuse Hebe Tien has returned to her musical stage with a new single titled “A Little Happiness“(小幸運) as the theme song for recently released movie “Our Times“(我的少女時代). But after listening to the single for myself, it’s definitely not just the movie which has made this song such a success. The melody and the lyrics are subtly infused with the taste of bittersweet nostalgia, with simple but effective arrangements that move listeners, taking them back to the old high school days. Hebe’s voice, however is the definite star of the show. Crooning gently and carefully to begin with, her voice encapsulates pockets of vibrant imagery and nuances that truly tell a story. By the end, her voice has taken on a lot more depth and strength, almost like powerful flashbacks of memories racing across your mind, as you desperately try to grab hold of that youth; that feeling of being indestructible and ready to chase whatever dreams you had.
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Who Did It Better? Jolin Tsai-‘Play我呸’

Even being named by TIME Magazine one of the best music videos of the year, Mandopop Princess Jolin Tsai‘s new single <Play> is definitely taking the world by storm. But not only has it been revolutionary in its sound and its idea, it has also had a rapid and catalytic effect on the Taiwanese music community, with many up-and-coming artists drawing inspiration from the original to create their own radically different yet wonderful works.Here we have four versions of the same song-but who did it best? Read to the end to hear my verdict.