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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Julia Peng, Ronghao Li slated to perform at this years’ Golden Melody Awards –

2016 Golden Melody Award winner for Best Female Mandarin artist Julia Peng and edgy ‘Black-Rock’ singer-songwriter Ronghao Li are both slated to be giving show-stopping performances at this years’ Golden Melody Award ceremony on the 24th of June. Li, a notable singer-songwriter known for his unique, throaty vocals and original songwriting style has announced his excitement at being given the chance to perform at the event, saying that he has been preparing for three months for his first opportu
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Massive Attack and Feist headline Clockenflap 10th Anniversary artist announcement –

Hong Kong’s biggest music and arts festival Clockenflap has already begun preparations for their 10th anniversary festival celebrations, announcing Bristol Trip-Hop legends Massive Attack and Canadian indie-rock chanteuse Feist amongst artists within their first-round lineup. The festival for this year will take place from Friday November 17th to Sunday November 19th at Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong. Headliner Massive Attack are said to be closing the festival on Sunday with a spectacular fu
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Taiwanese Waves 2017 to be held July 29th in Central Park –

Showcasing Taiwan’s vibrant and multicultural music scene to New Yorkers, Taiwanese Waves will be held once again at New York’s legendary SummerStage venue on the 29th of July. After last year’s showcase drew the biggest crowd recorded in SummerStage’s 30-year history, Taiwanese Waves has returned with another round of promising acts, namely award-winning Taiwanese artists Sangpuy, FireEX, Berry J and Dadado Huang.
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Taiwanese Rock Band Mayday to bring [LIFE] tour to North America this November –

Taiwanese Rock legends Mayday recently announced that their [LIFE] Tour will be adding dates for North American stops this November. The Taiwanese band’s world tour, which will perform over 100 shows worldwide has announced performances in Vancouver (November 8), San Jose (November 10), Anaheim (November 11), Houston (November 15), Brooklyn (November 18), Chicago (November 21) and Toronto (November 26). The band who have in the past been labeled the Asian Beatles have been well-loved by Taiwan
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2017 Golden Melody Awards Nominations Announced! –

It’s that time of the year again! C-Pop’s Golden Melody Awards are right around the corner, and some very promising acts have been nominated, including some of our favourites! Who are you rooting for this year? Album of the Year -Village Besieged /Foothills Folk LLC -The Servile/Rocksurf -All Nominated Titles of Best Album in Mandarin -All Nominated Titles of Best Album in Taiwanese -All Nominated Titles of Best Album in Hakka -All Nominated Titles of Best Album in an Aboriginal
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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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Mickey Huang to host the 2017 Golden Melody Awards, Dennis and Lulu to host the red carpet together again –

The triple-threat hosting team of Taiwanese veteran host Mickey Huang, alongside Dennis and Lulu will yet again be hosting the Golden Melody Awards this year. Huang mentioned that the decision to host the Golden Melody Awards was a serendipitous one that came to him-believe it or not-as he was playing Mahjong with his friends. While playing the well-loved Chinese tile game, he was approached with the offer, and told his friends that if he won the round, he would take the job. Huang even labell
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Japanese band GLAY to perform at Golden Melody Awards 2017 –

The upcoming Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan, the most prestigious in the Chinese language music world has added yet another musical starlet to their line-up, legendary Japanese rock band GLAY. The record-breaking band, who holds the record for largest concert in the world (performing to crowds of 200,000 in Makuhari in 1999) has a solid following in Taiwan and last performed here four years ago. This year, they will be back to grace the stages of the Golden Melody Awards ceremony with their pa
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On Being Human: Interview with Lara Veronin

For those of you who aren’t clued in yet, Taiwanese-American singer-songwriter Lara Veronin (梁心頤) has recently released her new single Where Do We Go at the end of what has been a tumultuous year for her. The sweet, vivacious 28 year-old who was once part of band Nan Quan Mama (南拳媽媽) and previously under Jay Chou’s record label JVR Music spoke to YAM Magazine about what she’s been up to since her last album in 2012, and about all the ins and outs of her thoughts for this single.
Chinese music album reviews, lyric translations and updates!

[What's on my playlist?] with SEKAI NO OWARI's Nakajin (Pt. 1 of 4)

Welcome to Asian Pop Weekly's newest blog series called 'What's on my playlist' where some of our favourite artists share what's currently on their playlists, and a little about why they love each of the songs on it! I came up with this concept because I love knowing what's on my favourite artists playlists, as I feel it gives me a better sense of their tastes and personality, especially if you look hard enough. After all, the way to a musician's heart is through their music, no? Anyway, the first four posts in the series are already specially reserved for one of my favourite Japanese bands SEKAI NO OWARI, who will be touring the US very soon! Their band leader Nakajin will have the honours of revealing to us his playlist first. So without further ado, let's begin!
Chinese music album reviews, lyric translations and updates!

[What's on my playlist?] with SEKAI NO OWARI's Fukase (Pt. 4 of 4)

Welcome back to the second post in our 'Whats on my playlist' blog series, this time shining a spotlight onto Fukase, SEKAI NO OWARI's lead vocalist and one of their creative muses.His music to me is reflective of his sensitive nature, and a throwback to his vibrant story. (See more about SEKAI NO OWARI's story here). So without further ado, let's allow Fukase's music sensitivities tell his story for him!
Chinese music album reviews, lyric translations and updates!

[APW Exclusive Interview] The story of SEKAI NO OWARI- Happiness is hard-fought

SEKAI NO OWARI is a name that is mostly unheard of in the Western world. However, step foot into Japan, and what one will soon realise is that they are a J-Pop phenomenon and household name; much like Taylor Swift in the sphere of Western music. Coming together in 2007 and initially playing to no more than 15 people in an abandoned warehouse, the band which consists of Nakajin, Fukase, Saori and DJ Love officially debuted in 2010 and solidly accumulated in success before rising to meteoric fame with their hit single “RPG” in 2012, which has over 96 million hits on YouTube to date. Playing to sold-out venues such as the legendary Nippon Budokan and Nissan Stadium, and with more than a couple chart-topping singles and awards under their belt, the band is well-equipped for their upcoming debut into the US music industry. However, the funky and eclectic indie-pop band didn’t exactly breeze their way out of obscurity to become one of the most popular bands in Japan. Theirs is a story of tumultuous times, new beginnings and self discovery, showing us that their happiness and success was anything but easy.