11th July 2017 / Lifestyle / Music

Budding bands of Baybeats 2017: FXTRT and Decipher

By: Amiril Muhaimin

Baybeats fever has dawned upon the writers at SCAPE*! We caught up with the budding bands to share in their excitement, stories of sacrifice and how food was the best perk-me-up for bands to tide through arduous time tables. Also, it seems like the Kopitiam is a universal spot to hang out after a hard practice session.

For today, we caught up with Math-Pop band FXTRT (pronounced as Foxtrot) and heavy-hitting atmospheric rock band Decipher.

Performing On: 14 July
Set Time: 8pm – 8:30pm
Stage: Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Tell us more about your band!

We are FXTRT (pronounced ‘foxtrot’), a four-piece Math-Pop band. The O’s went away just like Oreo O’sin Singapore’s shelves.

But in all seriousness, it came from a former bandmate. The band comprises of Kadir (lead vox, guitar), Ming (lead guitar), Jack (backing vox, bass), and James (drums). The three of us were from Republic Polytechnic’s Diploma in Sonic Arts whereas Jack was fresh from his ‘A’ Levels when we met him. With our powers combined, FXTRT was formed.

What was the road to Baybeats like?

The road to Baybeats was a pretty big step from where a few months back.

After our first masterclass session by Lennat Mak, we realised we had a long way to go as a band. We looked back at our craft and revised our brand and image, including the type of sound we’re going for. Also, we didn’t have the luxury of time. Things were very hectic and our schedules were unforgiving. It’s really hard to meet up for rehearsals since the two of us (Kadir and Ming) are still in NS.  We sacrificed and compromised to keep up with our jamming schedule. It was very taxing, as most of the time we settled for really late night jams along with Indian food to keep us going.

How did your friends and family react when you were selected for the budding bands’ list?

K: I’ve yet to share with my family about my Baybeats journey. They’ve never heard of the festival as they are not into music. I just told them that I’m prepping for “a show at Esplanade”. It did get a cute reaction as they asked if I am getting paid for it. Most of my friends don’t know about Baybeats either, but those who do are very supportive and excited to catch us play.

M: I’ve told a couple of my friends about Baybeats and they were all pleasantly surprised by the fact that our ‘niche’ genre got picked up! Parents were also genuinely surprised that we have people coming to our shows!

JK: My family is quite chill about it because they don’t really follow the local music scene but my friends were pretty excited, and their energy made me pumped for our performance!

JM: My parents just asked if I was getting paid; siblings were happy for the band because we got through the auditions; friends were shocked by the fact that I play in a band and the band got interviewed by various media (like this one).

What can fans expect from your set?

Lots of energy, maybe some dance moves, and tunes to be embedded into your head!

Will there be any merch for fans to buy at Baybeats? If yes, what are they?

Yes! We have physical copies of our latest release, a sophomore album effort titled Bento Set A that we put out on the 30th of June. We also have sticker packs and t-shirts, and maybe some other cool stuff!

Band: Decipher SG
Performing On: 14 July
Set Time: 7:30pm – 8pm
Stage: Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Tells us more about your band!

We struggle with putting into words on how our music sounds, and most of the time it’s tough to wrap our music around a certain genre. You could say we’re atmospheric yet heavy-hitting? Kinda like if Hans Zimmer had a love child with a heavy band.

What was the road to Baybeats like?

The road to Baybeats has been nothing short of awesome. 2017 on a whole was amazing as we had to tie up the release of our sophomore record, Strange Comfort. It felt like everything was slowly falling into place and Baybeats was the perfect icing on the cake for the post release of our record.

How did your friends and family react when you were selected for the budding bands’ list?

Well being a heavy band, we don’t usually invite our parents to our shows. We will this time though because we’re playing a huge stage at such a marquee venue! Our friends are equally stoked!

What can fans expect from your set?

We are excited to deliver a powerful performance, full of emotion and heavy-hitting music. We will be playing Strange Comfort, in its entirety as well as some new and old songs. We hope to see everyone there, and of course, come say hi and hang out with us!

Will there be any merch for fans to buy at Baybeats? If yes, what are they?

Definitely! We’ve got fresh Strange Comfort tees coming in both white and grey, and also physical copies of the CDs and of course stickers!


Baybeats will be held at the Esplanade from Friday to Sunday, 14 to 16 July 2017. For more information about the event, go to https://www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/baybeats/2017.  

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Tags: Baybeats

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