12th July 2017 / Lifestyle / Music

Budding bands of Baybeats 2017: Subsonic Eye and Tides

By: Amiril Muhaimin

With Baybeats taking place this weekend, we couldn’t be more excited to catch the budding bands performing during the annual music festival at the Esplanade. This time, we catch up with dream pop band Subsonic Eye and melodic hardcore band Tides to find out more about their music.

Band: Subsonic Eye
Performing On: 15 July
Set Time: 1830-1900h
Stage: Arena (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

Tell us more about your band!

We’re an awkward five-piece bunch of friends that make music that we think sounds dreamy and fun.

We met in school, and our name came about because the first demo we had sounded sorta spacey so we went on Wikipedia’s Space page and I saw the word Subsonic. We thought it was pretty cool but it was already used, so we added ‘Eye’ in to pledge allegiance to the Illuminati.

What was the road to Baybeats like?

We didn’t even expect to get in the auditions but when we did, it was such an amazing feeling to finally be able to play in the festival that we’ve been going to since we were kids. We practised a lot, and that made us more connected with each other in a way, and because of Baybeats, we got to meet so many cool people and make friends with the other bands.

We’re just hoping they don’t hate us because we were always late for the Mentorship talks and seminars…

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

They were pissed and started stoning us, and we got kicked out of our own houses. Now, we all live by the Clarke Quay River and spend our days at BK Eating House or Stickies.

What can fans expect from your set?

A loud and exciting set that’ll get head bopping and hips moving! We’re gonna get lit!

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

Yes!! We’ll be selling the remaining CDs of our debut album Strawberry Feels, and hopefully reprints of our shirts as well!!

Band: Tides
Performing On: 15 July
Set Time: 2000-2030h
Stage: Powerhouse (Esplanade Waterfront Carpark)

Tell us more about your band!

We formed after meeting each other online on a local musicians’ forum and practised together for several jamming sessions. We decided on our band sound after the third outing to decide on our music direction. We just came up with “Tides” as it struck a chord (no pun intended) with us and thus our band was formed.

What was the road to Baybeats like?

It consisted of many hours in the jamming studio and nailing down our set. We had to do interviews with other media publications and be part of photo-shoot sessions.

Also, the Baybeats organising team set up a couple of workshops for budding bands to help us with our journey – all of this while also recording some new music that we released recently on 5 July.

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

Most of our respective family members didn’t know the significance of performing at Baybeats… but they were happily surprised about our achievement when we mentioned that we’d be playing at Esplanade.

Our friends who are musicians were incredibly happy for us because we managed to make it through to play in one of the biggest music festivals in the region. We were lucky because some of them had played at Baybeats previously, so we were fortunate to get some tips and advice from them on performance preparations.

What can fans expect from your set?

Expect the songs off our recent two-track release which will debut at the Powerhouse Stage! Additionally, we’ve revamped our usual set to bring something special at Baybeats that we feel our listeners would enjoy.

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

We will be selling our new t-shirts at Baybeats. However, sizes are limited as we have sold a bunch so do grab them while you can!

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, Baybeats 2017

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