Hey guys! Hope everyone’s doing well these few months!
For many of us living on the sunny (and extremely humid these days) island called Singapore, there is much going on this year.
There is soon-to-start SEA Games, and then there is the big-scale year-round SG50 campaign by the government to celebrate our country’s 50 years of independence.
And in the same thread of celebration, Rosli will have some good news to share with everyone in due time.
So while we wait for that time to come, it’s time to revisit an old friend of Rosli’s that we’ve not seen for quite a while. For those of you who’ve been following him for a while, this person is no stranger to you. For others who just joined us, here’s a clue for you: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dragged/id260992339
Her name is Rukia.
Recently with Swee Lee Music, Rosli did a demo of 3 different Grestch White Falcon electric guitars, playing his popular and signature instrumental song ‘Rescuing Rukia’. Check out the embedded video below on how it sounds with 3 different-yet-same guitars.
If you find the video too short to satisfy you aurally, perhaps you want to check out this video:
This one-and-only, hand-crafted and exquisitely designed, $40K Fender Custom Shop guitar found its way to the shores of Singapore through Swee Lee Music early this year after making its stunning debut at NAMM 2015.
Built as a result of a collaboration between Master Builder Dale Wilson and Canadian artist Mandy Tsung, Rosli has had the greatest opportunity to lay his hands on this masterpiece. Selected carefully by Wilson, Japanese Tomo Ash was used for the body and a birdseye maple for the 50’s neck.
Rosli was blown away by this combination, together being paired the Power’Tron pickups. He said,
“It has a nice, full (and definitely meaty) tone.”
“I can understand why Wilson himself found it hard to let it go because I felt the same when I had to put this baby back into its case. Nonetheless, a huge thank you to Swee Lee Music for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime session with this very exquisite work of art.”
Swee Lee Boutique was filled with the attendees eager to hear what Rosli has to share on songwriting. The audiences listened with rapt attention and absorbed all of Rosli’s songwriting gold nuggets.
Serious as the atmosphere, one can feel the anticipation and driving mood that evening.
Rosli had a blast sharing his experiences and tips with everyone and we hope those who attended the workshop that evening walked away with a deeper and clearer understanding on how to kick start their songwriting dreams or move forward in their songwriting journey.
Meanwhile, enjoy the video complied by Swee Lee and you can view the pictures here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152742657257759&type=1
Rosli’s no stranger to songwriting, having written songs commercially, for theatre, short films, as well as his own instrumental albums over the years.
Condensing his songwriting experience into this 90-minute workshop presented by Swee Lee Music Academy, Rosli will talk about writing songs using the “3M Method”. Some of us may remember of him touching on the 3 “M”s a while back, and this may be something new to you.
This workshop is not to be missed if you are looking to write your own songs/music or just want to have a peek into the mind of the creative machine that is Rosli Mansor.
Date: 25 February 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.30 – 9.00pm
Location: Swee Lee Boutique (142 Bukit Timah Road, S229842)
Purchase your ticket (S$30) by following this link: http://www.sweelee.com.sg/rosli-mansor-songcraft-clinic-writing-songs-using-the-3m-method.html
Most people end the year looking back and reminiscing on the old and done. And hardly do I count New Year resolutions particularly forward-looking.
That’s why I find Rosli’s new site and upcoming work so fascinating.
I call them The Awakening Duo – Chalk and Duster. Stemmed from the deep creative abyss of his mind, this idea came to Rosli as a way to share in depth with the world to push for a CHANGE.
Change is always nerve-wrecking and unsettling, pushing us over the edge of our comfort zones and decimating the barriers that we’ve built up over time.
Debuting his new site with a paradoxically simply-drawn yet not-so-simple animation video, Rosli’s message is clear.
For all the unjustice or unfairness we felt coming from anyone or anything in the length of our minuscule speck of life so far, WE actually are THE cause of all our unhappiness.
Damn, that’s a hard pill to swallow isn’t it?
Yet the truth is closer to home than most of us realise.
I shan’t spoil the suspense of Rosli’s message and it’s best for you to check out his new site (http://chalkandduster.wordpress.com/) yourself.
But I do want to say this before 2014 closes on us: Life has never been more beautiful, exciting and so abundant than now and the future. All it takes for us to see it is so is to change within ourselves.
Happy New Year and hello 2015!
We’ve seen plenty of Swee Lee Music’s videos where Rosli gets to play with several gorgeous and aurally-pleasing guitars. But do you know he also has videos showing how you can play the blues?
Working closely with Swee Lee Music Academy, Rosli presented 4 licks on different electric guitars for those who like to tackle a genre so rich and diverse in history and styles. Or perhaps you are simply itching to expand beyond the realms of rock gods and pop stars? These videos may just be the tools you need to help you get started grooving to the blues masters!
Check out Rosli’s blues videos here!
Joe Satriani has been one of my big guitar inspirations. So when Swee Lee brought in Marshall, I was elated.
Satch collaborates with Marshall on his signature series and this morning I had that great opportunity to try out the model JVM410HJS Joe Satriani Amp Head at Swee Lee’s Bras Brasah outlet.
This piece is a lean mean fighting machine. I tried pairing the amp with a few guitars but the amp went totally wild when I paired it with my favourite Mike Landau Fender signature guitar!
Tone is most beefy, juicy and delicious and it got all my musical tastebuds tantalised.
Sounding bold, it packs such a massive muscular versatility that you can run its 4 channels and 3 modes. The amp head can really shape in and out, from clean, to classic crispy plexi, high Satch-urated and full complex distortion and anything in between.
Special feature – The noise gate on each channel is a great function to have on such a high gain amp!
This beast truly rings and sings.
Though disappointed that I didn’t manage to catch Satch in his recent outing here, I managed to get a good insight of the man through his signature amp.