Marshall Amp Endorses Rosli Mansor

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This has got to be one of the greatest news to come in for the new year of 2016!

We are very proud to announce that Rosli is now endorsed by music industry giant Marshall Amplifications! (https://marshallamps.com/artists/r/rosli-mansor/)

Making amplifiers for the past 54 years, Marshall is a ubiquitous name in the music industry and used by many big-name musicians and artists such as the late Gary Moore and Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, and Rosli’s guitar hero Jeff Beck. We are elated that Rosli has now joined the ranks of these guitar greats and is the first artist in Southeast Asia to be endorsed by Marshall. We dare say this is a big breakthrough for local musicians and one of the firsts for our music scene.

As we celebrate this wonderful news, we are also taking time to remember Rosli’s closest friend and support, Keyjohan Ismail. You may remember seeing or reading his name as Rosli’s co-producer and drummer in his instrumental albums Dragged and Deeper Than Purple. His soulful drumming was present at most of Rosli’s live performances, and in several YouTube videos on Rosli’s channel.

Sadly, Keyjohan passed on from cancer in 2014 and is not here to celebrate the news with us.

Thank you Jo, for being there for Rosli and helping him tremendously on his music journey. We are glad to have known you and seen your unwavering and heartfelt dedication towards music. May your soul rest in peace.

Rosli wrote a touching and personal letter to Jo on his Facebook page, expressing his gratitude towards his brother and close friend, and ultimately dedicating the endorsement to him.

Dear Jo,
I have great news to share with you, my brother!

When I was told that I’m officially endorsed by Marshall Amplification, I was ecstatic. I wanted to pick up the phone and call you because you are so much a big part of it. 

Being in the Marshall family – one of the biggest giants in the music industry – is something I’m very thankful for.

Remember how we started, grinding day in and day out, just to get things done? We squeezed in whatever time we could, on top of our jobs, to do what we love. To create music. No matter how tired we were, we soldiered on because we believe in what we were doing. Because you believed in me.

And our recording sessions into the wee hours for Dragged, with Mohammed Ali Abdullah from Snoots Music? I’m grateful to Ali for having faith in us and getting the ball rolling. We were exhausted but it was worth it. Next came Deeper Than Purple, and things were even tighter and closer and falling into place. 

And remember when Edwin Tan from Om Labs endorsed me with his custom Sahasrara OD? You were so happy for me and said that there are more good things to come.

What Edwin started eventually led to greater opportunities with Gibson/Valley Arts, Providence, Yamaha and others, and then my first amp endorsement with Laney Amplification. And now Marshall. 

I will always remember our teh-tarik sessions (with kuih puteri salad :)) about achieving peace. There was a period of time when I was absolutely down and out. You came over to my place, dragged me out of the house and drove me to ECP for breakfast and that much-needed blast of sea breeze. You kept talking about our heroes, our life dreams and goals, and that we have to *keep moving forward*. You always understood what I was going through and you kept me from going further downhill. 

You once said that you felt my pain during the launch of ‘Deeper Than Purple’ when they were playing “What The Moon Said” in the background. And I know you truly meant it because tears were welling up in your eyes. And we agreed that to feel pain and struggles in life is better than being numb and lost as they give us the strength to keep moving and building an even stronger will. 

I will never forget that moment. 

And remember my search to truly understand gratitude? I realised it all boils down to the actions of one. We are here to serve others and leave in peace. You have shown and taught me how you have helped others even though there weren’t much being returned to you. When your efforts were not acknowledged, you willingly let it go and moved on. You have taught me so much about the strength of being on the other side of impatience. 

With that, I am thankful to those who have helped and supported me in my career that has led me to where I am right now. Each and everyone of them. 

And finally, to end this letter, I am dedicating this endorsement to you, Keyjohan Ismail, my brother. You deserve it more than I do because of your humility and patience and because of your tireless dedication to your art. 

It’s been tough without you around but thank you so much for being a part of my life. 

Love and Peace always.

RM

Celebrating Singapore’s 50th Birthday

It’s the Jubilee Weekend celebrating Singapore’s 50th year of independence!

For much of 2015, Rosli is very busy up till his neck with his projects, and terraBox also has been busy working alongside with local artists. It has been good and fruitful so far for both.

At the same time, there will be very juicy news coming from Rosli in the future so stay tuned!

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And we all have noticed in the months leading up to today, there was much media throwback to what Singapore was and how it has progressed over the years. So we’ve decided to do our own throwback version of Rosli and his journey over the years. When we contacted Rosli about an SG50 tribute-cum-throwback, he said,

“Timeline and 3 ‘P’s.”

When asked to elaborate, Rosli explained simply,

“Timeline – look back at what you did and what you’ve become now. As they say – those who live in the past has no plans for the future. Let it go and move on.”

He continued,

“Patience, lots of it … and be persistent on what you’re doing and of course perseverance. Because if you don’t keep gunning for it, you may not be able to keep your passion and grow.”

We’ll let Rosli’s words settle into our being like tea while we try soak in the deeper meaning what Rosli told us. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy this throwback, a YouTube playlist of over 50 videos that Rosli did over the past year with Swee Lee Music.

You can select the list of video to watch by click on a list-like icon on the top left corner, but if you can, watch all! Thanks everyone for supporting Rosli and terraBox all this time. We appreciate it very much.

Happy 50th Birthday, Singapore and may everyone enjoy the festivities today!

Rukia! Revisited

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:

Rosli With The $40K Fender Custom Shop Tree Siren Stratocaster Closet Class

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.”

Video & Pics From Rosli’s Songcraft Factory

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 Mansor’s Songcraft Factory (Presented by Swee Lee Music Academy)

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

Chalk & Duster – The Awakening Duo

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!