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

6 Feb

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

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Chalk & Duster – The Awakening Duo

30 Dec

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!

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“Breathing Strings” Blues Guitar Licks by Rosli Mansor & Swee Lee Music Academy

14 Dec

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!

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Rosli Tries Marshall JVM410HJS Joe Satriani Amp Head

26 Nov

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.

- RM

Rosli Demos Proto Strat And Deluxe Tele

24 Nov

It’s been a while since our last update but we’ve not forgotten to let you guys know what’s going on!

Rosli’s been busy trying out some super cool toys, in particular toys from Fender.

He managed to lay his hands and did a demo on 2 Fender Custom Shop guitars: 2014 versions of the Proto Stratocaster and the Deluxe Telecaster.

The guitars gleamed and shimmered in their Aged Lake Placid Blue and Honeyburst painted bodies. They definitely look gorgeous but how do they perform aurally? Here are the demo videos for you to find out:

What do you think of these 2014 versions?

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Fender Custom Shop 1956 Heavy Relic Ash Strat & “Sorry I’m Late”

11 Sep

Fender Custom Shop 1956 Heavy Relic Ash Strat. 
Drums – Keyjohan Ismail 
Bass – Hamid Ahmad
Keys – Gavin Cardoza

It’ll never be the same again.

This combination was suggested by Keyjohan after he heard the early version of this song “Sorry I’m Late”.
He said it would be good to bring aboard Abang Hamid for bass and Keyjohan’s band mate Gavin Cardoza for keys.

True enough, this was one of the most wonderful combination of melodic musicians I’ve ever worked with.

Making music will just never be the same again without Keyjohan.

-RM

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Farewell September

3 Sep

It’s hard to pen in words which only the heart can feel so acutely.

The past few days have been one of the most difficult in my life.
My dear friend Keyjohan Ismail passed on after his hard-fought battle with cancer.

Diagnosed with nose cancer a few years back, he fought hard to stop the disease in its tracks.

His passing is hard for many of us to take.
To his band mates and friends, they’ve lost a timekeeper, Mr. Groove or Pocket Man and a friend.
To his family, they’ve lost a son and a brother.
To his wife Suzy and his 3 young sons, she has lost her soulmate and they have lost a wonderful father.

For me, I’ve lost a long-standing friend of 25 years, a brother, producer, and most importantly, an immaculate musician. Jo’s the perfect musician that I am so blessed to have worked with.

Jo is one of my closest and unwavering supporter and friend. I felt confident whenever Jo performed with me, simply because he always had my back.

He was a dedicated and talented drummer who had the grooviest knack. While working on my album Deeper Than Purple where Jo was the producer, he dedicated his attention and time whole-heartedly and professionally throughout the countless late nights we spent in the recording studio. And this was despite having to juggle his huge role as the sole breadwinner to his young family (his wife was pregnant with their third child then) and his full-time job as a drummer with his band Energy.

Even when he was sick, he never stopped to think about music. I visited and texted Jo often, our conversations often about his recovery and him looking forward to work on my 3rd album. A few times he said if we have enough funds, he will ask Steve Gadd to do one of the songs. But after that we’ll laugh it off knowing it’s only a wistful thought.

I missed the times we spent chatting and laughing over teh tarik, Jo.

Here I want to share a conversation I had with Jo the night before he passed away.

I was by his bedside together with 3 other friends and his wife. He was so weak then it was difficult watching over him. Yet he mustered enough strength to whisper to me, about a CD he had played on and had asked me to listen a month ago. I leaned in really close, putting my ears to his lips. No one knew or could hear our conversation.

“I miss you, sidekick.”

“I miss you too and I’m here.”

“My chest is heavy and it’s hard to breathe.”

(I rubbed his chest but stayed silent)

“How was my drumming in the CD?”

“It was perfect.”

Sounding slightly frustrated, he replied, “I haven’t got the chance to listen to it.”

“But you played on it. That’s the beauty.”

Then he closed his eyes.

I struggled not to cry. I don’t know what went on in his mind at that point in time, but what I saw was that even on his death bed, he was still so concerned about how well he had done his work.

Jo’s not a perfectionist, he’s a perfect musician.

I lost both parents to cancer, and now Jo.
Cancer is a debilitating disease, so let us pray for those who are going through it and also for those who have lost their loved ones to cancer. If possible, please support the various cancer societies and foundations we have in Singapore.

To our fans and friends, we can never fully express our thanks and gratitude towards your support of our musical journey all these years.
And especially to Jo for being so amazing and a wonderful blessing in our lives.

In return, we want to help Jo’s wife Suzy and their 3 young sons get through this difficult time in whatever ways we can.
If you like to help them via monetary donation or other means, here are the details:-

Suzyana Bte Sulaiman
E-mail: zykey_06@yahoo.com.sg
Bank Account: (OCBC) 528-8-045130

Farewell and thank you, Jo.
Till all of us see each other again hereafter.

- RM

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