“Southeast Asian music is always defined”


Soft bone. (PHOTO: Cross-Relative Entertainment)

Marking his sound signature with many hit singles across the globe, Gentle Bones of Singapore has become a well-known artist asserted by his accomplishments.

Born and raised in sunny Singapore, Joel Tan, who bears his stage name Gentle Bones, is one of the city-state’s top English artists who has made waves across Asia. Since his self-titled debut number one EP Gentle Bones in 2014, the 27-year-old now has three albums to his name and has introduced his music to fans across Asia with live performances, sold-out solo concerts and festivals across South Korea. , London, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Today, as the pandemic continues, Joel has embarked on a virtual regional “tour” of Asia, posting collaborative tracks with regional artists Clara Benin from the Philippines, Karencici from Taiwan, Gamaliél from Indonesia, as well as Tay Kewei and Benjamin Kheng from Singapore. Crowned as a new “Collaboration King,” the tracks have racked up over 15.5 million streams to date.

Joel just released his debut album last month – it’s called Gentle Bones, the same title as his debut EP. Accompanied by the voices of his Asian colleagues, Joel shows another side of himself with a new brand of positivity. The eponymous bilingual album features five new tracks, the first two being titled “Help! “And” What Are We Doing (feat. Lewloh) “.

Elaborating on the decision to work with artists from so many different countries, Joel explained, “I think Southeast Asian music always defines itself. We are very separate, and naturally because of all the different languages. that we have. Yet it’s time for everyone to come together and sing in a common language. When we do this, we define the sound of Southeast Asian pop music; I’m just happy to do it. part of that story and being able to work with people who I think has had a huge impact in this eastern part of the world. “

Soft bone.  (PHOTO: Cross-ratio entertainment)

Soft bone. (PHOTO: Cross-ratio entertainment)

Co-written with Singaporean artist Jasmine Sokko, the main track “Help!” describes the vulnerability to admitting that we can’t help it and following our emotions to fall in love. The song is a rhythmic dance floor and is stylistically slightly different from its previously released music. About the change, Joel explained, “I’ve always wanted to create my own version of dance music. It’s not the easiest thing to do because my sound has always had a softer approach. that with “Help! “, we succeeded in mixing these elements well.”


Lyle L. Maltby