21 Jun Diggin’ with Dru Chen at The Analog Vault (interview)
Singer – songwriter Dru Chen goes Diggin’ at The Analog Vault, pulling out some key records that have influenced him in various ways. The man has such a passion for the deeper connection the vinyl format facilitates between the listener and the artist, as opposed to other means of listening to music. His debut album ‘Mirror Work’ was essentially made for the format, reflecting on personal experiences and his newfound outward expression of optimism.
In this episode of Diggin’, Dru Chen picked out a diverse bunch of titles, from classic and big band jazz to psychedelic funk, funky soundtracks, local mainstays at the vault and some good ol’ heavy metal.
Through these picks, we get a glimpse into the world of Chen, where Horace Silver blows his blues away, Funkadelic frees his mind, Chok Kerong tells him great tales and even Megadeth rusts in peace. We hope you find Chen’s genuine love for music, appreciation for the oddballs and his ability to find solace in sound as inspiring as we do!
Dru Chen – Mirror Work
“Singapore-based singer-songwriter Dru Chen unveiled his debut LP, Mirror Work, today. The soul-inspired, 11-track album reflects on Chen’s recent experiences on love and loss, struggles with self-acceptance, creative control and outwardly expressing his newfound optimistic outlook. It lists two previously released singles, ‘When I Look Into Your Eyes’ and ‘Distant Memory’, and a collaboration with established jazz musician, Chok Kerong, who was the musical director for Charlie Lim’s show last year. According to an official press release, Chen explains the sonic direction he chose for the album, “I think there’s a lot of tradition in this record. It’s just a fascination of mine. I’ve always wanted to do something that sounded analog – totally organic and ’70s informed, before the digital age. I’d done a lot of up-beat songs, so I also wanted to do something more mellow. I think I was operating slowly at that time so Side Two of the record is like a bedroom album, something to put on the turntable and just leave it.” – Bandwagon Singapore