Twenty-seven-year-old Inch Chua pushes the limits as a singer and songwriter, awakening the local music scene with her own brand of intimate, effervescent tunes crafted from unique experiences.
Earlier this year, Chua stayed on the rustic island of Pulau Ubin in search of musical inspiration (thus truly perfect for the TEDxSingapore theme).
Her stay on the island, resulting in many afternoon naps and lots of 4am sojourns around the island, resulted in an upcoming album Letters to Ubin, which will encompass multi-layered soundscapes reflecting on city life and the countryside.
We had a glimpse of her life and discoveries on Ubin during her rehearsal speech, which of course explores artistic creation as well as Ubinisation Vs urbanisation. We spoke to her about her experiences there.
What’s your one big takeaway from the Ubin stay?
The art of fruitful idleness, the need to practise the art of stillness. And that urbanisation will happen whether I like it or not; it’s about how we can adapt to it and how to never lose sight of what’s important for the soul.
Do you feel like, musically and lyrically, your songs are now different from before your trip?
All my albums are different, so it’s quite normal for the sound to change. I’d like to think I’ve grown a lot outside of music and this personal change naturally changes my perspective and writing subjects.
Would you recommend this for all artists – a stay in Ubin?
Most definitely. I recommend any person, not just a musician – everyone should find their own Ubin.
What’s your relationship with the landlord, did you have to do chores or cook for them?
No, he left me alone for most parts. Some days he comes in to do random things, like kill termites, but he enjoys keeping to himself. My neighbour however, invites me over for meals on the weekends. Everyone’s so sweet.
More on Inch: www.thisisinch.com