As the Ancient Wakanda saying goes, "The tea might be stronger that the coffee, but the coffee goes deeper than the tea."
– Daniel Chai
Latest Episode of Daniel's Room
Daniel's Room Episode 14 Season 2: Simon Yong and his rainbow pedalboard
With Simon Yong! One of the top guitar players in Singapore, Simon dropped by to talk guitar and pedals. We play one of his soulful songs, Kyra. Enjoy!
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About Daniel's Room series
Daniel's Room is a cosy interview/performance series hosted by Singapore session guitarist Daniel Chai. Take a peek into the music journey of Daniel's musician friends, many of whom are internationally renowned, as they discuss their experiences, equipment and other interesting stuff. Then sit back, relax and enjoy as Daniel and his friends perform specially featured songs and music.
Occasionally, Daniel will talk about his music equipment and tools of the trade, as well as do lesson episodes.
Daniel's Room Episode 13 Season 2: Behind the scenes 2 | The Great Wall Musical
In the orchestral pit with Daniel for the world premiere of the original musical production, The Great Wall.
Multiple guitar changes! Recorded with the Zoom Q4n and Q2n.
Daniel's Room Episode 12 Season 2: Danny Loong plays the Blues Guitar and talks about his music business
Danny Loong, blues musician and entrepreneur dropped by for a jam session and talk music and business! As one of the co-founders of the Ublues band and Timbre group, he shares insight into how it all came together. Enjoy!
Daniel's Room Episode 11 Season 2: Kelvin Ng and his Blues Harmonica
We have blues harmonica player Kelvin Ng jamming in the house! We speak about the blues scene in Singapore and talk blues phrasing as well.
Daniel's Room Episode 10 Season 2: Behind The Scenes 1 of Rent Musical
We begin this season with a throwback to what goes on behind the scenes during the show.
Daniel's Room Episode 9: Rent Musical and Seasons of Love
Daniel plays in the musical Rent and takes the opportunity to invite members of the cast to Daniel's Room to talk theatre and perform 'Seasons of Love'. Enjoy!
Daniel's Room Episode 8: More improvisation concepts
More chord tone, chord scale and key center ideas for playing over non-diatonic chord changes.
Daniel's Room Episode 7: Improvisation ideas over dominant 7th chords
Daniel discusses the chord tone, chord scale and key center approaches to playing over dominant 7th chords.
Daniel's Room Episode 6: Singer songwriters Jack and Rai
Jack and Rai in the house! Daniel plays mandolin! Discussions on the current Singapore music scene.
Daniel, Jack and Rai play an original song written specially for Daniel's Room, and also a previously unreleased song by the duo.
Daniel's Room Episode 5: Music Theory Lesson on Dominant Chords
Published on 8 June 2016
Daniel discusses dominant chords and their functions and applications in different real world musical contexts.
Intermediate to advanced level.
Daniel talks about his acoustic guitar collection and the pickups that he favours. More on the tone-dust-test running joke!
Daniel's Room Episode 3:
Featuring Jonathan Koh
Published on 6 May 2016
In this episode, we get to know more about legendary Singaporean guitarist/composer Jonathan Koh, the original composer of the melody for A-mei's Jie Tuo (解脱). Find out how Jonathan started on his music journey and how the industry has grown and changed in the past 30 years. Jon and Daniel perform Jon's original English rendition of Jie Tuo (解脱) - She's Gone. They also play a beautiful fusion instrumental original, Kopi Breeze, specially written by both of them for this episode of Daniel's Room.
Daniel and Jonathan's guitars and vocal are recorded 'live' with no editing.
Daniel's Room Episode 2: Daniel's Electric Guitars
Published on 20 April 2016
In this episode, Daniel shows us the electric guitars in his instrument collection and how they are important for his live and recording work and sessions. For the geek at heart!
Daniel's Room main theme song by Daniel Chai
Daniel's Room Episode 1:
Featuring Regi Leo
Published on 6 April 2016
One of Singapore's most prominent guitarists, Regi Leo has performed alongside international artistes such as JJ Lin, Lobo and Jeremy Monteiro to name a few. He is also a familiar face at regional jazz festivals. Here he shares with us with passion, his musical background, influences and inspirations, as well as some discussions on his gear.
*Daniel and Regi's guitars are recorded 'live' with no editing.
Despite wanting to play guitar since he was 10 years old and practicing verociously, Daniel managed to muster enough energy and time to bag a non music Bachelor of Arts honors degree from the National University of Singapore.
He did eventually get to study music at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and collected a few awards along the way.
One of the 1st call guitar players in Singapore for concerts, musicals and recordings, Daniel is currently on tour with Angela Zhang, and has toured and worked with Stefanie Sun, FIR, Jeff Chang, Corrinne May, Iskandar Ismail, A Mei, Sandy Lam, Olivia Ong, JJ Lin, Eric Moo, Tanya Chua, Dick Lee, Glen Goei, Francis Yip, Ramli Sarip as well as The Singapore Symphonic Orchestra among many many others.
Daniel has produced, arranged and written music for TV sitcoms, mini-series and telemovies. And his session and production work has ranged from indie artists like Ling Kai and The Facade to Chinese pop artists like Ado and Kit Chan. Daniel is proud to have also arranged songs by the big 3 Singapore giant songwriters Liang Wern Fook, Li Feihui and Chen Jia Ming. Daniel runs Daniel's room - a cosy recording studio out of his home.
Daniel has worked on over 60 musical theatre productions including Godspell, They’re Playing our Song, HONK!, productions by Dream Academy including Company, Crazy Christmas and Dim Sum Dollies shows and Wildrice’s La Cage and many of their pantomimes. Some other notable theatre credits include Toy Factory’s December Rains, 881 and Glass Anatomy, SRT’s Fried Rice Paradise, Vizpro’s The Rocky Horror Show and Pangdemonium’s Spring Awakening , Next to Normal, RENT and Fun Home. Also notable are Sing’Theatre’s Jacque Brel, A Singaporean in Paris and French Kiss in Singapore. And also BASE Entertainment Asia/Disney’s The Lion King and the classic A Chorus Line.
He has been in resident bands for Singapore Idol, Don't Forget the Lyrics, Live the Dream and Suria’s Konsert Solo and Anugerah Planet Music series. And he has been involved in various national level projects like Singapore Day in Melbourne, Spotlight Singapore in Moscow and ChildAid in Singapore. Daniel has also played big band at jazz festivals in Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.
Daniel feels blessed to be playing music and hopes he is able to bring a little joy to the world.
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