sutasi – asia-wide music talent competition in singapore

Singapore will host talent-scouting competition

Sutasi, an Asia-wide competition to scout for music talent, will be holding its regional finals in Singapore.

42 acts from 4,500 applicants will be selected for the regional finals. These include bands, solo artists and songwriters from around the region including Brunei, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan and Thailand. To find out details about this music competition, read the article below.

Indie band to represent Singapore

Here is a chance for local music fans to show their support for home-grown music.

Indie band The Great Spy Experiment are Singapore’s sole representative in Sutasi, a new Asia- wide music talent competition.

The regional finals are on at the National University of Singapore’s Cultural Centre Hall on Friday, Sunday and next Tuesday. And organisers are throwing the doors of the show open to the public.

All you have to do is collect free tickets at the door for entry to the event, which will also be filmed for broadcast next year.

The Great Spy Experiment will be up against other acts such as Filipino singer Jessa Mae D. Gabon, Vietnamese band Winfield and Indonesian duo F Mayor.

Out of 4,500 applicants who submitted demos and turned up for live auditions, 42 acts were selected for the regional finals.

These include bands, solo artists and songwriters from Brunei, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan and Thailand.

Twelve acts will proceed to the grand finals in February next year and the programme will be televised in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Organised for the first time by Asia Sounds, a global music publishing, talent management, television production and event broadcasting company, the Sutasi Song Contest and Talent Search will have winners in three categories – songwriter, solo artist and band.

The three winners will share US$1 million (S$1.4 million) worth of prizes including cash and a recording deal with the company that includes an album, music video and a global promotional campaign.

The judging panel for this week and the grand finals will comprise music industry professionals, most notably songwriter Kara DioGuardi, who is slated to be the new American Idol judge next year.

President and chairman of Asia Sounds Colleen Zulian said the competition aims to promote Asian talents on the international stage.

“There is so much fantastic talent in Asia and at the moment, it is not getting the recognition or airplay overseas that it deserves,” she says.

The Great Spy Experiment’s frontman, Saiful Idris, 29, says the band do not see Sutasi as a competition but a good opportunity to take their music to listeners abroad.

He adds, “More importantly, we’re looking forward to meeting new talents from the region and generally just being part of something that aims to put Asian music on the forefront.”

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