Performer and creative director of Singapura Dub Club, MAS1A shares music to bring out your inner royalty
Recently I was part of an event to get together Singapore's female emcees, street artists, B-girls, DJs and Hip Hop aficionados to celebrate Lion City's "HERstory". I was so inspired by the talent, energy and warrior sprit of these women, I knew I wanted to curate a playlist to celebrate them. I think sometimes even the strongest women go through hard times, challenges and self-doubt - and music is a wonderful way to bring back out our "Queenself".
I picked 'Intro' from Kehlani as recommended by my girl Char Loro, who runs a business called Love Hard. She reminds me that it's important to take the time and space for ourselves sometimes to listen – both to the feedback of others and to ourselves. A Queen must actively listen rather than passively hear.
'Grinder' is a song that appears on my second album PULAU in honour of DJ SARASA. Here is another woman that truly inspires me. She is one of Tokyo's top DJs, a fashion icon who recently opened a Mexican restaurant in the heart of Shibuya. Check it out if you're in the heart of Tokyo – I recommend taco Tuesdays. Suboi's 'Đời' is the truth. A genuine spirit of Warrior Queen reppin' out of Saigon City. Please follow her new project which features her more soulful and jazzy style and skill as a songwriter.
'Warriors Tongue' was my audition song for producer Che Vicious and Travis von Cartier. I wrote an anthem to make people feel brave. The song was picked up for many remixes, including one by Bass Nectar that was licensed to the soundtrack of Fast & Furious 8. 'I Dance All Over My Problems' is by a band called SHORE from Jakarta, with lead singer Ega Masha's vocals leading the beautifully haunting vibe of this song about dancing and leaving your problems behind.