Netflix's Singapore Social: Cast member and film director Vinny Sharp on the music that moves him
"Music has been the backbone of my life. I'm addicted to music. It's my best friend." This was how Singaporean film director and YouTube personality Vinesh Nagrani — who also goes by his alter ego Vinny Sharp — famously professed his love of music to fellow cast member and pop singer Tabitha Nauser in a pitch to direct her single "Don't Let Me Drown" in the second episode of Netflix's viral docu-series Singapore Social. Below, in his own words, he lets us in on the music that moves him.
Instrumentals tend to monopolise most of the sound waves I consume. Music's primary purpose has been to realign and center my vibrations, but it also inspires ideas and reinvigorates my imagination. It's the sounds that are void of vocals that offer me this opportunity for provocation of thought. I view each song is a short film, containing atmosphere, plot development, and climaxes.
Emancipator is a close to invincible artist when it comes to absorbing all residual negativity. "Ghost Pong" is the 2018 rendition of Moby's "Porcelain". It's the same beach, the same scent, the same colour of sand, but just set in 2018. "Rondo" by Tekashi69 featuring Tory Lanez has been a major surprise. I don't usually enjoy mixing my pasta with cashew nuts. Somehow, this rainbow-ed unicorn out of Brooklyn has got me questioning even my own firmly held beliefs on taste. Tekashi69 has been an inexpensive form of salmon sashimi; a luring novelty with an acquired taste over time.
"Coari" by Dimitri Andreas is the track you need to hear at the pinnacle of your night — to let yourself know you've drank enough. Besides, the drop is just the dirtiest intoxicant that you could find. "Please Don't Take Me Home" by Gui Boratto is my number one comedown track, an emergency slip road guaranteed to rekindle a glimmer of hope and positivity.
If you have had enough with the mediocrity of mankind and desire an immediate escape route, get on board the spaceship that is "Dolores" by Township Rebellion where things are about to bolt faster than light.
Vinesh Nagrani aka Vinny Sharp is one of the stars of Netflix's Singapore Social. As a filmmaker, he heads up VS Productions. Stream Singapore Social on Netflix now.