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5 songs, 1 visual album. Yokez's debut EP features her interpretations of yearning, loss, and hope.
5 songs, 1 visual album. Yokez's debut EP features her interpretations of yearning, loss, and hope.
5 songs, 1 visual album. Yokez's debut EP features her interpretations of yearning, loss, and hope.
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YOKEZ 叶玉棂

Hi there! I am Yokez (叶玉棂), a Singaporean singer-songwriter. I have been singing at live music venues, weddings and events over the past few years. I sing in both English and Mandarin but gravitate towards the latter; I grew up in a Mandarin-speaking environment and was heavily influenced by Mandopop since young.

Follow me on: FacebookInstagramYouTube | Official Site

Past Competitions:

  • Champion of "I Write and Sing My Song" Songwriting Competition
  • 2nd place in Hear Me Sing《听见心声音》, Singapore's Biggest Online Chinese Singing Competition
  • Grand Finalist of the 17th XQRJ 心情溶剂 Regional Chinese Songwriting Competition
  • Grand Finalist of the 19th XQ:ReChords Chinese Songwriting Competition

SONGWRITING found its way into my life on a random sunny afternoon, when I was a freshman in university. I had just begun doing gigs in the local music scene and was tempted to join an upcoming songwriting competition to test my limits. That afternoon, I completed my very first song, "No Longer Cry"《不再哭泣》. This song went on to enter the Grand Finals and convinced me that I was actually capable of writing songs! The rest is history.

YOUTUBE is an integral part of my life. Being an introvert, posting videos allowed me perform in front of an audience with confidence. With a guitar or keyboard, I would sing my favourite songs and share them on my channel. It got the point where I was offered opportunities to perform live, in public and in front of real people! Fast forward a few years later, I am currently a full time musician performing at weddings, events, cafes and more.

 And... here's a love song medley I recorded and filmed all by myself!

One more with me singing and playing the guitar!

To date, I have released more than 100 videos on YouTube, accumulated over 1 million views on my channel, with the most popular video having over 300,000 views. I am honoured to also have been featured on various media companies, such as VS Media and SheWolf!

ABOUT THE ALBUM

My debut EP consists of 5 Mandarin songs written by myself. The EP will be made available on all major platforms including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, KKBox etc. All songs will be accompanied by a Music Video, which will be posted on my YouTube channel.

All songs have been recorded and are in the midst of mixing and mastering.

The Songs:

  • Understood《明白了》(already released)
  • Your Arrival《你的出现》(coming up next)
  • Just Let Go《放手吧》
  • An Urge To Love You《想爱你》
  • No Longer Cry《不再哭泣》

MY INSPIRATION for the songs - some were based on my personal experiences, and others were inspired by stories of people around me. All these songs have a sentimental value to me. They are amongst my earliest works, the beginnings of my songwriting journey.

Photo by: Law Hsien Hwee
Photo by: Law Hsien Hwee

Understood《明白了》

This is the first single from this EP that has already been released. I wrote this song after having gone through the loss of a loved one. I remember crying to sleep every night and lamenting the fragility of life. I would stare blankly at the ceiling and as tears flowed, so did musical notes and words. Amidst the sadness, I took the effort to record my heartfelt thoughts and the melodies I randomly hummed, which ultimately culminated into the song UnderstoodUnderstood was an effort to help myself move on, therefore despite an unfortunate backstory, the song is ultimately more about acceptance and hope.

Art work by: Law Hsien Hwee
Art work by: Law Hsien Hwee

「明白了 這一刻難以割捨 但不需要捨不得」不在乎天長地久,只在乎曾經擁有。 面對生離死別,要放下談何容易? 直到某個經歷,讓我明白了其實放下也是一種領悟。只要擁有過、快樂過、珍惜過,就算是離別,總有一天自然能放下。- Yokez

歌詞:

小時候 總是聽不懂你說的話
懵懵懂懂點點頭 不說話
那些故事 訴說著美好時光
訴說著 歲月流逝的步伐

長大了 開始聽得懂你說的話
但已沒辦法 放慢步伐
囚禁在無他人的迷宮彷徨 你的話 此時像星星綻放

明白了 這一刻
難以割舍 但不需要舍不得
受的傷 終究 還是會愈合
就讓歲月走得 更完整

THE MUSIC VIDEO

I am honoured to have actor and singer Rao Zi Jie, as well as YES933 DJ Hazelle Teo as my main leads for this MV! The video production team behind this MV are busy with their day jobs and have been extremely kind to help me out with this project :)

"Understood" was officially released on 5 February 2018, and featured on Singapore's radio station YES933 the next day!

THE FILMING PROCESS

The preparation for this MV started months back. A lot of time and effort was put in to conceptualise the story plot, source for locations, props, talents, and many more to make this MV a success. All these had to be done while taking into consideration my tight budget.

Watch the behind-the-scenes here:

Equipment rental took up most of the production cost (e.g. lighting, camera and transport).

Photo by: Ryan Leau
Photo by: Ryan Leau

As this EP is intended to be a visual album, meaning that all 5 songs in the EP will have their own music videos, the costs will therefore be incurred 4 more times.

Photo by: Ryan Leau
Photo by: Ryan Leau

I am extremely grateful towards my video production team for being willing to work with me on a tight budget (even if it means cutting their own pay), but there are still various areas where costs are unavoidable.

Photo by: Ryan Leau
Photo by: Ryan Leau

EXPENSES

Being an independent musician means that everything has to be self-funded. I am extremely lucky to have people who are willing to help at heavily discounted rates or at no cost at all, and I am very grateful for that. However, there are still costs that will be incurred in various areas, and your support will help me in funding the following:

  • Music and Music Video Production 
  • Printing & Packaging of CDs & Albums 
  • Marketing Efforts 
  • Licensing Worldwide Distribution 
  • Kickstarter Fees & Credit Card Processing 

If I succeed in funding my goal of $6,500, the stretch goal would be to hit $10,000. That would enable me to fully fund the EP and come up with more good stuff for you!

Photo by: Law Hsien Hwee
Photo by: Law Hsien Hwee

THE REWARDS

You'll find the summary of the different tiers and rewards in the column to the right!

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3. Key in your payment information.
4. Once the project is successfully funded at the end of 30 days, you will be charged the amount.

Do note that you may donate additional amounts on top of your pledged amount! 

If you are feeling generous...

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 You are the VIP!

 I have no words to say. THANK YOU!

MORE DETAILS OF REWARDS

Personalised Photo Card: A photo card which contains my handwritten thank you message, just for you :)

Signed Hard Copy EP: Physical CD with a photo card which contains my handwritten thank you message, just for you :)

Photo Print Bundle: A bundle of photos featuring yours truly, exclusive to Kickstarter backers!

Pre-EP Launch Gathering (26 May 2018, Saturday Afternoon):  Let's spend a nice afternoon together before the official launch!

EP Launch (16 June 2018, Saturday Evening): The official launch of my EP, held at Hood Bar and Cafe (Bugis+)! Expect an evening with me performing songs from the album, guest performances, audience activities and more!

1 Minute Video Dedication: Want to dedicate a song for someone but too shy to sing on your own? Let me do it for you! Choose a song and I will put up a 1 minute video of it, dedicated to anyone you'd wish :)

Private Performance: Customised 30-minute 2-piece band performance at an event in Singapore of your choosing - wedding, dinner & dance, birthday party etc.

Premium Private Performance: Customised 2 x 45 minutes 2-piece band performance at an event in Singapore of your choosing - wedding, dinner & dance, birthday party etc.

I have partnered with Creative to give away some awesome goodies, exclusive to Kickstarter backers! 

You will be able to receive these products TOGETHER with the existing rewards when you pledge $500 or $1000. This bonus will end once the the backer limit is reached.

Pledge $500 (limited to 4 backers): Receive a Creative Halo Portable Bluetooth Speaker worth (S$99.00), together with the existing rewards.

Pledge $1000 (limited to 1 backer): Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-channel Gaming Soundbar (worth $419.00), together with the existing rewards.

SUMMARY

This EP is extremely precious to me - it embodies the beginnings of my songwriting journey, right from the first song I wrote. It took me a lot of courage to step out of my comfort zone and bring this EP to you, and I hope that I can get all of your support! With your help, I would be able to make this little dream a reality!

Risks and challenges

All songs are on track to being mixed and mastered. Barring unforeseen manufacturing incidents, all rewards should reach you ahead of schedule. In the unlikely event that such incidents do occur, all backers will still receive their digital download code to the EP.

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    Supporter

    Digital download of the EP upon release, and a photo card with a personalised message from me :)

    數位下載 + Yokez 簽名照(包括 Yokez 親手寫下對你/妳想說的話)

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    Starter Pack

    Digital download of the EP upon release, the signed hard copy EP, as well as a photo card with a personalised message from me :)

    數位下載 + 實體親筆簽名專輯 + Yokez 簽名照(包括 Yokez 親手寫下對你/妳想說的話)

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    Premium Pack Version 1

    All of the above + a limited edition photo print bundle + 1 ticket to my EP Launch on 16 June 2018

    數位下載 + 實體親筆簽名專輯 + Yokez 簽名照(包括 Yokez 親手寫下對你/妳想說的話)+ 限量宣傳照 + EP 發表會門票1張

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    Premium Pack Version 2*

    *Suitable for those who are living outside Singapore / unable to attend the EP launch on 16 June 2018(適合居住在新加坡外/無法出席EP發表會的朋友)

    All of the above + a limited edition photo print bundle + an extra hard copy EP + a personalised "thank you" video!

    數位下載 + 2張實體親筆簽名專輯 + Yokez 簽名照(包括 Yokez 親手寫下對你/妳想說的話)+ 限量宣傳照 + Yokez 的感謝視頻

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    Pledge S$ 70 or more About $51

    Platinum Pack

    Receive everything from Premium Pack Version 1 ($45) + an extra ticket to the EP Launch + a limited edition t-shirt designed for this EP!

    數位下載 + 實體親筆簽名專輯 + Yokez 簽名照(包括 Yokez 親手寫下對你/妳想說的話)+ 限量宣傳照 + EP 發表會門票2張 + 限量版 t-shirt

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    Benefactor

    Receive everything from the Platinum Pack ($70). In addition, you are invited to a pre-launch gathering on 26 May 2018, before my official EP launch!

    數位下載 + 實體親筆簽名專輯 + Yokez 簽名照(包括 Yokez 親手寫下對你/妳想說的話)+ 限量宣傳照 + EP 發表會門票2張 + 限量版 t-shirt + 粉絲見面會

    Includes:
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    Angel

    Receive everything a Benefactor ($80) receives. In addition, I will put together a 1-minute video of a song of your choice, dedicated to anyone you'd like!

    Includes:
    • EP Digital Download
    • Personalised Photo Card
    • Signed Hard Copy EP
    • Photo Print Bundle
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • A Pair of Tickets to EP Launch
    • Pre-launch gathering
    • 1 Minute Video Dedication
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    Champion

    Receive everything the Angel (S$100) receives.

    In addition, your name will be listed in the EP as CONTRIBUTOR.

    Includes:
    • EP Digital Download
    • Personalised Photo Card
    • Signed Hard Copy EP
    • Photo Print Bundle
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • Pre-launch gathering
    • A Pair of Tickets to EP Launch
    • 1 Minute Video Dedication
    • Special Thanks in Album Liner Notes
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    Champion *BONUS VERSION*

    Receive everything the Angel (S$100) receives.

    In addition, your name will be listed in the EP as CONTRIBUTOR.

    Also receive a Creative Halo Portable Bluetooth speaker (worth S$99.00) kindly sponsored by Creative (more information on the left)! Limited to 4 backers only!

    Includes:
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    • Personalised Photo Card
    • Signed Hard Copy EP
    • Photo Print Bundle
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • Pre-launch gathering
    • A Pair of Tickets to EP Launch
    • 1 Minute Video Dedication
    • Special Thanks in Album Liner Notes
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    Join Me On Stage!

    Let's perform a song together during my EP Launch on 16 June 2018!

    Includes:
    • EP Digital Download
    • Personalised Photo Card
    • Signed Hard Copy EP
    • Photo Print Bundle
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • A Pair of Tickets to EP Launch
    • 1 Minute Video Dedication
    • Special Thanks in Album Liner Notes
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    Join Me On Stage! *BONUS VERSION*

    Let's perform a song together during my EP Launch on 16 June 2018!

    Also receive a Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-channel Gaming Soundbar (worth S$419.00) kindly sponsored by Creative (more information on the left)! Limited to 1 backer only!

    Includes:
    • EP Digital Download
    • Personalised Photo Card
    • Signed Hard Copy EP
    • Photo Print Bundle
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • Pre-launch gathering
    • A Pair of Tickets to EP Launch
    • 1 Minute Video Dedication
    • Special Thanks in Album Liner Notes
    • Perform a song together with Yokez during her EP Launch
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    Private Performance

    Customised 30-minute 2-piece band performance at an event in Singapore of your choosing - wedding, dinner & dance, birthday party etc.
    Note: Date and time to be mutually agreed.

    In addition, you will receive Producer credits on the EP. Your name will be listed in the EP as PRODUCER.

    Includes:
    • EP Digital Download
    • Personalised Photo Card
    • Signed Hard Copy EP
    • Photo Print Bundle
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • 1 Minute Video Dedication
    • Pre-launch gathering
    • A Pair of Tickets to EP Launch
    • Customised 30-minute 2-piece band performance
    • Special Thanks in Album Liner Notes
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    Premium Private Performance

    Customised 2 x 45 minutes 2-piece band performance at an event in Singapore of your choosing - wedding, dinner & dance, birthday party etc.
    Note: Date and time to be mutually agreed.

    In addition, you will receive Producer credits on the EP. Your name will be listed in the EP as PRODUCER.

    Includes:
    • EP Digital Download
    • Personalised Photo Card
    • Signed Hard Copy EP
    • Photo Print Bundle
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • Pre-launch gathering
    • A Pair of Tickets to EP Launch
    • 1 Minute Video Dedication
    • Special Thanks in Album Liner Notes
    • Customised 2 x 45 minutes 2-piece band performance
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