My Weekend

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Musician Er Chow Kiat, 27, will be performing at Singapore Drum Fest: Ultimate Weekend at Resorts World Theatre today and tomorrow.

He graduated with an associate degree in performance (drum programme) in 2014 from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles after winning its Full Ride Scholarship 2012 competition.

Er is one of the founding members of Urban Drum Crew, an arts percussion group, and has worked with home-grown singer Corrinne May, indie band The Sam Willows and Malaysian singersongwriter Eric Moo.

The bachelor lives in a four-room Housing Board flat in Tampines with his parents.

Do you have a regular weekend?

Not really, it depends on whether I have shows, which are usually on Friday and Saturday nights. I teach in the afternoon on weekends as well.

When you have a weekend free, what do you do?

Hang out with my friends, watch a movie, eat good food. I'll watch any type of movie except horror. I also like to visit cafes and restaurants. What are your hobbies? I don't see making music as a job or a hobby because my life revolves around music. If I'm not working, I'll hang out with friends who are in the music business and we chill or talk about music projects.

Describe your perfect weekend.

Wake up late, have lunch at a fancy cafe, hang out with my friends or catch a movie, then have a nice dinner. Such days don't come often for me.

If you could hang out with anybody, dead or alive, who would it be?

John Mayer. I love his music and he's a pretty smart guy. I'd like to talk to him about his work. All the drummers who have played on his albums are my favourites as well. If I could ask him one question, I'd ask how he knows if a song is good.

If you could travel anywhere for a weekend, where would it be?

I'd travel to Los Angeles and visit all my friends. I studied there for two years and, though I don't miss my life there, I miss all my friends. I'd like to eat with them and play music together.

Brina Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2016, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe