My Weekend

Vanessa Fernandez, whose singing stage name is Vandetta, spends her weekends making music.
Vanessa Fernandez, whose singing stage name is Vandetta, spends her weekends making music.PHOTO: COURTESY OF VANESSA FERNANDEZ

Singer Vandetta, 33 - real name: Vanessa Fernandez - is one of this year's mentors in the Noise Music Mentorship programme.

The six-month mentorship is part of the annual Noise Singapore festival which nurtures creative talents under the age of 35 in various fields, including art and design.

Applications are open till May 2 at

Fernandez, who is assistant programme director of radio station Lush 99.5FM, lives in a four- room HDB flat in Old Airport Road with her parents. She is single.

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

I'm usually making music, just jamming or recording - I have a new EP coming out - catching up with friends in the music scene or watching a gig.

I also like to watch movies or television series such as political drama House Of Cards or comedy series Master Of None.

Where are your usual haunts?

I'm usually in the Tanjong Pagar area. There's a great Japanese restaurant called Santoro that I frequent and also a couple of good cafes - Group Therapy or The Plain.

I go with Nic Robertson, my creative collaborator. He plays the guitar and is a producer as well. We've done a couple of gigs together and work on music too.

We have pretty hectic day jobs in the creative field, so weekends are the only time we get to do music.

What do you do to relax?

I meditate every day. Even 10 minutes of quiet time is enough to clear my mind and keep me focused. Some people find it difficult to do, but for me, it's useful to take some time for my mind and body. It helps me stay calm.

If you could be somewhere else for the weekend, where would you go?

Japan. It's such an amazing place with beautiful nature, culture, great food and considerate people. It's the ideal environment to be in.

What is a good weekend to you?

I'm a simple person and as long as there's music, good food and good friends involved, it's a good weekend.

Nabilah Said

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2016, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Subscribe