Composers & Authors Society of Singapore awards

Double honours for local rock band

Indie rock band M1LDL1FE (above) bagged two awards, including Young Artiste of the Year; and Chris Ho (below) received an award for his contributions to the local music scene.
Indie rock band M1LDL1FE (above) bagged two awards, including Young Artiste of the Year; and Chris Ho received an award for his contributions to the local music scene.PHOTO: COMPASS
Indie rock band M1LDL1FE (above) bagged two awards, including Young Artiste of the Year; and Chris Ho (below) received an award for his contributions to the local music scene.
Indie rock band M1LDL1FE bagged two awards, including Young Artiste of the Year; and Chris Ho (above) received an award for his contributions to the local music scene.PHOTO: COMPASS

Other winners include singers JJ Lin and Chris Ho

The late Chang Kwai Ming won a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd edition of the Compass (Composers & Authors Society of Singapore) awards held on Sunday at Resorts World Convention Centre.

Mr Chang, a veteran of the local arts and music scene and once a long-serving chairman of Compass, died of cancer in December last year at the age of 78.

His last project with Compass was the Music Talents Development Fund, which was set up to help nurture young musicians of various genres.

Compass also handed out a Patron of Music award to radio personality and singer Chris Ho, also known as X'Ho.

Ho was awarded for his contributions as a face of the local music scene.

He was the frontman of band Zircon Lounge in the 1980s, a pop columnist for various publications including The Straits Times and has been presenting radio shows since the 1990s.

Compass awards are given to local musicians who earned the highest royalties last year, with the society tracking the amount based on how many times their songs are played on radio and in nightspots and food and beverage outlets, and performed live.

Ten awards were given to the top-earning songwriters in Singapore, while five special awards were given out in special categories for achievements and contributions to the local music industry.

Among the top-earning songwriters was Mandopop star JJ Lin, who snagged both Top Local Songwriter of the Year and Top Local Chinese Pop Song for Ke Xi Mei Ru Guo.

Among the recipients of the special awards were home-grown indie rock band M1LDL1FE, who bagged the Young Artiste of the Year prize, which is given based on performing royalties from all songs performed by an artist in the year.

They also took home the award for Top Local English Pop Song for the track In Your Arms, off their debut EP Pairs (2015), back when the band were known as Take Two and had former guitarist Johnathan Lim in the line-up.

Lim returned to perform with them at the awards ceremony.

Paddy Ong, frontman of M1LDL1FE, says: "We never thought we would win anything like this when we started this band, so we felt it was only right we shared the stage with our original guitarist John, since we wrote the song when we were still Take Two with him.

"We feel really honoured to have won both awards and want to share them with our fans and collaborators for all their support... They're anything but mild."

Artistic excellence awards were given to three individuals - songwriter, producer and musician Amir Masoh, who wrote songs such as Tabitha Nauser's Unbreakable and Jacky Cheung's Bai Zi Zai; frontman of Tania and local rock 'n' roll legend Zul Sutan; and conductor, associate professor Chan Tze Law, who is a founding member of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore and the Conservatory New Music ensemble.

Meritorious awards were handed to music arranger and composer Samuel Tan Chee Koon and Dr Peter Low, who has served as choir master of the Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ since its founding in 1971.

Jazz singer and Sing! China second runner-up Joanna Dong was among the performers on the night, closing the show with a medley of songs by Singaporean Mandopop singers Tanya Chua, Mavis Hee and Joi Chua.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2018, with the headline 'Double honours for local rock band'. Print Edition | Subscribe