Independent record labels: Champions of local music talent

(Clockwise from top left) Jon Chua, Founder of Zendyll Records, Kevin Foo, co-founder of Umami Records, Dean Augustine, founder of Cross Ratio Entertainment, Nigel Joseph Lopez (left) and Raphael Michael Ong, who run local indie pop record label Midd
(Clockwise from top left) Jon Chua, Founder of Zendyll Records, Kevin Foo, co-founder of Umami Records, Dean Augustine, founder of Cross Ratio Entertainment, Nigel Joseph Lopez (left) and Raphael Michael Ong, who run local indie pop record label Middle Class Cigars and Ricks Ang, founder of Kitchen. Label.PHOTOS: JASMINE CHOONG, COURTESY OF LUKE NICHOLAS FOO, CROSS RATIO ENTERTAINMENT, COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER SIM, APRIL LEE

SINGAPORE - Every week, new songs are released by young and rising names in the Singapore music scene, such as R&B/electronic singer Theodora, whose songs have racked up more than two million streams on Spotify.

While traditionally, international record companies such as Universal, Sony and Warner have had a hand in putting out music by Singapore talent, a lot of the songs are now released through independent, home-grown record labels.

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