Making music away from home: Local musicians venture overseas for inspiration

Local musicians are moving abroad in search of opportunities, bigger markets and new creative stimuli

Seeking a new creative environment, home-grown electronic artist Yllis left Singapore for New York to be a full-time musician in 2016.

It was a little terrifying, he admits. "(It was) the uncertainty... from getting the visa application approved to the financial considerations of making such a move," he says over e-mail of the challenges he had to face. "I also didn't know anyone in New York before getting here, so that was scary."


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2018, with the headline 'Making music away from home'. Print Edition | Subscribe