Charlie Lim | Music Artists on Indie Accent

Charlie Lim

b. 2011 | ORIGIN: SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE

Charlie broke into the Southeast Asian music scene in 2011 with his self-titled debut EP. Signing with management label House of Riot! in 2012, he continued to tour the region, playing major festivals such as Mosaic Music Festival in Singapore, Jarasum International Jazz Festival in Korea, Urbanscapes in Kuala Lumpur, Clockenflap in Hong Kong, Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia and Brisbane Festival in Australia, supporting acts such as Kimbra, BADBADNOTGOOD, Émilie Simon, Hiatus Kaiyote, Lucy Rose, Sigur Ros, Lenka, Ta-Ku and Snarky Puppy.

Lim released TIME/SPACE in 2015, an introspective and melancholic double EP that explores "different polarities" of his musical interests, with TIME reflecting his singer-songwriter sensibilities and SPACE a manifestation of his DIY approach to experimental pop/R&B production. The record took close to 3 and half years to write, produce and record. The initial concept of splitting the album into a double EP came about when Charlie was housesitting Kimbra's home studio in Melbourne when she was away on tour and he needed a space to write. By the end of his stay, he had finished putting together the arrangements of several demos, including “Bitter” and “Conspiracy”, which went on to form the cornerstones of TIME/SPACE. The album went to #1 on Singapore's iTunes charts within an hour of its release. Singapore’s leading newspaper The Straits Times gave it a glowing review of 4.5/5 stars, and was also awarded Best Pop Album of 2015. Popular media outlets such as TODAY, Bandwagon, Popspoken, Vulcan Post, Beehype, Buro 24/7, Honeycombers, Native Entertainment, and JUICE also considered the record as one of the best music releases of the year.

Following two landmark, sold-out shows at the 10th edition of the Mosaic Music Festival – an achievement never claimed by a Singaporean artist – Charlie premiered TIME/SPACE to another sold-out crowd at Singapore's premier concert venue, the 1600-seater Esplanade Concert Hall,[15] as part of a triple bill with Inch Chua and The Great Spy Experiment.

In 2015, Lim was commissioned to write two theme songs for the 28th Southeast Asian Games and was asked to perform his song "Still" at the Singapore National Stadium for the Games' closing ceremony.

In 2016, Lim signed his first major record deal with Universal Music Singapore, with a major studio release slated in 2017. ~Wikipedia

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