Every week we ask a creative, artisan, or musician to share what music gets them going from dawn to dusk. This week, Singapore-based R&B and Pop songstress Ffion highlights the anthems that energize her throughout the day.
Born in the UK but raised in Singapore, Ffion Williams dabbled in music as a singer on Youtube belting out music covers. We all got to start from somewhere, right? Williams went on to debut professionally using her first name, Ffion, and dropped 'With U'. Produced by G R O S S E (who also worked with Singaporean songbird Sam Rui), this introductory single showcases Ffion's musicality without drowning her sultry vocals.
Passion and motivation then took Ffion into Noise Music Mentorship Program 2016, where she was guided by veteran musician and local music advocate Vanessa Fernandez. With a refreshed perspective, Ffion released her sophomore single, ‘I Miss U’. Spotify added this track to their 'Early Noise 2017 playlist', which features artists to look out for in the coming year. A six-track EP about heartbreak and longing, Bad Habits, followed and received positive responses from critics. Ffion's latest tune 'Personal', achieved over 1 million streams on Spotify—a feat envied by many budding musicians.
Never underestimate the pairing of evocative lyrics with chill downtempo electronics. We're hooked and definitely look forward to hearing more melancholic verses on her future releases.
“I’m not usually awake during the morning, but when I am, I know I’m going to need a bunch of songs that are high energy and empowering to get me through the day!”
1. ‘Confidence' (Feat. Maleek Berry & Nana Rogers)—Raye
"I love Raye and I’ve been listening to her since 2015, it started off with a quiet admiration of how cool and edgy she is as an artist, but now I’m pretty much obsessed by whatever song she put out."
"There’s something about the pace of this song that just perks me up, I think the marriage between Nao’s vocals and Mura Masa’s infectious beats are something to look forward too, they first killed it with ‘Firefly’ and now this song. I really hope they collaborate more in the future."
3. 'Tomboy'—Destiny Rogers
"This is a new song on my playlist, I came across the music video online and I think it’s the perfect anthem for girl power. The line, 'My mama said, "Marry a rich man” And I was like, "Mama, I am that rich man”, really speaks to me."
“I like to do most of my errands during the afternoon, I find being in busy social situations alone can be quite anxiety-inducing for me, so I like to tune out to some chill songs whilst I’m out and about!”
1. 'Fools'—Madison Beer
"Madison’s EP As She Pleases is one of my personal favourites and it’s usually my go to when I’m commuting. There’s something about her style of music and lyrics that kind of helps me zone out and focus on the task at hand."
2. 'La Di Da'—Lennon Stella
"Lennon has always been an artist I’ve admired. She recently released her EP, Love, Me and it’s basically genius."
3. 'Saw You in A Dream'—The Japanese House
"I don’t know much about this song. But I love it and it makes me feel things. I need to do a road trip to this song."
“I find the night time to be the most productive for me, so I like to listen to music that can help me focus."
1. 'Pretty Little Fears (Feat. J Cole)'—6lack
“'Pretty Little Fears' has been on repeat for me for the past couple of weeks, and I’m really excited to catch 6lack live at 'We The Fest' this year.”
2. 'Jasmine'—Jai Paul
“This song was recommended to me by a friend one late night, there’s something about the textures of the song that kind of draw you in. It’s just aurally interesting, and that can sometimes spark the creativity I need when I’m doing a writing session.”
3. 'Desert Rose'—Lolo Zouaï
“Lo Lo’s songs have the incredible ability to balance emotional fragility with small doses of subtle truths, plus the way she weaves French into her songs, how can you not love her?”
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