Ask Marisse Caine about music culture here and she sums it up in two words: “Hot AF”. For well over a decade, the 33-year-old multi-hyphenate whose work cuts across photography, painting and even television production can be seen at all the coolest underground music experiences in town, soaking in the sounds, crowd and energy not only as a partygoer, but also through her camera lens.
A montage of photos from Marisse Caine’s photo diary featuring the members of the collective, Crevice. “These are snapshots that represent a typical day in our lives as this big group of creatives who all hail from different collectives and are all of different ages and backgrounds. People think we only party together, but the truth is, we only go to parties to support one another and we actually spend most of our time together not at parties … Music is like this figurative pub for creatives and has brought so many people together … And when you see groups of people who don’t look like they belong together with one another and then find out that their connection is actually genuine, that feeling is just infectious, and I think that’s what’s permeating the music scene here right now.”
Three months ago, she started the Instagram account @whoaretheyyyyy_, showcasing her stylish, documentary-style images of Singapore’s interconnected creative and nightlife communities with the hope of it becoming a resource for an upcoming endeavour of hers: a film on the scene here and in the region. Here, using a mix of previously unpublished photos from her archives and new ones specially shot and jointly created with FEMALE, she gives up the lowdown on why Singapore is a new music capital and who are some of the newcomers making it pop.