Formed in 2012, indie pop band The Sam Willows has come a long way. They’ve recorded songs for the SEA Games, performed at the National Day Parade, opened for The Script and recorded their album with an internationally-acclaimed producer. We catch up with Narelle, Ben, Sandra and Jon, and find out what makes them tick.
Tell us more about yourself – what interests you.
Narelle: People, things, dogs haha. I really love film and music and most forms of art really.
Jon: Dogs, guitars and TV shows. I watch a lot of TV shows.
Sandra: Cats, food, martial arts, a good movie, cheap things that can be refurbished.
Ben: Movie soundtracks, theatre, sports.
Photo by Sony Music Entertainment Singapore
How would you spend long weekends in Singapore?
Narelle: Plan a nice itinerary with a mix of stay home with movies and finding a nice cafe to have brunch (if we’re not working.. which is rarely haha)
Jon: Usually our weekends aren’t very long. If not probably at the gym, then go for some sushi, then a movie, then high tea at Wild Honey – All Day Breakfast. Then drinks at East Coast Park.
Sandra: Go to Evolve MMA for Brazillian Jiu jitsu, watch movies, and then buy food home and watch Netflix in bed.
Ben: Get off the main island to either Sentosa or St John’s Island, be back in time for dinner at any quaint cafe, catch a unique Singapore performance (concert/play) at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Victoria Theatre or Arts House, have drinks at Timbre, supper at Al Azhar or Spize.
Photo of Marina Bay Sands Rooftop Pool & Skydeck by Andrew Tan
Where would you recommend going to celebrate special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries or date nights?
Narelle: Depends on what kind of person you are. I think just going to a park late late a night, like East Coast Park or West Coast Park is really lovely.
Jon: I’d say exploring the neighbourhoods in Singapore. Like Toa Payoh or Balestier. There are tons of cool restaurants and bars that serve really good food.
Sandra: Sentosa! It has Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium and beaches. FUN.
Ben: You can get a pretty stellar view of the skyline from the Marina Barrage or from Marina Bay Sands’ rooftop pool. If not, Tiong Bahru has some amazing cafe and bar haunts that you can’t miss.
Photo of Bugis Street by Afur Wong
Where do you like to shop in Singapore?
Narelle: Still love rummaging through Bugis (Street)/flea markets.
Jon: I mostly shop online. But I’d say Orchard Central has really cool stuff.
Sandra: Bugis Village (Street) or Far East Plaza.
Ben: Bugis Village for sure. If you’re looking for cheap appliances or basically anything, Mustafa Centre is amazing.