Having kicked off on a Friday night in February of 2006, BEAT! residents Ginette Chittick and Joe Ng have been bringing indie-rock on at Home Club every Friday since, making it the longest-running indie/rock night in Singapore. BEAT! is where the indie heads come home to music like anything from The Smiths, The Killers and Interpol to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Strongly rooted in its vision of bringing independent music to Singapore, BEAT! also plays host to a multitude of band gigs during the earlier part of the night. Staunch in its belief, BEAT! has provided a platform for all artistes – from budding young talents to established local names like Plain Sunset, I Am David Sparkle, Typewriter and the Pinholes to players from the world stage like Handsome Furs and Emmy the Great.
Conscientiously laying the fever on the BEAT! dancefloor, the night has seen guest DJs like Kele of Bloc Party, Mani of Stone Roses, Andy Rourke of The Smiths, Peaches, Lovefoxxx of CSS and Simon Rix of Kaiser Chiefs grace its decks. The duo has also brought the BEAT! banner beyond Home Club, having opened for BluePrint fashion event, played at Redbull X-Riders event to a 18,000-strong crowd, Baybeats ’09, the Muse after-party, Singfest after-party, twice at Kualar Lumpur’s Bar Sonic alongside Twilight Action Girl, the Global Gathering ‘08 in Malacca and Topshop private parties.
To quote the duo: “BEAT! has been running with scissors, steadily building a reputation for raucous reckless fun for 5 blazing years and nothing’s going to stop them!”
By day, Ginette Chittick is the Programme Leader of the only Fashion Communication degree course in Singapore at a leading art college, LASALLE College of the Arts, shaping the young minds (hopefully) who eagerly await their entrance into the Fashion Industry. By night, she is a multitasker ninja, with her stubby little fingers in the music, fashion, design and photography pies. She’s a resident DJ at Home Club, playing indie, garage rock and other space oddities every Friday on a night called BEAT! The night has been running for close to 5 years with a steadily increasing reputation for reckless, raucous fun.
A veteran of Singapore’s indie rock music scene, Joe Ng has through the years played key roles as a musician, producer, music critic, record company executive, gig organizer-promoter, and a once regular in the moshpit. Now he scores soundtrack for films and television for a living. On Fridays, he takes a breather spinning at Homeclub’s Beat! night. He doesn’t dance too well.