Anyone living in Bangkok long enough will surely experience the audible wrath of an over-zealous karaoke singer, horrendous cover band or acoustic heavy Thai jam band – sometimes all at once.
Far too seldom do we actually get the pleasure to experience live music that truly entertains, inspires and celebrates the wonderful expression of music. Enter Singto Numchok.
Singto, aka Singha Tooe/aka Bug Singto, mixes jazz with surf-rock and pop into a crossover style that calls to mind such artists as Jamie Cullum and Jack Johnson. Developing his guitar skills over the past 12 years Singto’s formative musical career sprouted while strumming his melodies on the streets of Phuket. Auditions to play at local bars quickly led to drawing attention of marketing and musical production duo Believe Records and Pollen Sound. Singto’s self-titled debut album will be released in mid-August where his popularity will surely skyrocket to Baiyoke Tower levels.
While most of Singto’s cuts are produced from his acoustic guitar, he has begun to successfully develop his sound and craft on the Ukulele gaining national notoriety by finishing first in Thailand’s Ukulele Contest earlier this year. Self-taught on the Ukulele via YouTube.com, the strum of the shrunken Hawaiian surf-rock guitar certainly meshes well with Signto’s laid back and affable personality.
Chilled out renditions from songs ranging from Stevie Wonder’s My Cherie Amour to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On compliment his original cuts such as Think and the the sardonically witty Beach Boy, a song about a Thai Beach Boy in a relationship with a farang chick but desperately wanting a Thai girlfriend (what a horrible predicament).
Do yourself a favor and find yourself ahead of the trendy curve by following Singto on Facebook to learn more about his album release and upcoming performance schedules.
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