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HubbaBubbas
File:HubbaBubbas performing at Jurong Regional Library.jpg
HubbaBubbas performing at Jurong Regional Library on 17 October 2015. L to R: Mervyn Ye, Stephanie Lim, Ryan Chan
Background information
Also known as HBBBs
Origin Singapore
Genres Post-acoustic, a cappella, R&B, hip hop, jazz, indie pop
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Labels Umami Records
Associated acts TAJ
Website www.hbbbsband.com
Members Ryan Chan
Stephanie Lim
Mervyn Ye

HubbaBubbas is a Singaporean post-acoustic trio, founded in June 2011, consisting of lead vocalist Stephanie Lim, guitarist/backing vocalist Ryan Chan and beatboxer/backing vocalist Mervyn Ye. They are one of Singapore's rising bands, known for combining various genres of music, and having performed at various local and international events.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The trio met when they were studying at Temasek Secondary School, with Ryan Chan and Mervyn Ye being Stephanie Lim's seniors. Lim, who initially held dual Canadian and Singaporean citizenship, studied at the University of British Columbia, before renouncing her Canadian citizenship to join the other two. They started off as an a cappella group before incorporating instruments as well. They started performing as street musicians, and then played at pubs and bars such as Timbre and Wala Wala.[2] According to Chan, the band's name came out when he was talking to his baby niece one day, and asked her what their band should be called, and she replied with 'hubba-bubba'.[3] Their unique blend of several music genres made them rise to popularity.

Since then, HubbaBubbas have been performing at weddings as well as at various events, such as the Istana Open House, World Blood Donor Day, Singapore Night Festival, Getai Ethnica,[4] Singapore Writers Festival, and the opening ceremony of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.[5]

Since 2015, HubbaBubbas has become part of the *SCAPE Invasion Tour, together with artists such as Shigga Shay, Gentle Bones and Daphne Khoo,[6] where they tour and perform a series of concerts in schools, bringing their music to a wider range of audience. Their song, "Dancing on the World" was featured in the compilation album "Songs of the Games" for the 2015 Southeast Asian Games held in Singapore.

It was announced that HubbaBubbas will be releasing their first EP in October 2015, however, it was later confirmed to be out on 12 August 2016, entitled Amy(gdala). For the recording of their songs, they enlisted Tim De Cotta and Audrey Tengkey of TAJ on bass and keyboards respectively.

Musical style[edit | edit source]

HubbaBubbas has been influenced by various genres of music, and combines them to create an unorthodox sound that twists genres and defies conventions, performing songs ranging from R&B, pop, hip-hop to jazz. Most of their songs involve tight harmonies, and combine elements of acoustic music with acappella, occasionally with the use of other instruments.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Extended plays[edit | edit source]

  • A Hubba-Christmas (2013)
  • Amy(gdala) (2016)

Singles[edit | edit source]

Year Title Album Label
2016 Address Amy(gdala) Umami Records

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Authors and Speakers - HubbaBubbas". Singapore Writers Festival. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  2. "HubbaBubbas - Musicians & Bands". Delegate. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  3. Loh, Wei Yang Ian. "HubbaBubbas, spice, and everything nice". youth.sg. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  4. Toh, Christopher (1 May 2015). "Good vibes for Getai Ethnica at S'pore Heritage Fest". Today. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  5. Ong, Sara Jane (4 June 2015). "Dancing on the world with HubbaBubbas". *SCAPE. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  6. Hon, Jing Yi (23 April 2015). "Singers 'invade' schools with concert series". Today. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 

External links[edit | edit source]


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