Host, actor and musician Benjamin Kheng gets groovy with
In the next
few episodes of Storm Bytes an original production by Tech Storm, celebrity host
and Singaporean musician Benjamin Kheng, 24, will be coming to a screen near
you. His pretty face might be familiar to most, considering his shot to stardom
over the past few months in Singapore. From being ¼ of local folk-pop quartet The Sam Willows, to acting in the local theater adaptations and a dapper
gentleman fashionista, Benjamin has had his share of ups and downs since
entering the media circle.
started dabbling in media at the young age of 17, with producing and presenting
radio shows. Not long after, in 2012 Benjamin and three music loving friends started
the Sam Willows. Since the group started, they have performed locally in
Singapore and Internationally for festivals like SXSW in Texas, MU:CON and Zandari Festa in Seoul.
We catch up
with Benjamin as he gets groovy with tech talk and find out what technology means
Let’s start with something simple, are you a techie or anything close
BK: I’m a very
selective techie – I’m good with the three to four software, apps or gadgets
that I need. But, terrible at everything else.
So, share with us what are the three gadgets you must have with you no
BK: My MIDI
Controller (with laptop), my camera, my phone. Wait, that’s four – I cheated.
How about apps? Do have any that you use most often and rely on
BK: 1. VSCOcam – It’s
one of the most intuitive, aesthetically pleasing photo-editing apps out there.
I’ve used it for ages and have stocked up a healthy stash of downloaded
2. Spotify – As a
musician and music-lover, you need to feed the soul. Spotify’s immense
catalogue and playlist selection is too killer to resist.
3. Snapchat – the
latest giant in social media platforms. You get to upload short-lived snippets
of your life, and not have to worry about the permanence of Twitter or
Instagram. Plus, its “Discover” section is slowly bringing general
education to the youth of today without them even knowing.
Although you say that you are a selective techie, we are pretty sure
you are quite the heavy Smartphone user, especially with social media. We want
to know if you have ever gone on a Smartphone deprivation and would you do it
BK: Only in my time
in the army. That was easy because you’re already disconnected from your social
life, so there isn’t a great loss there. I think if I were to lose the
smartphone lifestyle today, it might take me a couple of weeks and a
Lastly, do you think technology has changed your life, the way you now live
and even interact with your fans?
BK: Without a
doubt. Millions of people make a living through it, everyone relies on it as a
to catch Benjamin in action on Storm Bytes, a mini-series commissioned by Tech
By Geralyne Kaye Ong / April 13, 2015 5:00PM GMT+8
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