FLiPSiDE: DAPHNE KHOO
Daphne Khoo was born in Perth, Western Australia, not with a microphone in her hand, but she did try her hand at violin and piano under the school of Suzuki at the age of 3. At the age of 9 when her family moved to Singapore, music took a back seat as the different education system took over. But that break didn’t last long, a year later she joined her first singing competition and won herself a ticket to the states. A few years later she was involved in the Singapore leg of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph & The Technicolor Dreamcoat’ musical tour.
In 2004, after completing her GCE ’O’ Levels, Daphne auditioned to be the voice of a first-of-its-kind MTV television series, ‘Rouge’. At 16, she scored the job and spent over 100 hours working with renown Singapore producer Sydney Tan for the tracks that were featured on the television series and also contributed to the show the song “I’m Sorry”, an original that she had written with her friends from local band NvRLrN. In the midst of recording, Daphne auditioned for the first season of Singapore Idol and seven months later emerged 3rd runner up. Since then she has appeared in numerous music festivals, television events and concerts. Among them are her sold out first ticketed concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio, Singapore Day in Melbourne, Lunch Time at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Countdown @ Sentosa, High On Life, Muzika Estravaganza, LIME Sonic Bang, Blessed Christmas and Hype Up at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, just to name a few.
In February 2006 she began fronting local indie-rock outfit, West Grand Boulevard. They performed at Singapore local indie music festival ‘Baybeats’, and she co-wrote ‘Fight’ and ‘Backwards’ for the band’s debut album “Waiting For You”. The album was well received and WGB was nominated for Best Breakout Band of the year at Power 98’s Singapore Music Awards.
‘Desperate’- Daphne’s debut solo album was released late 2007, she co-produced and co-directed the album that consisted of ten self-penned tracks as well as a duet with local musician- Ling Jia Hao. The album’s first single ‘Doll’ made it to the top 20 and top 10 charts on radio stations 98.7fm and Power 98 respectively. The album scored Daphne Best Breakout Solo Artist at Power 98’s Singapore Music Awards in 2008.
After being invited to perform at Singapore’s Mosaic Music Festival in 2008, Daphne left for Melbourne where she went on to finish her Media degree at RMIT and her performances were stripped down to a simple and more intimate acoustic set. Hitting up the radio waves of Tripple R and sharing that stage with amazing Aussie acts like Tim McMillan and Yelka Ishmakovich, her degree left her itching for a greater knowledge of music and wanting to find a way to combine her present knowledge of media and communication with her passion for music to make a career for herself.
After a year at Berklee College of Music, Daphne was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer and moved to New York for her chemotherapy. Since the completion of her chemo late 2012, Daphne has released two singles: ‘Carry On’, which charted #4 on the International Charts on Singapore’s 98.7fm as well as ‘Rooftops’ in 2013. Her latest EP ‘Wonderland’ was released in January 2014 and was released hand in hand with her Starbucks tour, which saw her through 19 shows all across Singapore.
She’s also making waves in the EDM scene, releasing ‘Higher’ with uprising duo Project 46 and the renown Paul Oakenfold. Her other release with Project 46, the Avicii bootleg ‘Crime’ also garnered a lot of attention from Progressive House fans all over the world. She went on to release ‘Believe’, a collaboration with a group of over 150 Swedish producers known as ‘Together’ for Avicii’s charity- House for Hunger.
Most recently, Daphne’s composition ‘Greatest’ has been hand picked as one of the theme songs for the SEA Games 2015, which will be held in Singapore.
Look out for more exciting music as Daphne hits the streets with a message of love and hope through the music she writes, records and performs.