Since this is going to be new, I shall begin with a slight introduction of myself, and the reason why I started up another blog.
My previous blog, known as http://mglacius.blogspot.com, may be recognised by some of you, before you were even directed to this blog through that blog. The odd “m” in the beginning of the link, would be “Musical Glacius”, where I had this idea to start a music blog, but failed.
Because it turned out to be my personal blog after I posted up more random stuff besides music.
My name is Jean Louis Sibert. My preferred nickname would be Glacius. Born on the 20th of October 1988, and I would be the only musician in the whole family. Born and raised in Penang, Malaysia. My current location, after I finished my diploma studies in Kuala Lumpur, is Hobart, Tasmania. I picked up the guitar somewhere on the first week of August 2002 at the age of 14, after I was playing and got inspired by Gitaroo Man, which was a Koei Production for the Sony PlayStation 2 gaming console. Unlike many talented self-taught musicians, I began my guitar classes at a close-by music school, which turned into a wedding planner organisation. The lessons went on for about a year, but only learnt how to play the guitar, and copied solos off from other songs. Feeling bored, but still playing the guitar without proper musical education, I stopped the lesson.
2003, came the birth of my first Acoustic project, called No Piss – No Peace, which still can be found at soundclick.com for amateur compositions. But it showed two people who knew nuts about guitars, but just wanted to play music. This was done by Choo Kok Cheng, who’s an extreme gamer right now, and me.
In the midst of 2003, I was offered to be a guitarist for my church in Pulau Tikus, known as Immaculate Conception under the aid of Ms. Catherine Tan, in Youth Praisers. Armed with a Santa Cruz dreadnaught acoustic guitar with an external pickup, things just worked out well. Being in a praise and worship group just improved my performance and coordination with band members by then. This went on, until August/September 2005, where I was officially disbanded from the group as I had my major finals to face in high school.
Ever since then, I still helped out time to time, but inconsistently due to attending National Service and college after that.
In 2004, came Dark Room. Later named Dysnomia because Dark Room sounded just pretty odd. And Dysnomia sounds just as odder, but cooler in a way. A band that consisted Evan Tan (drums), Zachary Chong (bass) and me (guitars). The vocalist varied only due to the fact, we could not find a consistent one to meet our needs. Missing of another guitarist, we asked Ying Kit (who can be seen in Panic Overdrive/Six String Samurais), to join us. From then, he mentioned he was taking lessons from Kelvyn Yeang on how to play the electric guitar. Not long, me and Ying Kit became good friends and went together for lessons. I initiated the lessons but only lasted 3 months due to parents’ advice to focus on my studies.
Sure, it was the right thing, but I didn’t like one bit of it at all. I was the one prepared to drop out from school and just play guitar like other greats out there.
In 2005, our first real live performance happened in a local gig, The Fusion Party, that consisted of a Rock and Hip Hop theme to promote our youth’s potential in the music scene at that time. Since then, it was my first time knowing a lot of people. The line up for Dysnomia, was probably the largest one in numbers on stage for the bands. The line-up consisted of Evan Tan (drums), Roy Khrisna Nair (bass), Lim Ying Kit (rhythm guitar/2nd lead), Christabel Choo (keyboards), Fiona Fox (lead vocals for Nymphetamine, Bring Me to Life and Goin’ Under), Freddie Oon (lead vocals for Nymphetamine) and me (lead guitarist, harmony guitars, backing vocals). Where the songs we presented were Canon in D (re-arranged rock version), A Night In The Sky (A No Piss – No Peace cover, by my acoustic project),
Ever since then, I was musically inclined towards the music scene, and always stood close to Ying Kit and Kelvyn Yeang to improve on certain guitar techniques and knowledge.
In the middle of 2006, after I came back from National Service, I disbanded myself from Dysnomia due to different music interests. It became a Rock band to a Heavy Metal band.
So, once again, giving private clinics, workshops and guitar lessons at my home, I still played the guitar in accordance to my own stuff.
But August 2006 began, and another project existed, known as Fundamental Mentalities, a hip-hop based band but turned into a fusion hip hop elements with guitar inspirations. Whichever they want to call it, but the original produce would still be hip-hop. Which is the biggest project I’ve ever joined in terms of members. It consisted of Schizzow/Koh Yung Shen and Wormy/Chong Yong Le, LooLoo/Eunice Tan Yin Loo, and Avni as the founding members since their 2004 Back2dBasix EP. Since we were all friends, automatically, I provided my services as a guitarist and a musician, and got my friend, Chan Zhu May to enter as a keyboardist. We wrote some, but never managed to get the type of materials we wanted out.
Until we thought about Valentine’s day. Hence the conceptual album, Sentimentalities, was released in late November 2006. With frequent trips to the local studio in Penang, we got to know Roosh/Tan Yon Lynn to join in as the vocalist.
Through this band, I didn’t focus changing into a rock and of some sort, but stayed as a composer/arranger, therefore learning about music arrangements which made me appreciate music a little bit more than ever.
I wasn’t in a proper rock band to suit my head-banging needs, until I went to a gig in Equator Academy of Arts at the end of December 2006, came Panic Overdrive which it consisted of Moe Nasrul (vocals), Lim Ying Kit (lead guitars), Joshua Tan (drums – sessionist but became a permanent member), Julian Goh (bass, but got switched to Roy from Dysnomia at a later date.) I didn’t matter about what sort of music they played. It may be punk rock, where there are no guitar works, but I enjoyed listening to the music they covered and produce. It was amateur as well, but music was all about having fun.
Noticing that they were missing of another guitarist, I approached Ying Kit and asked if I could join. Just so happens that they were looking for a permanent member as well.
Panic Overdrive, later known as Six String Samurais, was a band that we considered a rock/metal band. And it was the time where we travelled around between Penang and Kuala Lumpur, playing in gigs, just for the love of music.
But due to studies, once again, I left for Kuala Lumpur permanently in August 2007, and disbanded myself facing several non-compatibilities.
Ever since then, I haven’t performed on stage. And I have self-commitments to understand that my knowledge in music is not up to average standards. So I decided to pull myself back, and go back to the serious basics.
Until today, where I just arrived in Hobart, Tasmania, in pursuing my Bachelors in Business Finance.
So, with past experiences, I am a guitarist, but a music arranger as well. Only for personal projects as music is always fun.
After my story, some of you might be curious in the people I seek as my inspirations. Trust me, I have a wide and odd bunch music groups that I like.
When I started watching MTV in 1996, was the era of Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, NSYNC, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, etc. I loved all of the commercialised bands and artists, because they just made it so far!
But only a handful made me really listen to them. Such as Linkin Park, Blink 182, Metallica, Green Day, Daft Punk, Nickelback etc.
When I dropped into the guitar life starting 2002, I listened to Creed, Puddle of Mudd, Blink 182, Metallica, so on and so forth.
Until 2003, where I got more serious in SlipKnoT, In Flames, Metallica, The Eagles, and many others.
2004 would be the year where I started to drift off from Heavy Metal to Instrumental Rock, hence came (in order as well), Yngwie Malmsteen and then Steve Vai.
But in 2005, I figured that music is not about neo-classical shred, hence why I idolised Steve Vai as my favourite guitarist until I purchased an Ibanez JEM JR in December 2006.
Also, laying my eyes on other greats from the G3 experience, I listened to Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson as well.
Then December 2007 came, where I got to know MORE greats out there, such as Dream Theater. Undoubtedly, the best group out there when it comes to progressive rock/metal. And made me learn about time signature, the pitch axis theory (written by Joe Satriani), and modal changes and progression.
In April 2008, I found a part-time job when I was still in Kuala Lumpur, and this expanded my interest in Jazz music through the radio while working in Starbucks.
And 2009, with recent discover of Guthrie Govan, Zakk Wylde, George Lynch, Greg Howe, George Benson, Paul Gilbert and Pat Metheny.
Of course, somewhere in the middle, with appreciation for music arrangements, comes Nobuo Uematsu (SP?), the recognised music composer for SquareSoft/SquareEnix’s Final Fantasy Series, and Harry Gregson-Williams, who’s also responsible for several Metal Gear Solid soundtracks.
Besides these two, there are plenty of people I would like to state, but due to the fact that I play a lot of games and listen to a lot of music being done to fit the environment and mood of the games, I can’t remember all of them.
All of these guys have a very distinctive way of playing the guitar. And it was pretty amazing to watch these guys on YouTube to blast time away.
With that, concludes my little journey of how music is. Over the past few months, came The Bee Gees and none other than Jimi Hendrix.
The classics are getting revived in my life when the world’s moving forward.
It’s about appreciation, and through this blog, I shall share how music can be appreciated regardless of the genres that you’re in, to learn about the musical geniuses that existed before all of us!
The main rule, ladies and gentlemen, still lies in the fact that if you like music, just play it, and don’t force yourself to play something you want to play. This will be further explained in different posts in the near future.
For now, I’ll let my fingers rest in Metal Gear Solid 4. I might come back again tonight to write more.
For the moment, the comment boxes in this blog, if you find any usefulness in them, is opened to those who have a Google account for any questions in guitar stuff. The Cbox on your right, will be opened to public as well for short comments.
Now, I’m not the God of Guitars or something. I’m just sharing what I know up to date, and would appreciate if you could help me out as well if my knowledge is insufficient.
Till then, good day, my friends!