KELVIN TAN — solo + The Oddfellows

I’m a writer, singer-songwriter, improvisational musician/singer and lead guitarist for The Oddfellows. I’m also an adjunct arts educator.

I’m virtually self-taught and I would say that I’ve taken aspects of music from all genres of music and incorporated them into my own music. I started off being enraptured by the singer-songwriters of the 70s, and branched off into jazz music, and thereafter to more experimental avant-grade jazz and improvisational music, as well as dance, hiphop, modern classical music, and many different kinds of rock and roll music.

I’ve never been much of a stickler for equipment. I got an Ibanez artist guitar for my 21st birthday, and I’m still playing it now. I’ve also got an Ibanez Roadster given to me as a gift, and a Gibson electric that was gifted to me by Gibson Singapore. I have a very cheap J and D acoustic guitar, and a TGM mini-guitar that I use for writing songs or just for my own personal jamming.

My setup is very simple and I really have not much interest in gear or equipment. My usual setup includes a Boss digital delay, Boss volume pedal, Digitech whammy-Wah, with additional Boss phaser or other gadgets, if and when the need arises.

When I was growing up, I thought very highly of Shah Tahir, who played for Heritage in the 80s, and who went on to become a much sought-after Mandopop producer. He was pretty much an all-round guitarist. I also got to know and was inspired by Clinton Carnegie, who remains to this day, quite the virtuoso.