MYRNE shows us a day in the life on tour [Photo Diary]
Out of Singapore’s burgeoning dance music scene comes MYRNE, a classically trained artist with a keen ear for R&B and bass. He’s blended his influences into a forward-thinking sound that has made him a regular on powerhouse imprints like Dim Mak, Monstercat, and Mad Decent, where he made history as the powerhouse imprint’s first Asian artist in 2015. He’s become a desired commodity on the international festival circuit as a result, taking on a heavy tour schedule that has gotten busier in correspondence with his astronomical rise.
MYRNE’s natural next step has thus been to compose his debut studio album, In Search Of Solitude—an expressive body of work that explores the depths of his musicality, which is set for release on Ultra Music. Ahead of the album drop, the blossoming talent is giving his followers a choice taste of what to come across a series of singles. The latest has arrived in the form of “Starsigns,” a feel-good vocal cut that straddles the line of pop and dance music. The heartwarming tune is a smooth accent to summer playlists and enough to tide fans over for In Search Of Solitude’s arrival. Order a copy here.
While he continues climbing the ranks and preparing for the big premiere, we’ve asked the producer to give us an in-depth snapshot of his life outside the public life. MYRNE has returned to us a special photo diary that charts a brief tour through Asia, including his Ultra Singapore appearance and getting a brand new tattoo, showing off just what life is like for an artist on the go.
“It’s Thursday in Singapore and the weekend begins – attending a Hublot event together with the legendary Maxime Plescia-Buchi, who’s agreed to permanently leave his mark on my poor arm. We’ve discussed the design weeks prior, and he’s showing me the latest update after this photo was taken.”
“Me pretending to have a good time in front of a room full of curious guests.”
“It’s done – I’ve always admired the interplay between industrial, geometric shapes and nature, and thankfully he shared the same interests. Now it’s off to play a show in Shenzhen, China, and hopefully not bleed all over the plane.”
“We’ve landed in Shenzhen. This is not an interesting picture, because it is an airport. Airports are not interesting by design. I’m playing a headline show at Tom Live tonight – approximately 5 hours after this picture was taken. Factoring travel time, showers, and dinner, this allows me 30 minutes of rest. I am grateful, because from a young age I was taught that not a lot of people can afford rest.”
“I seem to have found myself in the middle of a bustling club, who appear to be waiting for a guest of some sort. What do I do? Thankfully, I remember my DJ training. I get on the DJ table, standing tall to assert dominance. This discourages any potential performers from taking my spot, therefore ensuring career security for at least the next 90 minutes. I lead the crowd in a synchronous clap, managing several bars until I am reminded of the inky tenderness on my left shoulder.”
“There are 100s of people here. They’ve brought flags and signs, which is very heartwarming! It takes time to make these things, and even more to carry them with you on a night out. Sometimes I get so lost in the music on stage I forget who I am, and these signs help a ton. Soon the show draws to a close. It’s 3am.”
“Someone brought me a bouquet of flowers! I’ve never got a bouquet of flowers before. They smelled really nice. I remember having to leave them behind after I left because I was unable to bring the water-contained flowers on the plane. :( I took a lot of pictures of them though. After this picture, my manager kindly allowed me 2 hours of sleep before I had to catch a flight back home for Ultra Singapore.”
“I’m at Ultra Singapore! Last minute, the venue moved indoors due to heavy weather; as a result my original stage was unfortunately cancelled, and I was moved to a different set time on the main stage. It was the opening set at 2pm. At 9pm Porter Robinson will play, then Skrillex after.
This is me thinking if it is OK to play a Porter Robinson song that I like – it’s usually bad taste to play an artist’s song before he/she gets on. I tell myself I’ll decide later. I recall walking in at 1:30pm and seeing absolutely nobody there – It’s custom not to go to a festival super early in Singapore, mainly because of the humidity. I’m pretty nervous here, because obviously it’s a nightmare for a lot of artists to play to an empty room. But there’s nothing I can really do about that – except put on a show that people will enjoy.”
“This is me putting my head in shame, for having brought shame upon my family. Well – in reality, it was also just really warm, and there was a towel nearby.”
“It’s 2:30PM – people have trickled in. I notice some of them recognized the songs, so it was nice to have at least a couple of people come 9 hours early before the main act to see me! After this photo, I thank the crowd for coming, get off the decks, and grab some green room buffet food. I’m excited to catch Porter Robinson and tell him I definitely didn’t play his song.”
Photo credit: Jared Rezel / Colossal Photos