With various musical influences from soul, blues, folk-pop to hip hop, Shak explains his life journey with melancholic lyrics and folk-tunes. As he sings, he strikes a balance between the extremities. Apart from that, Shak stands amongst the list of young and promising talents and had participated the National Arts Council programmes such as Noise Singapore 2016 Music Mentorship programme and The Great Singapore Replay 2017. Recently, Shak has been featured in the 2017 ST Sessions, The Straits Times’ online video series featuring rising talents in the home-grown music scene performing stripped-down live sets.

“I immediately realized that I have something very special when I first strummed my Traditional Series 00-IR. Its responsiveness touches one’s soul and it sings with so much warmth and clarity; such character that comes only from fine workmanship and passion for the craft.”


Shak’thiya, as known by his inner circle, began writing music during his days in National Service. Around this time, he also found a love for poetry and is an avid attendee of Open-Mic programmes in Singapore. Shak is currently a host of a weekly Open Mic session at The Beast Southern Kitchen + Bar. He just released the music video for his single “Taxi” and is scheduled to appear alongside Charlie Lim and other artists for Singapore’s 2018 National Day Parade celebrations.


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