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Singapore’s rising singer-producer Jasmine Sokko caps off the finale of on China’s hottest electronic music reality show <即刻电音 Rave Now> at Top 4 and delivers two show-stopping performances that left an indelible impression of her impeccable music production and ethereal vocals. After a 10-week strong episodic narrative to uncover the best electronic music producers in Asia, the grand ceremony of <即刻电音 Rave Now> was streamed live on February 1 at 8pm, and is now currently available for on-demand streaming on Tencent Video.
In the first round of the competition, the singer-producer produced a relift of “#0000FF.” She debut edthe track in Episode 3, and its performance had been also voted by fans as her most popular till date. For the finals, she joined forces with Sunnee 杨芸晴 and Zining 张紫宁from China’s hottest girl group, Rocket Girls 101 火箭少女 101. The fresh take of ‘#0000FF’ is a testament of Jasmine Sokko’s Midas producer touch, as she weaved in a stunning orchestral rearrangement, putting an epic spin on the beloved track. Transporting the audience into an otherworldly landscape of frost pillars contrasted with the trio’s classy all-black outfit, the performance was undeniably one of the night’s highlights.
Watch ‘#0000FF’ (relift):
In round two, Jasmine Sokko shared the stage with her teammates – Anti-General and DOLLARZOO – in Team Astro led by their celebrity mentor LAY 张艺兴, together with special guest, international Mandopop superstar Coco Lee 李玟. The group performed the brand new track 《新.春 New Spring》 and reinvented a musical take on a festive season song. Fully showcasing the spirit of M-pop (a mix-mash genre of combining English and Chinese language into a pop song), the sensual tune was a versatile showcase of every team member’s core strength.
Advancing into Round 3 and placed at #3 from popularity online votes, Jasmine Sokko dropped a remix of the track ‘Close To You’ that was previously released by New York producer Lucian with her featured vocals. Facing fierce competition from fellow finalists Anti-General, Jiang Liang and Tolein, she laid the curtains on her journey in <即刻电音 Rave Now> gracefully at Top 4.
Watch 《新.春》‘New Spring’:
Jasmine Sokko shares her thoughts on her <即刻电音 Rave Now> journey, “I feel so blessed that I have made it this far in the competition. I’ve never worked so hard in my life for the past 2 weeks, juggling the workload of creating 13 pieces of music, photo shoots, video interviews and rehearsals. This is definitely a very unforgettable experience for me. I will definitely be back in China in the future.”
“Right now, I just want to hibernate for a short while and recharge.” She teases, “I will be back with new music before you know it!”
The first season of <即刻电音 Rave Now> gathered more than 70 teams of electronic music producers from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau, Canada and Singapore. It featured celebrity mentors such as LAY 张艺兴 (of K-pop act EXO), Laure 尚雯婕, Wowkie大张伟 and Norwegian EDM superstar producer Alan Walker. Presented by Tencent Video, the programme was produced by Tencent Penguin Pictures and Star Media Entertainment which had worked on other music variety shows such as <Sing, China!>, <Rap Of China>, <I Am A Singer> and more.
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Jasmine Sokko's summer single ‘HURT’ has garnered over 1.6 million streams on music streaming platforms. The banger, which melds her penchant for melancholic lyrics with fiery beats, talks about getting hurt by tough love in a relationship. She partners with Singapore’s esteemed director Martin Hong once again for the ‘HURT’ music video. He has worked with Jasmine Sokko on her previous ‘#0000FF’ music video.
Martin shares, “The song itself focuses on the idea of a woman reclaiming autonomy in a relationship, specifically through a Kill Bill brand of vengeance which I thought was pretty interesting. But often the power dynamics between women and men aren’t just in the romantic realm, they spill out to the world at large as well.
He adds, “I remember Jasmine sharing with me more than once on how tired she was, having to always jump through loops to prove herself as a woman producing her own music in a male-dominated industry, and how frustrating it was to be constantly dismissed in her own sphere of expertise because of her gender. From those sentiments, we came out with the idea of a Factory which manufactures SOKKOBOTS - female androids which were literally programmed from societal expectations. The music video follows one SOKKOBOT who manages to break free and forge her own path.”
Jasmine Sokko divulges, “This is one of the most challenging things I have done to date. I’ve had to learn dance choreography within 3 days. It’s also the first time I am on a shoot with such intricate sets. I love how rich the details in the music video are. I’ve never felt so creatively fulfilled in standing my ground as a female before. I haven’t felt so excited in a while.”