Charlie Lim Brought His ‘Check-Hook’ To Taiwan and Japan


Fans of Charlie Lim had plenty to be excited about this fall as the singer, songwriter and producer headed to Taipei to play Shout Out Festival, Tokyo to play a double-headliner bill with TENDRE (JP), Fukuoka to play Nakasu Jazz Festival, and ending off with a by invite-only performance in Singapore for a Universal Music Group initiated event, Music Is Universal, alongside renowned singer-songwriters Juan Karlos (Philippines), Jeremy Zucker (US), and Oh Wonder (UK) on 17th September 2019 at Zouk Singapore.

Charlie Lim is a singer-songwriter/producer based in Singapore, whose records ‘TIME/SPACE’ and ‘CHECK-HOOK’ both clinched the #1 spot on the iTunes Singapore chart when they were released, and was named best pop album of the year by The Straits Times. Gathering accolades and prominent festival slots along the way, including a central role in writing and performing the theme song for Singapore’s National Day last year, Charlie has quickly grown into one of Southeast Asia’s most unique voices in modern pop music.

2018 was a busy year for Charlie Lim, with the release of his new album ‘CHECK-HOOK’, which went to #1 on the Singapore iTunes album charts. Besides performing at several high-profile gigs and music festivals across an 8-city tour, including Summer Sonic in Japan, BIGSOUND in Brisbane and OzAsia Festival in Adelaide, he played to a packed house of 1600 people during his album launch at the iconic Star Theatre in Singapore.

No stranger to experimentation when pushing the boundaries of pop music, Charlie’s ability to traverse genres seamlessly while reinterpreting arrangements with both intricacy and raw emotion has become the mainstay of his successful live show.

The Mothership, Charlie’s main 6-piece band that has been playing with him for more than 8 years, will be supporting him in Taiwan at Shout Out Festival. “We’re really excited to play in Taiwan for the first time, and hopefully we will make a good first impression especially with the whole band coming over,” said Charlie prior.

“I’ve heard so many good things about Taiwan, and was great to finally meet the fans and make some new friends,” he said.

Japanese fans got a more intimate experience as he strip down to a 4-piece band setting featuring world class jazz musicians Chok Kerong on organ, Soh Wen Ming on drums and Euntaek Kim on bass & guitar.

The tour took Charlie back to Tokyo after his Summer Sonic debut in 2018. “Playing Summer Sonic last year is definitely one of the highlights of my career. Japan is one of the first few places my band and I got to tour when I first started out, and we played Moon Romantic back then as well and it was such a great experience – so it feels like we’re coming full circle now,” shared Charlie.

Charlie performed in Tokyo as part of a double bill with alt-R&B outfit TENDRE, who has been steadily growing his fanbase with his signature Urban Tokyo sound. This was followed by a performance at Nakasu Jazz Festival in Fukuoka, the largest jazz festival in West Japan.