Sometimes the only thing missing from this team is some really good coffee.
Red Roof Records is an independent record label in Singapore founded in 2012 by Ruth Ling, an acclaimed producer, arranger, composer, music director and National Arts Council Young Artist Award winner. A music business run by music people for the love of music, the label was set up with one primary goal in mind: to produce original world-class quality entertainment products to aid in the further development of the local music scene.
A true reflection of its founder’s personality, Red Roof is a Jack of all trades and master of all. After all, if music is multi-faceted, a record label should be, too. And Red Roof Records certainly wants to be. The boutique brand has a hand in every musical pie be it arranging, composing or directing. Red Roof Records even has an artiste management arm, borne of its founder’s dream of being her own Motown Records. In the growing stable of talents are Sing! China runner-up Joanna Dong and bilingual singer-songwriter Becka.
A creative melting pot for artistes and producers alike, Red Roof Records started out as a leap of faith and has since evolved to become a gleaming ray of hope for the local music scene. It may not be the most famous or biggest record label in Singapore, but it has earned a reputation for its credibility and commitment. Audience-focused and forward-thinking, Red Roof Records’ biggest selling point is its affinity for both the English and Chinese language. Not something that many labels can boast. Taking the best of both worlds, Red Roof Records has developed its own unique recipe for a bewitching brew that melds the aural flavours of East, West, old and new.
In 2015, Red Roof Records embarked on a near impossible mission to bring together over 30 Singapore artists to collaborate on the ‘Sing, Love’ compilation album in conjunction with SG50. The ambitious album is a true testament to Red Roof Record’s tenacity and vision. Featuring a host of local musicians, including Stefanie Sun and Corrinne May, the album consisted of five tracks sung in four languages — English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil — and saw different music genres combined in ways most people never even dream of.
Fairly indie yet very collaborative, the fun-loving, hardworking peeps here are all for building bridges whether it means working with the various government agencies, corporate brands or a plethora of different musicians, styles and genres. Red Roof Records also believes in giving back to the community. With strong ties to government bodies like the Ministry of Education and the National Arts Council, Red Roof Records is leading the way and inspiring the next wave of local musicians by mentoring them in outreach programmes and school enrichment workshops.
Whether it’s inspiring a new generation of musicians, challenging music’s boundaries or igniting new ideas, at Red Roof Records, it’s always about the music.
Director / Producer
Look up the word ‘prolific’ in the dictionary and you might just see Ruth Ling’s picture tagged next to it. A woman of myriad musical talents, the head honcho of Red Roof Records/Publishing/Studios is an executive producer, director, orchestrator and performer by profession, but considers herself a songwriter at heart. “My lifelong passion has been within the realm of music. I love creating new works, but I’m never just a composer,” says Ruth, who believes in taking a “holistic” approach to creating.
Heavily influenced by American jazz, soul music as well as ’90s Mandopop, Ruth, who won NAC’s Young Artist Award in 2013, has backed some of the biggest names in Asian pop, such as Stefanie Sun, A-Mei, Karen Mok, Liu Jia Chang and Li Rong Hao and thrives on having freedom to create and fuse different elements together. That ability to meld seemingly disparate musical elements together is evident in her 2015 pet project, Sing, Love. The SG50 compilation album, which consisted of five tracks sung in four languages — English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil — was a musical celebration to commemorate Singapore’s 50th birthday and brought together old and new heavy hitters in a mishmash of music genres so varied it actually worked.
As she moves into the next stage of her career, the Berklee College of Music grad, who has also produced music for the Golden Horse Awards, Sing! China, National Day Parade, Youth Olympic Games, movies (‘Ms J Contemplates Her Choice’ starring Kit Chan), musical theatre and Mandopop records, has decided it’s finally time to act on her burning passion to mentor young musicians and grow the Singapore music scene. In fact, she has made it her mission to ‘cure’ the local music industry of its maladies one greedy music exec at a time. “I’m into the notion of a music business run by musicians,” she asserts. “I want to create art that serves the artiste’s individuality, appeals to the masses and create a symbiotic eco system, which is why I want to collaborate with different forms of art to create a platform to publish our work, creating classics for the next generation.”
Lofty ambitions for sure, but if anyone can do it, Ruth probably can.
Head of Artiste Management
Music Director / Producer
Business Development, Marketing Executive / Music Producer
Evan has been playing music ever since his was a kid, being brought up in a music-loving family. Having played in bands and worked with local artists with genres ranging from jazz fusion to folk as a multi-instrumentalist, he has since moved his focus to music business and music production, combining his love for music with the things he’s learnt as a business graduate. His interests include listening to pop, jazz fusion and electronic music along with snowboarding.
Producer / Arranger / Keyboardist / Designer
Bryan’s music career began by chance some ten years ago, when his helpful mother responded to a newspaper ad on his behalf while he was out peddling pianos.
From that serendipitous start in the Chinese music scene, where his accuracy, inventiveness and adaptability rapidly caught the attention and respect of his musician peers, Bryan expanded his expertise to encompass all genres and has played keyboards on many stages for concerts (Li Rong Hao, Jimmy Ye, Li Fei Hui), musicals (Wicked, A Chorus Line, The Great Wall, LKY Musical) and events throughout Asia.
He currently plays keyboard to full houses as a member of the resident band at Switch by Timbre. When not performing, he arranges and produces music for artistes and productions, and dabbles in typography and design.
Music Producer / Engineer
Robin started out with music the way most people do, jamming on the guitar and having rockstar fantasies with his bandmates and friends. He eventually shifted gears, diving into music production and audio engineering. He hasn't looked back since and has been involved in numerous live shows, concerts & studio productions. A resident tech geek and audio gear freak, he spends most of his days pondering the next gear purchase that will finally help him achieve audio nirvana.
Robin is typically found:
In front of a Live Sound Console touching knobs.
In a Music/Recording Studio moving faders.
In his home office staring at waveforms.
Music Production Assistant
Amanda started playing the keys when she developed an interest for contemporary music at the age of 11. From then on, her passion for music grew and she decided to enrol in Singapore Polytechnic’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (DMAT), where she delved into music production and arranging.
Amanda was awarded the National Arts Council Gold Medal in 2017 for her academic achievements in DMAT and active involvement in the SP Jazz Band. She is currently pursuing her degree under the NUS Performing and Visual Arts Scholarship. She takes pride in transcribing music and exploring new ways of playing the keys.