Goh Si Kai
I’ll play for you“If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it.” – Twelfth Night by Shakespeare. For Goh Si Kai, this is nothing further than the truth as he cannot let a day pass without music. To him, music is a language. His father played an instrumental role too as he was a self-taught musician who played the guitar very well. Si Kai started learning music when he was six years old. The innate talent was evident in him being able to pick up music notes faster than others. At Anderson Secondary School, he joined the band and rose to become the drum major.
There was no doubt about Si Kai choosing the Diploma in Music and Audio Technology as his number one choice after his ‘O’ levels where he did a pure science subject combination. He knew that if he did not have a passion for his course of study, he would not excel in it. With his posted aggregate of five points, he started his journey at SP and it became an experience that he enjoyed tremendously.
During his three years at SP, he did not just acquire music knowledge. The SP Scholar and Model Student Award winner also headed the Jazz Band and took great pains to raise the standards of the Band. He wanted to expose the Band to a wider audience on a bigger and respected performing venue. His hard work paid off when Improvise IV, the annual SP jazz concert, performed to a sell-out audience at the Esplanade in January this year. Today, the Band is a recognised outfit in the local jazz scene.
Si Kai enjoys using music to reach out to communities. Together with other like-minded musicians, they formed a symphonic band to reach out to audiences here and in Malaysia. The experience made him appreciate the opportunities and resources available to him as a music lover, especially when he saw how some musicians had to make do with poorer facilities and instruments. He also went to Harbin in China for three weeks to learn about Chinese music and art.
Si Kai, who plays the piano, bass guitar, drums and violin and enjoys listening to jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davies and Bill Evans, graduates with a perfect GPA. He hopes to secure a National Arts Council scholarship to study music at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, United States. He plans to build up his portfolio and improve his proficiency during his national service so as to secure performing opportunities on the international stage. Ten years down the road, he sees himself as an accomplished international jazz musician. He also hopes, together with other jazz artists, to form a group and bring jazz music to higher platforms in the region.
Play it on, Si Kai!
Awards:Lee Kuan Yew Award
Shell Companies In Singapore Prize
Media Development Authority Gold Medal
IMS Mahajak Pro Audio Award