How Indie Pop Has Changed And How Celine Autumn Intends To Heat It Up
Female Singapore|January - February 2021
Celine Autumn, the frontwoman of the beloved Singapore indie band Sobs, has a new solo project and – with that – a new stage name, a new sound and a mesmerising Harajuku girl-gone-sci-fi new image. Putting her own cyber-punk spin on the runway’s ladylike pieces, the charismatic 23-year-old tells noelle loh how indie pop has changed and how she intends to heat it up.

WHO – OR WHAT – IS CAYENNE?

“Cayenne is me, Celine Autumn, creating whatever she wants and just having fun with the process of making music. She doesn’t always know what she’s doing or where she’s heading towards, but I guess that’s also the fun of it all. I actually started making Cayenne tracks back in 2018 (Sobs, which also comprises Jared Lim and Raphael Ong, was started in 2017). It was just a personal project with me experimenting and I didn’t have plans to release the music back then.”

DESCRIBE CAYENNE’S SOUND AND HOW IT DIFFERS FROM THAT OF SOBS.

“Cayenne is a pop project drawing influence from PC music and its recent adjacent, hyper pop, relying heavily on electronic production and straightforward vocal melodies – a sound that some assume to be highly manufactured and unrelatable. Meanwhile, Sobs’ music is very guitar-driven and fits an image that some might find more raw and relatable. I really like the idea of redefining pop music and not having to stay within a type of sound or genre. I just want to show people a different side of pop music – that you can still be as real and vulnerable using a ton of autotune, and that it can be fun and weird if you want it to be.”

WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT TO CREATE A NEW PERSONA FOR THIS NEW SOUND?

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