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This musician has moved from Singapore to London to master his craft

The owner of bar-studio crossover The Music Parlour in Singapore, Jaye Foo has moved to London as he looks to learn even more about the music industry.
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The musician broke onto the music scene ten years ago as a 15-year-old, and quickly made a name for himself in his native Singapore.

He went from mixing it up on the decks to joining a hip hop duo, before eventually open his own speakeasy-style bar and studio crossover The Music Parlour, which is achieves revenue growth each month.

Interestingly, it was his lifestyle as a musician that supported Foo to overcome depression in his teenage years, with hip hop helping him through.

Now residing in London, Foo plans to use his position and multilingual skills (English, Mandarin and Japanese) to communicate with young people and give back to society, while also developing as a musician along the way.

Stepping into the spotlight at haunts including the Ace Hotel, Bluebird and Queen of Hoxton, the musician will help to foster underprivileged youngsters in the city in collaborating with charity Youth Music.

Philanthropy aside, Foo gave us an insight into the Business Class lifestyle that operating as a musician and entrepreneur has led to.

(1) Were you born into wealth or has your success been self-made?

I would say my success has been self-made – at the age of 15, I started doing gigs as a DJ at private events. My first job was being a DJ and setting up my own website. I put my music out on Myspace and I also collaborated with local artists in Singapore.

(2) How much did your first job pay?

1,000 Singapore dollars [£550] for a DJ gig when I was 15 years old

Musician Jaye Foo

(3) What has business leadership taught you about money management?

You need to make sure you put systems in place to get a steady income that grows over time. You also need to constantly adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the industry and you need to stay innovative.

It’s all about filling a gap in the market. I set up The Music Parlour in Singapore in February 2016. It’s a live music venue and party spot at night, and during the day it’s a studio where people can record. 

(4) Tell us about your smartest investments

The Music Parlour in Singapore. I put quite a bit of money into it and I received my investment back, plus profits on top of that, which have grown every month over the last year.

(5) Do you get more satisfaction from spending or saving?

Definitely has to be spending.

(6) What do you love spending your money on?

Things I’m passionate about, so buying music, music equipment, watching live shows, clothing and accessories. I’m a super fan of Joshua Kane Bespoke – I feel like this brand was made for me.

Musician Jaye Foo

(7) What’s the most exciting element of running a business?

Watching it as growth takes place – that’s really motivating to me.

(8) What are your most expensive hobbies?

Producing music and buying more equipment to experiment with different products. I have a home music studio for producing beats and DJing, I have loads of guitars, turntables, DJ equipment and a drum set.

Every room you enter in my flat in London has instruments in them. Even in my bedroom, there are acoustic guitars

(9) Most prized possession?

My heart.

(10) Do you have a favourite luxury brand?

Joshua Kane Bespoke and Versace.

(11) Where has your most luxurious holiday taken you to?

The Maldives. I was super young with my family but it felt like I touched down on a piece of heaven. It was serene, the waters were clear.

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