THEY are back on the local scene, in a big but decidedly different way.
Local rapper Richard Jansen and now defunct pop-rock outfit Quick Quick Danger's frontman Marc Lian have come together to form pop duo Trick.
The pair, both 23, who began collaborating in February, have already released their catchy first single, BPM, to iTunes and local radio stations 987FM and RIA 89.7FM.
But at the beginning of the year, Jansen and Lian were musically adrift - the former was keeping a low profile due to "betrayals" he'd suffered on the local scene, while the latter saw his two-year-old band break up.
Jansen is a familiar face on the local hip-hop scene, which he's been involved in for six years, while Lian's band Quick Quick Danger made a name for themselves with their songs Love Electric and Party Like A Rockstar.
"My former band broke up due to reasons that I'd rather keep private, but bottom line is, it didn't work out," said Lian.
He and Jansen had kept in touch, though, after the latter was invited to feature towards the end of last year on an as-yet-unreleased Quick Quick Danger track, Hit and Run.
"I had a lot of tracks that were unused and I wanted to try something new. I knew of Richard's talent since the band had collaborated with him and I liked his style of rapping and his flow, so I thought it'd be a no-brainer to call him," said Lian.
The duo meet up thrice a month to work on their originals and do covers of songs like Flo Rida's Whistle and Pink's Blow Me (One Last Kiss), which are posted online at www.youtube.com/tricktelly "Most of the communication is done online, so when he has stuff, he sends it to me and vice versa," said Jansen.
"We both write our own parts. I write the choruses that define the message of the song and he writes his rap accordingly, but we usually plan and decide together first," added Lian.
The duo are in the midst of producing their first EP, scheduled to be released in a couple of months.
Jansen told LOUD: "The EP will feature a minimum of five original Trick songs, which are 70 per cent completed.
"The tunes are finalised and that's the more time-consuming part, so all we have to do is record vocals and master the tracks. We might add in another song, we haven't decided just yet."
The duo have completely different sets of musical inspirations.
Lian's include Nirvana and pop producers Max Martin and Dr Luke, while Jansen listens to hip-hop artistes like T.I., Flo Rida and Bow Wow.
They have also been taking their songs to the live stage.
They recently visited CHIJ Toa Payoh Secondary School to feature in its annual arts event.
Jansen said: "Every year, the school has an event whereby it brings in performers like dancers, drama groups and musicians.
"This year, I sent an e-mail to them. We ended up performing three of our original songs and two covers."
Since the performance, the CHIJ students have been busy posting messages on the duo's Facebook and YouTube accounts, asking about their album.
While the tunes for the EP are generally pop songs, the pair said they plan to explore other genres in the near future.
"Currently, we're more focused on pop, especially for this EP, but we might go more into hip-hop in the next couple of releases," said Lian.
For more information on their upcoming performances, check out Trick at www.facebook.com/wearetrick
WHAT: Trick will feature as guest performers at the All-Babes Cineleisure Dance Battle 2012
WHERE: Cathay Cineleisure Orchard
WHEN: Oct 6, 5pm to 9pm. Admission is free
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