A Singaporean was instrumental in producing pop star Jennifer Lopez’s headline act at US President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
Mr Lenny Wee, who has been within the US music trade since 2008, was the music director for the pop star’s stay efficiency on the US Capitol.
He produced, organized, orchestrated and directed the medley of people and patriotic songs for Lopez’s phase – which noticed her carry out This Land Is Your Land and America The Stunning – in addition to her 1999 hit Let’s Get Loud.
Mr Wee, 36, additionally labored on the pre-recorded music for singer Demi Lovato’s efficiency on the Celebrating America TV present that aired on the night time of Mr Biden’s inauguration.
Primarily based in Los Angeles, Mr Wee flew to Washington two days earlier than the inauguration.
“It was a really unusual expertise,” he mentioned in a video name. “Every thing was on lockdown and there have been barricades across the resort. We could not depart the resort or meet anyone to socialize whereas we have been there. I used to be there to do a job and everybody was there to get this occasion completed correctly with none hiccups.”
He had a police escort each time he travelled to and from the resort and the Capitol. He couldn’t order meals as supply riders weren’t allowed in, so he had his meals on the resort’s restaurant.
On the day of the ceremony, Mr Wee arrived on the Capitol at 9am. Throughout Lopez’s efficiency greater than two hours later, he was on the Capitol garden with the sound crew to oversee the audio. He left at about 1pm for the airport, to catch a flight again to Los Angeles.
Mr Wee has labored with Lopez since 2013 for tasks similar to her stay excursions. Her workforce approached him two weeks earlier than the inauguration.
“This Land Is Your Land and America The Stunning are songs which were completed one million occasions. So that they requested if I can do them in a contemporary means that represents who she is as an artiste through the use of the massive orchestra sound, however with out it sounding too conventional,” mentioned Mr Wee, who specialises in arranging orchestras for pop artistes.
Mr Wee moved to the US in 2006 to check on the Berklee School Of Music in Boston after his nationwide service. He graduated with double majors in music manufacturing and engineering, and modern writing and manufacturing.
He has labored on the music for main American occasions such because the Grammys, Oscars and Tremendous Bowl, in addition to reveals like American Idol. “I am very fortunate to have the ability to do these issues as an immigrant from Singapore. As a musician, not everyone will get these alternatives,” he mentioned.