The Sam Willows, formed in May 2012, is a Singaporean pop band. The group consists of siblings Narelle Kheng and Benjamin Kheng together with their friends Sandra Riley Tang and Jonathan Chua.

The quartet’s self-titled freshman EP was released on 27 October 2012, which amassed more than a million views on their youtube page. Sam Willows continues to be invited to perform not only in Singapore but across international music festivals, as well as on the stages of different countries.

With live performances being an integral part of their outreach, it is not surprising that the band members are always on the lookout for solutions that will help them perform better. A couple of months back the band decided to try out in-ear monitoring rather than their traditional wedge monitors.

Here is what they have to say about their experience..

Before the Shure PSM 300 what did the band use for monitoring purposes?

Benjamin: We went purely on stage “wedge” monitors.

How long have you been using the PSM 300?

Jonathan: We’ve been using it for over two months now.

What is your opinion of the PSM 300?

Narelle: It definitely takes some time getting used to because you do feel like you’re “isolated” from the rest of the band and the audience. But the sound isolation and audio clarity is great once you get used to it. Now we have consistent clear audio anywhere regardless of the venue’s limitations. And we don’t have to listen to the loud wedge monitors anymore which really is good for our ears.

How has it enabled the band in a positive way?

Benjamin: As an artist it’s always good to have control over all the little things, the ability to customise our own audio mix aids us greatly in live performances. The band’s live sound is slightly more complicated than most acts (4 main vocals on top of live instruments), so having our own dedicated mix right to our ears helps us hear ourselves much better.

Do the band members feel comfortable using the in-ear piece and do they find using the system easy and user-friendly?

Sandra Riley Tang: Yes. It is quite straightforward to setup and the system is so portable that we can carry it with us easily, definitely an integral part of our set up now.

The PSM 300 Stereo Personal Monitor System delivers detailed 24-bit digital audio processing and reliable wireless freedom to every corner of the stage. Patented Audio Reference Companding ensures the clearest sound, with ultra-low noise and no artifacts. Dependable wireless coverage extends over 300 ft (90 m) of range and eliminates dropouts. Easy to setup and operate, PSM 300 systems offer one-touch frequency scan and sync to find and assign a clean wireless channel. Adjust the volume and use MixMode technology or stereo mode to create a personal mix from two channels of audio.

The article as it was featured in Entertainment Technology Asia