Talented is an understatement when it comes to describing the bright, young musician Geoff Ong. Ong is a student from Auckland, who has an evident passion and skill when it comes to songwriting and performing. His latest single 'Implications' from his debut EP Pictures, is a showcase of what the multi-faceted artist can do. Ong holds a soul-pop charm is so endearing. While he is a singer/songwriter he also mixed and recorded this track himself, as well as performed all of the instrumentation in it. Ong is a one-man, soul-band you are going to want to keep an eye on.
The opening piano chords of 'Implications' are like the first fragments of the sun breaking through your curtains on a Spring morning. You know it is going to be a good day. Ong's vocals come through, and it is a sugur-rush.It is all marshmellows and cotton candy. His voice is pure, with that youthful innocence that is so heart-warming.
'Implications' has the character of an soul-pop ballad, which shows the artistic maturity of this 22 year old singer. It has the fanfare of the brass dancing across the track. The song is laced with cushy harmonies throughout which dance around the ears.Ong sticks to the basics in this track. It is breezy and light in its simplicity. 'Implications' is melt-in-your-mouth goodness. It is hard not to break into a huge smile while listening to this scrumptions delight.
Geoff Ong first began writing music in a short-lived garage band named The HyperHyders. They were pretty bad. After a while though, they realised this ('this' being the fact that they were pretty bad) and made a collective decision to get good. Since then, Geoff has been honing his art by playing, writing, and listening to as much music as possible.
After seeing some success with rock and roll band A.D.D in high school (they were even interviewed live on C4, just quietly), Geoff’s life moved into a shiny new chapter- university. The beginning of Geoff’s studies at university marked a new period in his musical development- new friends, new bands, and new possibilities. Being involved in as many as 6 bands at once, ranging from hardcore band East of Eden to the Queen City Big Band to the Auckland University Glee Club, it’s a wonder Geoff managed to fit in any papers at all. However, the combination of lack of sleep and unhealthy amounts of caffeinated beverages means that he finally scored a degree in mechanical engineering at the end of 2010. +1 intelligence!
While studying and playing in various bands, Geoff was also quietly developing his craft as a solo musician. A few months living in Taranaki saw Geoff come out of his shell- playing solo all over the Taranaki region, and even managing to make it onto the local airwaves. Upon returning to his home of Auckland, he decided to take the prospect of being a solo musician more seriously, and has been gigging around Auckland as often as possible ever since.