Joanna Lim completed her ABRSM graded examinations in classical piano and went on to pursue her music education at Lasalle College of the Arts where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Popular Music (HON). Besides the piano, Joanna is also equipped with ABRSM Grade 6 in Saxophone.
As a female musician, the seasoned performer is not afraid to debunk stereotypes. Best known as a rock keyboardist, rocking out behind the synthesizers plus bold keyboard sounds gives Joanna a strong stage persona.
Her performing journey as a keyboardist began in 2005 with two independently labelled bands - Zero Sequence and The Oslo Castaways. Armed with original music, she graced local festivals such as SingFest (2008), Baybeats (2008 and 2009) and IGNITE! Music Festival (2010). Zero Sequence released a full-length concept album 'Flight of Transcendence' in 2008, which received rave reviews in newspapers and magazines. The band has also appeared on several radio interviews. The band was invited to play in a prestigious music festival, MIDEM, which was held in Cannes, France (2012).
Lecturers of Lasalle College of The Arts commended Joanna’s unmistakable synthesized works. She was selected to collaborate with singer-songwriter Ko Sherman and Wicked Aura percussionist Riduan Zalani as guest performers in a National English Competition in Guangzhou, China. (2007). The TV show was broadcasted nationwide.
In 2009, Joanna started playing regularly at Wala Wala Cafe Bar and Timbre Artshouse with pub bands Hard to Explain and The Common People. Later in November 2011, KINGS was formed and performed weekly at Wala Wala Cafe Bar and Balaclava ION. KINGS was invited to open for Mambo Cafe at Sentosa and Paulaner at Clark Quay too.
Another milestone in her musical career was joining veteran band Shirlyn & The UnXpected as their keyboardist in December 2011, playing weekly at Balaclava Ion and Hood Bar and Cafe. Together with Shirlyn & The UnXpected, they travelled to play a gig at Grand Victory Pub in Brooklyn, New York.
Journey with Korg
In 2004, Joanna bought her first synthesizer - a Korg Triton LE and has never looked back. At present, she's a proud owner of Korg X50, M50, M3 and SV-1.
"The mobility and versatility of the Korg X50 and M50 have followed me to every gig I've played for the past 6 years. As for any studio recording, I can always rely on the Korg M3 and SV-1 to materialise the sounds I envision. I practically live my life around them!"
The lush and vibrant sounds of Korg M3 can be heard on the upcoming full-length instrumental album of Singapore's very own progressive rock guitarist, Simon Yong.