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Semalam dapat peluang untuk bersama Chad dan Deen di conti HotFM untuk segmen mereka Zon30 HotFM. Rasa dah lama sangat tak appear di stesen radio tersebut. Rasanya, the last time muncul masa segmen Rock bersama Leya circa “Dikalung Kasihan” promo. It was a particularly good session. Mostly sebab dapat bercakap banyak tentang proses pembikinan album terbaharu “Setulus Kasih” yang bakal keluar hujung bulan ini.

Most of the time, the argument about artistes being “hard-working” adalah mereka yang datang awal, jaga badan (bina badan, for some) and selalu bertampil kemas. I think it is largely overlooked that there are many artistes like me. Walaupun muzik kami adalah ber-genre Pop, kita sepenuhnya berpendirian “indie”. That means, kita bertanggung-jawab untuk artwork album, berurusan dengan printers, partners, dan lain-lain lagi. I’m considered lucky I still have a management company in this day and age of Malay music (that’s another story) but on a general note, I think those yang nak jadi artis still think that “someone will offer you a bulk of money, get you great songs to sing, and all media will unconditionally support you, and you will be loved by thousands when you perform on stage”. That’s not true, not true at all. I think the process is so long and tiresome that most people don’t even go through the entire motion, and give up halfway sebab “tak tahu macam mana nak buat”.

Had a great chat about this yesterday with my PR folks from Indigital Music whom I’m now signed to. They distribute my ‘new media’ and service the radio stations. That’s Wati and Ejam. I think kalau artis itu tak tahu apa dia nak dan tak yakin untuk mendapatkannya dengan usaha sendiri, tak mungkin boleh diminta orang lain untuk keluar dan mencari untuk kita. At the end of the day, kita semua “indie” in some way. Sedangkan juara pertandingan nyanyian pun tidak dijamin cahaya bintangnya, apa lagi kita..? Fikirkan, geng!

You can now pre-order my album on iTunes.

p/s Saya bukan artis jaga badan. Semalam pekena Kanna Curry House, Petaling Jaya, 2 kali tambah! Heh

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