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Baru saja semalam saya bincang tentang topik ni. Tiba-tiba hari ini dapat DM di Twitter seorang anak muda minta tolong nak jadi seorang penyanyi. Kalau lengkap dengan link YouTube atau SoundCloud, atau minta email untuk hantar demo pun masih OK lagi tapi dia teruskan permintaannya dengan 3 lagi mesej menceritakan dia ingin menjadi penyanyi kerana nak membantu keluarga dia yang susah. Rasa kasihan ada, rasa marah juga ada. Mungkin media dah menggambarkan kehidupan artis sebagai sangat ‘glamourous’ dan usually leave out the dirty work involved, so it is easy for one to think they can be successful as an artiste. My reply to the boy was quite matter-of-fact, there’s no two ways about it: “maaf ya. nak jadi penyanyi tu tak boleh membantu keluarga tanpa usaha sendiri. lebih keluarkan duit dari dapat duit.” Can you say otherwise?

Ok, let me share a little bit of the process.

You have a talent, whether it is extraordinary or mediocre, itu lain cerita. But, yang penting, you have a decent singing voice. So what do you do next? If you can play any instruments, namely the guitar or the piano, or even better, you can compose your own music, then you’re off to an OK start, I didn’t say good start, I said OK start. I think you should be recording on YouTube frequently, that’s what most kids are doing these days. So for someone to NOT know what to do, where to go, I think that’s just sad. When I was younger, I used to follow the likes of Diddy (Puff Daddy a.k.a Sean Combs), Jay Z, Robbie Williams, Maxwell and Erykah Badu. I found out which labels they are from, where do they record, who are the musicians that tour with them, what magazine covers they are on, what it takes to be like them, etc etc etc. These days, people don’t even know who wrote the hit songs of their favourite artistes.

I think you should find one true artiste that you like, love and/or adore. Find out what it took them to get to where they are, their record label and other representations. Senang je. Boleh Google, atau baca dalam artwork sleeve CD album. Who distributes their ringtones? Who distributes their digital music? Who gets the shows for them? Where do they record? You think you can do that tak? Well, SEO is cerita lain hari. But I think with what information you can get hold of, it will set a fundamental who can really prepare a demo for and send it to. Do it. Kalau tunggu orang panggil kita, nak bagi your family makan, sampai tua lapar, bro.

Just my 2 sen.

10 days to my album launch in Singapore. Pre-order of my album on iTunes. 

p/s Came out in the papers today with an unacceptable photograph gracing the page, that’s why I didn’t promote it. LOL!

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