PENYANYI Singapura, Imran Ajmain, akan menjadi Blogger Undangan pertama bagi laman web BeritaHarian.sg.

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photo by M Ridzuan Kamil

Inisiatif Blogger Undangan ini merupakan langkah untuk mengetengahkan para blogger memberikan pandangan dan pengalaman mereka mengenai isu-isu yang dekat di hati mereka menerusi laman web Berita Harian (BH) itu. Imran, pengarah seni Fazley International Productions, akan menulis blog pertamanya bagi BeritaHarian.sg tentang ‘Teknologi dalam Hiburan’. Beliau akan memperkatakan tentang tema seperti aplikasi bagi pemuzik dan penggemar muzik, dan teknologi baru dalam pembikinan dan pemasaran muzik dan filem. Beliau juga akan memberi nasihat kepada pembaca tentang media sosial.

Beliau memilih topik ini kerana amat gemari gajet dan dunia Internet. “Sebagai pemuzik, saya banyak bergantung kepada teknologi untuk membantu saya mempromosikan seni saya dan ini juga membezakan saya dari artis lain,” kata Imran. Bagi peminat setia penyanyi dan penggubah lagu Imran Ajmain, jangan ketinggalan mengikuti blognya di BeritaHarian.sg hari ini. – See more at: http://beritaharian.sg/setempat/imran-ajmain-blogger-undangan#sthash.Fzh6Msh8.dpuf

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The first album “Dengan Secara Kebetulan” from 2006 is now available on all digital music platforms internationally including Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon, KKBox. It includes a new version of ‘Apa Salah Beta’ and 10 songs in total.

  1. Taurus (Penawar Rindu) featuring Altimet & Dayang Nurfaizah
  2. Malu
  3. Apa Salah Beta featuring Othman Hamzah
  4. Sudah tu Sudah
  5. Abang
  6. Kata Orang featuring Mawar Berduri
  7. Compromise
  8. Ghaibmu
  9. Hanya Menari
  10. Seribu Tahun
Funfact: Compromise was the only recorded English song and it played only in Brunei!

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I flew to Penang to shoot with one of the friendliest photographers I’ve ever worked with, M Ridzuan Kamil of PADI Studio. It seems that this fear of being shot in a professional setting just went up in thin air while working with him. Can’t wait to show you all the end results. Behind the scenes videos and photos shot by Muhammad Amin. New suit, new album, new song, let’s do it!

Follow PADI Studio on Facebook now!

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Thanks to Shahida Sarhid to wrote a follow-up piece of Zaibaktian’s call for a local “Grammy” awards for Singapore, and interviewed me via email about whether it can or should be done at all. The article is only available on BeritaHarian.sg on subscription. It was out yesterday. Here’s the original email conversation between us, albeit in English.

1. Would there be a possibility of organising an award that specifically highlight the works our Singaporean Malay musician?

When Anugerah Hitz was organized by MediaCorp as a precursor to Anugerah Planet Muzik 2010, it was a great idea to have a Singapore-only show to celebrate only Singapore talent. It was the only time it took place. To organize another award show, outside of Anugerah Planet Muzik, would actually beat the purpose considering a lot of Singaporean artistes put their hopes into performing, being nominated, or winning at APM. However, a lot of local talents feel that APM has become a symbol of diplomacy and siratulrahim amongst the Nusantara countries, instead of a true recognition of talents.To organize a brand new award show that recognizes and rewards purely Singaporean talents would require us to also educate the public first before it becomes valuable to the nominees and recipients of the awards.
2. If no, what are some of the constraints?

Constraits:
- Singaporeans are not known to purchase music, whether physically or digitally. Everyone is on smartphones but not necessarily literate about downloading or streaming music legally. Therefore we cannot tabulate the MOST popular, or MOST downloaded/purchased music.
-  The artistes are not hungry enough for it. If one wants to be popular/recognized on YouTube, I think we should have moved on from recording webcam videos (ada kipas kat belakang, katil masih berselerak, guitar tak tune) to semi-professional videos properly shot with a camera crew (yang terlalu ramai sekarang). 
- The artistes who really deserve the attention and recognition, are never rewarded properly. Kalau show biasa pun kadang tak dibayar, apa lagi a big award show that requires big capital? No cash prizes, still?

Solutions:

- Artistes/Bands MUST release all their music digitally: iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Singtel Amped, and new media from telcos M1, Starhub all have the platforms.
- Radio/TV/newspapers must allow artistes/bands to promote their digital links, in an effort to educate the masses.
- Artistes/Bands must recognize their craft as work. If they portray themselves to have no effort, half-baked, ill-disciplined, then that’s how people will treat them as well.
- Don’t perform for free in the guise of it being for recognition. Some artistes garner more attention on FB and Instagram then from people who come to watch the shows they are invited to. Choose well.
3. Sponsorship and funds has always been an issue when organizing such an award show. How can we tackle this problem so our local musicians find a sense of self worth that their works are being appreciated in a more formal manner?

Artistes with music appearing on radio, singles selling digitally or physically, or appear regularly on TV with hopes of building a name for oneself, should never receive too small a pay cheque anymore. And organizers, big and small, media-related, corporate or individuals, should never “salam keruk” with artistes/bands anymore (taking whatever the organizer wants to give) There should be a clear understanding that artistes should be paid for their work before the work is done.When the majority of the community understands this, then we can move on to discuss about tackling sponsorships/funding for award shows.
We can start by recognizing ONE artiste/band every year, by allowing them to receive grants/funding from several avenues to produce an album and a concert, and ultimately, to tour/perform outside of the country.

4. Is there any other way to celebrate the works of our local musician apart from an award show?

Artistes have to go out and organize their own shows and tours like American artistes do. Don’t limit oneself to the shows that you’re invited to.  Perform for 10 people, 30 people, 100 people. When you build a consistent following, a thousand people will know who you are for your work. Singaporeans love to go out and lepak, try out new food places to go but never made watching concerts, shows, theatre part of this experience. If bands/artistes provide this opportunity to Singaporeans, then it would finally kick-start something that American artistes do internationally since the 1960s. Artistes/Bands should aim higher than just to be popular, aim to be long-lasting. Because when popularity fades, the good songs always stays with the fans.

To answer your question, should Singapore have its own Malay grammies? Personally no. Ask me why in another interview.

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Imran Ajmain Enggan Buat Lagu ‘Sedih’
by KEMALIA OTHMAN

PETALING JAYA: Penyanyi Imran Ajmain mengakui tidak mahu mencipta atau menyanyikan lagi lagu-lagu berunsur sedih yang boleh memberi aura negatif kepada pendengar.

Imran berkata, lagu -lagu tersebut juga tidak sesuai untuk dinyanyikan di majlis-majlis keraian dan perkahwinan.

“Apa yang saya sedar industri kita kekurangan lagu-lagu bahagia, apabila kita tonton video-video perkahwinan, ramai yang menggunakan lagu-lagu tema daripada negera seberang.

“Lagu-lagu saya sendiri semuanya tentang kesedihan dan apabila diminta menyanyikan lagu pada majlis perkahwinan saya terpaksa menyanyi lagu-lagu penyanyi lain,” katanya kepada mStar Online.

Imran yang sebelum ini popular dengan lagu Seribu Tahun, Selamat Ulang Tahun, dan Dikalung Kasihan mengakui agak sukar untuk berkongsi lagu tersebut di laman sosial kerana berkisarkan tentang kesedihan.

Jelasnya, biarpun lagu tersebut popular namun sebenarnya ia berkisarkan tentang keluhan dan kesedihan semata-mata.

Oleh yang demikian, Imran berkata, dia cuba keluar daripada kepompong tersebut dan mencipta lagu-lagu yang memberi kesan positif kepada pendengar dan dirinya sendiri.

“Lagu-lagu baru saya semuanya tentang kebahagian dan saya seronok kerana ia sebenarnya melambangkan diri saya.

“Pada saya lagu-lagu ini secara tidak langsung juga akan buat orang gembira,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Imran berkata lagu-lagu baharunya juga adalah hasil ciptaan beberapa komposer baharu yang disimpan sejak enam tahun lalu.

Katanya, sepanjang bergelar artis, ramai yang cuba menghubunginya untuk menghantar lagu-lagu ciptaan mereka.

“Ramai yang hantar lagu namun hanya beberapa sahaja yang sedap didengar, jadi saya panggil mereka ini untuk ubah suai lagu tersebut menjadi lebih kormersil,” katanya.

Source: mStar Online

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Imran Ajmain’s positive move 
by Shah Shamshiri

IS the grass really greener on the other side? Some people say it is, and it certainly seems so for a good number of performing artistes from across the causeway.

Popular Singaporean crooner, Imran Ajmain thinks that it is only natural that Malay artistes from Singapore move to seek their fortune in Malaysia. Like others before him, Imran decided to cross the border in search of a better future. Of course, it comes as no surprise. After all, the likes of M Nasir, Ferhad, and Jai, to name a few, were his fellow countrymen who managed to make a name for themselves in Malaysia.

“Just like other Southeast Asian Chinese artistes who venture into the Taiwanese and Hong Kong markets for their careers, I think it is normal for Singaporean Malay artistes to come to Malaysia for the same thing,” said Imran in an exclusive interview with Red Carpet last Thursday.

To date, Imran has released two albums in Malaysia, and is currently busy preparing to launch his third. Known for his sad love songs and melancholy ballads, Imran revealed that his next album will carry a more ‘positive’ tone.

“I have always been known as a ballad singer and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. But I just realised that the songs you write and sing, indirectly are like prayers and wishes for yourself. So I do believe there is a psychological impact. And with most of my songs bearing sad I-love-you-don’t leave-me themes, I think it’s about time I changed the mood a little, and bring a more positive vibe for my next album,” explained the star who just released his latest song, Setulus Kasih.

Even though he is now based in Malaysia, the singer who happens to be of Dutch and Malay descent admitted to spending a lot more time in the Lion City to be with his mother, especially in recent months.

“Ever since my father passed away in May this year, I have been spending more time with my mother to keep her company and give support as a son. We even went to Europe during the fasting month for a long summer break just to get our mind off things.”

Imran’s late father, Ahmad Husaini Ajmain was a well-known musician that had worked with many big names during his heyday, including veteran Malaysian star, the late Azean Irdawaty who passed away only very recently.

Despite the pain and grief of having lost his father, the talented singer and songwriter seems optimistic about the coming New Year, and is determined to ensure that his next album will turn out the way he envisioned.

As an artiste, Imran is one celebrity that actively connects with his fans and followers directly on all his social media platforms. In fact, he believes that it is the best way to promote and market his music.

“Promoting music nowadays is no longer like what it used to be 10 or 20 years ago. A singer no longer has to wait for his video or song to premiere on the radio or TV. Now, we can just preview them on the Internet and social media platforms.”

His latest single, Setulus Kasih, is already available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and Amazon. Fans can also view snippets on his Twitter and Facebook.

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After Beyonce bombing the internet with her visual album and full album available only via iTunes, I felt like the earth shook a bit. Here I am trying to release 1 humble ballad for my followers and she had to remind me that time is ticking for the pop artiste. So let’s get going.

To be honest, a whole chunk of footage shot in Coburg, Germany of Setulus Kasih went missing somewhere between France, Netherlands, Malaysia and Singapore. It was basically me lip-syncing against a beautiful 11 degree backdrop but I’ve moved on. I figured that since the music video doesn’t have a storyline, we can make do with the other footage. I’m OK.

However, I can’t call it a music video. I’ll call it “Official Audio Visual”, it drops January latest. The song is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and Amazon. Ring the alarm! 

Anugerah Planet Muzik, MediaCorp’s annual music awards show, has announced a list of nominations for this year’s ceremony and Imran Ajmain is nominated in two categories.

“Dikalung Kasihan” is nominated for Most Popular Singapore Song and Imran Ajmain himself is nominated as Social Media Icon for his online presence and interaction with fans online.

You may to go Anugerah Planet Muzik’s Facebook and use their voting app to cast your vote.

The video above was Imran’s first win at the same award show in 2007, uploaded by #imtiaz100 Nur Azlinah.

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Last week, Imran Ajmain joins renown Samba percussion group from Singapore aptly named Bloco Singapura in their journey to and performance at the annual Samba Festival Coburg in Germany. The 3 day festival saw the group perform two vocal sets, and 2 sets on percussions only.  For the vocal sets, the outfit was called Novo Bloco, and for the percussion set, they remained with the name Bloco Singapura.

Imran sings 4 songs written by lead guitarist, vocalist and music director, Syed Ahmad, for the talented group. They last collaborated during Singapore’s Mosaic Music Festival 18 March 2012. For a glimpse of the performance, you may trackback a #fancam video  of Imran’s performance with the band during Mosaic Music Festival 2012 HERE.

The trip and performance consisted of the following members: Syed Ahmad, Abdul Rahman, Josiah Sunthan, Audrey Tengkey, Saidrudy Md Buang, Rahmat Md Buang, Budiman Rani, Hafiz Rahim, Charlene Looi, Chelsey Ng, Firmann Salim and chaperoned by Hanie Nadia.

For more pictures, you may click HERE for a photo album in Imran’s personal Facebook account or you may click the image above.

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After the success of Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s appearance last Monday thanks to Ms Illydea Ishak accompanied by Ms Sharon Ismail for the FMS faculty there, Imran is next slated to speak and perform at two ITE campuses. Imran will appear at College East first tomorrow Friday 17th May and will wrap up the week long promotions in Singapore on Monday, 20th May.

Imran will be appearing at Kaizen Hall, ITE College West at 12 noon. RSVP required. Please look up Student Development Council in your campus.

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Imran was featured and interviewed for half an hour on Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s campus radio station, Radio Heatwave with DJs on duty, Jerome and Fariz yesterday when he was there for the 1st pit-stop of his campus tour. Imran spoke about “the Singapore scene compared to the opportunities in Malaysia”, and his connection with Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s FMS faculty from a decade ago. We’re hoping for video footage!

You may follow Radio Heatwave on their social media networks here:
Twitter at @radioheatwave
Facebook: fb.me/radioheatwave
Instagram: @radioheatwave_np

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Starting tomorrow, Imran will be appearing at 3 institutions in Singapore namely Ngee Ann Polytechnic, ITE College East and ITE College West. Imran will be accompanied by his protegés such as Zul Mystroe, Rauzan Rahman and Firwan Johan. He will be speaking about his music, social media and also introducing new music. This campus tour is to mark his recent signing (his Malaysian management, FIPRO’s collaboration with) to IEG Singapore.

If you’re from an educational institution and would like to have Imran Ajmain visit your campus, please write to info@imranajmain.com

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Rakan KK (Kolej Komuniti) adalah kempen online artis tujuh-sekawan yang dipilih pihak Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi untuk bantu mempromosikan kursus-kursus pendek dan sepenuh masa kepada belia lepasan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) dan juga kepada orang ramai. Artis-artis terpilih adalah Imran Ajmain, Zoey Rahman, Maulana, Yasmin Hani, Dato’ Fazley Yaakob dan Altimet.

Follow Kolej Komuniti di Twitter: @KolejKomunitiHQ
Like Kolej Komuniti di Facebook: http://fb.com/jpkkonline
Layari laman rasmi Kolej Komuniti: http://www.jpkk.edu.my

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It might be unheard of to hear Imran behind the camera instead of being infront of it but he was chosen to style and photograph the pre-wedding of socialite couple, Yashran Rezal and Nuryusnani Yusof recently in Kuala Lumpur. As seen in the pictures above, Imran had chosen Victoria Institution as the backdrop for the casual shoot where Yashran went to school as a teen.

Yusnani is the daughter of popular film and TV producer, Yusof Kelana.

Congratulations to them both!