When I was exactly 15 years old, I was introduced to cable television. To make people want to subscribe to watch more American comedies, National Geographic, CNN, and most importantly, for me, MTV, the cable TV company frequently allows basic tier subscribers to preview other channels for free sometimes for a full week. It was the school holidays when I experienced for the first time, true R&B music never before I’ve experienced other than the R&B/pop hybrids from the likes of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. This came in the form of a falsetto-singing afro-man named Maxwell. Because of this one single experience, I discovered HIS influences; Marvin Gaye, Prince, Donnie Hathaway, and more Prince, and eventually I discovered his contemporaries such as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, D’Angelo and more. This one video changed everything for me.
The song, the lyrics, the music, the guitars, the music video. It was the first time I had done so much homework on an artiste and I wanted to find out where did he come from, what else is he working on. I had even bought a video TAPE off Amazon online, the first thing I ever bought online too, and it was shipped to Singapore, and I had watched it on repeat, well, “til the cops come knockin’” (Please find out what this pun means). I didn’t have YouTube back then. So basically MTV was my only source of what’s new and what’s hot. I can’t sing like him, I can’t even try, but to know that this world outside Malay pop-rock, and Top 40s blew my mind! I had learnt so much from this one Afro dude. I know most of his songs by heart, except for his latest work. (You might recognize him for his duet with Alicia Keys!)
I sang his song, and just like how people tweet to me when they’re out karaoke-ing my tunes, I tweeted to him. Guess what? He replied! I was ecstatic! I was 15 all over again. If I didn’t have 140,000 followers, I would have probably told him that I’m a big fan and shamelessly promoted my own videos, but it would have been so tacky. I should respect his space. He replied to me, I should treasure that and just shut up. Urban Hang Suite, Embrya (I have 3 copies, I don’t know!), Black Summer’s Night, The Best Man Soundtrack, Life Soundtrack, the list goes on! I have your remixes, dude! Your ‘Seguranca’! This one guy changed everything I know about music and he doesn’t even know it. I suppose that’s just a reminder for me, that when I can, I’ll reply to my followers, because you know, it might just spark something in them! Thank you Maxwell, you are the reason! I hope I am the reason for someone out there too.
Terima kasih sudi baca
I had the great privilege of owning a premium WeChat account where our login is not via the mobile app, but via desktop/web. With this function, I’m allowed to broadcast messages including audio and video files to my followers. What started out as a humble 400 following for quite sometime had skyrocketed to 1700 followers in the past week. I’ve been promoting for people to “follow” me to have a sneak peak at the ‘Setulus Kasih’ song that I was going to share to only my WeChat followers. Based on my previous experience, it might take up to 2 hours for everyone to receive my message(s). I had uploaded the 30 second clip at 8pm and even though I said I’d start chatting at 10pm to 11pm, I started at 6pm right through til 1am! Thank you WeChat Malaysia for believing in me wanting to try something new with my music.
Terima kasih juga kepada semua yang download WeChat hanya semata-mata nak dengar lagu ‘Setulus Kasih’. Ada yang dah memang terror dah, dia yang mengajar kita gambar dan audio yang saya hantar boleh share ke Moments untuk tatapan contacts yang lain. Ada yang banyak pulak soalan tanya macam-macam semasa sesi chat tapi saya OK jer. Maaf kepada mereka yang “follow” akaun saya selepas pukul 8malam, tak dapatlah dengar previu lagu tu! Next time ya. Terima kasih memberi sokongan kepada lagu baru saya ya. Insya-Allah, kita chatting lagi! Thank you semua!
Join me this Sunday as I reveal my latest single “Setulus Kasih” exclusively on WeChat. All you have to do is download the WeChat app from your favourite app store, look for ImranAjmain2525 and follow me! You will receive the snippet between 8pm to 10pm, and we will start chatting then for a full hour! I’m expecting a crowd, so please be patient! Do your part and Retweet, Like, Repost this image above.
“Setulus Kasih” is written by Reyza Hamizan and is the first single off the album of the same title.
See you on WeChat!
I have given it much thought. As an artiste, sometimes it is hard to block out the noise from the outside world and focus on your craft. A painter can remain faceless and most of the time, nameless too. Yet we can appreciate their art work and even those who have something to say, the painter remains oblivious. He has no-one to please. But that is not similar for a pop artiste. The art of making music, as a singer-songwriter, is distracted by first, the need to become famous to get any sort of attention for their work, and secondly, to remain relevant as the years passed. With days gone by, and the initial fans grow up and sometimes grow out of touch, the artiste needs to keep up with the game; frequently having to resort to writing music similar to what’s hot out there, and frequently reminded that, without that compromise, one wouldn’t be able to last.
Guess what? I don’t believe in it. I believe pure talent know that they only need to push through the noise, accompanied by a handful of true supporters, they will soar great heights. I have allowed myself since 2009 to not come up with anything new. Let me start with this 1 song first. The title is ‘Setulus Kasih’ and it is written and composed by upcoming singer-songwriter-composer Reyza Hamizan. The album will be titled ‘Setulus Kasih’ as well. And it’s about your pure love to me.
Join me this Sunday 17 Nov 2013 10pm on WeChat. Find “imranajmain2525″ and you will receive a voice-note, a preview of my new song, and we can chat for an hour after that! How about it?
I have been selected to perform alongside some contemporaries namely Sezairi, Zaibaktian, Maya Rahman and some legends such as Rahimah Rahim, Sanisah Huri, J Mizan. It will be my first time under the musical directorship of renown traditional Malay music maestro, Pak Ngah. We will be singing songs written by Cikgu Yusnor Ef, in an evening tribute to him! Get your tickets.
This footage used to be on Keek but ever since I took it down, I’ve been waiting for the right moment to share this again. This video contains a snippet of “Hargailah Dia” (Treasure Her) from the upcoming “Setulus Kasih” album. Take a listen and share! Tell me what you think?
The album and all its tracks is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and almost 10 other online music platforms for downloading or for audio streaming. The release date is set at 15th October. 1 song will be promoted each week, with a focus on a brand new song not released before “Cemburu”. All the songs are written, composed and produced by Imran Ajmain with the help of some heavyweights such as Sulu Sarawak, Shah Shamshiri, Khairafik “Rafikoncept” Khairudin, Andi Merican and introducing new blood such as Fadly Ahmad, Reyza Hamizan and more.
The song “Sesebuah Perubahan” written for Hyrul Anuar by Imran Ajmain and Sulu Sarawak is now being used at the theme song for a MediaCorp Suria season II run of “Ubah Segalanya” that airs every Wednesday at 9pm in Singapore, and where the channel reaches to.
Imran recently had a FaceTime session with Nasyeed singer, Hafiz Hamidun, uploaded specially for the #imtiaz100 members 2 weeks ago. The video is now made public. The 6 minute video talks about Imran’s involvement in Hafiz’ charity single, #R4biaSyria. Imran wrote the English version of the viral song. You may listen to the song on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and now on YouTube too.
Imran’s Remix of Firwan Johan’s “Hanya Kenangan” is now available on SoundCloud! If you’re a registered member, do follow for updates.
The song is written, composed and performed by Imran Ajmain and Firwan Johan. It was arranged, composed and produced by Rauzan Rahman for FIPRO, BrandNewFeeling, and distributed by Life Records (Msia).
You may also stream or purchase the song via these digital music portals:
The artiste management and label agency that signed Imran Ajmain has recently signed a Singaporean-born rapper/producer Rauzan Rahman onto their roster over at FIPRO. The same week, Rauzan Rahman’s extensive body of work is made available online on all digital music distributions such as Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and the likes. Rauzan Rahman used to be an artiste under Imran Ajmain’s Beats Society label (2004-2007) and now in a full circle, they meet in a brand new environment. Read: Dato’ Fazley’s FIPRO signs Rauzan Rahman.
Rauzan Rahman’s “Chapter One Done” presented by FIPRO includes the following tracks.
1.My First Storybook
2.MillionWear ft. Alyph Sleeq
3.KIX ft. TheCrazy88
5.A Friend Is Better Than That
7.Kasih Mengapa ft. UrbanSensation & Roze
8.Always Be Loved ft. Roze
9.Wanted Me To Stay ft. OnlyXson
10.Runaway ft. Firwan Johan
11.SpaceShip ft. X’Statix
12.On Top Of The World ft. Zul Mystroe
13.GILA ft. TheCrazy88
14.Best ft. Pendekar
15.The Beginning ft. Royal’Ayce & Firwan Johan
You may listen to all the tracks on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and more.
In a historic move for the company (and for both these names too), Imran Ajmain will present 6 upcoming albums that Rauzan Rahman will produce made up of some heavyweight names and brand new stars from the Hiphop scene. The roster includes Firwan Johan whom Imran did “Hanya Kenangan (Remix)” with. The other acts are yet to be mentioned.
Almost 2 years ago, Hyrul Anuar released the album “Sesebuah Perubahan” in CD format and some of the songs went on to become Singapore radio hits such as “Popular”, “Mata”, “Salahkan” and the title track itself were used on 2 television programs on MediaCorp Suria. The album is set to be released digitally worldwide as Imran Ajmain takes on Hyrul Anuar to be signed to his Malaysian digital distribution company and record label, FIPRO.
The album and all its tracks will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and almost 10 other online music platforms for downloading or for audio streaming. The release date is set at 15th October. 1 song will be promoted each week, with a focus on a brand new song not released before “Cemburu”. All the songs are written, composed and produced by Imran Ajmain with the help of some heavyweights such as Sulu Sarawak, Shah Shamshiri, Khairafik “Rafikoncept” Khairudin, Andi Merican and introducing new blood such as Fadly Ahmad, Reyza Hamizan and more.
“Mata”, the digital album, drops 15th October 2013 worldwide.
Established Islamic music artiste and producer, Hafiz Hamidun, released a Malay language single in aid of the fallen in Syria. Imran Ajmain was asked to write the English version of #R4biaSyria. Above, you may tune into the Imran-penned English version. You may also purchase the track on iTunes, or stream it via Deezer as well.
What are your thoughts?
Esok insyaAllah akan rakam single R4bia Syria versi English. Lirik English oleh Imran Ajmain.
— Hafiz Hamidun (@hafizhamidun) September 1, 2013
We are looking forward to listen to Imran’s English lyrics to Hafiz Hamidun’s viral charity single “R4bia Syria”. You may listen to the original version in Malay on the religious music artiste’ Soundcloud page HERE.