When I saw this boy sang on TV9’s Idola Kecil, I imagined what it would have been like if I had been discovered as a singer earlier in life. I started singing at 17, yes, but my first album came out when I was 26. That’s a little late in pop years. One fonecall and he’s in the studio with me. In this song called ‘Perjalanan’, I sang with my signature Melayu lenggok three-four waltz ditty, but paired with extreme auto-tuning ala T-Pain. My character sings in past tense and Afiq sings in future tense as my young self. We meet in a mirror. The song is written by Azalea, whom I’ve been a big fan of ever since I heard her in Anuar Zain’s hits.

The video above, ironically, is of the boy singing my father’s composition, ‘Terharu’.

Perjalanan by Imran Ajmain

Download the song by clicking the link above.

I have a been a big fan of remixes. Always believed it was an extension of the song’s promotions. Got excited to hear Texas, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Diddy, Usher put out remixes when I was listening to them before I made my own music. Now I put out my own! Hee. Enjoy this one.

06 Jika Engkau Pergi – Imran Ajmain (Rafikoncept Remix) by Imran Ajmain

Download it by clicking the song title in this Soundcloud player.

I had never intended to release this song but it got out online, and went on to become No.1 in Brunei. So awesome. It’s the only English song I’ve recorded in both my two albums. Can’t wait to do more. I sang the melody to Zul Mystroe at a bus-stop in 2006 and finished it on the way home! We did a lower-key version with Alyph Sleeq, then I brought it up a few notches (and shorter edit) with Amir Rain Masoh. I love both still.

Compromise by Imran Ajmain

Download it here

Malu – Imran Ajmain & Cheryl Samad by Imran Ajmain

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One time a friend hurt me so bad, and I had no guts to say it out so I wrote it in a song. Guess who?

Written by Imran Ajmain
Composed by Imran Ajmain / Alif Abdullah
Arranged by Rafikoncept
Guitars by Ujang
Produced by Imran Ajmain

Taken off “Punca Dan Tindakan” (2009)
Alibi Music (Malaysia) / Gumbira (Singapore)
Published by Purplenotez Publishing (MACP) / Bedsty Bedrock Publishing (COMPASS)

Download it here.

 

Taurus (Penawar Rindu) ft Altimet & Dayang Nurfaizah by Imran Ajmain

When I heard Dayang recorded her Kasih album, it featured ‘Penawar Rindu’, a favourite classic of mine. I’ve always wanted to remix that song, all my life, for as long as I’ve known it. Here comes Avex and his magic toolbox. It was the best thing ever; we did it in matter of hours, not even days. I got to perform it with Dia Fadilla for a Raya show on Singapore TV (What the heck was I wearing?). You may download it here.

Radio – Imran Ajmain featuring Diana Danielle & Nabil by Imran Ajmain

I got to perform twice with Diana, and twice with Nabil, but never as a trio. This was the most fun record I’ve made up to date. It features the Mambo No.5/Pon De Replay vibe that I originally went for, the Headwind song from the 80’s and features two non-singers actually SINGING; three in one! In case you didn’t know this already, the back-up vocals in the song feature my talented friends from the group Infinatez from GangStarz a few years back. You may download the track here.

Yang Ku Perlu – Imran Ajmain (Boonyi Remix) by Imran Ajmain

The video I pasted above was Boonyi’s first single “Banyak Boonyi” that features Daly and Ikhwan. We got in touch right after that and I asked them to remix my song “Yang Ku Perlu” for a fashion show. This is what they came up with; you may download it here.

I never meant to release this song. It was really tough for me to sing it. It was a B-side when I put out the first single ever “Sudah tu Sudah” but radio picked it up, and it became a staple for the midnight horror-story show, for its ‘haunting’ sounds. Eventually it was picked up by a group of students to do a video of my song based on the real murder of a young Malay boy back in 1980s in Singapore. We did the video in conjunction with their short film they were already working on. I looked so young, and lost. At this time, it wasn’t the song that made any sort of waves. It was my hair colour.

The first time ever I decided to do something crazy, (also under the influence of some folks), I went blonde. Of course it wasn’t the brightest thing someone new like me should have done, and I did regret it. I was drilled on a daily basis, even by people on the streets. The streaky surfer look didn’t go down well with so many people who thought my goody two-shoes image should remain… goody two-shoes. Wow, they were not kidding. As Malays and as Muslims, artistes like me had to be some torch-bearer, they say. Hey, I just wanted to sing. I let the YouTube comments burn, sizzle and fizzle out. I’ve never coloured my hair again since then! Nobody cared. Goes to show when we’re new (or when we become artistes), anything can happen, just let it be. Just be good! After a while, I learnt my responsibilities and that all (or most) of my decisions as a role model must be a calculated one, my Mak always reminds as well.  Plus I turn 31 in a few days, I know where I stand. You can trust me. You can download the MP3 here.

Teh Tarik Crew – Attraction (Featuring Imran) by Imran Ajmain

Written by Altimet and MizzNina
Composed and arranged by Altimet
produced by Altimet and MizzNina
Additional composition by DJ Ken & Fiquetional
Download here: http://unlock.sc/7mb

Selamat Ulang Tahun Sayang – Imran Ajmain (Rafikoncept Remix) by Imran Ajmain

Selamat Ulang Tahun Sayang
Written by: Imran Ajmain / Ahmed Fedtri Yahya
Composed by: Imran Ajmain
Strings by Eddie Marzuki
Remixed by: Rafikoncept
Download here: http://unlock.sc/7ma

Anakku Sayang is on Suria Channel, Singapore, every Saturday at 8:30pm and it stars Fauziah Nawi, Hasnol Rahmat, Masturah Ahmad, Siti Hajar Gani, Izzat M Yusof, Rosita Hussein, and Andry Sani. Anakku Sayang is directed by Sanif Olek.

Composed the melody over a riff of Dato Ahmad Jais’ “Budi Setahun Segunung Intan” like true Hiphop style and had Shah Shamshiri wrote the lyrics. Tells the story about dating a girl too young for me! Wait til the last few seconds! This video was done by Khaidie, using performance clips during the promotion period. The 50’s styled melody was intentional for it was in line with the 2nd album’s concept.

It was also the theme song for an Astro telemovie called “Siti Tivi” where I appeared for a few minutes thanks to M Nazri & Nizam Zakaria.

You want to hear the actual song?

Wrote this song with then 15 year old Alyph from Sleeq. He gave me a beat and I sang right over it. It became my first single ever. Ran like a crazy monkey when it got played on radio!

Sudah tu Sudah

Dulu kau pernah bercinta
Dan menyerah segalanya
Pada seseorang jejaka

Pernahkah
Terlintas di kalbu
Nama sebenarnya
Ada udang di sebalik batu

Terlepaslah peluang pertama
Untuk kasih mesra
Apa yang engkau tertunggu-tunggu
Mengapa terburu-buru

Sayang
Yang sudah tu sudah
Nangis tidak berlagu lagi

Sayang
Yang sudah tu sudah
Bunga tiada bermadu lagi

Kini kau sudah dewasa
Jangan terlalu lama memikirkan
Apa yang sudah terjadi
Dalam dunia cinta
Yang patah pasti tumbuh
Yang hilang pasti berganti

Terlepaslah peluang pertama
Untuk kasih mesra
Apa yang kau tertunggu-tunggu
Mengapa terburu-buru

Sayang
Yang sudah tu sudah
Nangis tidak berlagu lagi

Sayang
Yang sudah tu sudah
Bunga tiada bermadu lagi

Harap ini jadi satu
Pelajaran bagimu
Berhati-hati bila kau
Bercinta…

Sayang
Yang sudah tu sudah
Nangis tidak berlagu lagi

Sayang
Yang sudah tu sudah
Bunga tiada bermadu lagi

Written/Composed by Imran Ajmain / Alif Abdullah
Arranged by Amir “Rain” Masoh
Recorded and Mixed by Amir “Rain” Masoh
Additional Vocals performed by Roze
Produced by Imran Ajmain
Download it here.

This song is one of the earliest songs I recorded back in 2002 when Triple Noize, a rap trio from Singapore won a TV talent contest and quickly put out their debut album, called “From Where We Sit”. Their “Mak Minah” song did so well that they managed to break into Malaysian scene; something unheard of for Singaporean hiphop group at that time.

I sang on ‘Third Eye’, and wrote ‘Did U Ever Wonder?’ and ‘Fact or Fiction’. After this opportunity, I was brought on to perform with the trio for most of their performances for the entire year. That was when I was spotted by Ruffedge & VE and asked to open for them in KL for their promotional tour with my friends, Hady Mirza, Adeep & J-Boy. Big stuff for a small island boy! Thank you to Shahfii, Rama & Iswadi for this.

With permission from Shahfii, click here for the download. It will only last for a few days.