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In 1 week, last week, I went to Singapore three times from Kuala Lumpur in a bid to take care of the venue, sponsors, and reception for the album launch event that took place last Saturday. I don’t think I’ve ever been this hands-on and so involved in my own event before. I think the last time this took place was during Beats Society times 2005-2006, but then again, during that time, I had a lot of full-time help within Singapore. Times have changed! I brought my Mak, who is a trusted interior decorator in her own right, to come along with me to one of the sponsors.

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Second Charm has a brilliant collection of custom-made retro furniture that looked like they came out of “Growing Up” set, except that they don’t have the “Kerusi Pak Awang”. These are fine Scandinavian and modern European pieces that were very popular during the Mod era. I particularly liked this one. I’m not sure what it is called, but it’s not enough for two, but just nice for me! LOL. I picked a few more, thanks to Mdm Sharifah who let me use it for staging at the Arts House! You can visit Second Charm at secondcharm.net. Shout out to Suhanah Hanipah for helping me out pick out some pieces albeit you were en route to Umrah!

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And then I went shopping. I can’t tell you where else I could get such a good bargain on bottled sodas like these. I had ransacked the Thai supermarket at Golden Mile Complex (no, we didn’t go to Thailand). I was rather shocked to hear the lady, who struggled to speak in English, that “no mo’ Fanta because Songkran”, but she said she’ll give me whatever she has, which was more than enough. Two Rayas ago, I served these babies at my Mak’s house with fancy straws, no less, to everyone’s delight. Thanks to Suzey for reminding me about these classic drinks! Thanks to Anne for helping out as well. More updates to come later!

This is part 1 of 5 episodes, a behind-the-scenes look at how the album was put together and promoted! Subscribe to me at youtube.com/officialimranajmain

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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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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

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

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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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Looks like the nice people over at Bubbly has upgraded my account to Premium. You guys got to try it. It’s Twitter with Voice! Get it for iOS & Android and follow me.

 

To find out more about how big Bubbly is: http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/social-voice-app-bubbly-hits-103058119.html

The song “Seribu Tahun” has been mentioned and used too many times in the past month from news coverage, tribute montages and twitter users playing it and relating it to a national disaster. I won’t take credit for it. We all have our ways to show that we are hopeful.

But too many irresponsible people have been speculating and the ugly people of our world sought for attention at the wrong time. Since I can’t control the use of the song in the media, I slowed down the song to an unrecognisable tempo as my flag at half mast and to symbolise our long wait.

Together, we pray for a miracle. Together, we wait. Sedia setia. Alfatihah.

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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!

If I had a chance to re-record #SeribuTahun I would finish the ending like this. “Dengan Secara Kebetulan” my first album from 2006 goes digital (iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon) in a matter of days. Thanks everyone for the love!

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I recorded an interview in person with Aura Shai earlier in January where I revealed some stuff that have happened in the past year. Truly exclusive. The song “Setulus Kasih” will also air for the first time in Singapore.

Tune into 89.7FM or online via xinmsn.com/ria897

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I got the chance to explain the story behind the new (more positively themed) album to announcers Nadia and Muaz from NasionalFM. When asked why Singaporeans preferred to come try their luck in the Malaysian industry, I answered that “we didn’t have a choice”. Thanks for the no holds barred half hour interview! Feels good.

Look out for my interview with Aura Syai on Singapore’s RIA 89.7FM at 5pm on Saturday and repeat on Sunday.

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Tomorrow morning at 9.30am I will be speaking LIVE with Nadia on her morning show ‘Nadi’ on NasionalFM. Expect to hear my new song “Setulus Kasih”. You can watch the video already on YouTube, don’t forget to Subscribe!

You can tune in tomorrow morning here: http://nasionalfm.rtm.gov.my

Looks like here it is. Share it onto your social networks, people.

Flew to Brunei in a hurry and was back after a day. Got to meet some kind fans who came to the hotel with gifts! Sorry to those who I couldn’t respond to. Got to love Brunei. Will be back soon.