Could not make it to Anugerah Juara Lagu tonight as I’m out on a shoot. I have been looking forward to it mainly to see if Hafiz’s “Deritaku Bahagiamu” would score. Looks like he did. Posted a throwback on Instagram from AJL a few years ago. 3 mat salleh celup makan belacan cari makan as artistes, except one of them can’t fit into that baju anymore. Guess who! Haha!
I sang tonight at this beautifully done wedding dinner in Hilton Hotel, Singapore. They had asked for “Ghaibmu” but it was wildly inappropriate for a wedding, because the song is about the girl going missing without a trace. HAHA. Well, I sang “Selamat Ulang Tahun Sayang”, “Menimbang Rasa” and of course, that wedding song, “Seribu Tahun”. Let me see if the team recorded a video.
Write to my management at email@example.com for any inquiries or invitations.
Know what you’re getting yourself into.
1. Putting your song on SoundCloud or YouTube doesn’t make it a single. It requires you to get press mentions, be it traditional media or online media, for it to be called a “single”. Better if you can get radio air-play, then it becomes a “radio single”. If it’s just YouTube with no actual sale or promotion, then it’s just “one of my songs”, not a single.
2. You want some spotlight, why private Instagram account? When people start looking you up for your work, they are probably going to find you first on the popular social networks that they prefer, and when your account is a locked up harem of personal party pictures that you have to carefully select who you allow in your club, then you’re not going to be a star, in any manner. You want to show off your crazy lifestyle, go ahead, but not in a private account. It turns people off.
3. If you’re a singer, don’t turn up at the film and TV drama events. If you’re an actor, you also don’t have business at the music award shows strutting your local-designer goods. No matter what people say “Oh we’re here to support each other”, it doesn’t really work that way. Come for events where people know who you are, and where you (believe you can) add value to it.
4. Know that Facebook allows only 5000 friends in your personal Facebook account and nobody actually has 5000 friends. It gets messy, trust me. Have a Facebook Page and share only the good stuff; sync your Instagram with it.
5. Diplomacy can be overrated. People who like you for your craft will squeeze what they have out of you in the guise that it is good for you and your career, and people who don’t like you might later learn the gems you have to offer if you last long in this career. Always remind yourself and also the ugly people that you happen to work with that “only God offers you rezeki” and don’t be afraid to say No. Don’t be afraid to say Yes also, because it’s the dark experiences that makes you who you are when you reach a big milestone later.
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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
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.
Originally from RedCarpet
I got an interview slot with the effectively bilingual songwriter/TV host Shah Shamshiri for his Red Carpet show on cable TV network, ABNxcess. Some interesting questions were brought up, especially about how ‘Malay music is being promoted’ in this digital age of downloads and audio streaming. Loved the interview, wish we had more time! Til part deux. Looking forward! Will update on the telecast.
I had ordered some special desserts for Imtiaz who came from all over to have lunch/tea with me at The Sumbs. Of course, they were all from SukaSucre. Basically, we had the famous Kekonut: a moist orange cake with crispy pastry and ganache outside it, eaten with a butterscotch sauce. We had the Madagascar Vanilla Creme Brulee, crispy on the surface, and creamy on the inside. And of course, we had the macarons: Pina Colada flavoured – Coconut macaron shells with pineapple ganache in between. Everyone took photos of it longer than they actually savoured it. I’m glad everyone loved them!
All images from Nur Haziyah.
Here are more pictures during EraFM’s Chocolate Cake Launch Party with Dato’ Fazley where I was paired with my actor/friend, Sazrin Aizul, to decorate a cake for charity. I loved the apron haha!
More pictures from Adam Yusof.
I wouldn’t think that after almost a decade being involved in the music business, I would suddenly be thrown into the food and beverage business. Well, that’s mainly because Dato’ Fazley Yaakob’s venture into patisserie has also led us, the FIPRO artistes and his family too, to be directly or indirectly involved. For me, with my marketing edge, I wanted to take a heads-on, hands-on approach. I went ahead to plan a lot of the promotions, especially online marketing, for Dato’s brand, SukaSucre. Currently, I’ve become the Chief Creative Officer behind the brand, and I am responsible to make the products available nationwide and God-willing, worldwide. Alhamdulilah, I get better at the things I love doing because I love doing my work! Get it?
The pictures above are from Adam Yusof during EraFM’s Chocolate Cake Launch Party.
10 years ago, I was involved in a project with Singapore-born electronica musician, Vijay Singh a.k.a. The Sleepwalker, in which I sang in almost every song on his compilation album. It has been that long! The album introduced me to other electronic producers at that time, and it united me with the Hiphop heads from the Lion City. Congratulations Vijay, it has been a decade! Who would have thought.
I got to be a part of Dato’ Fazley Yaakob’s Chocolate Cake Launch Party with EraFM held at The Sumbs Cafe, Shah Alam where I participated with my friend, fellow FIPRO artiste, Sazrin Aizul for the cake decorating challenge. The cakes that decorated, not baked ya, were auctioned off to the highest bidder and the proceeds go to a flood victim fund-raiser. I had the honour of having Chef Joe from MasterChef Malaysia fame comment on our work, and you know what he said? “The person who decorated this happens to be someone sentimental, can be somewhat regimental, likes rules and abide by them. Which one of you is it?” He asked me and Sazrin. It clearly was me! I suppose he was right. You wanna see the cake?
I got to sing “Setulus Kasih” for the first time infront of some media friends, and was interviewed too, in which I kept repeating my story about “the new album does not include any sad songs”. Let’s see how long we can keep up with his happiness streak. Forever I hope!
Thank you to Clora Studio for the images!
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!
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.
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