Author: Ista

Celebrate Yasmin Ahmad Through These Personal Stories By Those Who Knew Her Intimately

Image credit Yasmin at Kong Heng. In 2009, Malaysia lost a precious soul. Yasmin Ahmad was only 51 when she returned to the Maker. The filmmaker collapsed, unexpectedly, at a work meeting. She had been suffering from a brain hemorrhage. The news shocked a nation, who had felt her love through her work in television ads. Until today, her name is synonymous with that special way of storytelling, a mix of humour, love and unspoken realities that most Malaysians will easily relate with. She boldly treaded where others feared to go, touching on taboo themes such as interracial love and...

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What Is Live Looping And How Is It Transforming Music?

Glastonbury Festival, 2017. Thousands of concert-goers were left confused when Ed Sheeran turned up to close the annual festival. They thought Sheeran was using a backing track. This led the multi-talented English singer to explain on Twitter that what he was using was a loop station. Never thought I’d have to explain it, but everything I do in my live show is live, it’s a loop station, not a backing track. Please google x — Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) June 26, 2017 Here’s the kicker: Live Looping isn’t a “new” technology. It has been around since the 1960s. While Sheeran...

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Singaporean Musician Shares Her Secret To Growing A Fanbase In Boston

Being a musician today is no longer just about having the best musicality. It’s also about learning how to grow a following and nurturing it. Although being good at several different instruments is still a mark of significant talent, having an aptitude for marketing is rising to the fore as an essential skill. This is especially true for many a bedroom pop artist vying for attention on YouTube, Spotify and the various other music streaming platforms there are. The reality is that hiring a manager to take care of the “business” aspect of performing is a luxury few aspiring...

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“I’m No Longer Chasing Recognition, I’m Chasing Stability,” Nadhira Says

How does one keep thriving in the Malaysian music industry to last for close to two decades? With the release of her song, “Kau Selalu Ada feat. B-Heart”, in November 2019, we felt this question could be aptly answered by Nadhira. The singer-songwriter entered the limelight in 2010, when her debut album, “From Malaysia with Love” garnered acclaim. Since then she has released a pop album, “12 shades” and numerous chart toppers on Malaysian radio. The latest, “Kau Selalu Ada feat. B-Heart” is an homage to her Nusantara roots and a teaser to more similarly inspired tracks to come. “‘I wanted...

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An Honest Mistake Enters A New Era As Lead Guitarist Exits

Malaysian pop punk band, An Honest Mistake is bent on making #OneLastMistake this Christmas, before saying goodbye to lead guitarist, Leonard Chua. After more than a decade since they broke out into the Malaysian and eventually international music scene, the pop punk band will also be introducing a new member, Sonny Wan. The band’s senior member, Darren Teh, told Eksentrika that despite Leonard’s departure on the cards since 2018, the group will remain tight-knit. “He’s not going anywhere. He’s just moved on in life. The band was a phase and it was something I had told him about many...

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