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Amrita Soon - "24 Years"

Singer-songwriter Amrita Soon is clearly a whimsical creature. One only needs to roughly comb through her blog entries to clearly see that. She talks about experiences like being able to hear her audiences’ conversations while she’s playing or about missing her brother’s laughter because she’s been too busy. But mostly, it’s in the way she talks about music, like it’s not just a large part of her existence, but the reason for it. This is after all a girl who at the tender age of 15, paid her
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9 Malaysian Hardcore Bands You Have to Check Out

Much like most musical genres these days, division lines can be drawn pretty intricately on hardcore music. Initially a more aggressive offshoot of punk rock borne out of the streets of Southern California with pioneers such as Minutemen and Black Flag, the genre, much like most genres, has gone through metamorphosis over the years. It has branched out to sub-genres such as metalcore (an amalgamation with metal) up to Nintendocore (look that one up).
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Noh Salleh - "Sarawak"

It was legendary lyricist E.Y. Harburg who once said that, “Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought”. Within the first few notes of Noh Salleh’s gorgeous “Sarawak”, your thoughts are transported poignantly to another time and place. Of maharajas breezily making their way across padi fields on their elephants while large hand-held fans are waved beside their faces to help them brave the tropical sun. Of maidservants slowly making their way back to palaces w
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Malaysia: Bittersweet - "Inspire Desire"

To call Bittersweet Britpop revivalists would be somewhat incorrect because to them, it never went away. In their world, Damien Hirst remains the artist extraordinaire, Justine Frischmann is the belle of the ball and Oasis is still the loudest band in the world. The single “Inspire Desire” is their latest love letter to Suede. If you think that’s blatant labeling, then pause this song’s music video at 2:31. Bittersweet has never been apologetic about their allegiances. The rich tube-driven g
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7 Malaysian band artistes who have gone solo

They say that it’s always lonely at the top, which makes you wonder what would possess the frontman of one of the most popular bands in these parts, one that consistently sells out shows and records, to record and release a solo album. Yet that is what Noh Salleh of Hujan did recently with his solo album ‘Angin Kencang’. But wait, doesn’t he already write all the songs for Hujan? “I guess I wanted to try something on my own,” says Noh, “I’m a big fan of SORE (Indonesian band) and I’ve always dreamt about writing retro French-style pop songs but singing in ‘bahasa’ Nusantara. That’s not really Hujan.
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10 local directors who impacted Malaysian cinema

Today marks the 8th death anniversary of much-loved film director Yasmin Ahmad. Her loss was one that was felt by all Malaysians. If you did not resonate with her brilliant films, you would definitely have been touched by her moving festive-themed ads for Petronas. The growing mainstream interest in Malaysian films since the mid-2000s can be attributed to her 2005 film ‘Sepet’, a simple interracial love story that captured the hearts and minds of Malaysian viewers from all walks of life. Here are a list of directors who, like Yasmin, have in one way or another made an impact on Malaysian cinema.
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8 Malaysian films and when to watch them

Films capture moods and feelings probably in a way no other medium could. We watch comedies to cheer ourselves up during sad moments and we watch fantastical blockbusters to get away from the mundanity of life. If you’ve just broken up, it’s probably best to avoid ‘The Notebook’ for awhile. Films can make us feel things we never knew we could. That’s why we love them, because there is always a film for every mood or moment we have. Here’s a list of local films and when we think you should be watching them.
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6 wrong ideas people have about record producers

Record producers are always credited with the success of an album. However, do you know what is it exactly that they do to make that happen? Just what is it about the world-renowned producers such as Mark Ronson (Adele, Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse) and Rick Rubin (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Aerosmith), that have huge artistes all over the world clamouring to work with them? The internet describes them as ‘being the person that oversees and manages the sound recording of a band or performer’s music.’ They are the ones who gather musical ideas for an album and work with the artiste to help improve the lyrics and arrangements of the songs. If they have enough clout, they can even strongly suggest how a guitar riff should be played, or how a piece of lyric should be delivered.
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15 Years of Urbanscapes in Malaysia

Urbanscapes rather loftily dubs itself as ‘Malaysia’s creative arts festival’, but the truth is, not many would argue against it. The first edition played host to just a couple of hundred guests but recent editions have seen thousands filling up venues all across the Klang Valley to get a piece of the action. 15 years is a long time for almost anything these days, and for Urbanscapes to still be generating buzz after all these years speaks volumes about its influence on the Malaysian creative ar
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6 Malaysian Stars Who Made It Big On Their Own

There are many Malaysian artistes that have made it to the international stage but some of them have had to work hard on their own and earn that success through sheer determination. No government sponsorships, no help from friends in high places. Just constantly plugging away without giving up while being powered by their obvious talent. Here, we’ve listed 6 artistes that have had international success by the merit of their own grit and toil, which in turn makes us feel even prouder that they carry the birth flag of our country.
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