INTERVIEW: Voice of Men

How would you classify your music?

In general, our group members have different taste and interest in music. Some of us really like R&B and pop, some of us prefer listening to rock or ballads and some enjoy K-Pop music. What really binds us together as a group and what our listeners know us for is vocal harmony. Our music is actually a little bit of R&B, pop, rock, ballads and K-pop. We really don’t know how to put our music into a single category.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

(1) N’Sync, (2) BoyzIIMen, (3) Westlife, (4) V.E (Malaysian R&B Group), (5) Ruffedge (Malaysian R&B Group).

What do you want fans to take from your music?

Our music promotes positive messages in highlight of humanity and love. Apart from the messages, we hope to bring new sound to the industry and thus provide the listeners alternative to the mainstream music.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Malaysian music scene is doing okay. The radios are quite supportive and cooperative of new independent artists like us. There are a lot of new underground artists now, promoting some fresh and new breath of music. This at the same time increases rivalry and competition for radio air play. Well nowadays it is quite easy to make music. All the necessary information and tools can be found online. A lot of underground artists are blooming with a lot of songs produced flooding our music industry. Too be honest, being independent, it’s really tough to compete with the rest as well as well-known artists.

What do you love and hate about the Music Business in your opinion?

Malaysian music scene is quite a small industry. Involving in the music business gave us the chance to meet with a lot of famous and important individuals behind the industry. We’re very excited and thankful that even though they have big names, they treat new independent artist like us very kindly. On the other hand, not to exaggerate, but it seems that it is nearly impossible to generate income from physical and digital distribution. Listeners will try as hard as they could to not buy music, be it in physical or in digital. An act of which if not stopped will eventually bring Malaysian music to its end.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

The best concert we have been to probably was way back in 2007 when we first form this group. It was actually a national band competition which participants were selected from universities all over the country. Out of the 40 selected participants we’re very happy to get to the best 10. As a vocal band, we really enjoy seeing the audience’s feedback on our harmonies performed live.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

We learnt a lot as individuals as well as a group. We started our group singing covers songs with nothing more to offer than our passion and eagerness to learn and excitement to present our vocal talent. We’re grateful that after a lot we have been through, we can now produce our own songs professionally (with the help of some music industry friends of course).

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Apart from the getting drunk (as we’re Muslims (^_^)Y), we would really love to hang out with the legendary of R&B vocal group, the one and only Boyz II Men.

What’s next for you guys?  

We will continue to produce our own music. Our ultimate hope and objective is to produce a worldwide hit our way.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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