Yuna Zarai started her music career by recording songs on her laptop and then uploading them on Myspace, garnering a lot of young fans when the social media and music sharing platform was popular at the time. Yuna then took up an offer by her friend, Myo, the frontman of Oh Chentaku to perform at a local gig, and this being her first live performance ever. She later on continued performing at local shows and concerts. After graduating from university and getting a Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies, she then decided to become a singer songwriter, and later on resulted in an EP, and 2 albums, written and produced by her. Her music career in Malaysia was a success, earning a number of Anugerah Industri Muzik awards for her albums and singles. In 2011 Yuna moved to Los Angeles to pursue her international music career and was signed to Fader Label and later on, scored a major recording deal with Verve Records, producing the release of 3 albums. During her 5 years in the United States, she has thus far worked with Pharell, Usher, DJ Premier, Jhene Aiko and Mike Einziger of Incubus and has toured 15 countries. Her album Chapters was named one of the top 10 best R&B albums of 2016 by Billboard.
Hujan is a Malaysian indie alternative rock band, consisting of Noh Salleh, Hezry Hafidz, Azham Ahmad, Hang Dimas and Izzat Uzaini. Past members include Nazeri Nazirul and Azhar Imran. Although the band identifies as alternative, but performs a wide variety of genre and styles in Malaysian music industry. Fans of Hujan are dubbed "Raingers", as the band's name translates to "rain" in Malaysian.The band began forming in 2005 after Noh uploaded some of his demos to Myspace. In 2006 the band was officially formed and they began to work on 1, 2, 3, Go!, their first EP while touring.n 2009 the band won the Anugerah Industri Muzik Awards for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song. Reception for Hujan has been positive and the band is considered to be one of the leading examples of alternative music in Malaysia.
The band was formed in 2007 (Malaysia) and have been gigging around which include various series of tours to Indonesia and Singapore and frontman, Myo having toured to places like Luzern, Zurich, Manchester, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Lugano, Tokyo, Bangkok, York to name few. The band is called Oh Chentaku (translation: Oh! My love/ Pronouncing: "Ocean Taco"). The band plays rock and progressing into other influences such as punk and electro/dubstep. Oh Chentaku consists of 6 friends: Myo, Naem, Jimmy, Amber, Wawa and Jack.
OAG, also spelled O@G, also known as Old Automatic Garbage, is a Malaysian pop and alternative rock band. The band, formed in 1992, was one of the first English language alternative rock bands in Malaysia to get huge attention from mainstream music listeners. The current line-up of the band are Radhi (vocals), Qi Razali (drums), Muhamad Nizam (guitar), Nazrin Zabidi (bass guitar), and Izmer Khasbullah (keyboard).
Masdo's rise to fame in Malaysia was nothing short of amazing. Formed only 2 years go, the band consisting of the very talented AliSariah. Putuceri, Ambobzeela, and Mawi saw success only after a year putting out music. Their hit Malay single 'Bunga' has an old, 70's classic vibe and quickly became the local music lover's favourite. A true bona fide story, Masdo's melodic tunes had led them to garner a lot of fans in a short amount of time and we are happy to have them a part of this festival!
Aizat began his music career as a contestant in the 5th season of Malaysian reality TV singing contest Akademi Fantasia A while after the contest ended, Aizat continues to write and produce more music together with his brother Anas, which later on became a huge success across Malaysia and Singapore. Aizat is well known for inducing creative sounds and lyrical prose within his songs. Aizat describes his music as a mixture of pop rock and alternative music influenced by Brit pop. In 2007, Aizat released two of his singles entitled "Hanya Kau Yang Mampu" and "Sahabat". "Hanya Kau Yang Mampu" was a major hit in Malaysia earning it the title of the Most Downloaded song in 2009 at Anugerah Planet Muzik. Since then Aizat has released two albums Percubaan Pertama and Urusan Aizat Amdan.
Najwa is one of Malaysia's best kept secrets, here's a rare talent that will serenade you with her darkly soulful voice. She spent a couple of years studying in Boston and then later relocated in New York to pursue music. Najwa then returns to Malaysia from her three year hiatus with a darker undertone in her music, experimenting with somber and minimalistic echoes over the usual warm piano accompaniments. Thus the Aurora EP is born- her sounds shamelessly stripped down into a bare electronic setting, her soul’s deepest shadows unveiled.
When you fuse cultural with modern beats, you will get Salammusik, a band from Malaysia that gives music a breath of fresh air, with not only addictive rhythms but also with lyrics that yearn to be heard. Salammusik expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and color. "In Malaysia we grow up with different cultures, traditions and surroundings, this reflex in Salammusik. “When our differences become music, it blends peaceful together." Salam says.