Exclusive Interview With VIMA Winner Jumero

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There’s something about Jumero..

We felt it the moment we began to unfold song after song that was submitted for VIMA. They were just different. It’s as if they were from a different time zone and planet completely, bold enough to bring back the raw, stripped, melodic sounds from a time when music just felt so good to listen to. And its rewarded them by being honored with the VIMA Thank You For Existing Award together with Roshan Jamrock, SOG and bittymacbeth from Singapore.The Thank You for Existing award is given away annually to the most creative and innovative acts of VIMA.

Think Jason Mraz meets Jamiroquai!

Get to know the guys through this exclusive interview with VIMA.

1. Congratulations on winning the VIMA THANK YOU FOR EXISTING AWARD. How do you feel about being bestowed the highest honor for VIMA?

Wow, Just Wow. Seeing and knowing some of all the amazing acts that took part in this year’s VIMA Awards, it definitely came as a huge surprise to all of us when we first saw the announcement. It was one of those moments where we had to rub our eyes again to make sure we weren’t seeing wrongly! Haha. We really are so honored and grateful to be one of the four acts that received this award.

2. Who are your key influence to your style of music and genre?

There are so many, but just to name a few at the top of our heads we can say: Jamiroquai, John Butler, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Robin Thicke, Donovan Frankenreiter, The Foals, Allen Stone, Ben Howard, Jason Mraz and the list can keep on going.
As a band though, we have always wanted to have our own unique/signature sound. So throughout our years as Jumero, we would always make it a point not to over listen to just one particular act, in fear of imitating their sound too closely. But yeah, those previously mentioned acts have definitely influenced our sound as Jumero.

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3. What are you currently working on and what can your fans expect from you in the near future?

New songs and possibly a music video! We’re also contemplating a number of collaborations with other local and international bands, but nothing confirmed just yet. We’ll be sure to update our fans on our social media.

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4. If you had a chance to perform with any musician in the world, who would it be and why?

Such a hard question. But at the moment, if we had to choose, John Mayer and John Butler are definitely on top of the list we reckon. Allen Stone and Ben Howard as well. We all love their music and song writing style. To be able to perform with them would be crazy legit.

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5. What are your thoughts about the current music scene and what can be done to make things better?

Small, but growing rapidly! During the few years or so that Jumero has been around, we have already seen so many new bands form that it’s almost hard to keep track! Which is a good thing. The growth of bands will only result in more healthy competition as well as a growth in the market for live music appreciation. In return, hopefully more venues, events and festivals will sprout up to cater to all these up-and-coming bands both locally and internationally. We feel that a fixed touring circuit that runs both locally and internationally (even if just around the South East Asian Countries) can greatly benefit the music scene in Malaysia. Our local musicians will get to watch and learn from other regional and international bands and vice versa. Foreign bands can travel here and us to them. Maybe soon we can have a “Student Exchange program”.. Except for bands. That is the best way to learn as musicians and gain exposure.


Connect With Jumero
http://www.facebook.com/jumeromusic
http://www.instagram.com/jumeromusic
http://www.twitter.com/jumero_official
http://www.soundcloud.com/jumeromusic

Exclusive Interview with VIMA Winner Roshan Jamrock!

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We are pleased to announce that Roshan Jamrock is VIMA MUSIC AWARDS 2016’s recipient on the Thank You For Existing Award. It’s the highest honor VIMA bestows upon nominees annually for being the act who is the most innovative and creative in their style and delivery of their songs.

Roshan is no stranger to VIMA, having scooped several awards in the past as being part of K-Town Clan and also  Gila Monstarz with Young Ruff. On his own he has also won the VIMA Producer of The Year award and is now the only act in VIMA history to win the Thank You For Existing award twice!

Roshan’ s recent reaction to his VIMA win :

“Woke up in India to such amazing news. Thank you VIMA for this award. This is the 2ND time I’ve had the honour of being awarded the “Thank you for existing” award. This and winning “Best Producer Award” back in 2013 is the cherry on the cake. I’m humbled and grateful for this acknowledgement. Thank you to VIMA and all those who have supported my music career. All glory to God for without him I am nothing. 1love and God bless. See you at the VIMA’s” – Roshan Jamrock

It speaks volumes of an artiste who constantly strives to break new grounds in music and has often been challenged by the VIMA team to constantly experiment and bend genres as much as possible.

Roshan is also a Malaysian Youth Ambassador and put Malaysia on the global map when he made it into the To 50 shortlisted /Timbaland + Lenovo Music competition.

Here is his exclusive interview with VIMA after his win:

1. Congratulations on winning the VIMA THANK YOU FOR EXISTING AWARD. How do you feel about being bestowed the highest honor for VIMA?
To get an award for the most creative and innovative approach and style of songs and compositions is amazing!!! Those guidelines are what I always try and stick to when i produce new music. Our motto has always been “Be Different”. Im am grateful and humbled to receive this award. I must give credit to my mentor and best friend, Jesus Christ for being by my side in this walk of life. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. 
2. Who are your key influence to your style of music and genre?
 My parents for exposing me to classic evergreen music from The Eagles, Queen, Lynard Skynard, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winters, Eric Clapton, Bee Gees, CCR and hundreds more. My cousins for introducing me to Snoop Dogg, Snow, NWA, 2Live Crew, 69 Boyz and so on.
My brothers & friends who i grew up with bumping to the sounds of Bone Thugs & Harmony, Cypress Hill, Poetic Ammo, Too Phat, Tupac, DMX, Timbaland, Nelly, Ludacris, Pitbull (The Old Pitbull), Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Yin Yang Twinz, Petey Pablo and so on. My JBC connect who exposed me to Nas, Chino XL, Canibus, Immortal Tech, Tech N9ne, Jedi Mind Tricks etc. Basically those around me are my key influences. I have no specific genre, like Bruce Lee said, be like water, water can take any form 😉
3. What are you currently working on and what can your fans expect from you in the near future?
I recently wrote and recorded 2 songs for “The King Of Asia”, Rajinikanth’s movie, KABALI. I was also appointed to produce and remake 4 out of 5 songs from that movie in Malay. Im working on a few things overseas at the moment which i cant really discuss about since ive signed some papers. But what i can say is that K-town Clan’s 2nd album “Crunk Cowboys & The Moonshine Music” is coming out real soon. I also run a studio along with a business partner in TTDI called ROCSHO MUSIC, add us up on facebook. Oh, and i design premium Tee’s under my brand Rocaliente. Take note that i get the clothes done overseas and I’m not just using a fancy word like “Premium”. The material is like no other in  the country and no matter how many times you chuck it in the washing machine, it maintains its shape and quality. Next batch comes out mid August. 
4. If you had a chance to perform with any musician in the world, who would it be and why?
If i were to get someone to produce my song it would be a combination Timbaland & Diplo. Performance wise, Damian Marley 🙂
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5. What are your thoughts about the current music scene and what can be done to make things better?
Current local music scene is filled with so much talent. If you want to pursue music, you have to take this seriously. Just as serious as someone who is studying to become a doctor, engineer, lawyer etc. This is a serious job so you have to give it 110%. And dont complain if things dont go your way, just persevere and push harder. There will be good and bad times no doubt. Take pride in what you do and do it well and eventually things will fall into place. And Always always always, stay humble. Also to the people who say you support malaysian music, act on it. Dont just say it and ask for a selfie! Buy their work or at least help spread the word about Malaysian arts. A little goes a long way. 1love. Big Lion Kingdom, Roshan Jamrock. 
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Roshan Jamrock with his VIMA awards in 2013 together with members from his group K-Town Clan

 

Exclusive Interview with VIMA winner bittymacbeth

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VIMA MUSIC AWARDS has just announced that bittymacbeth from Singapore, the soul-pop-funkstress, has notched its highest award by being named one of the 4 acts that will receive the Thank You For Existing Award at the upcoming VIMA MUSIC & MODEL Awards night in Kuala Lumpur.

The Thank You For Existing Award is given out to the most creative & innovative acts in the region annually.

The following is an exclusive interview with her:

1. Congratulations on winning the VIMA THANK YOU FOR EXISTING AWARD. How do you feel about being bestowed the highest honor for VIMA?

Thank you! I’m really surprised, I didn’t know this award existed less than 24 hours ago. But thank you for appreciating my music and my existence.

2. Who are your key influence to your style of music and genre?

Esperanza Spalding, Allen Stone, Khalil Fong, Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper Experiment, Jon Foreman, Anchor & Braille.

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3. What are you currently working on and what can your fans expect from you in the near future?

I’m performing at a couple of national festivals in August (details on http://www.facebook.com/bittymacbeth) – and in a couple of months I’ll be releasing something in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day!

Before I launched the album Dru already expressed interest about wanting to produce my next single, we’ve picked out the song already. So some time from now I’ll be releasing a new single, and then maybe an EP to follow.


4. If you had a chance to perform with any musician in the world, who would it be and why?

Besides wanting to work with my influences, I would really like to work with Yuna or Lianna La Havas, they’re talented performers and songwriters and I think our styles could work pretty well together.

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5. What are your thoughts about the current music scene and what can be done to make things better?

I’m really encouraged to hear all the new music coming out from my peers – it’s good for what it is, and I don’t praise it just because it’s “local”/”regional” or because they’re my friends.

We in the industry always seem to be having this discussion. It seems all the different agencies involved don’t seem to take risks.

Consumers always fall back on the same international artistes they listen to because they are comfortable with what they know. I also see their side – why should you have to make an effort to seek out local music to listen to just because it’s local? (However, it must also be said that many other countries like Japan, they’re very nationalistic and thus support their local musicians readily.)

This is where media and music enterprises come in – they could provide the exposure to make local music prevalent in society and culture. However, radio, TV, streaming platforms, record labels, etc don’t take a chance on more local music because they’re afraid it won’t be commercially viable. I understand the music business is still a business.

But what is each artiste’s USP anymore if they’re all following the same formula for an “success”? There is a smorgasbord of Singaporean rock, alternative, indie, electronic, soul, R&B, jazz, funk, etc music – there’s richness in what we have, stuff that is quite different from what’s on the American Top 40 charts.

Of course, artistes, musicians, producers, arrangers and composers also have the responsibility to grow and improve at their craft, be humble, support each other – we can’t afford not to – and to make the best of every situation, instead of being bitter and jaded and full of complaints. I understand this may be hard sometimes when the money earned just isn’t enough to battle rising living costs.

I summarise this with what my friend Aya Sekine said: instead of #supportlocal – because that makes us sound like we need hand-outs and pity – let’s #believelocal, for what we need is pride and joy in our music, a part of our national culture and identity.

Read more about bittymacbeth here

5 Things You Dindt Know About bittymacbeth