Sam Systematic Seelan Honoured with The VIMA Awakening Award

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VIMA MUSIC AWARDS 2016 is pleased to  announce the first of our 2 recipients for the VIMA Awakening Award 2016.

Congratulations to Sam Systematic Seelan!

This is an award that is very close to our hearts as it recognizes musicians who go out of their way to contribute or make a difference in society or the community that they come from.

He joins other famous names who have been honoured with the same recognition in the past such as Melissa Indot, Altimet, Rithan and Lady Kash & Krissy (Singapore).

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Sam’s PARADISE Street Project to help the homeless, is something that not everyone would venture into. It meant rolling up his sleeves and walking the talk. His idea was to rally close friends and family to help with food distribution to the homeless.

In his effort to help, he also documented some of the footage into Facebook videos to create a wider pool of awareness.Also he took it one step further by writing a song PARADISE and submitted it to VIMA which garnered 2 VIMA nominations

In his own words:

“The project is called ‘ PARADISE ” to the streets.

Homeless and people disconnected from their family members.

This is what i had in my mind, when i wrote PARADISE.
The song is about the people who end up in the street , not because they want it , but mostly, due to their circumstances.

All i want to highlight is , it may not be their mistake for ending up in the streets.

1. We should stop being judgmental when we see any homeless and beggars in the streets . Because most of us are.
We at times, tend to ignore or pretend whenever there is a homeless person sitting nearby.
2. Give some. At least the loose change we carry in our pockets. We don’t necessarily have to give money. We also can just sit and have a chat with them. Share a cigarette ( optional) and you can offer to get a meal for him/her. I have spoken to many homeless people lately. It’s a very interesting the stories they shared with me . Mostly about , what was their profession and lifestyle. Some even, admit, they were solely responsible for their actions. Such as, gambling / alcohol / overspending / job security,family issues and etc .

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3. For this project, i managed to get my fellow musicians to be part of it as well. I have collected a decent sum from my fellow musicians , friends & relatives. This amount will be handed to over to an NGO . The NGO will be using this fund for the monthly food distribution to the homeless and people on the streets around KL .
4. This will be an on-going project which i will be involved with personally.
5. The idea behind this project is to create an awareness about , how serious homelessness is. How we can prevent from someone ( Our father/ Mother/ Brother or sister or friend ) from being homeless.

To share what we have extra to those who may need it more than us.

6. For me , making music has to be something that is very relevant with a positive impact. Even, when i was with Beat The System , the title track ” PENIPUAN BERWARIS’ ( Best Tip Off Song from South East Asia) & ” SHINE” ( Song Of The Year & Best collaboration Award) were positively driven songs.

Hence, i want to keep doing music that speaks to our society and people.

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7. I invite everyone to watch a few videos of homeless people which i made during my meeting session with them.I have posted it up onto my Facebook. These are real people who have lost their homes , family , friends and some even all. They agreed to have their stories shared with the rest of the world. Please feel free to watch it.
https://www.facebook.com/SamSystematic

8. There will be a continuation to PARADISE . I am in the middle of putting together ideas for another song. I look forward to views and ideas from the public if you would like to be part of it too.

1st Video about Mr Raman, a guy who was abandon by his family.

2nd & 3rd Video about Mr Micheal. A diabetes patience and currently living in the streets.

4th Video is about this person who lives on the streets because he choose to do so. He says, he rather prefer to live in the streets because of the trust he lost towards his family. Yet, until now no one comes to look for him.

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Lyia Meta Wins VIMA BEST OVERALL FEMALE ACT Award

 

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Sometimes all you need is a voice.

Vocals so distinct, powerful, that reverbs with so much emotional energy which doesn’t need any audio trickery nor overshadowed by music instruments to convey a song.

That’s Lyia Meta.

It’s been a long time since we have been truly excited about a female singer as we are with her larger than life presence be it on stage or booming over our speakers and headphones.

And now she has taken a step further in her career as well as firmly establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with by winning the VIMA BEST OVERALL FEMALE ACT award.

1. Congratulations on winning the VIMA BEST OVERALL FEMALE ACT AWARD. How do you feel about being bestowed the highest honor for VIMA?

“I didn’t expect to get nominated so to win is pretty much like winning a music lottery. It’s good to be recognized for the work you do.”

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

“I grew up listening to everything from Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones to Elvis and almost everything else in between. What I did not get a chance to listen to when I was a kid I made up for once I made the stage my life”

3. What are you currently working on and what can your fans expect from you in the near future?
“I am currently in the studio working out a single. The framework’s ironed out… Yeah, I’m looking forward to getting that out.”

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

“I’d love to perform with Eric Clapton. He needs no introduction and I’ll be surprised if I’m not struck mute in his presence.”

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

“There’s so many factors that contribute to the state of the current music scene. From piracy, to people less willing to pay for music, to our radio stations being ‘selective’ to the choices the make. The music scene has changed so very much since I started. There’s so many good acts out there but we need heroes, giants. We need to be louder than the business of music. We stifle creativity and originality when we start to equate it with the dollar signs. I can’t help hearing the Don Maclean’s song American Pie in my head..” the day the music died.”

Exclusive Interview with VIMA Winners SOG

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Back in 2013, SOG (Sekumpulan Orang Gila) grabbed their first VIMA award when they easily over-powered their way to the Best College Act title.

Now its only taken them 3 years to land the highest honour of VIMA MUSIC AWARDS by being named one of the 4 acts to win the coveted VIMA Thank You For
Existing Award, set aside for the most innovative and creative act among all the nominees.

What sets them apart from other rock acts is their ability to merge and infuse other elements and styles to generate their own freestyle genre that’s infectious, hard and melodic all at the same time.

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The band provided some answers to a quick set of interview questions we put forth recently.

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! Actually we didn’t expect to receive the highest honor for VIMA. Of course we are elated to win such a thing. With this kind of recognition, we are absolutely gonna strive harder in creating music and to share it with the world.

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2. Who are your key influence to your style of music and genre?
P.Ramlee, M.Nasir and some international acts like Issues, Bring Me The Horizon & Underoath.

3. What are you currently working on and what can your fans expect from you in the near future?
We are currently working on our upcoming brand new album. To be released this November 9th.

4. If you had a chance to perform with any musician in the world, who would it be and why?
Linkin Park. They’re the biggest modern rock band in the world!

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

Our current music scene is full of negative vibes. These kind of dangerous vibes eventually will impair the creativity level of our local talents. We have to unite, stand strong together in order to make things better. Our music scene needs a revolution.