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

 

VIMA BEST COLLEGE/UNI ACT

Official voting will be done at the Official VIMA MUSIC AWARDS Facebook Page.
Please visit http://www.facebook.com/vimamusicawards to vote.

CLICK HERE TO GO VOTE
1 “Like” equals 1 vote.

This page serves only to showcase the songs and music videos of the nominees and is NOT for voting purpose.

40% of the overall scores will be gathered from the number of votes (likes) on the VIMA MUSIC AWARDS Facebook page. 50% more of the overall scores will be from Global judges and 10% will come from social media engagement and promos by the nominees.

ZEE NG

MUGI

SADA BORNEO
(Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Live performance (in Asia’s Got Talent): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tih1MHKvHNY

ELOISE LAU
(IUMW – International University of Malaya-Wales)

GINGGY BOI
Manipal International University

AKMAL EYZAD
Islamic University Malaysia IIUM

PRFECT SCUMS (BRUNEI)
University Brunei Darussalam (UBD)

https://www.youtube.com/user/PerfectScumTV

LA (UAE)
Taylor’s University

NIGHT SKIES & VISIONS
Sunway University

WILL BAKER : Multi-Platinum Grammy Award nominated Producer/Songwriter Joins VIMA as Judge.

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Willie “Bum Bum” Baker is a Multi-Platinum Grammy Award nominated Producer/Songwriter/Entrepreneur.

With a Billboard Hot 100 #1 single “Lately” for 9 weeks and several charting songs, Willie was named by Billboard as one of rock era’s best songwriters.

He has written for and produced acts: Boyz II Men, India Arie, P!NK, Blaque, Divine, Destiny Child, Keri Hilson and Menudo. L.A. Reid (Sony/Epic) signed Willie as a songwriter in 1997 to 2005.

He then went on to run HENDU/Universal Records as an A&R, and VP of Op./Publishing, Marketing as well as secured management by Johnny Wright (Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Jonas Brothers. Willie has scored several feature films and television programs (The Way Back Home, Fantastic Four, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, We Were Soldiers and Elektra).

It’s just fantastic that someone with Willie’s expertise has come forth to help lend his wealth of music wisdom to our awards platform. We are looking forward to working closely with Willie on his evaluation of the region’s top music acts and his feedback on how we can elevate the scene” shared Siva Zaphod Chandran , founder of VIMA MUSIC AWARDS.

VIMA MUSIC AWARDS 2016 is open for submission to musicians from Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei and the closing date is March 31st, 2016.

In addition to his work in the music industry, Willie’s talents doesn’t end there. He has produced content for TV network MTV. Willie Baker has signed a contract to create virtual reality shows and content with Next Galaxy Media Corporation as well as join the team of techs in creating NGMCs CEEK platform virtual headphones.

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Willie is co-owner of new record label Delab Music which has signed newcomers Maeta Hall and D Kullus

Willie also speaks at events to educate corporate structures and colleges on the elements of the Music Business such as: how to effectively secure, maintain and stay competitive in the Entertainment Industry.

CREDITS

– Named #83 by Billboard as one of rock eras best songwriters
– NARAS/LARAS voting member/Board Member for Florida Chapter
– Television Soundtracks (Disney, Nickelodean, Universal, Fox)
– Produced television content for various networks
– Developed and discovered many recording artist, put on showcases for Major Label Execs.

VIMA-LAUNDRY PRESENTS VERSUS: BATTLE OF THE ACTS

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CALLING ALL DANCERS, BANDS, SOLO MUSICIANS, SINGERS, RAPPERS, BEATBOXERS, MUSICAL GENIUSES!
HERE’S YOUR TIME TO SHINE!

VIMA & LAUNDRY are teaming up to bring you the BATTLE OF THE ACTS and we are now open to submissions from today until 12th of May.

Stand a chance to be one of 4 acts that will be selected to perform in front of an audience of more than 1000 people at the VIMA MUSIC&MODEL AWARDS in July.

It’s FREE and all you have to do is just email us a link of your performance or talent at vimamusicawards@gmail.com and if we like it, we will invite you to then come battle it out on
May 28th at Laundry@theCurve from 7pm to 11pm.

It’s pretty damn exciting to watch a rapper go up against a rocker, or a bellydancer face off against a beatboxer..the audience and judges will decide and its one helluva thrill ride.

So send in your clip today and you could be the next big thing in region. Your performance will also be sent to global talent scouts to be considered for international exposure!

OPEN TO ANYONE FROM MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE & BRUNEI

**Latest Update: Event Page on Facebook**

VERSUS EVENT PAGE

 

STUART WATSON, THE MUSIC LABEL LEGEND BEHIND THE CAREER GROWTH OF BRITNEY SPEARS & BACKSTREET BOYS JOINS VIMA

VIMA GLOBAL JUDGE ANNOUNCEMENT :

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Stuart has had landmark successes included creating Zomba acts Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and *NSYNC as multi million selling stars in Asia Pacific, and breaking acts such as Damage and Fun Factory.

An excerpt from his upcoming book Every Picture has its Story, illustrates what a colourful and eventful life he has led:

“During a 40 year career the author has met and travelled with some of the biggest names in music. He witnessed Michael Jackson’s first UK performance in The Jackson 5 and was the first person to hear Bohemian Rhapsody when Freddie Mercury played it to him, on piano, in his London apartment.

In the 80’s he was nearly shot trying to protect Gary Moore’s contract, was introduced to Bob Dylan by friend Tom Petty and, more recently, hosted press conferences for Kim Wilde , Britney Spears and The Backstreet Boys. Watson was in Hong Kong when it reverted to the Chinese and in East Berlin when The Wall fell. Hanging out with The Eagles in the early 70’s before they became a force, entertaining Lynyrd Skynyrd on the group’s first UK visit (later dealing with an awkward problem following Ronnie’s tragic death) and accompanying Paul McCartney and Wings on its first tour. His stories of Rock ‘n Roll mayhem on Guns ‘n Roses and Deep Purple tours make the mind boggle.

He picked up a bill for GBP 5,000 at a London night club after damage caused by Phil Lynott. From Led Zeppelin to BB King and from The Marquee Club with Yes, to Tokyo’s 50,000 seater Budokan with Bobby Brown, where Whitney Houston threw him out of the dressing room for trying to persuade her husband not to cancel his European tour, he has seen it all.

Every Picture has its Story provides you with a rare opportunity for an insider’s view.”

On VIMA, Stuart Watson shares the following :

‘In today’s very different world of music it has become much harder for new talent to break through traditional outlets. Music companies and the media have changed dramatically and promotion methods are no longer straightforward. I fully endorse the concept of the VIMA Awards and especially the opportunity the organisation provides for new raw talent to be recognised. I am proud to be a judge of the 2016 Awards, and to be able to offer my own input on what has become a very important annual event”

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Stuart Watson Snapshot:

As a direct result of his love for live music, Stuart Watson enjoyed a forty year career in the music business. This was never planned. Having attended all the big festivals in the late 60’s, he started organising his own events at London University establishing Royal Holloway College as an integral part of the UK’s live music circuit. The agent who helped him accomplish this went on to join EMI, where the two of them changed the face of artist promotion forever.

In recognition of his marketing skills, Watson progressed through the ranks of Harvest and MCA Records’ management, becoming the youngest Managing Director in the history of the UK record industry. He then took charge of MCA internationally and, working closely with British and American acts (some of which he signed himself) helped guide the company to new heights.

A passion for and knowledge of Asia’s emerging markets led to the set up of SWAT – his own Singapore based consultancy – in the mid 90’s where he represented three of the industry’s biggest artists. Their huge success triggered his return to the frontline as MD of the Zomba International Record Group – the world’s largest independent music company.

ABOUT VIMA

VIMA (which stands for Voice International Music Awards) is considered the most important and anticipated music award in South-east Asia, and for this year’s edition, the music recognition platform will open up to submissions from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The award has become a benchmark for many awards platform across the globe and often acts as a launch pad for music acts tipped to be the next big thing. Some of the past winners include Yuna, Altimet, The Great Spy Experiment (Singapore), Joe Flizzow, Shigga Shay (Singapore), Project E.A.R (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia), Thaitanium (Thailand), Up Dharma Down (Philipines), K-Town Clan, Homogenic (Indonesia), Alex Subryn (Malaysia), An Honest Mistake, Inch Chua (Singapore), Feez Madea (Brunei), Electrico (Singapore), Pop Shuvit, Junkyard Groove and FuzzCulture (India) and many more.

“We started the vision 8 years ago when we helped struggling musicians in Malaysia carve a name in the industry. We felt there wasn’t a proper media or platform that was a true voice for independent acts and we came forward to find a way to recognize and support talented musicians. We pulled together as many media partners into the equation, to join us in elevating the local music scene and it has worked wonders for the careers of many musicians.

“It’s been a long and challenging journey to get here, but we’re ecstatic that all the pieces of the puzzle have produced such a phenomenal music platform. I guess we’re unique and credible because of the amount of our own time, money and resources we have invested unconditionally in helping musicians over the years. We have always stayed neutral in the music scene and that has also, help grow our reputation in the market. It’s amazing to see after so many years, the regional music scene is still alive and kicking with a stream of new acts continuously churning out great music ” said Siva Zaphod Chandran, founder of VIMA Music Awards and VIMA Model Awards.

The award platform is unique for allowing submissions from bedroom DJs, college acts, concert performances and even demo versions. It also champions singles rather than albums and recognizes songs of all languages in all genres including electronica,hip-hop,metal,pop,dance,rock and mash-ups/remixes.

RICK BACCHUS, AWARD WINNING PRODUCER AND GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR JOINS VIMA AS GLOBAL JUDGE

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The top producer-songwriter, who has worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, David Foster and Stevie Wonder, returns as a global judge for VIMA MUSIC AWARDS 2016.

Rick Bacchus, currently the Chairman /CEO of Bacchus Companies LLC & Bacchus Music Inc. was educated at the Queen’s College in Guyana, South America and at Christ Church University of Oxford in the UK. Rick’s career in the business world has spanned for over a period of 25 globally. During his career he has owned and operated several companies ranging from Casino/Hotel/Resorts Development & Nightlife and Entertainment projects under (Bacchus Companies LLC), music production & record labels under (Bacchus Music Inc.), fashion design and clothing labels under (Bacchus Clothing Company LLC) and Commodities & Energy companies operating under (North American Trading Corporation LLC).

Rick shares:

“Joining Mr Siva Chandran’s team of Global Judges for VIMA comes naturally since I have seen this program grow from its infantile stage to a global network. It is a great medium for all musical artists and models worldwide who are looking to be heard and seen on a grassroots platform.This comes at no out of pocket cost to the artist but can offer them a chance for a global audience to see or hear their talents.

For VIMA, it is my opinion that best is yet to come!”

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BACCHUS COMPANIES LLC.
Bacchus Companies LLC-This is the holding company under which Mr. Bacchus facilitates multiple business opportunities which includes Commercial, Residential, Urban Planning and Development and Casino and Hotel Development and Entertainment & Club projects worldwide (Macau, Dubai, Russia etc.). These projects include leveraging and nurturing relationships with all of the appropriate parties for the ultimate success of each individual project. Bacchus Companies LLC is currently working with most of the Hotels & Casinos in Macau and Las Vegas supplying them with building materials and products under the FF&E and OS&E categories.

BACCHUS MUSIC
Bacchus Music Inc is an Independent Record Label and Music Production company. It’s founder/owner Rick Bacchus, composes and produces music for all categories and genres including Pop, Rock, R&B, Classical, Hip Hop, Country, Dance and Film Scores. He is always interested in collaborations and constantly looking for amazing new talent. Under this label, Rick has written, worked with and/or produced music with/for many multi-platinum artists. Rick was also awarded numerous multi-platinum awards. Rick was also a guest judge and has written and produced music for the Australian Idol and, most recently worked with and produced music for American Idol finalist Pia Toscano for the 2011 season.

BACCHUS CLOTHING
Fashion meets function.
This is a design and production company in the apparel industry under the label “Rick Bacchus” which has designed, manufactured and supplied clothing to the top retail stores across the country which included uniforms to most of the prestigious 5 star hotels and casinos in the USA including some European countries. Some of these properties included The Venetian Hotel & Casino, The Bellagio, MGM Hotel & Casino, Caesars Palace, The Palms in Las Vegas and the Burg Al Arab in Dubai which was prestigiously granted the only 7 star rating worldwide.

UPCOMING PROJECTS
a) Currently negotiating a global partnership between WSOF and Kung Fu Union together with AEG for MMA fights in China and all of Asia.

b) Rick is in the process of securing a partnership with a major Dubai developer and a Korean investment banking firm for a JV development of 40 acres of pristine, prime beach front property.
This development would be for residential and retail purposes.

c) He is also working very closely with the managing team of the Primorye Region in Vladivostok, Russia who is currently developing a large gaming zone bordering China.