SKOWT Sponsors VIMA Best Rock Song Category

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Skowt, a platform that focuses on unsigned artists worldwide to provide them an avenue to showcase their talent, have stepped up to sponsor the VIMA BEST ROCK SONG category.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/skowt.it/

It is one of the most exciting and fiercely contested categories in VIMA over the years, and SKOWT is primed to tap into this very database of regional acts to take them to the next level in their music careers.

Check out the VIMA BEST ROCK SONG nominees and public votes:

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Quote from SKOWT :

“SKOWT was founded to support and showcase unsigned music artist globally.  SKOWT connects artist with the 3 main audiences – streaming music fans, A&R/Licensing managers and event management companies.

 The platform is highly interactive and the SKOWT chart continually evolves, based on the frequency of streamed track plays. This core feature shows all fans which artists are most popular, and it helps A&R/Licensing Managers, event management and media platform owners identify and connect with the most talented, popular artists.

 SKOWT understands how competitive the music industry is, and how expensive it is for an up and coming artist to establish themselves, so we not only created a platform that was free for the artist to use but also took the decision to absorb all the cost of promoting the artists on our platform globally.

 VIMA, being the world’s biggest talent recognition platform instinctively felt right as a partner to collaborate with. We believe that by working closely with VIMA, we will be able to amplify the talent of artists in Malaysia and the wider South East Asia region, to ensure that they get the recognition they deserve in our quest to help the artists achieve their goals and dreams!”

Quote from VIMA Founder, Siva Zaphod Chandran

“In the past we have worked with some of the biggest independent and music talent platforms in the world, and it’s truly exciting to see the direction in which SKOWT is now embarking on to take unsigned artists to a whole new level. What’s really grabbed our attention is the music charts that they will be generating as well as how they will act as the bridge between unsigned artists and the major labels.

We cant wait to see the full edition of their app very soon as well as the further features from SKOWT to provide a very sleek and valuable platform that will create larger audiences and publicity for unsigned musicians. There are already hundreds of musicians already up on the platform and we encourage all musicians to quickly register on SKOWT to leverage off their platform.”

Sign up now to enjoy a whole new world of possibilities

Website : http://skowt.it

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skowt.it

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Skowt_it

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OThLAq7JsEg

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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.
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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.

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

Samira Wins The Esprit Award for Round 4 of VIMA Model Awards

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The winner of the VIMA MODEL AWARDS ROUND 4, The Esprit Award (Lively Intelligence) was awarded to SAMIRA of Iran!

Samira came up trumps among the 10 models who participated in the 4th Round which was hosted and sponsored by Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside on June 4th 2016 . Her vivacious wit and constant creativity that began to exude even from the 3rd round finally shone through.

Second place went to Elyssa Angelica Choy and third place went to Ashanti Alan.

Samira will receive a special crystal award with a certificate at the upcoming VIMA MUSIC & MODEL AWARDS night, while Elyssa and Ashanti will both receive a special certificate.

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The 4th round, which consisted of 3 main activities, were led by the founders/organisers of VIMA MODEL AWARDS.

Activity 1: Brain Teasers and Trivia (a 30 minute test led by Siva Zaphod Chandran)

Activity 2: Debate and Discussion ( a 2 hour segment where contestants were given only 30 minutes to form their opinion and views based on a random question picked. This activity was led by MV Rekha Menon)

Activity 3: Model Workshop ( a fun 3 hour workshop led by Nancy, who engaged the girls in catwalk, mix n match dressing, make up tips and a modelling overview)

The other models who participated in the 4th round were : Anika (Russia), Sandra Lee, Joanna Joseph, Salikhova Asal (Uzbekistan), Sofia, Jess Rooproy and Mary from the Philippines.

All photographs Courtesy of Sanjay Signature and Chandra Segaran.

PULLMAN PUTRAJAYA LAKESIDE “OUR WORLD IS YOUR PLAYGROUND”

PULLMAN PUTRAJAYA LAKESIDE JOINS AS VENUE HOST FOR VIMA MODEL AWARDS

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Mr Roberts Ejubs, General Manager of Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside with MV Rekha Menon, Co-Founder of VIMA Model Awards

Pullman Putrajaya have agreed to become the venue host of the final exciting round of the VIMA MODEL AWARDS as well as to explore working ties over the next few years which includes becoming an avenue for musicians, fashion shows, exciting entertainment & lifestyle festivals and much more.
After a discussion with co-founder of VIMA Model Awards, MV Rekha Menon and handshake to represent working ties , Roberts Ejubs, The General Manager of Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside shared the following:

“The entire Team at the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside are delighted to host the final, exciting round of the VIMA model awards. These awards are all about celebrating the life of each truly independent model and their own unique culture, personality and outlook on life.The VIMA awards celebrate and empower each model and this is what is so exciting the VIMA awards. At the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside we too celebrate and embrace each individual guest, and our team of highly skilled “connectors” are continually encouraged and coached in order to ensure they continue to further develop their own careers. ”

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Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside,sprawled over four acres on the shores of the Putrajaya Lake, is the newest elegant addition to Putrajaya. It is considered the epitome of class and a heaven of sensory delights with one of the largest signature spa facilities in Malaysia.

Check out the amazing fun-filled corporate video of the Hotel:

Also check out their Magical Ramadhan Nights Video

(Magical Ramadhan Night festivities include stunning seafood stalls, an all you can eat durian stall, homemade turkish delight, a carvery of delicious meats, beautiful fresh garden salads and 20 others exciting food and beverage stands. In addition they are also delighted to offer 7 forms of live entertainment each evening including a traditional band, a duo of live entertainment, a magical clown as well as a breath taking fire eater. There will also be a stunning light display included in this one all inclusive price)

ROUND 4:
ROUND 4 of the awards platform will focus on evaluating and testing the 16 qualified contestants in the area of problem solving, discussions and dialogue as well as an assessment of the intellect. The single day event, to be held at Pullman Putrajaya on June 4th, will also incorporate a special modeling workshop led by Nancy, CEO of Empire Models Asia and co-founder of VIMA Model Awards.

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Nancy, Co-Founder of VIMA Model Awards & CEO of EMpire Model Asia

Nancy shared:
“The 4th Round, is an exciting and interesting round where we will be having some fun time with catwalk, poses and makeup tips. We will be asking each and every contestant to share their way of experience in all those said techniques as well as ours. We will have a time frame also to test the girls on dressing up to fashion and applying makeup as well as posing up to the camera in within a very short time of frame. VIMA Model Awards is not only about pageant, but also how we mould and elevate these beautiful ladies to greater heights.”

VIMA Model Awards was conceived with the main objective of seeking individuals beyond just looks and glamour – models who are smart, fun loving, strong minded, independent and confident.

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Each round provided the organizers an opportunity to evaluate and provide all forms of challenges and tests to assess the contestants from their looks, presentation and communication skills, talent and even unfolding sessions of their personalities and backgrounds.

“It’s been a long and amazing journey for many of the contestants, and it’s fantastic to see the friendship and camaraderie they have developed. Many even motivating each other and creating even career paths and opportunities for each of them to grow into the modeling industry.

This round, and the final test before the awards night, will allow us to draw valuable thoughts and opinions from the contestants on important topics and issues which will induce them to not only think but to formulate answers based on their intellect and experience. We are going to go from micro to macro and see how each of them fare, ultimately, choosing the best to make it to the awards night” shared MV Rekha Menon, co-founder of VIMA Model Awards.

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“Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside – Our World is Your Playground!”

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Striving to give guests the unique experience of Malaysia’s multicultural background, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside was crafted in 4 wings with 281 impressive rooms, suites and apartments to depict architecture and ambiences that are distinctively ethnic Malay, Chinese, Indian and of the Borneo continent.

Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside offers an array of dining options with the B’s All Day Dining Restaurant, The Village Alfresco Dining Restaurant, The China Bar & Lounge for delicious snacks and refreshments as well as The Deli @ Pullman with freshly baked pastries. A heaven of sensory delights.

MEETINGS & EVENTS
The Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside seeks to exceed the expectations of its discerning guests in comforts, commitments, connectivity and cohesion, with seamless technology and highly sophisticated business and ballroom facilities, which makes every event a success. There are 21 fully equipped meeting rooms and boardrooms plus a 250-seater lakefront open air amphitheatre, all of which are supported by impeccable service.


Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside offers exceptional facilities and recreational services to exceed all business and leisure needs.

FIT AND SPA LOUNGE
SWIMMING POOL
KID’S CLUB, GAME ROOM & WII ROOM
BICYCLE HIRE
KARAOKE LOUNGE
WATER SPORTS

VIMA MUSIC AWARDS Final Nominees

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Kuala Lumpur, 2nd May 2016

The Voice International Music Awards 2016 (VIMA MUSIC AWARDS 2016) have released the list of final nominees for the regional music awards platform.

Leading the way were Sekumpulan Orang Gila (SOG) with an incredible 11 nominations, followed by Roshan Jamrock who featured on 10 nominations, Rabbit Mac who featured on 9 nominations, GTXperiment with 8 nominations, bittymacbeth from Singapore and Kirstie Maximus, both raking up 7 nominations each.

It’s a massive list of nominees from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. For the first time, we have expanded the nomination list to go beyond the norm, especially in the Best Rock Song and Best Genre-Bender categories. We received more than 1000 submissions and in the rock song category in itself we had more than 400 songs. So, we decided there were just too many songs that deserved its due recognition and decided to nominate them.

Once again, we have a whole set of exciting acts who continue to innovate music in ways we never thought possible, and VIMA has been the perfect platform for the most weirdest and most creative spectrum of styles over the years.

Next week, we will begin the voting process where almost every day we will put up one or two categories for voting over a period of 3 days and the public and fans will be invited to vote on the official VIMA MUSIC AWARDS Facebook page. 40% of the overall scores will come from public votes and 50% will be decided by our panel of global judges that include award winning producers, major label heads, celebrities, the media and even previous Grammy winners. That final 10% will be determined by the VIMA team, to evaluate how well each musicians promotes themselves actively during the voting phase. We have always encouraged musicians to be their own marketeers of their brand and this should spur them on to do more. ” shared Siva Zaphod Chandran, founder of VIMA MUSIC AWARDS and VIMA MODEL AWARDS.

Fans and the public are invited to join the official VIMA MUSIC AWARDS page for all the latest announcements, news, interviews, and to cast their votes.

VIMA MUSIC AWARDS : www.facebook.com/vimamusicawards

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, Project E.A.R (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia), Prema Yin, K-Town Clan, Ze Rebelle, Sasi The Don, Alex Subryn, An Honest Mistake, Inch Chua (Singapore), Feez Madea (Brunei), Electrico (Singapore), Pop Shuvit, Melissa Indot and many more.

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.

Best Electronica/Dance Song

Wanted Symphony – In the eyes of the world
Tamara – When You Turn Me On
Santesh (feat Rabbit Mac & Punitha Raja) – Tangkap Basah
Morris Christopher – Again In Love
ZE Rebelle – Bintang
Arvinder Raina – 16 Van Saal
An Honest Mistake ft. Naufal & I-Sky – Let’s Battle It Out With Vesuvius The Great Remix
Manners Maketh Man feat Rozella – New World
Charlie Lim (Intriguant Remix) – Nothing More Cruel (Singapore)
ZE Rebelle (Dusaar Remix) – Broke


Best Pop/R&B Song

Love J Hail – Break it down
Wanted Symphony – More Than This
GTXperiment – High-Drated
Sam Seelan – Paradise
SOG (feat Annatasha Saifol) – Kau Sempurna
Haqym Mokhtar – Dinda (Singapore)
bittymacbeth -Californian Dreamin (Singapore)
Lyia Meta – She’s Searching
Angie Lym – Babylon
Stephanie Liu – Sha Gua
Goldkartz-Desi Patola
Take Two – In Your Arms (Singapore)
Jumero – Blind Love
AC Rick – Girl Its Real
Jonathan Meur – Toy Hearts
GinggyBoi ft Coruz Hooks & KTwo – Nee Soul
Adithya Srinivasan – Tu Hi Dilruba (Singapore)
Kirstie Maximus – Rockabye X
Perfect Scums – Turn Me Down (Brunei)
Akmal Eyzad – Langkahmu

Best Genre-Bender

bittymacbeth – Haters Gon’ Hate (Singapore)
GTXperiment – High-Drated
Alex Subryn feat BK- Mama
Sekumpulan Orang Gila – Hentikan
Zee Ng – For You
Nadir – Ikan Kekek
Santesh (feat Rabbit Mac & Punitha Raja) – Tangkap Basah
Roshan Jamrock feat Alex Subryn,Ramon (Blister), Precious Michael & Sho D Beat – The Boss
Roshan Jamrock & Adam Lobo (feat Dasha Logan) – C.O.A
Mutesite –Trails In Motion
Stephanie Liu – Cai
Jean Reiki – Iceland in my fridge (Singapore)
Take Two – Plantations (Singapore)
Sada Borneo – -Sada borneo
Love J Hail and Tropoly – Within it all
Alex Subryn – Jermz
Lawalah Familia(feat ALTBRG) – Tenang Wujudnya Esok
Salam – The Way You Fly (Mystic Remix)
Adithya Srinivasan – Tu Hi Dilruba (Singapore)
Kirstie Maximus – Alright X
Kirstie Maximus – Rockabye X
Perfect Scums – A million things (Brunei)
Dragon Red – Spectrum
Manners Maketh Man feat Rozella – New World
Rabbit Mac – Sempoi

 

Best Music Video
Wanted Symphony – More Than This
GTXperiment – High-Drated
Sam Seelan – Paradise
bittymacbeth – Haters Gon’ Hate (Singapore)
An Honest Mistake – Everything
Morris Christopher – Again In Love
Take Two – In Your Arms (Singapore)
Take Two – Always Been right here (Singapore)
Sada Borneo – -Sada borneo
Young Thousands – Nueva Vida ( Official Appreciation Video)
Klangkai (feat Rabbit Mac) – Sofia
Jonathan Meur – Toy Hearts (Singapore)
SALAMMUSIK – Terimakasih
Kirstie Maximus – Rockabye X
Akmal Eyzad – Langkahmu
Charlie Lim – I Only Tell The Truth (Singapore)

Best Hip-Hop Song

Kaydee (feat. Raj Pirate)- Brindhavanam
Deftman feat Roshan Jamrock – On The Way
Roshan Jamrock feat Alex Subryn,Ramon (Blister), Precious Michael & Sho D Beat – The Boss
Young Ruff feat Roshan Jamrock – Tamilan Anthem
Karmal (featuring Vandal & Songstress ) – Human
Skinny D featuring Jin Hackman-Turkish delight
Lawalah Familia- Ini Baru Lawa
Lawalah Familia – Generasi Genius
Lerad- Demons
Rabbit Mac – Sempoi
B- Heart – Murah
SALAMMUSIK – Terimakasih
Kirstie Maximus – Alright X
LA FEAT Shackifier- Memento
B-HEART X LS X KMY KMO – WEY!
Lawalah Familia(feat Dment The Bat Cave) – Atas Langit Ada Langit
Aman RA -#Budak Flat

 


Best Rock Song

GTXperiment – Lost
GTXperiment – Kau Terus Menunggu
Sam Seelan – Unmeiyal Vesham
Fist of Pain – Seek Your Bliss
Flying Pan –Breakaway Carriage
Rendall Ngumbang – Whats Inside
SOG (feat Shana Razman)-Hantu
SOG – Misteri Bertari
Sekumpulan Orang Gila – Bahtera
Thirteen Hundred – Follow My Lead
Thirteen Hundred – Satu
Soul Statue – Ain’t Gonna Be The Same
Imans League – Destiny ( Spore)
Lyia Meta- Slumber
Mutesite –Picking paces
South and the lowlands – Sculptures
Nadir – Ikan Kekek
Lawrence Soosai – Jagat Naan Nalle Paiyen
Night Skies &Vision – Take a Chance
Jumero-Free
Alexandria – Affliction (Brunei)
Young Thousands – Nueva Vida
Dharanee – Natpin Chakkaram
Vivienne’s Verdict-Monster (Singapore)
Temjin – Raksaksa
Bear Culture – Valkyrie (Singapore)
Hydra – Kedamaian
Covalent – Sampi AKu
Red Panda Parade- Nebby
Keith Spinney – Sometimes
Perect Scums – It went On
An Honest Mistake (feat Daiyan Trisha) – You’re my everything
Dragon Red – Spectrum
Endleaves – Rain
Mystery Tapes – On A Mission
Mystical Mirage – You
Hard Candy – Are You Listening
Jason Thean – Melancholy
Kelvyn Yeang – Glory
Kelvyn Yeang – 31st December

 


Best Rock Vocalist

Lan (Hydra)
Adam Lobo (Dragon Red/Fist of Pain)
Sam Systematic Seelan
Lyia Meta
Alex Subryn
Jibrail (Rajhula)
Ariff “The Spoiler” Ismail (Thirteen Hundred)
Sanjay C Damien (Young Thousands)
Dezimon (Viviene’s Verdict) Singapore
Jared Lim (Jumero)
Khairul S (Temjin)
Lawrence Soosai

BEST ACT IN THE UNIVERSE
Jumero
GTXperiment
Haqym Mokhtar (Singapore)
bittymacbeth
Take Two (Singapore)
Lyia Meta
Kirstie Maximus
Viviene’s Verdict (Singapore)
Perfect Scums (Brunei)
SOG
Havoc Brothers
Salammusik
Adam Lobo
Roshan Jamrock
Rabbit Mac
Kelvyn Yeang
Adithya Srinivasan
Thirteen Hundred
An Honest Mistake

Best College/Uni Act
Zee Ng
MUGI (Zambia)
Sada Borneo – -Sada borneo
Eloise Lau
GinggyBoi
Akmal Eyzad
Perfect Scums (Brunei)
LA (UAE/Sudan)
Night Sky & Visions


Best Collaboration

GTXperiment – High-Drated with Ashley
Breakaway Carriage by Flying Pan ft. Reona Nishiyama
Alex Subryn feat BK – Mama
SOG (feat Shana Razman)-Hantu
SOG (feat Annatasha Saifol) – Kau Sempurna
Phizz  (Feat KIRA, M.I.I.K.O & Haqym Mokhtar)-  Underrated (Singapore)
Haqym Mokhtar – Hang Up (Feat Hakeemok & Q-Dot) Singapore
Kaydee (feat. Raj Pirate)- Brindhavanam
Santesh (feat Rabbit Mac & Punitha Raja) – Tangkap Basah
Roshan Jamrock feat Alex Subryn,Ramon (Blister), Precious Michael & Sho D Beat – The Boss
Roshan Jamrock & Adam Lobo (feat Dasha Logan) – C.O.A
Young Ruff feat Roshan Jamrock – Tamilan Anthem
H2O Macho Macha, J. Lyan, H2O Vincent feat. Rudy –Money
Tiban, Hashmitha Selvam, Parasu Kalyan, Gayathri Vadivel, MK, Suthakaran Pannirselvam, Deepesh Krishamoorthy, Aanantha, Kesvini, Sangeetha, Thiepaan Raaj, &Havoc Mathan- Pesamal
Angie Lym & Stefanie Liu -醉在你的爱
Karmal (featuring Vandal & Songstress ) – Human
Lawalah Familia- Ini Baru Lawa
Teejay & Rabbit Mac – Lost In Maze
An Honest Mistake (feat Daiyan Trisha) – You’re my everything
Alphabetical Theory (feat Syaza Sofea) – I’ll be there tonight to save you
An Honest Mistake with Daiyan Trisha, Nick Davis, Raja Nazrin from SOG, Diandra Arjunaidi, Jon Liddell, So I’m Jenn, Roshan Jamrock of K-Town Clan, Shawn Lee & Julz Savard from Save Me Hollywood (PH)- All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey Cover)

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Sunshiny-Smiley Feelgood song
GTXperiment – Off The Ledge
SOG (feat Annatasha Saifol) – Kau Sempurna
Haqym Mokhtar(Feat Yaya Hamid) – Semuanya Alright (Singapore)
bittymacbeth – Vandal Miss Joaquim (Singapore)
syafiq yusfaza – tak pernah lupa
Pheelers – Timang Tinggi Tinggi
Angie Lym & Stefanie Liu -醉在你的爱
Temjin – Gua Suka Lu
Hard Candy – Are You Listening
SALAMMUSIK – Terima Kasih

BEST SINGAPORE ACT

Gentle Bones
Yllis
Charlie Lim
Vivienne’s Verdict
Adithya Srinivasan
Haqym Mokhtar
bittymacbeth
Take Two
Intriguant
Jean Reiki

Best Indian/Punjabi Song

Havoc Brothers (feat Sheezay) – Mooteh
Sam Seelan – Unmeiyal Vesham
Alex Subryn feat BK – Mama
Jay : Tribute to the fallen MH370 & MH17
Jay (feat Thiaga Raja & Suguna Kris) – Kettimealum Kalyanam
Kaydee – Brindhavanam (feat. Raj Pirate)
Santesh (feat Rabbit Mac & Punitha Raja) – Tangkap Basah
Raj Pirate , Havoc Mathan & Shantra Brown – En Chellame
Rajhula – En Thevi
Tiban feat Nidhin Lal & Swathi Ravichandran – Bhairavi
Goldkartz-Desi Patola
Lawrence Soosai – Jagat Naan Nalle Paiyen
Suraj Vahn – Tu Sadi
Havoc Brothers – Paapa
Dharanee – Natpin Chakkaram
Shazz (NSR) FEAT R Shap – Kaalam
GinggyBoi ft Coruz Hooks & KTwo – Nee Soul
Adithya Srinivasan – Tu Hi Dilruba (Singapore)
Adithya Srinivasan – Devanke (Singapore)
Young Ruff feat Roshan Jamrock- Tamilan Anthem
Ravinder Bhinder -Grarri (Singapore)

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Best Guitar Goreng Riff

Fist of Pain – Seek Your Bliss
SOG (feat Shana Razman)-Hantu
SOG – Saudara, Sahabat
Soul Statue – Ain’t Gonna Be The Same
Kelvyn Yeang –Bunnies at the carnival
Kelvyn Yeang – 31st December
Lyia Meta – Slumber
Rajhula – Ponggatre
Lawrence Soosai – Jagat Naan Nalle Paiyen
Temjin – Raksaksa
Bear Culture – Premonition
Red Panda Parade- Nebby
Jason Thean – Melancholy
Dragon Red – Spectrum
Hard Candy – Are You Listening

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Best Overall Female Act

Love J Hail
Beth (Singapore)
Lyia Meta
Angie Lym
Kirstie Maximus
ZE Rebelle

 

 

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.