Hujan | Interview with Alwagera

  • Describe your sound in three words

90s-vibe, easy-listening, melodious

  • Tell us a few things about your debut single “Hujan”.

The title ‘Hujan’ (Rain) described the weather of the moment when I was sitting and talking among friends before my crush back then stole my attention. Having both serious infatuations and uncertainties, I just poured out my thoughts and feelings into making this song. In terms of production, it took us ten different arrangements before the final because we wanted to encapsulate the moment of being in a dilemma on a gloomy rainy day and at the same time set the right tone for the entire album.

  • Should we expect a full album? Do people still listen to full albums?

Yes, I have been composing since 2009 for my debut album, songs I made are about relationships and heartbreaks. I was in my 20s and could not resist all these feelings, so I use music as my medium to express.
The album is conceptually a 90’s theme, using elements of Soul, Pop & Contemporary R&B. I hope that this album will bring something new and exciting while reminiscing the glorious musical era.
I think a lot of music lovers appreciate full album creation more than singles. It is also a way where listeners could explore the Artist’s identity and comprehensive narrative during a particular period. For me, I enjoy listening to the full album because I feel all the songs complement each other, making it more cohesive and part of a bigger picture. I love it when you could listen to a body of work within the same concept and tone.

  • Is language a barrier in music?

Not at all, some of my favorite bands and singers are from Japan and Korea singing in their natives. I can feel and relate to their music.

  • How do you relate with the Kuala Lumpur music scene? What’s big in music at the moment in Malaysia?

Ballad songs are very synonymous with Malaysians, as it complements the soap opera shows well.
Within Kuala Lumpur however, the scene is diverse where creators and listeners are more willing to push musical boundaries from traditional to indie/ rock/ pop and even experimental.
I personally relate to timeless classics that are unique.

Reality TV shows involving vocal performances have become quite prominent in Malaysia. The participants who join these reality shows are not just amateurs but also established artists in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, the covid-19 pandemic has an impact on the live music scene and is still evolving. I feel both excited and optimistic about where we are heading.

  • What is your favorite album of the past year?

Well there are some, I can’t choose between them,lol;

  1. “Cheerish” by Kirinji (Japan)
  2. “The Song Lives On” by Lalah Hathaway and Joe Sample (USA)
  3. “Jinah Restaurant Full Course” by Lee Jin Ah (Korea)
  4. “Help Ever Hurt Never” by Fujii Kaze (Japan)
  • If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?

Well this is my debut and whatever i’m going through currently is the only thing I know about the music industry. To me, this is something I’m looking forward to discovering too.

  • What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

THE HEAT- starred by Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.
I love comedies and this film just hits all the right spots! from chemistries between characters, plot twists, and humor style. On top of that, as a film scorer, I appreciate this type of scoring where it’s not the music that works to impress listeners but more to an effective way of enhancing the storyline.

  • One last thing we should know about you?

As an art enthusiast, my future plan alongside music is to create my own art collection.

  • Thank you!

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