With over five years of putting out works and solidifying their name in the local music industry, it is a dream come true for Insomniacks as they set to come out with their debut EP. Surely, this is the most anticipated moment for the band as this is one of their goals as a musician. The EP titled Kepala Batu is adapted from their previous single.
Not only are they excited, but Insomniacks also tries to ensure that the quality of the EP, which consists of five songs, meets the level they are hoping for. The band refuses to come out with songs just for the sake of coming out with an EP, since it is like their first new-born child. Hence, they did not mind waiting for about five years to realize their dreams as long as they are satisfied with the outcome.
One thing’s to be sure, this EP will not only consist of songs that will surely capture the listeners’ interest but is filled with important messages as well. Featuring pop-funk music, this EP is a must-get not only for young listeners but it’ll surely fit the ears of all walks of life too. Moreover, the lyrics are quite personal and relatable to many out there.
Sharing about this EP, vocalist Iqie stated that the concept of the EP fits their souls accurately. Since the band members themselves are currently experiencing adulthood, there are many stories that they wanted to share as a lesson. They are hopeful that they will be able to touch many hearts with their work on this EP.
“I just want to say, it’s quite hard to explain the happiness that we felt as we are finally able to share these songs which are quite personal to us, too many out there. Moreover, many big names in the industry became the backbone to ensure this EP will be at its best quality. This made the EP more meaningful and special to us. Hence, we want to share what we feel to the listeners and our fans.”
“Throughout the process of preparing this EP, we went through many great experiences every single time we were in the studio. Taja who played the role as the publisher and sound engineer, surely was an expert to work with. He understands the sound and direction of our music. It was an honour to be able to use his service in producing this EP.”
“Not to be forgotten, we would like to express our gratitude to all big names such as Faizal Tahir, Mike Chan, and their team who have contributed so much to produce Kepala Batu. They also inspired us in setting our direction and goals for this EP. Because of their sharing, we were able to dive into youth empowering topics which became the focus of this EP.’’ he said.
“We are all still college students and we had to be smart in dividing times for our studies and music. Even though the process was quite slow, we enjoyed every single moment we spent throughout the making process. We are also pleased that we found an accurate concept in which we can share the lyrics to represent the voice of our generation,” he said.
At the same time, Iqie is quite excited as well to share their main single of the EP titled “Reminisensi” which contains a compelling story behind it. In particular, the single is a very meaningful song for them since the band was formed. Of course, the song has a nostalgic value to be remembered and even more unknowingly, they are now taking a step further in the industry.
“ ‘Reminisensi’ was the first song we wrote as a band. In terms of the lyrics, this song tells a story about someone who tries to convince himself to survive from the grasp of his past. The song also touches about sadness and bitterness that someone has to experience in any sort of relationship they’ve had been in before.
“Interestingly, this song was first written fully in English. We then decided to change it to Malay in which the process of doing so was quite funny. We had to use the modern way which is to utilize Google Translate to help us translate the lyrics to Malay’ he said.
According to Iqie, another thing that they cannot wait for with “Reminisensi” is how they will perform the song in front of people. For him, the song will surely give them a sense of satisfaction, though an energetic performance is their priority. Along with the lyrics that are so relevant to real life, he even added that the song is also very fresh.
“With help from Taja, we experimented with a few new elements which include the use of drum samples as well as synth organ layers. As usual, the element of guitars is surely the most important in the song. However, we added a guitar solo part as well which will become a unique element for this song. We cannot wait to perform it live,” said Iqie.
Insomniacks was formed in 2015 and comprises of Iqie or his real name Syed Mir Iqbal as the lead vocalist and guitarist, Wan Arif Iskandar (bass), Gavin Wong (drums) and Danial Doodye (rhythm guitar), who all grew up in Kuala Lumpur.
In 2017, the band produced an introductory single “Selalu” which also featured as a soundtrack for a TV drama titled My Coffee Prince. The drama which aired through Astro Ria channel is an adaptation of a South Korean phenomenon.
In 2018, the band continued to raise the momentum of their name when their second song titled “Pulang” received great response. The music video has received over 14 million views on Youtube!
Through the remarkable achievement of “Pulang”, Insomniacks was recognized as the group that achieved the longest song to date on the RIM Chart (Persatuan Industri Rakaman Malaysia).
Although their name is slowly making waves in the local music scene, the spirit of the four members to further produce quality work never fades. They even want to prove from time to time that Insomniacks can be on the same par as other great bands out there.
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