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my story...

 

-1978-

i was born on the 8th of October 1978... music started very early for me... my father used to croon Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole to me and i remember knowing the words to Nature Boy way before i could sing London Bridge and Old McDonald and my mother bought me my first Queen and Beatles albums when i was 8 years old... 

-1988-

not too long later, i found a favourite band in Search and then i discovered Guns 'N' Roses and the Rolling Stones... two bands that, more than others, have greatly inspired me in my musical direction...  

-1993-

i started playing the guitar at age 15 and about a year after that, i formed a band with my friends from school, Nazim and Isma, and called ourselves ayep 'n' the yep-yeps... we did shows in school playing Nirvana and Green Day covers and for more "mature" events, we'd play songs by Zainal Abidin and M. Nasir...

-1996-

i left for England to further my studies in 1996 and in university, i found a music buddy in Makoto Uehara who had an acoustic blues band called monopop which i later joined to replace their guitarist, Shinsuke Kado, who left for home... we played songs by Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley as well as our own compositions...

-1999-

i returned to Malaysia in late 1999 and got back together with my old bandmates from school and this time we called ourselves desiderata... we recorded ourselves playing some original songs live in a jamming studio and made a simple demo CD that we passed around to friends... today, the band is sort of a casual hobby and we jam occasionally but that's about all with the band i guess...

-2002-

2002 was somewhat of a start of a new chapter for me where for the first time in a long time, i started performing again... my first solo singer-songwriter gig was at Pete Teo's Songwriter's Round where i was one of the featured performers... this was also my first proper gig here in kl since the time when i did some shows in school with the old band...  

-2004-

in december of 2004, i got together with Nazneen Halim and Shahril E. Ismail to form the sofa sessions... what was initially a one-off hook-up for a gig in KL turned into a more permanent thing and we also made a live recording of original songs that are included in our first 3-song CD that we bring along for sale at most of our shows...

-2005...-

thanks to very kind, helpful and supportive friends, i get to keep writing my songs, play them, perform at a lot of different places and meet a lot of people... also, apart from doing live shows, the sofa sessions are currently recording for a full-length album that we hope to release before the end of the year...

 

click -here- for more information on the sofa sessions 

go to the -music- section of this website for details and info on some songs i have recorded 

go to the -gigs- section of this website for details and info on my past live performances