Prema Yin is no stranger to the music industry in Malaysia. Having launched her EP, Eyo Eyo in August 2009, she has thus received great reviews from the local media. The press has dubbed her the upcoming “Rock Princess” of Malaysia. She was the winner for NTV7’s Malaysian Topstar in 2004. Although she was awarded a recording contract, she declined the offer and dived straight into building her experience and knowledge in the music scene. Prema demystifies her music making process for us.
Why make music?
Music has always been a huge part of my life. I make music because to me it is a form of expression. I’ve always enjoyed speaking my mind through songs, and it’s even better when others are able to connect with it.
When did you start making music?
I started my love for singing since I was 3, well that according to my mom, and composing since I was 14. Then when I was 16, I got my first pay performing, and I’ve been singing ever since. It’s been 8 years now, and I don’t intend to ever stop! 🙂
What is the most important thing about making music?
I guess is to stay true to yourself and make music that you like first before others. You can’t please everyone, but you can please yourself, and when you are happy with yourself, that positive energy with attract the right people.Of course, i don’t mean be self indulgent and not take other people’s suggestions. Being open to other people’s ideas are always a good way of improving your art, but at the end of the day, don’t lose yourself in trying to be something you don’t want to be.
Where is your favorite place to make music?
At home, in my room or in the living room when no one is around. I need my privacy when I want to get in the mode of songwriting.
How do you keep making music?
Passion and determination to keep doing it even though sometimes things get difficult. I write what I feel, so that is definitely my drive to keep writing. Plus the occasional internet browsing, youtube, watching other great bands performing, and so forth.
Catch Prema Yin at Baybeats 2010: 22nd August, 7pm and 8.30pm, at the Concourse.