Zahidah makes a catchy debut with EP Ethereal
“Two and a half years ago when I was in university, the tipping point to become a singer-songwriter was when I saw my friends actively involved in theatre and I wanted to do my own thing, you know. I don’t want waste my youth.”
Zahidah was the 2011 winner of The Next Big Thing, a music talent competition organised by 987FM, and on 6 July 2012 she launched a five-track EP, titled Ethereal, and an evening listening party for her friends and fans.
“This EP has been in the making for about three years, ever since I started writing songs. It does not contain all the songs that I have written, but definitely exemplifies my best works.”
As a musician, she certainly has a knack for attracting people to her music. Having recently performed at SCAPE’s second anniversary, SCAPETASTIC, on 23 July 2012, alongside prominent Singapore musicians such as West Grand Boulevard and SIXX; Zahidah has proven her ability to deliver live music in a energetic manner, enjoying the music with her fellow band mates with the LED meteors onstage as she had intended it to.
“I don’t wish to treat it like a job,” Zahidah laughs, “I really hope everyone to enjoy themselves, and the songs would relate to them.”
When asked about her favourite moment as a musician, she says, “There was once when a girl recognised me, walked up to me and said ‘hey Zahidah I like your music’ and then walked away. Things like that make my day.”
Zahidah also has a deepened respect for Singapore musicians especially 53A, B-Quartet and Mark Bonafide. “One day I hope I would be able to share the stage with 53A. They are like a superband when they come together.”
Taking a step further, she is setting up a company with Zaki, her manager, called 21 Productions. 21 Productions has been managing Zahidah’s music career to a considerable amount of success for the past two years and with the business skills the company that attained the hard way, it hopes to be helping other musicians in return – on the business side of things – in the future, to allow them to focus creatively.
“Let’s help out other people” she says.
She continues, “At the end of the day, Singapore is developing and if we don’t help each other, we cannot move on.”
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