Tuesday, 17 February 2009
KATAKAN is out!
KATAKAN – New single by Tiara Jacquelina
Official press release
Composed by DICK LEE
Lyrics by ADLIN AMAN RAMLIE
Arranged and produced by CHONG LIM
Recorded at IPOH RIVER STUDIOS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Recording Engineers: CARL SCHUBERT, CHONG LIM
ASSISTANT ENGINEER: ALEX BECK
Executive Producers BOUDENG EDRUCE and TIARA JACQUELINA
The video clip:
Directed by PIERRE BARONI
Director Of Photography LEIGHTON DE BARROS
Photography by CHRIS A
Styling & Makeup by SHADA HAMID
Cover design by CHRIS A and REDZ
Tiara has released 5 songs prior to KATAKAN:
PGL movie original soundtrack
PGL pop singles album:
Di Puncak Tertinggi (duet with Stephen Rahman Hughes)
Keranamu Kekasih (duet with Stephen Rahman Hughes)
Katakan hadirmu kerana cinta
Tiara on KATAKAN single:
After announcing that PGLM3 would mark my swan song as Puteri after 6 years, this single marks my first move into exploring a new dimension in my journey as an artist and performer.
I have always loved singing, and have often dreamed of recording an album, but never had the confidence to do anything about it until I recorded Asmaradana, and went on to learn to sing in Puter Gunung Ledang The Musical in 2006.
Q: What are your musical influences?
My early musical influences since my growing up years have been the music of U2, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, and now Daughtry, Fergie, Colbie Caillat and Corinne Bailey Rae. I of course also love songs from all the great musicals – Phantom, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables. I love the way musical songs are written so they really touch and move you, and affect you for years and years.
KATAKAN is an expression of the style and genre closest to my heart, which is pop-rock with a touch of ethnic.
I hope to someday fulfil a dream of recording a full album featuring ethnic pop-rock music, which hopefully will be known as my own signature musical style.
Q: do you play any musical instruments?
I have recently taken up the guitar. I have a gorgeous blue Taylor guitar (like the one Michelle Branch has!), and after PGLM3, I plan to seriously concentrate on my guitar lessons and hopefully learn to write some of my own songs someday.
Q: how is it any similar, and how different is it sharing your work on film, on stage and in your music?
It’s much more accessible and more “mobile” if you know what I mean… If I wanted to share what I do with my fans, I couldn’t set up a movie screening so easily, nor can I put together a stage musical as and when I please, but I can quite easily set up a singing gig with a band or just with my guitar if I wanted.
As for similarities, a good song stays with you and affects you just as much as a good movie or a good musical.
Q: How did the single KATAKAN come about?
I was in Tasmania, Australia on a sabbatical with my husband last August, and on a trip across to Melbourne, I went to watch Dancing With The Stars. I met up with the musical director of DWTS, Chong Lim, who seemed at the time to be one of the biggest deals in the Australian music scene.
His name card had his company’s name as IPOH RIVER STUDIOS. I said to him, hang on… Ipoh mali, ka? And we hit it off from there. I told him how absolutely proud I was to be in the audience that day and to see one of our “home boys” come so far!
We met up a couple of times and talked about doing a few projects together. Chongy said he wanted to work on a song with me, just so we got a feel for working together, and I said why not. He wanted me to explore a genre that I was most comfortable with, and I told him that genre had to be ROCK, so we decided to try KATAKAN as a starting point… and now here we are!
Q: Tell us about the music video shoot.
Chongy got a team together to shoot the music video for the song together whilst I was in Melbourne. It was directed by Pierre Baroni, a really humble guy with a great eye for photography especially. Pierre told me on the shoot, that in Australia, we work in very small production teams, and everyone on the team learns to double or triple up on their job functions. He was directing the shoot, setting up the background, art directing the shoot, checking and doing touch ups on my hair and makeup, amazing… I thought that this only happened in Malaysia!
Q: How does it feel to have this new single out in the market?
It’s a liberating feeling to know I’m able to break out of my image as the Puteri, and to do something I’ve always wanted to do, and to be MYSELF and share a part of who I am with my fans. I want to explore new terrains, new MOUNTAINS (no pun intended!), and take the journey as far as I can go.