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by kenneth chaw
Aizat Amdan's vinyl release 'Legasi' is exclusive, with only 222 copies available.
Singer’s release is inspired by local music legends.
Aizat Amdan was just a boy when he first thought about releasing a vinyl record.
“Growing up, I was always very fascinated by the collection of vinyls my parents displayed all over my house,” he recalled during the launch of his first vinyl record, Legasi, at the historic Coliseum Cafe at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, on Tuesday (May 27).
“I especially loved the covers, they’re so beautiful and I thought to myself, ‘one day, I would love to release a vinyl record,’” he added, showing off his family’s vinyl collection including local artistes Sharifah Aini, DJ Dave, Anita Sarawak and international acts The Beatles, Neil Diamond and Queen at the event.
Now at 25, Aizat, who has nabbed numerous awards at the Anugerah Industri Muzik and Anugerah Juara Lagu following his stint on the fifth season of local reality singing series Akademi Fantasia, is in no better position to make his childhood dream a reality.
“Legasi is inspired by all those who have gone before us such as the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee and many others who were around during that time. They have given our music a unique identity and it is something I need to pass on to the next generation,” he said on the meaning behind the album title.
Musically, the record reflects this, for instance, on Dwihati (featuring Yuna) which is inspired by the duet between P. Ramlee and Saloma while Catwalk Ke Balai (featuring Lan of Azlan And The Typewriter) has an 1980s disco pop feel.
Despite Legasi containing only five songs, it took more than a year to complete, the longest yet for the singer. “Not all the artistes I collaborated with are in Malaysia, it was difficult for me to get them to record all at once plus the process of making the vinyl also took some time,” he reasoned. Besides Yuna and Lan, the record also features duets with Zee Avi and Noh Salleh.
The vinyl, which was pressed in Germany and had to be shipped in, is packaged in a minimalistic black box set and also comes with a hardcover book explaining the artwork on the vinyl cover plus a USB drive containing the songs in digital format.
Each set is signed by Aizat and has a handwritten serial number (from 001 to 222).
Created by Muhammad Najib Timiran or Art:tech, the vinyl cover is a piece of art in itself, featuring a unique illustration of Aizat flanked by each of the collaborative artistes on Legasi.
As only 222 copies are available due to its high cost price, fans can obtain a copy only via online bidding. Bidding will start at cost price, RM150, and will last for 10 days beginning from its launch on May 27.
On why Legasi is released strictly on vinyl, managing director of Kasi Gegar Entertainment and Aizat’s brother Amar explained: “We don’t want to sell other physical formats such as CDs because we don’t want it to dilute the attention from the vinyl.”
However, Aizat added that listeners can still get a hold of the songs individually as they have been released on iTunes.
Asked to predict the amount of the highest bid on the vinyl, Aizat joked, “RM500,000”. He continued, “We’re happy to be able to just cover the cost, anything above it is really a bonus.”
Borrowing the words of P. Ramlee, he concluded, “Seni bukan untuk wang, tapi untuk masyarakat (art isn’t about money but for the society).”
To bid for Legasi, visit www.legasi.kge.com.my.
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