Up-and-coming Malaysian producer Shelhiel lives by these phrases:
“Don’t suppose, simply waft.”
With a real ardour for artwork, Shelhiel has let his love for creating lead him via all of the phases of his life – from a nationwide songwriting competitors present to a level in structure to now, a fully-fledged music profession.
Gaining inspiration from the PC video games he grew up with and his numerous cultural background, the electro-pop singer-songwriter-producer makes music that takes listeners on a journey, be it sonically or lyrically. No stranger to the regional music scene, Shelhiel has made fairly a reputation for himself together with his music, having taken him to main festivals like Good Vibes Pageant and Urbanscapes, and most just lately, profitable him the Malaysia PWH Music Award 馬來西亞娛協獎 award for Finest Association for Shio’s ‘Extrication’, which was picked as much as be the theme tune for the Netflix Authentic The Ghost Bride.
With fairly the arsenal of musical achievements, the promising producer has simply launched his debut EP SUPERSTROBE. The Eight-track lengthy report is a conceptual EP revolving round a parallel universe referred to as ‘Earth 5-27’ the place Shelhiel walks listeners via the love, loses, and heartbreaks of his life.
“The finish of SUPERSTROBE is left for the listeners to resolve whether or not the story [has] ended, is an countless vicious loop, or just the start. The EP needs to be listened [to] in a single go, it is designed to be a 16-minute journey for the total Shelhiel expertise,” Shelhiel tells Bandwagon.
With SUPERSTROBE out now for the world to expertise, Bandwagon caught up with Shelhiel on his musical journey to date, how he matches in Malaysia’s numerous music scene, and the story behind his first-ever EP.
Hello Shelhiel! Inform us the way you first obtained into music.
Music [was] positively my language rising up. I [grew] up in a predominantly Chinese language church, and in addition being a typical Asian child, I had classical piano classes till Grade Eight. My household on the time wasn’t capable of afford any Play Station consoles or perhaps a Gameboy so all I had have been PC video games like Road Of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tremendous Mario Bros, Metallic Slug, and Pokémon. I did not realise how a lot “raving” I used to be already doing [at] 11 or 12 up, listening to hardcore, funky, techno, home Eight-bit music by Yuzo Koshiro, and naturally the Pokémon background music.
On the rise of Skrillex‘s ‘Scary Monsters and Good Sprites’ is after I began to study manufacturing. You possibly can think about how a lot I used to be utilizing all my music vocabularies, combining classical piano classes, church music, and PC sport music.
Transferring on, I used to be nonetheless doing my Structure diploma again in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Johor, whereas additionally doing the nationwide actuality songwriting competitors present The Final Tune in Kuala Lumpur. It obtained me delayed my semester however after the competitors, I used to be again instantly to complete up my research. Top-of-the-line selections I’ve made is to not signal a songwriting or publishing deal, it allowed me to additional discover manufacturing, compositions, joined [the local music collective] Akhyla, do beat cyphers, reside units, DJing and rising deep into digital music.
What pushed you to pursue music full time, having a level in structure?
The urge to create in me is actually determined. It doesn’t matter what form of discipline, visuals, design, structure, music, all of them contain the artistic course of, and I do know that for now, music is simply the medium. Similar to for SUPERSTROBE, I’m not simply the artist, the composer, and producer but additionally the artistic director, for all my very own tasks truly. I’m humbled to study so many issues nonetheless. The concept of [being a] ‘Renaissance Man’ actually evokes and tingles me, why not simply go all out to make use of each ounce of your creativity to create and make this world a extra lovely and higher place?
Possibly sooner or later I’ll design garments, and possibly working again as a working architect? Who is aware of what’s subsequent for the longer term? Don’t suppose, simply waft.
Within the early days of your musical journey, you have been an impartial artist, dabbling in numerous facets of music by yourself. How do you are feeling that background helped form you because the artist you at the moment are?
I nonetheless view myself as an impartial artist, within the sense that I’ve 100% artistic management and integrity.
Individuality has all the time been such an important function in expressing the sound, as oneself, as an artist, as a human being. My background of rising up in church, taking part in old fashioned laptop video games, having multicultural & numerous pals, all of those have develop into my vocabularies for myself. I simply really feel extraordinarily, extraordinarily blessed, to have been born in Malaysia, having all these wonderful individuals round me, giving me a lot love in life. Give it some thought, Southeast Asia or Malaysia is a really strategic, well-balanced ratio for range, cultures, languages, comfy climate, no pure disasters. Even the energies right here – it is the vitality of taking all of it in but making it our personal, the Malaysian approach.
So sure, I’ve all the time been actually blissful and pleased with what I’ve, what I stand for, and what I attempt for my visions and sounds.
Inform us extra about your debut EP SUPERSTROBE and your course of creating it.
SUPERSTROBE is a love story of me encountering love and loses in relationships after which ends with heartbreak in life with the final tune. I used to be into so many alternative genres, and it was laborious to curate a journey the place I actually recognize the listening expertise however I lastly ended up curating the entire EP on this explicit order. Opening to Shelhiel’s world of a narrative of an angelic being, experiencing life and vibing to it, and ending with a heartbreak tune.
I might need to categorise SUPERSTROBE as MPOP – Malaysian Pop music. Though, that is solely my private thought as a result of after your work is on the market, artwork is all the time left to the viewers to interpret it and who I’m to evaluate.
MY DEBUT EP
‘SUPERSTROBE’ OUT NOW.
6 songs, 16 minutes.
All songs written, organized & produced by me.https://t.co/PJ5skuwEQ6
— Shelhiel 鄺晅恒 (@supershelhiel) November 19, 2020
Your lead single ‘Star 星’ is a bilingual monitor, inform us extra concerning the tune and the selection to sing in each Mandarin and English.
I’ve all the time communicated in Manglish – Mandarin, English and Malay, with all my pals. It solely made sense to me to really specific my music on this approach as properly, as it’s the actual me. I actually had enjoyable making ‘Star 星’ not simply because I miss performing reside, and membership units, but additionally the vitality is the height of the entire SUPERSTROBE expertise. You’ll know whenever you hearken to the entire EP.
Describe the form of music you make and what you attempt to attain via your music.
For SUPERSTROBE, it’s positively a conceptual, fantasy take of my real-life tales, the place I imagine fantasy evokes actuality.
But for now, I’m nonetheless having conversations with myself about what emotions I need to convey to the world. What am I going to specific subsequent on my subsequent undertaking? What emotions and energies [to be] curated in a musical type? Yeah, so it’s nonetheless a work-in-progress for now.
What’s the Malaysian music scene like and what function do you hope to play for native music?
It is very numerous, but progress in scattered types primarily due to the separation of music by completely different languages. The listeners and followers are positively segregated barely into their very own preferences, which is an efficient factor, I imply extra choices are all the time higher. Nonetheless, there’s a form of hidden divide-and-conquer factor the place I will be striving within the Indie English scene, however not know the artists from the Indie Chinese language scene, and even the Tamil hip-hop scene. As an individual who listens to numerous genres and multilingual music in Malaysia, I do perceive why sure followers are into sure music kinds and never others, however I additionally noticed that this hole of separation is [gradually] being erased.
I hope to attempt to be the bridge for the Malaysian music scene. I’m blessed to have the ability to not simply have multicultural and multiracial shut pals but additionally do communicate these languages properly, and I’ve realised that each one we want is simply understanding. I do know it’s time for us to create the present sound for Malaysian music, shoutout to I-SKY, Reddi Rocket, Lunadira, and plenty of extra artists who attempt to create and push the boundaries of the Malaysian sound.
You gained the Malaysia PWH Music Award 馬來西亞娛協獎 award for Shio’s ‘Extrication’. Congratulations! How did you react whenever you heard the information?
[It was] shocking and unbelievable. Think about it – on the time, I used to be nonetheless finding out structure and I obtained my first correct manufacturing job that required to go abroad to Taiwan for a studio session. It was fairly intense for younger Shelhiel, who hasn’t produced for anybody in any respect but. Then, I used to be studying easy methods to work professionally as properly, passing your tracks and stems on time, easy methods to talk with the manager producer and engineer. Then in spite of everything of this, I obtained one of the best arranger award in Malaysia PWH Music Award 馬來西亞娛協獎!
Not going to lie, I’m simply actually, actually grateful for this timeline of constructing music in my life.
Honoured to be writing the theme tune for @NetflixMY “The Ghost Bride” with SHIO 郭修彧💥
Watch it on @Netflix now! ✨https://t.co/IIT9AiyoUY
Directed by Quek Shio Chuan
SHIO – “Extrication” ft. Miss Ko
Theme tune written by Shio & Shelhiel
+ Beat produced by yours actually pic.twitter.com/0l7n69NxDk
— Shelhiel 鄺晅恒 (@supershelhiel) January 26, 2020
Might you inform us extra about your expertise acting at Good Vibes Pageant and Urbanscapes?
Urbanscapes was surreal as a result of I opened for the one and solely Hyukoh and Crystal Castles, I imply “YOOOOOOOOOO”.
I used to be taking part in reside with my band, Shelhiel XL, which is the Shelhiel set however with reside parts and massive sounds, which simply actually, actually painted the sonic image of the efficiency – oh gosh, I actually miss taking part in reside. Then whenever you watch the official acts carry out after you, you are simply mindblown and it opened my eyes to how the vitality and energy of music radiates in the entire house. [It was] tremendous inspiring.
Good Vibes Pageant is a competition the place it is form of a milestone for Malaysian native artists to carry out in it. It was extra of a nostalgic set for me because it was one in all my few massive out of doors reside competition stage performances, with my band and absolutely styled in a performing outfit, stage choreography and having enjoyable through the efficiency. I solely know larger alternatives are coming however that is wanted.
THANK U @URBANSCAPES 💫
pictures by skye
styled by curly pic.twitter.com/ye5nVYZ5bD
— Shelhiel 鄺晅恒 (@supershelhiel) November 23, 2019
Exterior of music, what do you take pleasure in doing?
Cooking and making artwork, whereas listening to music (laughs).
Past your new EP, do you have got any thrilling tasks lined up that your followers can stay up for?
I’ve 5 to six collabs and options ready for me, and possibly extra remixes coming quickly. Merch? Music movies? Okay, that’s it! I shall hold them a secret for now however I am simply going to inform you, it’s going to be a hell of a journey! It is solely the start.
Take a journey with Shelhiel’s SUPERSTROBE right here: