5 Up-and-coming Malaysian music acts that should be on your radar
A mix of fresh and familiar faces
One name that has really been making rounds in the live gig circuit as of late is Leaism. This singer-songwriter with soulful, raspy vocals performs a riveting blend of RnB and electro pop that will leave you wanting more. Already a fan? Here's a piece of good news: Leaism is set to release her debut album this year!
For a dose of easy listening pop-rock, turn to Insomniacks. Hailing from Petaling Jaya, the band is made up of Danial Doodye on guitar, Syed Mir Iqbal on guitar and vocals, Wan Arif Iskandar on bass and vocals, and Gavin Wong on drums. They started out in 2015 making acoustic covers, and are now signed under Sony Music Malaysia with a couple of singles to their name, including 'Pulang', which has 1 million hits on both YouTube and Spotify.
The local hip-hop scene is definitely not just the boys' game right now, as seen by the serious dose of girl power in Joe Flizzow's freestyle cypher show 16 Baris. One such talent that caught our eye is poet/rapper Melissa Heidi a.k.a. Hade$, who coolly held her own against the likes of Kayda and B-Heart, earning the respect of the industry and landing herself a spot in the Ruffneck Clique collective.
Founded in 2017, Milo Dinosaur has quickly climbed the ranks with their brand of post-emo-meets-punk rock. They didn't make fans wait too long before dropping their debut album Dengan Ikhlas in September last year. No stranger to the more underground live music venues such as Live Fact and Rumah Api, the four-piece band consists of Zul and Azim on guitars, Falique on bass, and Alang on drums.
The Frankie Sixes
The Frankie Sixes started out playing music for lindy hop dance sessions, but it wasn't long before their feel-good swing jazz covers graced the stages of music festivals (both locally and abroad) as well as KL's go-to jazz club No Black Tie—not that surprising, perhaps, considering the familiar faces in the band. A side project of singer-songwriter Reza Salleh, the band is composed of Reza himself on main vocals, and well-known local jazz musicians Ee Jeng, Che Wan and KJ on the keys, double bass and drums respectively.
Find out where to catch them next through their Instagram page.