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PUBLISHED: Aug 2, 2015 3:00pm

A moment with local YouTube sensation Elizabeth Tan


Sharifah Arfah

Screengrab of Elizabeth Tan rendering the Malay hit 'Knock Knock'. — YouTube pic

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ELIZABETH Tan, 22, sprang into prominence last year after her rendition of Havoc — a rap/hop-hop song by Joe Flizzow — with her playing the ukulele grabbed the attention of netizens, who were captured by her style and simplicity. Although her popularity was sudden, she was nominated in the ‘Best New Artist’ category of Anugerah Bintang Popular 2014. Her video clip has since garnered more than a million hits. Her first single, Knock Knock, was released in March this year. Fans will get to see her in action on stage at Konsert Raya 2015, a free-for-all concert, to be held at Oasis Piazza in Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, on Aug 15 (8.30pm). The Rakyat Post (TRP) caught up with the budding singer on her charity Raya concert and future plans.

TRP: How did your foray into ‘singing for fun’ turn into a viable career?

Tan: I was studying at a college in Texas for two years. I had uploaded YouTube videos of my singing and playing the ukulele for fun. I came back and did my cover of Havoc and uploaded it. It just blew up! It was all for fun but I never thought it would turn out to be a ‘brand’.

Elizabeth Tan at the Raya Concert media conference by Oasis Piazza. — TRP file pic
Elizabeth Tan at the Raya Concert media conference by Oasis Piazza. — TRP file pic

TRP: What can audience expect from you at the upcoming Raya Concert?

Tan: I will be singing four songs. Since it’s a Raya concert, I will definitely be singing Raya songs, my single, titled Knock Knock, and there will be a song featuring rock guitarist Man Kidal as well. I have never had a duet or any sort of collaboration with him before so this will be our first. I’m not a rock singer and I’m not into rock genre. Yet, I am hoping that everything goes well. My ‘duet’ with Man Kidal is a Raya song titled Seloka Hari Raya.

TRP: Are you excited? What does it mean to you?

Tan: Yes. I think it will be fun. It’s a very good platform for me because I get to share stage with personalities like Anuar Zain and Ella, who are big names in their own right. It is also for a good cause because there’ll be a group of underprivileged children coming to watch the concert. We get to put a smile on their faces.

Festive celebrations are exciting, be it Hari Raya, Chinese New Year or Deepavali. It’s always a time where my friends from my secondary school years and I get to go to open houses and experience the feeling of 1Malaysia. It’s not often when we get to gather and when it feels great when we do.

TRP: What are your future plans? Will you be releasing a new single?

Tan: It took me a while to find out how to brand myself as an artiste and not just as the girl next door or a budding singer. Anyone can be a singer. What I want to do is to make sure people really know what Elizabeth Tan is made of..what is the Elizabeth Tan brand all about? I am definitely in the process of trying something new but its too early to reveal. I guess people will get to see it next year. All I can say for now is that my future shows will probably incorporate more dances so it will be an entertaining show.

TRP: That means that you will sing dance songs as well?

Tan: Yes, probably. I think the only singer that does it now (locally) is Stacy. I will try to get into it.

TRP: Will you be singing in English? And will your future release be a full album or just singles?

Tan: I will mostly sing in Malay. The songs will be released as singles. I think nowadays, no one buts albums anymore. They want to listen to something they like and buy just those. So yes, it’ll be singles. Perhaps, I’ll make several singles and do an EP (extended play).



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