ONE-ON-ONE WITH YUNA
With a musical style that she describes as being a “cross between Mary Poppins and Coldplay” this singer has come a long way since she was first discovered on My Space. These days, Yuna is playing on a much bigger platform. We catch up with the singer-songwriter as she prepares for her showcase at Kuala Lumpur’s very own Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (watch her live on 13th September 2011, 8:30pm). By Chua Siew Ching

By Cheryl Leong | Sep 15, 2011

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  • ONE-ON-ONE WITH YUNA
  • ONE-ON-ONE WITH YUNA
  • ONE-ON-ONE WITH YUNA

Congratulations on your upcoming concert in Dewan Filharmonik Petronas – an impressive venue! How do you feel about performing here?
At first I thought it was a joke when my manager told me that I’ll be performing there! I am so happy about it and honoured at the same time.

What’s your plan to bring down the house?
It’s a secret! So many things crossed my mind as I love to experiment with my music. Hopefully fans will love what I have in store.

What do you look forward to with your performance?
It’s been a while since I last performed in Malaysia as I’ve been very busy in the US recently [Yuna is signed with Fader, a New York-based record label based]. I am really looking forward to sharing my new music with the fans.

What was your first-ever gigs like?
I used to perform at small gigs and school proms. There would be only 50 people in a venue! I still can’t believe I’ve made it this far in my career. It’s like a dream! But with the support from my family, friends and fans, here I am. I’m also so thankful to God.

Who are you currently listening to?
All sorts! But now I am listening to Hanson, the Foals and the Fleet Foxes.

You’ll be opening for Ray Lamontagne this month in the US. Must be exhilarating to be associated with such a big name.
It’s an honour. I am really looking forward to it. It’s exciting!

What are your fondest memories about being a musician?
It has to be when people started listening to my music on MySpace. I went from having three people to nearly a thousand in just three weeks!

What do you miss most when you are away from home?
Definitely my family and friends. But I also miss Malaysian food – can’t deny that!

Anything you want to say to your fans here in Malaysia?
Thanks so much for supporting me all this time. It’s an honour to share my music and I hope my fans will keep on supporting me.

Yuna kicks off Dewan Filharmonik Petronas’ 2011/2012 Spotlight series on 13th September 2011, 8:30pm. This concert is in addition to an earlier sold-out show scheduled for 12th September 2011. Tickets are priced at RM80. For details, log on to www.dfp.com.my.
 

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