POP PER­SON­AL­ITY

Up-and-com­ing singer Yemima Hu­ta­pea.

The Jakarta Post - SPEAK! - - News -

I’ve been writ­ing songs since I was 10 and have al­ways dreamt of hav­ing an al­bum,” says 20-year-old Yemima Hu­ta­pea.

this year with the re­lease of her de­but al­bum, Tell Me When, in March.

The al­bum fea­tured 10 tracks – pop-jazz tunes with sim­ple lyrics that mostly talked about love, friend­ship and life – things re­lat­able to young peo­ple.

The singer – who was also a Miss in­spi­ra­tions for writ­ing songs come from her friends’ ex­pe­ri­ences as well as from movies and books.

“I usu­ally take ideas from the things that I see ev­ery day and also from peo­ple’s sto­ries. I make songs

are re­lat­able to peo­ple - songs that make peo­ple say ‘Oh, this is my song, my story’.”

The Pelita Hara­pan Univer­sity stu­dent is cur­rently pro­mot­ing her as the al­bum, on the ra­dio. The song tells of two women who some­times feel­ings.

Here Yemima shares more on her jour­ney. What do you want peo­ple to feel when they lis­ten to your mu­sic? I want them to feel that the song is writ­ten for them and they are con­nected to me.When there’s a they are go­ing to look for­ward to and ex­pect more from the next sin­gle. How do you stand out from the rest? Just by be­ing my­self. I’m sure you are fa­mil­iar with the quote “Be your­self, ev­ery­one else is al­ready taken”. When­ever I’m pre­sent­ing my own style while per­form­ing, peo­ple say “Wow, she’s dif­fer­ent”. There isn’t any­one who has my style, be­cause they also have their own. There is still no Yemima out there, so my trick is to be my­self. Are you a per­former or a singer? I’m still try­ing to be a per­former. A per­former keeps on learn­ing new things and there’s al­ways some­thing to learn when you’re per­form­ing in many dif­fer­ent places and dif­fer­ent stages and au­di­ences. If you ask me if I’m a singer or per­former, my an­swer is a per­former who is still learn­ing. Why join the Miss In­done­sia con­test? It was ac­tu­ally for my late grandpa. He wanted one of his grand­kids to rep­re­sent the Hu­ta­pea clan and North Su­ma­tra. It wasn’t re­ally planned. I was at an event and some­body told me to give it a try and I did. The pageant even­tu­ally be­came a step­ping stone for my ca­reer. Why choose to study in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at univer­sity? I also have in­ter­est in pol­i­tics. I love study­ing about cul­ture and pol­i­tics. The way I see it, in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions can help open many doors for my singing singer, like singer Peter Gonta, for ex­am­ple. He comes from Java Jazz and is well-known over­seas, now he’s an am­bas­sador. For now, my pri­or­ity and pas­sion is mu­sic. Pol­i­tics is for the fu­ture. What’s your goal as a singer? When I can change peo­ple’s lives. When peo­ple come up to me and say “Hey, your song has inspired me.” So it’s not only re­lat­able, but can also be­come part of some­one’s mar­ried to their loved ones af­ter lis­ten­ing to “Tell Me When”. Or my song “Ku Ber­syukur” (I’m Grate­ful) may make them stop com­plain­ing about life. Where will you be in 10 years? Liv­ing some­where over­seas and set­ting up a mu­sic school in many coun­tries. My fam­ily al­ready has an es­tab­lish­ment in Bali called Flux Life­ground. It doesn’t just teach mu­sic to young peo­ple, but we help them de­velop lead­er­ship and soft skills as well.

I want to go in­ter­na­tional with my ca­reer – not just by per­form­ing over­seas, but by mak­ing an [in­ter­na­tional] al­bum that is well­re­ceived in­ter­na­tion­ally.

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