Up-and-coming singer Yemima Hutapea.
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.