An­other feather in her cap

Funny woman Zulin Aziz tells Loong Wai Ting about her sin­gle Ter­biar and why it took two years in the mak­ing

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FOR­some­onewho­has­noback­ground in singing, it can be a nerve-rack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to sing in front of a crowd. That doesn’t seem to bother Zulin Aziz, who, prior to re­leas­ing her first sin­gle Ter­biar, had no pro­fes­sional train­ing in the singing depart­ment.

At a re­cent Press launch of her new tune atWarn­erMu­sicMalaysia’sMu­tiaraDa­mansara HQ, the TV host, ra­dio per­son­al­ity and ac­tress im­pressed the crowd with her vo­cal prow­ess as she belted out Ter­biar, sound­ing as if she had done this many times be­fore.

Save for some un­canny im­per­son­ations of pop­u­lar singers, such as Ja­cyln Vic­tor and Dayang Nur­faizah, and singing to Pro­jec­tor Band’s tune Su­dah Ku Tahu, which Zulin posted on her YouTube and In­sta­gram ac­counts last year, her re­cent per­for­mance was her first time singing live in front of a crowd.

FIND­ING HER REAL VOICE The­bossanova-flavoured Ter­biar is­the­work of Ijoo Omar of lo­cal indie band Monoloque and KL-based com­poser Aiyad Sakti.

Later, as Zulin sat down for a chat with the Press, she ad­mit­ted to feel­ing very ner­vous about her per­for­mance.

“Thank­fully I re­mem­bered the lyrics. I’ve never sang in front of so many peo­ple be­fore. It’s scary but I en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence very much,” said Zulin, who calls her­self an ac­com­plished bath­room singer.

The bub­bly come­di­enne made the de­ci­sion to come up with the song af­ter fans and fol­low­ers, who were im­pressed by her (im­per­son­at­ing) videos on­line, urged her to do it.

It was a chal­lenge at first for the artiste with zero ex­pe­ri­ence in singing pro­fes­sion­ally

But it was one chal­lenge she was game for since she wanted to do it as a gift to her sup­port­ive fans.

“I re­ally hope my fans will like it,” she said.

The song took Zulin two years to record. She did count­less of record­ings of the song to make sure that she got it right.

“There were times when I sounded like some of the singers that I’d im­i­tated in my videos. But I was de­ter­mined to find my real voice,” she said.

The KL-born artiste has tried dif­fer­ent gen­res in­clud­ing hip hop be­fore fi­nally set­tling on bossa nova for her de­but.

“I want to be dif­fer­ent and re­leas­ing a bossa nova song will help me stand out from the rest,” she said.

With the first sin­gle out, Zulin hopes to work on her sec­ond sin­gle soon. How­ever, she is still wait­ing for the right ma­te­rial.

OVERNIGHT SEN­SA­TION

The 28-year-old be­gan her ca­reer in show­busi­ness in 2009 when she took part in the first sea­son of the tal­ent-search TV pro­gramme Pilih Kasih, be­com­ing a top 10 fi­nal­ist (singer and ac­tor Iqbal Ma­zlan won Sea­son 1).

Zulin cur­rently works as a ra­dio an­nouncer for Suri­aFM.

In 2014, she was nom­i­nated for Pop­u­lar Co­me­dian, Pop­u­lar TV Host and Pop­u­lar New Fe­male Artiste at Anugerah Bin­tang Pop­u­lar Berita Har­ian.

She be­came an overnight sen­sa­tion when a video of her mim­ick­ing a cer­tain TV host, speak­ing in gib­ber­ish in mul­ti­ple lan­guages in­clud­ing Can­tonese, Thai, Korean and Ara­bic, went vi­ral last June.

Many praised her for get­ting the in­to­na­tions and ac­cents right.

Soon af­ter that, Zulin re­leased an­other video, this time im­per­son­at­ing char­ac­ters from In­done­sian, Hong Kong and South Korean drama se­ries.

Zulin, who is sin­gle, is in no hurry to set­tle down. “My mum has been pes­ter­ing me a lot, ask­ing me when I am go­ing to get mar­ried. But I am happy be­ing who I am at the mo­ment,” said Zulin, who prefers to let fate take its own course.

Ter­biar is avail­able on iTunes, Spo­tify and Joox.

Zulin per­form­ing at the launch of her sin­gle, Ter­biar.

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