The se­cret is out

> Lo­cal band Vanessa s.y.t + Her Se­crets is set to per­form its de­but con­cert in Mid Val­ley City to cel­e­brate the yearend fes­tiv­i­ties


OUR LO­CAL mu­sic scene has seen a grow­ing num­ber of tal­ents over the years, and Vanessa s.y.t + Her Se­crets is one you don’t want to miss.

Lean­ing heav­ily on R&B but not with­out some dan­ce­pop, bal­lad, EDM, rock and hip-hop el­e­ments, the band is set to per­form at The Gar­dens Theatre in Mid Val­ley City at 8pm on Dec 6 and 7.

Al­though this marks the band’s de­but con­cert since its in­cep­tion in 2014, guests can rest as­sured that they will en­joy a night filled with com­mend­able per­for­mances.

The band is made up of the power quar­tet of vo­cal­ist Vanessa Tan, bassist Nazrin Mohd Nasir (bet­ter known as A.J.), pi­anist Den­nis Law, and drum­mer Omar Ibrahim Mohd Azmi – all suc­cess­ful mu­si­cians in their own right.

Al­though she is not yet a house­hold name, Tan has over 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, from con­quer­ing small and large stages in Europe, Asia, and Malaysia to high-pro­file events.

Those who at­tend her per­for­mance are mainly from the well-heeled com­mu­nity in­clud­ing roy­al­ties, min­is­ters and celebri­ties such as Mel Gib­son, Tony Blair, and more.

Her vo­cal prow­ess tells an even more im­pres­sive story: her ver­sa­tile vo­cal range lets her eas­ily move from jazz to R&B and dance gen­res flaw­lessly.

Law, mean­while, is a clas­si­cally-trained pi­anist who has been play­ing the pi­ano from the ten­der age of 12.

His ex­pe­ri­ences in­cluded di­rect­ing nu­mer­ous concerts such as for Tai­wan-based Malaysian singer Z-Chen, as well as per­form­ing for well­known Tai­wanese and Hong Kong artistes such as Michelle Pan and Choo Mi Mi.

The tal­ented pi­anist is also no stranger in the lo­cal mu­sic scene as he has pre­vi­ously per­formed in Cabaret, Se­cret Life of Nora, and more.

A.J. is a fa­mil­iar name to many in the lo­cal mu­sic scene. Apart from be­ing part of lo­cal award-win­ning rap-rock group PopShu­vIt, the bassist has also col­lab­o­rated with many artistes over the years in var­i­ous gen­res.

He now lends his years of pro­duc­ing and ar­rang­ing skills to Vanessa s.y.t + Her Se­crets to bring forth new sounds and styles.

Set­ting the group on the right beat is Omar, who is well-equipped with im­pec­ca­ble mu­si­cal chops and an im­pres­sive range of ex­pe­ri­ences that span some 10 years.

Those ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude play­ing for Bri­tish singer-song­writer Leona Lewis, open­ing for Michael Bu­ble’s Crazy Love Tour, and per­form­ing at many in­ter­na­tional mu­sic events such as South by Southwest Fes­ti­val 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Per­form­ing to­gether in pub­lic for the first time, the four hope to in­tro­duce their ver­sa­til­ity, while main­tain­ing a pos­i­tive mind-set with a splash of fun and ma­ture sound.

Vanessa s.y.t + Her Se­crets will be per­form­ing at least 12 orig­i­nal songs as well as some yearend fes­tive num­bers with a twist that hope­fully will cap­ture the hearts of all ages.

While it isn’t yet signed to any record­ing com­pany and doesn’t plan to, Tan said it still would be good to have a help­ing hand.

“I don’t think we need to see some­thing like a record la­bel. We [just] want some­one to give us the path and op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Tan dur­ing a re­cent interview.

“I think what we prob­a­bly need is a good man­ager who can pro­mote and sell our tal­ent, be­cause right now, from the lo­gis­tics to pro­mo­tions, from do­ing the songs to record­ing, and mix­ing to mas­ter­ing, it’s be­ing done within the team and it’s re­ally quite a load for all of us.”

De­spite that, they are do­ing their best to make good mu­sic be­sides man­ag­ing the band as a group.

“Prac­tice makes per­fect … when you see the work and ethics [of] other in­ter­na­tional bands and com­pare it with what we’re do­ing here – we do need to step it up a bit,” said Omar.

Tan adds: “I think we are too for­tu­nate, be­cause we seem to be dab­bling with a lot of things, whereas I feel that the in­ter­na­tional artistes, this is their bread and but­ter, so they’ve got to give it their all.

“And I think we still have ways to im­prove, like us put­ting in more, ded­i­cat­ing and sac­ri­fic­ing more – but find­ing the time [to do it] is al­ways a chal­lenge.”


The power team of Vanessa s.y.t + Her Se­crets con­sists of (from far left) Law, A.J., Tan, and Omar.

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