Back in 2017 we met a fresh upcoming Hip-hop artist that blew us away with her release of Helly Kelly which made headlines all over Malaysia.
We met with Zamaera again in 2019, having released, “Z” the EP which made waves all over Malaysia with songs like “Z vs Z”, “Truth”, “KMS”, and “Almost”. Click here to check out the interview!
Since, Zamaera has released countless hit singles, an EP, and has made a name for herself on the internet entertaining her followers with different personalities to which with each their own accents. Zamaera is not just an artist, a musician, but she is an entertainer with a one of a kind personality that puts her fans in a better mood! Check out Zamaera on Instagram by clicking here.
Read on, as Zamaera tells us how she manages music, and her lifestyle while releasing bops like ‘Salty’!
1. Hello Zamaera! Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?
Hi !! Im a Malaysian female rapper singer-songwriter and I love to speak in different accents and make puns !
2. This is our third Featured Interview together, we’ve seen you grow so much as a person, an online personality, and an artist. What has changed since our first interview with you in 2017?
First of all, thank you for supporting my career from the get go! It’s been 3 years. I definitely think I’ve become a lot more focused in my career and disciplined with my lifestyle.
3. What is the day-to-day life like in the shoes of Zamaera?
6am wake up, 630am jog to the gym, 7am workout, 9am breakfast (with mum and dad if they’re home) 10am vocal lessons, 11am writing session 1pm cook lunch, 2pm recording or writing session 5pm yoga/stretch 6pm cook dinner 7pm read/watch videos/talk about taxes with my dad or spiritual energy with my mum/listen to podcasts until bedtime at 11pm
4. You’ve released hits since 2017, has your style of music changed since then?
Yes of course ! I’ve actually been singing a lot more now. Back to my roots. A lot of Y2K rnb vibes. I mean I’m still rapping of course but I’m at a part of my life right now where everything needs to be sung out.
5. What is your creative process like when you make music?
The most important aspect is the feel. I have to really feel the emotion I’m about to convey and that makes the entire process really easy. Sometimes I’d let the emotion sit and let it run it’s course for a few days (weeks even) and then the writing becomes better cause I’m able to clearly map things out. But really the process is very different for every song.
6. You’ve garnered over 70 thousand Instagram followers since our Featured Interview with you in 2017, how has being an online personality / Influencer shaped your career?
I’m so Happy that I can be myself even on social media. Which is really the best part. Social media has been quite a magnifying tool for me to expand my creative side. It’s pushed me in a great deal of ways but I’ve also dealt with the pressure of trying to keep up with having a constant online presence. Sometimes it deviates me from my path for instance spending too much time on it and comparing my progress with other international artists. Then I quickly realise and take a huge step back to recalibrate and question my goals, the rate of my career growth and basically just reanalyse.
Social media can do that yknow. You just have to be observant of yourself and the time you spend on it and how you react to things.
7. You’ve released hits like ‘Z vs Z’, ‘Jangan Salah Sangka’, and ‘KMS’. What can fans expect in the future?
Something totally different. Z the EP was very lyrical, hard hitting and quite heavy. Jangan Salah Sangka on the other hand was fun and light-hearted. So my next projects are going to be somewhere in the middle.
8. Your new single ‘SALTY’ is on its way to music streaming platforms, what can fans expect from your new single ‘SALTY’?
When you watch cooking shows, the chef often says “don’t forget to season” referring to the two staple ingredients that adds to the most basic form of flavour, salt and pepper. Add too much pepper, and you can call it a peppery dish but add too much salt ? YUCK !
Salty is exactly about that. Thne YUCKS in life who are always too competitive, too sensitive and too offended over everything. It’s like leaving a foul taste on your tongue for quite some time. It doesn’t go away in an instant. Those are your salty hoes ! I’m having a fabulous time just being my own confident self and a salty Ho be getting upset at all this BIG GYAL GLOWED UP energy. And the tone of which I’ve chosen to deliver my rap, was one out of mockery. Taking the piss as they call it. Salty people can’t stand seeing success and somebody else having a good time. It’s always about comparison and I really wanted to showcase how unaffected I am by their over-season ness ❤️
Bryan and Ash absoultely killed the beat !! I mean just imagine listening to this in a club (post covid of course) while the saltiest of em all is standing right across your table ?! Makes you want to do the salt shaker dance
9. You’ve been in the local music industry for sometime now, how has the industry evolved since you started?
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I think when I first started, hip hop was already being accepted by the masses but in terms of big brands working together with more hip hop artists which had definitely seen an increase. This year alone I’ve worked together with brands like OLDTOWN white coffee, Celcom, CIMB, Nestle and many more which has opened multiple windows of opportunity to expand into a whole other realm of business and challenge my creativity.
10. For those who are thinking of starting their own journey in the hip-hop industry here in Malaysia, are there any word of advice that you would give them?
Work hard. Practice everyday. Don’t skip steps. Life is all about balance. Lose control to learn control. Learn from your mistakes and pick right back up where you left off and surround yourself with people that will call you out. But most importantly, your intentions must be genuine. Write them down, and read them everyday and watch how magically your brain works when it is positively everyday.