Local rock band BLISTER sets out a task of doing one thing that they believe is essential in Rock music, which is, in their own words, “Putting balls back into Rock.”
Hello Blister! Tell us more about the band!
We are a band of 5 individuals tied by blood and the love of music, came together to form a band that would go on a mission to discover ways to evolve the one music that they held close to their hearts, Rock n’ Roll.
What’s the meaning of the band name, Blister?
It was during the turn of the millennium and it was boxing day in our hometown, Portuguese Settlement and we decided to go jamming. After our jamming session, the studio engineer asked us if we were active in the underground scene but the thing is, it was only our first time playing together. So, we decided to form a band there and then and to come out with a name. We all looked at our fingers and we all had blisters on our fingers. Hence, the name Blister was chosen.
Tell us Blister’s journey as a band! When did you first discover your passion for music?
The 5 of us, being family, grew up in musical households which naturally led up to the 5 of us actually coming together to make music and Rock and Roll music was and still is an integral part in our Portuguese culture for both the older generations and our youths of today.
How many members are in Blister?
There are 5 of us who are actually cousins and brothers.
Ramon ‘Senile’ Singho (Lead Guitar)
Darian Guv’nur Henry (Vocals)
Mario ‘Mangz’ Singho (Vocals)
Zachary ‘Buls’ De Costa (Drums/ Percussions)
Julio ‘Jubz’ Singho (Bass Guitar/Backing vocals)
Do share more about your new single, Commander! What was the inspiration behind this song?
It depends on how the listeners wants to take it. It’s about not giving up and taking chances or risks even though the situations or the people around you say you can’t do it. You are the commander. You take charge of your own life. If you see and believe that the goals you set out for yourself is achievable then do it because it can happen.
How would you describe your style?
We’re just a Rock & Roll band!
Share with us the creative process of a song/album.
We have our own ways of doing it. We do not believe in conforming to one specific way of writing our songs because Rock and Roll is very vibrantly wide and the fact that each of us are influenced by all sorts of rock music makes it fresh every time play or in this case, make music together. Sometimes, one of us would come up with a riff, a line, a melody or sometimes even a full complete song and the 5 of us would work together to produce songs that would lead to our own sound.
Tell us a random fact that people don’t know about Blister!
We were never in any ‘group’, ‘movements’ or ‘scene’ when it came to the Malaysian music scene. The mainstream didn’t get us and even the underground music scene couldn’t quite understand us.
Who are your favourite musicians in Malaysia?
Our uncles and our mentors, The Os Pombos. The best country and western band in Asia since the 70’s up until today.
Any advice to budding musicians out there?
Never compromise your music just for the sake of ‘being in the trend’ and ‘selling’.
Any upcoming projects for Blister?
We are focused in getting out music out there in the open and at the same time just keep “rockin’” along as a band.
Who is your all time inspiration in life?
God and Elvis Presley.
What is the ideal weekend for you?
Being back home in The Portuguese Settlement, especially during our yearly festivals.
What makes you smile the most?
The moment the 5 of us get on stage together and when the smooth yet raw first note hits and it sounds exactly the way we want it to be because we would know we are gonna have a great time throughout the whole show.
Where do you see the band in 2 years’ time?
We are living in the NOW. To say what is going to happen in 2 years all depends on now and right now, we are having a good time because the support we have been getting, especially from the new Indonesian fans are great so it’s a good start to kick off our musical journey.
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