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Malaysia is one of the rare Asian countries that produce English language songs, but with the influ...

WEbePOP aims to change the local music scene

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Malaysia is one of the rare Asian countries that produce English language songs, but with the influx of international artistes ruling the music industry today, it is hard for the local artistes to make it big, even if it is in their own country. 

So, how many Malaysian English-singing musicians or bands do you actually know of, and how many of their songs can you name? 

Unlike the Malay music scene, the local English scene noticeably falls short as it does not get much support from listeners, simply because the scene has been dominated by the international artistes who are getting more exposure out there. 

So this is where WEbePOP comes in! 

Via talking to the lead singer of pop-punk band An Honest Mistake, Darren Teh and Malay-singing sensation Elizabeth Tan, who are both part of the WEbePOP project – we learn about how this initiative will completely change the local music scene in Malaysia! 

webe was previously known as P1 (Yes, that internet service), and has now re-branded to become the first fully-funded crowdbacking digital platform in Malaysia to help Malaysians bring change in the areas that they are passionate about. 

When and where to get it? 

The whole project is expected to be done by October this year, and once the album has completed, it will be made available online. 

WEbePOP project supporters will get to download the album for free, but non-webe members can also get them at a very affordable price either through digital downloads or the purchase of the CD. 

A concert tour

To promote the album, Webe is planning on a campus tour, where the eight selected artistes will be playing at local venues, and putting on a huge concert together! 

Darren and Prashan are also looking at distributing the album at every possible channel and online platforms including Spotify, iTunes and Deezer. 

The whole project is fully backed by the webe community with funding of around RM200 thousand which covers the whole production of the album including the roadshow. 

What does the album have in store for fans? 

All of the songs in the album will be new and different. 

"It's either songs that we have not recorded yet, or completely new songs!" exclaimed Darren. 

According to Darren and Elizabeth, the songs would be something different from their usual genres and style. 

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