Master of sound
Article from the Sun daily by Michelle Lim (posted on 12 April 2016)
NOT many Malaysians could say they were nominated for a national music award in their teens. Except of course, if you're Daniel Veerapen, who has been largely influenced by music since he was 11.
"I grew up in a musical family, so it's not hard to see where I got my influences from. When I was younger, visiting my dad's studio piqued my interest and inspired me to compose my own tunes," expressed the 29-year-old.
Daniel's father was a pioneering artiste in the local jazz industry and his mother was one of the first female DJs in Malaysia. It hasn't been easy living up to "famous parents", but Daniel has made the savvy decision to shift his talents to a different spectrum of the industry – music production – helping him break out of his parents' shadow and into a limelight of his own.
"I got my jazz influences from my dad, and disco from my mum. Along the way, I was also influenced by other types of music through the media.
However, I am drawn to various genres so producing music was an obvious path since it allows me to tinker with music in a diverse manner," he explained.
His diligence paid off when at age 19, Daniel earned an Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) nomination for Best Producer, in making Noryn Aziz's second album.
Since then, he has worked with some of the most influential names in the local music industry, mobilising a steady growth of his career in music production, year after year. Your career has been quite illustrious.
What do you think is your biggest achievement to date?
Well, what sounds good on record is definitely being nominated for the AIM awards. On a personal level though, I am much prouder of my YouTube collaborations with various artistes. Everything you hear there represents my combined years of experience and learning.
Could you share one of your best performances with us?
In 2013, I was the opening act for the Shout! Awards where I got to play an original song of mine, featuring Vince Chong. It was amazing because it was a fullfledged production which had thousands of people in the audience. The feeling was just indescribable.
Tell us about your experience working with comedienne Joanne Kam for her In Your Face musical variety show last December
The whole process took about a month to put together, since this was the re-staging. The initial show took us five months to complete. However, it was loads of fun because there was a great group effort where everyone was involved in the song selection process.
What does the life of an independent music producer entail?
For me, my daily schedule consists of drinking coffee,meeting deadlines and trying to keep a good routine.After all, I believe that your career is your life and in reality, you have a deadline to meet rather than a job to keep.
Give us a sneak peek of your upcoming projects.
I will be working with three different groups of artistes who are breaking into the Malay music scene, so it's quite exciting. Other than that,I'm also looking into doing more YouTube collaborations as they are very well-received, based on the number of views. By late 2016, I am also looking into opening my own production record label – that's the dream.
That sounds like a lot of work! How do you let off steam when you need a break ?
I try to go out more and socialise with friends. Other than that, I'm also taking up wakeboarding which I do frequently at a centre in the MINES Resort City. Travelling is also something that I try to do more of.
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