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Exclusive: Kodaline Talks About Working With Difficult People, Tattoos, & Their Favourite Song

Irish band, Kodaline was recently in town for their first Malaysian headline concert, “Politics of Living“. It was a pleasure to welcome back Steve Garrigan (Lead singer), Vincent May (Drums), Jason Boland (Bass guitar), and Mark Prendergrast (Guitar) to our local shores. Many of us took notice of the quartet after their smash hits “All I Want” and “High Hopes” blew up. Their first two albums, “In A Perfect World” (2013) and “Coming Up For Air” (2015), consisted of emotional indie tunes that o

Jesse Ruben Opens Up About His Battle With Lyme Disease, The We Can Project & More

American singer-songwriter, Jesse Ruben was recently here in Malaysia to greet fans and perform songs off his latest EP, “Hope” at The Bee, Publika. The American singer-songwriter first gained recognition for his single “We Can” in 2013. The success of the tune led to the birth of “The We Can Project”. Its mission is to inspire kids to achieve their dreams and make a difference in their local communities. However, the project first came to fruition when an elementary school at Vancouver reache

Exclusive: Calum Scott Spills Secrets On Album #2, Getting In Trouble With The Label & His Thoughts On K-pop

English singer, Calum Scott was here in Malaysia earlier this week to perform tunes off his debut album, “Only Human”. Fortunately, we got the golden opportunity to watch him perform not once but twice! One being an intimate performance at Sheraton Hotel, Petaling Jaya. The other being a special appearance at Samsung’s “Era of Live” event. As we all know, Calum rose to fame as a contestant on the highly popular singing show, “Britain’s Got Talent.” During his time there, Calum was memorable fo

Have You Considered Taking A Gap Year Like Malia Obama?

Last month’s announcement from the White House that Malia Obama (Barack Obama’s eldest daughter) has decided to take a gap year before starting Harvard University in the fall of 2017 drew swift response on social media. Some supported the idea of gap year, while some commented that it is only for the affluent and influential. What’s a gap year, you might ask? It’s typically a break before college/university, or sometimes a break after university but before a formal employment. Gap year generall

A Personal Letter to Failure.

We have been friends for many years. We have known each other since forever, and we are at the point of our friendship where we can be honest with each other. Truthfully, I don’t like you because I have never felt good in your presence. Unlike many friendships out there, we don’t share good times. We don’t hang out; we don’t laugh at things together; we don’t share our secrets, our hopes and our fears. The only thing that ties us together is bitter memories. I still remember the first time we

Reason to believe

How watching Ola Bola left me with a heart full of hope To be honest, I initially thought watching Ola Bola was going to be a waste of my time and money, no thanks to my prejudice against Malaysian movies; although, something tells me I�m not the only one who thinks that way. But, the movie proved me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed it and took away four inspiring lessons. Warning, spoilers alert! Harry Mountain, the new coach, was portrayed as a visionary leader in the movie. He had a clear pu

What defines you?

Imagine someone calling you the world�s ugliest person. How will you respond to that? Will you fight the person off or will you perhaps shake it off? Lizzie Velasquez, who was �crowned� the world�s ugliest woman by the internet community, chose to respond differently. Velasquez is no stranger to bullying, as she experienced bullying first-hand since she was in kindergarten. She was bullied, simply because she is different. Velasquez has zero body fat due to her condition where she is u

Is Deadpool A Good Role Model?

If you’re a comic book fan like I am, you would know that Deadpool is no angel because he is known for his vulgarity, violence and being an anti-hero. In fact, he mentions multiple times that he doesn’t like being called a superhero and he does anything as he pleases. He may be a comic book character but he is not kid-friendly. Writer Fabian Nicieza and artist-writer Rob Liefeld created him as an antitoxin for the readers who were fed up of goody-goodies like Spider-Man, Thor and Captain Americ

The Skill Behind Pop Music

Growing up, I spent the majority of my time listening to famous pop tunes. I noticed the more I listened to them, the more I liked it. Something about it just kept me hooked on because somehow, it kept hitting on the right chords. Hence, I spent most of my days indulging in it and eventually, pop music became the soundtrack to my life. As I got older, I became intrigued in finding the geniuses behind these crafts. This led me to discover the genius that is Max Martin, the guy behind the works of
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