TIME has flown fast for Aizat Amdan, as the popular singer feels it was only yesterday that he “transformed” from a tubby youngster into a slim, guitar-strumming musician.
Looking back 10 years, when the public first saw him as a student-contestant in Astro Ria’s reality show Akademi Fantasia 5, the 29-year-old Pahang-born admits he was a “class clown” then.
“I enjoyed cracking jokes and fooled around. Suddenly, reality struck when I failed to get sufficient votes and finished eighth. Fortunately, with my parents’ love and encouragement, I made a quick comeback,” he said at the launch of the Hindi version of his latest single Sampai Ke Hari Tua, at Stalker’s Cafe in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya recently.
A disciplined diet and constant workouts at the gymnasium transformed Aizat within a year of his AF5 elimination, and fans quickly fell in love with his songwriting, composing, boyish voice and new look.
Aizat’s songs such as Hanya Kau Yang Mampu, Lagu Kita, Pergi, Sungai Lui and Susun Silang Kata became chart-toppers and he soon took home major awards — Anugerah Industri Muzik’s Best Vocals (2009), Anugerah Juara Lagu’s Best Song (Pergi in 2009) and Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian’s Popular Male Vocalist (2010).
Having performed Malay (and a bit of English songs) over the last decade, Aizat plans to record in other languages next year. It is his promise to his father, businessman Datuk Amdan Mat Din, who is recuperating from a stroke, yet remains his staunchest fan.
“My father discovered my musical talent when I was a pre-teen. All these years he’s been my pillar of support, especially on the day I was kicked out of AF5,” said Aizat. “When I first started entertaining fans, he encouraged me to release at least two songs in languages other than English and Malay. But I dilly-dallied, and regret that it took his illness to get me cracking.”
MAKE IT GREAT
Aizat recorded the Hindi version of Sampai Ke Hari Tua over three days last month, with a little help from sitar player Ude, Hindi language singer Rojer and his father’s nurse, Jassi, who speaks fluent Hindi and translated the song.
“A Chinese version is in the pipeline, too, and I’ll release it on May 11. My father suggested I record a Chinese song after my first English number, Jerrypah, in 2012. However, my brother Anas felt Sampai Ke Hari Tua sounded Bollywood-ish and thus told me to record it in Hindi first,” said Aizat.
Sampai Ke Hari Tua, which has had 1.3 million views on YouTube since its release on Feb 15, will not be the only song Aizat will sing in multiple languages.
“Moving forward, I plan to record new as well as old songs in several languages — Chinese, Hindi, Tamil and perhaps, Iban and Kadazan-Dusun, too,” said Aizat, who inspires to be like the late pop idol Datuk Sudirman Arshad. “Sudirman was the musical embodiment of 1Malaysia and as his fellow ‘orang Pahang’, I want to honour his memory by being multi-lingual.”
A perfectionist, Aizat plans to seek help from friends who are fluent in the languages, before hitting the recording studio. “My father always told me, if you want to do something, go all out and make it great,” he said.
TRIBUTE TO FAMILY
Contrary to popular belief, Sampai Ke Hari Tua was not dedicated to last year’s biggest celebrity couple, Fattah Amin and Nur Fazura Sharifuddin, on their wedding day. Aizat said he wrote and composed it two months before Fattah and Fazura tied the knot on Nov 23 last year.
“Sampai Ke Hari Tua is actually my tribute to my uncles and aunts, on both sides of the family, whose marriages have endured. I visit them from time to time, and observe how much in love they are with each other all these years,” he said.
He subsequently dedicated the song to Fattah and Fazura since both of them were his staunch fans. “Their announcement of marriage caught me by surprise, but I was overjoyed because they make a smashing couple. Consequently, I chose to make it their song, too.”
Aizat, who also wrote and composed Cinderella for the star couple, plans to give their singing careers a boost next year.
“Fattah is my favourite action hero, while Fazura has been my strong supporter since AF5. We’re both Tok Gajah (Pahang football team) supporters,” he said, adding that Fazura co-starred with him in the 2014 movie Manisnya Cinta Di Cappadoccia.
Aizat also revealed that he had just written and composed a single for actress-singer Maya Karin, who will be recording it later next month. “I’ve not decided on its title yet, but most likely it’ll be Lebih Sempurna. Maya is not only a fantastic actress, but she has got a good singing voice too,” he said, adding that her 2014 song Teka-Teki was a “job well done”.
“Since 2016, I’ve been composing and writing songs for various artistes, and I like to see good actors and actresses tap their hidden talents,” he said.