Tell us about the song.

“Demons” came out of frustration when I was feeling pressured about my identity as an artist and as a person. It’s very easy to be influenced under pressure and sell out and I’ve seen so many peers who have succumbed to that. I was questioned by external demons as well as the ones within myself and that became the basic idea for the track.

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Tell us about you as a person outside the musical world.

I think I’m mostly chill and don’t care too much for drama. Although, I’m definitely someone who needs to be in control all the time but that’s something I’m working on! I love food and cooking for people. If I’m not thinking about music or working, I’m usually at home with my pup, reading some dark fantasy book or watching a criminal psychology show.

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Tell us about you as a musician.

I studied music in college and was always very technical as a musician and singer. I was always stuck in front of the piano with a limited set of chords and melodies. Every musician, songwriter or producer has a formula. After a while I realized how much I was missing out on from being so controlling and technical that I abandoned my weird practicality as an artist, and pushed myself to express things differently. At the end of the day, it’s instinct and inspiration that you have as your music-making tools. That’s what I’ve learned and still aim to do as a musician.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your musical career.

As I said before, I love being in control and have to stay organized to keep sane. I pretty much manage my entire life on Google Drive! I also have a pretty awesome manager and project team to help me.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

I grew up performing a lot back in my home country, Malaysia, and really got into songwriting a little later in my music career. I majored in Songwriting at Music College and started performing only my originals from then on.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

Barbra Streisand, Queen, David Bowie, Laura Nyro and Led Zeppelin.

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Tell us the names of the media that have supported you so far.

Seventeen Magazine (Malaysia), Marie Claire Magazine (Malaysia), The Star Newspaper (Malaysia), Born Music Online, VENTS Magazine.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

I’ll be releasing a few singles in the future and will be playing a string of shows in LA next year.

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Tell us what motivates you to write songs.

I’m motivated by my own emotions and watching what others have to go through. Empathy is essential in the songwriting process.

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Tell us the names of the artists you have worked with and the ones you will like to work with in the future.

I’ve performed with David Foster and worked with musicians – Deane Ogden, Steve Ouimette, and Natasha Ejaz. In the future, I would love to work with Florence + The Machine, Regina Spektor, Yuna, or Lorde. Maybe even tour with Muse or Sia.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

I think artists are always learning and experimenting with new ways to express themselves. Just when you think you’re pushing the boundaries of creativity, you find a new wall to tear down. That’s why an artist’s sound changes with their growth in music. Originality comes from your own gut or natural instinct, and your beliefs. That way it’s always unique to the artist.

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Tell us the reason you are into music.

Because there’s nothing else that motivates me to keep going like music does. Music has been important in my life since day one, and it has helped me through some tough times. I owe so much to music and that’s why I’m pursuing a life dedicated to it.

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Give us the links to connect you on social media and links to purchase your music.

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/laust/1177282666

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/track/5GHcTmDTx9s8g0A9oG4EIa

Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/imlaust

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/imlaust/

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/LAUSTofficial/

Website

https://www.laustmusic.com/

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

I think I prefer old school music in terms of songwriting and musicianship. However, the production on tracks for new music these days are insanely impressive. I love what technology can do for music production nowadays and I try to incorporate it a lot in my music too.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

I think it was the first time I saw my song in an actual advertisement. It was for the University of Greenwich in the UK. It looked like a Nike ad and had a great motivational message for our generation. I felt so honored to be a part of that movement.

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Tell us your genre of music.

Dark Indie Pop.

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Tell us how you write and record your songs.

I write most of my songs while I’m on my day-to-day schedule, so there’s a ton of voice memos on my phone! I then take my song ideas to the piano and try to record an acoustic demo. I send that over to my producers and meet up with them as much as possible to go over what works best for the song. We come up with a solid track, record my final vocals and edit everything to get the finalized version.

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Tell us what you will do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

My biggest secret dream is to be a UN ambassador someday. Well, it’s not a secret anymore now. I hope to empower and help women and children in need back in my home country and in third world countries like India. I would fight for immigrants’ rights as well, because nothing is worse than being driven out of your home country and then being denied safety and asylum everywhere else, with nowhere to go.


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