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Aizat Amdan of Akademi Fantasia season 5 is back in the music scene with a chart-topping song and a debut album. RADIN SRI GHAZALI writes.

LET’S hail Aizat Amdan as the comeback kid. Ever since he gave his winning performance of Anuar Zain’s number Perpisahan during Akademi Fantasia season 5, Aizat has proven himself a talented young gun with a bright future.

Nevertheless, the 19-year-old ended up in the eighth spot of the competition.

After a year of “recuperation” and “soul seeking”, he’s back with a bang.

With the song Hanya Kau Yang Mampu, which is currently at the top of the local charts, Aizat is proof that you don’t have to be a winner in order to have a winning song.
“I do not want to be too confident. I am just happy to be back,” he said regarding his return to the music industry.

“Hanya Kau Yang Mampu has given me a boost of confidence and people are receptive of me as a singer/composer,” said the Pahang-born.

Indonesian composer Taufik wrote Aizat’s current hit single and Sahabat, both in his EP.

“He is my cousin’s friend and rather new in the industry. He gave me his demo and I heard both his songs. I was taken up with their strong melodies,” said Aizat.

“Well, I am aware that I may not be in the running for any awards including Anugerah Juara Lagu or Anugerah Industri Muzik but I am happy that Hanya Kau Yang Mampu has aided me in putting my music out there,” he said.

The lad, who just finished shooting the music video to Hanya Kau Yang Mampu, is set to release his second single entitled Fikirlah soon.

“That is purely a Malaysian track. Our compositions are as strong as those of Indonesians.”

Aizat’s debut album Percubaan Pertama showcases his ability to compose songs.

Unlike other AF graduates, Aizat composed three out of eight songs on the album including Lagu Kita and Selamat Tinggal Akhirnya.

“I love the creative process. I have a say in the music arrangement and that, for me, is crucial.”

Aizat also gets help from his older brothers Anas and Amar.

“Most of the love songs are written by my brothers. They have a lot of experience in the ‘love department’ while I have none,” he joked.

“I am thrilled that fans and music critics have been giving me good reviews. I am glad that my team’s efforts are paying off.”

The album is co-produced by his own company, Kasi Gegar Entertainment, and Universal Music Malaysia.

As to why there are only eight songs in the album, Aizat said, “I go for quality rather than quantity.”

Shedding his boyish looks from the days of AF by donning edgier outfits, Aizat fashions his image after John Lennon, James Blunt and his idol, Ahmad Dhani of Dewa 19.http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif

“They inspired me to become a composer. They are talented and people look up to them as musicians who leave a profound impact in the industry.”


1. Fikirlah
2. Hanya kau Yang Mampu
3. Lagu Kita
4. Sahabat
5. Selamat Tinggal Akhirnya
6. Cintai Diriku
7. Melodi Cinta
8. Hanya Kau Yang Mampu (acoustic version)

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