A singer-songwriter from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Hameer Zawawi writes and performs Indie Theatrical-Folk songs.
Within 4 years in Kuala Lumpur, Hameer has managed to perform for numerous Malaysian-based festivals including Penang Island Jazz Festival , Urbanscapes [2013, 2014], DiverseCity KL , Mercedes’ Urban Hunting Art & Music Festival , Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival , and was one of the headlining acts for Johor Bahru Arts Festival .
In March 2017, he had gone on tour in Europe and America to promote his debut album “National Fantasy”. The tour consisted of acoustic solo shows in Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Leipzig), the UK (London, Brighton, Glasgow) and the US (Los Angeles, Anaheim, New York City) with the highlight of it being his shows at House of Blues (Anaheim), The Viper Room (LA) and Rockwood Music Hall (NYC).
It was right after finishing his “National Fantasy” tour mid-2017, that Hameer was approached by NYC-based Recording Artists Development (RAD) to record his next EP. The 3-song EP “Plug Out The Machines” saw involvement of musicians and engineers from several parts of the world such as Kuala Lumpur, France, Los Angeles, and NYC. In just 4 months, the EP was completed and self-released in NYC followed by a month-long tour at the east coast of the US with shows in Boston (MA), Long Island (NY), Brooklyn (NY), Harlem (NY) and Manhattan (NY). By this time, he had also put together a rock band that eventually transformed his live acoustic performances into one that is more rock-inclined. Notable venues where Hameer had performed for his “Plug Out The Machines” tour included The Way Station, Starr Bar, Greenpoint Gallery (Brooklyn); Shrine World Music Venue (Harlem); and Pianos, The Duplex, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End (Manhattan). The tour also included radio interviews with WEMF Radio (Boston), Radio Free Brooklyn (Brooklyn), and Village Connection Radio (Long Island).
Aside from touring, during his time in the US Hameer was also invited to perform for the annual indie-festival For Us Fest and the Arts in Bushwick “Community Day” that was held at Knockdown Center (Queens) and House of Yes (Brooklyn) respectively . He would occasionally be invited to also perform for “backyard/living room” shows around Manhattan and Brooklyn organized by Artery (www.artery.is, Brooklyn). The band was also invited to record a live session with WEMF Radio (Boston) as well as for the “Office Sessions” with indie-record label Leesta Vall (Brooklyn). The result of the “Office Sessions” were 23 unique 7” vinyl that were a sell out after the band’s final 2017 show at Rockwood Music Hall (NYC).
Outside of the US, Hameer’s latest songs have also been featured on the “Monday Club” segment of Wandsworth Radio (London, UK) and the “La Stud” segment of Cave Carli Radio (Marseille, France). His song “Plug Out The Machines” from the EP has also been used in a French/NYC-produced short film “Birthday Girl” (directed by Raynald Leday, Paris) that is now in the process of getting submitted to international film festivals.
Most recently, Hameer and his NYC bandmates have also continued on with their “Plug Out The Machines” Tour to Malaysia with shows in Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Johor Bahru (JHR), Kuching (SWK), Georgetown (PNG), as well as a radio interview with Your MC and a live recording session with indie record label Pulse Soundworks.
After debuting his newly formed band to Malaysians, Hameer’s next endeavor involves releasing a new music video for his song “Deaf Ears” featuring theatrical "wayang kulit" or Southeast-Asian shadow puppetry elements. The release will be flanked by a solo tour around Cambodia (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kampot).
© 2018 Hameer Zawawi