Strong Sisterhood: A Foundation of Success
Malaysian trio The Impatient Sisters have just released their latest album ‘7 Years’. Music Press Asia recently interviewed the trio on the topic of sisterhood, creative expression, and what’s it like as artists in this era.
Q1: Congratulations on releasing your latest album! We’ve always loved the fact that your last song Rumah emphasizes the family. What will the new album cover in relation to the topic you are facing/interested in today?
Soraya: Thank you so much! This new album comes from our most raw and vulnerable selves compared to the last album where it was much more storytelling based and fantastical. I’d say it’s more introspective and covers what we went through over the past 6-7 years. Like Rumah, I feel some of the other songs, like Aneh, Anak Kecil and If It’s Up To Me have familial sentiments too. Those songs were the easiest to write since they resonate with us so much. Aneh and Anak Kecil are like lullabies. After becoming a mom (and aunties), we felt so much love for our newest addition Layla, that the love flowed out as songs and we just rode the wave and went where the feelings brought us. In a nutshell, this album is a compilation of overflowing feelings we’ve felt crafted into music.
Irena: This album compared to the previous comes from a more personal point of view. Previously, our songs were observations of people’s lives. But this time around all songs came from personal experiences like love, falling out of love and what we see in the world today.
“It requires little effort for the most part since they’ve been in my life for a long time and we’re such homebodies! Like other siblings, we have disagreements, like who gets the last piece of chicken wing and who gets to sing which verse. What’s important is that we compromise and look at the bigger picture and see what works best for a particular song.”
— Soraya, The Impatient Sisters
Nazeera: Thank you! Rumah is such a special song for us because it’s a song of longing to be with your family, your home or anything that makes you feel loved and protected. This new album evolves around our new experiences in life over the past few years. Many things have changed and I guess it changes our point of view as well as we write new songs.
Q2: There must be incredible synergy between you three. What’s it like to work together with your sisters? And what are some of the challenges you’ve faced that brought you closer together?
Soraya: It requires little effort for the most part since they’ve been in my life for a long time and we’re such homebodies! Like other siblings, we have disagreements, like who gets the last piece of chicken wing and who gets to sing which verse. What’s important is that we compromise and look at the bigger picture and see what works best for a particular song. Scheduling was also pretty tough as we all have day jobs and a strict schedule for the album production so time management was very important. We’ve delegated band tasks between the 3 of us but we pick up the slack when one of us gets overwhelmed. It’s easy for ego to get in the way, but we’re very protective of the band and we always want the best for The Impatient Sisters.
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Irena: I think we go through the same thing as other bands. But because we’re sisters we understand each other a little more. We do disagree on things but we always work it out.
Nazeera: There are some moments when we all have different opinions when it comes to the band but I think being sisters, it’s easy to talk things through and discuss because we know each other well. Now we’re all busy with work and sometimes it gets hard to find time to sit down together, especially me because I work in the F&B line which requires long hours at work but I make time and so do my sisters. We make time for each other! Being able to talk and discuss over dinner or while watching tv is a little added bonus being in a band with your sisters. Haha!
“Previously, our songs were observations of people’s lives. But this time around all songs came from personal experiences like love, falling out of love and what we see in the world today.”
— Irena, The Impatient Sisters
Q3: As artists in this era, what is the one message you would like your audience to go away with?
Irena: I hope the listeners will embrace it as much as we have put our whole heart and soul in the record. I know everything is so fast paced now but hopefully we will always remember to be present in the moment. So listen to our album! Haha!
Soraya: As Irena have said, I hope people take the time to listen to our album. We hope they feel the familiarity in our songs and feel the warmth, the joy and the heartbreak. This album serves as a time capsule for us and we hope it will remain special to our listeners in times to come. Genre aside, we hope people listen to our stories in our songs and find comfort in them.
Nazeera: I hope as they listen to our songs, they are able to relate to the stories and know that we’re dealing with the ups-and-downs of life together.
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