Monday, February 04, 2008

Preparation for AJL

Syukur Alhamdulillah..

Being in AJL was an experience that we would never forget.. I think we all learned a bit more of the Malaysian music industry day by day.. The preparation for the final show was a headache for all of us but I guess it went well in the end..

Meet The Family

We owe our crews a lot..I think we would be in a mess if we didn't have them with us.. They are a part of the family.. Our Manager, Mr Vinder (the one with the cap), our sound engineer, Anthony (a.k.a Tiny - the huge guy standing on the left), Batak is our monitor engineer (the dude with the hood), our lighting consultant, Izzat and stylist, Izwin (both are sitting behind Din), my guitar tech and friend, Ian Lam ( standing on the furthest right), Din's guitar tech, Khim (the guy in green), Andy's drum tech which is his own brother Dino and our bass sessionist for the show, Melina William from the band Tempered Mental - . Not forgetting our good friend MC ( she is sitting between Din and Andy) for being there to help us tapau food.. hehe..

* Izzat from Auburn & Neomedicus-

* Izwin from The Otherside Orchestra & Plush -

* Dino from Frequency Cannon -

The Arrangement of Itu Kamu for AJL & The Score for The Strings Section

We only took 2 days to finalize the arrangement of Itu Kamu for AJL.. We all agreed that it should be simple and not losing the essence of the song itself..

I was given the task to write the score for the strings section.. I was nervous about it.. 2 reasons.. One is because of Ramli MS.. He is one of the highly respected composer and arranger in Malaysia and he is very strict when it comes to work..Secondly, its because of my first time writing for a real live strings section.. I have written scores for my college project a lot of times but most of them ended up being sequenced..

It took me roughly 5 days of not enough sleep to finish the 15 pages score and plus it was overdue.. hahaha.. busted..

We had problems with the arrangement along the way.. I'm not gonna talk about it coz it's gonna be a long... long... long... story. All I can say that we had to change the arrangement one more time before the final show..

I wouldn't say that my strings arrangement was great but its a start for me to write more to improve myself.. I learned that Ramli MS is actually a nice guy after all but I know when it comes to work, you just have to make sure you do it properly and do it right..


We were glad and thankful that TOPMAN and TOPSHOP decided to sponsor us their clothes for AJL.. Our stylist Izwin and Izzat helped us choose the clothes..

"Rich - Cikgu"

"Andy - Mr Arrogant"

"Din - Confused"


Din is trying so hard to be like Ariel.. sigh

Din's Mesa is being warmed up for the show

Izwin is doing her magic..

All of us were worried backstage

Thumbs up

In The Hall

The Trophy

Thank you everyone for their hardwork and to our family, our friends & the fans for their love and support.. Cheers!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

estranged having a lovely and supportive ppl arounds.. you all guys are really cool!

din i love your ala bob marley hair do ;-)

idup estranged!

1:15 PM  
Blogger reramarama said...

nice hairdo la hanafi! cuunn!!! :)
congrats guys...
supportive ppl around, what else u can asked for ait? :)

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Rmx said...

congratz to you guys...

3:57 PM  
Blogger haikal said...

loads of pic u guys upload..best2..
so many crews had being work for da preparation.its worth it neway.

5:03 PM  
Blogger a N i S a H said...

where hanafi's pic??
haiz.. mana aci :P

i'm waiting for the next album
hope it will be better
cepat release ok

6:10 PM  
Blogger pjOyrawks said...


6:28 PM  
Anonymous alminaismail said...

at last something from Hanafi. well done! next, i want to c Din's..hehe..keep on updating yeah;)


6:10 PM  
Anonymous hikmah......... said...


8:54 PM  
Blogger Nurul Nabilah said...

'wow'dats de only words i can describe u guyz..can't wait 4 ur nex album...lastly,enha ur hair nice...

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where's hanafi?
he's writing evrything but his pics not there....sigh...*dissapointed*
erm...its g0od to hav sprtve ppl around...supporters are the strength!! <--- i Dun rmmber la who saiD this to me...
an as for anDy..hes lucky to hav a brother like Dino...anD i really wanna see their pics together lorh...huhu...sweet bros..

11:51 PM  
Anonymous || sweet_s^kur^ || said...

nice arrangement music hanafi,i like it.okestra+band music=perfect!!hehehe ;) love too hear again..again..again n again..congrats hanafi ;)

11:59 PM  
Blogger Whatever said...

oh.. sangat congratulations utk Estranged!

12:01 PM  
Anonymous misyie said...

so glad all the hard work paid off eh
that arrangement was great and i hope you'll keep em coming,keep writing :D

5:36 PM  
Blogger ikabash said...

mr arrogant looked nicee!! =)

congratulation u guys!! two thumbs up!!

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Chix at Six said...

i love the music arrangement that night. the orchestra was very tremendously superb and it perfectly complement'Itu Kamu'. well done!

4:05 AM  
Blogger kay_khairiy said...

u guys roXXX!!!congratulations 4 the victory!!and andy u're damn hot!!

5:52 PM  
Blogger nawar said...

Oh,Hanafi being humble there..

Seriously dude,the arrangement was excellent.I just love the strings when they soared in the stadium.

And yes,I've heard about the problems you guys been having so it's a plus point to being able to perform well in the nick of time.

I replayed your performance over and over again in youtube.Never got bored, really.

Oh,where are Hanafi's pics?Kudos to the stylist,as much as the gals are drooling over Andy, I think I drool over Hanafi's hair.Hahaha.

And please,don't lose your original music now that you're on the top.Estranged definitely sounds better in English.I would love if you keep to your 'underground' music/image.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

more updates guys!..ur fans wants more update..

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

more updates please..

11:49 PM  
Blogger Nurul Nabilah said...

yeah..hanafi is being so low profile..i wonder why?????any answers???and yes pliz update...

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its been a while since u guys updated this blog..

1:08 PM  
Blogger chOcO|ataZ- said...


the performance that u guys made @ d AJL was superb~!!! awesOme~
i owes knew dat u'll guys will surely win dat day.. * gOt sum sixth sense of sumthin.. hahahah*

the music arrangement was great.. and rich, i can still hear u're Sabah dialect which makes d sOng sexy~ uu... ;p

cOngrats u guys.. and pls dun stOp here yaa.. keep it up.. am very prOud of u..

hug n kisses,
Sandy =)

3:08 PM  
Blogger kuai said...

Congratulations GUYS!

keep up the good work!.. :)

4:19 PM  
Blogger kuai said...

Congratulations GUYS!

keep up the good work!.. :)

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats guys for the award. i love your "itu kamu". it opens a new direction for malaysian popular music. you might be interested in checking this out, a new band based in jakarta.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Nurul Nabilah said...

andy already show his drum collection..but hanafi don't u av any guitar collection?i want 2 see them 2...

10:21 AM  
Blogger Enha said...

Hi guys, thanks for the comments... sorry that the blog has been a bit slow.. hehe.. Din and I are going down to Singapore soon to check out some stuff... will be updating the blog again soon about our journey..


9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tanx we will wait patiently..

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey guys..i just want to congratulate all you of for the best performance during AJL 22..i was unable to see it 'live'ly coz i was in india that time..just manage to watch it from you tube and it was awesome..a very brilliant perfomance i must all the best for AJL 23..really hope to see another 'BEST' performance from ESTRANGED..this time i'm gonna stick to the tv till the end of AJL 23

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it possible for us to find the strings score for itu kamu?

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