At first, i was willing to let this issue slide but because i've been bombarded about the whereabouts of my debut solo album so often lately, i have to ask this question -
Sekarang ni gua nak tanya siapa lagi kat Malaya ni yang tak dengar album FUUYO gua lagi?. I wanna know who hasn't heard my album? and is it true you can't find my album?
Sebabnya, record company bangang yang gua bagi distribute this album say got no demand. Kalau betul kenapa semua orang yang i meet keep asking me where to get my album? Latest person was AMELIA AF3 who i met during a show we did together at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center for Petronas. She has a really good voice-la gang. She sang Gemilang by Jac (Malaysian Idol) better than the original artiste, something i thought was not possible. But then she said to me " i've looked everywhere on Langkawi for your album tapi takde abang afdlin!"
Rasa macam nak bakar aje record company yg distribute album gua tu. Just because i self-funded the album and they wont make as much money as their own products, takkan nak anak tiri-kan produk gua. The first print we made was a mere 2500 limited edition CD copies and 5000 cassettes. Takkanlah aku tak de 7500 fans kat satu malaya ni????
we made the album extra special because we included the making of FUUYO - the journey me and my musicians took over the years trying to complete this album. We added so many things to make this album a valuable experience.
The spaceman with the microphone on the cover was my statement to taking malay music to somewhere its never been before and for the need to move forward as an industry.
I feel the album was prejudiced by a few radio stations who did not want to play any of the tracks. One station manager actually said to me that my album is to NICHE. Kepala Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu..... dia. So nak dengar lagu yang macam meleleh aje sampai mampus, sampai bila negara kita ni nak maju. Bagilah people the choice to choose. I knoow it may not be for everyone, but what about those people who want to hear afdlin shauki's song or even are waiting for something different / NICHE setan gondollll?
Album tu dapat review yang amat baik sekali dari semua orang reviewers from all suratkhabar yg boleh di pakai. FARIDUL ANWAR actually said that it was the best locally produced album that he had heard last year. AHMAD DANI from DEWA heard it and completely loves it. SHEILA MAJID, DAYANG, ANUAR all loved the album (IF THEY LIED TO ME, THAN I"M LYING TO YOU OSSO LAH). FRAKK YODA IN THE BASS!!
What i love about the album is that it is ME. Yes! i am biased, but i also know a good thing when i hear it. FUUYO consists of songs i wrote with my friends about my life and the state of mind i'm currently in. I believe, my worth as a song writer was aknowledged at the last JUARA LAGU when my composition for DAYANG won an award.
That was an album made by the sheer love to make good and different malay songs. PACAI on bass, ACIS on keyboards, AJI on guitar, FENDI aka SOTONG on drums, MAC CHEW on pianos, JENNY CHIN string arrangements, and they gave their heart and soul to this project because they believed in it. We were all really dissapointed by the purported reception the distributor said was out there for FUUYO!.
In this era where the music industry is dying an unnatural death, we believed enough in this project to spend almost RM130,000 on this album. Memang kerja gila tapi i memang dari dulu dah percaya yang i ni memang tak betul sangat. BUT i truly believe that to get good quality we have to pay for it. takkan nak buat 5 star hotel pakai cement class d. Nanti roboh pulak macam highway dan berkulat macam hospital yg keluar suratkhabar dulu. I know and understand that music appreciation is very subjective (it may be hard for the radio station programme manager to believe but i actually went to school and not semua artis malaysia ni BODOH dan Bangang macam dia. !!!) and not everyone will dig my music. I am fully aware of my albums' progressive nature and MAYBE brader kampung tu tak boleh paham. Tapi macammana kalau dia NAK cuba faham pasal, dia mahukan anjakan paradigma / paradigm shift? but if it is not given the chance to reach the people, than how will we educate people to listen to new malay stuff.
I ammm pissseD man!!!!
Okay this is what i am going to do, because i own the rights to the album i am going to do something yang gila dan tak pernah dibuat oleh sesiapa dan jangan harap recording company besar boleh buat benda ni. Baiklah this is it guys my insanity begins.
OFFER BIOL AFDLIN SHAUKI YANG AMAT SERIOUS SEKALI DAN BAGITAHU SESIAPA SAHAJA YANG AWAK KENAL YANG MENYUKAI GUA -
JIKA AWAK MAHUKAN ALBUM FUUYO AFDLIN SHAUKI, email direct kepada saya your full name and address anda ke firstname.lastname@example.org and write AFDLIN DAH HILANG AKAL! as the subject. Bagitahu saya jika awak nak cd atau cassette. Sebagai ganjarannya saya akan hantar kepada awak album first print limited edition FUUYO melalui POS MALAYSIA, DAN segment ini amat penting... The album album retails for about 35 bucks, tetapi JIKA ANDA SUKA ALBUM TU, AWAK BAYARLAH KEPADA KAMI BERAPA AJA YANG AWAK SUKA!!! JIKA AWAK RASA NILAI ALBUM NI 10 SEN, HANTARLAH 10 sen atau IF YOU FEEL THE ALBUM IS WORTH 25 bucks then send us 25 bucks, or any amount you wantlah basically, and send it kepada kami di dalam bentuk cash (kalo berani), cheque, bank transfer, T.T., money order or bank draft or whatever you sukalah, pada nama dan alamat yang akan kami samakan bersama CD itu.
IF YOU DON't LIKE THE ALBUM!!,
MY ONLY REQUEST IS, FOR YOU TO DESTROY THE WHOLE ALBUM! BY SENDING IT FOR RECYCLING.
DO NOT!, I REPEAT, DO NOT PASS THE CD TO SOMEONE ELSE, DESTROY IT. THIS experience is only MEANT for you! the people who were actually initially interested in the album. this offer is valid until i run out of my last FIRST PRINT EDITION of FUUYO which will be a collector's edition bila gua mati nanti. People in general, only value something when it's not there anymore. This offer is open for anyone in this world who wants to experience the ALBUM
THIS IS A SERIOUS OFFER and I will bear all costs for the sending of the album. LET's show the frakking distributors the power of internet NETWORKING and the power of the people.
What is there to lose?.
for you nothing. This is a win-win situation for you. NO BULLSHIT
For me, money and more improtantly the belief in humankind. but having said that, you know what? I BELIEVE THAT MY TRUE FANS and my FRIENDS will act honorably.
I wish all my visitors like Sultan Muzaffar, VISITOR, Greena, MUTEAUDIO, ALIF and everyone else can SPREAD THIS INSANITY TO AS MANY PEOPLE YOU CAN.
So what are you guys waiting for? you want me to give my left arm also is it. LONG LIVE GOOD MUSIC and GOD, WHAT AM I DOING?.
If this thing works, we will know we can change the world.. INI BARU WORLDDDDDDD!