SHOWTIME: Saiful wants to fly
He’s still the same, soft-spoken youngster that made 8tv’s Malaysian Idol finals last year. AREF OMAR meets Saiful to find out what’s he up to since then
IT is but the first step as Malaysian Idol finalist Mohd Saipul B. Bakeri embarks on his journey to be a good singer and entertainer.
Saiful, as the Kuching-born singer is known as, has signed a record deal with Sony BMG Music and will be releasing his first album at the end of July.
“I'm really excited about my album. I am spending most of my time now in the studio,” said Saiful whose idols are the late Sudirman and Siti Nurhaliza.
The album will offer a fusion of pop ethnic songs and Saiful will also sing two tracks in Mandarin.
For Saiful, all this would not be possible but for his parents who are his uno numero supporters.
“I started singing when I was very young and my parents always encouraged me, especially my father,” said Saiful, 19.
“In fact it was my father who talked me into entering for Malaysian Idol.”
The album recording and doing shows take up a lot of time but Saiful, a sensitive guy, still manages time for TV dramas and tearjerkers.
“I don’t do as many performances now because of the hectic recording schedule but Iím always looking for ways to learn and improve.”
Saiful listens to all kinds of music, from contemporary pop and rock, to ethnic sounds but maintains his own style when it comes to singing.
“When I sing, I always base it on my own style and not follow that of the original singer.”
While maintaining a clean and chic urban image, Saiful muses that his style and stage movements would depend on the song he sings.
“I enjoyed myself the most at TV3ís Sure Heboh concert in Kuching. The fans were great and I had a load of fun,” he said.
“I have more confidence now and Iíll do my best with this coming record.”
8tv will air the new season of Malaysian Idol on May 27 at with a repeat on TV3 on May 29 at .
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