“You gotta live, so come along with me” – Jumero.
Malaysian acoustic, hippie beach pop indie band, Jumero, has come a long way since they first started performing in September 2012. Made up of brothers Jared Lim, Michael Lim, and their neighbour as well as friend Ryan David Gomes, Jumero has brought us some really chilled and life-aspiring songs such as “Fantasy Killer“, “Free“, “Come Along With Me” and “Dancing With The Stars“.
Known for their chilled out, unique sound, Jumero has played at some of the biggest music festivals in Malaysia including Urbanscapes 2012 and 2014, and most recently for Guinness Amplify: Curates Presents Froya, where they were one of the opening acts for local songbird Froya.
Now, it’s Jumero’s turn to take the stage as they will be headlining the next Guinness Amplify: Curates event, where they will also be launching their debut album “Stepping Stones”. Happening on August 21st, at Laundry Bar, The Curve, we sat down with Jared and Michael from Jumero to find out what they have planned for their show.
Hey guys! How’s it going?
Jared: Hey, it’s great. Thanks.
Michael: Hey, all good, all good.
So, you guys performed at the first “Guinness Amplify: Curates”, as one of Froya’s opening acts and now it’s your turn to headline the show. How does that feel?
Jared: It’s really nice, feels great.
Michael: It feels good. It’s a definite and obvious step up from going to being a supporting act to a headliner so it’s great.
Speaking of opening acts, how did you decide on who were gonna be your opening acts?
Jared: Well, we picked Natallie because we’ve got history with her. We started out in the music industry at the same time so it felt like it was only right we have her open for us. We also picked Crinkle Cut because they do a lot of harmonies and we really like their music.
Michael: Yeah, we started out together with Natallie. Our first official gig was a competition which we both competed in then we continued gigging before she left to go overseas. It so happens that she’s back here now so we thought it’d be perfect. Crinkle Cut always change up the covers that they do, making it their own so we look at them as an original band so yeah.
Do you think “Guinness Amplify: Curates “is changing the game for budding local musicians? Given that you can now pick your own supporting acts.
Michael: Yes. Guinness has a huge fan base and they’ve got a strong following on social media so anything that they post will give bands a lot of exposure. Aside from that, Guinness backing up local bands definitely helps bands get the exposure they need, especially the upcoming bands so yeah, we think what Guinness is doing is great.
Jared: Yeah! It’s great and it’s a definite game-changer because apart from being such a huge platform, “Guinness Amplify: Curates” allows the headlining band to pick their own supporting acts which lets local musicians put other local musicians on the map and that’s great.
Tell us about “Stepping Stones”. Why name the album stepping stones and the process/inspiration behind it?
Jared: “Stepping Stones” is about life in general. The inspiration behind it comes from us trying to find ourselves, trying to achieve our dreams and not letting life and reality get the better of us. It’s very uplifting.
Cool. We’ve seen you perform at festivals such as Urbanscapes and we’ve heard your singles and watched your music videos. Is there anything different we can expect from your show during your launch?
Jared: There is but we can’t tell what just yet.
Michael: Yeah, you’ll find out on the day of the event.
Lastly, what has been the highlight of your musical journey so far?
Jared: The gigs, the festivals. Playing at some of the biggest local music festivals and sharing the stage with other local musicians has been great. Now, we get to launch our debut album so we’re excited.
Michael: Being recognised as a band that performs their own original music, being known for our originality and our own songs is definitely one of the best things ever. Can’t wait to launch our album and hopefully you guys will like it.
Given the songs you’ve released, I think it’s safe to say that your album would be a hit. Thanks guy, see ya’ll at your launch!
Jumero: Thank you!
Guinness Amplify: Curates presents Jumero will be happening on August 21st at Laundry Bar, The Curve. The event is free so to RSVP, head on over to the official website.