Ysa Yaneza has not stayed quiet. She was just featured in FEMALE Singapore’s November 2018 issue celebrating Gen Z artists and musicians, which also included Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba, Celine from Sobs and Ffion. Even Troye Sivan recently reacted to “Tea” and called it ‘vibey’ and ‘nostalgic’.
After releasing her earlier tracks ‘ ‘IRL’ and ‘MAX.’, Ysa felt that nudge to work with other creatives to explore creating new vibes, sounds and a slightly different direction in songwriting. ‘Decide’ is the latest electronic pop single by Ysa Yaneza and ARNT. The collaboration between the two musicians began from their bond as friends. Written from personal experience, the song is about losing oneself in the aftermath of a loss, and gaining strength to continue moving on despite the pain always being there.
"At times, loneliness prevailed. But what I learned over the years was that you are never alone."
Ysa explains “Losing someone close to you and someone you depend on is really heartbreaking. This is something that I struggled to write about for a long time. Until one day, Aaron made this beat within five minutes and I suddenly could convey this emotion through lyrics. A few years ago, I experienced a loss. I felt like I had to pick up the pieces all over again. I was trying to learn how to be independent and to gain strength to continue living. At times, loneliness prevailed. But what I learned over the years was that you are never alone. You can always reach out and create new bonds. You can find your strength again, even if the pain still lingers. Eventually, you find the confidence within you, and you start taking ownership of your true self. We never know when is our time, so just be the best version of you.”
ARNT explains “I wrote the music to convey a sad summer type feel and to retain some Japanese melodic sensibility that is present in a majority of my work. It has a strong chorus that complements Ysa’s sombre lyricism which I think is my favorite part of the song, especially the second chorus where she expanded it with a beautiful vocal line that really lifts the song. I approached the music from a very experimental point of view in the intro and verses in order to minimise the production and to build up to a bouncy chorus. Overall, 'Decide' is personally one of my most favourite songs in my production repertoire thus far, it has a very clear and distinct message and dealing with themes such as loss and moving on separate it from other releases in recent memory. I love music that is sincere and meaningful and I think my collaborator ysa has outdone herself. I could have not been prouder. On that note, this is for you, Ivan.”
'Decide' is now playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
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Written by The Linch Agency
Edited by Jay John
About Ysa Yaneza
Ysa Yaneza is a Singaporean-Filipino electronic singer-producer, who has performed in Chicago, New York and Singapore. As a young female in the digital age, her music and lyrics often reflect her online and offline stories. At the age of 10, she began blogging about her daily life and posting videos of herself singing on YouTube. With singles such as “Tea” and “IRL (If You Really See Me)”, she performed in various cities, including her first live performance at the popular concert venue, The Metro - Chicago in April 2017. Since then, she has returned to Singapore in 2018 and made waves in the local music scene. Her latest single, “Max.” reached #20 on Spotify’s Singapore Viral 50 charts. Follow Ysa Yaneza Facebook Instagram
Aaron Tan (stylised ARNT) is an electronic music producer from Singapore. He has been spending the past 2 years refining his sound and understanding music and will be debuting in 2019 proper. He has experience scoring, foley production, mixing and mastering for short films, and has produced demos for The Great White Lark (now known as Oddshore). Aaron was a part of the band, pälty sotäto, where they made short covers of popular songs in an electronic fashion, which include “Closer” by The Chainsmokers and the National Day theme song, “Home”. Their videos were viral hits amongst Singaporean youth on Facebook. He was then invited by the Singapore Art Museum to perform for the very first time in front of crowds at SAM Late Nights in July 2018. Follow ARNT Facebook Instagram