In an email to The Star Online, Tan said she recorded the cover and posted the video on her YouTube channel on Aug 20 to help invoke feelings of pride, joy and unity in Malaysians.
“I just wanted to be able to share the Merdeka spirit through a platform that I already have, and the fact that it has been shared around beyond that is a great bonus. I’m glad that I’m able to use what I have, to hopefully bring a feeling of pride, joy and unity to the people of this country who come across my video,” said Tan.
The video has been viewed a total of 19,816 times, with 726 likes and 10 dislikes since it was first uploaded, with Facebook groups like “We are NOT Malaysian Zombies” sharing it.
Asked why she chose the song, Tan said Tanggal 31 seemed the most familiar to her out of all the other Hari Merdeka songs.
“Well, I was going through a list of Merdeka songs to cover, and this song seemed the most familiar to me. Growing up in Malaysia, we hear a huge variety of Merdeka songs every year, but this one seemed to have stuck to me the most,” said Tan.
She added that she chose to do a cover and not write an original song as she thought a cover would be easier for viewers to relate to.
“I chose to cover an already known Merdeka song because I figured that it’d be easier for people to relate to the video as they would already have known the song. This means that people would be able to sing along easily to my video too,” said Tan.
On choosing songs to cover, Tan said she had become more selective of her choices as she had become more noticed.
“I used to just cover any song that I like to sing, record it and post it up. However, having gained more attention in the recent months, I have to be a little more selective with my song choices, leaning more towards what my viewers or listeners would like to receive from me,” said Tan.
She added that in selecting songs to cover, she would only choose ones she could put her own spin on, saying that she had started to receive more hits from the fourth quarter of 2013, when she began recording and posting YouTube covers more seriously.
Asked what genres influences her singing style, Tan said modern jazz, indie, folk and acoustic music were her primary inspirations, and she credited singer-songwriter Yuna as an influence.
“I will always give credit firstly to Yuna. I’ve been listening to her music since my high school days, when she was still only found on MySpace and it was her music that had inspired me to start writing my own songs,” said Tan.
The Malaysian singer puts us in the mood for Malaysia's Independence Day weekend
ByAndy Tim | Published: Aug 29 2014
Putting in some cheer is Elizabeth Tan, home grown singer-songwriter, who filmed a cover of Malaysian legend, Sudirman's classic Tanggal 31. Elizabeth's version is sans trumpets and the whole shebang that Sudirman's original is known for, but we've definitely been charmed by the simpler ukulele cover.
Related: Read what Elizabeth Tan told us in the Good Vibes lowdown
Lagu Tanggal 31 adalah nyanyian Allahyarham Datuk Sudirman Hj Arshad.
Menerusi e-mel kepada The Star, Tan berkata dia merakamkan video tersebut dan memuat naik di YouTube pada 20 Ogos lalu bagi membangkitkan semangat dan rasa bangga di kalangan rakyat Malaysia.
"Saya hanya mahu berkongsi semangat merdeka melalui platform ini dan hakikat bahawa ia telah dikongsi oleh orang ramai adalah bonus yang besar," katanya.
Ditanya mengapa memilih lagu berkenaan, Tan berkata Tanggal 31 adalah antara lagu hari kemedekaan yang paling diminatinya.
This Merdeka is slightly special. As the nation is still grieving over two major unfortunate incidents, young Malaysians have taken it to social media to express their grief and show of solidarity.In the midst of the viral videos of ALS challenge, we think that you should also check these young amazing talents in showing their love for Malaysia and sense of unity through music.
Here’s Eizaz Azhar feat. Carol Tock’s rendition of Tanggal 31 which was captured live in Kuala Lumpur.
Also, here’s popular YouTube sensation Elizabeth Tan with her version of Tanggal 31 which has garnered over 20,000 less than a week.
The entire team at Coffeeticks would also like to wish all our readers SELAMAT HARI MERDEKA. Whether you’re out watching parades, attending parties or simply spending some quiet time with your loved ones, always remember to stay safe!
Everyone who upload videos to YouTube can easily be called a YouTube star these days, but it takes a certain essence of attraction to get noticed. With all these singer-songwriters popping up everywhere these days, especially after seeing what our very own Zee Avi had accomplished, you’d be surprise by how many talented Malaysians are singing their hearts out on YouTube. Elizabeth Tan happens to be one of the few that stood out for us. GUMBALL’s Associate Editor, Miranda Yeoh has been telling me about how amazing this girl for weeks, but it was her cover of Joe Flizzow’s “Havoc” that caught my attention. Yup, I’m convinced and we predict big things happening for Elizabeth Tan in 2014.
Welcome back to KL! Tell us what you were doing before coming home?
I was studying in Dallas, Texas before coming home. I was there for two years, and it was a life-changing experience for me!
How old are you this year?
I just turned 20 a little over a month ago. 20 is such an awkward age.
Oh yes it is. So is it Elizabeth Tan or Elizabeth Swan?
I go by both, but my family name is Tan. I go by the name Elizabeth Swan because my father’s pen name is Swan, and I thought it was cool, so I just took it [laughs].
What were your early music memories?
Hmm. My earliest music memory was recording for a children’s album at the age of 4. I could barely read so they had to draw pictures of a couple of words for me! I actually still vaguely remember the notebook with all the pictures in mid-sentences.
Wow nice! When did you realize, “oh, I could really sing”?
Well, I have pretty much been singing my whole life, but my singing never really stood out. It was only after taking vocal lessons while I was in Dallas that I learned to experiment with different styles, which was when I found this new jazzy/soul/folk style and sound that I love. I remember thinking for the first time I actually didn’t sound too bad!
We second that! What made you start your YouTube account one year ago?
Believe it or not, I started it because I wanted to give vlogging a go. I used to want to become a TV personality, and a friend of mine in the industry suggested that I start doing vlogs to get used to speaking in front of a camera. I’ve since deleted all my vlogs though [laughs]! They were so painful to watch!
At what point did you realise people are actually paying attention to you?
When I uploaded my first BM original “Maafkan Aku” and it got quite a number of shares on Facebook, that’s when it hit me that there is a chance of people actually liking my work. It motivated me to write more originals and do more covers.
How many gigs have you performed at so far and which has been your favourite?
To be honest, not a lot. I could probably count the number of gigs with one hand! But by far my favourite has been the gig at Tempatan Fest 3.5 at Dataran Underground. It was an amazing experience for me to meet all the people that came out to hear me sing!
Best compliment so far?
Definitely when someone thanked me for singing. Who does that?? [Laughs] It humbled me so much.
First album you ever owned?
Believe it or not, Estrella. Supporting ‘em locals!
Nice! Which local acts do you admire most?
I’m not sure if Yuna and Zee Avi are still considered local acts, but definitely the two of them, and also Liyana Fizi, as well as Diandra Arjunaidi. You can tell my style of music just by reading that [laughs].
What do you enjoy doing besides music?
Eating desserts! I want to say that I live to eat desserts!
What are your current guilty pleasures?
Eating too much desserts [laughs]!
[Laughs] So what are your big music plans for 2014?
Right now, what I can say is that I’ve been meeting with some people who have shown interest in me as an artist. We are planning to meet a producer soon, and hopefully, one of my songs will be recorded and released in the early part of 2014. From then on, we’ll have to see. To be honest, I’m not so sure what to expect – I’m just telling myself that I’ll cross the bridge when I come to it, but till then, just enjoy the journey and whatever it may bring!
Photo: Christopher Coker