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AOTM Homegrown March 2021: Zeauk

We’re #DoingFine with zeauk
carleen
09 Mar 2021, 12:00 PM
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Hailing from Manila, Zeus Rectra, better known as zeauk, is a Kuala Lumpur based 22-year old Filipino singer-songwriter, beat-maker, and content creator. His latest single is called “Doingfine”.
 
Influenced by the French concept of “water” (eau), zeauk’s artist name reflects the music he makes; mutable and sublime, sustaining and destructive. The merge between that and his given name expresses the battle between what is perceived and its reality; one's intimate self and identity.
 
He combines contemporary R&B with melancholic tunes to convey his vision of musical intimacy, and life experiences which his listeners can relate to, drawing inspiration from some of his favorite artists and producers such as Bryson Tiller, Crush, Jason Dhakal, and the earlier works of Drake.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Following a creative divergence, zeauk managed to establish his name and has built an online following through photography and creative direction since 2016, before venturing into the music scene in 2018.
 
After a late night turned music session in early 2018, zeauk and his old friends wrote “RMB”, which they satirically released independently on several music streaming platforms later on. He did not anticipate the number of streams it would receive, sparking further pursuance of him to release more songs and collaborate with different creative artists independently.
 
His latest single release, “Doingfine", depicts a couple who are in a roller coaster relationship, and the guy reassures his significant other and tells her that they’re doing just fine. It is a contemporary R&B track with a hint of Alternative Pop; the mood of the song is ambient but upbeat and energetic, which gives a good contrast to the lyrics and emphasis of the message of the song.
 
This is his first time as well releasing a song that has tagalog lines, as he is trying to come back to his roots, but at the same time merging both Malaysian and Filipino cultures in a song; giving a little tour of Kuala Lumpur in “Doingfine”’s Music Video, and also collaborating with Khai Zhen and CLARY in the said song, who are upcoming Malaysian artists.
 

 


Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, zeauk’s plans for live performances has been put on hold. Despite that, he still manages to work on his songs by getting inspirations from his experiences during this period, meeting new people and connecting with different artists around the world through social media.
 
Collaborating with his Indonesian artist friends, Clevt & Yowha, they released a quarantine song, “we’re all f-ed up”, depicting how the pandemic affected so many relationships in general; marking his first international collaboration with fellow independent artists outside Malaysia.
 
Currently, zeauk focuses more in connecting and collaborating with more artists locally and internationally, and strongly believes that building and cultivating the community is essential to have a healthy music scene in Malaysia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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