As part of The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women.
Our twentieth featured artiste is Narmi. Narmi’s calm artistry in his music has inspired a genuine loyalty from listeners. An efficient songwriter swan dives in and resurfaces armed with songs that sticks in the hearts and minds of many. Creating heartstrings with his listeners seem effortless. Narmi’s song-writing is derivative on how he sees the world, putting them into wordplays that paint pictures ever so colourful that you simply want to share with everyone.
Juggling groove duty on the drums for pop punk-rock outfit, One Buck Short (OBS), Narmi’s singer-songwriter debut surprised many. What was once a behind-closed-door-bedroom-singer-type-escape is now the heartfelt career pursuit in the music industry.
Narmi’s debut single “Make Me Whirl” from the Adventures EP successfully charted the Hitz Top 40 countdown and remained #1 on MET 10 charts for three consecutive weeks. The quirky song tells a story of the many ways of keeping the love in progress with the convenience of connectivity such as Skype and Tumblr.
Narmi contributed his song, “Tweet In Defiance” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here.
Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project.
Hello! My name is Narmi and I’m a singer-songwriter from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have been in the music industry for over 10 years now and most of that time was spent playing drums for local pop punk band One Buck Short.
I decided to take part in this project because violence against women is a serious matter, and as influencers, we have the power to spread news and further awareness to our friends and fans.
Why is ending violence against women important to you?
Ending all kinds of violence is important to me. Whether it is violence from bullies or child abuse or violence against women, we are all human beings and those who have the power to help must always lend a hand in whatever way possible. Furthermore, where would we be without women? Their nurturing and caring nature has certainly helped to make the human race what we are today and we must strive to help in any way possible.
In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?
Music soothes the angry beast. Sometimes one can only hear a message through a song or through music. And even though we don’t understand the lyrics from a song right off the bat, we can certainly relate to the emotions being portrayed by the singer or performer. Sounds can make you feel. It can make you feel anger, sorrow, happiness, and definitely empathy. That is why the right music will help in the efforts to end violence against women.
What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?
Music artists can help by using the power of their influence over their fans and friends alike. Today, artists use social media to connect with their fans, so it is easier to send out a call-to-action message.
Music artists can also write songs that are directly or indirectly related to the message that they want to send out. Michael Jackson’s song “Heal The World” is a direct call-to-action song that has a central meaning. People remember melodies a lot easier than speeches.
The “Music For Pixels 2014” charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne.
The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.