Rendra Zawawi is an aspiring composer and music producer. After graduating from University of Nottingham in UK with a degree in Civil Engineering in 2008, Rendra started performing around KL as a singer-songwriter. During that time, he released his first single, “Faceless,” which went on Hitz FM Malaysian English Top 10 charts for three whole months.
**Music video directed by Kudegraphy
It didn’t take long for Rendra to realize that music was his true passion. After working as a Branding Consultant for a year, Rendra decided to leave it all and go to Berklee College of Music to pursue music professionally.
At Berklee, Rendra discovered his love for music arranging, and became more involved behind the scenes doing composing and production work. He graduated in 2014, and is now based in LA as an assistant composer and music editor.
How did you start songwriting?
Three weeks before PMR (what Form 3 students used to have to take), I asked my dad to show me three chord on guitar, so he showed me A major, D minor and C major. I played around with it because I was too stressed studying, and the next day I came up with a song called “I’m Lost.” That’s how it all began.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
My goal is to become a composer for film, TV, video games and other media. I would also like to be a music producer of sorts, producing music for artists or other music projects.
Who inspires to you to do what you do?
My dad is my creative inspiration. My mom is the one who gives me determination. And everyone else out there, who’ve chased their dreams and pursued their passions – they are my inspiration.
What is most important to you?
My loved ones, who have seen me to where I am today and given me unending support. That includes my Taylor 314-CE guitar that has been with me for 11 years. She has seen EVERYTHING!
** Video shot by Teodor Karakolev