Watt Marcus

Last updated

Watt Marcus

Watt Marcus in 2011.jpg

Marcus in 2011
Background information
Born (1973-11-26) 26 November 1973 (age 44)
Sibu, Sarawak
Genres
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments
Years active 2003–present
Labels Masterjam Studio, Panggau Buluh Pengerindu Records
Associated acts

Watt Marcus (born 26 November 1973), is a Malaysian rock musician best known as the bass guitarist of the Bornean hard rock band Masterpiece. Marcus joined Masterpiece in 2003 as the band's bassist, with whom he achieved mainstream success in the late 2000s. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Borneo island

Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and the largest in Asia. At the geographic centre of Maritime Southeast Asia, in relation to major Indonesian islands, it is located north of Java, west of Sulawesi, and east of Sumatra.

Masterpiece is an Iban rock band, which formed in 2003 as Masterjam in Sibu, Sarawak best known for its hit singles, "Sinu", "Kumang Seari" & "Ngarap Ka Nuan Nikal Pulai". The band comprises vocalist Depha Masterpiece, lead guitarist Willy Edwin, guitarist Kennedy Edwin, bassist Watt Marcus, drummer Harold Vincent, keyboardist Valentine Jimmy and Roslee Qadir. The group was renamed Masterpiece in 2005 after Depha was hired as the band's new vocalist. Drummer Roni and keyboardist Dellender Wilson and Timothy are former members of the band.

Contents

Personal life

Watt Marcus was born on 26 November 1973 and raised in the town of Sibu, Sarawak.

Sibu Town in Sarawak, Malaysia

Sibu is an inland town at the central region of Sarawak and the capital of Sibu District in Sibu Division, Sarawak, Malaysia. The town is located on the island of Borneo and covers an area of 129.5 square kilometres (50.0 sq mi). It is located at the confluence of the Rajang and Igan Rivers, some 60 kilometres from the South China Sea and approximately 191.5 kilometres (119 mi) north-east of the state capital Kuching. Sibu is mainly populated by people of Chinese descent, mainly from Fuzhou. Other ethnic groups such as Melanau, Malay, and Iban are also present, but unlike other regions of Sarawak, they are not as significant. The town population as of 2010 is 162,676.

Sarawak State of Malaysia

Sarawak is a state of Malaysia. The largest among the 13 states, with an area almost equal to that of Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak is located in northwest Borneo Island, and is bordered by the Malaysian state of Sabah to the northeast, Kalimantan to the south, and Brunei in the north. The capital city, Kuching, is the largest city in Sarawak, the economic centre of the state, and the seat of the Sarawak state government. Other cities and towns in Sarawak include Miri, Sibu, and Bintulu. As of the 2015 census, the population of Sarawak was 2,636,000. Sarawak has an equatorial climate with tropical rainforests and abundant animal and plant species. It has several prominent cave systems at Gunung Mulu National Park. Rajang River is the longest river in Malaysia; Bakun Dam, one of the largest dams in Southeast Asia, is located on one of its tributaries, the Balui River. Mount Murud is the highest point in Sarawak.

Career

Masterpiece (2003–present)

Marcus is a former bass player for a semi-regular touring rock band named Black Monkey from Sibu, Sarawak, along with the band's current lead vocalist, Depha. [2] In 2003, while he is still playing for Black Monkey ,he was approached by a founding member of Masterpiece, Willy Edwin and his brother Kennedy Edwin to join the band as a session bass player. [1] He has since become a permanent member of the band and responsible for the bassline on all released albums by the band. [5] [6] [7]

Depha Masterpiece Lead vocalist for an Iban Rock band from Sarawak, Malaysia

Depha Masterpiece is a Malaysian rock musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer from Sarawak. He is best known as the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the Bornean hard rock band, Masterpiece.

Willy Edwin, better known by his stage name Will Masterpiece, is a Malaysian rock musician best known as the co-founder and the primary lead guitarist of the Bornean hard rock band Masterpiece, with whom he achieved mainstream success in the late 2000s. Edwin co-founded Masterpiece, formerly known as Masterjam with his brother Kennedy Edwin in 2003, and has since released five studio albums with the band. Like the other left-handed guitarist, Edwin had the instrument strung upside-down with the high E on the top.

Kennedy Edwin is an Iban musician who serves as the rhythm and vocals for Bornean hard rock band Masterpiece. Along with his brother Willy Edwin, he is one of the founding members of Masterpiece, and has since released five studio albums with the band.

Discography

Masterpiece
<i>Merindang Ke Bintang</i> 2009 studio album by Masterpiece

Merindang Ke Bintang is the debut studio album by Malaysian rock band from Sarawak, the Masterpiece. It was released in 2009 through Masterjam Studio and re-released on Panggau Buluh Pengerindu Records in 2010. The album is the band's most popular album, receiving the Album of the Year award at the 2010 Dayak Music Awards in Kuching, Sarawak.

<i>Rock & Roll</i> (Masterpiece album) 2013 studio album by Masterpiece

Rock & Roll is the second studio album by Malaysian rock band from Sarawak, the Masterpiece. It was released in 2013.

<i>Ngarap Ka Nuan Nikal Pulai</i> 2016 studio album by Masterpiece

Ngarap Ka Nuan Nikal Pulai is the fourth studio album by Malaysian rock band from Sarawak, the Masterpiece. The album consists of ten tracks and titled Ngarap Ka Nuan Nikal Pulai reflecting the lead single title from the album. It was released on March 21, 2016 through Panggau Buluh Pengerindu in Sarawak and Johor. The album receiving the 'Album of the Year' award at the 2016 Dayak Music Awards while the lead single "Ngarap Ka Nuan Nikal Pulai" has won the 'Song of the Year' award at the 2016 ACSJ Music Awards.

Compilations & single

"Kaban" is a single recorded by the iban rock band Masterpiece. The song was officially released on October 19, 2016 through YouTube via their independent label, Masterjam Studio. The song was released as a digital download single on the same day. In an interview with The Borneo Post on December 8, the band had announced that "Kaban" is the promotional single for their upcoming fifth studio album which planned to be released in 2017.

Related Research Articles

Dayak people ethnic group

The Dayak or Dyak or Dayuh are the native people of Borneo. It is a loose term for over 200 riverine and hill-dwelling ethnic subgroups, located principally in the central and southern interior of Borneo, each with its own dialect, customs, laws, territory and culture, although common distinguishing traits are readily identifiable. Dayak languages are categorised as part of the Austronesian languages in Asia. The Dayak were animist in belief; however, many converted to Islam and since the 19th century there has been mass conversion to Christianity. Today most Dayak still follow their ancient animistic traditions, but often state to belong to one of the 6 recognized religions in Indonesia.

Iban people branch of the Dayak peoples of Borneo

The Ibans or Sea Dayaks are a branch of the Dayak peoples of Borneo, in South East Asia. Most Ibans are located in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It is believed that the term "Iban" was originally an exonym used by the Kayans, who - when they initially came into contact with them - referred to the Sea Dayaks in the upper Rajang river region as the "Hivan".

<i>Ngap Sayot</i> 2014 studio album by Masterpiece

Ngap Sayot is the third studio album by Malaysian rock band from Sarawak, the Masterpiece. It was released in 2014 and their first released through Do Records Entertainment.

Sarawak Music Awards is a music award held in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It is divided into three major events that are given the most attention by the fans, media, and record companies in Sarawak. Shortlisted as the Anugerah Musik Dayak (AMD) awards, Anugerah Juara Rentak Ruai (AJARR) awards and the Anugerah Carta Sapa Juara (ACSJ) awards. Presented by different organization dedicated to promoting the diversity of music in Sarawak and to acknowledging the talents and contributions of the local entertainer.

"Sinu" is a song by the Iban rock band Masterpiece. It was released in 2009 as the lead single from their first studio album, Merindang Ke Bintang. "Sinu" was Masterpiece's major single which helped to place them in the Sarawak music scene and the song has been recognized as one of Masterpiece's signature songs and has been covered on numerous occasions and shows. It was produced by Embat Lala, who produced the entire album under his record label, Panggau Buluh Pengerindu Records. "Sinu" has won the "Best Song" awards at the Anugerah Carta Rentak Ruai AJARR awards ceremony, represented by Cats FM on 21 May 2011 in Kuching, Sarawak.

Ngarap Ka Nuan Nikal Pulai meaning "I hope you will come back" is a song recorded by Sarawak rock band Masterpiece. It was released in January 2015 as the lead single of their fourth album Ngarap Ka Nuan Nikal Pulai. The song was released by Do Records Entertainment while the entire Ngarap Ka Nuan Nikal Pulai album was produced by Panggau Buluh Pengerindu Records on 12 March 2016.

"Kumang Seari" is a song by Iban rock band Masterpiece. It was written by Depha, produced by Masterjam Studio, and included on their second studio album Rock & Roll and later releases were handled by Panggau Buluh Pengerindu Records. "Kumang Seari" was nominated for 'Best Rock Song' at the VIMA Music Awards in 2013.

"Bulat Ati Ku" is a song by the Iban rock band Masterpiece. It was included on their debut album, Merindang Ke Bintang and released through Panggau Buluh Pengerindu Records in 2009. "Bulat Ati Ku" has earned the band 'Best Music Video' award at the 2010 AMD 2010 music awards.

Siku Dalam Seribu is a song written by Depha Masterpiece and recorded as a duet between him and singer, Allyssa Joanne or better known as Lyssa Jean. The lyrics essentially describes about a woman who learned to accept and open up to a new relationship after been hurt. She was told by the man, that she may not be his first love, but he promised her solemnly that he will love her unconditionally.

References

  1. 1 2 Biography, Masterpiece's Biography. "The Band- Masterpiece Iban Rock Band Biography".
  2. 1 2 Music revolution, Masterpiece. "Masterpiece - Iban indie rock music revolution". World Of Nocturne.
  3. The Best Rock Artist, Masterpiece Sarawak best Rock Artist. "Sarawak Best Rock Artist Awards 2014".
  4. Wins most categories in Dayak Music Awards 2010, Masterpiece a big winner at dama-Dayak-Music-Award. "AMD - Masterpiece a big winner at dama-Dayak-Music-Award-Anugerah Musik Dayak 2010".
  5. 1 2 Masterpiece, new album. "Ngarap Ka Nuan Nikal Pulai album officially released". Borneo Post news. The Borneo Post. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  6. 2016 Single, Masterpiece. "Kaban – Masterpiece single from upcoming album". Lirik Lagu Iban.
  7. 2016 Single, Masterpiece. "Kaban – Masterpiece single from upcoming album". seeds.theborneopost.com. The Borneo Post.