Eden and Evan Chiam, up and coming Brunei-based artists. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Up-and-coming Brunei-based artists, Eden and Evan Chiam are set to debut their first studio EP album on Saturday, hoping to make it big and inspire other Bruneian youths to follow suit and chase their own dreams of musical artistry. 

The six-track EP entitled ‘My Inner Universe’ is a culmination of 18-months of work for the siblings, one that was described as filled with “reflections, questions and coming to terms with a new stage of life”. 

“It’s about change, about shedding all the old stereotypes and mindsets that are put upon you in your youth,” explained Evan, singer and music composer of the EP, during an interview with The Bruneian. 

“This EP, its not just six songs being released, but a musical experience that follows a narrative that centres around transformation, of breaking out, and using those emotions to create more opportunities for yourself, for growth and for purpose,” he added. 

Eden and Evan Chiam, up and coming Brunei-based artists. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Having a unique upbringing, teeming with eastern and western influences and add to that the family’s inclination towards music and the performing arts, siblings Eden and Evan were accustomed to a cacophony of expectations. 

Being at the peak of youths themselves, 19-year-old Eden and 17-year-old Evan understood the intricacies of life transitions and the complex emotions that come with entering adulthood, of wanting to pursue a practical way of living or of pursuing a dream that others often deem unsustainable. 

“There will be things that are fed to you as you grow up, a lot of things, it’s difficult to filter through them and to not let these things drag you down, but at the end of the day, you are the one who gets to choose,” said Eden, the elder of the two.

“The EP mainly addresses the journey of discovering identity, of finding your authentic self, your true purpose and learning that you yourself should come first before everything else,” added the main lyricist and music video director.

Evan Chiam an up and coming Brunei-based artist. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

With the six songs featured within My Inner Universe, the siblings noted a certain narrative that follows when moving from one track to the next, a musical experience meant to invite listeners to manifest the highest version of themselves and chase it. 

From the first track, the journey begins by saying ‘Goodbye’ to the past and creating a new ‘Identity’ for yourself, to ‘Fly’ when you finally feel free, confidently declaring ‘I said I’, ‘Am young, will overcome’ and then telling the rest of the world ‘Who are You’ whilst ‘Remember[ing]’ your roots and why you began. 

“Our motivation comes from wanting to inspire the youths. Growing up here, there’s this narrative that musical artists would never make it, that this country is not good environment music, but that’s not the case, there is a rich culture of music here, just hiding behind the corner,” said Eden. 

Eden and Evan Chiam, up and coming Brunei-based artists. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The younger of the two noted how, that the age of technology that we live in today, has leveled the playing field for artists around the world, musical or otherwise as Eden and Evan worked symbiotically on all the lyrics, as well as music production and the accompanying mini-videos. 

Evan recalled having to hang up blankets on the walls of their bedrooms for soundproofing or acoustics. 

“We make do with what we have. That’s the best thing about music nowadays. Who you are or where you come from doesn’t have to matter, what’s important is for you to know your value, for you to value your talent and with the right mindset, things will naturally fall into place,” he added. 

The album will be released on Saturday, digitally on all streaming platforms Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, TIDAL among others at 5pm Brunei.

The album will also be accompanied by four-episode short video series on their Youtube; ‘The Chiams Channel’. 

Eden and Evan Chiam, up and coming Brunei-based artists. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

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