KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — Local actress-cum-singer Kilafairy revealed she plans to work on music for the rest of the year after collaborating with R&B popstar Sean Kingston.
She believes her latest single Put the Word In with DJ Aku Ash is a career-changer, set to give her a leg up in music.
“I’m still a baby in this industry, so to get this opportunity, it’s a big thing for me. He’s a star back in Hollywood,” gushed the artiste in a meeting at Paranormal Studios in Sri Damansara yesterday.
“This single with Sean will open doors for me. People know me as an actress but I do sing. I’m not established yet, but when people hear this song it’ll make them to take notice,” she said.
“I’m still filming at the moment for three months then I’ve got a new single after that. We’ll keep it coming.”
The opportunity arose in June last year when Kingston was down in Malaysia doing some regional shows.
Ash’s management were able to reach out to the Jamaican-American rapper, famed for 2007 hit Beautiful Girls, who was keen on the song.
The vocals and music video were both recorded here the same month.
“He said the song was in line with what he was doing at the time. It has afro and pop elements to it,” explained Ash who was also at the interview yesterday.
Put the Word In was released in January and has racked up close to 140,000 plays on Spotify.
Kila, known for roles in 2011 film Karak and various Malay TV dramas, and Ash are targeting the US market with the catchy pop number that is performing well on charts in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.
They hope follow in the footsteps of fellow Malaysians such as Yuna who have made an impact in the States.
“We’re looking to push the single during summertime in America because that’s the vibe of the song. US market is not easy to break but we’re hopeful of getting the song there, fingers crossed,” said Ash.
“After the video drops we’re going to be looking to play local and regional shows.”
Ash added that the recording of the music video with Kingston was more of a learning experience than an intimidating one.
“It was exciting to work with him.”
The official music video to Put the Word In launches tomorrow at 9pm. Check out the exclusive preview below.