Azmyl Yunor

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Azmyl Yunor
Birth name Azmyl Yunor
Born 1977
Origin Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Genres Folk rock, lo-fi, experimental rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, writer
Years active 1997-present
Labels Rapidear , Troubadours
Associated acts Azmyl Yunor & the Sigarettes, The Maharajah Commission, Ben's Bitches, Furniture, Shanon Shah, Ciplak, Thunder Coffee Club

Azmyl Yunor (born 1977 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is an independent English and Malay language singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, academic and writer from Malaysia.[1][2] He is a journalist and filmmaker by training.[3]

His works have ranged from folk-country singer-songwriter styles to experimental guitar improvisations to punk and indie-noise rock, solo and with various bands he has founded and recorded with.[4][5] All of his solo recordings are released on his own Rapidear label (his earlier obscure cassette home recordings are out of print) and Troubadours.[1] A former street musician,[3][5] he is noted for his strong songwriting and lyrics, and laidback on-stage presence yet energetic live shows. He has also composed and collaborated for film, television, theatre, dance and spoken word/poetry productions.[4][6][7][8][9][10]

With the release of the country folk-flavored Tenets EP (2005 / produced by Azmyl Yunor & Ron Khoo) in 2005 to acclaim,[11][12][13] he garnered wider attention of the press and established himself as one of the main movers of the burgeoning Malaysian singer-songwriter scene along with the likes of Meor Aziddin Yusof, Pete Teo, Shanon Shah and Shelley Leong. He has also recorded and released lo-fi recordings under the name Thunder Coffee Club.[14] He was voted as one of KLue magazine's '20 Under 40 - Significant & Young Individuals or Collectives' along with the likes of Mawi, Daphne Iking, Tiara Jacquelina, and Amir Muhammad in 2006.[15] His bi-lingual album Warga (2010 / produced by Azmyl Yunor & Ariff Akhir) saw him launch a self-funded 20-month tour to promote it.[16] His latest album Wilayah(2012 / produced by Azmyl Yunor & Ron Khoo) was recorded with his touring band the Sigarettes.[17]

He is a co-founder and member of the Experimental Musicians and Artists Co-operative Malaysia (Emacm) and a co-founder of Troubadours Enterprise, organisers of the annual singer-songwriter festival KL Sing Song from 2005 to 2009.[1][4][5] He was also a guitarist for Damo Suzuki's Network in Malaysia for a performance together in 2010.[18] A musical named after one of his popular songs "Something I Wrote" (directed by Mark Teh, produced by the Five Arts Centre) based on his life and works was staged in August 2013, during which he also launched a retrospective cd Revenge of the Rabak: Selected Works from the Lo-fi Years 1997-2005 comprising selected songs from his lo-fi cassette releases and the Tenets EP in its entirety.[19] "The Pedra Branca EP" (2014 / produced by Ronnie Khoo, Azmyl Yunor, & Jeremy Lee), a split EP with Singaporean doom folk artist Hell Low, was released in April 2014 and they both toured Singapore and Peninsula Malaysia to promote the release.[20]

He lectures media and film studies at Sunway University.[16][21]

He has also performed as a duo with fellow singer-songwriter Shanon Shah.[22]


  • The Pedra Branca EP (split EP with Hell Low) (2014)
  • Revenge of the Rabak: Selected Works from the Lo-fi Years 1997-2005 (2013)
  • Wilayah (2012)
  • H.I.D.U.P.: Hari Ini Di Ukay Perdana (2010)
  • Warga (2010)
  • Tenets EP (2005)
  • jikalauan EP (2004)
  • ends (2003)*
  • The Photocopy Album (2001)*
  • PRE-DUSK GLIMMER (1999)*
  • FOLK (1998)*
  • Watever (1997)*

Note: * cassette only releases


  • Songs From The Mekong (2012. Dir: Steve Northcott & Gary Blanton)- Actor / Composer
  • Tolong! Awek Aku Pontianak (2011. Dir: James Lee)- Cameo & Film Composer
  • I Want To Remember (2011. Dir: Sherman Ong) - Film Composer
  • Year Without A Summer (Berkelana) (2011. Dir: Tan Chui Mui) - Film Score/ Composer
  • Rojak (2009. Dir: Suleiman Brothers) - Supporting Role
  • Before We Fall in Love Again (2006. Dir: James Lee) - Film Composer
  • The Flowers Beneath My Skin (2006. Dir: Kit Ong) - Film Score/ Composer
  • Sehingga KL Ku Menyanyi (Until My KL Sings) (2006. Dir: Mien Lor) - Supporting Role


  • "Busking the Days Away" (in 'What's After SPM?', editor: Roshan Thiran. Leaderonomics Publishing, Kuala Lumpur 2011.)
  • "Facing the Music: Music Subcultures amd 'Morality' in Malaysia" (in 'Media, Culture & Society in Malaysia.', editor: Yeoh Seng Guan. Taylor & Francis Routledge, London 2010.)


  • Kias Ramadhan (2011)
  • Anak-Anak Ramadhan (2009)


  • The Maharajah Commission/Gangly Youth split 7" - The Maharajah Commission (2012)
  • Rasa Sayang Jalan Sultan compilation - various artists (2012)
  • On The Beat and Path compilation - various artists (2012)
  • Radio Demokratika compilation - various artists (2011)
  • Soal Kelentong Batu Cheng - Ladang Gempak (2006)
  • Voices From Next Door compilation - various artists (2006)
  • Mamak Conspiracy - Ben's Bitches (2006)
  • It's Great To Have An EP... - Ciplak! (2006)
  • Panic in the Peninsula compilation - various artists (2005)
  • Come Together compilation - various artists (2005)
  • National Disservice - Ben's Bitches (2004)
  • Punkrawkoholic vol. 1 compilation (as Thunder Coffee Club) - various artists (2003)
  • Dialogue Amoreaux - The Maharajah Commission (2003)
  • The Experimental Musicians & Artists Co-op Malaysia SELECTED LIVE JAN-FEB 2003 (2003) - various artists (2003)


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  2. ^ Xeni Jardin (17 October 2005), More on sociology of Malaysian Black Metal, retrieved 2010-10-20 
  3. ^ a b Fahmi Fadzil (28 August 2005), Rocking to stay true, The Star/Entertainment/Music/News & Feature (Petaling Jaya), retrieved 2010-10-15 
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  8. ^ Jason (6 August 2009), Download Kit Ong x Azmyl Yunor, Ronnie Khoo and Yong Yandsen Urbanscapes collabo, Junk (Kuala Lumpur), retrieved 2010-10-15 
  9. ^ chuimui (2010-09-23), IKAN: written by Azmyl Yunor for The Year Without A Summer, Petaling Jaya: Da huang Pictures, retrieved 2010-10-15 
  10. ^ CHO Young-jung (October 2010), Year Without A Summer, Pusan, South Korea: Pusan International Film Festival, retrieved 2010-10-15 
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  12. ^ Daryl Goh (May 2005), Tenets EP, The Star/Entertainment/Music/Reviews (Petaling Jaya), retrieved 2010-04-06 
  13. ^ Zack Yusof (31 May 2005), Folk music from Azmyl Yunor, The Star/Entertainment/Music/Reviews (Petaling Jaya), retrieved 2010-10-14 
  14. ^ Kenneth Yu (July 2005), Troubadour in Transit, Think (Petaling Jaya), retrieved 2010-10-14 
  15. ^ Nurhanie (September 2006), KLue List, (Malaysia), retrieved 2011-01-25 
  16. ^ a b Edward Gomez (10 May 2010), Songs of a nation, The Star/Entertainment/Music/News & Feature (Petaling Jaya), retrieved 2010-10-14 
  17. ^ N. Rama Lohan (31 July 2012), Craft Over Cool, The Star (Petaling Jaya), retrieved 2012-07-31 
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  19. ^ Wong Boon Ken (23 August 2013), Mark Teh and Azmyl Yunor on 'Something I Wrote', Kuala Lumpur: TimeOut Kuala Lumpur, retrieved 2013-10-05 
  20. ^ Ling Low (28 April 2014), Notes From A Small Island, Kuala Lumpur: Poskod Malaysia, retrieved 2014-6-014  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  21. ^ Sunway University, Performance & Media: Academic Staff, Petaling Jaya, retrieved 2010-10-15 
  22. ^ Shanon Shah, Wikipedia/Shanon Shah, retrieved 2010-10-15 

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