My 3 sons

My 3 sons
COMING SOON: Malaysian experimental progressive rock act Pitahati, comprising (from left) Yasin, Masrin, Zahar, Hidayat and Ilham, will be in town to perform next month
PHOTO: Courtesy of Esplanade

When your father is as iconic as veteran musician M. Nasir is, the pressure to measure up can seem immense.

But Yasin, the drummer of Malaysian experimental progressive rock act Pitahati, has never allowed the high expectations to get to him.

Together with his brothers Ilham and Hidayat, who are the band's vocalist and guitarist respectively, as well as bassist Masrin and guitarist Zahar, Pitahati channel their energies towards making the brand of music they want.

The quintet will be in town next month to perform as part of the annual Pesta Raya - Malay Festival of Arts.

As much as they prefer to strike out on their own, 58-year-old M. Nasir - a famous producer, songwriter and singer - does come into the picture to offer advice.

But Yasin, 27, said that he and his father do not always see eye to eye when it comes to their passion for music.

"Once, he offered us a song, but we told him we were not keen. Don't get me wrong, it's a great song, but it just wasn't for us.

"We have different music styles," he told M in a telephone interview from Kuala Lumpur last week.

"When we formed (in 2000), I did ask him for advice, but not any more now because we want to stand on our own two feet," he said.

Not surprisingly, M. Nasir is possibly one of Yasin's toughest critics.

"He is harsh and extremely honest, but we know he means well.

"He's not out to purposely insult us or hurt our feelings. We appreciate it, but we want to learn from our own mistakes," he said.

Pitahati was started 15 years ago with Yasin, Ilham and their cousin Khairul Anwar before the latter left.

The current line-up has been active since 2008 and released an EP called Bintang Biru Kristal Salju in 2012 and their debut album Fonetik Anak Candal in 2014.

Their new album Selamat Datang ke Panggung Suara will be out on vinyl next month.

Pitahati, who were last in town last year, hope to reach out to more fans in the region, from countries like Indonesia and Thailand.

"Sometimes, we get Facebook mentions or posts from fans who are not from Malaysia and that is heartening. We also hope to work on a new album," said Yasin.



WHEN: Aug 15, 9pm

WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio

TICKETS: $25 from


This article was first published on July 29, 2015.
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